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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Clavia Nord Lead

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Virtual Analog

It combines classic ideas with today's technology. This synthesizer has it all... and more. Awesome leads, booming basses, frantic techno - at your fingertips. Every function has a knob. No more menus! Total real time control and instant accessibility make it a breeze to shape the sounds exactly the way you want them. Play with the filter and resonance knob and enjoy the precise tracking and the superb sound quality. You can program any parameter change to velocity and do your licks. Our new high precision "Pitch Stick" gives you complete control of the pitch and allows you to make a true and natural vibrato - just like a violin player! Add a whole new dimension to your playing!

Velocity Programming (Morphing)

A special velocity programming section can be controlled by the modulation wheel making it possible to continuously "morph" between two parameter settings. This feature is a musically expressive tool that lets you shape your sounds while you play. This feature can also be routed to the modulation wheel.


Let's go MIDI Triggering! In the studio, Nord Lead offers real time MIDI recording of the knob settings and special "MIDI patches" to recreate many of the effects produced by external patching on traditional units. For example, let your pre-recorded drumpattern trigger filter and amplifier envelopes, where the Hi-hat pattern triggers the filter envelope and the Kickdrum pattern simultaneously triggers the amplifier envelope. Use Nord Lead in this way and you'll be able to create fascinating poly-rhythmic patterns. The programmable velocity function can also be controlled from a separate MIDI source. All MIDI triggering can be done from separate programmable MIDI channels. The Nord Lead's LFO's and the arpeggiator can be synched to a MIDI clock.

Four Synthesizers in one!

There are four parts which are directly accessible from the front panel. This makes it possible to instantly create layers with up to four different sounds, where each separate sound in the layer can easily be edited in real time. Make up super patches in the Performance section. Create monster basses and mega pads. But it doesn't stop here. The sounds in a layer can be programmed by the special Morph function making it possible to fade sounds and parameters and create an unlimited number of exciting patches.

Clavia Nord Lead 1 Specifications:

Synthesizer Section
Maximum Polyphony : 4 voices, expandable to 12 voices
Number of Multitimbral Parts : 4
Memory Capacity Programs : 59
Memory Capacity Perform. : 100
Memory Capacity User : 40 (with expansion 99x3 user and 100 user performances)
Velocity programming : Each function, controlled by a knob, can be programmed to velocity.
Morphing : Each function, controlled by a knob, can also be controlled by the modulation wheel/pedal to continuously fade between two values.
Oscillator section : Two oscillators generating triangle, sawtooth or pulse (with adjustable width) waveforms. Oscillator 2 can also generate noise with color control. Oscillator 2 can be hard "synched" to oscillator 1. Linear deep frequency modulation of osc 1 from osc 2.
Filter section : 12 dB "2 pole" lowpass, 24 dB "4 pole" lowpass, bandpass or highpass. Cut off, resonance, envelope amount, envelope amount controlled by velocity, keyboard tracking and ADSR envelope.
Amplifier section : ADSR envelope, gain control.
Modulation section : LFO 1 generating triangle, saw or random routed to osc 1+2, osc 2, filter or pulse-width. LFO 2 produces a triangle waveform, routed to osc 1 and 2 or amplifier. It also controls the rate for the arpeggiator.
Arpeggiator : Range: 1 - 4 octave. Modes: up, down, up/down. Modulation envelope (attack, decay) for osc 2 pitch or FM amount.
Performance section : Play mode: Poly, legato, mono, unison mono, unison poly. Manual mode. Four program slots for layering possibilities. Portamento/auto portamento.
Performance controllers : 4 octave velocity sensitive keyboard with octave shift buttons (5 octaves). Modulation wheel, the "Pitch Stick" (featuring no dead zone at zero crossing), pedal input for sustain or expression pedal. 26 knobs and 19 buttons for program editing.
Display : 2 digits backlit LCD
Connectors : Stereo output. Modes: Stereo, mono and multitimbral (A C + B D) mode. Headphones out. Stereo 18 bit DAC. MIDI IN / OUT / THRU.
MIDI features : All control knobs and switches for program editing send and receive Control Change messages. System exclusive bulk dumps. One program or all programs. MIDI clock synchronizing LFO 1 and LFO 2/arpeggiator. Triggering of the filter and amplifier envelopes and velocity control from separate programmable MIDI channel and note numbers.
Dimensions : 865(W) x 265(D) x 105(H) mm, 34"(W) x 10.4"(D) x 4.1"(H)
Weight : 6.7kg (14.7 lbs)"

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