Nord Drum 3P Modeling Percussion Synthesizer Multipad


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Nord 6-Channel Virtual Analog Drum Synthesizer Multipad

The super compact Nord Drum 3P combines stunning playability with unlimited sound design possibilities from the innovative Nord Drum 2. New features include reverb and delay effects, a simplified sound selection mode and new sound banks for quickly creating custom kits on the fly.

Simplified sound selection and new sound bank
The new SOUND SELECT feature lets you browse a wide selection of great sounding drums sounds, simply assigned to each pad individually. Easily replace toms, cymbals or kicks in seconds by selecting from Nord's new preset library.

The new factory sound bank features 10 categories of great preset sounds that can be easily assigned to any of the six pads/channels and is a great starting point in rehearsal situations when you need to find the right sounds in a matter of seconds. The categories include kicks, snares, toms, percussion, bells, tuned, effects, cymbals, hi-hats and claps.

Sound creation
The sound generation takes place in the three sections: TONE, NOISE and CLICK. The sounds of the Nord Drum 3P are all synthesized in real time, allowing you to both sculpt and play sounds with a unique dynamic response, whether you prefer to play with drum sticks or from a sequencer.

TONE section
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 spectra.

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 the FREQ parameter controls modulation amount and SPECTRA controls modulation frequency.

Delay and reverb effects
The great sounding global stereo reverb and delay effects lets you add a whole new dimension to your drum sounds and the effect amount is easily adjusted for each drum channel.

Extreme dynamic control
The Nord Drum 3P offers great control over the dynamic response of the harmonic spectras. When using resonant synthesis waveforms the upper parts of the harmonic spectra be controlled with velocity, giving it a brighter timbre when played harder.

When using the subtractive synthesis mode, the FREQ parameter controls the cutoff frequency of a lowpass filter and the DYN FILTER parameter controls how much the filter should respond to velocity. 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.

DECAY controls the decay of the whole spectra, with a choice of linear and logarithmic decay envelopes. 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, such as the sound of raindrops, tablas or the classic 80s 'pew-pew' tom sounds.

NOISE section
The NOISE section is all about producing noise and is very powerful. Create anything from silky smooth hiss to gritty gravel to give the TONE part of the sound more texture.

The noise can be sculpted with lowpass, highpass or bandpass filters with cutoff and resonance controls. Once you've found the noise of your choice, it can be adjusted to respond dynamically to velocity in the same manner as with the TONE section with the DYN FILTER control.

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!

CLICK Section
The CLICK section is a specialized section for an ultra-short attack to the sound. A wide range of different click types 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 3P 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 playable.

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 Nord Drum 3P features two new master effects: reverb and delay. The reverb features 7 room algorithms with controls for tonal color. The delay effect features a tap tempo mode and adjustable feedback amount. The amount of reverb and delay can be set individually for each of the 6 channels of the Nord Drum 3P

The channel mixer sets the level for each channel and also features a pan control for creating a lush stereo image. If you'd 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.

MIDI in/out is also available for using the Nord Drum 3P with any kind of MIDI pads or sequence it from an external MIDI sequencer. All of the Nord Drum 3P sound parameters can be controlled via CC controls over MIDI. If you own an iPad, don't miss Nord's free iPad app Nord Beat, specifically designed for sequencing the Nord Drum 3P via MIDI.

  • 6-channel percussion synthesizer
  • integrated multipad, kick pad input and MIDI
  • Simplified user interface with easy sound selection
  • New individual sound preset libraries for kicks, snares, toms and more
  • Advanced sound engine with resonant synthesis, subtractive synthesis and FM synthesis
  • Reverb and delay effects with adjustable amount per channel
  • Drive, crush and EQ effects per channel
  • MIDI in/out and full CC control
  • Stereo output with improved output level
  • Headphone output with improved output level
More Information
Manufacturer Nord
Condition New
Included from Manufacturer  
Number of Pads 6
Instrument Sounds
  • 38 wave algorithms
  • 8 drum models: analog, ring modulation, T-bridge, FM, harmonic, percussive, drum head, cymbals
Drum Kits 8 banks x 50 programs (400 locations)
Trigger Inputs (1) Kick Trigger Connection
Metronome Yes
Sequencer/Recording No
Audio Outputs (2) 1/4" Out - L, R
(1) 1/8" Headphone
Connectivity MIDI
Unique Features
  • Integrated multipad
  • Stereo and reverb effects
  • Sound banks for quick kit creation

Nord USA Limited Warranty

This product has been manufactured by Nord and is warranted free from defects in materials or workmanship for the period of one year from the date of purchase by the original owner.

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