Nord - Lead A1

Nord - Lead A1

  • $1,799.00

Manufacturer Description:

This is the new Nord Lead A1 analog modeling synthesizer – a stunning
sounding synthesizer with a simplified yet hugely powerful front panel

Producing stand-out sounds for live or for the studio, the Lead A1 is
ideal for all musical genres. Thanks to its carefully thought-out user
interface, the Lead A1 encourages experimentation, allows for far
speedier programming than would otherwise be possible, and ultimately
delivers sensational sonic results.

The Lead for Speed

Producing stand-out sounds for live or for the studio, the Lead A1 is
ideal for all musical genres. Thanks to its carefully thought-out user
interface, the Lead A1 encourages experimentation, allows for far
speedier programming than would otherwise be possible, and ultimately
delivers sensational sonic results.

Main features


Unique Oscillator concept

8 Oscillator Configurations

Pitch, Detune, Shape, Sync, AM, Noise, Sub Mix, FM

Traditional Analog and Digital Waveforms



LFO with 5 waveforms

Mod Envelope

LFO as additional ModEnv


12, 24 dB low-pass filters

High-pass and Band-pass filters

Transistor and diode ladder filter simulations

of Mini and TB-303

Ensemble, Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Ring Modulator, Drive


4-part multi-timbral

Master Clock Sync of Arpeggiator, LFO and Delay

Velocity and Mod Wheel Morph


Added features

Mutator NEW

Like Button NEW

Extra Fat Unison mode NEW

Our best-ever analog modeling...

At the heart of the Lead A1 is our new analog modeling engine. Taking
our virtual analog synthesis to the next level, this modeling recreates a
total analog signal path with uncanny realism, and is capable of
immense sonic variety. With 26-voice polyphony and four simultaneous
synthesizer parts, the Lead A1 is a true synthesizer powerhouse that
goes far beyond the current trend for limited capability analog

The Nord Lead A1 panel

...combined with our most intuitive interface

Fundamental to the design of the Lead A1 is a brand new simple yet
sophisticated front panel interface. The design is in fact the result of
requests from professional players – even the most experienced
programmers - who need to create the perfect sound as quickly as
possible for today's live or studio time demands. The Lead A1 allows
easy patch creation and experimentation thanks to a new and unique
oscillator section, pre-programmed modulation matrix, and simplified ADR
envelopes. Dive in and create incredible patches far quicker than would
normally be possible with a synthesizer of such power.

Oscillator section

The Lead A1's new Oscillator section generates 47 different waveforms
from classic analog to digital harmonic and inharmonic waves, whilst
unique Oscillator Configuration Shortcuts make programming more
immediate than ever. Start with a single Oscillator waveform select an
Oscillator Configuration Shortcut - Pitch, Detune, Shape, Sync, Sub Mix,
FM, AM or Noise - and use the Adjust knob to adjust the settings of the

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. A fast track to stunning sound design for both advanced
and less experienced programmers.

Oscillator Configurations


- adjusts the pitch of the original oscillator.


- adds a second oscillator, with control over its pitch.

Sub Mix

- adds a second oscillator, with a choice of waveform shapes and pitches.


The shaping of the Panel Analog, Extended Analog and Fixed Pulse
waveforms uses a traditional waveshaping method, the other waveforms are
changed with a spectral shaping process.


- emulates Hard sync by adding an additional oscillator that is the sync reference.


Oscillator 1 will be modulated by a sine wave from oscillator 2 at high
frequencies. There are several different pitch offsets for oscillator 2
(-12 to +48 semitones).


- uses a second oscillator to create Amplitude Modulation.


adds a Noise element to the original oscillator, Osc Control sets the mix.

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 stunning emulations of
the diode and ladder filters from the legendary Mini and the TB-303
synthesizers as used in the Lead 4. The Lead A1's modeling of these
filters capture the true character and response of the originals,
allowing supremely flexible and precise sound design. The filters are
super-smooth with a warm analog character.

LFO & Modulation SECTION

The Lead A1 features an LFO with a choice of waveforms and a three-stage
ADR/ASR Modulation Envelope. The LFO rate can be sync'd to the Lead
A1's master clock. The Mod Envelope has its own velocity setting and
also includes an Invert function. Thanks to the intuitive design of the
front panel it is very easy to see what modulations have been applied
and to design incredible sounding patches.

Effect Section

The Lead A1's effects section features two stunning brand new analog
models of an Ensemble and Chorus, modeled on specific vintage synths and
adding classic warmth and analog feel. Alongside these, choose from
great-sounding Ring Modulation, Phaser, Flanger, or Drive per slot, and
in addition a separate Delay and Reverb for each slot.

Mod Wheel and Velocity Morph

A classic Nord feature, the Morph function via Mod Wheel, Velocity or
pedal, allows you to control multiple parameters of the Lead A1
simultaneously. Morph is exceptionally easy to set-up and use - just
hold the Morph button and adjust any desired knob.


Like button NEW

Unique to the Nord Lead A1 is the new 'Like' function, a simple and
brilliant practical feature to use during patch creation. When
programming a patch it's often not clear if it's yet perfect. Now with
the Lead A1 you can simply 'Like' what you've done into a temporary
location and continue editing. You can Like up to 50 variations, with
the ability to scroll between them to compare your favourites or go back
to a specific Liked version to edit in a different way. When you're
ready, save your favourite patch or patches to the Lead A1's memory.

Mutator Function NEW

A popular feature of the Lead 4, the 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 wild Randomize mode to create
an entirely new patch with all parameters randomized.

Unison NEW

A newly designed "Fat-As-Fat-Can-Be" Unison Mode let's the Lead A1 challenge any vintage analog instrument.

Arpeggiator Arpeggiator Section

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.

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 easily tap to the tempo of a
drummer or to playback tracks.

Splits and Layers

Having four identical, equally powerful synthesizers at once opens
breathtaking 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.

Multi Focus Mode

New in the Lead A1 is the Multi-Focus Mode that allows editing and
control of all four slots simultaneously. Save this mode as part of a
Performance and you have live realtime control over all four slots of
the Lead A1.

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 new 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 an transfer of programs.

MIDI Control

The Lead A1 features the convenience of MIDI over USB for use with a
sequencer or with the included Sound Manager software. All of the Lead
A1's knobs transmit MIDI Control data.

The Hardware
Nord Lead A1Like all Nord instruments, the Lead A1 and Lead A1R are
handmade in Nord's Stockholm factory with incredible attention to detail
and quality control.

The keyboard version features a Fatar® 49-key keybed with a super-fast
response. Aside from the keys, mod wheel and pitch stick, the
rack/desktop version features a 100% identical feature set, in a design
suitable for stage or studio.

With an all-metal chassis, tactile knobs, and unfaltering emphasis on
quality, the Lead A1 and A1R are instruments designed to last a