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Nord Lead 4 Virtual Analog Synthesizer Rack

Virtual Analog Table Top Rack Mountable Synthesizer

Nord Lead 4 Virtual Analog Synthesizer Rack

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Product Description for the Nord Lead 4 Virtual Analog Synthesizer Rack

The Nord Lead 4 Virtual Analog Table Top Rack Mountable Synthesizer is designed for live performance and studio recording. It is a rackmount version of the Nord 4 Lead Virtual Analog Synthesizer, without the keyboard. The device utilizes a 2x oversampled subtractive synthesis sound engine with two oscillators per voice and generates saw, square, sine, triangle, pulse, and PWM waveforms. The first oscillator offers eight different wavetypes and the second oscillator includes a noise generator, resonance control, and filter cut off. Using the true voice unison mode, you can layer up to four voices on top of one another to build complex sounds. Hard and soft synchronization controls can be used to link the two oscillators to create rich harmonics.

The synthesizer includes two flexible LFO sections per slot which can be synchronized to the master clock and assigned individual time divisions. A variety of LFO shapes including pulse, saw, and sine makes it easy to create pulsing atmospheric pads and wobbling bass lines. The LFOs can be retriggered by a key or an Impulse Morph button and can be used to modulate the FX section of the synthesizer.

The device features classic 12, 24, and 48 dB high-pass, low-pass, and band-pass filters with an ADSR filter and envelope and user selectable tracking. It also includes emulations of the Minimoog and Roland TB-303 synthesizer diode and transistor ladder filters. A drive filter allows you to distort each voice before the signal goes through the effects section of the device. The effects section includes a vintage tube amp emulated overdrive, a voice-like talk box, a sample-reducing crush effect, a comb filter, a side-chainable compressor, and a reverb delay section with 3 reverbs, feedback control, tempo control, and a dry/wet mix knob.

A special feature of this synthesizer is a row of three Impulse Morph buttons that when pressed will spontaneously change the other synthesizer parameters to alter your sound. A Mutator feature automatically generates new sound programs with the capacity to adjust style and strength. Additional controls include a modulation wheel for changing knob parameters, four voice layering with the option to split and hold the voices into two slots, a pitch stick for bending notes, a chord memory button for playing chords with one finger, a four octave arpeggiator that can be synced to the delay and LFO with the Master Clock, and a Patterns feature that applies rhythms to the LFO or arpeggiator.

Global tempo of the synthesizer is controlled by the Master Clock. The tempo can be changed by using the tap-tempo button and the arpeggiator, LFO, and delay can all be synced to the Master Clock or slaved to an external MIDI clock. The unit has four separate audio outputs, which allows you to send the four slots to different channels on a mixer or audio interface. The device includes a USB port to work as a MIDI interface, and comes included with the Nord Sound Manager app for Mac and Windows that allows you to easily manage the sound programs on your computer.

Master Clock

Provides global tempo control over the delay, LFO, and arpeggiator sections of the synthesizer. A tap tempo button allows you to sync the master clock to the music you are playing

Nord Sound Manager Software

Includes Nord's Sound Manager software allowing you to back up and transfer sound programs on your computer


Includes a USB-port that functions as a USB MIDI interface. No driver is needed for use with Mac OSX, and a WHQL driver is available for Windows


Automatically generates new sound programs with adjustable strength and style


Adds rhythmic grooves to the LFO and arpeggiator sections of the synthesizer

2x Oversampling

Uses a double oversampled subtractive synthesis sound engine

Four Audio Outputs

Allows you to send the different slots to different channels on a mixer or audio interface


User Interface

  • 3 character LED display 
  • 29 knobs 
  • 20+ buttons


  • OSC 1: Sine, triangle, sawtooth, pulse, PWM, and wavetables (128)
  • OSC 2: Triangle, sawtooth, PWF, and noise
  • OSC MOD: Hard sync, soft sync, frequency modulations of OSC 1 from OSC 2 (3)


  • Multi-mode filter: 12 dB (2-pole) low pass, 24 dB (4-pole), 48 dB (6 pole), low pass, band pass, high pass, ladder M, and ladder 303
  • Cut off,
  • Resonance
  • Envelope Amount
  • Envelope Amount Controlled by Velocity
  • ADSR Envelope
  • Filter Keyboard Tracking: 1/3, 2/3, or 1/1
  • Adjustable Filter Distortion


  • ADSR envelope, Velocity On/Off, Gain

Modulator Section

  • LFO 1 : square, triangle, sawtooth (4), inverted sawtooth
  • LFO 1 routing : Filter frequency, Osc Mod, Osc Mix, Osc 2 Pitch, Amplitude, and FX
  • Modulation amount : positive or negative/inverted
  • LFO 1 rate : can be synchronized to the Master Clock
  • LFO 1 control : rate, range, and arpeggiator directions
  • Arpeggiator Range : 1 - 4 octave
  • Arpeggiator Modes : up, down, up/down, random, Poly
  • Arpeggio Rate : Can be synchronized to the Master Clock.
  • LFO 2 Wave : square, regular, inverted sawtooth, LF filtered noise, and random staircase waveforms
  • LFO 2 Modifiers : Filter frequency, OSC mod, OSC 1 and/or OSC 2 Pitch, Pan, and Pulse width
  • Modulation amount : positive or negative/inverted
  • LFO 2 Rate : Can be synced to master clock
  • Modulation Envelope : Attack, Decay/Release for OSC mix, OSC mod, OSC 1 and/or 2 pitch, FX section, and LFO 2 amount
  • Modulation amount : Positive or negative/inverted
  • Modulation Envelope : can be manually triggered by impulse morph buttons
  • Patterns : 128 behaviors grouped in 6 different styles


  • Voice modes : Poly, legato with portamento, mono, True Unison 1, 2, & 3.
  • Four slots for layering


  • FX section : Continuous drive/modulation control, crush, drive, talk effects (2), compressor, and comb filter, delay, reverb
  • Delay times : Up to 1400 ms manual or synchronized to the Master Clock
  • Reverb : Room, stage, and hall with adjustable brightness


  • Programs (single sounds) : 4 x 99 locations
  • Performances (multi sounds) : 99 locations

Audio Out

  • 4 x outputs, each slot with its own output
  • Headphone Output
  • 24-bit digital to analog converters


  • Send and receive
  • System exclusive bulk dumps: One or all programs
  • Master Clock syncing to incoming MIDI clock
  • Soft Thru


  • 4 x 1/4" (6.35 mm) unbalanced line level audio outputs
  • 1 x 1/4" (6.35 mm) stereo headphone output jack
  • 1 x 1/4" (6.35 mm) sustain pedal jack
  • 1 x 1/4" (6.35 mm) TRS stereo control pedal jack
  • USB connector with MIDI capabilities
  • MIDI In and Out: 5-pin DIN connectors
Brand Nord
Weight 22.7000
Dimensions (WxHxD) 18.3 x 4.5 x 6.6"

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