You might not know the name Ben Jackson-Cook but he is the Musical Director of one of the year's hottest stars, Rag 'n' Bone Man, and he is a big fan of Nord Keyboards. In this interview with soundtech.co.uk he spills the beans on his favourite gear.
The fifth generation of the successful Stage Series, the Nord Stage 3 has just been announced and it features Nord’s award-winning technologies including the Nord Lead A1 Synth Engine with sample playback, acclaimed Nord C2D Organ Engine, a greatly enhanced Piano Section, and extensive hands-on Effects - all in one exceptional performance keyboard.
It may seem a little daft at first but then there is a moment of “that’s brilliant!”...Nord uses a mannequin dummy with two ear-shaped microphones to record the new Royal Grand 3D sample. Continue Reading
The Nord Electro 5. With greatly expanded memory, the added ability to split and layer and a live focused program section, the new Nord Electro 5 is a highly refined, focused yet flexible stage keyboard. Continue Reading
An amazing free sound bank for the new Nord Lead A1 and A1r analogue modelling synthesisers from a true synth programming legend, Richard Barbieri. Demonstrating the creative and sonic capabilities of the A1’s new analogue modelling engine and its unique user-interface, the sound bank covers a wide range from the eerie pads, atmospherical leads to glitchy rhythms and ethnic instruments from a distant future!
Nord have just announced that they will be releasing a brand new keyboard in April of this year! The Nord Lead A1 takes the acclaimed analogue-modelling engine from their Lead 4, whilst adding an innovative interface that is specifically designed for programming sounds.
Although it is a digital instrument, the Lead A1 can produce analogue-type sounds with amazing accuracy. It has 24 voices of polyphony, it's four-part multi-timbral and its renowned Nord-quality build and reliability make it a superb choice for both the studio and gigging musician.
It's that time of year again, with the National Association of Music Merchants show due to take place in California, from 23rd to 26th January. As always, NAMM showcases a plethora of new and exciting products, so we've decided to create a rolling story, which we will update as and when new gear is announced.
This is the place to be if you want a comprehensive round-up of all the new NAMM gear for 2014, so check below for information and videos on the most exciting releases. Alternatively, you can CLICK HERE to view a list of new products in our online shop.
Clavia have recently released a great new video, which shows off the main features of their flagship Nord Lead 4 synthesiser, with plenty of audio samples to demonstrate what its controls do and how they can be manipulated to create new and interesting sounds.
The Nord Drum 2 is a 6-channel analogue-modelling percussion synthesiser, which can make a wide variety of electronic sounds. Whether you're after something to sit on your studio desk and tweak, something to use in a live situation in combination with the free Nord Beat 2 sequencing App and Nord Pad, or you want a powerful electronic drum module to work in combination with drum trigger pads (for building a standalone kit or adding to an existing electronic or acoustic kit), the Nord Drum 2 is designed to deliver.
However, for existing Nord Drum 2 users (and those looking at purchasing one in the near future), Nord have just released a major software update that fixes a number of bugs and adds a handful of new features, including:
For all Nord Lead 4 owners, you can now download up to 6 special preset libraries for your synth for the princely sum of NOTHING! Professional sound designers ASL SoundLab, Federico Solazzo, Åke Danielson, Palle Dahlstedt, Kristofer Ulfves and Ulf "Vinyl" Stenberg were all chosen for their unique styles, in order to create a comprehensive new set of sounds, from analogue-sounding leads and pads, FM pianos, dirty rave basses and loads more!
CLICK HERE to listen to some demos of these new sounds, or CLICK HERE to get them! There are plenty of other free presets libraries on there as well so feel free to check them out too! Please note that presets are transferred using the Nord Sound Manager.