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Nord Wave 2 - Performance Synthesizer

$2,699.00
SKU:
NorWave201
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Product Description

The Nord Wave 2 is a powerful 4-part performance synthesizer combining Virtual Analog synthesis, Samples, FM and Wavetable with an intuitive layer-focused interface.

With 48 voice polyphony, innovative performance features and hands-on controls, the Nord Wave 2 offers outstanding sonic possibilities with advanced layering and tweaking on the fly. 

Main features

General

  • 4-part Synthesizer with dedicated volume/pan faders
  • Sample, Virtual Analog, Wavetable and FM synthesis 
  • 48 voice polyphony
  • OLED Displays for Program and Oscillator sections
  • 1 GB memory for Nord Sample Library 3.0
  • User replaceable samples
  • 61-note keyboard with Aftertouch 

Performance

  • Advanced Arpeggiator with Polyphonic Trig mode
  • Gate feature for rhythmic effects
  • Advanced Morph features with Impulse Morph
  • Master Clock control of Arpeggiator, LFO and Effects

Oscillators

  • Analog: Basic, Shape, Multi, Sync and Noise with up to 16 oscillators
  • Samples
  • Wavetable 
  • FM with up to 8 operators
  • True Unison mode

Modulation

  • LFO with five waveforms
  • Flexible syncing and routing options
  • AD/AR envelope

Amp

  • ADSR Amp envelope
  • Transient Attack Mode

Filter

  • 12/24 dB lowpass, lowpass M, band pass, high pass, and LP+HP
  • Filter Drive
  • ADSR envelope

Effects

  • FX section with Tremolo, Pan, Ring Modulation, Chorus, Ensemble and Vibe.
  • EQ section with Drive
  • Advanced Delay section
  • Reverb section with five sizes + Dark, Bright and Chorale modes

OUR MOST VERSATILE SYNTHESIZER EVER

 

With 4 independent synthesizers in one the Nord Wave 2 offers exceptional possibilities for layering both classic waveforms and samples.

Dedicated OLED displays for Program and Oscillator sections provide an excellent overview when shaping your sounds. The wide range of performance features and instantly tweakable hands-on effects makes the Wave 2 our most versatile performance synthesizer ever. 

Monitor mode
The new Monitor mode displays your settings for Amp Envelope and Filters in the Program display for better overview and control.  

Layer section

 

The Wave 2 features a Program Layer section with faders for easily controlling the volume or pan for all 4 layer parts at once. The Layer section also provides handy features for quick layer focus, pan control, solo and multi-editing. 

Group Mode 

The new Group feature allows you to group 2, 3 or 4 layers and lets them share the same Filter, Envelope, Arpeggiator, LFO and Effect-settings - perfect when creating complex multi-layered sounds that can be edited as one coherent sound.

Oscillator section

The Oscillator section for each of the 4 layers offers 4 modes: Analog, Wavetable, FM and Samples and is easily browsed with our new direct category mode. The Oscillator Control features additional control over shape, sync or detune.

Oscillator categories

Analog: an extensive range of waveforms from classic analog to extended, harmonically rich new additions. 

  • Basic: Saw, Pulse, Pulse Width, Sine, Square with basic tuning controls.
  • Shape: Waveforms where Osc Control will alter the Shape of the waveform
  • Multi: 2 or more waveforms combined where the Osc Control will adjust amount of detune and spread
  • Sync: Soft and Hard synced configurations, where Osc Control controls Sync Frequency
  • Noise: White noise 

Samples: include high-quality samples from our Nord Sample Library 3.0 as well as the possibility to add your own custom samples using the Nord Sample Editor 3. Use the embedded sample presets for instantly playable dynamic sounds or sculpt your own sound from scratch with the "Raw Samp" mode.

Wavetable: A large number of advanced wavetables covering a wide range of tonal characteristics.

FM 2, 3 and 4 operator configurations with harmonic and inharmonic variations.

 

Dedicated OLED Display for visualization of waveforms

Unison

The Wave 2 features a powerful multi-oscillator Unison effect with true Superwaves simultaneously generating hundreds of waveforms for extremely thick and fat sounds.

Compatible with Nord Sample Library 3.0

 

The Sample section has 1 GB of memory and comes loaded with a wide selection of quality samples including Strings, Brass, Guitars, Choirs, Chromatic Percussion as well as the exclusively licensed sounds of the legendary Mellotron and Chamberlin. All sounds are easily replaceable using the Nord Sound Manager.

Create and transfer your own samples

Adding your own custom sample instruments has never been easier thanks to the new streamlined Nord Sample Editor 3 for Mac and Windows that lets you map, loop and transfer samples to your Nord Wave 2 in a breeze.

Filter Section

The Filter section has 6 Filter types featuring classic 12 and 24 dB Low Pass, a High Pass, High Pass/Low Pass and a Band Pass filter, together with a stunning emulation of the transistor ladder filter from the legendary Mini. The unique modeling of these filters captures the true character and response of the classic analog instruments, allowing for flexible and precise sound design. The Filter section is equippied with full ADSR envelope. 

LFO & Modulation SECTION

The Wave 2 features a dedicated LFO for each layer with a choice of waveforms plus AD/AR Modulation Envelope with dedicated velocity setting and Invert mode. The LFO has several morphable parameters and the rate can be synchronized to the Master Clock. 

 

AMP ENVELOPE

The Amp Section is equipped with a full ADSR envelope featuring a powerful new Transient Attack mode for adding more punch to your sounds.

MORPHING AND IMPULSE MORPH

The Wave 2 features an extensive range of morphable parameters that can be controlled from four different sources: Velocity, Aftertouch, Wheel and Control Pedal. All morph sources can be quickly assigned to control multiple parameters simultaneously and the powerful Impulse Morph feature lets you instantly change any parameter of your sound.

Wheel assign 

Instantly assign LFO, Oscillator Control or Filter to the Modulation Wheel.

 

Advanced Polyphonic Arpeggiator with gate

The Nord Wave 2 is truly a rhythmical powerhouse with both a classic arpeggiator and a polyphonic mode with directly editable patterns.

Polyphonic mode

The Poly mode is a polyphonic Arpeggiator that will retrig all held keys either straight or patterned featuring different inversions for exciting harmonic variations.

Gate mode

The brand new Gate mode chops your sound up in a rhythmic pattern with adjustable depth. 

 

The Pattern mode contains a wide selection of Rhythmic Patterns allows easy editing for creating your own custom patterns. 

Master Clock

The Master Clock of the Wave 2 allows the LFO, Arpeggiator and various effects to be synchronized, either internally or by an external MIDI clock. With Master Clock synchronization you can synchronize 4 layers with individual patterns, all perfectly in sync with Delays and LFO's. A Tap Tempo allows you to easily tap to the tempo of a drummer or to playback tracks.

Effect Section

 

A separate Effect section for each layer featuring a great selection of instantly tweakable high quality stereo effects modelled after classic stomp boxes.

Modulation Effects

Tremolo, Pan, Ring Modulator, Chorus, Ensemble and Vibe effects with Rate and Amount control. All effects are controllable via Control Pedal (or other Morph sources) and can also be synchronized to the Master Clock for rhythmic effects.

EQ & Drive

EQ with Bass and Treble control - or 1 Band Sweepable EQ. A sparkling Tube Drive emulation is also available.

Delay

Advanced stereo Delay effect with Ping Pong mode, Analog Mode and Tap Tempo. New features include creative new Feedback optionsfor adding Ensemble, Chorus, Vibe as well as HP/LP and BP filter in the Feedback loop. 

Reverb

The Reverb section has five different Reverb sizes (Booth, Room, Stage, Hall and new Cathedral) for adding some ambience to your sounds, and the amount is now morphable. New features include Bright and Dark modes for either extended or reduced treble. The new Chorale effect adds a lush modulation effect. 

 

Splits and Layers

Having four identical, equally powerful synthesizers at once opens for exceptional layering possibilities. The Split mode offers three split points providing up to 4 zones with optional crossfades. The flexible Hold functionality lets you latch and hold slots independently in the background while playing something else on top.

Sound Manager

The Nord Wave 2 is compatible with the Nord Sound Manager software for OS X and Windows. The Nord Sound Manager allows easy reorganizing, back-up and transfer of programs and is available for download here.

MIDI Control

The Wave 2 features the convenience of MIDI over USB for use with a sequencer or with the included Sound Manager software. 

KEYBED

The Nord Wave 2 features a 61-key (C-C) semi weighted waterfall keybed with Aftertouch.

The Hardware

Like all Nord instruments, the Nord Wave 2 is handmade in Nord's Stockholm factory with incredible attention to detail and quality control.

 

Nord Wave 2 Specifications

GENERAL FEATURES

  • 4 Layer Synthesizer with LED faders
  • Virtual Analog synthesis, Wavetable, FM and sample playback
  • 48 voices
  • 1 GB memory for Nord Sample Library 3.0
  • Effects, EQ, Delay and Reverb for each layer
  • Advanced Arpeggiator and Gate features
  • 61-key semi-weighted keyboard with octave shift buttons, +/-2 octaves.
  • Keyboard Split with 3 split points.
  • Advanced Morph functionality
  • Impulse Morph for instant morphing overrides
  • Group functionality for multi-layer editing

OSCILLATOR SECTION

  • Dedicated OLED Display for oscillator settings
  • Analog: Basic, Shape, Shape Sine, Multi, Sync, Bell, Noise.
  • Wavetable: Wavetables, Formants.
  • FM: Dual, Triple, Vocal and Multi with Harmonic and Inharmonic options.
  • Samples: Nord Sample Library 3.0
  • Oscillator Control: Shape, Detune or Sync amount for Analog waveforms, Shape for Wavetables, Modulation amount for FM.
  • Dual Osc: Unison control with 3 amount options.
  • Semitone (-24 - +24) and Fine Tune pitch controls.

MODULATION SECTION

  • LFO generates a triangle, square, sawtooth, inverted sawtooth or sample and hold waveforms. LFO can be routed to Filter Frequency, Osc Pitch or Osc Mod. The LFO rate can be synchronized to the Master Clock.
  • AD/AR envelope

ARPEGGIATOR/GATE

  • Arpeggiator: Range: 1 - 4 octave. Modes: up, down, up/down, random. Zig-Zag option. The Arpeggio rate can be synchronized to the Master Clock.
  • Poly: Polyphonic Arpeggiator for retriggering of full chords at zero range, and polyphonic arpeggio of chord inversions at larger ranges.
  • Gate: Rhythmic level gate with adjustable hardness envelope.
  • Pattern Mode: Pattern mode for Arpeggiator, Trig or Gate with 30+ editable presets or custom pattern.
  • Patttern Editor - Dedicated editor for creating custom rhythmic patterns that can be used with Arpeggiator, Trig or Gate.

FILTER SECTION

  • Multi-mode filter with 12 dB (2-pole) low pass, 24 dB (4-pole) lowpass and band pass, high pass, Ladder M, low pass+high pass characteristics.
  • Cut off, Resonance, envelope amount, envelope amount controlled by velocity.
  • ADSR envelope.
  • Filter keyboard tracking can be set to off, 1/3, 2/3 or full.
  • Adjustable Filter Distortion.

AMPLIFIER SECTION

  • ADSR envelope
  • Transient Attack-mode for snappier attack
  • Amp Velocity Amount (3 levels)

 

LAYER CONTROL

  • LED fader for each layer for instant level control and overview.
  • Group multiple layers for quick multi-layer editing of Amp Env, Filter, Effects, Arpeggiator etc. 
  • Layer Lock: Locks the currently active layer configuration.
  • Split functionality: 3 split points with 8 location options and Split Crossfade. 
  • Individual Pan-control per layer.
  • Solo mode for quickly muting all except the focused layer.

PERFORMANCE SECTION

  • Voice modes: Poly, Legato and Mono with Glide
  • Impulse Morph: Instantly change one or several parameters at the press of a button.
  • Classic Nord Morph functionality for flexible control of multiple parameters (Wheel, Aftertouch, Velocity and Control Pedal)
  • Modulation Wheel
  • Pitch Stick with programmable range.
  • Fast assign of wheel modulation destination
  • Aftertouch
  • Vibrato with 3 Delay modes and Wheel/Aftertouch assign
  • Keyboard Hold which can be disabled on each Layer individually

PROGRAM SECTION

  • Program Gain control
  • Large OLED Display
  • Program Transpose functionality
  • 5 Program Buttons
  • Live Mode
  • Copy/Paste functionality
  • Master Clock control of Arpeggiator, LFO, Effects and Delay + plus External Clock Sync

EFFECTS

  • FX section with Tremolo, Pan, Ring Modulation, Chorus, Ensemble and Vibe.
  • EQ with Bass/Treble control or Parametric 1 Band control.
  • Drive effect for tube-distortion
  • Delay section with rate/time, tap tempo, analog mode, stereo ping-pong, dry/wet mix. The Delay speed can be synchronized to the Master Clock. Feedback loop effects: Chorus, Vibe and Ensemble, Feedback filters: HP, LP and BP. 
  • Reverb section with five algorithms (Booth, Room, Stage, Hall, Cathedral) + Dark, Bright and Chorale (modulated Reverb)

MEMORY

  • Programs (single sounds): 16 x 25 (400) locations

AUDIO OUT

  • 2 outputs
  • Headphones output
  • High resolution low noise 24 bit DACs

MIDI FEATURES

  • All control knobs and switches send and receive control change messages.
  • Master Clock will sync to incoming MIDI clock.
  • Soft Thru

CONNECTION

  • 2 Line Level Audio Outputs - ¼", 6,35 mm jacks, unbalanced
  • Stereo Headphone Output - ¼", 6,35 mm stereo jack
  • Sustain Pedal - ¼", 6,35 mm jack. Use a momentary pedal, like e.g., Roland DP-2, DP-6, Yamaha FC-4, FC-5, Fatar VFP1-25 etc.
  • Control Pedal - ¼", 6,35 mm TRS stereo jack. Use a Yamaha FC-7, Roland EV-7, Roland EV-5, Korg EXP2 or Korg XVP10.
  • USB connector with MIDI capabilities
  • MIDI In & Out - 5 pin DIN connectors

 

INCLUDED ACCESSORIES

  • User Manual
  • Power Cord with IEC C14 connector

DIMENSIONS

  • Nord Wave 2: 990 x 100 x 295 mm (38,9" x 3,9" x 11.6")

WEIGHT

  • Nord Wave 2: 8,75 kg (19.29lbs)

 

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