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Nord Lead A1 49-Key Analog Modeling Synthesizer (B-Stock)


  • 49-Key Fatar Keybed
  • 24-Voice Polyphony
  • 8 Oscillator Configurations
  • Modeled Analog & Digital Waveforms

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

General 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) Packaging Info Package Weight 17.3 lb Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 39.3 x 15.3 x 8"


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