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Nord releases Fairlight Collection

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Nord has announced the release of the Fairlight collection, a major addition to the Nord Sample Library.

Fairlight

The Fairlight was the first commercially available polyphonic sampler when launched back in 1979 and it opened up the doors of sampling to many artists and producer during the 80′s.

The sounds in this collection were all sampled from a newly overhauled Fairlight CMI System IIx, with detailed mapping to capture that characteristic Fairlight sound!

The Nord Sample Library is compatible with the Nord Wave, Nord Electro 3/4, Nord Piano 2 and Nord Stage 2.

More information: Nord / Fairlight collection

Gigaloops updates Discovery Pro soundset

Acid Records Discovery Pro Soundset

discoDSP has announced that Luca Cominato (aka FJ Project) of Acid Records has updated the Discovery Pro bank for Release 6.x, now including a Nord Lead 2 SysEx bank for Clavia owners.

This Sound Bank contains 128 different presets: Fat Synth, Acid&Dark Lead, Pad and Tech Sounds FX for Hard Trance, Tech Trance and Hard Style Music Production.

Purchase is available at Gigaloops website with a limited 50% off offer

The soundset costs £5.99 GBP.

More information: Gigaloops

Clavia launches Nord Lead A1 analog modelling synthesizer

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Clavia has announced the Nord Lead A1, a new analog modelling synthesizer.

Clavia Nord Lead A1

The Lead A1 combines the latest analogue modelling engine from the acclaimed Lead 4, with an innovative streamlined interface for fast-track programming.

The Lead 4 and now the Lead A1 are equipped with an all new analogue modeling sound engine, capable of reproducing the character and nuances of the vintage synths of your dreams with breathtaking accuracy. 24-voice polyphonic and four part multi-timbral, the Lead A1 is a flexible choice for either stage or studio, delivering a stunningly rich and versatile palette of sounds.

The Lead A1 introduces a new front-panel user interface designed to make programming quick and easy, while retaining hands on flexibility.

Nord Lead A1 features

  • Oscillators
    • Unique Oscillator concept.
    • 8 Oscillator Configurations.
    • Pitch, Detune, Shape, Sync, AM, Noise, Dual Osc, FM.
    • Traditional Analog and Digital Waveforms.
  • Modulation
    • LFO with 5 waveforms.
    • Mod Envelope.
    • LFO as additional ModEnv.
  • Filter
    • 12, 24 dB low-pass filters.
    • High-pass and Band-pass filters.
    • Transistor and diode ladder filter simulations of Mini and TB-303.
  • Effects
    • Ensemble, Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Ring Modulator, Drive.
  • Performance
    • 4-part multi-timbral.
    • Master Clock Sync of Arpeggiator, LFO and Delay.
    • Velocity and Mod Wheel Morph.
    • USB MIDI.

The Nord Lead A1 will be available in April 2014 with an estimated price of £1299 GBP RRP inc. VAT / $1799 USD MAP.

The Nord Lead A1 will be demonstrated at the NAMM show, at the booth of USA distributor American Music & Sound, #B6464.

More information: Nord / Nord Lead A1

Nord updates Nord Lead 4 OS to v1.20 + Richard Devine Bank

Nord has launched OS version 1.20 for the Nord Lead 4 performance synthesizer.

Nord Lead 4 OS 1.20
OS 1.20 is an important update that both fixes some bugs in the Nord Lead 4 as well as adding a number of new features.

Changes in OS v1.20

  • Performances are now organized in 2 Banks, A and B with 50 slots in each.
  • When the Ladder M filter is selected, the filter and amp envelopes is switched into a more vintage like mode.
  • Nord Sound Manager Program Bundles are now supported – requires Nord Sound Manager 6.34 or newer!
  • Details here.

The update is available now from the downloads section.

Richard Devind Nord Lead 4 Bank

Nord has also introduced a new bank for the Nord Lead 4 by Richard Devine.

Richard Devine is an artist and sound designer based in Atlanta GA. He’s a man of many skills and his portfolio includes releasing music on the cult label WARP, remixing Ryuichi Sakamoto, sound design for Microsoft Windows 7 and doing sound libraries for many innovative companies like Ableton, Native Instruments, Propellerheads, Izotope and many more!

Richard also did some brilliant patches the Nord Modular G2 back in the day, so he can proudly call himself real Clavian!

The free bank includes 50 performances, 50 single programs, and 25 bonus drum sound programs.

More information: Nord / Nord Lead 4

Protonica releases Nord Lead 2X v1.1 for Max for Live

Piet Kaempfer aka Protonica has released version 1.1 of a free Max for Live device for controlling a Nord Lead 2X synthesizer.

Protonica Nord Lead 2X for Max for Live
The Nord Lead 2X controller device for Max for Live & Ableton Live.

This is a Max for Live Midi Device to give you remote control on your Clavia Nord Lead/Rack 2X. Easier Automation and Modulation of each Control Change (CC) Parameter.

Nord Lead 2X 1.1 features

  • Edit almost every parameter of your Nord Lead/Rack from this device.
  • If you edit any CC knob from Nord Lead/Rack, you can see it moving directly from this device.
  • Automate & modulate all parameter from the front panel in Live.
  • When you open the project with this device, all the parameters are automatically sent to the Nord Lead/Rack.
  • Load and save programs (as Max for Live device).
  • Control all layers by simply loading up to four devices on different MIDI tracks.

The controller device is a free download. Requires Max for Live.

More information: Protonica / Nord Lead 2X controller

Clavia updates Nord Beat app for iPad to v2.0

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Clavia Nord Beat

Clavia has released version 2.0 of its Nord Beat app for iPad to version 2.0.

Nord Beat 2 is a 6-track CoreMIDI Step Sequencer for iPad and a perfect companion for the Nord Drum 2 Modeling Percussion Synthesizer.

It can also be used with any external MIDI drum module, synth or sampler (or even other iPads app via Virtual MIDI).

Changes in Nord Beat 2.0

  • Step sequencer expanded to support 6 tracks.
  • Added Flam, 32th and 32 triplet modifiers for individual steps.
  • New MIDI settings menu with flexible MIDI output routings.
  • Send and receive MIDI Clock Sync.
  • Added the option to save a Program Change together with a program.

The Nord Beat app is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store.

More information: Clavia / Nord Beat

Soundcells releases Nordic Red v2 ReFill

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Soundcells Nordic Red v2

Soundcells has released Nordic Red v2, an updated version of the Modular G2x ReFill.

Nordic Red is a marvelleous sounding ReFill based on samples from the Nord Modular G2x synthesizer and it´s simply an adventure to use the incredible sounding patches!

Nordic Red is especially great for film scores, game music, ambient and experimental music.

Version 2 adds 250 Mb of new Nord Modular G2 samples, new combinator patches and changes in detail …

Nordic Red v2 features

  • 140+ impressive combinator patches.
  • 170+ NNXT patches containing the basic patches which were used to build the combinators.
  • 850+ 44 khz 24bit samples, 1.3 GB uncompressed.
  • Great for film scores, game music, ambient & drones but also modern dance styles.
  • 11 demo files with ‘tutorialesque‘ value are included.

The Nordic Red ReFill is available to purchase for the introductory price of 18.90 EUR until July 15th, 2013 (regular 24.90 EUR).

More information: Soundcells / Nordic Red v2

Nord intros Nord Lead 4, Nord Drum 2, Nord Pad & Nord Piano 2 HP

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Nord has announced it will introduce 5 new Nord products at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt.

Nord Drum 2
The Nord Drum 2 percussion synth + Nord Pad multi-pad controller surface.

The new Nord Lead 4 and Nord Lead 4R is 4-part multi-timbral synthesizer with innovative new performance features, advanced layering and synchronization possibilities, new filter types and on-board effects. Read more about the Nord Lead 4 and listen to the sound demos at our mini-site: www.nordlead4.com!

The Nord Drum 2 is a 6-channel Modeling Percussion Synthesizer that combines the playability of real percussion with unique and powerful sound creation possibilities! New features included Resonance modeling, FM-synthesis, distortion effects, stereo outputs with panning and CC-control. We’re also releasing the Nord Pad, a responsive, compact multi-pad designed to be the perfect companion to the Nord Drum 2 with an elegant single cable ethernet connector. The Nord Pad is available as an optional accessory.

The new Nord Piano 2 HP combines all the features from our Nord Piano 2 HA88 with the amazingly lightweight 73-key Hammer Action Portable keyboard (11 kg/ 24.25 lbs). For general information see the existing Nord Piano 2 product page.

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