"I'm more a hardware guy. I've got two Nords that I use a lot — the Lead Version 2 and the small one, the Nord Modular, with all the editing stuff inside the computer. I like the texture of the Nord Lead. I'm not too much into the Modular because I'm not a software person really. I like tweaking knobs and having a straight effect. I really enjoy being able to touch the equipment and see what I'm doing, I relate much more to that. What I like about the Nord Lead is it's got tons of buttons and you don't have to go into pages and pages to actually have something happening."more
"Impressive Instant" opens with out-of-phase synth LFO sweeps, panned hard left and right . Light and transparent, the sound forms a backdrop for the entire length of the track. "Those are from the Nord Lead, run through a lowpass filter," says Mirwais. "The Nord Lead is an impressive machine because it's so simple."more
In terms of keyboards, Vrenna notes, “I just like big, shiny keyboards with lots of lights. My sampler is still an E-mu: the E4 Ultra. I still use it every day of my life. They discontinued them because they've gone software, as well with the new E-mu X Series, so I've been picking up used E-mu's out of the Recycler and eBay and building a couple more hardware samplers just so I have them.” His arsenal also includes a Waldorf Microwave XT, Kurzweil K2000/R, Roland V Synths, an old Virus updated “as far as it will go,” a Nord Lead 2, Alesis Andromeda A6 and “a good old trusty JP8000.”more
Minilogue's studio is surrounded by serene nature outside of Malmö, Sweden. It's here that Sebastian Mullaert and Markus Henriksson compose their lush, evolving techno suites with a variety of hardware and software - with Live at the center of each musician's setup. In the video below, Sebastian gives us an overview of Minilogue's technology.more
In the video minute 8:09 Odin Schwartz(Juana Molina's bandmate) can bee seen playing the Nord synth. Eventhough he usually plays it live, Juana Molina told Electronic Musician that Clavia Nord 2 is part of her studio gear. (http://www.emusician.com/gear/1332/frequency-juana-molina/40380)more
"One keyboard version for working at home or in the studio, and one rackmounted version for live work. The original Nord Lead was great, but we waited for the polyphonic one, because part of its job will be to replace the ailing Emax on stage. One of the nice things about this keyboard is the fact that a noise never seems to disappear when you turn a knob right round. That's unusual in analog or analog-emulation synths."more
Quite the popular synth, I've gone through quite a number of synths and I've always come back to this guy. I do a lot of texture and ambient work and the pads on the lead 2 are very full sounding. The secret about this synth is to run it in stereo. In short, an awesome synth.