User Manual
Nord Drum 2
OS version 3.0x
Part No. 50416
Print Edition: F
Copyright Clavia DMI AB
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
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Warning - When using electric products, basic precautions should always be followed, including the following:
1) Read these instructions.
10) Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched
particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point
2) Keep these instructions.
where they exit from the apparatus.
3) Heed all warnings.
11) Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
4) Follow all instructions.
5) Do not use this apparatus near water.
6) Clean only with dry cloth.
7) Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance
with the manufacturer’s instructions.
8) Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat
registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that
produce heat.
12) Use only with the cart, stand,
tripod, bracket, or table specified by the
manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus.
When a cart is used, use caution when
moving the cart/apparatus combination to
avoid injury from tip-over.
13) Unplug this apparatus during lightning
storms or when unused for long periods of time.
9) Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or
grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two blades with one
wider than the other. A grounding type plug has two blades
and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third prong
are provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit
into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the
obsolete outlet.
14) Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing
is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way,
such as power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been
spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus
has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
No naked flame sources, such as lighted candles, should be placed on
the apparatus;
Il convient de ne pas placer sur l´appareil de sources de flammes nues,
telles que des bougies allumées;
Do not use the apparatus in tropical climates.
L´appareil n’est pas destiné á étre utilisé sous un climat tropical.
Additional Safety Information
WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose
this apparatus to rain or moisture.
The apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing and that
no objects filled with liquids, such as vases, shall be placed on the
apparatus.
L´appareil ne doit pas étre exposé á des égouttements d´eau ou des
éclaboussures et de plus qu´aucun objet rempli de liquide tel que des
vases ne doit étre placé sur l´appareil.
The maims plug is used as the disconnect device and shall remain
readily operable.
Lorsque la prise du résau d’alimentation est utilisée comme dispositif
de déconnexion, ce dispositif doit demeuré aisément accessible.
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Nord Drum 2 - Table of Contents
1 Overview
Thank you! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Attaching the stand holder . . . .
Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Phones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Left, Right Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MIDI In . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MIDI Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Trig Inputs CH 1 – CH 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Parameter names . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Channel Select . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Input Trig Level LEDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Peak/Focus LEDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Trig/Mute Group LEDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Lower Param . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Shift/Exit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Solo Edit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Trig/Tap (Trig) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Trig Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
5
5
6
6
6
7
7
7
7
7
7
8
8
8
8
2 Getting Started
Connect a Nord Pad . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Connecting pads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Adjust Input sensitivity . . . . . . . . 9
Threshold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Nord Pad - Inp Sens & Thres . 10
MIDI Channel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
MIDI Note assignment . . . . . . . . 10
MIDI Note Learn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Changing programs . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Play the Demo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Memory Protect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Storing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
3 Reference
Channels & signal flow . . . . . . .
The Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Master Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Program/Value LED display . . . . . . . .
Mute Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Edit Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Edit Group Paste . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Noise Parameters
. . . . . . . . . . . .
Filter Freq . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Filt Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Filter Env (Dyn Filter) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Filt Res . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Attack/Rate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Atk Mode (Env Mode) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Decay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dec Lo (Type/Dyn) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tone Parameters
. . . . . . . . . . . . .
Spectra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Wave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Timb Env (Dyn Timb) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13
13
13
13
13
14
14
14
14
14
14
15
16
16
16
17
17
18
18
18
18
Timbre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Timb Dec (Hi Decay) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Punch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Decay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dec Lo (Type Dyn) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Pitch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Scl Pre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Bend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Bend Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
19
19
19
19
20
20
20
20
21
Click Parameters
. . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Mix Parameter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Channel Parameters . . . . . . . . . .21
Distort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Distortion Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Eq Freq . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Gain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Echo (Repeat) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Echo Amount . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Echo BPM (Repeat Tempo) . . . . . . . . .
Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Pan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Global Settings
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Copy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Paste . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Init Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Clean Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Panic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MIDI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Trig Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Inp Thres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Inp Sens, Dynamics . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
21
21
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22
22
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22
22
23
23
23
23
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23
24
24
25
25
Updating the OS . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
27
Website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
4 Nord Drum 2 Manager
MIDI Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Get Banks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Send Banks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
5 MIDI
MIDI Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
29
Global & Individual MIDI . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Global MIDI Channel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Individual MIDI Channels . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Recording: Global MIDI Ch . . . .
29
Recording parameter changes . . . . . . 29
Recording: Indiv. MIDI Ch . . . .
30
Pitch control on Indivi. MIDI Channels . 30
MIDI Controller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Nord Beat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Storing the memory content . .
Receive Sys Ex Data . . . . . . . . . .
MIDI CC Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . .
30
31
31
31
32
6 Appendix
Stand setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
33
7 Index
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
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1
Overview
Thank you!
Connections
Thank you for purchasing the Nord Drum 2.
We have designed this musical instrument to
be a one of a kind drum synthesizer for drummers, percussionists and producers, seeking
unique and playable percussive sounds.
Phones
You are probably eager to start using the
Nord Drum 2 right away, but please spend
a few minutes with the first pages of this
manual. This will give you a good start on
how to hook it up, and to access the amazing features.
Left, Right Out
Connect a low impedance stereo headphone
to the Phones output. This is a 1/8" (mini)
jack.
The L and R outputs are unbalanced ¼"
jacks with line level signals.
EE The Nord Drum 2 is capable of producing sounds with a very wide dynamic and
frequency range. Be careful when you use
the unit and when you edit the sounds.
Attaching the stand
holder
MIDI In
Connect the MIDI Input to a drum pad or a
sequencer if you want to control the Nord
Drum 2 with incoming MIDI messages. The
MIDI Input is also used when you update the
unit with new operating systems.
The stand holder is used to mount the Nord
Drum 2 on a stand that is equipped with a
clamp. The diameter is 23 millimeter (0.9
inches) which will fit most general purpose
clamps.
MIDI Out
Connect the MIDI Output to a computer or
sequencer to record what’s played on the
Nord Pad or other pads connected to the Trig
Inputs. The performance will be transmitted
as MIDI notes, which also can be used to
trigger other MIDI units.
MIDI Output is used with the Program Dump
feature to transfer the settings of the
programs in the Nord Drum 2 via MIDI.
NORD PAD INPUT
POWER
CH
CH46
CH 5
CH 4
CH 3
CH2
CH 1
RIGHT OUT
LEFT OUT
PHONES
Chapter 1 Overview Trig Inputs CH 1 – CH 6
Power
Connect drum pads or other signal sources
to the Trig Input ¼" jacks. These inputs can
be used with a variety of different signals. The
sensitivity and the threshold of the inputs can
be adjusted with the Inp Sens and Inp Thres
parameters, read more about this in the following chapter.
Connect the Nord Drum 2 power supply to
the Power input. If the original supply is not
available, use only a 12 volt DC, 250 mA
adapter, with a barrel type plug that has the
positive current on the tip. The outer diameter
of the plug is 5.5 millimeter and the inner
diameter is 2.1 millimeter.
EE Do not connect pads while the Nord Drum
2 is turned on, this will trigger the sounds.
EE Always turn on the Nord Drum 2 first and
the sound system last, and reverse this
order when you want to turn it off again.
The Nord Drum 2 has been developed and
tested with different pad and trigger types.
The Trig Inputs are designed to be very versatile and is compatible with many different
types of signals.
MM If you experience double triggered
sounds, flams or a slow response from
the Nord Drum 2, make sure that you adjust the Trig Type, Inp Thres and Inp Sens
parameters. Read more on how to adjust
these settings on page 9
Nord Pad Input
Connect a Nord Pad to the RJ45 connector,
using the CAT6 cable that is supplied with the
Nord Pad.
EE This connection can not be used with any
other equipment. Do not try and connect
a computer network or any other RJ45
equipped unit to the Nord Drum 2.
If you want to add a kick drum pad to the
Nord Drum 2 while using the Nord Pad,
connect the kick pad to the CH 1 input.
The other inputs are disabled when the
Nord Pad is connected.
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Parameter names
The Panel
Please note: Some parameters on the Nord
Drum 2 panel have had their names changed
since the release of version 2.1. This manual
will use the new names in the text and illustrations but the old names will be included in
(round brackets).
The buttons, the LED display and the Dial are
used when you select a program and when
you edit the sounds in the Nord Drum 2.
Old name
New name
Dyn Filter
Filt Env
Atk/Rate
Attack/Rate
Env Mode
Atk Mode
Type/Dyn (Noise)
Dec Lo
Repeat
Echo
Dyn Timb
Timb Env
Hi Decay
Timb Dec
Type/Dyn (Tone)
Dec Lo
Trig (Button)
Trig/Tap
Repeat Tempo
Echo BPM
Channel Select
There are six channels, each channel represents one sound. Press the Channel Select
buttons repeatedly to change and select
the channel to be triggered with the Trig/Tap
button on the panel and/or to be edited. The
red Focus LEDs will indicate which channel is
selected and will stay lit when you are editing
a sound.
You can use pads to quickly select the
channel to edit, if no channel has been
previously selected with a Channel Select
button. If a Channel Select button has
been used to manually select a channel,
press the Program button once, strike
a pad to select the channel and then a
parameter button to return to editing that
channel.
Chapter 1 Overview Input Trig Level LEDs
button or by pressing the Row Select button
will move the edit focus to the second row
parameter.
Lower Param
The Input LEDs are used to indicate channel
activity, if a channel is triggered, being edited
or part of a Mute or Edit Group. Read more
about Groups on page 14.
Peak/Focus LEDs
The upper red LEDs will flash when a trigger
input receives a signal from the pad or trigger
device. This indication can be used to make
sure that you utilize the full dynamic range of
the Nord Drum 2. The red Peak LED should
be lit with a longer duration when you play
with your maximum force. If it blinks (which
it does 3 dB below the maximum), you can
increase the Input Sensitivity, see page 9.
EE The red LEDs do not indicate overload or
distortion in the audio signal path of the
Nord Drum 2.
Trig/Mute Group LEDs
The lower green LEDs will blink on channel
activity. Solid green LEDs indicates which
channels are in the Mute Group.
Parameters are accessed with the row of
eight buttons. Press one of the buttons to
begin to edit a sound. Settings are changed
when the Dial is turned.
If a button activates a parameter in the upper row, a quick double-tap on the same
When you want to see the setting of, or edit
one of the parameters with the red labels,
hold down the “Lower
Param” button. Another
method is to hold down
that particular parameter
button.
Dial
Turn the Dial to select
programs and to change
the setting of a selected
parameter when you are
editing a sound.
The Dial is sensitive to the
speed of the turning action. A quick twist to
the left or the right can set a parameter to its
lowest or highest value.
Certain parameters have a basic setting in
the middle between the highest and lowest
settings, Bend is one of these with 0 Bend in
the middle of the range. Twist the Dial quickly
and the setting will make a stop in this center
setting.
Shift/Exit
The Shift button is
used together with
the buttons to access
additional parameters.
These additional parameters are labeled with the text below the
buttons.
The System, MIDI and Inp Sens parameters have more than one setting. These
are accessed by pressing repeatedly on the
buttons.
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Press the Shift button to exit a store operation, or to exit editing the additional parameters.
Solo Edit
Solo Edit allows you to hear only the section
(Noise, Tone or Click) that is
currently being edited. In
addition, the channel in
focus will be soloed in
regard to incoming MIDI
notes.
Trig/Tap (Trig)
Trig: Use the Trig/Tap (Trig)
button to trigger a selected
channel.
Tap: You can set the Echo
tempo by tapping. Hold the
Shift and Echo BPM button, and tap repeatedly on the Trig/Tap (Trig) button. Four taps
are needed to set a tempo. Dots in the lower
part of the LED display will show the progress
of the beats as you tap.
Trig Level
Adjust the Trig/Tap button’s output velocity.
Range: 1 - 20
Program
Press the Program button to the left of the
display to return to selecting programs with
the Dial.
Chapter 2 Getting Started 2
Getting Started
3 The red Peak/Focus LEDs will indicate
the trigger strength with a quick flash
when the trigger signal strength is
“almost there” and with a longer flash
when you have correctly matched the
input sensitivity with your strongest
force.
Connecting pads
1 Connect your pads to the six Trig Inputs
on the Nord Drum 2.
CH 5
CH 4
CH 3
CH2
CH 1
RIGHT OUT
LEFT OUT
PHONES
4 Press the Channel Select button to
Most of the factory sounds use Channel
1 for Bass drum, channel 2 for Snare and
channel 3 to 6 for toms.
Adjust Input sensitivity
It is important to adjust the Input Sensitivity,
to be able to use the full dynamic range of the
Nord Drum 2.
1 Strike the pad, listen to the sound from
the Nord Drum 2 and look at the Input
Channel LEDs for that particular channel. The LEDs indicate the strength of
the incoming trigger signal from the pad.
2 Hold Shift and press the Inp Sens button
on the Nord Drum 2 panel. The LED
above the Inp Sens button will flash to
indicate that your are editing System
parameters.
move the solid green LED to the channel
that the pad you are striking is connected to.
5 Strike the pad and adjust the Input sensitivity with the Dial to match the input
sensitivity, the pad response and your
striking force.
6 Repeat steps 3 to 5 for the other pads.
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Threshold
If you have pads or other pieces in your kit
that are mounted on the same hardware,
you can use the Input Threshold (Inp Thres)
parameter to eliminate any unwanted, accidental triggers.
1 Hold Shift and press the Inp Thres button.
2 Select the Nord Drum 2 Channel that is
responding to the unwanted trigger.
3 Strike the pad or drum that causes the
unwanted triggers and raise the Inp
Thres value with the Dial until the Nord
Drum 2 channel stops triggering.
4 Strike the pad that should properly trigger the Nord Drum 2 to verify that the
new setting has not changed the desired
response.
Nord Pad - Inp Sens &
Threshold
When a Nord Pad is connected to the Nord
Drum 2, the Inp Sens and Thres parameters
are not individually adjusted for each channel/
pad, only one Inp Sens and one Thres setting
will be used.
If you add a kick drum pad to the CH1 Trig
Input, this channel can however be adjusted
separately.
controlling unit’s MIDI channel is matched to
the Global MIDI channel of the Nord Drum 2.
The default Global MIDI Channel is channel
10, here is how to change this:.
1 Connect a MIDI pad or other MIDI
controller to the MIDI Input on the Nord
Drum 2.
2 Hold Shift and press the MIDI button
repeatedly to access the “ L” (Global)
setting.
MM The LED above the MIDI button will flash
to indicate that your are editing System
parameters.
3 Turn the Dial to select the MIDI channel
you wish the Nord Drum 2 to use.
MIDI Note assignment
When the Nord Drum 2 is shipped from the
factory, channels 1 to 6 are assigned to MIDI
note numbers: 60, 62, 64, 65, 67 and 69.
Here is how to change this:
1 Connect a MIDI pad or other MIDI
controller to the MIDI Input on the Nord
Drum 2.
2 Hold Shift and press the MIDI button
repeatedly until you see a “n” followed
by a number in the display.
3 Press the Channel Select buttons on
the Nord Drum 2 to select one of the
channels.
4 Turn the Dial to set the desired MIDI
MIDI Channel
The Nord Drum 2 can be controlled on one
(Global) MIDI Channel, the sound from the
six Nord Drum 2 channels will respond to
six separate MIDI notes. Make sure that the
Note Number for that channel.
5 Repeat steps 3 and 4 to assign the other
channels to the MIDI note numbers that
the MIDI unit transmits.
6 Press Shift to exit.
Chapter 2 Getting Started MIDI Note Learn
Changing programs
If you wish to control the Nord Drum 2 with
a MIDI controller, the MIDI notes that this
controller transmits can be automatically assigned by the Nord Drum 2 to trigger the six
channels.
Press the Program button and turn the dial to
change programs. Programs are organized in
8 Banks with 50 Programs in each bank.
1 Connect a MIDI pad or other MIDI
controller to the MIDI Input on the Nord
Drum 2.
2 Press Channel Select on the Nord Drum
2 to select one of the channels.
3 Press MIDI repeatedly until “n” is shown
Hold Shift and
turn the Dial
to change the
Bank number.
When shipped from the factory, the Nord
Drum 2 comes with a selection of sounds
organized in the following way:
Bank
Drums
1
Drum Kits & Machines
2
Drum Kits & Machines
wish to assign to the selected Nord
Drum 2 channel.
3
Tuned Perc, Marimba, Xylofon
4
Fantasy
The note number that the MIDI pad
transmitted will be assigned to this Nord
Drum 2 channel and will be shown in the
display.
5
Free
6
Free
7
Free
8
Free
in the display. Turn the dial until you
reach the setting after 127, “Lrn”.
4 Strike the pad on the MIDI unit that you
5 Repeat steps 2, 3 and 4 to assign the
other five channels to the additional
MIDI note numbers that the MIDI unit
transmits.
6 Press Shift to exit.
All the sounds can be edited and overwritten
if you like, or saved as copies to other locations. The P5 to P8 banks are intentionally
left blank for saving your own creations but
you’re free to save anywhere you like.
The factory banks are available at the
www.norddrum.com website, if you wish
to restore the unit to the factory settings
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Play the Demo
Storing
1 Press the Program, Channel Select and
When a program has been edited, this is
indicated with a dot to the right of the
program number.
Trig buttons simultaneously to start the
Demo playback.
2 Turn the Dial while the demo is playing
to listen to the various sounds in the
Factory soundbank.
3 Press Shift/Exit to stop the playback.
Memory Protect
When the Nord Drum 2 is shipped from the
factory, storing programs to the memory is
not possible until you turn the Memory protection off. This is one of the system settings.
If you select
another program,
your edits will be
lost. If you want to
keep any changes
you have made, you have to Store the edited
program.
1 Hold Shift and press the Program/Store
button.
2 The display will start to blink.
3 Select a location for the new program
with the dial.
MM If the Memory Protect is On, the display
will show “PrOt” when you try to Store a
program.
If a selected location is empty, the dot to
the right will light up.
1 Hold Shift and press repeatedly on the
4 Press Program/Store again.
System button until “Pr.On” is shown in
the display.
2 Turn the Dial to the “Pr.Of” setting.
This makes it possible to store programs
until this parameter is set to On again.
3 Exit by pressing Shift.
If you do step 4 without turning the Dial,
the edited program will be stored to the
current location.
Chapter 3 Reference 3
Reference
Channels & signal
flow
There are six channels in the Nord Drum 2, it
can produce six simultaneous sounds. Each
one of the channels has an identical set of
parameters. The illustration below shows the
signal flow in the Nord Drum 2.
The Parameters
Master Level
The Master Level set the
overall output level of the
Nord Drum 2. This is not a
programmable control.
Store
This function is used when you
store a program in the Nord
Drum 2 memory.
Program/Value LED display
Programs are
indicated in the
display with a P,
followed by
numbers. The first
A sound in the Nord Drum 2 is created with
a blend of up to three components: Tone,
Noise and Click. Each one of these components has their individual set of parameters
The Tone can be described as the “body”
of the sound, the Noise is a non-pitched
addition and the Click is the very first transient, like the contact sound of the stick on
whatever you are hitting. These components
can be processed with effects, such as the
equalizer and an echo effect.
number is the bank, the second number is
the program.
Edit is enabled
as soon as a
parameter in the
Nord Drum 2 is
selected with a
parameter button.
The presentation of the parameter settings
are made with numbers and/or characters in
the display.
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Mute Group
The Mute Group feature allows you to mute the output
of one channel/sound by
playing on any other channel in the Mute Group. This can be used to
silence an open hihat sound on one channel,
by playing a closed hihat sound on another
channel that is in the Mute Group.
Use the Mute Group button (hold Shift and
press) to select a channel as part of the
Mute Group. Select another channel with
the Channel Select buttons and press Mute
Group again to add this to the Mute Group.
If a Mute Group contain one single channel,
this channel will mute the repeats of the Echo
effect on the other channels.
The channels in the Mute Group will be
indicated by steady lit green LEDs. The Mute
Group selection will be saved in a Program.
Hold Shift and the Mute Group button for
one second to clear an entire Mute Group
if there is a selection, or to add ALL channels to a group if none is selected.
Edit Group
The Edit Group feature allows
you to change the setting of
parameters on all the channels
in the group.
The right Channel Select button allows you
to add/select several consecutive channels
as an Edit Group. The selection begins with
the current channel in focus and adds one
or more to the right of it depending on how
many times you push the button.
An Edit Group is needed for the Scale Preset
feature. Read more about this on page 20.
MM Edit groups are not saved as part of
programs.
Hold Shift and the Edit Group button for
one second to clear an entire Edit Group
if there is a selection, or to add ALL channels to a group if none is selected.
Edit Group Paste
When using the Paste function to one channel in a Group, the content will be pasted to
all the channels in the Edit Group.
Noise Parameters
The Noise sound source is a white noise
generator followed by a dynamic multimode
filter which shapes the noise spectra.
The filter cutoff frequency is controlled from a
velocity modulated A/D envelope generator.
Filter Freq
The Filter Freq is the
cutoff frequency where the
selected filter will begin to
influence the noise. The actual sound that
is produced depends on the filter type, see
below.
Range: 0 – 50
Filt Type
There are seven filter types to choose from:
low pass, high pass and band pass with
different slopes. The low pass and high pass
can have a 12 or 24 dB/octave slope, with
an additional 24dB/octave High Cut version
of the high pass filter that also dampens the
high frequencies a bit. The band pass can be
set to 6 or 12 dB/octave.
Chapter 3 Reference A low pass filter dampens the treble, making
the sound duller.
The slope describes how steep the filter will
be at the cut off frequency.
Filter Type: LP12, LP24, bP6, BP12,
Low pass filter
gain(dB)
HP12, HP24, HPhc
fc
FILT FREQ = 
FILT RES = 
0
FILT TYPE = 
FILT TYPE = 
12 dB/oct
24 dB/oct
freq
Filter Env (Dyn Filter)
Set the amount of the envelope
that changes the noise filter
together with the velocity.
This parameter is bipolar, a positive setting
will open the filter and a negative setting will
close the filter.
Range: -50 to 50
18
filter
freq
A high pass cuts the bass frequencies,
making the sound brighter.
Positive filter envelope
50
High pass filter
gain(dB)
fc
0
max velocity
FILT TYPE = 
FILT ENV = 
FILT TYPE = 
FILT FREQ = 
FILT RES = 
25
low velocity
FILTER =
12 dB/oct
time
0
24 dB/oct
freq
filter
freq
Negative filter envelope
36
The band pass dampens frequencies from
both the treble and the bass, leaving the mid
frequencies unfiltered.
gain(dB)
Band pass filter
50
low velocity
25
FILT ENV = 
fc
0
max velocity
FILT FREQ = 
FILT RES = 
FILTER = 
FILT TYPE = 
FILT TYPE = 
6 dB/oct
12 dB/oct
freq
30
0
time
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Filt Res
Atk Mode (Env Mode)
Resonance is used to emphasize frequencies
around the filter cutoff frequency. This can be
perceived as making the sound thinner or a
bit “nasal”.
The noise envelope (attack, decay) can be
used in a traditional, one shot behavior (Ad).
filter env/
noise amp
AD mode
Range: 0 - 20
gain(dB)
ATK MODE = 
ATTACK =
DECAY =  
Low pass filter w resonance
fc
FILT TYPE = 
FILT FREQ = 
FILT RES = 
0
24 dB/oct
time
0
attack time
freq
18
Attack/Rate
The Attack setting defines
how much time it will take for
the noise level to go from zero
to the maximum level. If the Attack time is
set to “0”, the noise will instantly reach its full
level. If the attack time is higher it will take a
longer time.
decay time
In addition, the envelope can be set to a
cyclic behavior and will act as a modulating
LFO with sawtooth, inverted sawtooth and
triangle waveforms (LFO1 to LFO3 ) during
the Noise decay.
filter env/
noise amp
LFO mode
ATK MODE = 
RATE = 
DECAY =  
If the Atk Mode parameter is set to any of the
LFO modes, this parameter set the rate of
the LFO.
Range: 0 - 50
time
0
decay time
Chapter 3 Reference The CLP (Clap) settings add a short reverb
phase after sawtooth cycles, which might be
the thing to create a good clap sound. The
higher the number, the longer the tail.
filter env/
noise amp
Hold Shift and turn the Dial to quickly
choose between the exponential, linear or
a gated response of the noise envelope
decay.
Range: 0-50E, 0-50L, 0-50
Clap mode w exp decay
ATK MODE = 
RATE = 
DECAY =  
Type L
Type E
Type G
Dec Lo (Type/Dyn)
time
0
decay time
filter env/
noise amp
reverb phase
Clap mode w gate decay
ATK MODE = 
RATE = 
DECAY = 
This parameter can activate a second decay,
which is dynamic and will be gradually
introduced when you use less striking force.
This decay time can be either longer or
shorter than the “original” decay, and shares
the response characteristic of the Decay
parameter.
MM At approx. 25% of the maximum velocity,
the Decay time is fully replaced by the Dec
Lo time.
Range: OFF, 0 - 50
time
0
decay time
reverb phase
Dynamic decay
amp
DECAY = 
DECAY LO = 
50
Range: Ad, LFO1-3, CLP1-9
high velocity
Decay
The Decay parameter defines
how much time it takes for the
level to drop to zero after the
envelope has reached the maximum level
or during the cyclic repeats. The higher the
value, the longer the noise.
25
low velocity
time
0
12
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When Spectra is selected, both the Spectra and the Wave parameter settings will
be shown in the display.
Dynamic decay
amp
DECAY =  
DECAY LO =
50
Wave
There are several different synthesis models
called Waves in the Nord Drum 2, each with
its own characteristic. Some have distinctive
pitches, others are of a more non-pitched
variety.
high velocity
25
low velocity
time
0
Wave
Description
Spectra
A1
Analog style
sinewave
-
A2
Analog style
trianglewave
Detune 2nd
triangle
A3
Analog style
sawtoothwave
Detune 2nd
sawtooth
A4
Analog style
squarewave
Detune 2nd
square
The Wave parameter is a selection of different synthesis models, specifically created
to make the foundations for various drum
sounds.
A5
Highpass filtered
squarewave
Detune 2nd
square
A6
Analog style
pulsewave
Initial pulse width
The Spectra and Timbre parameters changes
the harmonic content of the Waves. In addition, Timbre can be dynamically controlled
with from a velocity modulated decay envelope by using the Timb Env and Timb Dec
parameters.
r1-r2
Ring mod
oscillators
Detune modulator
t1
T-bridge oscillator
Detune 2nd
oscillator
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Tone Parameters
The Tone component can be described as
the body of the sound that can be changed
quite drastically with several parameters.
Spectra
This powerful parameter
allows you to stretch or tune
the spectral components. With for example
the drumhead models (d1 - d9 Waves) you
can tune the head separated from the body
resonance. Very good for making Ethnic type
drum sounds.
When FM is used, the Spectra parameter will
set the modulator frequency.
Range: 0 - 99
F1 - F6 FM algorithms.
Detune operator
H1 - H7
Resonance
center
Harmonic
resonance
modelling.
P1 - P4 Resonance
modelling of
tuned percussion: marimba,
vibraphone etc.
Resonance
center
d1 - d9 Drum head reso- Resonance
nance modelling. center
Chapter 3 Reference C1 - C3 Cymbals.
Cymbal tune &
filter
MM Timb Dec is not available if the A 1 (sine)
waveform is selected.
Range: 0 - 50
Range: 0 - 50
Timb Env (Dyn Timb)
Timbre control
timbre
TIMB DEC =
50
Sets the amount of the envelope that changes the Timbre
together with the velocity.
max velocity
TIMB ENV = 
25
MM Timb Env is not available if the A 1 (sine)
waveform is selected.
Timbre
The initial timbre is set with this parameter.
A value of 0 produces less harmonics, and
would allow the Timb Env amount, Timb Dec
and striking force to have a greater influence
on the Wave. A value of 50 will produce the
maximum harmonic content, leaving little to
be controlled by the Timb Env and Timb Dec
parameters.
The analog style waveforms are low pass
filtered, the other Waves will have their harmonic content changed.
Timbre controls the FM amount if a FM Wave
is selected.
MM In T-bridge oscillator mode ,Timbre sets
the mix between the two oscillators.
MM Timbre is not available if the A 1 (sine)
waveform are selected.
Range: 0 - 50
Timb Dec (Hi Decay)
Timb Decay is the time of the
timbre envelope decay.
MM If the Timb Env parameter is set to 0,
changing this parameter will have no
effect.
low velocity
TIMBRE =
time
0
timbre decay time
Punch
Punch can add a short, velocity controlled
attack portion to the Wave. L1 to L3 indicates
three different levels of this attack.
The “PUP” setting will shift the pitch of the
very first cycle or period in the Wave one
octave up, a great way to get a initial kick in a
bass drum sound. The “Pdn” setting will shift
the pitch of the first period one octave down.
Range: OFF, L1, L2, L3, PUP, Pdn
Decay
The decay parameter sets
the length of the Tone and
the curve of the Tone decay. The higher the
value, the longer the sound.
Hold Shift and turn the Dial to quickly
choose between the exponential or the
linear curve.
Range: 1-50e, 1-50L
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Dec Lo (Type Dyn)
Scl Pre
This parameter can activate a second
Tone decay, a dynamic decay that will be
introduced when you use less velocity. The
second decay time can be either longer or
shorter than the original decay.
Use the Scl Pre feature with an Edit Group
to quickly set up different pitch relationships
between pads.
MM At approx. 25% of the maximum velocity,
the Decay time is fully replaced by the Dec
Lo time.
Range: OFF, 0 - 50
Dynamic decay
amp
DECAY =
DECAY LO = 
50
high velocity
25
low velocity
time
0
12
DECAY =  
DECAY LO =
50
high velocity
25
low velocity
time
0
12
If a Scale has been used to set a pitch
relationship, you can change the pitch of one
channel without breaking the pitch relationship. This will move all the other pitches until
one of the pitches reaches the maximum, or
minimum pitch (“0” or “127.5”).
SCL value
Description
Sc.1-10
Pitches are increased by 1,
2, etc. semitones.
P1-3
Pentatonic, P major and
P minor.
H1-5
Hang tunings.
Av
Hexatonic, augmented.
Pr
Hexatonic, prometheus.
bL
Hexatonic, blues.
The SCL Pre is not a parameter as such
and will not be stored as one. It will act
as a macro on the pitch settings of the
selected channels.
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Pitch
Set the basic pitch of the
Tone, in semitones. The pitch
is shown in the Display as MIDI Note Numbers. A setting of 69.0 equals A = 440 Hz.
Range: 0.0 - 127.5
The pitches will begin at the set pitch on the
lowest numbered channel in the Edit Group
and increase with a factor determined by the
selected scale on the selected channels.
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Dynamic decay
amp
Hold Shift and press the Edit Group button
repeatedly to create an Edit Group. Hold the
SCL Pre button and select a scale with the
Dial.
Bend
The velocity sensitive Bend
feature bends the pitch of the
Tone. The Bend has two directions indicated
by symbols in the display, for bending up to
the Tone pitch or for bending down.
Range Bend: *r50 -0

50
Chapter 3 Reference Positive pitch bend
pitch
BEND = 
TIME = 
high velocity
low velocity
time
nom
pitch
Click
Description
n 1-9
Noise waveforms with
different characters.
P 1-9
Short pulses.
PH 1-9
High pass filtered, short
pulses.
C1-9
Clicks with a pitched
30
pitch bend time
and somewhat “chirpy”
character.
Range: n1-9, P1-9, PH1-9, C1-9
Negative pitch bend
pitch
Mix Parameter
BEND = 
TIME = 
nom
pitch
pitch bend time
time
30
Use the mix parameter to set
the balance between the Tone
and Noise sections.
Range: 0 - 20, 20-20, 20 - 0
low velocity
high velocity
Channel Parameters
Bend Time
The bend time parameter sets the duration
of the pitch bend, how fast the pitch should
reach the Tone pitch.
Range: 0 - 50
Click Parameters
The click is a sharp transient
at the very beginning of the
sound.
Level
The amplitude of the Click component is set
with the Level parameter.
Range: 0 - 50
Type
There are several different click types in the
Nord Drum 2, each with a different characteristic.
The Channel parameters can add distortion,
equalizer and echo to the sound. This also
where you set the level and the panning of
the channel.
Distort
This parameter adds distortion
to the sound.
MM The Click section is not processed by
distortion.
Range: 0 - 50
Type
There are three distortion types. A tube
amplifier type overdrive (driv) can put some
subtle three o’clock shadow on the sound
or give it a full Gibbons beard. The sample
rate reduction (Srr) can get anything to sound
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retro, 4 bit retro that is. The Ring modulation
(ring) modulates the output with a sinewave
that can be set to different frequencies creating anything from a subtle vibrato to a rich
belltone.
Range: driv, Srr, rin
Eq Freq
Every channel has a parametric
equalizer for boosting or cutting
within a frequency band. The equalizer has a
fixed bandwidth (Q value).
MM If the EQ Gain parameter is set to 0,
changing this parameter will have no
effect.
MM If the Echo Amount parameter is set to
0, changing this parameter will have no
effect.
Amount
This parameter sets the amount of repeat
feedback.
Range: 0 - 20
Change the tempo of the echo repeats by
holding Shift and Echo BPM
buttons and turn the Dial. The
tempo range is from 30 to 1000
BPM.
Parametric equalizer
fc
Range: 0 - 20, rep1-9
Echo BPM (Repeat Tempo)
Range: 50 Hz to 12.0 kHz
gain(dB)
the repeats, these will be added and repeated together with the original sound.
EQ FREQ = 
Level
24
GAIN = 
This sets the volume of the channel.
0
Range: 0 - 50
GAIN = 
Pan
-24
freq
28
Gain
Use the gain control to boost or cut with up
to 24 dB at the selected EQ frequency.
This parameter sets the position of the channel in the stereo panorama.
Range: 0 - 20, 20-20, 20 - 0
Global Settings
Range: -24 - 24
Echo (Repeat)
The Echo function add delaylike repeats. The tempo is set
by holding the Shift and Echo BPM buttons
and turning the Dial. For more repeats, use a
higher setting.
The “rEP” settings indicates a fixed number
of repeats. If you trigger the channel between
The second row has an additional set of functions that are accessed by holding Shift while
pressing the corresponding button.
Some of these activate immediate actions
(Copy, Paste, Init Sound and Clean Sound),
the rest are global settings and features.
Chapter 3 Reference Some of these have more than one set of
functions/parameters. These are accessed
by pressing repeatedly on the button. Exit
the settings of these parameters with Exit or
Program.
The settings will remain in the unit after it
has been turned off with one exception:
MIDI Local will revert to On when the unit
is turned on.
Copy
This function allows you to copy
all the settings of the selected
channel. The copy can be pasted to another
channel in the same program or to a channel
in another program of your choice by using
paste. The copied settings will remain in a
“clipboard” until you perform another copy or
turn the unit off.
Paste
After you have copied a channel,
and selected another program
and/or channel as a destination, use this
function to paste the settings. The copied
settings can be pasted to several destinations, by repeating the Paste command.
Pasting to a channel that is part of an Edit
Group will paste the copy to all channels in
the group.
Init Sound
This initializes all parameters on the selected
channel to default settings, when you want to start creating a
sound from scratch.
Clean Sound
This initializes the
setting of the following parameters on the
selected channel to zero or Off: Punch, Bend
amount, EQ gain, Distortion amount and
Echo amount.
Panic
Press Panic to stop any ongoing
sound from all the Nord Drum 2
channels.
System
Memory Protect - PR is a
protection that has to be Off if
you want to store any programs in the Nord
Drum 2.
Pad Layout - PDL.1-4 are four different
layouts on how the Nord Drum 2 channels 1
to 6 are assigned on the Nord Pad.
1 2 3
4 5 6
4 5 6
1 2 3
.
.
3 2 1
6 5 4
6 5 4
3 2 1
.
.
Erase Selected Program - ErSP erases
a selected Program from the memory. Press
Program and turn the Dial to select the program to be erased, confirm your intentions by
pressing Program again.
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MIDI
There are several MIDI related
settings in the Nord Drum 2. Have
a look at the MIDI chapter on page 29 for
examples on how to use MIDI with the Nord
Drum 2.
Lo - Local Control On/Off is indicated as L
Lo. On or Lo.Of. Local Control Off disconnects the internal engine from the panel. Try
the Off setting if you use the Nord Drum 2
in a situation where a sequencer is echoing
back notes and data.
EE If Local is Off and MIDI is not routed back
to the Nord Drum 2, the controls on the
panel will be inoperable.
Range: Lo.On, Lo.Of
GL - MIDI Channel: The Global MIDI channel is used if you want to transmit and receive
notes and parameter changes on one MIDI
channel.
Range: L.1 - L.16, L.Of
CH - MIDI Channel: These Individual MIDI
channels for the Nord Drum 2 channels. Use
these if you want more flexibility with note and parameter messages.
Range: Ch.1 -Ch.16, Ch.Of
n - MIDI Note: Each of the six channels can
be assigned to respond to an incoming MIDI
note. When the Nord Drum 2 is shipped from
the factory, channels 1 to 6 are assigned to
MIDI note numbers: 60, 62, 64, 65, 67 and
69.
“Lrn” will assign the selected channel to an
incoming MIDI Note number, this note number will be shown in the display.
Range: n.0 - 127, Lrn
PC - Program Change can be set to Off,
Send only, Receive only and both Send and
Receive. Set this to receive if you want to
change the programs on the Nord Drum 2
from a MIDI controller or a sequencer.
Range: PC.Of, PC.S, PC.r, PC.Sr
CC - Control Change can be set to Off,
Send only, Receive only and both Send and
Receive. Set this to receive if you want to
change parameters on the Nord Drum 2 from
a MIDI controller or a sequencer.
Range: CC.Of, CC.S, CC.r, CC.Sr
Program Dump - Pro allows you to dump
the current program from the Nord Drum
2 as MIDI Sys Ex data. Use this to create
safety copies of your individual programs or
to share them with other Nord Drum 2 users.
The transmission is activated by pressing the
Program button.
Dump All - ALL transmits all the programs
in the Nord Drum 2 memory as MIDI Sys Ex
data. The transmission is activated by pressing the Program button.
Receive Dump - recv prepares the Nord
Drum 2 to receive a Sys Ex dump from a
sequencer or computer. Press the Program
button on the Nord Drum 2. When “rdy” appears in the display, start the transmission on
the other device.
Trig Type
The different Trig Types that allows you to match the response
of the Nord Drum 2 to the output from a pad
or a drum trigger.
The trigger output from different types of
pads and manufacturers varies a lot. The
setting of the Trig Type parameter should be
matched to suit the output from the pads or
triggers you use.
Chapter 3 Reference If you have Roland pads, try the Ro setting, if
you have Yamaha pads, try the Ya setting.
Trig Type
Pads, triggers
t.Ro
Roland rubber pads (PD8 etc.)
t.Ya
Yamaha pads (TP65 etc.).
t.Ac1
Trigger fitted to kick, snare.
t.Ac2
Trigger fitted to high, mid toms
t.Ac3
Trigger fitted to low toms.
As a guideline for the Ac settings, the longer
decay from the drum, the higher the number.
If a Nord Pad is connected, other Trig Types
are available.
Trig Type
Description
t.Stc
When you play the Nord Pad
with sticks.
t.Hnd
When you play the Nord Pad
with your hands.
Range: ro, Ya, Ac1, Ac2, Ac3 (StC),
(Hnd)
MM Roland and Yamaha are trademarks of
their respective owners and are not affiliated or associated with Nord. These
trademarks are mentioned here only as a
reference to products that can be used
with the Nord Drum 2.
Inp Thres
Use this setting to make sure
that a pad or other drum unit
mounted on the same hardware as another
pad does not accidentally trigger a channel.
If striking a pad that is connected to channel
2 also triggers the sound on channel 1, raise
the threshold on channel 1.
Range: t. 0 - t.100
Inp Sens, Dynamics
Input Sensitivity is used to
match the output signal of the
pad or trigger device connected to the Trig
Input of the selected channel.
The Input Trig Level LEDs provides information on the trigger signals from the pads. The
green LED will indicate that a trigger signal is
received. The red LED will blink quickly when
the trigger signal is 3 dB below the maximum
and it will be lit up in a longer duration when
the maximum signal is fed to the Trig Input.
Adjust the Inp Sens parameter to make sure
that only your hardest strike lights up the red
LED in its longer duration on the Input Trig
Level LEDs.
Range: S0 - S100
Inp Thres and Inp Sens settings made
with a Nord Pad connected will be stored
in the unit even if you disconnect the Nord
Pad to use (and make other Inp Thres settings for) other pads. Just reconnect the
Nord Pad to revert to those settings.
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Dynamics: there are six different dynamic
response curves that can be individually applied to each of the channels.
Dyn
Description
d.Lin
This curve has a linear correspondence between velocity
and output level.
d.L 1-3
The Logarithmic curves offers a compressed dynamic
response.
d.OL1-2
The Offset Level curves has
little dynamic response, useful
when you want even levels.
Logarithmic dynamic curves
max
 
 
 

output
level
min
trigger input
soft
hard
Offset Level dynamic curves
max

output
level
min

soft

trigger input
hard
Chapter 3 Reference 4 Click on the Update button to transfer
Updating the OS
the new OS to the unit.
The version of the installed Operating System
(OS) is shown in the display when you turn on
the Nord Drum 2. The OS may be updated if
the functionality is subject to improvements.
Updating is done from a Windows or Mac
computer with a MIDI interface. The Update
Utility application is downloaded from the
www.norddrum.com web site.
The Update Utility is available for Windows or
Mac OSX computers, make sure you use the
one that matches your computer system.
You need a MIDI interface attached to the
computer in order to update the Nord Drum
2.
1 Connect the MIDI In and the MIDI Out
from the Nord Drum 2 to the MIDI Out
and MIDI In on the MIDI interface.
2 Double click on the Update utility icon
to run the Update application. The
Windows version of the utility is a zipped
archive when you download it from
the website. This archive has to be expanded with an application like WinRAR
before the utility can be executed.
3 Select the MIDI ports you wish to use
and press OK.
The Update Utility will display the current OS
version in the connected Nord Drum 2.
5 It will take a moment to transfer the
operating system. Do not disconnect the
MIDI cables or turn off the Nord Drum
2 during this time. When the unit have
been successfully updated, a message
will appear in the Update Utility.
EE In the unlikely event that the operating
system is corrupted in the Nord Drum
2, hold Shift and Program/Store while
powering the unit up. This will start the
Nord Drum 2 in a Update Ready Mode,
ready to be updated with the latest OS to
the unit.
Website
Please check in from time to time on the
www.norddrum.com website for OS updates,
additional programs and other things that are
available.
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Nord Drum 2 Manager
The Nord Drum 2 Manager is an free application that allows you to transfer Banks of
programs to, and from the Nord Drum 2.
The application can be downloaded from the
www.norddrum.com website and is compatible with computers running Windows XP,
Vista and Windows 7, and Mac OSX 10.6 or
later.
Get Banks
Program Banks can be saved on the
computer hard drive by using the “Get Bank
From” command.
A retrieved bank will contain all the 50
Programs and will be saved on the computer
hard drive as a .nd2_bank file.
MIDI Interface
A MIDI interface is needed for the computer
to communicate with the Nord Drum 2.
Select the MIDI Ports that the Nord Drum 2 is
connected to, in the Setup Dialog.
Send Banks
Use the Send Bank To command, select a file
on the hard drive and then a destination, to
transfer a bank to the Nord Drum 2.
MM Any programs in the destination bank will
be overwritten.
Chapter 5 MIDI 5
MIDI
MIDI Operation
There are two methods of operation when using the Nord Drum 2 in a MIDI setup. You can
use the Global Channel or the individual MIDI
Channels. These methods differs a little bit in
their flexibility and in what you can achieve.
Both methods make it possible to record,
and to play back the MIDI notes and parameter changes. Pads connected to the Trig
Inputs will generate MIDI Notes, any changes
that you make to the sounds from the Nord
Drum 2 panel, will be transmitted as MIDI
Control Change messages.
Global & Individual MIDI
Global MIDI Channel
By using the Global MIDI Channel, all MIDI
notes and Control Change messages will be
transmitted and received on a single MIDI
channel.
Individual MIDI Channels
By using the individual MIDI Channels in the
Nord Drum 2, you can control all the parameters on all the Nord Drum 2 channels.
Recording: Global MIDI
Channel
Connect the Nord Drum 2 MIDI In and Out
to a computer/MIDI interface/sequencer. Set
the sequencer track to all Channels or MIDI
Channel 10, the default Global MIDI channel
in the Nord Drum 2.
Play on the Nord Pad (or any other attached
pad) and record the performance. The
individual MIDI Notes of the Nord Drum 2
channels will be transmitted to the sequencer
on the Global Channel.
If the sequencer is set to echo back incoming
MIDI data, this can cause double triggered
notes and flams. If this happens, set MIDI
Local to Off on the Nord Drum 2.
Recording parameter changes
There are more parameters in the Nord Drum
2 channels than there are available MIDI
Control Change numbers.
The Channel Select buttons on the panel will
therefore be used to set the transmitting and
receiving Nord Drum 2 channel focus of the
CC messages. This allows you to record and
receive parameter changes on the Global
MIDI Channel.
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As an example, the Noise Filter Frequency
control is mapped to CC number 14 This CC
number is the same for all the channels in
the Nord Drum 2. When you press the right
Channel Select button three times to select
channel 4 in the Nord Drum 2, this transmits
CC 70, value 71 (“channel 4 is now set to
transmit/receive MIDI”) on the Global MIDI
Channel. Your next action would be to press
the Noise Filter button and use the Dial to
change the filter setting, this will transmit
CC 14 with values that correspond to the
settings.
When the recorded track is played back,
the Nord Drum 2 will respond to these MIDI
Messages and change the noise filter, on that
channel.
EE If you want to make parameter changes
on more than one Nord Drum 2 channel
at the same time, using overdub recording
techniques, the Individual MIDI Channels
approach would be more suitable.
Recording: Individual
MIDI Channels
Use the Individual MIDI Channels when you
need to control parameters on more than one
Nord Drum 2 channel at a time. The Global
MIDI Channel can still be used for the notes if
you wish to keep those on one track in the
sequencer.
Program or record the notes on one track in
the sequencer, a track set to the Global MIDI
Channel. Create a new track that is set to the
Individual MIDI channel of the Nord Drum 2
channel you wish to control.
Play back the notes you recorded and at the
same time, record any parameter changes
by making these on the Nord Drum 2 panel,
or from other MIDI devices set to control the
Nord Drum 2, on the new track. You can
record overdubs on this control track if you
wish to change several parameters.
Pitch control on Individual MIDI
Channels
If you record notes on a track set to an
Individual MIDI Channel, you can control the
Tone pitch of the Nord Drum 2 channel with
the actual MIDI Note Numbers.
Set the Tone Pitch parameter to 60 if you
want to match the Tone pitch to the scale
on a keyboard.
MIDI Controller
A MIDI Fader box or Controller can be used
to have full control of all the parameters on all
the Nord Drum 2 channels. Such a setup
would use the individual MIDI Channels.
Make sure that each of the Nord Drum 2
channels are set to an exclusive MIDI
Channel.
Assign the MIDI Control Change number to
the knobs and buttons on the MIDI unit. A list
of the available CC numbers is found on page
32. Make sure that the MIDI unit switches
its transmitting MIDI channel, set to match
the individual MIDI Channels set in the Nord
Drum 2.
Chapter 5 MIDI Nord Beat
Nord Beat is a free sequencer application
for the iPad, designed to be used with the
Nord Drum 2. Nord Beat has a classic step
sequencer interface with an easy to use grid
for programming patterns and combining
patterns to songs.
Download the application at the App Store.
You need an iPad compatible MIDI Interface
to connect MIDI to and from the Nord Drum
2.
EE Use Global MIDI Channel 10 on the Nord
Drum 2 and set the individual MIDI
channels to “Off”.
Nord Drum 2 is connected to MIDI In
on a MIDI interface connected to the
computer.
2 Press Shift and the MIDI button repeatedly until PRo or ALL is shown in the
display.
Selecting PRo will transmit the current
program, ALL transmits all the programs
in the Nord Drum 2.
3 Start the transmission by pressing the
Program button. Wen the transmission is
complete, “doNE” will be shown briefly in
the LED display.
4 Check the receiving application and
make sure that the data is there. Save
the file with a meaningful name on a nice
place on the hard drive.
MM Transmitting data will not affect the
memory content in the Nord Drum 2.
Receive Sys Ex Data
1 Make sure that your sequencer or MIDI
Storing the memory
content
By using MIDI Sys Ex dumps, you can store
all or individual programs on a computer or
sequencer. The memory dumps can be recorded to a sequencer or by using one of the
many, free MIDI applications that can receive,
save and transmit MIDI data.
Windows users can do this with MIDI
Ox (www.midiox.com), Mac OSX users
can use the SysEx Librarian from Snoize
Productions (www.snoize.com).
1 Make sure that the receiver is ready
to receive and that MIDI Out from the
application is ready to transmit a Sys
Ex package and that MIDI Out from the
MIDI interface on the computer is connected to MIDI In on the Nord Drum 2.
2 Hold Shift and press the MIDI button
repeatedly until “recv” is shown in the
display.
3 Press the Program button on the Nord
Drum 2 to make it ready to receive a Sys
Ex transmission.
4 Start the transmission on the MIDI application. The Nord Drum 2 will acknowledge incoming data in the display.
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If the Sys Ex package contains all the programs, the entire memory in the Nord Drum
2 will be replaced by the content of the Sys
Ex package, except any edited program that
was in the Nord Drum 2 edit buffer when the
transmission started.
If the Sys Ex package contains one program,
this program will be placed in the Nord Drum
2. You need to Store this program to a location in the Nord Drum 2 memory, if you want
to keep the program in the unit.
MIDI CC Numbers
MIDI CC
Parameter
0
Bank Select MSB
7
Level
10
Pan
14
Noise Filter Frequency
15
Noise Filter Type
16
Noise Filter Envelope
17
Noise Filter Resonance
18
Noise Attack/Rate
19
Noise Atk Mode
20
Noise Decay Type (E, L, G)
21
Noise Decay
22
Noise Decay Lo
23
Dist Amount
24
Dist Type
25
EQ Frequency
26
EQ Gain
27
Echo Feedback
28
Echo Amount
29
Echo BPM MSB
30
Tone Spectra
31
Tone Pitch MSB
32
Bank Select LSB
46
Tone Wave
47
Tone Timbre Decay
48
Tone Punch
49
Tone Decay Type (L, E)
50
Tone Decay
51
Tone Dec Lo
52
Tone Timbre
53
Tone Timb Envelope
54
Tone Bend Amount
55
Tone Bend Time
56
Click Level
57
Click Type
58
Mix Balance
59
Mute Group
61
Echo BPM LSB
63
Tone Pitch LSB
70
Channel Focus
MM Bank Select, Tone Pitch and Echo BPM
have settings in the Nord Drum 2 that
requires a pair of LSB and MSB values
(Least Significant - and Most Significant
Byte) to be acknowledged. Transmit the
LSB value first, then the MSB value.
Chapter 6 Appendix 6
Appendix
Stand setup
This is an example of a flexible and uncluttered setup using only two pieces of standard drum
hardware. You can mount both the Nord Drum 2 and the Nord Pad on the same stand and
adjust the height and tilt of both units.
Roland PDS 10 features adjustable height
and a tiltable mount.
Pearl AX-25L tiltable clamp.
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Index
Index
A
Amount 22
Atk Mode 16
Attack/Rate 16
B
Bend 20
Bend time 21
C
Channel parameters 21
Channel Select 6
Click Level 21
Click Parameters 21
Click Types 21
Control Change 24
Copy 23
Cymbals 18
D
Decay 17, 19
Decay Lo 17, 20
Display 13
Distort 21
Distortion Type 21
Dynamic Response 26
E
Echo 22
Echo BPM 22
Edit Group 14
Edit mode 13
Env Mode 16
EQ Gain 22
Equalizer 22
Exit 7
F
P
Filter Env 15
Filter Type 14
Filt Res 16
FM algorithms 18
Pan 22
Parameter buttons 7
Parametric Equalizer 22
Paste 23
PR 23
Program mode 13
Punch 19
G
Gain 22
Global MIDI 24
I
Individual MIDI 24
Inp Thres 25
Input Sensitivity 25
L
Level 21, 22
Local Control 24
Lower Param 7
M
Master Level 13
MIDI Learn 24
MIDI Note 24
MIDI note numbers 10
MIDI settings 24
MIDI Sys Ex 31
Mix Parameter 21
Mute Group 14
N
Nord Beat 31
Nord Pad layout 23
S
Scl Pre 20
Shift 7
Solo Edit 7
Sound Init 23
Spectra 18
Synthesis Models 18
T
T-bridge Oscillator 18
Tap 7
Timbre 19
Timbre Decay 19
Timbre Env 18
Trig Level 7
Trig/Tap 7
Trig Type 24
Trig Types
Nord Pad 25
Type 21
U
Update Utility 27
W
Wave 18
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