Setup

To control Omnisphere using the Nord Lead, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Using a MIDI cable, connect the Nord Lead to your MIDI interface.

  • Verify that your Nord Lead is transmitting MIDI and your MIDI interface is receiving MIDI.

  • Set up the front panel controls to send CCs

  • Make certain your MIDI interface is configured as the input in the host software you’re using (DAW, Standalone, etc.)

  • Activate the Clavia Nord Lead 1 Hardware Profile in Omnisphere 2.5 or higher.



MIDI OUTPUT SETUP

To make sure the front panel controls in your Nord Lead transmit MIDI, hold down SHIFT and press the PROG/CTRL button. Then, press the PROG/CTRL button again and when the left character of the display is a C (which stands for “Control”), use the up/down arrows to set it to C.1.

HOST CONNECTION

Open your host (DAW, Standalone, etc.) and make sure the MIDI interface you’ve connected the Nord Lead to is enabled as a MIDI input device.

Omnisphere Standalone Pro Tools


OMNISPHERE SETUP

Open Omnisphere and from the header select the HW menu button:

From the drop-down menu, select “Clavia Nord Lead 1” to activate that hardware profile.



Profile Notes

The Nord Lead is not only a classic virtual analog synth, but it’s also a great controller for Omnisphere! In designing this hardware profile, we made decisions to achieve a balance between being faithful to how the Nord Lead works and using its panel creatively to make the most of it for controlling Omnisphere. This means that some controls do special functions that expand the capabilities of the hardware. Here’s a quick overview of how we set up this profile:

OSCILLATORS

OSC 1 affects Layer A.
OSC 2 affects Layer B.

The FM DEPTH knob affects FM Depth of Layer A. When SYNC is enabled, the FM DEPTH knob additionally affects Bit Crush on Layers A and B.

HARD SYNC

Omnisphere’s oscillators have their own Hard Sync parameter, which is independent from the their frequency. This allows you to create sounds that go beyond what’s possible in most hardware synths. When using SYNC, keep in mind the following:

  • When SYNC is activated, the frequency of the oscillator in Omnisphere’s Layer B is not slaved to the frequency of the one in Layer A. This means, for example, that you can tune the oscillators a fifth a part and still obtain “hard sync” sounds.
  • If you activate SYNC and then engage a pitch modulation to OSC 1, you will need to disable and re-enable SYNC to get the expected behavior.

UNISON

When UNISON is enabled, the FINE TUNE knob affects Unison Detune.

MOD WHEEL

When the WHEEL destination is set MORPH it affects the Orb.

When the WHEEL destination is set LFO1 it affects the Depth of Omnisphere’s LFO1. If after setting this destination the LFO1 AMOUNT knob is moved, the LFO1 modulation will be active regardless of the position of the Mod Wheel. Reset the WHEEL destination to LFO1 to control it via the Mod Wheel again.

COMMUNICATION

The communication between the Nord Lead and Omnisphere is one-way: the Nord Lead sends information to Omnisphere, but not the other way around. As a result, when a patch is loaded in Omnisphere its settings will be different than those in the panel of the Nord Lead 2. For example, an Omnisphere patch might have Unison enabled while the UNISON switch in the Nord Lead is disabled. In a case like this, to disable Unison in Omnisphere press the UNISON button twice.

LOADING OMNISPHERE PATCHES FROM THE NORD LEAD 1

If you want the load Omnisphere Patches from the Nord Lead, follow these steps:

  • On the Nord Lead, hold down SHIFT and press the PROG/CTRL button
  • Press the PROG/CTRL button again until the display shows P (which stands for ‘Program’)
  • Use the up/down arrows to set it to P.1.
  • Make sure that you have the Patch number one away from the number you would like to use.
  • In the Omnisphere Patch Browser, right-click the name of the patch you want to load 
  • Select MIDI Program Change Learn” from the menu
  • On the Nord Lead, select the patch you wish to use
  • A MIDI icon will appear next to the name of the patch in the Omnisphere browser if the learning is successful

Unassigned Controls

The following Nord Lead 2 controls have no effect on Omnisphere:

  • Master Level
  • Velocity/Morph Assign
  • Store
  • Perf. Mode

Troubleshooting

Not working? Here are some things to try: 

  • Make sure the MIDI Channel is set to Ch.1
  • Is your DAW receiving MIDI from the Nord Lead?

SUPPORT

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