Nord have recently released their FREE Nord Beat 2 app, which acts as an innovative iPad step sequencer for their Nord Drum 2 percussion synthesiser. The app features 6 tracks (one for each track of the Nord Drum 2), along with MIDI Clock Sync In/Out for synchronising other MIDI equipment or an iPad app to the Nord Beat 2 sequencer. This feature also allows you to control the Nord Beat 2's tempo from other gear (e.g. a DAW, hardware sequencer, iPad app, etc.). The Nord Beat 2 app has also been updated to include 'Step Modifiers', which can be used to add flam, 32th or 32th triplets to any step in the sequencer for more innovative performances.
It's time for another Musikmesse show in Frankfurt and so far we've already been treated to a host of exciting new releases! We will be constantly updating this article with information on the most exciting news from the show and will include links for you to find out more information on specific products where possible. So, if you want to keep up to date with all the latest Musikmesse 2013 news, this is the place to be!
Nord have just revealed a second generation model of their Nord Drum percussion synthesiser. The Nord Drum 2 has been designed for those that want to combine the playability of acoustic percussion with the sounds and synthesis options of a synth. The 6-channel Nord Drum 2 is capable of producing classic electro sounds, as well as realistic percussion hits. In addition to this, Nord have also announced the Nord Pad, which connects directly to the Nord Drum 2 with an Ethernet cable and allows you to trigger its sounds!
Check out this video of Derrick McKenzie (from Jamiroquai) and London-based producer Harry Coade creating a cool original composition centred around the Nord Drum virtual analogue synthesiser. In the video Harry uses the Nord Beat iPad control app to trigger the Nord Drum, alongside a Nord Lead 2X synthesiser. Derrick McKenzie uses electronic pads and acoustic triggers with the Nord Drum.
We've just received a brand spanking new Nord Drum, which is due to go on demo in our shop very soon! However, before we put it on display, drummer Mark Harris is going to test it out and let us know what he thinks! Watch this space for an exclusive video review of this virtual analogue drum synthesiser!