This baby used to be one of Liam's main sound sources on live. This synth can been seen on the top of his live synth rack. Before Nord Lead he used Roland SH-101. This was the very first virtual analog synthesizer! "Virtual analog" means it uses DSP algorithms instead of analogue oscillators, filters and so on, to fake and create that classic analog sound. So this is NOT a analog synth! It has all the modern digital/MIDI conveniences. Nowadays there is also Nord Lead 2. The only difference between the two is that the No: 2 has 16 voices instead of 4. But with the Nord Lead 1, you could buy a extra voice card you got 12 and plus some other features. The Nord Lead is like Liam's new Roland JP-8000, but the sound in Nord is more analogue and raw!
Liam Howlett of Prodigy in the interview in The Mix, October -98:
"I love the Nord. In my opinion it has set the new standard for analogue. The other three members all like it too - after all, it's nice and red. "
For the song "funky shit" he used the funky nord preset and also The Siren sound is tweaked Nord Lead Preset.
Release date: 1995
Type: Virtual analog synthesizer
Liam's old synth setup with Nord Lead from 1996