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Mini synthersizer for pads-leads-synth sounds

Postby DimitrisPl » 21 Jun 2019, 10:03

Hi guys!I have a Nord Electro 5d 61 (for organ-e.pianos) and a Nord Lead A1 (for leads and synth-pads).Thinking of selling nord lead a1 cause i am playing on small stages so i want something smaller for 2nd keyboard.Which ''mini'' keyboard would you suggest that has nice pad/synth and lead sounds?I was thinking of Korg Microkorg or Novation Mininova but i think they are not that good compared to Nord lead a1.I play funk pop-rock music!Also i don't care about the keybed , i just want nice sounds! Price range 400-600E.

Thank you very much in advance!
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Re: Mini synthersizer for pads-leads-synth sounds

Postby Jon Lukas » 14 Jul 2019, 04:40

How about Korg Minilogue xd? It’s analog plus a digital oscillator...it might in some ways sound better than the A1.
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Re: Mini synthersizer for pads-leads-synth sounds

Postby DimitrisPl » 14 Aug 2019, 12:17

Hmmmm i think it doesn't sound as good as Nord Lead A1!From my research , I think there isn't any mini synth (25 keys or 37 keys or something like this) better than A1.Thanks anyway for your suggestion!
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Re: Mini synthersizer for pads-leads-synth sounds

Postby catosim » 14 Aug 2019, 17:32

DimitrisPl wrote:Hmmmm i think it doesn't sound as good as Nord Lead A1!From my research , I think there isn't any mini synth (25 keys or 37 keys or something like this) better than A1.Thanks anyway for your suggestion!


Well.....If you don´t think there´s any better than tha A1, better keep it then :)
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Re: Mini synthersizer for pads-leads-synth sounds

Postby DJKeys » 14 Aug 2019, 18:07

I have the NS3 and the A1 as well, and I personally don't think you will find any smaller or lighter keyboard that will sound better. The A1 sounds fantastic, weighs 11 pounds and has a pretty small form factor as well.

I would consider just keeping it as an option.

What kind of stand do you use? Perhaps you could lessen your stage footprint with a more compact keyboard stand instead of buying a new synth.

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Re: Mini synthersizer for pads-leads-synth sounds

Postby GEran21 » 23 Jun 2022, 02:28

Jon Lukas wrote:How about Korg Minilogue xd? It’s analog plus a digital oscillator...it might in some ways sound better than the A1.


Korg Minilogue XD is 2 analog plus 1 digital oscillator. Its not sound better than the A1. Just synth have unusial sounds to impossible to make with like A1. It`s better sounds for space themes. Sure the Nord Lead is better sound of the world.

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Re: Mini synthersizer for pads-leads-synth sounds

Postby MarkJames » 23 Jun 2022, 02:39

GEran21 wrote:
Jon Lukas wrote:How about Korg Minilogue xd? It’s analog plus a digital oscillator...it might in some ways sound better than the A1.


Korg Minilogue XD is 2 analog plus 1 digital oscillator. Its not sound better than the A1. Just synth have unusial sounds to impossible to make with like A1. It`s better sounds for space themes. Sure the Nord Lead is better sound of the world.

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Re: Mini synthersizer for pads-leads-synth sounds

Postby Elias » 23 Jun 2022, 08:38

I had a Lead A1 (still have it but trying to sell it), but I really disliked the keybed. The only useful advantages over my Stage 3 were Velocity Morph and the LFO as a pitch envelope. These allowed for extremely playable instruments.

But then came EDM and side chained pads, which required Mainstage. I swapped the A1 for soft synths (Repro-5 & TAL J-8)
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