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Old 23rd June 2017
  #211
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🎧 5 years
Just picked up an NL4 super cheap! Anyone still using these? They don't seem to get as much attention as the A1 or the older models.
Old 23rd June 2017 | Show parent
  #212
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🎧 15 years
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Originally Posted by jetplane666666 ➡️
I don't know who April is. I opened the Nord and used a Philips screwdriver to remove the shield. It's easy to do. 10 minute job. I've been using the Nord Lead 4 without the shield for over 6 months with no problems.
I'm thinking I'm going to do this to mine. I'll take a peak inside to see what shield you're talking about. Are you not having any issues after removing the shield? Btw, you posted on April Fools day.
Old 10th February 2018
  #213
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14 Reviews written
🎧 5 years
It's very similar to the NL A1 board...
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Old 21st April 2018
  #214
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🎧 5 years
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Originally Posted by jetplane666666 ➡️
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Originally Posted by rids ➡️
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Originally Posted by barryfell ➡️
The hum on the NL4 and A1 is a mystery. Some people get it, some people don't. Maybe something to do with the frequency of the local power? 60hz rather than 50hz?

I'm in the UK so 50hz and no issue, as is Norway where they are made.
The more I read about the more I find that people from all over seems to have this issue. So it doesn't seem to be country dependent.

I fixed the hum issue in my Nord Lead 4. Clavia install a metal rf (radio frequency) shield over the internal switching power supply. This shield is very thin, and the magnetic field from the transformer induces it to resonate at 60 (or 50) Hz. I removed the shield in my NL4 with no negative consequences. Alternatively you can affix some weights to the shield to dampen it.

Don't do this yourself if you don't know what you are doing. I don't advise that anyone modify their Nord Lead 4, but this mod fixed my NL4, and makes it an absolute pleasure to play. Make the Nord Lead 4 great again!
After getting an A1, and puzzling over the awkward humming sound coming out of it for days... getting no help from Nord about it because it's "normal" apparently, I saw this post. I was planning to return the A1 because of the humming but really didn't want to. It's a solid, nice sounding synth.

So, I popped it open, took out the RF cage, and... it's DEAD SILENT now. Ah... I can't thank you enough.

I've had it plugged in an turned on for 2 days now just to make sure there is no change in function or heat generated and it's entirely fine. The RF cage is resonating with the power supply humming, and amplified by the insides of an all metal chassis, there is your humming sound. Take out the cage, and the problem totally resolves.

For reference, at least on my A1, it was a matter of 17 total Torx screws (size #25 I believe, I can check if anyone needs) and 4 more of the same size Torx screws to remove the cage. It's incredibly simple to open and remove. The power supply itself is a shielded black brick on a PCB, surrounded by large capacitors. Removing the cage doesn't require you to deal with any of the power supply components, it's just a perforated metal box on top of the power supply PCB.

Anyway... eternal thanks to the original poster. I'm back to blissful silence.
Old 21st April 2018
  #215
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I have a whole bunch of sounds showcased here, but it is my own commercial bank so I don't know if it's cool posting it here or what. I'm sure some one will let me know.

Old 21st April 2018 | Show parent
  #216
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🎧 10 years
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Originally Posted by nolongerhuman ➡️
After getting an A1, and puzzling over the awkward humming sound coming out of it for days... getting no help from Nord about it because it's "normal" apparently, I saw this post. I was planning to return the A1 because of the humming but really didn't want to. It's a solid, nice sounding synth.

So, I popped it open, took out the RF cage, and... it's DEAD SILENT now. Ah... I can't thank you enough.

I've had it plugged in an turned on for 2 days now just to make sure there is no change in function or heat generated and it's entirely fine. The RF cage is resonating with the power supply humming, and amplified by the insides of an all metal chassis, there is your humming sound. Take out the cage, and the problem totally resolves.

For reference, at least on my A1, it was a matter of 17 total Torx screws (size #25 I believe, I can check if anyone needs) and 4 more of the same size Torx screws to remove the cage. It's incredibly simple to open and remove. The power supply itself is a shielded black brick on a PCB, surrounded by large capacitors. Removing the cage doesn't require you to deal with any of the power supply components, it's just a perforated metal box on top of the power supply PCB.

Anyway... eternal thanks to the original poster. I'm back to blissful silence.
You are very welcome! Just for the record, my NL4 has been working perfectly without the PSU shield for years now. The shield performs no useful function in the machine.
Old 12th May 2019 | Show parent
  #217
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🎧 5 years
Unlikely, as both can be considered feature complete. And Clavia usually doesn't add things that are not printed on the interface frontplate.
Old 13th May 2019
  #218
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6 years since launch.

Hope the NL5 isnt that far away and they bring back the led rings and more modulation sources/destinations as in the NL4.
Old 13th May 2019 | Show parent
  #219
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So far Clavia has been super as far as introducing new synths is concerned, since they released the NL4 and NLA1 .

I'm not sure if they have decided to stop making any new Nords, or new Synths, but that's the reality so far. Hopefully this will change.
Old 13th May 2019 | Show parent
  #220
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hopefully with more voices. 24 doesnt seem like much 4 parts imo, if you utilise all 4 parts then you are down single digits though I could be wrong as I'm not sure how voices are allocated, whether dynamically or 12, 8, 6 per layer depending on layers used.
As far as I can tell from years of using it, it's dynamic allocation. I've never been disappointed in the NL4's polyphony...unless you're playing huge chords with all 4 parts layered and long releases, you won't run into problems.

As for NL5 - I'd be fine with the sound engine of the NL4, but with a screen (mostly for patch organization / recall), a depth knob on the effects, no sacrifice of LFO1 when using the Arp, and MIDI assignment per-performance. I'd love the "keyboard range" morph group from the NL3, and of course the LED rings from that same synth, but I think that will NEVER happen.
Old 27th January 2021
  #221
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Resurrecting this thread to show some love for the Nord Lead 4 and Lead range in general.

Always followed the Nord Lead from a distance, til last year I decided to get one and have some real experience with it. Got the Nord Lead 4 and I couldn’t be any more surprised. It sounded very good, different from what I heard on YouTube. The presets are the culprit, some terrible metallic and distorted sounds are reproduced all over. A friend of mine has a Lead 2, which is also amazing!

I’m currently pretty excited with it, loving how it sounds, enjoying every minute. Didn’t pay full price either, so it was a great deal for me. I was amazed with all the features, after a long hiatus of exclusively playing analog synths (which are great TBH), it’s incredible to mix and match 4 different synths in one.

Anyway..... just had to say it.
Old 27th January 2021 | Show parent
  #222
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🎧 10 years
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Anyway..... just had to say it.
We are agreed on that. The NL4 is really an amazing sounding synth coupled with an immediate interface. I love playing this thing.
Old 27th January 2021 | Show parent
  #223
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I love my NL4 Desktop, I bought it when it was first released, and it is still one of my favorite synths in my studio. The presets are so deceiving (bad), you need to roll your own sounds with this baby.

The NL4 sounds amazing if you put some time to program it to your taste.

imho. It's one of Clavia's best sounding synths.
Old 28th January 2021
  #224
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I’m totally impressed by it, if only my Prophet 08 sounded like this... would’ve saved me a lot of money. The Lead 4, the one I have, is simply incredible.

One thing I find kind of funny is that the A1 sounds just the same if compared with the same features, but somehow, due to the incredibly horrible presets, people seem to believe that it is “better”. The A1 has that lovely effects section though.

I had a play with it a few weeks back and was amazed on how easy it was to achieve stuff I wanted. No, it doesn’t have a lot of character (a la analog), but it’s a chameleon while totally defined in terms of pure sound.

Maybe not for everyone, but had a blast improvising this:


Really happy with mine, already learning a few tricks!
Old 28th January 2021
  #225
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🎧 5 years
Love mine and it's never going anywhere, can you tell..

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Old 28th January 2021 | Show parent
  #226
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I’m totally impressed by it
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Really happy with mine, already learning a few tricks!
Every time I think of the Nord Leads' versatility I remember these tutorials about using the 4 layers and morphing (made for the A1 but they apply to any Lead really).





all played in real time, no samples, no sequencers...they really are performance synths, made to be played!
Old 28th January 2021 | Show parent
  #227
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Yes, the overall feeling is that it was made with musicians in mind. I’m a classically trained pianist, and it was marvelous to just play with the thing, no menus, nothing, everything is so hands on that it’s almost unbelievable.

The only downside for me are the keys. It should’ve been a TP9S from Fatar, semiweighted with aftertouch.
Old 28th January 2021 | Show parent
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  #229
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This is great!!

The only limitation I’d have is that, on the move, it’s not entirely practical. I would love to use only modules.
Old 29th January 2021 | Show parent
  #230
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Originally Posted by fiddlestickz ➡️
Love mine and it's never going anywhere, can you tell..


That's the same for me, and same goes for the TR8 and Bass Station 2 in my case.

For a digital polysynth it's distortion character is quite good in small amounts, both filter drive and post FX drive mapped to velocity on bass patches sound particularly good to me and very expressive.

Old 29th January 2021 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by TheOmegaShadow ➡️
That's the same for me, and same goes for the TR8 and Bass Station 2 in my case.

For a digital polysynth it's distortion character is quite good in small amounts, both filter drive and post FX drive mapped to velocity on bass patches sound particularly good to me and very expressive.

The Bass Station 2 is also incredible. Amazing synth for the price! I can’t believe I was stupid enough to sell it.

Back to the NL4, been searching for some neat tricks, like doing manual PWM by using LFO1 with minimum frequency and using depth as PW control.

Any tips you guys could share?
Old 29th January 2021
  #232
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Nord is the only synth I have played that allows you to hold down a chord and move up and down the octaves using the octave shift buttons, I love this, you can hold a chord and quickly move up and down the line without ever lifting your fingers..
Old 31st January 2021
  #233
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quick jam made with the 3 synths you see in the photos, BS2, TR8 and Nord Lead 4....stickers an all..
Old 4 weeks ago
  #234
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Coming back here to share some thoughts...

The Nord Lead is truly something with the musician in mind, and I'm glad I chose it to be my only polysynth (besides the Ambika - which I tend to use as several monosynths at once).

The ability to use 4 sounds at once is excellent, but even better than that is that you can freely fly from one sound to the other, while latching arpeggios. There's even a way to keep editing the latched arpeggio while playing something else (by the use of splits, etcetera).

This is a little fun I had yesterday, recorded in video.


It was a great experience, and took me very little time to arrange (since most of what I play is just improvising in G minor).

Then I recorded another video to show some tweaking being made on the fly. It's a long video, but something that was missing from the internet. Ok, the Lead 4 is becoming older and of less interest, but I still think it is a strong contender (specially when buying used). Maybe this is of some help to others (it would certainly help me deciding).
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