Nord Lead A1R - Analog Modeling Synthesizer Module

Nord Lead A1R - Analog Modeling Synthesizer Module

Nord Lead A1R - Analog Modeling Synthesizer Module

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Product Highlights

  • 24-Voice Polyphony
  • 8 Oscillator Configurations
  • Modeled Analog and Digital Waveforms
  • 4-Part Multi-Timbral Performance
  • Master Clock Sync for Arp, LFO, Delay
  • 6 Built-In Effects
  • USB MIDI
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  • 1Description

The Nord Lead A1R is the rack-mountable, tabletop version of the company's keyboard and features the same analog modeling sound engine designed to produce virtual analog sounds as well as digital wave forms. The unit is capable of 24-voice polyphony and four simultaneous synthesizer parts, and its interface is designed to provide simplified access to the synthesizer engine's parameters, including the oscillator, filter, modulation, and effects sections.

Oscillator Section
Oscillator section features the Wave Engine with oscillator configuration shortcuts utilizing two oscillators. Start with a single oscillator waveform (a choice of multiple analog and digital wave forms), 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

Delivers high-speed programming without the need for the usual complexity of routing and patching, and with the opportunity for ready experimentation
Filter Section
Classic 12 and 24 dB low-pass filters, high- and band-pass filters, together with emulations of the diode and ladder filters from the Mini and the TB-303 synthesizers. The modeling of these filters captures the character and response of the originals, allowing flexible sound design
Effects Section
Two analog models of an ensemble and chorus, modeled on specific vintage synthesizers for the analog feel. Alongside these, choose from ring modulation, phaser, flanger or drive effects per slot and a separate delay and reverb for each slot
Performance
Velocity Morph
The Morph function via velocity or pedal, allows you to control multiple parameters simultaneously - can be used by just holding the Morph button and adjusting any desired knob
Master Clock
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
Four separate arpeggiators with up/down and random modes and a four-octave range. Any or all can be sync'd to the master clock
Splits and Layers
Four identical, equally powerful synthesizers at once provides endless layering possibilities. The split mode gives you two slots on each side of the split. A flexible hold function lets you latch and hold slots independently in the background while playing something else on top
Four Outputs
Independent audio outputs with the ability to route each slot to a different output plus control of pan via the front-panel knobs
Sound Manager
Nord Sound Manager software for OS X and Windows is a dedicated librarian app which allows easy reorganizing, back-up and transfer of programs
MIDI Control
The convenience of MIDI over USB for use with a sequencer and all knobs transmit MIDI control data
Added Features
'Like' function is a useful feature during patch creation. While programming you can store what you've done at a given time into a temporary location and continue editing. You can like up to fifty variations, with the ability to scroll between them for comparison. When ready, save the patch or patches to memory
Mutator function allows variations of a patch to be created by adjusting one, some, or all elements of a patch by set percentages. There's also a randomize mode to create an entirely new patch with all parameters randomized
Unison Mode lets the synthesizer challenge any vintage analog instrument
UPC: 834035001219
In the Box
Nord Lead A1R - Analog Modeling Synthesizer Module
  • AC Power Cable
  • Rack Ears
  • CD-ROM with Nord Sound Manager
  • One (1) Year Limited Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    General
    User Interface 3 x LED displays
    23 x Knobs
    3 x Encoders
    20 x Buttons for program and performance editing
    Oscillator
    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
    Filters
    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
    Modulation
    LFO1 Generates: Triangle, square, sawtooth, inverted sawtooth or sample and hold waveforms
    Routing: 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
    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
    Amplifier
    Control ADR/ASR envelope
    Gain control
    Individual Pan Control: Per program
    Velocity Control: On/off
    Performance
    Voices Poly, legato with portamento, mono, true unison 1, 2 and 3
    Layering 4 x Program slots for layering possibilities
    Effects
    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 master clock
    Reverb Types: Room, stage 1, stage 2, hall 1, hall 2
    Memory
    Programs Single Sounds: 8 x 50 (400) locations
    Performances (Multiple Sounds): 4 x 50 (200) locations
    Audio Output
    Output 4 x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TS unbalanced (each slot can be assigned its own output)
    1 x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS stereo headphone output
    24-bit DACs
    MIDI
    Type 1 x USB Type B
    1 x 5-pin DIN In
    1 x 5-pin DIN Out
    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 (WxDxH) 18.3 x 6.6 x 4.5" (466 x 169 x 115 mm)
    Weight 6.6 lb (3 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 9.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.102 x 9.685 x 7.008"

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