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Nord Drum 2 - Synth Drums For Man & Machine

Published: Tue October 29, 2013  News Feed

Nord Drum 2 - Synth Drums For Man & Machine

By Hugh McKenna

There's no question that the original Nord Drum was one of the best drum synths going with an engine that delivered all the classy tones you would expect from a Nord. There are some who felt it didn't quite offer enough connectivity however and the Nord Drum 2 rectifies this with a host of new hardware features.

Nord Drum
Nord Drum 2
4 channels
6 channels
Trigger inputs:
Nord Pad input:
Yes, Crush/Drive, EQ and Repeat
Mono out
Stereo out
Headphones out:
Yes (mini-jack)
MIDI in/out:
MIDI CC control:
Yes Requires Free Version 2.1 Update
99 Programs
8 Banks x 50 Programs (400 total) Requires Free Version 2.1 Update

So that's support for 6 drum triggers, the 6 input Nord Pad and MIDI input which will allow you to play the Nord Drum 2 with your MIDI controller, sequencer or iPad using the awesome Nord Beat iPad app.

Drummers playing on electronic drum kits take note!
The Nord Drum 2 automatically outputs MIDI when you play the trigger inputs or Nord Pad. That makes it a great trigger interface as well as a sound module.

The Synth Engine

The comprehensive additions made to the hardware are more than matched by the improvements made to the underlying drum synth. With Resonance modeling, Subtractive and FM-synthesis you've got the building blocks of the best drum machines from the past, present and future. With subtractive representing the 808 style analogue sound, FM delivering more complex 80's & 90's drum machines and resonance modelling is a cutting edge algorithm that provides realistic percussion sounds. Throw in a range of filters, parameters and effects and it's easy to see how you can easily get sucked into programming the Nord Drum 2. Once you've started building up a bank of presets there's no problem managing them with Nord Drum 2 Manager. Supported from the 2.1 update you can use Nord Drum 2 Manager to save, backup and organise your presets via Mac/PC. Also new to the 2.1 update are a load of inspiring factory presets and an expansion to 400 total preset programs.

Listen To Just What The Nord Drum 2 Is Capable Of With The 2.1 Update

Play It Your Way

Nord Beat 2

As an advanced step sequencer using the free Nord Beat app. Requires an iPad MIDI interface, check out this excellent bundle.
Nord Drum 2 Kit

As an electronic kit, with triggers or pads as part of an electronic or hybrid setup. Nothing thickens a kick quite like a bit of pure sine wave.
Nord Pad

As a pure pad drum synth, trigger with the Nord Pad and use as part of a rig or on it's own.

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