Synth Site: Clavia: Nordlead 2: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Torbjorn from Sweden writes:
The Nord2 is a great synthesizer. It has the popular analogue retro feel both in sounds and interface, together with a smart and attractive design. Combine that with the digital feel from the FM and you will for sure get the sounds you are looking for even if its fat basses or thin HP filtered sounds. I am making techno stylish music and I have never had any troubles to get the sounds that I wanted. The only thing that makes the Nord2 weak is the lack of internal effects but that can always be fixed on the mixer. This is the synthesizer I would by if I didn’t already had one. :)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-15-1999 at 10:42
Superdigital a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
I do love my NL2. I think that if I would get rid of all my gear, this is the one I would miss the most. Ok, I guess you can't compare it to a Microwave II, but it's not the same thing. I really love the sounds it makes. It screams, hurls, distorts and just sounds wonderful, at the tip of your fingers. For that price, I don't think that you can get anything better! It kicks ass!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-15-1999 at 04:16
Oxtragon a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
I think that the Nord is a pretty fair synthesizer. It depends on what kind of sounds you like. Personaly i think it sounds to thin and metallic, especially if you want deep/fat basses (although some people here claim to have made killer basslines with it), wide and warm pads or like self oscillating resonance filters. For weird noises and effects it´s great. All in all it is a very good synthesizer but there are nowadays a bunch far more interesting synths out there. I do own a Nord2 and probably wont sell or trade it, neither would i buy it back if it got lost. My Microwave XT is far more interesting, although not a VA synth. The only VA synth out there making analogues proud is the Q, damn I´d like one!!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-14-1999 at 05:30
Synth Freak a hobbyist user from Jupiter writes:
YES, you CAN get super fat bass sounds out of the Nord lead. I have made patches with the nord lead that could cause some serious damage to your speakers if you aren't careful. Don't believe sales people, most of the time they don't know jack about what they are selling.

The Pitch bender and mod wheel are among the most functional and practical I've ever used. The Pitch bend stick in particular, it is as smooth as can be.

The Interface is only what it should be and that's an analog emulator. I think it's refreshing to see knobs and buttons rather than an LCD with crap menus that you have to page through to get your sound. Remember, the nord lead is an analog emulator (right down to the interface).

I'm actually glad that Clavia left out the effects on the nord lead series. My Minimoog never came with effects and it sounds so nice. I give the Nord a 5 out of 5 for it's faithful replication of my favorite analog beasts.

I have been able to come very close to minimoog, Jupiter, Oberheim, Arp, VCS3 and especially Prophet 5 tones with my Nord Lead and Modular.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-13-1999 at 20:31
Max Potekhin a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Local Sam Ash had two of these, the floor models, for $899 and as I happened to have gear money at this point, I decided for this price I should definitely check them out. I spent quite a bit of time playing around, and not just once. I decided not to buy it because it sounded... Cold. It probably is good at thin-air ethereal sounds and metallic clangs, and maybe some pads, but a few people told me it's hard to get a decent bass out of it and this has been my experience as well.

I liked the drum kits though, and the mechanical design (and color) of the unit. I think that the wooden pitchbend and stone mod wheel are gimmicky.

The user interface (a tiny LED and a few buttons around) basically is telling you how little real progress has been made in the last 20 years. I'm serious. Looking at some number "39" and a few red LED's sprinkled here and there is just the same. Boards made by Sequential Circuits in days of yore are quite comparable and maybe better in this regard. And the absence of effects is not some kind of purist initiative but just a cost cutting measure, so you folks get less for you money. I ended up buying a Multi-Trak, a Chroma Polaris and an effects unit, and together they present quite a bit more real analog firepower than the Nord, for less money... Don't do for gimmicks.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-13-1999 at 11:25
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