Nord Drum 2 Modeling Percussion Synthesizer

Nord Drum 2 Modeling Percussion Synthesizer

Nord Drum 2 Modeling Percussion Synthesizer

Nord Drum 2 Modeling Percussion Synthesizer

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  • 6 Channels
  • Resonant, Subtractive, and FM Synthesis
  • Distortion, Repeat, and EQ on Channels
  • Attack and Decay Controls
  • Repeat Mode for Delay Effects
  • MIDI In/Out and CC Control
  • Stereo Output
  • Headphone Output
  • Group Edit and Mute Group
  • Flexible Inputs
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  • 1Description

The Nord Drum 2 Modeling Percussion Synthesizer utilizes real-time resonant, subtractive, and FM synthesis to emulate a wide range of different drum sounds. The unit features six channels, each with drive, crush, repeat, and EQ effects as well as six trigger inputs for controlling the synthesizer using acoustic drum triggers, contact microphones, or an electronic drum pad such as the 6-channel Nord Pad. You can also input a drum sequence using MIDI data from a MIDI-capable instrument, a DAW, or with Nord's included drum sequencer application Nord Beat for iPad.

The device generates sound in three sections. The first section controls tone and offers three synthesis modes. The resonant synthesis mode allows you to tune the harmonic spectra to create sounds inspired by materials such as drum heads, tines, cymbals, vibraphones, and marimbas. The subtractive synthesis mode utilizes saw, sine, square, and pulse waveforms to create electronic drum sounds and effects. The third mode uses frequency modulation synthesis mode and will be available with a future software update.

The second sound generation section controls noise and adds texture to your tone. You can shape the sound using low-pass, high-pass, and band-pass filters with resonance and cut-off controls. You can also control the attack envelope and attack rate to create anything from shaker to hand clap sounds. A decay control offers the choice of logarithmic, linear, and gated decays which can be linked to velocity using the unit's dynamic control.

The third sound generation section is designed to blend an ultra-fast click sound to your tone. A variety of different click sounds are available with level control for combining the click with the other elements of the sound. You can add distortion, EQ, and repeat effects to each of the six channels. For distortion you can apply an overdrive effect to make the sound vary from realistic to unrecognizable or apply a sample-rate reducing crush effect. The parametric equalizer enables selectable band adjustments for finely tuning your sound. The repeat effect produces a delay according to a global repeat tempo with repeat characteristics tailored to each channel.

The levels and panning position of all six channels can be individually adjusted using the unit's mixer. If you want to send different sounds, such as the kick drum, to different outputs you can do so by panning hard to the left or right and using the stereo output as two mono outputs. The sound creation and shaping controls enables a nearly unlimited range of creative possibilities.

Group Edit
Allows you to apply effects to up to 6-channels simultaneously and apply a tonal scale preset over the channels for tuned percussion
Mute Group
Allows you to create sounds that cancel one another so that only one sound from the group may play at a time. This is useful for re-creating acoustic effects such as an open and closed high hat and hand percussion muting techniques
Dynamic Timbre
Allows you to open up the upper parts of the harmonic spectra for higher velocities hits, yielding a brighter timbre
Hi Decay Control
Allows you to control the decay time for the upper part of the harmonic spectra. When used with the subtractive synthesis mode, the Hi Decay control functions as a filter sweep control
Adds more attack to the tone by making an ultra-fast fundamental pitch or by applying a volume envelope to the beginning of the sound
Dynamic Decay
Links trigger velocity with the dynamic decay of the harmonic spectra
Allows velocity to be linked to a pitch envelope to create attack effects or bending sounds like that of a raindrop or tablas
Nord Pad Input
Features a dedicated Ethernet input for the Nord Pad, allowing a dynamic multi-pad control in a compact form factor
Kick Input
Allows you to simultaneously connect a kick pad electronic drum trigger to input 1 of the Nord Drum 2 in addition to the Nord Pad
Controls the synthesizer using CC-controls over MIDI, and enables the unit to be used as a trigger interface using MIDI out
Nord Beat
Controls the drum synthesizer using a specially designed iPad sequencer application
In the Box
Nord Drum 2 Modeling Percussion Synthesizer
  • Universal Module Mount
  • Universal Power Adapter
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Display 4 character LED-display
    Programs 2 banks x 99 programs per bank (198 program locations in total)
    Software Update Free software OS updates
    Synthesizer 6-channel percussion modeling synthesizer
    Tone Resonance modeling, subtractive and FM-synthesis (FM-synthesis feature will be added in a software update)
    Noise Low pass, high pass, and band pass filter
    Adjustable resonance and dynamics filter response
    Attack and decay controls
    Click Tones Several click models with adjustable level
    Trigger Inputs Adjustable input threshold
    Adjustable input sensitivity
    Channel peak/activity indicator
    When a Nord pad is connected, you can also connect a kick drum pad to input 1
    MIDI MIDI note on/off
    MIDI program change
    MIDI CC parameter control (CC parameter control feature will be added in a software update)
    Connectors 2 x 1/4" (6.35mm) unbalanced audio outputs (L +R)
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo headphone output
    6 x 1/4" (6.35 mm) generic trigger inputs
    1 x RJ45 Nord Pad connector
    1 x DC input
    DC Power Requirements 12 VDC
    250 mA
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 8.74 x 1.69 x 5.51" (2.222 x 43 x 140 mm)
    Weight 1.55 lb (695 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.7 x 10.2 x 2.9"

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