Nord Drum 2 Synthesizer
The Nord Drum 2 is a one of a kind drum synthesizer for drummers,
percussionists and producers seeking unique and playable percussive
With an extremely lively dynamic response, flexible connectivity and a
broad sound palette ranging from classic synthetic drums to life-like
tuned percussion and acoustic drums, the Nord Drum 2 is both an
inspiring instrument and an infinite source of sounds.
• 6-channel Percussion Synthesizer
• Second generation sound engine with Resonant Synthesis,
• Subtractive synthesis and FM-synthesis
• Drive, Crush and EQ-effects per channel
• Repeat Mode for delay like effects
• 6 generic inputs for drum pads and acoustic triggers
• Nord Pad input
• MIDI in/out and full CC-control
• Stereo Output
• Headphone Output
The Sound generation takes place in the three sections Tone, Noise and Click.
The sounds of the Nord Drum 2 are all synthesized in real-time -
allowing you to both sculpt and play sounds with a unique dynamic
response, regardless if you prefer to play with drum sticks or from a
The Tone Section is specialized for creating tonal and harmonically
complex sound spectras and has three synthesis modes – Resonant
synthesis, Subtractive Synthesis and Frequency Modulation synthesis.
The Resonant synthesis mode offers a wide range of complex spectras
inspired by materials like drum heads, marimba, vibraphone, tines
and cymbals. A unique feature includes the possibility to tune harmonic
The Subtractive mode sports the classic basic Sine, Saw, Square and
Pulse waveforms and is brilliant for creating classic synth-type drum
sounds and effects.
The FM Synthesis mode features 6 different FM algorithms where Timbre
controls modulation amount and Spectra controls modulation frequency.
Extreme Dynamic Control
The Nord Drum 2 offers great control over the dynamic response of the harmonic spectras:
The Dynamic Timbre feature opens the upper parts of the harmonic spectra
up at higher velocities, giving it a brighter Timbre. The upper parts
of the harmonic spectra can also have an independent decay time using
the Hi Decay control.
When using the Subtractive synthesis mode, the Timbre and Timbre Dyn
controls a Low-Pass filter and the Hi Decay parameter becomes a Filter
The Punch parameter lets you add more attack to the Tone by making the
fundamental pitch perform an ultra-fast pitch or volume envelope at the
very beginning of the sound.
The Decay controls the decay of the whole spectra, with a choice of
Linear and Logarithmic decay envelopes. By enabling Dynamic Decay and
the length of the decay can be longer or shorter depending on
velocity.The Bend parameter is a powerful, velocity sensitive pitch
envelope. Like the Punch parameter it can be used both to create
attack-like effects but also more radical bending sounds that travel up
or down when played. Example uses can be to create the sound of a
raindrop, Tablas and that classic 80’s “pioouw” tom-sound.
The Noise section is all about producing noise and is very powerful.
Create anything from silky smooth hiss to grainy gravel to give the Tone
part of the sound some texture, strange attack or even an impression of
The Noise can be sculpted with Low-Pass, High-Pass or Band-Pass
filters with Cut-Off and Resonance controls. Once you found the noise of
your choice, it can be adjusted to respond dynamically to velocity in
the same manner as with the Tone section.
A great new feature in the Nord Drum 2 Noise Section is
the Attack controls. In its standard mode it can add an attack envelope
to the Noise, brilliant for shaker-like sounds or perhaps a reversed
reverb type of effect. The Attack Rate/LFO mode creates a pulsing attack
effect with adjustable rate for creating strange, rattling percussive
sounds. Several dedicated attack types for Hand Claps are also
The Decay control is just as powerful, with a choice of Linear and
Logarithmic and Gated decay types. The Dynamic control is the icing on
the cake, enabling you to control the length of the decay with velocity.
Combine this with the equally powerful dynamic controls of the Tone
Section and it won’t take long before realizing the potential for
creating complex sounds with fascinating material-like behaviors!
The Click-section is a specialized section for an ultra-short attack to
the sound. A wide range of different click type are available as well as
a level control for finding the sweet spot where the Click merges with
the other elements and becomes one coherent sound.
Each of the 6 channels of the Nord Drum 2 has its own powerful effects – Distortion, EQ and Repeat.
The Distortion effect has two modes – a crunchy Overdrive effect and a
crackling sample-rate reducing Crush effect. Sometimes, adding just a
touch of overdrive to all of your sounds can make a huge difference in
terms of realism. Naturally, you can put the pedal to the metal and
distort the sounds beyond recognition – they will still be very
A great sounding parametric Equalizer with selectable band and amount is
also available for each channel, brilliant for adding some finish or
attitude to your sounds.
The Repeat effect produces an effect similar to a MIDI Delay. The
repeating hits will be generated as if they were played from a pad,
including the complex dynamic behavior of the Nord Drum 2 sound engine.
The Repeat Tempo is set globally for all channels, but number of repeats
and the effect amount can be set for each channel separately.
The handy Group Edit mode let’s you create a group of up to 6 channels
that can then be edited simultaneously. This can be very handy when you
have a family of drums that you want to apply the same type of treatment
to, saving you from doing the same operation several times. The Group
Edit mode even features a Group Scale mode, that can apply a selection
of tonal Scale presets to the drum channels that are being Group edited -
brilliant for playing tuned percussion.
The Mute Group gives you the option to create sounds that can cancel
each other out. Only one of the members of the group can sound at a
time, and can be used for creating a close/open hi-hat behavior and
emulating muting techniques from hand percussion.
The Channel Mixer sets the level for each channel and also features a
Pan control for creating a lush stereo image. If you like to send the
kick to a separate output, just pan that channel all the way to the left
and the other channels to the right.
The 6 generic inputs can be connected to almost anything you like,
electronic drum pads, acoustic drum triggers, a contact microphone, the
outputs of an old drum machine and much more. Setting the Input and
Threshold is easy and we’ve added a selection of presets for popular
pads and triggers.
Nord Pad input
The Nord Drum 2 features a dedicated input for the new 6-pad Nord Pad
(optional accessory). We designed the Nord Pad to offer a compact,
responsive multi-pad for easily integrating the Nord Drum 2 into any
setup. The Nord Pad is connected to the Nord Drum 2 using a single cable
(standard Ethernet type). Input 1 on the Nord Drum 2 has a special
feature enabling you to connect and play a kick drum pad at the same
time as the Nord Pad.
DI in/out is also available for using the Nord Drum 2 with any kind of
MIDI pads or sequence it from an external MIDI Sequencer. All of the
Nord Drum 2 sound parameters can be controlled via CC-controls over
MIDI. If you own an iPad don't miss our free iPad app Nord Beat,
specifically designed for sequencing the Nord Drum 2 via MIDI.
Everything you play using the Nord Pad, electronic drum pads or acoustic
triggers is automatically output to the MIDI output, making the Nord
Drum 2 a brilliant 6-channel trigger interface as well.