AudioKit Pro Intros NERD Synth A2X, Inspired By Nord Lead A1


AudioKit Pro has announced a new software synth for iOS, NERD Synth A2X, that they say is inspired by the sounds of the NORD Lead A1.

It features 64-voice polyphony, an arp, step sequencer & “that “cold’ VA sound that ruled the dance floors and stages.”

NERD Synth is not intended to be a software clone, but a new synth design, inspired by the sound of the A1, and with the knob-per-function control of the NL1 & NL2.

Here’s what AudioKit Pro’s Matthew Fecher has to say about the new app:

I’m super excited to share our latest creation with you all – it’s the boldest “pure” synth AudioKit’s launched since Synth One. For nearly two decades, I’ve been a devoted fan of Nord synths, and even have an A1 on my phone’s home screen. Their groundbreaking work has always fueled my creativity, but I wanted to create something fresh for mobile, not just follow in their footsteps.

So, we cooked up NERD Synth. It’s got a bit of that cool, “cold” virtual-analog A1 vibe, but with a twist of simplicity and knob-per-function action, kind of like the NL1 & NL2. But to set the record straight, it’s not a clone of anything out there, nor does it have ties to Clavia & Nord.

It’s designed to give you that classic red synth tone that’s been missing from mobile. And, it might sound a bit different to you if you’ve only experienced “warm” sounding virtual analog synths.


  • 64-voice, Retro VA-Synth
  • Include all 40+ of the Nord A1 waveforms
  • Classic Hardware-style Arp, with extra features
  • Vintage-style Step Sequencer that can be routed to specific layers
  • Filter envelope ADSR
  • 3 LFOs. “Fun” Routings. LFOs can modify other LFOs.
  • 2 fun assignable pads,
  • Create Nord-style Super Saws
  • Four-voice Unison with the tap of a button
  • 3 different algorithms: Regular, HYPER, and BEAST
  • FX: Reverb, Analog Tape Delay, Distortion, Flanger, Chorus, Crush, and more.
  • On board “Record” button, no external hardware required
  • Works with a MIDI Keyboard
  • iPad version has “stacked” views for maximum onscreen control
  • “SUPER FM” modeled after digital VA-Synths, complete with vintage digital aliasing for old-school vibe.
  • Aggressive RING MODULATION distortion
  • Includes iPhone, iPad and iOS AUv3 versions. Use as a plug-in in DAWs like GarageBand & Logic for iPad, Cubasis, AUM, and more.

Pricing and Availability:

NERD Synth A2X is available now for $4.99, and iPhone, iPad, and mobile AUv3 version.


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