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Nord Lead 2 not saving all patch parameters to PCMCIA

Postby Mantissa » 14 Jul 2020, 06:57

Previously, the patches on my PCMCIA card all sounded corrupt so I assumed it was the card and purchased a new one. (Pretec PCMCIA 256kb 8-bit SRAM Memory Card with Attribute Pn: S65256-8)

The new card formatted properly and is working, however, the patches I load from the DAW make some sounds but also sound corrupt (very freakin weird noises or no sound) just like on the original PCMCIA card.

I can modify and save patches correctly on the internal memory slots (1-40) but if I save a patch from the internal memory to the PCMCIA card it does not sound anywhere near the same. It sounds like only the oscillator type is saved - ALL other parameters are not saved AT ALL !!!

So now I know it's the synth and not the card, is there any way to fix this or any ideas I can give to a repairman? Thanks
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Re: Nord Lead 2 not saving all patch parameters to PCMCIA

Postby pablomastodon » 14 Jul 2020, 18:01

"very freakin weird noises" can result from failing DSP or flashes on mainboard. Given that NL2 is ~20 years old, wouldn't be surprising.

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Re: Nord Lead 2 not saving all patch parameters to PCMCIA

Postby 23skidoo » 15 Jul 2020, 02:11

Could also be corrosion on the pcmcia card pins. Try using Deoxit D5 to wet the socket well (protect the board from overspray, though) and plug/unplug the PCMCIA card a bunch of times to loosen the corrosion and "sweep" it out. Use your old card for this. Then rinse the sockets again with D5, wipe down any excess, and see if the new card works any better. You'll need to reformat and re-save - for instance, take a working onboard patch you know is good, and save it to the card, then try loading it again from the same location.
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Re: Nord Lead 2 not saving all patch parameters to PCMCIA

Postby estragon » 22 Dec 2020, 09:11

Bumping this thread as I'm having similar issues with the exact Pretec card purchased here. It formats ok, seems to save patches but when reloading them it seems like only some settings like osc type and lfo destination are saved. Envelope and filter settings all seem to reset. Has anyone found a solution?
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