Synth Site: Clavia: Nord Lead Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Paul R. a part-time user writes:
I just picked a nord Rack, the plain version ( not expanded) For a real REAL good price ,,, And I'm really impressed by the sound. I only wish I could give it a higher rating than 5!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-26-2001 at 02:53
necro writes:
I got my hands on one these a couple of months ago and I love it. I wasn't sure what the "Nord sound" was and I just kept asking around. Can anybody explain it without using words such as "harsh" and "analog"? Well I can. Kids, go into your little sisters room and swipe her violin. Then go to your daddies workshop and snag his powerdrill. turn on the power drill and stroke the violin strings with an angry cat. That's what the Nord lead sounds like.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-May-14-2001 at 17:55
digiphallus a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Dammit. I hate to admit it, but all the hooplah about this synth may just be accurate. I played with my friend's. NO, the NORDLEAD 2, pervert! He also had a Roland Jp8000 there, but I have to say that I kept going back to the really blew me away, and the keyboard action has to be the best I've ever felt in my limited experience...Don't think I'd trade my little AlphaJuno for the Jp8000, but I'd definitely do it and then some for the Nord. Heheh, the best thing would be to have both though, mmm. Fairly convincing analog emulation if you aren't doing too many slow filter sweeps...but that's not really the best thing about it though. Guess it just has its own sound, but it makes alot of those ole synthysounds from my decadeplus old albums very well indeedy. The envelopes are so F++king PUNCHY, and all those glorious knobs display that it's not so much the "sound" of old technology that people crave but rather the funhouse grab a million pretty knobbies and tweak interface. I've been considering downsizing my number of synths....but now I'm considering downsizing everything and getting a NordLead or NordModular as my sole synthesizer, they just have such a nice sound and I feel could be a great workhorse.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-16-2001 at 11:15
oxtragon a hobbyist user from sweden writes:
Not an easy thing comparing the Nord to a Microwave. Not the right forum either. But shortly: Microwave - Warm and deep, Nord - Hard and cold. Both very digital sounding but with an analogue touch. Microwave = Oberheim, Nord = Sequential Circuit? Had them both but kept the Nord. Don´t bring it back, learn it and it will be rewarding!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-10-2001 at 04:35
Nord Lead is pretty nifty...but it's cold filters kinda make the other VA's better for analog sounds.. has a cold digital thing going on.. Idig it.. hmm but to the dude who said "screw Jupiter 6's" you've obviously never played with one... real analog VCO's kill Va's.. you should know that.. Jup 6's are what Va's try to emulate... can't get better than the original...and given you can pick up a Jup 6 used for what you'd pay for one of these.. I'd go for the Jup 6....but the Nord is still cool

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-23-2000 at 13:05
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