Some of the more exciting product launches at MusikMesse 2013 this week have come from the guys at Nord with a new series of keyboards, synths and MIDI controllers. Today we checked out what they had to offer, straight from the exhibition floor!
First up is the new Nord Lead 4 and Lead 4R, building on the success of the popular Lead series for both studio and live performance. Innovative new performance features, advanced layering and synchronization possibilities, stunning new filter types and on-board effects are all updated on the new model, alongside new formant wavetables, frequency modulation and hard/soft sync options.
Another interesting feature on the Lead 4 is the Variation button, allowing you to tweak multiple parameters such as LFO, Modulation or effects at the same time, saving you essential time in the studio or giving your live performances some added dynamics. The Lead 4R has also been released alongside the keyboard version, serving as a useful rack-mountable sound module with full USB MIDI connectivity.
Next up is the Nord Drum 2 - A 6 channel Modelling Percussion Synthesizer that serves as a unique drum performance tool with some powerful sound creation possibilities. New features from the 1st generation model include resonance modelling, new distortion effects, FM-synthesis, CC control and stereo panning, which allows drummers more creative scope with your kit choices and trigger sampling.
Alongside this, they have released the Nord Pad, which serves as a responsive multi-pad via Ethernet connectivity to the Nord Drum 2. This looks like a really cool accessory for studio or live sample triggering, perfect in combination with your existing electronic kit to maximise the potential of the Drum 2.
Finally, the Nord Piano 2 HP is a delightful new addition to the highly acclaimed Piano range, which lets you play, split and layer sounds from both the Nord Piano Library and the Nord Sample Library and features a versatile effects section – all in a lightweight package (11 kg) with 73 keys. The basic layout and key features are identical to the original HA88 model, now condensed into a more manageable, transportable keyboard.
The new range of Nord products are set for release in May 2013, so not long to wait before you can try these out in one of our PMT Stores nationwide. Give your local store a call or our Telesales team on 0121 359 8124 for further details!