SOS review "inspirational" Nord Drum
6th August '12
"The Nord Drum offers everything you would expect from the Clavia we know today, giving access to deep, organic, analogue-style synthesis, but also drawing on Clavia Ddrum history with its trigger inputs and emphasis on live performance. It is an inspirational combination".
The introduction of the Nord Drum sees Clavia returning to their percussion roots, but with a very modern twist. SOS give their verdict in the latest issue.
"Each preset comprises four individual voices that can be played either via MIDI, the trigger inputs, or a combination of the two. For editing purposes, you can also audition any of the four voices, using the Trig button on the front panel".
"The Nord Dum is no slouch when it comes to drum kit-style sounds, many of which are suprisingly acoustic sounding, but this is just a fraction of what it can do. There is an amazing array of drum and percussion sounds crammed into this tiny package, from the instantly recognisable to the truly indescribable! Every one, as you would expect from a product bearing the Nord name, is big, solid and sonically awesome".
"The option of working directly with triggers and pads is a very appealing prospect, particularly for an acoustic drummer like myself. Connecting a trigger pick-up to your acoustic kick and snare and maybe adding a couple of pads for toms or effects is a fantastic way to augment your sound. The combination of acoustic drums and futuristic sounding electronics adds a really interesting edge to your playing".
"It offers an intriguing and inspiring combination of features, all packaged together in a solid and professional way".
"Editing the Nord Drum is both simple and addictive, with the great-sounding presets providing the perfect springboard, but it is when you play the Nord Drum via triggers and pads that it really comes alive. It has the feel of a synth, but is very much a percussion instrument, with each sound always managing to retain a unique quality. Overall, it is a great package, featuring some inspiring sounds and an innovative feature set".
The full review can be found in the August issue (Vol 27, Issue 10) of Sound On Sound magazine. The Nord Drum is also available now at £369 RRP inc VAT.