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State-of-the-art 73-note keyboard from the innovators at Nord.
The Electro 3 HP has all the features of the original Electro 3 but sports a new 73-key Hammer Action Portable keybed. Amazingly, the Electro 3 HP only weighs 18lb., making it the most light weight professional Hammer Action keyboard on the market.
The Nord Electro 3 series is compatible with the Nord Piano Library, a continuously expanding sound library filled with amazing grand pianos, uprights, vintage electric pianos, clavinets and harpsichords. Our sounds have been carefully selected for their unique characteristics and deliver stunning realism thanks to state-of-the-art multisampling techniques and string resonance, providing you with unprecedented expressiveness. The sounds are included on the Nord Piano Library DVD and can also be downloaded free.
The Electro 3s come preloaded with a selection of these fine sounds, and replacing them couldn't be easier: just connect the Electro 3 to the USB port of your computer, start the Nord Sound Manager and drag and drop the desired sounds to the desired program location.
The Electro 3 HP additionally features a Long Release mode that adds a slightly longer release to piano sounds, suitable for playing legato piano parts. The Electro 3 HP also has a dedicated button for temporarily disabling the string resonance feature.
Mellotron and Chamberlin
With the Nord Sample Library support Electro 3 owners have access to our exclusively licensed Mellotron and Chamberlin sounds and a wide selection of quality sounds from leading sample producers. The Nord Sample library is updated on a regular basis and new additions can be downloaded for free. The included Nord Sample Editor makes it possible to add any sound you want to the Electro 3. The Sample Editor can use audio files in the WAV format and has great tools to assist you in getting the results you want. Mapping several samples across the keyboard or creating seamless loops has never been easier.
The Electro 3 series has 68 MB of dedicated sample memory and its efficient lossless compression algorithm makes it possible to use samples of up to three times the size of a standard linear sample player.
The growling sound and 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. The attention to minute details is stunning; the Electro 3 is even equipped with four selectable tonewheel modes that stretch from a clean sound to very distorted 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.
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, the option to trigger the organ sounds at the very top of a key's range is included, making it react just as fast as the original.
Vox and Farfisa
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 the 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.
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.
The rotary speaker simulation originates from the award winning Nord C1 Combo Organ, acclaimed for its sound quality. The rotary speaker incorporates the acoustic variations that occur when a physical speaker spreads the sound in a room, providing the full experience of when air is moved around.
The Electro 3's rotary also 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.
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.
The Nord Electro 3 is equipped with a great selection of high quality effects including a lush sounding reverb with five different reverb types. There is also a selection of tremolo, panning, wah-wah, phaser, flanger, chorus effects, and a ring modulator.
For adding a final touch to your sound, there is a selection of amplifier simulations - for anything from warm fuzz to devastating mayhem. A user friendly three-band EQ with a sweepable mid-range and a compressor can be added to the final stage of the audio path.
The new Electro 3 HP additionally features a flexible Delay effect with Tap-Tempo, Rate, Amount and a stereo Ping-Pong mode.
Changing, editing and storing presets is easy, and there is also a Live mode that automatically saves what you're doing. The Program memory can hold 128 different Programs, and these are organized in 2 Program Banks with 64 Pages each.
One of the main focuses is to have dedicated knobs and buttons for all vital functions, and to keep the interface simple and easy to use during a performance. We don't believe in submenus, and the only functions in the Electro 3 that only are available through menus have been printed on the panel.
Order today and get all the piano, organ, harpsichord, and Mellotron and Chamberlin tones you'll ever need.
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Comments about Nord Electro 3 HP 73-Note, Hammer Action Piano:
Overall rating; Fantastic! I spent 3 days trippin out, in my own little "Steppenwolf meets Deep Purple" fantasy world. The Clav sound was good enough to finally learn superstitious.
I can see how this would be the 1 board for a gig. The truth is, while many keyboards have a million sounds, in a working band, you only need a couple, the rest comes down to chops.
The wierd patch placement and limited live locations are a little odd, but then, how many path changes do you make in a song? One or two, usually?
Overall, I would say this board is the real deal. I bought it, cause I was out one night and heard a guy playing an Electro 2. I thought it was the best board I had heard and the the fact it was 61 keys didn't seem to matter.
Now that I've had time to delve into it, I see the possibilities. For a live board, I think I'll need to get into the program manager and drop the patches into sensible locations for live use. The fact that you can alter effects on the fly is super cool also. No more hauling 3 keyboards, pedals, cases, cords, effects. I'm more like a guitar player now. 1 board, 1 amp, 2 cables. Plug in and go, go, go,.
But this board! Again, buy this board. You will NOT be disappointed. Sell you Korg, sell your car, become a test monkey for some experimental drug. Do whatever you have to do in order to raise the sheckles, but get it!
The best "feature" of this board is everything is available on the fly. Well, maybe not everything, but all that you need, performance wise is a button click, or knob turn away.
Best organ sounds period. A-B'ed the Nord HP against my Roland piano and (IMO) the pianos in the Nord sound good. I never played the Electro 2, so I can't make a comparison, but the fact that the low note is E, and the action is decent make it a very playable keyboard. BTW, I replaced my Hammond XK-1 organ with this board. The hammond was good, but single use only. IMO, the NOrd is a better Hammond sound.
I can't really speak to the value. I know it's pricey, but for me, that wasn't really a factor. If you are looking for a bargain, this board isn't for you. For me, I want the best, whatever the cost.