Nord Lead

The synth that added “virtual analog” to our vocabulary
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In 1995, the Swedish company Clavia launched the Nord Lead, the first instrument to use digital signal processing to emulate the sound and functionality of old-school analog synthesizers. Clavia’s breakout instrument was a four-part multitimbral keyboard with lots of hands-on controls and tons of performance features that allowed players to shape sounds in real time. It was a pioneer of analog modeling synthesis and eventually led to four generations of Nord Leads, each more powerful than the last.