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Clavia Nord Drum 3P

Modelling Percussion Synthesizer
Published April 2017
By Mark Gordon

Clavia Nord Drum 3P

The Nord Drum 3P combines the brain and pads of previous models into a powerful percussive package.

I’ve been a huge fan of the Nord Drum range since its introduction in 2012. While I think it would be true to say that the diversion from the path of the keyboard into drum and percussion products was fairly unexpected, Clavia do have their origins in the Ddrum, back in the early to mid 1980s. And, as you might expect from a company who have been responsible for some of the most innovative synth products around, they’re not in the business of producing a ‘me too’ drum device. The Nord Drum has always been a little bit different, offering something you won’t find in other drum or percussion products. In fact, the clue is very much in the name: the Nord Drum 3P Modelling Percussion Synthesizer.

I’ve been lucky enough to review both the Nord Drum [SOS August 2012] and the Nord Drum 2 [SOS May 2014]. The latter introduced some significant changes and enhancements to the original unit, in terms of both functionality and playability. While retaining the drum module or ‘brain’ format, the Nord Drum 2 included trigger inputs to allow you to play the sounds from external sources such as drum pads. Clavia also introduced their own pad set — The Nord Pad — that connected to...

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Published April 2017