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Clavia Nord Drum 3

Percussion Synthesizer

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Clavia Nord Drum 3
Clavia Nord Drum 3
600.00 street price

This year Nord announced the imminent release of a new percussion synthesizer called Nord Drum 3 (which will be released along with Nord Drum 3P). The red box comprised a few new features: the effects of reverb and delay, as well as a set of sound banks.

Factory banks include 200 presets, and 400 custom ones. In the library you can find: kicks, snares, toms, bells, cymbals, hi-hats, claps, etc. The interface hasn’t changed much, the same sections featured in Nord Drum 2 were kept.

"Tone" section is responsible for the creation of harmonically complex waveforms, which are generated using three types of synthesis - resonant, subtractive, and frequency modulation (FM). Resonance synthesis offers a large selection of exotic sounds, like marimba, vibraphones and cymbals. The subtractive method has standard sawtooth, sine, meander waveforms for synthesizing, and frequency modulation has 6 different FM algorithms, where frequency parameters are controlled by an exclusive "Spectra" knob. "Click" adds a click to the attack, and "Noise”, as the name implies, - synthesizes noises.

For each unit (Click, Tone, Noise) an individual dynamic filter is provided: LPF (low-pass), HPF (high-pass), and BPF (band-pass) directly interacting with the velocity. All 6 channels of the instrument have their own effects - distortion, equalizer and repeat. Among the master effects there are reverb and delay available, which can also be assigned to any channel. The device has a headphone output (1/8), MIDI In/Out, and 6 common inputs for connecting to electronic, acoustic drums, etc.

Tags: digital synthesizer

Country of origin / production: Sweden

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Usage area
Percussion Synthesizer 
Usage Design/ Form Factor
Without Keys, Desktop 
Analog Modeling (AM) 
Drum/ Percussion Channels6
Tone Generator / Sound Synthesis
Synthesis Method Digital Additive
Synthesis Method Frequency Modulation (FM)
Programs/ Voices/ Timbres
Single Voice Preset200
User-defined Single Voice400
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Kick Drum
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Snare Drum
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Tom
High-pass Filter (HPF) 
Low-pass Filter (LPF) 
Band-pass Filter (BPF) 
Bit Crusher/ Crush 
Overdrive/ Drive 
MIDI in/ out
Audio out
Analogue: 1/8" (3.5mm)1
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm)1
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm) headphones preamplified2
Voltage 12V
Power Supply External
Case/ body
Production start2016

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