Nord Lead A1 49-Key Analog Modeling Synthesizer

Nord Lead A1 49-Key Analog Modeling Synthesizer

Nord Lead A1 49-Key Analog Modeling Synthesizer

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Product Highlights

  • 49-Key Fatar Keybed
  • 24-Voice Polyphony
  • 8 Oscillator Configurations
  • Modeled Analog & Digital Waveforms
  • 4-Part Multi-Timbral Performance
  • Master Clock Sync for Arp, LFO, & Delay
  • 6 Built-In Effects
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Nord Lead A1 overview

  • 1Description

The Lead A1 49-Key Analog Modeling Synthesizer from Nord features an analog modeling sound engine designed to provide virtual analog sounds as well as access to digital waveforms. It has a 49-key Fatar keybed and is capable of 24-voice polyphony and 4 simultaneous synth parts. Its interface is designed to provide simplified access to the synth engine's parameters, including its oscillator, filter, modulation, and effects sections.

Oscillator Section
The Nord Lead A1 features their Wave Engine with oscillator configuration shortcuts utilizing 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, ring modulation, 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
Filter Section
The Lead A1's filter section features classic 12 and 24 dB low-pass, a high-pass and a band-pass filter, together with emulations of the diode and ladder filters from the Mini and the TB-303 synthesizers. The Lead A1's modeling of these filters capture the character and response of the originals, allowing flexible sound design
Effects Section
The Lead A1's effects section features two analog models of an ensemble and chorus, modeled on specific vintage synths and adding analog feel. Alongside these, choose from ring modulation, phaser, flanger or drive per slot and in addition a separate delay and reverb for each slot
  • Mod Wheel and Velocity Morph:
    The Morph function via mod wheel, velocity or pedal, allows you to control multiple parameters of the Lead A1 simultaneously. Morph can be used by just holding the Morph button and adjusting any desired knob
  • 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 tap to the tempo of a drummer or to playback tracks
  • Arpeggiator:
    The Lead A1 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 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 A1 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 addition in the Lead A1
  • Sound Manager:
    The Lead A1 includes the Nord Sound Manager software for OS X and Windows. Sound Manager is a dedicated librarian app which allows easy reorganizing, back-up and transfer of programs
  • MIDI Control:
    The Lead A1 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 keyboards the Lead A1 is handmade in Nord's Stockholm factory. The Fatar 49-key keybed, all-metal chassis, and tactile knobs are designed for years of use
  • UPC: 834035001202
    In the Box
    Nord Lead A1 49-Key Analog Modeling Synthesizer
  • CD-ROM with Nord Sound Manager
  • Power Cord
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Nord Lead A1 specs

    Keyboard 49-key octave velocity sensitive keyboard with octave shift buttons (+/- 2 octaves)
    Keyboard Split with 2 slots for the upper and lower section
    Controls 1x Modulation wheel
    1x Pitch stick (with no dead zone at zero crossing)
    1x 1/4" (6.3 mm) pedal input for sustain pedal
    1x 1/4" (6.3 mm) pedal input for expression pedal
    Pitch Bend Range Programmable up to +/- octave
    User Interface 3x LED displays
    23x knobs
    3x encoders
    20x buttons for program and performance editing
    Waveform Multiple Oscillator waveforms; traditional analog, extended analog, pulse waveforms, wavetable
    OSC Configuration Knob Categories: pitch, detune, shape, sync, ring modulation, noise, dual OSC, FM
    Type Multi-mode Filter:
    12 dB (2-pole) low-pass,
    24 dB (4-pole) low-pass and band pass, high pass
    Ladder M and Ladder 303 characteristics
    Control Cut off, resonance, envelope amount, LFO amount, drive
    Envelope ADR/ASR
    Tracking Ability Filter keyboard tracking can be set to off, 1/3, 2/3 or full
    Distortion Filter Distortion: Adjustable
    LFO1 Generates: triangle, square, sawtooth, inverted sawtooth or sample and hold waveforms
    Routing: can be routed to filter frequency, pitch, shape and OSC mod
    Sync: Can be synchronized to the Master Clock
    Modes: can be switched to Env mode with three different characteristics and sample and hold is manually triggered by keyboard
    Arpeggiator Range: 1 to 4 octaves
    Modes: up, down, up/down, random, Poly
    Sync: arpeggio rate can be synchronized to the Master Clock
    Envelope ADR/ASR
    Velocity control: on/off
    Inverse Envelope: on/off
    Control ADR/ASR envelope
    Gain control
    Individual Pan Control: per program
    Velocity Control: on/off
    Voices Poly, legato with portamento, Mono, True Unison 1, 2 & 3
    Layering 4x program slots for layering possibilities
    Effects Types: flanger, phaser, ring modulation, chorus, ensemble and drive
    Delay Types/Controls: Tap tempo, four stages of feedback, ping-pong, dry/wet mix
    Sync: delay speed can be synchronized to the Master Clock
    Reverb Types: room, stage 1, stage 2, hall 1, hall 2
    Programs Single Sounds: 8x 50 (400) locations
    Performances (Multiple Sounds): 4x 50 (200) locations
    Audio Output
    Output 4x unbalanced 1/4" (6.3 mm) (each slot can be assigned to its own output)
    1x 1/4" (6.3 mm) stereo headphone output
    24-bit DACs
    Type USB MIDI
    5-pin DIN in
    5-pin DIN out
    THRU: soft
    Control All control knobs and switches send and receive control change messages
    MIDI Dumps: System exclusive or all programs
    Sync Master Clock will sync to incoming MIDI clock
    Dimensions & Weight
    Dimensions (L x W x D) 34.0 x 3.7 x 10.7 (864 x 94 x 272 mm)
    Weight 10.7 lb (4.85 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 17.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 39.3 x 15.3 x 8.0"

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