Unveiled: Nord lead A1 Analog Modeling Synthesizer







Announced for NAMM, Nord’s new A1 Analog Modeling Synthesizer strives to provide the sought-after warmth and grit of analog synthesis but, thanks to its digital architecture, not the functional limitations. Designed with simplifying complex synth routing in mind, the A1 has a pre-programmed modulation matrix and simplified ADR envelope sections.

The synth is based around Nord’s analog modeling engine. Designed for accurate reproduction of analog oscillators, it emulates entire analog signal paths, as opposed to just oscillator outputs. Providing 24-voice polyphony, the A1 can produce up to 4 synth parts at the same time. The oscillator section is powered by Nord’s Wave engine, and provides you with both digital and analog-emulated waveforms, so you’re not limited to just analog-style tones.

The keyboard itself is a 49-key Fatar keybed housed in an all-metal chassis. For controls, there's a mod wheel for triggering Nord’s Velocity Morph function. Tactile knobs give you hands-on control for the A1’s arpeggiator, modulation section, filter section, and effects. The synth also has a Master Clock function that allows you to sync the LFO, arpeggiator, and delay to match your track’s tempo.