Nord Wave 2 Performance Synthesizer Their Most Versatile Synth Yet

Ahead of the 2020 NAMM Show, Nord has introduced the Wave 2 Performance Synthesizer.

The Nord Wave 2 is a powerful 4-part performance synthesizer, combining Virtual Analog synthesis, Samples, FM and Wavetable. It offers 48 voice polyphony, new performance features and hands-on controls. It also features a 61-key (C-C) semi-weighted waterfall keybed with Aftertouch.


  • 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
    • Advanced FM with harmonic and inharmonic algorithms
    • 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

Details are available at the Nord site.

13 thoughts on “Nord Wave 2 Performance Synthesizer Their Most Versatile Synth Yet

      1. And yet that’s not the worst if it, the fact that Nord continues to use essentially the same “sound engine” from the Nord 3 is the most egregious fact of all.

        1. ???
          The sound engine in the synths released since the Nord Lead 3 have vastly different sound engines! There is zero truth in your statement.

          1. Actually, there is great truth to my statement. Email Clavia directly, the basic design of the Nord 3 has been used as the basis for most if not all of the recent VA synthesis.

      2. That’s the typical price that you’ll pay for a Nord product and they put their effort into creating the best keyboards out there. Roland or Moog can’t beat the quality you get from Nord. What company allows you download free virtual instruments of the actual instrument they are sampling?

  1. Finally a 5 octave synth from Nord! Really pleased about that, and I do like my Nord Wave. But quality hardware hand-built in Sweden with a good healthcare & pensions costs a bit too! Could this be a main keyboard for a rig? Quite tough to figure where it sits relative to an Electro or a Stage.

  2. That price seems pretty reasonable to me.

    That organ synth from Yamaha is about the same price, with lots of hardware controls, waterfall keys, etc. etc. Not apples-to-apples, but roughly.

    Doesn’t Nord do a kind of customized version of a Fatar keyboard? I could see that adding some expense. If that keyboard does it right, then that price for a real instrument, is pretty fair.

      1. Yes, I have the original Nord Wave and while the interface is great, and it is easy to switch between the parts (and looks great in the Wave 2 as well), only have one LFO per part is really limiting.

  3. FYI it has 1 Gigabyte sample memory according to the specs page from Clavia.

    I’ve debated on getting the Nord Wave after hearing it being used by Frontline Assembly on their later soundtracks and last album release. I wish it, along with every synth released by Clavia, had the NL3 interface, hands down the best synth interface ever – but I think the rumor is that it was very expensive and difficult to manufacture (each knob requiring multiple LED indicators).

    I think the Nord Lead 3 engine is slept on quite a bit, its not as aggressive as the NL 1 engine which a lot of EBM and electronic industrial artists loved back when it was released. Most of the early adaptors for the NL1 was the industrial scene. The NL 2 lost some of that of that edge and until its rerelease I personally think it was overrated minus the extra voices.

    What the NL3 engine lacks in aggressiveness it makes up in ease of sound design and quick generation of usable sounds. And the NL3 always was the ‘prettiest’ of the NL engines (TBF I have never played with a NL4 or the social media Nord A1 with its ‘Like’ button – hard pass). But I can tell you I’ve made close to 8 banks of sounds on the NL3 and it definitely fits in mixes better than many other synths, especially if you’re running Access Viruses, Yamaha AN series, Waldorf Q series, or Roland JP80x0s of the era. It does pads, fx, and atmosphere especially well, I definitely used it in a few soundtrack pieces and still use the NL3 in my main rig to this day.

    Just my 2 cents

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