VideoJon-Eirik Boska improvising using the Nord Drum 2, the Nord Pad and the Nord Beat 2 MIDI step sequencer.
"I am surprised that this great App is available for free here. It works for both midi devices, and MIDI via network. I have an iPad 1, but even this works flawlessly!"
- App Store user
"…The app with MIDI virtual midi features really extends the use of the hardware/software combo in a studio environment for further pre programming/jamming! Nice one Clavia, (Oh! and it still looks great and is a pleasure to use!)"
- App Store user
Nord Beat is a simple to use MIDI Step Sequencer for iPad. It's the perfect companion for sequencing your Nord Drum 2 and is available for free at the App Store!
Nord Beat lets you create drum beats in classic 16 step grid with up to 8 patterns and offers great control over velocity.
Patterns can be played back in two ways: In Sequence Mode, up to 8 patterns can be cued and will play in a chained fashion. Each pattern can be set to repeat up to 8 times to create a song progression.
When Sequence Mode is turned off, a single pattern will loop until you cue another.
Any pattern can be edited while playing and the Copy/Paste function lets you create variations over a pattern very quickly.
There are 3 velocity levels represented by colors, and are easily changed by swiping up or down on the desired notes. The actual velocity values can be altered with the velocity faders for changing accents and dynamics in real-time.
The Shuffle amount can also be changed on the fly and each of the 6 tracks can be muted individually. The Pattern length can be shortened (1-16) while playing for creating breakdowns or alternative time signatures.
Three special step modifiers are available, letting you add a Flam, 32th note or 32th triplet to any of the steps of the sequencer.
Nord Beat also features a Pad Mode that lets you play the Nord Drum 2 (or other MIDI gear) with your fingers and even gives you great control over the velocity! The center zones transmit full velocity and gradually gets lower towards the edges. The pads can be used simultaneously with the sequencer.
Although designed with the Nord Drum 2 in mind, Nord Beat 2 can be used with any MIDI instrument. Just choose the desired MIDI-channel and Note Numbers in MIDI Settings menu and you're ready to go! It's also easy use Nord Beat app to sequence other iPad apps by routing the MIDI output to the input of your desired MIDI-compatible app, virtual or networked.
A CoreMIDI compatible MIDI interface is required.
Nord Beat was developed in collaboration with Jonatan Liljedahl/Kymatica.