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Nord Lead A1 Synthesizer Product Overview by GAK

Nord's A1 modelling synth has become an industry standard for live performance and studios across the globe.

Combining the latest analogue modelling synth with an innovative streamlined interface for fast-track programming on the fly. With such a large choice of sounds, the A1 is a great choice for all genres of music.

The keyboards 26-voice polyphony allows you to get very elaborate with your chord voicings. Combine this with the ability to play four simultaneous parts.

The A1 also comes with some excellent in-built effects including; Ensemble, Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Ring Modulator, and Drive.

Nord Product Overview

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

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.

At the heart of the Lead A1 is our new analog modelling engine. Taking our virtual analog synthesis to the next level, this modelling 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 reissues.

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.

Like all Nord instruments, the Lead A1 is handmade in Nord's Stockholm factory with incredible attention to detail and quality control.

The keyboard is a Fatar 49-key keybed with a super-fast response. With an all-metal chassis, tactile knobs, and unfaltering emphasis on quality, the Lead A1 is an instrument designed to last a lifetime.

  • Synth engine: 96 kHz, 32 bit floating point processing
  • Polyphony: 24 voices
  • Multitimbral: 4 parts
  • Keybed: 49 keys
  • Weight: 4.85 kg (10.7 lbs)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 802 x 92 x 260 mm (31.5 x 3.6 x 10.2")



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  • Alex B


    The sound of this synthesiser is superb. The pre-made sound banks are impressive without any additional synthesis! I’m still learning how to program and get around this instrument, which shouldn’t take too long as the manual is brilliantly written and set out. It’s solidly built and fairly lightweight considering it’s power! One complaint is that the LED display screen is not entirely visible when standing/sitting in the middle of the instrument: eg when you manipulate sounds a small dot appears to the right to inform that changes have been made - this dot is just cut out of the line of sight. Otherwise, this synth is awesome for what I need it to do and how I play/perform!

  • Vincent


    Good sounds and simple to use. Only downside is no naming of instrument patches

  • Customer


    A compact, powerful and easy to use board that begs you to experiment. The sound is warm and versatile and the build quality is superb. Nothing to touch it at the price.

  • Simon Arrowsmith


    The perfect creative starting point. Intuitive and fun to use with ability to create original sounds. Sounds amazing!

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