The Electro 5 by Nord represents the further expansion and refinement of a design platform that has been a stalwart of stage musicians for more than a decade. The Electro 5 provides a wide complement ... Read More
The Electro 5 by Nord represents the further expansion and refinement of a design platform that has been a stalwart of stage musicians for more than a decade. The Electro 5 provides a wide complement of piano, electric piano, organ and synth timbres with dozens of choices within each of those categories, all with a thrilling, robust presence and useful control features. Nord Electro is a natural choice for musicians in need of authentic emulations of classic electro mechanical and acoustic instruments in a portable and easy-to-use package. With greatly expanded memory, the added ability to split and layer and a live focused program section, the new Nord Electro 5 is a highly refined, focused yet flexible stage keyboard. This, an SW model, features semi-weighted organ type keys with a rounded "waterfall" tip, brilliant for rapid organ shredding and synthesizer licks, but also plays nice with piano sounds. Key range C-C on Electro 5D 73
The Electro 5 Organ section features a new additional Principal Pipe Organ mode as well as the Tone Wheel simulation and the highly acclaimed Rotary Speaker simulation of a vintage 122 unit from the award-winning Nord C2D Combo Organ. This model features a physical drawbar set that can greatly enhance your organ playing.
The C2D B3 Tone Wheel engine is the result of over a decade of perfecting tone wheel simulations, a journey that started with the original Nord Electro and followed by the award winning Nord C1 and Nord C2 Combo Organs. Not only has Nord analyzed the signals from each of the 91 spinning tone wheels inside several original instruments - they have also paid years of attention to each and every one of the intricate details that make up the characteristics of the actual sound in a vintage organ.
A new B3 Tone Wheel Bass feature gives you the classic 16' and 8' bass drawbars in the left hand and can even be used with the Piano and Sample section for a thick and meaty bottom. The Farfisa* and Vox* models are just as impressive as the B3, simulating the behavior and unique response of the original instruments. The Farfisa Compact Deluxe, considered by many to be the mother of transistor organs, involves routing matrixes and complex filter combinations that offer a tailored sound with massive energy and high-end.
The Vox* Continental's brute design brings you a more hollow tone, but with a very intense character. Both these transistor organs have their own unique, irreplaceable personalities. Combine them with any of the Amp simulations, add some distortion, adjust the EQ and they will definitely get you through any organ gig.
The new Electro 5 series all feature 1GB of Piano Sample memory, allowing you to bring even more of Nord's unique sampled acoustic and electric pianos on stage. The subtle but effective Sympathetic String Resonance technology derived from the Nord Piano is now implemented in the Electro 5 delivering an unprecedented degree of realism to your performance when using Grand or Upright pianos.
The piano section of the Electro 5 contains acoustic and electric pianos from the ever-expanding, and freely downloadable Nord Piano Library. Expertly sampled and brimming with unique character, the Grand and Upright Acoustic Pianos, legendary Electric Pianos, Clavinet and Harpsichord, provide a stunning sound palette.
The entire Nord Piano Library is included on DVDs and new additions can be downloaded free on the Nord Piano Library page. Replacing the sounds is simply a matter of dragging and dropping files in the Nord Sound Manager for Mac and Windows. The Long Release feature is suitable for legato playing styles and the Advanced String Resonance feature on Grand and Upright Pianos can be turned off when desired. 4 Dynamic Response Curves are available for customizing the keyboard response to your playing style.
Update: The new OS v1.30 features a number of bug fixes and improvements from the previous version. New units will ship with the new OS. Control pedal handling over MIDI has been improved, and rotor pedal operation has been improved to handle certain pedal types. Also, in Set list mode, drawbar Live could previously behave incorrectly when switching between organ programs. This update is recommended for all users and can be downloaded at Nord's website.
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Comments about Nord Electro 5D 73:
The Electro 5D is my third Nord purchase. I had started with an Electro 2 (loved the organs and the electric pianos) then upgraded to an Electro 3 (better pianos). I skipped the Electro 4 and was excited about the announcement of the Electro 5 (splits and layers) until I saw the price. I had about given up on getting one, when I saw the price had gone down significantly. I have not regretted the upgrade. I also gig with a Yamaha MOX8 which I love for the pianos and editing flexibility. But it is bigger and not always a joy to carry around. Now with the splits and layers, I've been able to take just the Electro 5 to some of our smaller gigs making my setup much easier. It has a very fast action which makes it a joy to play.
Comments about Nord Electro 5D 73:
Upgraded from Electro 2 to Electro 3 and now to Electro 5d. The big new features for me was the Split keyboard, the extra memory (should have been there all along!), actual drawbars, and keyboard sensitivity adjustment. I find the program-ability a little weak when compared to my Yamaha MOX8. But it is much improved over the Electro 3. We do some smaller gigs where I was longing for a light-weight one-keyboard setup and between the split keyboard and the sufficient piano sounds, the Electro 5d suffices.
Comments about Nord Electro 5D 73:
This keyboard is incredible! The organ sounds are phenomenal. And the Leslie sim is crazy good. The piano sounds are very good, and still working on the appropriate set-up, including amplification fit. The onboard set list is incredible. Just store your settings for a song, store them and dial them up during a gig, You can even post-alphabetize them. The drawbars are just like the real B3 with both upper and lower register control at the press of a button. Get this, the whole thing weighs 20 lbs! My Yamaha XF8 Motif is near 70 lbs. Besides all of the other equipment that all you keyboard players know we carry to a gig, the board is like bringing a guitar. You got to love it! I've had it a little over two weeks and have made great gains in learning its functions and controls. A Nord forum exists online with monitored support from a Nord rep in the US, and responses are timely to queries. I'm in love and I look forward not just owning the board, but owning its potential. I knew that when I heard Keb Mo's keyboard player using a distinct red Nord on stage, it was for me.
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