NORD LEAD 4 Synthesizer

Nord Lead 4

NORD LEAD 4 Synthesizer



The Nord Lead 4 synthesizer offers advanced synthesis with versatile modulation, multi-mode filters, and extensive performance features. Ideal for dynamic sound creation.
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  • Dynamic Control: Morph one or more continuous parameters using keyboard velocity and/or the Modulation Wheel or Control Pedal.
  • Impulse Morphs: Activate up to 7 unique morph settings with a combination of 3 Impulse Morph buttons, offering extensive creative possibilities.

Master Clock

  • Synchronization: LFO rates, Arpeggio rate, and Delay time can be synchronized to an internal or external MIDI clock.
  • Rhythmic Divisions: Selectable rhythmic divisions for precise timing.


  • Automatic Program Generator: Generates programs automatically with adjustable style and strength, enhancing creativity and sound design.

Keyboard and Performance

  • Velocity-Sensitive Keyboard: 49 keys with octave shift buttons, +/-2 octaves.
  • Voice Modes: Poly, Legato with portamento, Mono, True Unison 1, 2 & 3.
  • Keyboard Split: Two slots for upper and lower sections for flexible performance setups.
  • Pitch Stick and Modulation Wheel: Keyboard version includes a Pitch Stick with no dead zone and a Modulation Wheel for expressive control.

Oscillator Section

  • Oscillators: OSC 1 with sine, triangle, sawtooth, fixed and modulateable pulse waveforms, and 128 wavetables. OSC 2 with triangle, sawtooth, fixed and modulateable pulse waveforms or noise.
  • Osc Mod: Hard and Soft sync with 3 different frequency modulations of OSC 1 from OSC 2.

Filter Section

  • Multi-Mode Filter: Includes 12 dB (2-pole), 24 dB (4-pole), and 48 dB (6-pole) low pass, band pass, high pass, and various ladder characteristics.
  • Adjustable Parameters: Cutoff, resonance, envelope amount, and adjustable filter distortion.
  • Filter Tracking: Off, 1/3, 2/3, or 1/1 settings for precise control.

Modulation Section

  • LFO 1: Square, triangle, and various sawtooth waveforms. Routes to multiple parameters with synchronization to the Master Clock.
  • LFO 2: Square, sawtooth, LF filtered noise, and random staircase waveforms. Routes to Filter Frequency, Osc Mod, Osc Pitch, Pan, and Pulse Width.
  • Modulation Envelope: Controls Osc Mix, Osc Mod, Osc 1 and/or 2 Pitch, FX section, and LFO 2 amount. Can be manually triggered by Impulse Morph buttons.
  • Patterns: 128 different patterns grouped in 6 styles for cyclic waveforms.

Amplifier Section

  • ADSR Envelope: Adjustable Attack, Decay, Sustain, and Release settings with velocity control.

Performance Features

  • Program Slots: Four slots for layering sounds and creating complex performances.
  • Effects Section: Includes Drive, Modulation, Crush, Talk effects, Compressor, and Comb Filter. Selectable Delay or Reverb with various algorithms.

Memory and Connectivity

  • Programs and Performances: 4 x 99 locations for programs and 99 locations for performances.
  • Audio Outputs: 4 line-level outputs with each slot assignable, plus a high-resolution headphone output.
  • MIDI Capabilities: Full control change messages, system exclusive bulk dumps, and MIDI sync.
  • Connections: USB with MIDI capabilities, 5-pin DIN MIDI In & Out, ¼” jacks for sustain and expression pedals.


  • Keyboard: 49-key velocity-sensitive with octave shift buttons (+/-2 octaves)
  • Voices: 20 voices, 4-part multitimbral
  • Oscillators: OSC 1 with sine, triangle, sawtooth, pulse waveforms, OSC 2 with triangle, sawtooth, noise
  • Filters: Multi-mode (12 dB, 24 dB, 48 dB), cutoff, resonance, adjustable distortion
  • Modulation: LFO 1 & 2, modulation envelope, Impulse Morphs, arpeggiator
  • Effects: Drive, modulation, Crush, Talk effects, Compressor, Reverb (Room, Stage, Hall)
  • Memory: 4 x 99 programs, 99 performances
  • Audio Outputs: 4 line-level (¼” jacks), headphones (¼” stereo jack)
  • Inputs/Connections: Sustain pedal (¼” jack), control pedal (¼” TRS jack), USB, MIDI In/Out
  • Dimensions: 864 x 94 x 272 mm (34.0 x 3.7 x 10.7″)
  • Weight: 5.3 kg (11.7 lbs)
  • Included Accessories: User Manual, Power cord