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Nord Lead A1R Virtual Analog Synthesizer

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Nord Lead A1R

The Nord Lead A1R is a tabletop version of their Lead A1. It is an analog modeling synthesizer with 24-voice polyphony, and four synth parts that can be played simultaneously. Each synth part features its own dedicated output for enhanced routing and sound processing options. 

The oscillator section utilizes two oscillators, starting with a single waveform then routing it through a configuration shortcut (such as pitch, detune, sync, shape, ring modulation, FM, noise, or dual oscillator mode). The configuration shortcuts offer a simple means of generating powerful sounds without the hassle of patching everything together. 

The synthesizer’s filter section is comprised of 12 and 24dB low-, high-, and band-pass filters alongside emulations of the diode and ladder filters found in the Mini and TB-303 synthesizers. Additionally, the effects section features 6 onboard effects—including two analog models of ensemble and chorus effects in addition to classic effects like ring modulation, flanger, phaser, delay, and reverb. 

Lead A1R Features

  • 24-Voice Polyphony
  • 8 Oscillator Configurations
  • Modeled Analog and Digital Waveforms
  • 4-Part Multi-Timbral Performance
  • Master Clock Sync for Arp, LFO, Delay
  • 6 Built-In Effects


  • User Interface: 3 x LED displays
  • 23 x Knobs
  • 3 x Encoders
  • 20 x Buttons for program and performance editing


  • Waveform: Multiple Oscillator waveforms; traditional analog, extended analog, pulse waveforms, wavetable
  • OSC Configuration Knob Categories: Pitch, detune, shape, sync, ring modulation, noise, dual OSC, FM


  • Type: Multi-mode Filter:
  • 12 dB (2-pole) low-pass,
  • 24 dB (4-pole) low-pass and band-pass, high-pass
  • Ladder M and Ladder 303 characteristics
  • Control: Cut off, resonance, envelope amount, LFO amount, drive
  • Envelope: ADR/ASR
  • Tracking Ability: Filter keyboard tracking can be set to off, 1/3, 2/3 or full
  • Distortion: Filter Distortion: Adjustable


  • LFO1: Generates: Triangle, square, sawtooth, inverted sawtooth or sample and hold waveforms
  • Routing: Filter frequency, pitch, shape and OSC mod
  • Sync: Can be synchronized to the master clock
  • Modes: Can be switched to Env mode with three different characteristics
  • Arpeggiator: Range: 1 to 4 octaves
  • Modes: Up, down, up/down, random, Poly
  • Sync: Arpeggio rate can be synchronized to the master clock
  • Envelope: ADR/ASR
  • Velocity Control: On/off
  • Inverse Envelope: On/off


  • Control: ADR/ASR envelope
  • Gain control
  • Individual Pan Control: Per program
  • Velocity Control: On/off
  • Performance
  • Voices: Poly, legato with portamento, mono, true unison 1, 2 and 3
  • Layering: 4 x Program slots for layering possibilities


  • Effects: Types: Flanger, phaser, ring modulation, chorus, ensemble and drive
  • Delay: Types/Controls: Tap tempo, four stages of feedback, ping-pong, dry/wet mix
  • Sync: Delay speed can be synchronized to master clock
  • Reverb: Types: Room, stage 1, stage 2, hall 1, hall 2
  • Memory
  • Programs: Single Sounds: 8 x 50 (400) locations
  • Performances (Multiple Sounds): 4 x 50 (200) locations
  • Audio Output
  • Output: 4 x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TS unbalanced (each slot can be assigned its own output)
  • 1 x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS stereo headphone output
  • 24-bit DACs


  • Type: 1 x USB Type B
  • 1 x 5-pin DIN In
  • 1 x 5-pin DIN Out
  • Control: All control knobs and switches send and receive control change messages
  • MIDI Dumps: System exclusive or all programs
  • Sync: Master Clock will sync to incoming MIDI clock

Dimensions & Weight

  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 18.3 x 6.6 x 4.5" (466 x 169 x 115 mm)
  • Weight: 6.6 lb (3 kg)
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