Synth Site: Clavia: Nordlead 2: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Blake a hobbyist user from United Kingdom writes:
I own a Nord Lead 2X. Its' straight forward interface and raw sound make it a very good companion for software like Ableton's Live for production. The clean, raw sound provides an excellent starting point to use Live's effects to tailor what you want to hear. The two should be bundled together. On a budget and want to get going with a VA in electronic music? Definately give the Nord Lead 2X a look.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-11-2004 at 16:07
Der Sminky from USA writes:
Spent a long time with this one (NL2X) in the instrument shop. They wanted $699.79, which is more reasonable than some that I've seen on Ebay. It didn't blow me away like I thought it would, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have bite behind the bark of its reviews.

This synth sounds really...clean. It has some fairly capable filters. The pitch stick is a little difficult to use because of the pressure required to operate it, but this helps with keeping the bend at the pitch you want. The mod wheel isn't really different. The keyboard action is average. Best keyboard action I've felt is the DW8000. I know it sounds silly for such an old synth that costs $200, but it plays really well.

I found it really REALLY easy to make good basses, pads, and leads, but I found it hard to get around the knob interface. It was a little disorganized, but I found my way around it after a few minutes. I really prefer button-and-slider interfaces, silly as it sounds.

Great instrument. I'd reccommend it to anyone that has the bucks to drop on it.

Oh, and... Downward Spiral was released a year before the original Nord Lead existed.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-30-2004 at 00:45
Kim Taylor a hobbyist user from Bath, UK writes:
The Nord lead 2 has a character of it's own, VERY Clavia.. and that's good! I've heard people complaining about the MS2k because all the sounds are very samey, well the Nord has it's own distinctive sound, which IS cool.. broad range of sound capabilities. What makes the Nord stand out? Firstly.. it's red :) secondly, it's the only synth i've had the pleasure of playing on which has some real GRIT! this thing is one nasty beast if you want it to be.. you can make some real aggressive sounds on this, if you dont believe me, just listen to Nine Inch Nails: The Downward Spiral or the Fragile, those albums have got Nord Lead written ALL over them! I wanted a synth which wouldnt be aimed at the dance market. That's so cliché, so crap. I'm into experimental music, anything not repetitive and commercial basically, and I wanted something which had loads of scope. I had to say when i first fired my new ferarri up I was disappointed.. a word of warning, the presets are crap. big time. If i had to moan, then I'd say I hate the fact you can't overwrite most of the presets. You start off with 40 blank user slots, which I used up within a week. I'm currently storing everything else on my computer as Sysex files until I get a PCMCIA card.. yeah, that's a bit cheeky of Clavia, making us buy PCM cards for more storage.. and they're really hard to find too! If you're looking for them then check out they do some rechargable ones which last longer. The only other thing i cant stand about this synth is the keyboard. I do alot of keyboard work, I'm an amateur pianist and I just cant stand the mechanism.. it feels a bit like a toy casio or something! Then again, I wasnt expecting much, this isnt a piano emulating synth after all. No FX! no Vocoder! What does that say to me? Quality. Clavia have made a no frills synth. A swiss army knife isnt the best tool. There are no compromises with this synth, it's a professional piece of kit, so connect it up to external FX boxes for FX. Try taking the FX off any other VA and comparing them to the raw sound of the Nord, see if they even compare. The nord lead 2 is an excellent synth.. an upgrade from the original nord lead. I've even heard that It's got a more cutting and aggressive sound than the nord lead 3, which is apparently more mellow. Surprisingly they're apparently completely different sounding beasts. All in all, an excellent piece of hardware.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-08-2004 at 17:52
Dirty Robot a professional user from USA writes:
I own the lead 2x and it has what I need for bass n lead sounds, also you can make some pretty weird sounds with this lil red machine. :)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-15-2004 at 09:21
richard a professional user from canada writes:
The best! Keyboard is not the best, but other then that it is superb.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-11-2004 at 23:20
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