Nord DrumItem ID: NordDrum
4-channel Virtual Analog Drum Synthesizer with 4 High-sensitivity Inputs and MIDI
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Retro-futuristic Percussion!The Nord Drum virtual analog drum synthesizer - with its massive sonic palette and amazing playability - will alter any preconceptions you may have about the creative potential of synthetic, sample-free percussion. The Nord Drum is right at home onstage, and feels like you're playing a real instrument. Sporting four high-sensitivity inputs and MIDI, the Nord Drum works with a wide range of electronic drum pads, acoustic drum triggers and MIDI-pads/sequencers for effortless integration into your existing drum setup - or as the nucleus of something entirely new. Take your percussion back to the future, with the Nord Drum.
Nord Drum Virtual Analog Drum Synthesizer at a Glance:
Add unique percussive elements to your music
Creative inspiration stalled out? The Nord Drum's massive palette of percussive sounds is perfect for stirring up the creative juices. The Nord Drum lets you add retro-futuristic moods and textures to your music - you'll be amazed at the creative possibilities!
Works with what you've got
With the Nord Drum, it's plug-and-play. It works with a broad range of acoustic drum triggers, electronic drum pads, and MIDI-pads/sequencers, so it easily integrates into your existing setup. Or you can build a totally new percussion rig around it. Either way, it's a cinch to use.
Designed with live performance in mind
With its ultra-fast triggering and extreme dynamic range, the Nord Drum is ideal for live performance. Add a Nord drum to your percussion setup and stun your fans with mind-altering new sounds, right out of the box!
Nord Drum Virtual Analog Drum Synthesizer Features:
Explore new percussion frontiers with the Nord Drum!
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Jordan, Marquette, MI
Reviewsbased on 1 review
Nice Little Piece of Kit
by Sound Dog from Vancouver, WA United StatesI bought this module to trigger live drum sounds while performing with guitar and it works nicely for that. While you wouldn't want to use this is as your only drum module for an e-drum kit (its only ... read more [+]got 4 trigger inputs, and no open/close hi-hat function), or for your primary studio recording go-to box, it IS great for a supplemental module. Well, maybe if you were a synth band it would be OK for your only module.
June 20, 2012
Music Background: performing and recording singer/songwriter
The unit synthesizes sound using a wide range of waveforms and modifiers, so it doesn't use real drum samples. So don't expect acoustic drum sounds to sound exactly like the real thing. They "simulate" but do not "recreate." I suggest you listen to online videos of the unit being used, with headphones, to see if the sounds are right for your application. As mentioned, it works well for my application, so I am giving it 4 stars.
- ability to customize big range of sounds, from acoustic to synthesized
- drums can be tuned real low to real high, in quarter tones (nice!)
- really good steam noise sounds
- long sweeping sounds (with range bends)
- trigger sensitivity and range is excellent
- latency is very very very low
- 3 nice bright 7-segment LED displays
- well built! solid! nice buttons and knobs! road-worthy!
- small! compact! light! did I say road-worthy!?
- MIDI in and out (mainly just note data, and program change, no CC)
- kick drums are superb, even acoustic sounding ones
- firmware is upgradeable (via MIDI), with 1 upgrade so far
- pretty good variety of factory sounds
- way more presets than you will ever need
- manual is easy to follow
- acoustic drums don't sound REALLY real, except for kicks (although sounds are pretty convincing for a live mix
- real acoustic cymbal sounds are not so hot
- no hi-hat open/close ability
- MONO audio out only!!!! Wah???!!!
- no software editor or librarian
- takes a lot of time and patience to create your own custom sounds
- could use some online tutorials on creating sounds efficiently
The pros outweigh the cons, for me. I'll probably hang onto this one. close [-]
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