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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.

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 Nord's most versatile performance synthesizer ever.


• 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

• 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
• Vibrato with 3 Delay modes and Wheel/Aftertouch assign

• Analog: Basic, Shape, Multi, Sync and Noise with up to 16 oscillators
• Samples: Nord Sample Library 3.0
• Wavetable
• Advanced FM with harmonic and inharmonic algorithms
• True Unison mode

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

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

• 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

• 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

Control Pedals
Control Pedal support has been improved and now supports the following pedals:
Fatar, Yamaha FC7, Roland EV-7, Roland EV-5, Korg EXP2 and Korg XVP10.

• 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

• 2 Line Level Audio Outputs - 1/4", 6,35 mm jacks, unbalanced
• Stereo Headphone Output - 1/4", 6,35 mm stereo jack
• Sustain Pedal - 1/4", 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 - 1/4", 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

My longtime second tier synth search is over!2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StorePort Coquitlam, British Columbia
First of, before I get into this, let me qualify that I have had them all. Lead 2, 2X, 3 and the original Wave. I also had a Modular Rack and a Modular G2X. Yes, I am a Nord fan. In fairness, I have also had DSI synths, and Motifs. But I also recognize that while each of the above boards has something amazing about them, there is a reason I went through so many. I was looking for that perfect performance “top” keyboard, to go with my main keyboard. (My main keyboard evolved from Electro2 73, to Stage EX88, to Stage 3 88). That tier has been a revolving door, as I have searched for that right keyboard that would belong as much as my Stage 3 belongs. The sound capabilities on the Wave 2 are so vast. The Moog sounds it can make are beyond any Nord yet, and VERY authentic. (I have a Voyager and a Subsequent 37, so I have done an A/B). The expressive capabilities are beyond the Lead 3, the keyboard feels even more musical than the original Wave, and the sharp Prophet P5-like tones that are in the 2X are all possible (think Cars Let’s Go oscillator sync that so few keyboards are able to get just right. The control that you have over the different slots, and the amount of morphable features is stunning. And instant transpose on the front panel, or transposes can be saved in your presets. But what I love the most is how it fits seamlessly with my Stage 3. The waterfall keys on the Wave 2 allow me to play the organ in the Stage in dual keyboard mode, and it feels like an organ. And the waterfall keys (with aftertouch) FEEL better when playing synth. I couldn’t be happier. Fir the first time ever, I feel settled with my second tier board.
Posted by Andrew on Nov 27, 2020
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