In Loving Memory of the Nord Lead 4. R.I.P. (2013-2020)

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In Loving Memory of the Nord Lead 4. R.I.P. (2013-2020)

Post by chvad » Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:54 am

In Loving Memory of the Nord Lead 4. R.I.P. (2013-2020)
I don't hold on to synths very long and this is the first synth I've had since release to retirement so here's a small send off to the line. The Lead 4 has served me well on stage and studio for 7 strong years and hopefully many more. Sad to see you relegated to the legacy page. With love I shall miss thee!

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Post by estin » Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:01 am

The 4 and the A1 are the only Nords I haven't had at some point, I liked the 3's sound the best. I wonder if they have something else in the works or sticking with the A1 and Wave 2. I'd really like to see them bring back the rack modules but I supposed rack and desktop guys are likely to go for something else.

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Post by chvad » Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:19 am

I've enjoyed the 4 a great deal. It has it's shortcomings but it's def done well for me. I was excited about the Wave 2 but then saw how the the synth engine was basically like the A1 design and my interested dropped pretty quickly. It sounds cool enough but I prefer a more "classic" approach to the oscillator section. Then there's the single LFO thing. So that being the case... I hope they go for a Lead 5 at some point. If the wave 2 had the 4 osc section with come tweaks and a second LFO I think I'd be in.

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Post by estin » Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:01 am

I doubt it will happen but I think with the A1 and Wave 2 a new Nord Modular would make sense. It would likely capitalize on the waning interest in actual modular, and the increased interest in digital FM polys at the same time.

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Post by Red Electric Rainbow » Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:05 am

users have been asking for a G3 for years. i’ve had all the Nord Leads at some point and IMO the NL3 was definitely the stand out.
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Post by chvad » Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:22 am

The Lead 3 seems cool to me. Never had a chance to play one though. During it's lifespan I wasn't in a position to be acquiring gear so it completely went by me. When the 4 was announced some of the changes spec wise from 3-4 were kind of shocking.

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Post by Cornerman » Fri Jan 31, 2020 3:15 pm

Too bad, time for a NL 5? Or a departure from this VA synth series altogether. Sales wise not enough anymore ?

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Post by chvad » Fri Jan 31, 2020 6:44 pm

I dunno. For me the Nord hit all the right stuff for a gigging player. When weighing options for a new board it came down to the Prophet 12 and the Lead 4 and despite the better specs in some cases for the Prophet, the Lead hitting enough bases (at least 4 full size octaves, at least bi-timbral, various synth specs etc etc) plus it being light enough to backpack the case easily was the deciding factor. So hope they continue the line because I think they hit places and fill holes that a lot of synths don't/can't. So despite all the real analog options out there... i see a place for synths like these. Does the market? :despair:

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Post by anselmi » Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:30 pm

7 years??? wow... :eek:

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Post by 3hands » Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:26 am

On the topic of having machines for a long time....

I’ve had my Korg Prophecy since new (1995), and my Jx3p since 10 year old me bought one with my first job in 1985.
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Post by chvad » Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:01 pm

That's awesome! I never keep stuff that long until your post just reminded me of something I have had for longer... my DR.660. I got that right when it came out in 92 and have had it ever since. 28 years? Good god. Still... yer 85 has me beat!

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Post by spacenoodle » Sat Feb 01, 2020 7:05 pm

I bought a Nord 2 in 98 and still rely on it as my main poly. I'm not even sure why this one synth never leaves, it's certainly not an amazing synth. But it does have an identifiable sound.

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Re: In Loving Memory of the Nord Lead 4. R.I.P. (2013-2020)

Post by 3hands » Sat Feb 01, 2020 10:08 pm

chvad wrote:
Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:01 pm
That's awesome! I never keep stuff that long until your post just reminded me of something I have had for longer... my DR.660. I got that right when it came out in 92 and have had it ever since. 28 years? Good god. Still... yer 85 has me beat!

I love it! That’s fantastic!!!!!
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Post by anselmi » Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:11 am

3hands wrote:
Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:26 am
On the topic of having machines for a long time....

I’ve had my Korg Prophecy since new (1995), and my Jx3p since 10 year old me bought one with my first job in 1985.
my reaction was about how much time has passed since the release of the lead 4, not about owning stuff for several years

my OP1 is 8 years now, and I also owned a Prophecy for 18 years...several other stuff in this list

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Post by 3hands » Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:45 pm

anselmi wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:11 am
3hands wrote:
Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:26 am
On the topic of having machines for a long time....

I’ve had my Korg Prophecy since new (1995), and my Jx3p since 10 year old me bought one with my first job in 1985.
my reaction was about how much time has passed since the release of the lead 4, not about owning stuff for several years

my OP1 is 8 years now, and I also owned a Prophecy for 18 years...several other stuff in this list

Oops sorry for the misunderstanding!!
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