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NORD KEYBOARDS WINTER 2010
Handmade in sweden
by devoted musiclovers
at Clavia DMI AB
The Original Red Keyboards
2010
The Nord Piano 88 was released together
with the Nord Piano Library DVD.
2009
The Nord C2 Combo Organ contains
not only every award winning detail
from its predecessor, it also features
an updated tonewheel model for even
more realism and a brand new addition
– a wonderful baroque pipe organ.
It all started
back in 1983...
1983
Digital Percussion Plate 1. For the first time ever drummers
could play sampled sounds with great feel and dynamics. The
sounds were stored on removable EPROM cartridges in 8-bit
format. Needless to say, the product was an instant success.
1984
2008
ddrum was introduced, featuring an innovative new pad construction featuring
real drum heads and hoops. The ddrum
versions 1 to 4 all became very succesful
and many people still regard them as
being the best triggering digital drum
system around.
In late 2008 the first feature rich
Nord Electro 3 left the assembly line.
Clavia DMI AB was founded in 1983 by
2008
The Nord Stage EX series was
introduced in November 2008,
with a 256 MB capacity for the
piano memory and a new
color scheme on the panel.
2007
The Nord Wave was released; a virtual analog synthesizer capable of using any standard
audio file as an oscillator source - making
it a digital sample player in a virtual
analog environment. The best of two
worlds integrated in a single unit that
is small in size, big in sound, and
extremely intuitive and easy to use.
Hans Nordelius in Stockholm, Sweden.
In a basement in a suburb of Stockholm he
created the Digital Percussion Plate 1 which
was released later the same year.
1995
The Nord Lead was released.
Clavias first synthesizer and the first
on the market to emulate analog
synthesis. The Virtual Analog with
its warm analogue-like sound and
straight forward user interface
quickly became a huge success.
Magnus Kjellander joined Clavia in 1996 and
brought with him a new approach to the company
in terms of software design. Magnus is the head of
Clavia’s software engineering department.
Clavia is dedicated to continue to develop
amazing and exquisite instruments according
to our principles and philosophy, aimed
at the performing musician.
1997
The Nord Modular was the first digital
modular synthesizer. By dragging modules on the computer screen and connecting them with “virtual patch cords”,
you can design the synthesizer of your
dreams, possibly the most flexible and
innovative synthesizer that has ever been
produced.
2007
The 2nd generation of Clavia’s famous tonewheel model was released in the dual manual
Nord C1 Combo Organ. Weighing in at merely
15 kg or 34 lbs. you have 3 vintage organs in
one package. Not just the sound, but the feel
and response too. And a roaring overdrive. And
a bunch of out-board effects. And several amps
and a rotating speaker.
2001
2005
2001
Clavias first model in the Stage series, the Nord Stage was released.
A flagship instrument featuring many of Clavia’s areas of expertise. In addition to great acoustic and electric piano sounds you get organ emulations,
loads of effects, master keyboard functionality and even a synthesizer!
Regardless of your musical style, the Nord Stage has a lot to offer.
The Nord Lead 3 was also released in 2001 and has been
described as the ultimate performance synthesizer. The
design of the panel with the LED Rotary Dials, the intuitive
layout and the great sound made the Nord Lead 3 a classic
stage and studio favorite instrument.
The goal when developing the Nord Electro was to create the
best emulations of classical electro-mechanical keyboards. The
Nord Electro didn’t offer any brass sounds or orchestral banks,
just outstanding electro-mechanical sounds with a lot of passion.
Unlike the instruments it emulates it is also extremely portable.
Contents
Sound Libraries
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Nord Piano 88
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Nord C2
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Nord Electro 3 Nord Stage EX
Manufacturer: Clavia DMI AB, Box 4214, SE-102 65 Stockholm, Sweden
Phone: +46 8 442 73 60, Fax: +46 8 644 26 50, Email: [email protected] www.nordkeyboards.com
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Nord Wave
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Sound Libraries
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SOUND LIBRARIES
Original Sounds for Free
SOUND LIBRARIES
AT NORD WE DO
THINGS DIFFERENTLY
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LIBRARY v 5
v5 is a platform for the Nord Piano sounds, that was developed originally for
the Nord Piano. The platform includes both new and re-mastered sounds in
the highly acclaimed Nord Piano Library.
The Nord Piano Library v5 contains some of the finest acoustic and electric
pianos on the market, and can be used in the Nord Piano, Nord Stage EX,
Nord Stage and Nord Electro 3.
The acoustic grand pianos and uprights are available in three sizes; large,
medium and small. Please note that these three sizes uses the same
amount of zones and velocity levels, which means that they have the same
great expressiveness and sound quality. The differences between the sizes
are in the amount of String Resonance samples. This can help you optimize
the memory usage in your Nord unit.
When we look for additions to the Nord Piano Library, character is everything. And when we have found that character, we try very hard to keep it.
The german-manufactured grand pianos for example can be easily identified
by the woody qualities of their distinctive timbre and you can clearly spot
the dynamic smoothness from their Japanese counterparts. The uprights
all have a distinct sound of their own, ranging from the almost grand-like
Queen Upright, a great selection of wonderful European uprights to the
Honky Tonk, that sounds like it could have been taken right out of an adventure film from 1904.
DVD contents
Grand Pianos
Upright Pianos
Harpsichords
Electric Pianos
No two vintage electric pianos sound the same anymore, and the Nord
Piano Library v5 versions are no exception - there is enough character in
this category to keep you smiling for a long time. The variety that we offer
from the ‘67 Sparkletop with its felt hammers and non-tapered original RayMac tines, via the Mk I’s, Mk II, the “dyno-modified’’ Mk I Suitcase to the
rare Mk V, the Wurlitzer A200, the CP80 and the Clavinet D6’s four pickup
positions is unsurpassed.
The rich and mighty Harpsichords offers you an exquisite pallet of sounds,
with the proper key-release noises when the quills hit the strings again on
the return after you’ve released the key, and a selectable, natural string
resonance in the Nord units that support this feature.
SOUND LIBRARIES
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All acoustic piano
sounds are available
in 3 sizes – small,
medium and large
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Grands, Uprights and Harpsichords
Grand Lady-D
Blue Swede Upright
Rain Piano UPRIGHT
This German 9-foot beast captures the full sound
from the tapered, double crowned soundboard
and every nuance resonating in the huge maple
body.
The Blue Swede is a tall upright from a Swedish
piano manufacturer with a reputation for building
great instruments.
Upright piano manufactured by the Swedish
Piano Factory, carefully tuned to sound like a
typical “parlour’’ piano. The recording was done
with a close-up microphone positioning.
Studio Grand 1
The recording of the Studio Grand was done
with a close-up microphone positioning to
provide you with a very projective character.
Studio Grand 2
The Studio Grand 2 is a meticulously prepared
grand with a sonic response from the very
softest pp passages to a strong FF presence.
Concert Grand 1 Close
This mighty grand was captured with the microphones positioned close to the strings providing
the ideal sound when you wish to add your own
choice of ambience or performing live.
Concert Grand 1 amb
A grand piano with the preferred placement of
the microphones, for a classical performance.
The ambience is the grand piano itself interacting
with the acoustics of the concert hall.
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No matter which size you decide to use, you will have the same
great sounding and very expressive piano at your fingers. The
only differences between the three sizes are the use of the
memory demanding String Resonance samples. Check our
website www.nordkeyboards.com for the latest updates, as we
are constantly adding new sounds to the library.
Queen Upright
The clear, sustaining sound is typical for this
upright, reflecting the selected materials and
excellent finishing of the original instrument.
Romantic Upright
The touch and tone of the Romantic Upright are
harmonized perfectly from the powerful bass
notes up to the sparkling treble register.
HonkyTonk Upright
Saloon Upright
Look no further for a great, ragtime and
boogie’ing personality. The Saloon Upright is
heavily de-tuned, do not sit with your back
towards the door..
French Harpsichord
This is a triple stringed French harpsichord,
recorded in various settings at the Swedish
National Radio.
With nails replacing the traditional felt hammers,
this piano most certainly has a sound of its own.
Italian Harpsichord
Black Upright
This instrument is a beautiful Italian double
stringed harpsichord, recorded at the Swedish
National Radio.
The hammers on the original piano are voiced
for a soft tone; a characteristic for these upright
pianos that the Nord Piano Library version truly
reproduces in great detail.
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Electrics
Electric Grand CP80
EP Tines 4 Mk V
EP Reeds 200 A
The touring and recording Electric Grand from
the 80’s, with a very characteristic sound. The
leather hammers, short strings and the lack of
a resonant body helped to produce a unique
sound.
Manufactured in June 1984 and adjusted to
‘ideal’ timbre. The sound of the Mark V offers
improved clarity in the upper range, better
consistency of tone in the low range and
increased sustain.
Some say that this fat reed-sound of the
Wurlitzer 200 A fits better in a pop- or guitaroriented setting than the tine based electric
pianos.
Electric Grand Model G
Bright Tines
This is a one of a kind custom modified
Gärbstedt acoustic grand piano fitted with CP80 pick-ups.
We prepared our magnificent 1975 mk I
Suitcase with a special selection of hard
hammer tips in certain ranges, an adjustment
of the striking line and re-voicing of the harp, in
order to get “that” bell sound.
EP Tines 1 Mk I Deep
Manufactured in May 1978 and adjusted to
“deep timbre adjustment” which gives the piano
a warm sound with a rich fundamental.
EP Tines 2 Mk I Suitcase
Manufactured in January 1975. We fine-tuned
the mechanics and adjusted the tines according
to the ‘ideal’ timbre adjustment.
Clavinet
The Clavinet is represented with all the 4
possible pick-up selections from the original.
SparkleTop
All the tine based electric pianos manufactured
during the period of the late sixties featured
wooden piano hammers (felt-covered, teardrop
shape) and non-tapered Raymac tines. This
combination produced the raw, bell-like sound
heard on many famous recordings.
EP Tines 3 Mk II
Manufactured in April 1981 and adjusted to
“shallow” timbre.
Nord Piano Library DVD
Nord Audio Demo
00:00:19
Listen to the Nord Piano Library at
www.nordkeyboards.com
All the pianos can be downloaded from the
www.nordkeyboards.com website, free of
charge. The Nord Piano Library DVD can be
purchased at your local Nord retailer.
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SOUND LIBRARIES
Original sounds
Nord Sample Library
Original sounds for free
The Nord Sample Library contains some of the best sounding samples
on the planet, no matter if it is acoustic or electric sounds that you are
interested in.
The Nord Electro 3 and the Nord Wave are delivered with a selection of
these samples in their factory sound banks, the rest of the Library are
found on the Nord Sample DVD that is delivered with every Electro 3
and Wave. Samples are easily transferred to the Nord unit with the Nord
Sound Manager application.
New Samples are added to the Library on a regular basis. As a great addition to the fabulous Mellotron sounds, we added the Chamberlin and
then expanded both these installments with un-looped versions. Other
additions contain some 180 different vintage keyboard sounds and a huge
section of Nord Greatest Hits, with more than 370 superb sounds from the
Nord Lead 2X, Nord Lead 3 and Nord Modular G2X.
In order to provide you with the best quality, we have teamed up with topnotch sample content creators like Kirk Hunter Studios, Precision Sound
and Sonic Reality.
DVD contents
Chamberlin
Mellotron
Strings / String Machines
Wind / Brass
Tuned Percussion
Accordion / Organs
Guitar / Bass
Voices
Acoustic / Electric Pianos
Synth
New sounds are made available as free downloads in the Library area on
the www.nordkeyboards.com website. The extensive Sample Library pages
also include complete lists of the samples and audio demos.
Nord Sample Editor
The Nord Sample Editor is the application that allows you to create and
load collections of audio files to and from the sample memory area of a
Sample Library compatible Nord instrument.
The Sample Editor will assist you in your editing efforts; it contains powerful tools for various actions that can be applied to a sample. These tools
will for instance help you in setting a start point of a sample, creating a
loop and other tasks that are essential in making the samples ready for
use in the Nord unit. The Editor also has functions for automatic mapping
of samples across the keyboard and much more. Read more on the
www.nordkeyboards.com website.
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Sound list with comments
MkI Lead sounds
MkI Clarinet
MkI French Horn
MkI Marimba
MkI Trombone
MkI Hammond Organ
MkI French Accordion
MkI Flute
MkI Acoustic Nylon Guitar
MkI Piano
MkI Tenor Sax
MkI Harpsichord/Trumpet+trombone split
MkI Reverb Organ
MkI Mandolin
MkI Organ
MkI Vibraphone
MkI Trumpet
MkI Tibia Organ
MkI Church Organ
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Exclusive Nord Licensing:
the Mellotron library
Same as MkII
Same as MkII
The Mellotron sounds can
be downloaded for free from
www.nordkeyboards.com
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Very different from MkII
Very different from MkII
Genesis, Yes, Deep Purple, Aerosmith, Wings,
David Bowie, Kraftwerk and many others. Through the
extremely successful music of these groups and artists
the Mellotron sound has been widely spread, and even
though most people don’t know that it’s a Mellotron,
they’ve surely heard the sound.
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MkII Lead sounds
MkII Flute
Beatles, Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, ABBA, Chili Peppers, etc
MkII 3 Violins
Led Zeppelin, Moody Blues, Stones, etc, etc
MkII Acoustic Steel Guitar
MkII Trombone
Beatles
MkII Organ 1
MkII French Accordion
MkII Rock Guitar
MkII Brass
Genesis, King Crimson, Moody Blues, Stones, Beatles
MkII Piano
MkII Muted Brass
Moody Blues
MkII Harpsichord
MkII Accordion
Genesis
MkII Organ 2
MkII Tenor Sax
MkII Vibraphone
Gracious
MkII Mandolin
Beatles
MkII Tibia Organ
MkII Church Organ
During the 80’s the Mellotron remained virtually
unused. Most notable exceptions are Talk Talk in Life’s
What You Make It and OMD’s Enola Gay and other
songs by these bands.
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M300 Lead sounds
M300 Strings
M300 2 Violins
M300 Solo Violin
M300 Slow Vibraphone
M300 Bass Flute
M300 Clarinet
M300 Celeste
David Bowie
Barclay James Harvest
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Although the Mellotron had been used earlier by some
British bands, the song Strawberry Fields Forever
by the Beatles (Flute) and Nights in White Satin by
the Moody Blues (3 Violins) in 1967 became the first
Mellotron ‘hits’ both in Europe, the US and the rest of
the world, forever making a mark in music history.
The Mellotron experienced a renaissance during the
1990’s when numerous bands and artists like Red Hot
Chili Peppers, Lenny Kravitz, Oasis, Radiohead, Air,
Monster Magnet, REM and Manic Street Preachers
began reusing it. In the new millennium the Mellotron
has already gained even more popularity and has been
used on hits by Dido, Nelly Furtado, Daniel Powter,
Robyn, The Black Eyed Peas and The Strokes to
name a few.
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M400 Lead sounds
M400 Solo Cello
Oasis, King Crimson, Chili Peppers etc.
M400 Solo Viola
M400 16 Violins Air
M400 String Section I
M400 String Section II
M400 8Voice Choir Radiohead, Genesis, Chili Peppers, Tangerine Dream etc.
M400 4Voice Female Choir
M400 4Voice Male Choir
M400 Mixed Custom Choir
M400 Male Solo Voice
M400 Boys Choir
M400 Pipe Organ
M400 Oboe
Tangerine Dream
M400 English Horn
M400 Bassoon
Tangerine Dream
M400 Alto Sax
Tangerine Dream
M400 Clavichord
M400 2Brass
M400 2Saxes
M400 Recorder
M400 Wine Glasses
M400 Vibes w/o Vibrato
M400 Tubular Bells
M400 Celeste
M400 Hammond C3
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The M400 was used on the road and in the studio
during the 1970’s by Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd,
Read the Mellotron history at
www.nordkeyboards.com/mellotron
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SOUND LIBRARIES
Mellotron is a registered trademark of Mellotron.com. All other trademarks mentioned in this
publication are the properties of their respective holders.
Sound list
Exclusive Nord Licensing:
the Chamberlin library
Chamberlin Music Master sounds
Flute
Bass Clarinet
Open Trumpet
3 Violins
Alto Sax
Open Trombone
Piano
Vibraphone
Acoustic Guitar
Muted Trombone
4 Saxes
Muted Trumpet
Mandolin
Marimba
4 Brass
Accordion
Male Voice
Pizzicato Violins
“We are very happy to offer the Chamberlin Library to our Nord
keyboard players”, says Clavia CEO Hans Nordelius. “It is a
natural progression of the previously released Mellotron Library,
which has been much appreciated by our Nord Wave and Nord
Electro 3 users.”
The Chamberlin was the original tape replay instrument,
developed and patented by US inventor Harry Chamberlin from
1949 to 1956, when the first commercially available model was
introduced. Various models and versions of these extraordinary
music instruments were manufactured until 1981. During the
years of production the much-respected Chamberlin sound library
grew, and the licensing deal with Clavia includes 60 sounds. The
extraordinary Chamberlin Music Master was instrumental in the
birth of the later Mellotron.
The Chamberlin was a constructional beast with magnetic tapes
(also used in recording studios) containing analog recorded
sounds, triggered by the keyboard. One tape per key! Once
reaching the tape end which was normally after about 8 seconds
of playing, the sound would stop and tapes would need to
mechanically rewind.
Even with quite limited sound quality prestanda and obvious
limitations in tone length the Chamberlin tape samplers turned
into precious pieces of hardware used by major artists and bands
all over the world.
During the production years close to 700 units were made, all
considered a real work of art and a true milestone when it comes
to musical instrument innovations.
Chamberlin M series “35-note” sounds
M Marimba
M Steel guitar
M Open Trumpet
M Trombone
M Mandolin
M Cello
M Oboe
M Tibia Organ
M Kinura Organ
M Vibraphone
M Accordion
M Electric Harpsichord
M Acoustic Harpsichord
M Harp Short Arpeggio
M Tenor Sax (metallic)
The Chamberlin library has been digitized in a 44.1 kHz, 24-bit
resolution and is available in the Nord Sample Library format
(nsmp), to be used with our Nord Sample Library compatible
units. As always, all the sounds in the Nord Sample Library
created by Nord are available as free downloads from the
www.nordkeyboards.com web site.
Sounds from the Chamberlin can be heard on countless songs
by artists like David Bowie, The Moody Blues, Crowded House,
Richard Thompson, Beck, Mitchell Froom, Tom Petty, Elvis
Costello, Neil Finn, XTC and Tom Waits, just to name a few.
Chamberlin M series “25-note” sounds
M Acoustic Steel Guitar
M Female Solo Voice
M Saxophone
M Muted Trumped Fast Vibrato
M Bassoon
M Doo-Waa Trombone
M Banjo
M SFX1
M SFX2
M Slur Trombone
M Flute String Organ
M C-Organ
M Slur Guitar
M French Horn
M Glockenspiel
M Harp Solo
M Harp Long Arpeggio
M Dixieland Rhythms
Read the Chamberlin history at
www.nordkeyboards.com/chamberlin
The Chamberlin sounds can
be downloaded for free from
www.nordkeyboards.com
The analog Chamberlin master tapes have been transferred to the digital domain using state-of the art
recording equipment, in a 44.1 kHz, 24-bits resolution. All the sounds have been edited and carefully
looped – when applicable - using the Nord Sample Editor. One thing that is very noticeable is the
quality and fidelity of these sounds.
Chamberlin unused sounds, from 1956-65
Staccato Violin
Vibrato Violin
Solo Violin
Doo Vocal
Pizzicato Bass
WaaWaa Trumpet
Tremolo Guitar
All trademarks mentioned in this publication are the properties of their respective holders.
SOUND LIBRARIES
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Nord Piano 88
Acoustic, electric, vintage or contemporary piano
sounds – it’s all here. With unique features like String
Resonance, totally replaceable sounds from the
extensive Nord Piano Library and the dynamic piano
pedal, the Nord Piano delivers in every aspect.
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NORD PIANO 88
STAGE piano
A professional Stage Piano
made for the performing
musician
The Nord Piano 88 is a professional
stage piano with 88 keys, a great
weighted hammer action, designed
without compromising quality or
means of expression.
NORD PIANO 88
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Character is
everything
Easy to access
programs
It’s about time you stop playing the same lifeless and generic
piano sounds that sits in your instrument for ever and ever.
Every acoustic and electric piano has its own personality
and so do the sounds in the Nord Piano.
All the piano sounds are available on the DVD that is included with the Nord Piano, or can be downloaded from the
www.nordkeyboards.com website.
There are 120 programs in the Nord Piano. These are accessed by 24 banks with 5 programs each, with convenient
program buttons located right on the panel where you
need them during your performance. You edit the programs
by just changing the parameters on the panel, and all the
changes you make can be stored in any program location
by using the Store button.
Personal Choice
There is a Live Mode with 5 separate locations, where every
setting you change is automatically stored. This is a great
feature during rehearsals when you are getting the set list
ready, or as a sketchpad for those great programs, that are
still to come.
Not only can you effortlessly change the sounds and dial in
the desired effect settings on the panel, the Nord Piano is
the world’s first stage piano that allows you to completely
replace the piano sounds in the instrument. When your
needs, or your mood changes, just download another piano
from the large selection of unique sounds in the Nord Piano
Library.
Exchanging the piano sounds inside your Nord Piano is
easy. Connect the piano to your computer using the built-in
USB-interface and your choice of sound is simply a matter
of preferred style.
Perhaps the acoustic Grand Lady would suit your taste
this morning? Or maybe one of the smaller, more intimate
acoustic upright pianos is a better choice? Why not fit a
vintage sparkletop electric piano too, and you’ll be ready for
the jazz gig later tonight.
Nord Audio Demo
Listen to the Nord Piano at
www.nordkeyboards.com
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String Resonance
String Resonance is the acoustic phenomenon that occurs
inside an acoustic piano or a grand piano when strings, or
parts of strings, resonate at their fundamental or harmonic
frequencies when other strings are played.
When this functionality is active, using the Nord Piano’s
acoustic pianos, all notes you play will affect each other.
This will reproduce the wonderful acoustics that occurs
inside an acoustic grand or upright piano.
String Resonance is also very noticeable if you use the
sustain pedal with the String Resonance feature enabled.
The notes that you play will have a beautiful sound quality
to them, when all the un-dampened strings resonate as you
play sustained notes.
Another thing that the String Resonance produces is a
crescendo effect. If you play the same key repeatedly with
the same force, the sound will change over time. This is
originally caused by the hammers hitting the vibrating string
in various phases, and creates a nice, gentle fluctuation in
volume and timbre in the Nord Piano.
Nord Piano Pedal
The included Piano Pedal offers an unprecedented functionality, with the addition of a dynamic control of the mechanical noise during operation, and the ability for you as a player
to use half-pedaling and “release and catch’’ techniques.
The right pedal is the sustain pedal. When the sustain pedal
is operated on an acoustic grand, upright piano or electric
piano, many different sounds are produced by the mechanical components, several of the sounds can be reproduced
by the Nord Piano.
When the dampers are lifted from an acoustic piano’s strings
when the sustain pedal is pressed down, a beautiful sizzle
can be heard. When you remove the foot from the pedal,
the dampers are returned on to the strings, which creates a
different, muted type of sound.
Since the Nord Piano Pedal is dynamic, you can experiment
with various forces in pressing, and also in releasing the
pedal. The “floor sound’’ is heard when the pedal reaches
the bottom of its travel. If you lift the pedal and immediately
press it down again, a very rich sound will be heard. Another
big sound is “The Stomp”, which requires you to start with
your foot above the actual pedal, in order to be able to reach
the high velocity that is required to get this sound. The level
of the Pedal Noise feature can be set in the Sound Menu, it
can also be completely turned off from the panel.
The left pedal is the soft pedal, known as the Una Corda.
When you press this pedal, all the notes you play will be
slightly lower in volume and have a slightly more subdued
tone quality. The middle pedal is the Sostenuto. By using
this pedal, you can sustain selected notes, while other notes
remain unaffected.
The Nord Piano Library DVD is
included with every Nord Piano for free.
Effects, EQ & Amps
The effects in the Nord Piano are just as detailed as the
piano sounds themselves. The tremolo adds that perfect
vibe, the pan sweeps across the stereo panorama, and the
auto-wah brings out the funk in you, like never before.
Whenever you want a modulation effect there’s a beautiful
phaser, a screaming flanger and a lush chorus, all modeled
from highly desirable vintage effects
The Nord Piano speaker models faithfully reproduces the
overdrive response of different amplifier/cabinet combinations. Select the desired speaker model - Small, JC or Twin
- and use the Drive knob to add powerful tube amplifier
distortion to your piano sound.
Lightweight
Even though the Nord Piano is built to easily cope with a
hard touring life, it is the most lightweight and portable professional stage piano on the market at only 18 kg (39.6 lbs).
MIDI over USB, Extended
USB functionality
The Nord Piano has the USB functionality extended to
include MIDI messages. This feature allows you to use the
Nord Piano as a controller keyboard with a computer, using
the USB interface to transmit and receive MIDI data.
HAMMER ACTION
There’s a new improved weighted
hammer action keyboard in the
Nord Piano that offers a better
touch, superb playability and will
respond faithfully to all the nuances
of your music.
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NORD PIANO 88
ACCESSORIES
TECHNICAL
SPECIFICATIONS
Keyboard Stand EX
The height adjustable Keyboard Stand EX are designed to
give you maximum stability and comfort while playing. The
legs are mounted into the bottom plate of your instrument,
preventing it from moving around as with conventional stands.
Music Stand EX
Piano Section
The legs are made of aluminum which means they are
lightweight. The stand is easy to mount without the use of any
tools, and can be fitted in the soft case for transport. The two
selectable heights are 75 or 65 cm (29.5 or 25.6").
Music Stand EX
The strong, metal Music Stand attaches to mounts included
on the back of your instrument, and can accommodate four
sheets of music. The stand is easily mounted without the use
of any tools, and can be fitted in the soft case for transport.
Dimensions: 70 x 25 cm (27.6 x 9.8").
Keyboard Stand EX
•6 selectable categories – Grand, Upright,
Electric Pianos, Electric Grands, Clavinet &
Harpsichord. Each category can contain several
different models.
•LCD Display – provides information on program
name and piano model
•24 banks with 5 programs each – 120 programs
•Live Mode – 5 Live programs
•Panel Transpose: +/- 6 semitones
•Kbd Touch: 4 velocity response curves
•Mono Output – stereo pianos can be played
back in mono
Memory
Soft Case
•Approx. 500 MB is available for the piano
sounds
Keep your Nord instrument in perfect shape with the ultimate
soft case, featuring a plush interior, thick padding, and the
distinctive Nord red color.
The large-sized pocket will hold all your cables and accessories, including the Keyboard Stand EX and Music Stand. High
quality wheels and an extra mid-level carrying handle makes
this soft case your back’s best friend.
Effects Section
Soft Case
Dust cover
Cover and protect your Nord unit with the matching
Dust Cover.
Dust Cover
Free
Upgrades
Connections
88 keys, weighted hammer action
POWER ON/OFF
•Effect 1 – pan, tremolo, auto-wah, three
selectable depths for the pan and tremolo, rate
controlled with the Effect 1 Rate knob.
•Effect 2 – phaser, flanger and chorus, three
selectable depths, rate controlled with the Effect
2 Rate knob.
•Amp/Comp – three amp/speaker simulations
and a compressor, drive/compression amount
controlled with the Drive knob.
•Reverb with six algorithms – Room 1 & 2, Stage
1 & 2, Hall 1 & 2, Dry/Wet control.
•Three band EQ, with sweepable mid.
+/- 15 dB gain/attenuation.
PIANO
PEDAL
MIDI OUT
MIDI IN
•2 Audio outputs L & R – ¼", 6,35 mm jacks,
unbalanced
•1 Monitor input – 1/8", 3,5 mm stereo jack
•1 Headphone output – ¼", 6,35 mm stereo jack
•1 Piano pedal input – ¼", 6,35 mm jack
•MIDI In, MIDI Out – 5 pin DIN connectors
•USB – type B connector
•IEC320 C7 power connector
Included accessories
•Nord Piano Pedal
•User Manual
•Power Cord
•USB Cord
•Nord DVD-ROM
Dimensions
•1284 x 121 mm x 340 mm (50.5 x 4.8 x 13.4")
•Pedal: 264 x 224 x 70 mm (10.4 x 8.8 x 2.8")
Weight
•18 kg (39.6 lbs)
•Pedal: 2 kg (4.4 lbs)
Specifications subject to change without notice.
USB
MONITOR RIGHT OUT
IN
LEFT OUT HEADPHONES
OS upgrades and pianos
can be downloaded
free of charge from
www.nordkeyboards.com
NORD PIANO 88
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Nord C2 Combo Organ
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NORD C2 COMBO ORGAN
The Nord C2 organ includes B3 tonewheel organ,
a Vox* Continental and a Farfisa* and a beautiful
baroque pipe organ. This makes the C2 an extremely
versatile instrument, providing not only rock organ
players a new palette of sounds, but also the perfect
instrument to use in churches, concert and congregation halls or any other venue where a high quality
pipe organ instrument is paramount.
Clavia has developed digital vintage organ models for over a decade, taking each
new product version one step closer to perfection. With the Nord C2, we raise the performance
bar even further with the addition of a baroque
pipe organ section - this is the organ for others to
Pipe organ • TONEWHEEL ORGAN • TWO TRANSISTOR ORGANS
Church on Sunday mornings,
clubs on Saturday nights.
The Nord C2 Organ plays both
places just right.
compare against.
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THE PIPE ORGAN
From the golden age of organ building we
have carefully chosen a baroque organ
with a devastatingly beautiful sound and
wide range of expression for the C2 pipe
organ part. Using cutting edge sampling
technique, no efforts have been spared in producing the
richest and most varied sound palette for the pipe organ
player.
The Nord C2 pipe organ is built upon two basic types of
organ pipes; flue pipes and reed pipes. The flue pipes have
a softer timbre and the reed pipes a more nasal tone quality.
For each keyboard division the player can choose from different sets of pipes, stops, to produce different timbres. The
C2´s setup of stops make up a well-balanced blend of tonal
qualities capable of expressing the most dramatic music to
conveying the subtlest of organ pieces.
STOPS & COUPLERS
LIGHTWEIGHT
The C2 Combo Organ is lightweight and portable,
yet sturdy enough to cope with the rigors of the
touring life. The total weight is merely 15 kg (33 lb).
In the pipe organ each manual has its own sound; the
Great division being the part of the organ with the majestic
sound, whereas the Swell has a more mellow tonal quality.
The Couplers are used to activate combinations of different
stops from both manuals, so that pressing keys on one
manual also connects stops from the other manual or pedal,
making them sound as well.
DISPOSITION
Swell
(Manual II)
Fugara 8
Nord Audio Demo
Listen to the Nord C2 at
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Great
(Manual I)
Principal 8
Pedal
Subbas 16
Couplers
SW/GR
Rohrflöte 8
Gamba 8
Fagot 16
SW/PED
Principal 4
Gedackt 8
Gedackt 8
GR/PED
Spitzflöte 4
Octava 4
SWELL 16
Nasat 3
Rohrflöte 4
SWELL 4
Flöte 2
Qvinta 3
SW 16/GR
Vox Celeste
Octava 2
PED/GR. LOW
Scharf II-III
Mixtur III-IV
Oboe 8
Trumpet 8
The disposition has the fundamental tonal character of a
baroque organ. The total number of stops is 21; 9 stops
for every manual and 3 pedal stops (of which one is a combined Subbas 16 and Fagot 16). In addition to the three
unison couplers usually found in two manual organs, the
Nord C2 Combo Organ features three octave couplers and
a special coupler that adds the Pedal to the leftmost note
played on the Great manual.
SWELL PEDAL AND TREMULANT
One of the crucial ingredients for creating a vivid sound is
the swell pedal. In the Nord C2 Combo Organ this functions
exactly as in the real-life models, giving the player intimate
control over volume and dynamics of the swell manual.
Another indispensable aid to make the pipe organ sound
even a bit more vibrant is the tremulant. This is a function
that basically gives small and very rapid variations in volume,
thereby causing the sound to “tremulate”. The C2 provides
two speeds, each with three variable depths.
IT’S NOT ONLY ABOUT THE
MUSIC, IT’S ABOUT THE PLAYER
Not only does the C2 Combo Organ provide an extremely
well balanced set of pipes, stops and couplers, but we have
kept the setup close to reality for the pipe organ player to
easily find his way around. The controls are exactly where
you expect to find them.
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THE B3 MODEL
We have made digital models of tonewheel organs for more
than a decade and the Nord C2 Combo Organ is equipped
with our third generation tonewheel model.
Not only have we analyzed the signals from each of the 91
spinning discs inside several original instruments, we have paid
years of attention to each and everyone of the intricate details
that makes the characteristics of the actual sound in a vintage
organ. How do the tonewheels interact with each other, what
does the crosstalk and leakage in the original designs mean to
the sound and what happens when you use the instrument to
the limits of its ability? We know this, and we have made sure
that the C2 tonewheel model responds in a manner with what
we think is hands down the best performance organ on the
market.
The virtual circuitry in our B3 model reacts not only to the settings on the panel but also during the real time performance.
The Nord C2 will faithfully reproduce the important foldback
and energy robbing characteristics; the latter will produce the
gentle compression effect that makes those lovely smears
absolutely wonderful. There are 4 tonewheel modes that allows
you to switch from a clean, factory spec’d instrument to a worn
and battered workhorse with some 40 years worth of touring.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE
The individual tonewheel levels are controlled with our digital
drawbars that are just as fast and ergonomic to set up as their
physical counterparts. This modern design provides you with
the ability to store your favorite settings, to be instantly recalled
and edited in real time during a performance. You also get the
unique opportunity to dial in a new setting with the digital
drawbars while playing, without the change taking effect until
you say so.
Get your fingers on the waterfall type keyboard and you will not only hear, but also feel
the difference. An ultra fast trigger-to-sound
response time in the Nord C2 offers a superior
performance compared with any other hardware or software products, just as the originals.
We have modeled the crucial key click
and key release bursts from the mechanical busbar
design with its
close to 1200
switches. The actual keys themselves have a firm mechanical
action to provide you with the
rock solid feel of an original
vintage instrument.
You have direct access to every
important function on the panel.
We have a strong belief in that
a performance is not only about
what you play, but how you use
an instrument as well.
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The bass can be controlled with any MIDI-equipped bass
pedal board connected to the dedicated Bass Pedal MIDI
input, or by splitting the lower manual.
ROTARY
VIBRATO, CHORUS
& PERCUSSION
Other essential mechanical and electrical components in the
original instrument like the scanner that provides the vibrato
and chorus with their deep impact on the sound, and the
components and behavior of the percussion are of course
present in the Nord C2. The vibrato and chorus with the rotating scanner and its analog circuitry are carefully modeled
to be as alive as the tonewheels.
Everything in the percussion including the monophonic
behavior, filter, distortion, and envelope characteristics has
been carefully and faithfully replicated. You can adjust some
of the percussion functions to be able to set the sound to
suit your needs and we even give you the option to keep the
9th drawbar or not, when the percussion is turned on.
3RD SET OF DRAWBARS
A dual manual organ would not be complete without the
ability to play bass notes on a pedal board. The Nord C2 includes two additional bass register drawbars with selectable
timbre from vintage tonewheels, pipe organ bass stops or a
synth bass, modeled after a famous vintage add-on unit.
The Nord C2’s rotary speaker simulation features a true
life-like experience. It incorporates the acoustic variations
that occur as a physical rotating speaker spreads the sound
around in a room, providing the full experience of moving the
air around. The rotary speed can be controlled with a foot
switch, from the panel or by using a half-moon switch (extra
accessory).
The rotary simulation in the C2 is our best one yet. We
mic’ed up several original cabinets with different sets of
treble- and bass rotors and spent lots of time analyzing their
audio responses. This painstaking effort gave us the means
to be able to include a brand new rotary model in the Nord
C2, based on a 145 unit. This is available together with our
previous rotary that so many users have said so many nice
things about.
Even though our rotary simulations are nothing less than
amazing, we are however the first to acknowledge that
the C2’s best friend in the pursuit of sonic excellence is an
external rotary cabinet. Connect the C2 to a quality cabinet
with the standard 11-pin Leslie* connector and use the Half
Moon switch or the C2 panel buttons to control the rotary
speed. The Leslie* interface on the C2 uses a high voltage
output which is vital to experience the true soul of a screaming, or for that matter, a whispering organ. This high level
output is also available on a ¼" jack on the C2 back panel.
Miniature images show the
original vintage components.
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VOX & FARFISA
The Nord C2 includes accurate models of the two most
popular transistor organs of the 1960’s, offering you that
massive savage sound created by their 12-top oscillator
frequency-divider designs. With the C2, you get the same
dynamic behavior and unique response as in 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 still with a very
intense character.
As with the tonewheel organ, both transistor organs have
their own unique, irreplaceable personalities. Combine them
with any of the Nord C2’s speaker simulations, add some
distortion, adjust EQ and they will definitely light your fire.
EFFECTS
The 3-band equalizer along with three types of speaker
simulations and a powerful overdrive offers you total control
of your sound. Add a feedback-delay with tap-tempo
functionality, and several types of reverberation and you truly
have an all-in-one effect section with stunning sound right
out of the box. This will tailor your sounds for any occasion.
L
Tonewheel Organ
Multi Channel Out
NORD C2 COMBO ORGAN
ADDITIONAL CONNECTIONS
A swell pedal is an essential tool for expressiveness with any organ and the C2 is of
course capable of using any good quality
expression pedal. The rotary speed can
be controlled from a foot switch or the half
moon switch, and we have even added a
sustain pedal input.
The MIDI connectors allow you to use the Nord C2 to
control other units or to use it together with a computer or
sequencer. Plug in your mp3 or CD player to the monitor
input to be able to play along, rehearse or jam with previously recorded music without the need of an external mixer
Rotary
Speaker
Pipe / Tonewheel Organ
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With so many organ types at your disposal, it is vital to be able to route these to
appropriate amplifier- and sound systems.
The Nord C2 is equipped with a stereo
output pair (L and R on 1/4" jacks) and a
set of high level outputs (a 1/4" jack and a 11-pin Leslie*
connector). This provides you with the flexibility to e.g. route
the tonewheel to a rotary speaker and the pipe organ to a
PA. It is also possible to use the tonewheel in a rotary and
a PA with rotary simulation at the same time, or to route the
transistor models to an amplifier.
or sound system. The signal that is present at this input will
be monitored through the C2’s headphone output.
R
Rotary
Speaker
FLEXIBLE OUTPUT ROUTING
PA-Mixer
Guitar Amp.
Tonewheel Organ
Transistor Organs
EASY-TO-USE MANAGER
The Nord Sound Manager is an easyto-use tool that allows you to arrange
and make backups of the programs.
This application is available for free to
Nord C2 owners, and is compatible
with Windows XP, Windows Vista,
Windows 7 and Mac OSX.
Pedal Keys 27
This MIDI pedalboard has 27 keys and an
integrated Swell pedal, with a sturdy chassis of
aluminum. The long keys have a wooden finish
and a length of 350 mms, to facilitate the use
of a proper toe-heel technique when playing. It
is very portable weighing in at only 15.5 kgs, 34
lbs. Just connect it to the C2’s Bass Pedal MIDI
Input and you are ready to perform.
ACCESSORIES
KEYBOARD stand ALU
The Nord C2 can be used with the Keyboard Stand ALU,
a very sturdy but lightweight stand made of aluminum.
This stand is specifically designed to make room for a
large set of pedals underneath.
CONNECTIONS
•Master Level Control
•126 Program Locations
•2 Live Buffers
•Stereo Headphone Output
•2 Line Level Audio Outputs
•Monitor In
•14V RMS High Level Outputs:
11-pin Leslie* Standard Connector
Quarter Inch Connector
•Sustain Pedal Input
•Rotary Control Input
•Swell Pedal Input
•MIDI In
•MIDI Out
•Bass Pedal MIDI In
USB
ORGAN SECTION
EFFECT SECTION
Keyboard Stand ALU
SOFT CASE
Having three vintage organs and a baroque pipe organ in
your studio is fun, but it’s even better when you can easily
carry them with you to a gig. That is why the Nord C2 is
lightweight and portable. With the optional soft case, you
can carry the massive power of these monster organs in
one hand; weighing in at merely 15.5 kg (34 lbs).
•3-band Equalizer
•Overdrive
•3 types of Speaker Simulations
including Rotary Speaker with selectable speed
(slow - stop - fast)
•Delay - with feedback and tap-tempo function
•Reverb - 5 algorithms
KEYBOARD
•2 x 61 Medium Weighted Waterfall Keys
Included accessories
•Dust Cover
•User Manual
•Power Cord
•Nord CD-ROM
DIMENSIONS
•C2: 966 x 163 x 445 mm (38.0 x 6.4 x 11.3")
•Pedal keys 27:
1055 x 320 x 620 mm (41.5 x 12.6 x 24.4")
with the swell pedal mounted in place.
WEIGHT
•C2: 15.5 kg (34 lbs)
•Pedal keys 27: 15.5 kg (34 lbs)
Half moon switch
Half Moon Switch
GENERAL
•4 Organ Models:
Pipe Organ
Classic Tonewheel Organ
Vox* Continental Transistor Organ
Farfisa* Compact Deluxe Transistor Organ
•20 Digitally Controlled Drawbars
•6 Drawbar Presets per Program Location
•Percussion Controls
•Vibrato / Chorus / Tremulant Control
Pedal Keys 27 rear view
With the Half Moon Switch you can control the speed
of the built-in rotating speaker simulation as well as an
external rotary speaker connected via the 11-pin Leslie*
connection. The Half Moon Switch offers 3 speed settings (slow - stop - fast) and is easily attached without
the use of any tools at various locations along the left
side of the lower manual.
TECHNICAL
SPECIFICATIONS
Specifications subject to change without notice.
Soft Case
Music Stand EX
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Nord Electro 3
The Electro 3 features a great organ section, fantastic
pianos, a selection of extremely versatile effects and
a feature that allows the Electro 3 to use any samples
from the Nord Sample library. This is the perfomance
keyboard that sets the highest standard based on its
impressive sound quality.
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NORD ELECTRO 3
VIRTUAL ELECTROMECHANICAL KEYBOARD
How do you improve on a classic
performance keyboard like the
groundbreaking original Electro?
You could take it gently, or just
do what we did with the Electro 3;
push it as far as you can, and then
a bit further.
With the introduction of the
Nord Electro 3, the legacy of the
original Electro and the knowhow
that have shaped some of the
other Nord models have been
combined.
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The demands from a performing keyboard player haven’t really changed all that
much over time, good quality never goes out of style. We want to offer you some
of the best stuff, in a affordable and easy-to-use instrument. We hope that you will
have as much fun owning and using the Electro 3, as we have had developing it.
EXQUISITE PIANOS
Right from the start, the Electro 3 is
loaded with a great selection of pianos
from the Nord Piano Library v5. There are
two acoustic grand pianos, the Grand
Lady-D and the Studio Grand 2. You will
also find the CP80 electric grand and the Rain Piano upright.
Electric piano aficionados will love the selection of the tinebased types; a Mk I, a Suitcase Mk I, a Mk II and the Bright
Tines, all with their unique and distinctive personalities. A
great Wurlitzer A200 is of course present, as is the mighty
Clavinet D6. The Clavinet type includes the Harpsichords,
with one Italian harpsichord in the factory sound bank, and
more to choose from in the Nord Piano Library download
area. Each and every one of these piano sounds can be
replaced if you wish. And all the sounds in the Nord Piano
Library are available for free.
NORD SAMPLE LIBRARY
Nord Audio Demo
00:00:19
Listen to the Nord Electro 3 at
www.nordkeyboards.com
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Not only loaded with great piano sounds,
the Electro 3 sports some great samples to
add flavor to your sonic arsenal. You’ll find
some of the classic Mellotron sounds, a
selection of strings, a celeste, a vibraphone
and many others. And just as with the piano partition, all of
the samples can be replaced if the factory selection does
not suit your immediate needs.
You can add virtually any sound you want to the Nord Electro 3. Sounds that we offer for free are from the Mellotron
and Chamberlin libraries or any other instrument from the
expanding and extensive Nord Sample Library, which is the
same format as the Nord Wave uses.
NORD SAMPLE EDITOR
By using the free Nord Sample Editor, you can add any
sound you want to the Electro 3. The Sample Editor can
use audio files in the .wav format and is equipped with
some great tools to assist you in getting the results you
want. Mapping several samples across the keyboard or
creating perfect loops has never been easier. You can even
start assembling your own samples today in the computer,
without having the Nord Electro 3 present - just download
the Editor, the Electro 3 manual and fire away. The Nord
Sample Editor is compatible with Windows XP, Windows
Vista, Windows 7 and Mac OSX.
ORGAN SECTION
The growling sound, and the soul of a B3 is hard to replicate
faithfully in a digital instrument. Sampling is definitely not an
option if you want to create a living, breathing tonewheel
sound. We’ve spent years perfecting our digital models and
the Electro 3 contains our award winning second generation
tonewheel model.
The attention to minute details is stunning, the Electro 3 is
even equipped with four selectable tonewheel modes, that
stretches from a clean sound to battered unit with the most
dramatic setting; vintage 3. This setting even produces a
sound in the background of its own, even if you don’t touch
any keys.
IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS
Every function in a B3 has been considered and examined
in great detail, to make the Electro 3 as true to the original sound as possible. There are key clicks derived from
the original busbar behavior and the energy robbing that
produces the gentle compression when you do that massive
palm smear across the keyboard. To get the response right,
we have included the option to trigger the organ sounds at
the very top of a key’s range, making it react just as fast as
the original. And sometimes we couldn’t resist adding functions that went a bit further, like the option to either include
or exclude the 9th drawbar when Percussion was activated.
VOX AND FARFISA
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 Electro 3’s speaker
simulations, add some distortion, adjust the EQ and they will
definitely get you through any organ gig with flying colors.
ORGAN SPLIT
Using the Organ Split mode, you can play two different
organ registrations in a dual manual fashion, one sound on
either side of a user definable keyboard split point. Connect
a second MIDI keyboard to the Electro 3, to use the organ
split functionality, but in a true, dual manual setup.
EFFECT SECTION
The Nord Electro 3 is equipped with a great selection of high
quality effects including a lush sounding reverb with five
different algorithms. There is a selection of tremolo, panning,
wah-wah, phaser, flanger and chorus effects, and a ring
modulator.
User can further sculpt their final sound by choosing from
a selection of three amplifier simulations that can add any
amount of grit and distortion from gentle to manic levels.
A three-band EQ with sweepable mid-range and a compressor can be added to the final stage of the audio path.
The Farfisa* and Vox* models are just as
impressive as the B3. The massive savage
sound created by their 12-top oscillator
frequency-divider designs is of course
another nosample zone in the Electro 3;
you have the same behavior and unique response from our
models as in 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.
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ENHANCED ROTARY SPEAKER EMULATOR
The rotary speaker emulator originates from the award
winning Nord C1 Combo Organ, with its acclaimed sound
quality. This rotary speaker emulator incorporates the
acoustic variations that occur when a physical speaker
spreads the sound in a room, providing the full experience of
when the air is moved around.

The Electro 3’s rotary features a great
function in the addition of the Rotary Stop
Mode. This allows users to switch between
fast and stopped rotation and back again
by using either the controls on the panel or
with a foot pedal connected to the Rotor Pedal input.
This is a crucial functionality
that mimics the behavior of early
one-speed original rotary speaker
units.
Those of you who are picky about the rotary
behaviors will be pleased to find several user adjustable settings like speed and acceleration times for both
treble and bass rotors. These options, as well as all the
other System, MIDI and Sound Menu functions are written
on the right side of the panel, a great help for all those moments when the manual decided to stay at home.
NORD PIANO LIBRARY
LIGHTWEIGHT
EASY-TO-USE MANAGER
New instruments are being added on a regular
basis to the Nord Piano Library. These additions
can be downloaded for free by Electro 3 users.
More details about the library and additional sounds
to download can be found in the Libraries area at
www.nordkeyboards.com.
Having a bunch of great pianos, a tower of effects
and three vintage organs in your studio is fun, but
the Electro 3 is also designed to allow you to easily
bring all those great sounds to the gig. The Nord
Electro 3 is extremely lightweight and portable, yet
sturdy enough to cope with the rigors of the touring life. With the optional gig bag, you can carry the massive power that this puppy contains
in one hand; weighing in at merely 7.6 or 9.1 kg (15.3/18.2 lbs).
The Nord Sound Manager is an easy-to-use tool
that allows you to load the Electro 3 with new
pianos and samples, and to arrange and make
backups of the memories. These operations are
done by simple drag and drop operations or from
toolbar- or menu activated actions in the application. This application is
available for free to Electro 3 owners, and is compatible with Windows XP,
Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Mac OSX.
TAILORED EFFECTS
MONITOR INPUT
It doesn’t matter if you are in for a discreet pan or
chorus, or want to get real nasty with the amp and
speaker simulations or the ring modulator; you are
going to love the smoking effects in the Electro 3.
Ever had the idea to put a 9 foot Concert Grand
in a very small room and process it with a wha-pedal, through a rotary
speaker at full distortion? Now you can.
Just plug in your mp3 or CD player to the Electro 3
to be able to play along, rehearse or jam with
previously recorded music without the need of an
external mixer or sound system. The signal that is
present at this input will be monitored through the
Electro 3’s headphone output.
Nord Sample LIBRARY
A great addition to the electromechanical bliss in
the Electro 3 is the ability to use the fabulous Nord
Sample Library. These samples are available for free
in the download area, and getting them into a 3 is
achieved with a simple drag and drop operation
using the Nord Sound Manager.
MEMORY CAPACITY
The Nord Electro 3 has a flash memory for pianos
and samples with a total size of 256 MB. 68 MB of
the memory is reserved for the sample partition.
The program memory holds 128 programs.
WATERFALL KEYBOARD
The Electro 3 comes in two different sizes. The 61 and the 73 have the
same type of semi-weighted keyboard with the waterfall profile. This is a
great set of keys to play organ and pianos with.
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ACCESSORIES
SOFT CASE
Keep your Nord instrument in perfect shape with the
ultimate soft case, featuring a plush interior, thick
padding, and the distinctive Nord red color.
The mid-sized pocket on the lid will hold all your
cables and accessories. Carrying handles, shoulder
strap, and two backpack straps allows you to carry
your instrument any way you want.
Soft Case
Sustain Pedal
Sustain pedal.
Dust cover
Cover and protect your Nord unit with the matching
Dust Cover.
Sustain Pedal
Dust Cover
Free
Upgrades
OS upgrades, pianos and
samples can be downloaded free of charge from
www.nordkeyboards.com
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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
ORGAN SECTION
CONNECTIONS
•Organ section from the acclaimed Nord C1 Combo Organ.
•Three classic organ models: B3, Vox Continental, and Farfisa with full polyphony.
•9 digitally controlled drawbars.
•Two complete organ registrations for every program.
•The drawbars of Electro 3 are represented by up/down buttons and LED bar graphs instead of the ordinary
mechanical drawbars. This gives you a big advantage: when you change programs, the correct drawbar settings
are shown immediately by the LEDs.
•17 user configurable organ presets for each organ model.
•Percussion with 2nd, 3rd, normal/soft, fast/slow for the B3 model.
•User adjustable percussion levels, percussion decays and keyclick level.
•Vibrato / Chorus Control with separate functionality for each model (the classic C1, C2, C3, V1, V2, V3 options
for the B3, Vibrato for the Farfisa).
•4 Tonewheel modes: select the level of “vintage” you wish to have in your B3 sound.
•MIDI Split: The Nord Electro 3 is designed to support an extra MIDI keyboard when the Organ Split mode is
activated. This makes it possible to use the Nord Electro 3 as a dual manual (Lower/Upper) organ with different
drawbar settings for each manual.
•2 Audio outputs
•1 Monitor input
•1 Headphone output
•1 Control pedal input
•1 Sustain pedal input
•1 Rotary Speaker speed switch pedal input
•MIDI In, MIDI Out
•USB interface for fast and easy download of new sounds and operating system updates.
PIANO AND SAMPle SECTION
•5 selectable types of pianos - Grand, Upright, EPiano, Wurl & Clav/Harpsichord. Each type can contain several
different models.
•185 MB of the flash memory is allocated to the piano types.
•Each and every piano in the Electro 3 is replacable by the user. New models can be uploaded to the Electro 3
using the Nord Sound Manager application.
•Samp Lib type can contain up to 50 samples from the Nord Sample Library.
•68 MB of the flash memory is allocated to samples.
•Stereo pianos and samples can be played back in mono.
•40-60 Voices polyphony.
INCLUDED ACCESSORIES
•User Manual
•Power cord
•Nord DVD-ROM
DIMENSIONS
•Nord Electro 3 SixtyOne:
900 x 100 x 300 mm (35.4 x 3.9 x 11.8")
•Nord Electro 3 SeventyThree:
1120 x 100 x 300 mm (44.1 x 3.9 x 11.8")
WEIGHT
•Nord Electro 3 SixtyOne: 7.65 kg (15.3 lbs)
•Nord Electro 3 SeventyThree: 9.1 kg (18.2 lbs)
Specifications subject to change without notice.
EFFECTS SECTION
•Effect 1 - pan, tremolo, auto-wah, pedal-wah and ringmodulator.
•Three selectable depths for the pan and tremolo, rate controlled with the Effect 1 Rate knob.
•Control pedal assigned to pedah-wah and ring modulator depth.
•Effect 2 - phaser, flanger and chorus.
•Three selectable depths, rate controlled with the Effect 2 Rate knob.
•Comp/Amp - three amp/speaker simulations, compressor and rotary speaker.
•Drive/Compression amount controlled with the Drive knob.
•Rotary speed controls - Slow, Fast and Stopped.
•User adjustable rotary treble and bass rotor speeds and acceleration rates.
•Reverb with five algorithms - Room, Stage Soft, Stage, Hall, Hall Soft.
•Dry/Wet control.
•Three band EQ, with sweepable mid. +/- 15 dB gain/attenuation.
GLOBAL FEATURES
•128 program memories.
•Keyboard: 61-key (5 octaves) or 73-key (6 octaves). Velocity sensitive semi-weighted ”waterfall” (square front)
keyboard.
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Nord Stage EX
Stunning acoustic grand pianos, classic organs,
electric pianos, clavinet, synthesizers, and every
effect you’re likely to want. A broad array of gorgeous classic sounds and effects that makes you
glad you’re a keyboard player.
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GRAND PIANO • WURLITZER • E-PIANO • TONEWHEEL ORGAN • VOX • FARFISA • SYNTHESIZER...
One dream, one package,
one amazing instrument –
the Stage EX
Never before has there been
such an easy-to-use instrument,
with phenomenal flexibility, and
a multitude of excellent sounds
to choose from.
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The Stage EX’s user interface is designed from our fundamental concept: All vital functions are
represented on the front panel - easy to access, and never further away than a press of a single
button. After more than 20 years of experience in designing instruments to be used by professional
musicians, we know how important it is to make the technology completely transparent for the user.
With the Nord Stage EX you only need to focus on your performance, which means never having to
struggle with the technology.
Our patented Pitch Stick and Modulation Wheel are included
for maximum musical expression, and the top-of-the-line
weighted hammer-action keyboard makes you feel that the
Stage EX’s sound is balancing at the tip of your fingers,
completely under your control. Our efficient Morph Grouping
technique is also included, allowing you to assign sound
and effects parameters to one physical controller. And the
sounds are going to make your dreams come true.
All together, the Nord Stage EX is a musical, reliable, efficient, and roadworthy companion that delivers results, and
provides the means to express your passion for playing.
Three models
Choose from three models; 88, 76 or Compact. The 88 and 76 both feature weighted
hammer-action keyboards while the
Compact is equipped with a semi-weighted
organ (waterfall profile) keyboard. Apart from
the keyboard type and the number of accessories available, all three models share the
same set of features. The Stage EX boasts
an internal memory which is twice the size
of the previous Classic Stage range. This allows you to bring even more pianos to each
and every performance.
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Main features
• Organ section with faithful emulations of 3 classic
models.
• Piano section with 6 selectable categories.
• Synth section generating Subtractive, FM and Wavetable
synthesis.
• External section making the Nord Stage EX serve as a
master keyboard.
• Effects section adding comprehensive effects to your
performance.
ORGAN SECTION
PIANO SECTION
Pianos come in many varieties, and while a German grand
sounds great, it might not be the sound you need at the
moment. The piano section is very flexible, allowing the user
to replace any piano with other sounds from Nord’s library of
Piano samples free of charge. Use the Nord Stage EX’s USB
port and the Nord Sound Manager to swap sounds quickly
from your Mac or PC.
String Resonance
The Organ Section offers three different organs. Of course,
we included our famous B3 Organ model, giving you the
most accurate and pleasing B3 next to the real thing. The
B3 Organ offers many innovative solutions to mimic the typical B3 sound, such as:
• A true organ architecture, based on digital models of
91 tonewheels, thus always giving full polyphony and
overtones with natural warmness.
• A complex digital model of the original chorus & vibrato
scanner.
• Modeling of the individual random contact bounces for
each partial.
• Emulation of the unique frequency characteristics of the
built-in preamplifier, forming the “body” of the B3 sound.
• Simulation of the energy robbing on the tonewheels that
results in the typical compressed B3 sound.
• Authentic tuning of the tone wheels according to the
original B3 design.
• True B3 swell-pedal characteristics.
The Piano Section includes six main categories: Grand
Pianos, Upright Pianos, Electric Grand, Electric Pianos,
Wurlitzer and Clavinet.
Our commitment to authenticity is manifest in these pianos’
subtle nuances throughout the whole dynamic range. The
source instruments are recorded at multiple velocity levels,
providing the most accurate and expressive pianos ever
made for a digital keyboard. The key-releases were also
sampled, creating the real sound of dampers returning when
the keys are lifted.
A great addition - the String Resonance
feature - was added as a complimentary
update in 2009 to the Nord Stage EX.
String Resonance is the phenomenon that
occurs inside an acoustic piano or grand
when strings, or parts of strings, resonate at their fundamental or harmonic frequencies when other strings are played.
When this functionality is turned on using the Nord Stage
EX’s acoustic pianos, all notes you play will affect each other,
to reproduce the wonderful acoustics that occurs inside an
acoustic grand or upright piano.
The Acoustic Pianos are also recorded with sustain pedal
down. When played with the sustain pedal, the Stage EX’s
pianos recreate the string resonance produced by acoustic
piano strings. This adds to the authenticity of the piano
sounds by giving them natural body. The Clavinet has an
equalizer of its own, which mimics the original D6 tone tabs,
and also includes the four Clavinet pickup selections.
We also created carefully modeled emulations of two of
the most famous transistor organs from the 1960s, the Vox
Continental and the Farfisa Compact.
“Draw buttons” and LED bar graphs have replaced the
original mechanical drawbars. This gives you the advantage
of always having the correct drawbar settings after changing
preset.
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Free
Upgrades
OS upgrades and pianos
can be downloaded
free of charge from
www.nordkeyboards.com
Nord Audio Demo
00:00:19
Listen to the Nord Stage EX at
www.nordkeyboards.com
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SYNTH SECTION
EXTERN SECTION
Don’t let the panel fool you; the Stage EX’s Synth Section is
a wolf in sheep’s clothing – small, but with a big sound.
After more than 10 years of designing synthesizers, we accepted a new challenge - designing a powerful synth with a
few controls that would equal the quick and easy manipulation of the Organ and Piano sections. After all, why should
you have to be an expert programmer to create lively and
nuanced synth patches?
Our response to that challenge is the Nord Stage EX’s “power mini synth”. The Synth was created on a multi-oscillator
concept involving up to 9 oscillators per voice in different
algorithms, all controlled from one button and one knob:
• Classic Analog Synthesis with dual saw, hard sync, and
pulse wave modulation.
• Three-operator FM Synthesis with 32 different modulation frequencies.
• Wavetable Synthesis with 77 waveforms.
With the Unison knob you can fatten your sound for lush
pads, thick comps, and fiery leads. We’ve included a 12/24
dB LowPass Filter with resonance, an Amp envelope, a
Modulation envelope, an LFO, and a two band equalizer.
Three different Synth banks are provided – Synth, Pad, and
The Nord Stage EX wouldn’t be a master keyboard if it
couldn’t control external devices with ease. The Extern
Section is designed solely for this purpose, so that any
MIDI-connected gear gets seamlessly integrated with the
Stage EX’s built-in instruments. Zones, splits and layers are
handled exactly as if the external equipment was a part of
the Stage EX itself. All settings are saved together with a
Program so advanced setups can be immediately recalled
in real-time during a performance. You can even use the
Extern Section to automatically transmit Bank Select and
Program Change messages to your external units.
Bass – for the creation and storage of your own patches,
and each bank holds up to 100 sound programs.
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EFFECT SECTION
UNIT ONE
EQ & AMP SIMULATION
Here you can choose from Tremolo, two Wahs, an AutoWah, and an AutoPan. Use the AutoWah with a Clavinet
for raw funk licks, create a psychedelic vibe with an Electric
Piano on AutoPan, or give a Wurlitzer some body using the
Tremolo. There is also a Ring Modulator on board, an effect
This effect section combines a three-band equalizer with a
sophisticated amplifier and speaker cabinet modeler. Classic
amplifiers and speakers, are a crucial part to make vintage
Electric piano sounds come alive. Nord offers the famous
used by many experimental and electronic musicians.
UNIT TWO
No sound is complete without the proper use of effects. In
the Nord Stage EX we incorporated all the effects required
to cover musicians’ needs. All of the three instrument sections - Organ, Piano and Synth - can individually be routed
through the Stage EX’s built-in effect units. Turning the
effects on and off, and controlling the routing is easily done
by a touch of dedicated buttons, readily accessible at the
bottom of each effects unit.
sounds of tube and solid state amplifiers with a Twin Reverb,
a Jazz Chorus 120 and a Wurlitzer speaker cabinet model.
When no Amp Model is selected, the unit provides a neutral
three-band EQ and a crunchy overdrive.
The two Phasers, two Flangers, and two Choruses are
modeled from the classic analog stomp boxes that define
the sound of popular music. These swirling Phasers, metallic
Flangers, and thick Choruses that are used by uncompromising professionals everywhere are crystal clear and faithfully simulated on the Nord Stage EX.
ROTARY SPEAKER
DELAY
MASTER EFFECTS
A delay unit has been included to create haunting echoes
or slap back effects. The delay also supports a ping-pong
mode, and the tempo is easily adjusted with the tap-tempo
button. A recent update provides you with the option of two
delay modes. The Analog mode will change the pitch on
any repeats if the delay time is changed for those classic
“warped” sounds.
Finally there is also a Compressor and a Reverb, which are
placed at the end of the sound chain, helping to blend your
sounds more naturally together. The Reverb unit has Hall,
Stage and Room spaces to create different atmospheres
for your sounds, while the Compressor helps you keep the
overall mix tight and under control.
There is also a Rotary Speaker emulation based on the
Leslie 122, which not only brings an essential character to a
live organ performance, but can also be used with any of the
electric or acoustic piano sounds or the synthesizer.
ACCESSORIES
Keyboard Stand EX
MUSIC STAND EX
The Nord Stage EX 88/76 can be fitted with
legs reminiscent of a classic electric piano.
They are very easy to assemble and disassemble for transport. The legs are optional and
sold separately.
An easily attachable music stand is also available for the 88/76 models.
Sustain Pedal
Music Stand EX
Sustain pedal. Included with Stage EX 88 and 76.
SOFT CASE
A semi-hard, padded, custom sized soft case
with wheels is available for safe and comfortable transportation.
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Dust cover
Cover and protect your Nord unit with the
matching Dust Cover. Included with Stage EX
88 and 76.
Keyboard Stand EX
Soft Case
Dust Cover
Sustain Pedal
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
GENERAL
•Master Level Control
•Wooden Pitch Stick
•Modulation Wheel
•21 x 6 Program Locations
•2 Live Buffers
•2 Individual Panel Setups
•3 Morph sources (Modulation Wheel, Control Pedal, Aftertouch)
ORGAN SECTION
•Wavetable synthesis: 77 waveforms
•16 Voices Polyphony
•Unison Control - with no reduction in polyphony
•Timbre Controls
•Amplitude Envelope
•Modulation Envelope
•12/24 dB LowPass Filter with Resonance
•300 Memory Locations, 3 Categories
•2-Band Equalizer
•2-Part Multitimbral
•B3 Tonewheel Organ-, Vox Continental- and Farfisa-models with full polyphony
•9 Digitally Controlled Drawbars
•Percussion Controls
•Vibrato / Chorus Control
•2-Part Multitimbral (2 manuals)
COMMON PARAMETERS
PIANO SECTION
•Unit One: Ring Modulator, Tremolo, Pan, Wah 1, Wah 2, AutoWah
•Unit Two: 2 Flangers, 2 Phasers,
2 Choruses Delay - includes Ping Pong and Tap-Tempo Function
•Amplifier/Speaker Simulation: 3 types of Speaker simulations, 3-band Equalizer
and Overdrive
•Rotary Speaker: selectable Speed and Overdrive
•Acoustic Grand Pianos
•Upright Piano
•Electric Pianos
•Wurlitzer A200 Electric Piano
•Clavinet D6
•Harpsichords
•CP-80 Electric Grand
•40-60 Voices Polyphony
•4 Selectable Velocity Curves
•Clavinet EQ Controls
•2-Part Multitimbral
SYNTH SECTION
•Analog synthesis: 10 Modeling
Waveforms - including Dual Saw,
Hard Sync and PWM
•FM synthesis: 2 & 3 Operator FM Synthesis
•Level Control
•Zone (split assignment) Control
INSTRUMENT EFFECTS
CONNECTIONS
•4 Assignable Audio Outputs
•Stereo Headphone Output
•Sustain Pedal
•Rotor Pedal
•Organ Swell Pedal
•Control Pedal
•MIDI In
•MIDI Out
•USB
INCLUDED ACCESSORIES
•User Manual
•Sustain Pedal (Nord Stage EX 88/76 only)
•Power Cord
•Nord CD/DVD-ROM
•USB Cord
•Dust Cover (Nord Stage EX 88/76 only)
DIMENSIONS
•Compressor
•Reverb - 5 Algorithms
•Nord Stage EX 88:
1297 x 121 x 334 mm (51 x 4.5 x 13")
•Nord Stage EX 76:
1132 x 121 x 334 mm (45 x 4.5 x 13")
•Nord Stage EX Compact:
1111 x 102 x 297 mm (44 x 4 x 12")
KEYBOARD
WEIGHT
•88/76-models: Hammer Action Weighted Keys
•Compact-model: Medium Weighted Keys
•Aftertouch
•Supports 3 split zones with visual LED indication
•Nord Stage EX 88: 18.5 kg (41 lb)
•Nord Stage EX 76: 16.5 kg (36 lb)
•Nord Stage EX Compact: 9.7 kg (21 lb)
MASTER EFFECTS
Specifications subject to change without notice.
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Nord Wave
Based on a legacy of inventing virtual analog synthesizers back in 1995, Nord takes the new generation
of lead synthesizers to the next level. The Nord Wave
gives you traditional analog sounds that interact and
coexist with pretty much anything you want; by combining analog, FM synthesis, wavetable and sampled
waveforms - you can use literally any standard audio
file as a sound source. It is a great sample player and
analog synthesizer, and so much more!
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SYNTHESIZER
Nord Wave technology allows
you to integrate digital samples in an analog environment.
Massive waveform capabilities,
filters and effects will generate sounds most definitely
never heard before.
You might get the impression you
are looking at a regular analog style
synthesizer. Nothing could be more
right - nothing could be more wrong.
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The introduction of sample players
in the mid eighties created a gap in
the world of synthesizers - a gap that
twenty years later only has grown
wider. The Nord Wave closes that
gap, and brings the user replaceable
samples to life again by integrating
them in a virtual analog environment.
Does the better of two worlds sound
too pretentious for you? Wait until
you have heard the Wave.
WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT
By having two oscillators capable of producing a vast array
of sounds from classic analog waveforms (with sync), FM
synthesis, wavetables, sampled waves (single cycle waveforms with attack) as well as noise and other miscellaneous
waveforms, the Nord Wave has an unprecedented pallet
of sounds for you to use as foundation. Need a rich and
full string quartet? No problem, just call up a string sample.
Want a highly resonant screaming lead? Sure; virtual analog
is there, but why not combine them, not just mix them
together? With the Wave, you can create an analog lead
with the harmonic content of the sampled string quartet!
With oscillator modulation you can transfer the character of
one sound to the other - for instance, a sampled string to an
analog square. By controlling the amount of modulation the
effect can range from very subtle to extremely aggressive,
so that the original waveforms are no longer recognizable.
Within moments you will experience sounds never heard before, sounds that will function as a great source of inspiration
and lift the joy of playing and sound design to new levels.
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DIGITAL SAMPLES IN AN
ANALOG ENVIRONMENT
The sound of a resonant filter with a 24dB slope applied to
a sampled sound brings it so much to life that some times
this is all you need, but there are many other parameters
available to affect your samples. All elements of an analog
synthesizer can be incorporated: amplifier and modulation
envelopes, LFOs, filters, and effects.
OSCILLATOR MODULATION
Oscillator 1 uses two types of oscillator modulation to bring
out different characteristics to a blended sound: Phase
Modulation and Frequency Modulation. Disparate sounds
can be achieved depending on the combination of waveforms generated by the two oscillators – using oscillator
modulation, particular characteristics of those waveforms
can be seamlessly blended and enhanced to make a new
kind of sound. For example, an analog triangle waveform will
adopt much of the details of the modulating waveform and
make an almost transparent, synthesized effect using Phase
Modulation. An analog saw waveform will still sound hard
when modulated, so wavetables can be used instead to create variations in tonal character. Frequency Modulation has a
more dramatic
effect, widening
the harmonic
content and
preserving more
of the character
of the original
waveform.
HIGH QUALITY SAMPLES
EASY TO USE MANAGER
To us, quality supersedes quantity. Great samples are not
determined by their size in bytes, but by how well their detail
and character are preserved. To assure that our samples
meet the highest Nord standards, we have teamed up with
several sample creators – such as Kirk Hunter Studios and
Sonic Reality - and licensed some of the very best samples
available. Nord online offers a large number of top quality
samples specially created for the Nord Wave - available free
of charge.
The Nord Sample Editor and the Nord
Sound Manager, developed for OS X
and Microsoft Windows, are designed to
keep things fast and simple. Back up and
rearrange programs and samples, transfer
Sample Instrument files, or map your own
audio files across the keyboard. You will
appreciate the same directness as you’ll
find on the Nord Wave panel, in the way
these applications work.
By storing sample data in a Flash memory, existing samples
can be easily and quickly replaced, including the factory
preset samples. Nord’s compression algorithm allows for,
on average, 2 to 3 times data compression of any samples
you want to download to the Nord Wave – without any
loss of quality. Flash memory also means that samples are
instantly available, meaning instant access even for complex
programs. No hard drive or other type of media is needed
for storing samples when you shut down the Wave; once
the unit has powered up you have direct access to all the
samples at the turn of a knob.
The Nord Sample Editor includes several features to speed
up the usually tedious job of arranging and adjusting individual samples. If you have a single audio file with chromatic
(or any other interval) recording of each note, you will be
up and running within seconds, it is that fast and intuitive
to use. Keeping functionality in focus, it provides the visual
tools needed to do the job as fast as possible without a cluttered GUI. The Nord Sample Editor will be a powerful tool to
get your samples into the virtual analog environment of the
Nord Wave.
you can layer two sounds together to create a massive
sound palette. Everything is easily controlled by the Slot A
& B buttons conveniently located near the pitch stick, mod
wheel, and octave-switching buttons, making them as much
performance controllers as programming features.
MODULATION EXCESS
One way to assess the flexibility of a synthesizer is to look
at its modulation capabilities. The Nord Wave comes with
plenty of these with two LFOs with wide frequency ranges,
one of these can actually double as an envelope if it is set
to single cycle mode. These two LFOs have five waveforms
and seven modulation destinations each. And you do not
have worry about using an LFO on creating vibrato, that
important function has its own set of parameters. There is
a dedicated Modulation Envelope that can be set in AD or
AR-modes, with six possible destinations.
FILTER FLEXIBILITY
USE YOUR OWN SAMPLES
Nord Wave offers the unprecedented power to use any
audio recording as an oscillator source in a virtual analog
environment. Simply import any standard audio file to the
Nord Sample Editor software, map it to a key, and you are
ready to go!
TWO SYNTHS IN ONE
Using the Slot function, you can seamlessly switch between
two sounds without cutting off any sustaining notes, or
High quality resonant filters are one of the most important
ingredients when creating memorable sounds. The Nord
Wave incorporates a total of six different high-quality filter
types. Included with standard low-, high- and band-pass
filters, the Wave features a multi peak filter, comb filter, and
a format filter, which creates vowel effects. Filter parameters can be modulated via the dedicated ADSR envelope,
velocity, any of the LFOs, or the Modulation Envelope. Using
Morph Grouping you can even modulate the modulators!
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Nord Wave
super sounds
Massive nord wave
program library
Not only can the Nord Wave use samples, FM synthesis and digital waveforms to complement its
already fat and juicy analog style waveforms, it is designed around a very powerful synthesizer architecture that provides you with loads of modulation and sound sculpting capabilities.
We asked some of the planet’s most talented synthesizer programmers to make their version of the
ultimate Nord Wave Program Bank. The results were so amazing that instead of making a couple of
best-of banks, we decided that all of these great sounds had to be released.
The banks reflect the musical heritage and sound preferences of each and every programmer with
plenty of personality. Look e.g. for vintage and skyscraper huge sounds in Chris Martirano’s US
bank, modern characters that cuts through the everyday mush in the progressive Canadian and
Italian banks, and a unique mix of Belgian-French haute couture from our friend Xavier Tribolet in the
French bank.
The German bank is as efficient as the country’s rail- and highway system and the Dutch entry will
make you think of tulips, the best of beer and excellent craftsmanship. The Future Music UK bank
was conceived as a special project with the magazine. No less than three entire programming teams
were set to work on this mission, which will blow your mind.
The Nord Wave Factory programs also contain lots of material from a couple of our long-time and
regular Swedish friends. We have a PhD, a Recording and Sound Synthesis teacher, a hitmaker who
Nord Audio Demo
Listen to the Nord Wave at
www.nordkeyboards.com
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has written songs to Westlife, a film music composer and several other great contributors in our very
versatile sound design crew.
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MORPHING
CHORD FUNCTION
user friendly
Nord’s unique Morph
Grouping technique
allows you to alter the
setting of virtually any
sound-related parameter in real time with the modulation wheel, control pedal,
note velocity or note number. You can have the filter open
up as you strike a key harder, or use the modulation wheel
to change the amplifier envelope from padto pluck-style at the same time as the filter resonance is
increased. Several Morph setups can be used simultaneously, allowing you to change your sound drastically as you
play. Complex Morph scenarios are available, and setting
The Chord function lets you add any number of intervals to
the notes you are playing. Add a single 5th note for a classic synthesizer effect, or a chord - you decide! Simply hold
the Chord button and play the intervals on the keyboard.
Release the chord button and the intervals you just played
will be added to any single note you play.
Ergonomically fitted around your left hand are pitch and
modulation controls, the Program Change-dial, Octave Shift,
Chord, Panel, and Keyboard Focus buttons. With all these
controls in one place, quick and easy adjustments to major
settings during performances are possible.
them up could not be easier or more intuitive - simply hold
the corresponding Morph controller button and tweak the
parameters all you want.
EFFECT Section
The effect section gives your sound a final touch. Whether
it is just a small amount of reverb, chorus, a massive delay,
or tube-style overdrive, your
sounds become more dynamic with rich effects without having to use outboard
gear. Five different reverb
algorithms are provided,
from a small room to a large
hall. The delay has stereo
capabilities, and a tap-tempo
function as well as selectable
feedback amount. There are
three chorus algorithms, and
the tube overdrive can span
from a subtle boost to crushing distortion.
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STICK TO THE PITCH
The Clavia-patented pitch stick gives you pitch and vibrato
control similar to what a guitarist or a violin player has. With
no detent, or “dead-zone”, you can apply very subtle vibratos, pitch changes, and everywhere in between.
BUILT FOR PERFORMANCE
With 25 years of experience of designing instruments to be
used by professional musicians, we know the importance of
making the technology completely transparent. Control of
your sound is paramount to performance, and that cannot
be honored with just a few knobs for an endless array of
submenu parameters. That is why we have a physical knob
or button for every sound-related parameter on the front
panel. No menus or page buttons should limit your expressiveness during a performance.
ACCESSORIES
SOFT CASE
TECHNICAL
SPECIFICATIONS
Keep your Nord instrument in perfect shape with the ultimate soft case, featuring a
plush interior, thick padding, and the distinctive Nord red color. The mid-sized pocket
will hold all your cables and accessories. Carrying handles, shoulder strap, and two
backpack straps lets you carry your instrument any way you want.
GENERAL
PROGRAM SECTION
•4 octave (49-keys) velocity and aftertouch sensitive
keyboard
•189 MB Flash Memory (180 MB for user samples)
•18 stereo voices
•Wooden Pitch Stick
•Modulation Wheel
•LCD-window and Value Dial
•Master Level Control
•3 Morph Sources (Modulation Wheel / Control Pedal,
Note Number, Note Velocity)
•1024 program locations
•Slot A & B buttons
•Octave Shift
Sustain Pedal
Sustain pedal.
Dust cover
Cover and protect your Nord unit with the matching Dust Cover.
Dust Cover
Soft Case
•2 part multitimbral synth section:
•OSC1: Triangle, Square, Saw (with sync), 62 wavetables, 2-operator FM, Noise.
•OSC2: Triangle, Square, Saw, up to 99 Sampled
Instruments (user defined), 2-operator FM, 22 Sampled
Waves. Transpose and Fine Tune.
•Oscillator Modulation:
Frequency Modulation or Phase Modulation with
Amount Control.
•Filter: 6 types of single or multimode filters with Frequency, Resonance, Keyboard Tracking and Envelope
control.
•Amplifier Envelope: ADSR controls.
•Modulation Envelope: selectable AD or AR controls.
•LFO 1 Waveforms:
Square, inverted Saw, Triangle,
Random and Soft Random.
•LFO 2 Waveforms:
Square, Saw, Triangle, Random and
Soft Random.
•
Free
Upgrades
POWER ON / OFF
OS upgrades and samples
can be downloaded
free of charge from
www.nordkeyboards.com
•Mono Mode:
Mono or Legato with Glide-function.
•Chorus: 3 intensity settings.
•EQ: 2-band fixed.
•Output Level
CONTROL
PEDAL
SUSTAIN
PEDAL
MIDI OUT
•Tube style Overdrive
•Stereo Delay with tap-tempo function.
•Reverb with 5 algorithms
CONNECTIONS
SYNTH SECTION
Sustain Pedal
EFFECT SECTION
MIDI IN
•2 Line Level Audio Outputs
•Stereo Headphone Output
•Sustain Pedal
•Control Pedal
•USB-interface
•MIDI in & out
Included accessories
•User Manual
•Power Cord
•USB Cord
•Nord DVD-ROM
DIMENSIONS
•870 x 274 x 98 mm (34.3 x 10.8 x 3.9")
WEIGHT
•6 kg (13.3 lbs)
Specifications subject to change without notice.
USB
RIGHT
OUT
LEFT
OUT
HEADPHONES
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Nord Lead 2X
The warm analog sound coupled with cutting-edge
digital technology has placed the Nord Leads into
a leading position in the synthesizer community.
Musicians from all over the world loves the simplicity,
intuitive design, and the musicality and expression
offered with the virtual analog concept.
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VIRTUAL ANALOG SYNTHESIZER
The Legacy lives on
Used every day, worldwide on stage and in the studios,
Nord Leads has contributed to the signature sounds of
some of the most popular musicians and producers on
the planet. The Nord Lead 2X brings you more.
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Pure Classic
Why change a winning concept? We didn’t! With the Nord
Lead 2X, we simply upgraded the hardware, maintaining
the same concept and sound. Virtual analog sound will
live on for years to come, and the Nord Lead 2X is
part of that legacy.
The 2X features all the characteristics
of its predecessor, and incorporates
many new features as well. The
“in your face” sound has been
enhanced with 24-bit D/A
converters. The preset memory
houses 7 x 99 factory Programs, 3
x 100 factory performances, and 7 x 10
Percussion Kits. Additionally, the user banks give
you room to store your own sounds - 3 x 99 Programs, 3 x
100 Performances, and 3 x 10 Percussion Kits.
The Nord Lead 2X continues the tradition of Nord’s unique
method of sound generation. Mathematical simulations of
the signals generated by analog oscillators are the basis
for the incredible sound that speaks for itself. People know
Nord by its sound, and the Nord Lead 2X gives you that
certain quality that is unmistakable!
Stage & Studio Synth
The compact and smart design makes it equally perfect for
live performance and for production studio work. With 26
knobs and 27 buttons - all sending MIDI controller data - the
Nord Lead 2X communicates with every piece of MIDI gear
in your setup.
Nord Audio Demo
Listen to the Nord Lead 2X at
www.nordkeyboards.com
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In your studio, the Nord Lead 2X can be used as a sound
design tool and a MIDI controller in one. Every production
studio needs a synth, and what can be more reliable than a
dedicated hardware synth that allows realtime sculpting of
custom sounds?
Sporting 20 voices of polyphony, it is perfect for layered
pads, screaming leads, and thick booming basses. The
keyboard can be split, and two sounds can be layered on
either side of the split point. You can have four simultaneous
programs playing at once, and with a movable split point,
the possibilities are captivating.
The Nord Lead 2X is 4-part multitimbral, and these four
parts are used together in the Performance Mode. It also
has four assignable outputs, so each Performance voice
can be routed to its own analog output. Imagine the 2X in a
multi-monitor studio setup, or in a creative multi-speaker PA
system, and you can begin to see how much fun the Nord
Lead 2X can be.
Virtual Analog
Part of the allure of classic synthesizers is the physical
control of the sound. If you want to change the shape of the
sound, you turn a knob. Then digital technology changed
synthesizers, replacing those knobs with a handful of buttons, a small LCD, and a toppanel graphic that displayed the
sound engine’s routing.
Virtual analog brings the technology and physical control
together, recreating the warm, thick sound of analog synths
without the overheating or tuning deficiencies. Modern
technology allows the knobs to not only digitally manipulate
the internal sound, but also send MIDI information to be
captured in a sequencer or change a parameter on another
MIDI-enabled device.
Nord is known for many things, including the unique Pitch
Stick and modulation wheel combo. With the Pitch Stick,
you can create your own vibrato, much like a guitarist or violinist, without the “dimple” resting place other pitch benders
use. The “dead zone” has been conquered! The ergonomic
handling adds another dimension to your performance.
Velocity Programming
A special Velocity Programming section can be controlled
by the Modulation Wheel, making it possible to continuously morph between parameter settings. This feature is
a musically expressive tool that allows you to shape your
sound in realtime.
MIDI
Let’s go MIDI controlling! In the studio, the Nord Lead 2X
offers real time MIDI recording of knob settings and special
“MIDI patches” to recreate many of the effects produced
by external patching on traditional units. For example, let
your pre-recorded drum pattern trigger filter and amplifier envelopes, where the hi-hat pattern triggers the filter
envelope and the kick drum pattern simultaneously triggers
the amplifier envelope.
Nord Rack 2X
Nord Lead 2X is also available in a rack version; Nord
Rack 2X.
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ACCESSORIES
SOFT CASE
Keep your Nord instrument in perfect shape with the
ultimate soft case, featuring a plush interior, thick padding,
and the distinctive Nord red color. The mid-sized pocket
will hold all your cables and accessories. Carrying handles,
shoulder strap, and two backpack straps lets you carry
your instrument any way you want.
Sustain Pedal
Sustain pedal.
Dust cover
POLYPHONY
•20 voices. 4 part multitimbral.
SPECIAL FEATURES
•Velocity Morphing: each function, controlled by
a knob, can be controlled to respond to keyboard velocity. Wheel Morphing: each function,
controlled by a knob, can also be controlled by
the Modulation Wheel/Control Pedal to continuously fade between two sets of values.
Soft Case
Amplifier section
•ADSR envelope, gain control.
Modulation section
Audio Out
•4 outputs. Each slot has its own output.
Modes: stereo, mono and multi-timbral mode.
Headphones output.
High resolution low noise 24 bit DACs.
MIDI features
•All control knobs and switches for program editing send and receive control change messages.
System exclusive bulk dumps. One program or
all programs. MIDI clock synchronizing LFO 1
and LFO 2/arpeggiator restart. Triggering of the
filter and amplifier envelopes and velocity control from separate programmable MIDI channel
and note numbers.
•4 octave velocity sensitive keyboard with octave
shift buttons (+/-2 oct.).
•Keyboard Split, two sections.
•Modulation Wheel
•Pitch Stick (with no dead zone at zero crossing)
•1 pedal input for sustain
•1 for expression pedal
User interface
Performance section
•3 digit display, 26 knobs and 27 buttons for
program editing.
•Play mode: Poly, legato, mono, unison mono,
unison poly. Manual mode. Four program slots
for layering possibilities. Portamento/auto
portamento.
•4 Line Level Audio Outputs - ¼", 6,35 mm
jacks, unbalanced
•Stereo Headphone Output - ¼", 6,35 mm
stereo jack
•Sustain Pedal - ¼", 6,35 mm jack. Use a
momentary pedal, like e.g, Roland DP-2, DP-6,
Yamaha FC-4, FC-5, Fatar VFP1-25 etc.
•Control Pedal - ¼", 6,35 mm TRS stereo jack.
Use a Roland EV-5 Control/Expression pedal
•MIDI in & out - 5 pin DIN connectors
Percussion kits
INCLUDED ACCESSORIES
•10 “analog” drum kits. Each percussion kit
consists of 8 independent sounds, configurated
in 8 zones across the keyboard.
•User Manual
•Power Cord with IEC320 C7 connector
•Nord CD/DVD-ROM
•Rack Ears (Nord Rack 2X only)
Oscillator section
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pass, band pass or high pass and notch with
12dB low pass. Cut off, resonance, envelope
amount, envelope amount controlled by velocity. ADSR envelope. Filter keyboard tracking can
be set to full, half or off. Filter distortion.
•LFO 1 generating triangle, saw, pulse, LF
filtered noise and random staircase routed to
OSC1+2, OSC 2, filter, pulse-width and FM
amount.
•LFO 2 produces a triangle waveform, routed
to OSC 1 and 2 or amplifier. It also controls the
rate for the arpeggiator. Arpeggiator: Range: 1 4 octave. Modes: up, down, up/down, random.
Hold function. Echo can be set between 1 to 8
repeats. Modulation envelope (attack, decay)
for OSC 2 pitch, FM amount and pulse width.
Performance
controllers
Cover and protect your Nord unit with
the matching Dust Cover.
Sustain Pedal
Technical Specifications
•OSC 1 generating sine, triangle, sawtooth or
pulse with adjustable width, waveforms. OSC
2 generating triangle, sawtooth or pulse (with
adjustable width) waveforms and can also
generate noise with a color control. OSC 2 can
be hard-synched to OSC 1.
•Linear deep frequency modulation of osc 1
from osc 2. A wide range of new waveforms
with a strong formant character is achieved with
the new synchable noise, where noise can be
synched to OSC 1.
Filter section
•12 dB (2-pole) low pass, 24 dB (4-pole) low
Memory
•Programs (single sounds):
297 (3 x 99) user, 693 (7 x 99) factory
•Performances (multi sounds):
100 user, 300 (3 x 100) factory
•Percussion kits (multi zone sounds):
30 (3 x 10) user, 70 (7 x 10) factory.
CONNECTIONS
Dimensions
•Nord Lead 2X: 865 x 265 x 105 mm
(34 x 10.5 x 4.1")
•Nord Rack 2X: 440 x 160 x 110 mm
(17.3 x 6.3 x 4.3")
Weight
•Nord Lead 2X: 5.3 kg (11.7 lbs)
•Nord Rack 2X: 2.8 kg (6 lbs)
Specifications subject to change without notice.
v2.0
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NORD LEAD 2X
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