Synth Site: Clavia: Nordlead 2: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Nathan Kaines a professional user from USA writes:
Ok just got my nord lead 2, about a week or so ago, and im in love. I had the nord modular, which i liked but ive got so much gear, i really couldnt have another machine that took so long to make patches. Sometimes you spend so long making patches you realize weeks have gone by and you havent made a song. The nord lead 2 is killer, for easy sound creation and killer sounds. The build is great, the keys feel good. And the knobs are soo tight. Internal power supply, and headphone jack, helped me decide for the nord 2 or waldorf stuff. The interface is great, enough stuff to flip out on, but not too much to get lost too, the distortion button is amazing, im really suprised other companies dont do this, i think the ms2000 is the only other board that has this. Simple but effective arp. Just pop the n2 into manual mode and the front is like a old school analog. Not many menus and theyr mainly for setting stuff up, ie. pedal, picthj bend range. The sounds are great, bright glassy pads, killer 80's basses, fx, all over sounds good. It also makes great lo-fi sounds, like Boards of Canada.

Im glad it has no effects inside but distortion, this option lets you choose what effects companies you want, and also shows how powerful the synth engine is. Its not saturated with effects. Overall great buy.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-27-2001 at 16:58
andrew a hobbyist user from us writes:
So good! Only if it had an audio in, and effects, it would then be the best.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-25-2001 at 03:59
Janne a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
This is the only synth that i can make sounds of my own tase = fat and hard basses and silk smoth pads from outer space. I have almost have them all like Supernova II, Virus, Roland but they are harder to make your own sounds on. If you have a sound in your mind you can almost everytime create the sound on the Nordlead. It is the most creative synthesiser on the market.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-09-2001 at 11:10
brian a professional user from usa writes:
Not analog. I am writing this review as a person who actually owns one of these things. I have been running it through alot of eq and effects to try to warm it up a little bit. If you want one, you must ask yourself if you want an analogue synth or a Nord Lead 2 synth. They are different monsters. My review may sound a but negative thus far but read on. There are some things about this synth that may make it preferable. You can quickly (one button) switch from monophonic to polyphonic operation. This is good because all of the best sounding vintage synths are only monophonic. Also it sounds 100 times cooler than any other synth you can buy new.

There is alot of crap out there but the Nord Lead IS cool. I just want to warn anyone who wants to buy one that it sounds digital. I made that mistake, well, if you can call it a mistake. Cool sounds. I use the manual mode mostly. By pressing two buttons, you can have all of the knobs control the sound due to thier actual position, as opposed to the milti mode. when you change a patch the knobs stay in the same place. In manual mode they always display and manipulate the sound relative to their real location. The only downside is that you can't store your sounds in manual mode. I have strayed off point. You will find this out for yourself. Again, the dilema. NOT ANALOG. BUT IT IS COOL.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-09-2001 at 13:02
ME! a professional user from meland writes:
The nord lead 2 is a mighty fine synth, i've owned A LOT of analog as well, it doesn't really sound analog at all. It's a bit cold/harsh, but in a good way, it can be a VERY aggressive analog sounding instrument! I traded my korg z1ex for this unit, and haven't regretted it, the z1 had A LOT more progammability, that's what the nord lacks, but it's got a decent amount, the lack of menus, makes it too expensive to have more things programmable, but still it could make a whole lot of sounds!, and filter sounds VERY nice! but the keyboard SUUUUUXXXXX, horrible action, the z1 destroys it in that area, but the nord has Growl! which many VA lack! and it's very deep, but get the nord 2 rack! save some money!, although the stone mod wheel + wooden thumby thingie is DOPE!:D

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-18-2001 at 18:10
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