Nord Lead A1 Virtual Analog Synthesizer

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Nord Lead A1

The Nord Lead A1 is an analog modeling synthesizer with a 49-note Fatar keybed, 24-voice polyphony, and four synth parts that can be played simultaneously. Each synth part features its own dedicated output for enhanced routing and sound processing options. 

The oscillator section utilizes two oscillators, starting with a single waveform then routing it through a configuration shortcut (such as pitch, detune, sync, shape, ring modulation, FM, noise, or dual oscillator mode). The configuration shortcuts offer a simple means of generating powerful sounds without the hassle of patching everything together. 

The synthesizer’s filter section is comprised of 12 and 24dB low-, high-, and band-pass filters alongside emulations of the diode and ladder filters found in the Mini and TB-303 synthesizers. Additionally, the effects section features 6 onboard effects—including two analog models of ensemble and chorus effects in addition to classic effects like ring modulation, flanger, phaser, delay, and reverb. 

Lead A1 Features

  • 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
  • USB MIDI
  • 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

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: 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

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 & 3
  • Layering: 4x 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 the Master Clock
  • Reverb: Types: room, stage 1, stage 2, hall 1, hall 2

Memory

  • 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

MIDI

  • 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)
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