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Nord Wave 2 vs Nord Lead A1 & Nord Lead 4

Postby mkastrup » 11 Mar 2021, 17:09

I've had Nord Wave 2 for 2 days now and have started to compare the actual sound engine to Nord Lead A1.

My first observation is that Nord Wave 2 is not quite as warm in sound as the A1 and the reason for this is a waveform in A1 will have slightly more fundemental tone than in Nord Wave 2.

Example:

A Saw waveform in Nord Wave 2 will not sound as thick/warm/rounded as a Saw waveform in A1 because the fundemental Sine waveform in a A1 Saw waveform is a tad higher.
I've used no measuring instruments but just my ears. For refence waveform i mostly used wavetable 1 EPiano 1 which is identical to wavetable E1 in Nord Lead A1 and P1 in Nord Lead 4.

Nord Lead A1 and Nord Lead 4 both got that little extra in fundemental tone.

Is it a problem, nah probably not but if you struggle to create a patch from your A1 or NL4 on your Nord Wave 2 then maybe compensate with a little low end EQ.

The quick fix on Nord Wave 2 is to group all 4 layers use the EQ at around 222 Hz and a 4-6dB gain.
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Re: Nord Wave 2 vs Nord Lead A1 & Nord Lead 4

Postby DJKeys » 11 Mar 2021, 18:26

Interesting. I still had my A1 to use as a programming guide for my NW2 and had them both side by side for a few weeks. I never had an NL4. I did not notice any difference in the raw waveforms and found it really easy to program the same sounds on the NW2 as I had on my A1. The NW2 for me is probably the easiest to program synth I have ever owned.

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Re: Nord Wave 2 vs Nord Lead A1 & Nord Lead 4

Postby tsss27 » 11 Mar 2021, 20:58

Interesting observations. I have not owned the 4 or A1, but will test this out when I get an NW2 again...if I can make it sound warmer/fatter I certainly won't pass that up for old school analog tones.
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Re: Nord Wave 2 vs Nord Lead A1 & Nord Lead 4

Postby mkastrup » 12 Mar 2021, 01:11

I tried to use Spectrum Analyzer on the waveforms and could not see any difference between the 2 synths, tiny difference only started to show when i tried to compare the filters, both LP24.
The middle position on the A1 FREQ is a tiny bit lower than middle position on the Wave 2, Wave 2 is roughly 200hz higher at middle position.
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