I just got my Nord 2 rack in the mail about 4 hours ago, and I have to say that it is even beyond
my expectations. I had heard nothing but good things about this synth, but now that I have it and that I can listen to it's
fantastic sound I'm totally impressed. I had a JP8000 for a while but sold it to get this and I'm very glad that I did. In my humble opinion this is a more professional and much better designed instrument with a much better filter and a more agressive, gritty sound (although indeed as Simon noted the JP's pads are perhaps somewhat smoother sounding). I also have a Korg Prophecy and a Waldorf Pulse, and compared to everything the Nord seems at least as good if not better overall, in terms of sound, design, and intuiteveness. It blows anything I've owned or currently own away in terms of raw power with 16 voices and 4 parts! Also I love the way it looks with the little green lights and the red paint. It's cuter than my girlfriend! (okay I don't have one right now, maybe that's why!) Anyway, if your into electronic dance music (like myself), I don't see how you could be dissapointed with the Nordlead. That is definetely it's specialty! I checked out those ausio samples and in my opinion they don't REALLY do it justice. I mean, they're allright, but just from having it for a few hours I can tell that there are just so many many different sounds that you can make with it.
Hope you get one,