Nord Beat 3 is a free 6-track CoreMIDI Step Sequencer for iPad and a perfect companion for the Nord Drum 3P and Nord Drum 2 Modeling Percussion Synthesizers.
It can also be used with any external MIDI drum module, synth or sampler (or even other iPads app via Virtual MIDI).
- 8 Patterns
- 3 Velocity levels
- Velocity faders
- Adjustable pattern length (1-16)
- Copy/Paste patterns
- Flexible cueing system
- Step modifiers for Flam, 32th and 32 triplet notes
- Mute button for each track
- Tap Tempo
- Pad mode with velocity zones
- Load/Save song
- MIDI Setup (Channel/Note number)
- Flexible MIDI input/output routing
- Virtual MIDI support
Nord Beat 3 requires a CoreMIDI compatible MIDI interface.
See the Nord Beat app in action with the Nord Drum 2 here:
Please observe that Nord Beat does not produce audio on its own. It is a MIDI sequencer that sends MIDI messages to a CoreMIDI destination.
iOS 11 compatibility added and bugfix related to BPM when synchronizing to MIDI Clock.
Ratings and Reviews
Original Nord Drum Owners, Watch Out
It does what it's supposed to do. However, one should be aware that this V.2. update completely replaced the original Nord Beat app, which, if used for working with the Nord Drum, means that you will have some issues within this app. It's designed for different hardware, and all of my ~20 or so fully programed tracks saved from the original app no longer open. They do show in the memory of the device, but they aren't openable by any software I've got. Pretty glaring oversight, Nord.
Nice it's free...enter password...fastest download yet...wait...seems no sound here...jazz fingers all over the screen...40 seconds pass...google search...forum found...8 others posting no sound...just learned its midi only....haste sets in...immediate delete decoded...wait...let patience settle in....ok, go back and actually read reviews..oh wait, there are none...hmm...post review...denied...says not enough reviews established to post...try entering 5 stars instead of 1...will this work...re-submit...in hopes of beating the system...try again a 4th time...Copy select all...8 minutes in....re post....
Nord can keep a beat
Nord's midi beat app is really cool, because it can help record drums in real time, while being simplistic in its ways. The only problem I have been facing is the latency between the play back of the MIDI drums using the Nord Beat and Pro Tools, but I think that is an issue with my iPad and not the app. I wish you could add different time signatures from inside the app, which should be an update.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.