Synth Site: Clavia: Nord Lead III: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.9 out of 5
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Todd Decker a part-time user from USA writes:
It is hard to understand how this synth could have received only a 7 out of 10 in the Future Music review. All I can say is the reviewer must be chasing after a "can I make it sound like a blank" dream. This synth is awesome. An excellent new sonic experiance. Very interactive. Very slick. This will be a classic.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-29-2001 at 13:41
Jean a hobbyist user from France writes:
I have rediscovered the synth! Thanks Clavia!!! You Swedes are great.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-24-2001 at 08:30
Emilio a part-time user from Spain writes:
I have bought Novation supernova II, roland jp-8080, access virus b and sold them with big moneyloss. Why? because they was not as inspiring as i thaugt and not so easy to program. Now! when i bought the mighty Nordlead 3 i really can hear the different class in sound. The NL3 are in some way deeper and more organic than the other VAs, it is hard to explain but this baby is staying with me! period. If you are going to test the NL3 against the other bunch turn the fx down and listen! I think you will hear the difference. The frontpanel is the best and it invites you to tweak the knobs! and the resoult is mighty!!.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-22-2001 at 06:09
rama from san diego writes:
I just took this baby home and, wow! I didn't think a synth could sound so damn alive! I thought the supernova 2 was a nice unit, until this NL3 was unleashed upon my eager yearning ears. I had an ms2000 for less than a month and traded it and some other gear in for this thing and boy was it ever worth it. The ms2000 was cool and did some cool things, but initially seemed a bit limiting(only 4 voice.) the korg was like,"ok heres a few presets, and a vocoder and here's the parameters", and that's all you get. Occasional fat bass sounds and an all too electribey feel overall. The NL3 seems like a much more intuitive creative tool and 4 part multi timbrality is plenty for all that you can pack into one part or slot. I recommend this synth highly to anyone looking for the best for their $. if you can wait, don't buy the ms2000, save a bit more for a sensous beast of a frothing ejaculatory freakshow soundscaper of a synth!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-22-2001 at 05:47
macshit a hobbyist user from Japan writes:
The NL3 sounds lovely, lush, warm, and dynamic (but not mushy unless you want it to be --- the minimum attack time is <b>0.5ms</b>!). I think it's a lot less "boring" sounding than some other current VAs (ahem) noted for their warmth; in that sense, the Nord heritage is evident. The non-voice-stealing unison mode works really, really well. It sounds much better than the NL2's unison mode, and doesn't cost anything (and each voice finally has its own unison detune parameter)! <p> As others have noted, the sound is rather different than the NL2. A NL3 and a Nord Rack2 (or Nord Modular) might make a fine pair. <p> If you're used to the NL2, the NL3's interface seems a bit daunting at first --- there are many more parameters, and the front panel doesn't let you forget it --- but after playing for a while, the sheer brilliance of the design draws you in, and gets you tweaking in no time, even if you hadn't intended to. Not only is the new interface very useful, it's also <b>fun</b>; you can watch the knobs `turn' in real-time as you use aftertouch and the modulation wheel! I never used the NL2's morphing feature very much, because it was just too hard to use, but the NL3's implementation makes it almost trivial, and it's very useful (I'm especially enthused about the key-tracking morph group, as I really missed key-scaling on the NL2). <p> The keyboard now has aftertouch (thank god), which feels pretty good, although I'm not quite sure whether I like the response curve yet (perhaps they could make this kind of thing settable in a future OS rev?). The keyboard action seems slightly better than the NL2, but is basically still just adequate; it's better than a cheapo MIDI keyboard, but nowhere near as nice as the best synth keyboards out there. The pitch stick and mod wheel are the same as those on other Nordleads (that is, wonderful). <p> As with all Clavia products, the build quality is top-notch. The case is all steel (no plastic end-caps here), and the knobs and buttons feel very solid. <p> Others have wondered why Clavia kept the "Nordlead" name for the NL3, given the clear difference in sound. For me, it's the the immediacy, the fluidity, the sense of being close to the core of the sound, and of playing a musical instrument rather than programming a computer. The Nordlead 3 is a more-than-worthy successor to that tradition, and a kick-ass, inspiring, synth.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-21-2001 at 22:47
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