Nord Wave 2 61-Key Performance Synthesizer

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Nord 61-Note 4-Part Synthesizer Keyboard Combining Virtual Analog Synthesis, Samples, FM and Wavetable Synthesis

Nord Wave 2 is a powerful 4-part performance synthesizer combining virtual analog synthesis, samples, FM and wavetable synthesis with an intuitive layer-focused interface. Offering 48-voice polyphony, innovative performance features and hands-on controls, Nord Wave 2 provides outstanding sonic possibilities with advanced layering and tweaking on the fly.

With 4 independent synthesizers in one, Nord Wave 2 offers exceptional possibilities for layering both classic waveforms and samples. Dedicated OLED displays for Program and Oscillator sections provide an excellent overview when shaping your sounds. The wide range of performance features and instantly tweakable hands-on effects makes the Wave 2 Nord's most versatile performance synthesizer ever.

detail image of Nord Wave 2 top panel showing Layer control section

Layer section
Wave 2 features a Program Layer section with faders for easily controlling the volume or pan for all 4 layer at once. The Layer section also provides handy features for quick layer focus, pan control, solo and multi-editing. The new Group feature allows you to group 2, 3 or 4 layers and process them through the same filter, envelope, arpeggiator, LFO and effect settings, perfect when creating complex multi-layered sounds that can be edited as one coherent sound. Alternatively, three split points provide up to 4 zones with optional crossfades.

detail image of Nord Wave 2 top panel showing Oscillator control section

Oscillator section
The Oscillator section for each of the 4 layers offers 4 modes – Analog, Wavetable, FM and Samples – and is easily browsed with the new direct category mode. The Oscillator Control features additional control over shape, sync or detune. The Oscillator section also includes a powerful multi-oscillator unison effect with true Superwaves simultaneously generating hundreds of waveforms for extremely thick and fat sounds.

  • Analog: an extensive range of waveforms from classic analog to extended, harmonically rich additions.
  • Samples: a wide selection of high-quality samples from Nord Sample Library 3.0 including strings, brass, guitars, choirs, and chromatic percussion as well as the exclusively licensed sounds of the legendary Mellotron and Chamberlin. All sounds are easily replaceable using free Nord Sound Manager software.
  • Wavetable: a large number of advanced wavetables covering a wide range of tonal characteristics.
  • FM: including 2, 3 and 4 operator configurations with harmonic and inharmonic variations.

detail image of Nord Wave 2 top panel showing Oscillator control section
screenshot of Nord Sample Editor 3 software

Create and transfer your own samples
Adding your own custom sample instruments has never been easier thanks to the new streamlined Nord Sample Editor 3 for Mac and Windows that lets you map, loop and transfer samples to your Nord Wave 2.

detail image of Nord Wave 2 top panel showing Amp, Filter and LFO control sections

Filters, amp and LFO
The Filter section has 6 filter types including a stunning emulation of the Moog 24dB ladder transistor ladder filter. The Filter section is equipped with a full ADSR envelope. Wave 2 features a dedicated LFO with a choice of waveforms for each layer, vibrato and an AD/AR modulation envelope with optional velocity response and envelope invert mode. The LFO has several morphable parameters and its rate can be synchronized to the master clock. The Amp section is equipped with a full ADSR envelope including a powerful Transient Attack mode for adding more punch to your sounds.

detail image of Nord Wave 2 top panel showing Amp, Filter and LFO control sections
detail image of Nord Wave 2 top panel showing Morph control sections

Morphing and Impulse Morph
Wave 2 features an extensive range of morphable parameters including LFO amount, oscillator control, filter and effects that can be controlled from four different sources: velocity, aftertouch, mod wheel and control pedal. All morph sources can be quickly assigned to control multiple parameters simultaneously and the powerful Impulse Morph feature lets you instantly change any parameter of your sound.

detail image of Nord Wave 2 top panel showing Arpeggiator control section

Advanced polyphonic arpeggiator and gate
Nord Wave 2 is a rhythmical powerhouse with both a classic arpeggiator and a polyphonic mode with directly editable patterns that will re-trigger all held keys either straight or patterned featuring different inversions for exciting harmonic variations. Gate mode chops your sound up in a rhythmic pattern with adjustable depth. Pattern mode contains a wide selection of rhythmic patterns and allows easy editing for creating your own custom patterns.

detail image of Nord Wave 2 top panel showing Arpeggiator control section
detail image of Nord Wave 2 top panel showing Effects, EQ, Reverb and Delay control sections

Effects section
A separate Effects section for each layer provides instantly tweakable high-quality stereo effects including tremolo, pan, ring modulator, chorus, ensemble and 'vibe' as well as an EQ with drive. All effects are controllable via control pedal or other morph sources and can also be synchronized to the master clock for rhythmic effects. There's an advanced stereo delay effect with ping pong mode, analog mode and tap tempo as well as creative new feedback options for adding ensemble, chorus, vibe and HP/LP/BP filter in the feedback loop. Separate reverb section for each layer provides five different reverb sizes – booth, room, stage, hall and cathedral – as well as bright and dark modes and a 'chorale' effect for lush modulation.

More Information
Manufacturer Nord
Condition New
Included from Manufacturer Power cord
Analog/Digital Digital
Number of Keys 61
Weighted Keys No
Key Action Synth action with aftertouch
Aftertouch Yes
Voices of Polyphony 48
Oscillators per Voice Varies by Sound Engine
Multitimbral 4 parts
Effects Reverb with bright and dark modes, 5 sizes and chorale effect
Delay with ping pong and analog modes
EQ with drive
Ring modulator
Sampling Sample playback as an oscillator type
Supports Nord Sample Library 3.0
User samples may be mapped, looped and transferred using free Nord Sample Editor 3 software
Arpeggiator Yes
USB Port (to Host) MIDI, System Updates, File Transfer, Editor/Librarian/Patch Manager
Audio Inputs 1/8" stereo monitor input
Audio Outputs Dual 1/4" stereo main output
1/4" stereo headphone output
Control Connections 1/4" control pedal input
1/4" sustain pedal input
Onboard Controllers Pitch bend stick
Mod wheel
Width 39"
Depth 12"
Height 4"
Product Weight 20 lb
Unique Features
  • Advanced polyphonic arpeggiator
  • Multi-parameter 'morphing' can be controlled via velocity, aftertouch, mod wheel or control pedal
  • Group features allows grouping of up to 4 layers for processing through the same filter, envelope, arpeggiator, LFO and effects settings

Nord USA Limited Warranty

This product has been manufactured by Nord and is warranted free from defects in materials or workmanship for the period of one year from the date of purchase by the original owner.

  • Ground shipping is FREE for all orders $99 and up.
  • Our central, midwest location ensures fast delivery times.
  • See below for transit day estimates. Please note, these are estimates and are not guaranteed.

Generally, package estimated transit days are as follows:

  • Upper Midwest: 1-3 days
  • Central US, South East US, and East Coast: 2-4 days
  • West Central US: 3-5 days
  • West Coast: 4-6 days
  • Alaska & Hawaii: 7+ days
All transit times are based in business days. Please allow 7-10 business days for most freight shipments. Business days are Monday through Friday and do not include public holidays and weekends (Saturday/Sunday.) For questions regarding estimates to your specific location, please contact us at [email protected] or 800-783-3368.