Nord Lead A1

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Nord Lead A1R Analog Modeling Synthesizer Tabletop/Rack Unit

MPN: Lead A1R

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  • Nord Lead A1R
  • User Manual
  • Power Cord with IEC C14 connector
  • Nord CD ROM with Nord Sound Manager

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List Price: $1,599.00

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The lead for speed
Producing stand-out sounds for live or for the studio, the Lead A1R is ideal for all musical genres. Thanks to its carefully thought-out user interface, the Lead A1R encourages experimentation, allows for far speedier programming than would otherwise be possible, and ultimately delivers sensational sonic results.

Nord's best-ever analog modeling
At the heart of the Lead A1R is Nord's new analog modeling engine. Taking Nord's virtual analog synthesis to a new level, this modeling recreates a total analog signal path with uncanny realism, and is capable of immense sonic variety. With 24-voice polyphony and Nord's simultaneous synthesizer parts, the Lead A1R is a true synthesizer powerhouse that goes far beyond the current trend for limited capability analog reissues.

A most intuitive interface
Fundamental to the design of the Lead A1R is a brand new simple yet sophisticated front panel interface. The design is in fact the result of requests from professional players – even the most experienced programmers - who need to create the perfect sound as quickly as possible for today's live or studio time demands. The Lead A1R allows easy patch creation and experimentation thanks to a new and unique oscillator section, pre-programmed modulation matrix, and simplified ADR envelopes. Dive in and create incredible patches far quicker than would normally be possible with a synthesizer of such power.

The Oscillator section
The Nord Lead A1R features our newly developed Wave Engine with unique Oscillator Configuration Shortcuts utilising two oscillators. Start with a single Oscillator waveform (a choice of multiple Analog and Digital waveforms), select an Oscillator Configuration Shortcut - Pitch, Detune, Shape, Sync, FM, AM, Dual Osc or Noise - and use the OSC Control knob to adjust the settings of the configuration.

The end result is high speed programming without the need for the usual complexity of routing and patching, and with the opportunity for ready experimentation. A fast track to stunning sound design for both advanced and less experienced programmers.

Like-Button
The new ‘Like’ function is a unique feature that is invaluable during the patch creation process. ‘Like’ up to 50 versions of a patch as you design it, scroll between them to choose your favorite to save to actual memory, or go back to an earlier version to edit in a different way.

Mutator
The Mutator function creates a varia- tion of an existing patch by adjusting certain parameters by set rules. There’s also a wild Randomize mode to create an entirely new patch with all parameters randomized.

Unison
A new designed ”Fat as Fat can be” Unison Mode lets the Lead A1 challenge any vintage analog instrument.

The Filter section
The Lead A1R's filter section features classic 12 and 24 dB Low Pass, a High Pass and a Band Pass filter, together with stunning emulations of the diode and ladder filters from the legendary Mini and the TB-303 synthesizers. The Lead A1's modeling of these filters capture the true character and response of the originals, allowing supremely flexible and precise sound design. The filters are super-smooth with a warm analog character.

The Modulation section

  • Mod Env: The three-stage ADR Modulation Envelope(ADR)is trigged from the keyboard and Envelope can be inverted and controlled by velocity. Thanks to the intuitive design of the front panel it is very easy to see what modulations have been applied and to design incredible sounding patches.
  • LFO: The Lead A1 features an LFO with a choice of waveforms. The LFO rate can be sync'd to the Lead A1's Master Clock. The LFO can also be used as an additional Modulation Envelope.
  • Vibrato: dedicated LFO for Vibrato is always available for use.

 

The Effects section
The Lead A1R's effects section features two stunning brand new analog models of an Ensemble and Chorus, modeled on specific vintage synths and adding classic warmth and analog feel. Alongside these, choose from great-sounding Ring Modulation, Phaser, Flanger or Drive per slot and in addition a separate Delay and Reverb for each slot.

Performance

  • Master Clock" The Master Clock function of the Lead A1 allows the LFO, Arpeggiator and Delay to be synchronized, either internally or slaved to external MIDI clock. A Tap Tempo button allows you to easily tap to the tempo of a drummer or to playback tracks.
  • Arpeggiator: The Lead A1R features four separate Arpeggiators with Up/Down and Random modes and a 4-octave range. Any or all can be sync'd to the Lead A1's master clock.
  • Splits and Layers: Having four identical, equally powerful synthesizers at once opens breathtaking layering possibilities. The Split-mode gives you two 2 slots on each side of the split. A flexible Hold functionality lets you latch and hold slots independently in the background while playing something else on top.
  • Four Outputs: The Lead A1R features four independent audio outputs with the ability to route each slot to a different output. Plus control of Pan via the front panel knob is a welcome new addition in the Lead A1R.
  • Sound Manager: The Lead A1R includes the Nord Sound Manager software for OS X and Windows. Sound Manager is a dedicated librarian app which allows easy reorganizing, back-up an transfer of programs.
  • MIDI Control: The Lead A1R features the convenience of MIDI over USB for use with a sequencer and all of the Lead A1's knobs transmit MIDI Control data.
  • The Hardware: Like all Nord synthesizers the Lead A1R is handmade in Nord's Stockholm factory with incredible attention to detail and quality control. The all-metal chassis, tactile knobs, and unfaltering emphasis on quality complete a synthesizer designed to last a lifetime.

 

Manufacturer Nord
Condition New
Product Type Analog Modeling Synthesizer
Number of Keys None
Weighted Keys No
Key Action N/A
Speakers None
Voices/Programs Voice modes: Poly, Legato with portamento, Mono, True Unison 1, 2 & 3
Four program slots for layering possibilities
Voices of Polyphony 24
Effects Ensemble, Chorus, Ring Modulator, Phaser, Flanger, Drive, Delay, Reverb
Sequencer None
Sampling None
Memory Programs (single sounds): 8 x 50 (400) locations
Performances (multi sounds): 4 x 50 (200) locations
Audio File Playback No
Arpeggiator Yes
MIDI In, Out; USB
USB to Host Yes
USB to Device Yes
Inputs None
Outputs 4 Line Level Audio Outputs - ¼", 6,35 mm jacks, unbalanced
Stereo Headphone Output - ¼", 6,35 mm stereo jack
Control Inputs Sustain Pedal - ¼", 6,35 mm jack. Use a momentary pedal, like e.g., Roland DP-2, DP-6, Yamaha FC-4, FC-5, Fatar VFP1-25 etc
Control Pedal - ¼", 6,35 mm TRS stereo jack. Use a Yamaha FC-7, Roland EV-7, Roland EV-5, Korg EXP2 or Korg XVP10
Controllers Velocity and Mod Wheel Morph
Pitch Stick (with no dead zone at zero crossing)
Expansion
Width 17.2"
Depth 6.10"
Height 4"
Product Weight 6.3 lbs
Unique Features 8 Oscillator Configurations
Transistor and diode ladder filter simulations of Mini and TB-303
4-part multi-timbral

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