The Nord Lead 4 is a raw yet polished-sounding synth, with plenty of sound and feature enhancements in comparison to its predecessor the Lead 2X. The new filter types and Impulse Morphing are especially notable (along with the versatile new effects), and though you can't upload samples and the interface could be more spacious and flow better, the basic sound and feel is great, and the wavetables add a lot of new scope.
It's certainly one of the nicest-sounding virtual analogue synths around, and gets very close to the real deal. It will appeal to those looking for one synth that can do authentic analogue emulation (both for live and in the studio), yet it can go way beyond into futuristic digital sonic mayhem, and back in a snap with the ingenious new morphing implementation.
It's certainly pricey, but the Nord Lead 4 is inspiring to play, and very much a player's instrument. 45 Stars
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