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  • ... To Nord Lead or not to Nord Lead 3

    ...that is the question!

    Ok, Ive sold most of my rack gear, to fund the Lead 2X, which I was pretty dead set on ....... until I played Mr Lead 3 this weekend. Jumping Jellyfish!!! Do I like this synth! whoever had it must have really gone to town making their own sounds, coz it sounds truely f*cking beautiful. (Admittably, it had a dab of external reverb). Its used but in perfect condition. I know I should trust my ears, but most reviews seem to leave a back taste in my mind after reading them. The presets were apparently lame, but is this maybe why some people dont rate it? It sounded smooth as silk to me, and I definatley git the 2X type vibe from it too.

    I dont quite have enough to swipe it right now, (waiting for the Wavestation A/D to sell). Can anyone persuade me not to part with my cash as im really quite excited by this synthesizer, ...but cant help feel a little worried about the negativity it has recieved.

    I would be greatful if any Lead 3 owners would give an honest opinion.


    Yah or Nah kind Sirs?
    Vive La Synthesizer!

  • #2
    There are a lot of people that like the 2x better, but if I had the choice I would go 3. It has a display, which is a BIG plus to me, and of course those awesome led-rings. There are some people here who like the 3 better than the 2x. It seems with a little tweaking the 3 can sound as fat as the 2x, but it can sound very digital and shiny too if you want it to.

    Hell, Tomas Bodin programmed some presets

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    • #3
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDkJTcAAbmg&feature=related

      世界で最高のシンセはmicroKORGにある

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      • #4
        ...i'm gettin' gassy again
        HI I AM JONATHAN TAYLOR THOMAS YOU MAY REMEMBER ME FROM TV'S HOME IMPROVEMENT I AM HERE TO **************** UP YOUR DAY LOLROFLOMGIDKMYBFFJILL/ROSEBBQ

        I AM SUPER-SERIOUS.

        I SOLD MY GEAR DON'T CARE YOU DIDN'T BUY - GO LOCAL & ORGANIC H8 U GUYZ

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        • #5
          I'm not gassy for either one.

          If I were to get a VA in that price range, it would probably be a Supernova II.
          http://www.reverbnation.com/christianschulze

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          • #6
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFWTgvItQmc&feature=related

            世界で最高のシンセはmicroKORGにある

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            • #7
              Apparently that's the demo that sold Flat Earth...

              ...doesn't do much for me...

              Now the Supernova on the other hand... just has a smoother sound I think... like buttahh... this is the typical lead sound from it... very alive and organic...



              and then there's this:

              http://www.reverbnation.com/christianschulze

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              • #8
                Apparently that's the demo that sold Flat Earth...



                Indeed, the 2X can be smooth and gentle, but the 3 takes this further and then some. I was quite shocked how JX like it was. (cant believe I sold my MKS-70 the other night )

                I seem to love the Nord sound.
                Vive La Synthesizer!

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                • #9
                  So you're selling your analogs to buy VAs?

                  WWDSD?

                  http://www.reverbnation.com/christianschulze

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                  • #10
                    Indeed, the 2X can be smooth and gentle, but the 3 takes this further and then some. I was quite shocked how JX like it was. (cant believe I sold my MKS-70 the other night )

                    I seem to love the Nord sound.


                    FE, if you do not like the SH-201 (and do not forget, you sold that one too) you want the NL2!!

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                    • #11
                      So you're selling your analogs to buy VAs?




                      Tonight Don Solaris will bomb my house for this treason!

                      I still have some analogues, Sigma and the mighty Trident (This ones with me forever, MKS-70 sounds thin compared to this behemoth)
                      Vive La Synthesizer!

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                      • #12
                        I'm not gassy for either one.

                        If I were to get a VA in that price range, it would probably be a Supernova II.


                        +1 for the SuperNova II. I missed the chance of getting one cheap a while back and I'm still kicking myself for not getting it. I recently picked up the RADIAS to see if it would be better. The jury is still out on that one. the supernova II is just a fantastic machine.

                        And for the record, the Nord's have always been "meh" to me. I was offered a Nord Lead 2 for my Fender Rhodes suitcase and I would have gotten robbed on that deal.

                        -Mc
                        Response from John from American Musical Supply on why I have received 2 used/damaged Korg M3's and 1 reboxed M3 from Guitar Center (a.k.a. why I'll never buy from AMS again): Footfall wrote:What you're experiencing with these units is the result of our warehouse crew intentionally "overpacking" this product.Current Korg Gear: KRONOS 88 (4GB), M50-73 (PS mod), RADIAS-73, Electribe MX, Triton Pro (MOSS, SCSI, CF, 64MB RAM), DVP-1, MEX-8000, MR-1, KAOSSilator, nanoKey, nanoKontrol, nanoPAD 2

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                        • #13
                          I love the Lead 3. I have owned both it and the 2X and the 3 always won out in the end. It just does so much more, with a neat little arpeggiator, aftertouch, chord memory, more oscillators and the really cool "Stereo Unison" effect. Using the synths great FM section with the unison effect makes some AWESOME digital pads.

                          I think its a bit unfair to label it a VA as its never really been advertised as one. It's just a great digital synth.
                          Logic 8 | Access Virus TI | Arturia Origin | Yamaha S90-ES

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                          • #14
                            3 is the only lead worth getting. It's an awsome synth. I want one. Have no interest in the other leads.
                            Every man makes a mountain of his life and master plan...

                            Why do you persist Mr. Anderson?

                            We used to joke that Chaz's pec's were rock hard and could deflect bullets, I guess not...

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                            • #15
                              3 is the only lead worth getting. It's an awsome synth. I want one. Have no interest in the other leads.


                              I like this post

                              (Anyone in UK after a Wavestation A/D) quick, quick, quick!
                              Vive La Synthesizer!

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