Clavia Nord Lead 1

Clavia Nord Lead 1

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Nord Lead 1, Analog Modeling Synth from Clavia in the Nord Lead series.

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  • Manufacturer: Clavia
  • Model: Nord Lead 1
  • Series: Nord Lead
  • Category: Analog Modeling Synths
  • Added in our database on: 04/08/2004

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Clavia Nord Lead 1 user reviews

Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 6 reviews )
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FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Clavia Nord Lead 1
This is a soundgenerator.. a _real_ synthesizer. It doesn't have any reverb and stuff like that built in.. i prefer it this way.. That makes the synthesizer less expensive which often makes you able to buy some real high quality effects. Quality against quantity. 4 voices and 4 parts... upgradeable to 12 voices. Only 2 outs.

Price paid: $300 USD


This synthesizer got an almost perfect interface... designed by musicians for musicians. It's a shame that the guys at Clavia desided to straighten out the shapes on the Nord Lead 2.. otherwise i would probably have one of thoose instead. The Nord Lead 3.. same thing.. but that one has so much more to offer.. so if find one for a good price (in my case right now it isn't worth that much to upgrade) i'll probably upgrade or get one of thoose too.


I just totally love the nord lead sound.. this thing is capable of generating some absolutely wonderful sounds in very high quality. Not perfect analog simulation... but that isn't why i have it (it's still one of the absolutely best an-sounding VA:s). You can do some really lush pads, some really aggressive basslines, totally wonderfull soundeffects and alot more. The oscillators feels a litle bit more digital than the waldorf q... but i still like the nord lead sound more.


I can lift up my modwheel a couple of mm.. so i guess i should open it up and check so it feels alright soon.. never heard any roumours of a nord lead that has acted strange except for this little modwheel thing.. which probably isn't any real prob since it been like that a couple of months and it still works perfectly (i use it almost every day)

I love my nord lead.. i've even named it (the only hitech thing i've ever called by name). I miss my nord lead when i'm not home. If i can find a good airbrush artist i will try to get another nord lead and make it unique.

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Pov Gabou08/10/2002

Pov Gabou's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Clavia Nord Lead 1
4-octave keyboard means.
Controller a pitch bend wood, with the characteristic INTERESTED to oscillate around the zero position: can be made easily with the vibrato pitch bend!
Stereo output, the trifecta twelve o'clock
100 sounds plus 10 kits. 40 sounds are user programmable
no effect.
4 ext 12 voice polyphony (attention, do not buy a 4 channel version now: the extension is to have super long!).

synthse at:

- 2 ocillos (triangle, saw and pulse + noise for one of two)
- A budget dedicates the amp
- About one dedicates to the filter
- A filter with low pass (12 and 24 dB \ octave), Passed high and low pass + one notch (especially aseez!).
- Dest as an LFO with a tilt of the two, the two oscilloscope, the pulse width or the filter cutoff. The LFO is a strength of Nordlead in sound: it has a EHJV of hell!
- A second LFO that acts as an echo-aprgiateur aps I know what.
- An envelope assignable AD FM, or osciloo 2.


Well, this is the first analog modeling synth is saying I do not know what. What is sr is that employment is as simple as a viel analog: twenty pots, knob by a single function, zeros menus! It gnial have fun for hours making sounds with it.

The manual is simple, APRS what I saw. But whoever connate a little bit how a subtractive synth with synthse will not need, except for sysex.


Well, the part INTERESTED. The sound is standard. I do not know if a mule out the old analog (it Paragliding for mulate the prohet5 is good), I do not care. Because of its extremely simple ergonomics is cre dozens of sounds qqs hours. The filter is standard, especially the resonance: background, means that we have a Nordlead, and nothing else! This synth is effective particulirement make sounds that sound artificial trs (the synth of choice for Autechre). Gniale else, the FM: I do not know why, but it sounds from hell (you can block one of the oscilloscope, so it's always the same frequencies. Trs to have good sounds compltement inharmoniqes)


I've had one and a half. Bought OCASI 4300 francs. I love it. His only two major default are not of sound and especially a non Lfo synced to MIDI. This last point is really trs trs shame, because this m'empche use with a squenceur for most sounds I with cre ....

hugo280's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Clavia Nord Lead 1
Very versatile
but buttons that appear fragile


Faicle uses a
edition of the are fast


The mimic is well annalos but bland neutral inconsistent hollow and flat.
but sometimes this would create the original are the possibilities of the machine


One year I have sold the right away after finding a MS20 and Minimoog model d

rico007's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Clavia Nord Lead 1
Modlisation analog-DSP (Motorola 56002)
-Poly: 4 voices expandable 12 (a must!)
-2 + Osc noise
Multimode-filter: low pass 24 db and 12 db, 24 db high pass, band pass, band cut (+ notch on version 2 of the OS)
-Memory: 40 users, 59 factories, 100 performances
- Special functions: Morphing sound CONTRL & external envelope of morphing by noon, according to "note echo" (the V2.x). CONTRL all custom settings by VLOC. Layering.

- Pitch bend wood mounted on a metal blade

Audio input would be a nice addition!
No effect


Everything is on the front. The edition sound is clear, fast and efficient! It is an instrument on which cratif immediately to express environment, it comes out as the user manual for special functions.
The Nordlead is the best synths Designed as I know, it is an instrument "touch".
The pitch wheel is a bit Drout at beginners, but with some practical, high quality you get to add a lot of expressiveness solos.
The quality of manufacture is irrprochable and contrary to what is said before APRS 6 years of use never gave any buttons. The only minor complaint is that the keyboard is a bit "plastic".


The Nordlead is an extremely versatile sytnh. They excel in all types of sounds: leads, basses (!!!!), excellent sound effects, sound evolution, hybrid sounds ("analogiconumriques"), layers (especially thanks to the filter and the PWM on maodulation LFO), brass, metal sounds ....
The filter is rs successful and gives a lot of PCHE sounds.
I also very much the mode notch filter which gives a color any particulire.
The Nordlead has the personality and sounds that are recognized immediately in a song (see preset n55).

For résumé, the REPRESENTATIVES of honor at his keyboard: raw, sometimes aggressive (in the right direction), dynamic and brilliant trs.


6 years since I got mine and I've never lass! It is one of the last one Nordlead products (with version 2.7 of the OS). This is a machine that has never let indiffrentes the people I jou.
Do not hesitate the grind in every way to make the most of this little wonder.
Basically a machine that has guts!

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