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Hammer-action portable keyboard, with enhanced effects and features.
The Nord Electro 4 is an update to the Electro series, encompassing everything offered in the Electro 3, and adding in a host of new features like the acclaimed Nord C2D B3 tone wheel simulation, 122 Rotary Speaker simulation, improved Key Click and Percussion, and so much more. The Electro 4 is a high-performance, lightweight synth with the power and precision to perform on stage and in the studio. Changing, editing and storing presets is a breeze with the Nord Electro 4, and there are also 4 Live memory locations that automatically save what you're doing. The Program memory can hold 128 different Programs, organized in 32 Pages with 4 Programs each.
All Nord instruments have dedicated knobs and buttons for all vital functions to keep the interface simple and easy to use during a performance. Functions only accessible through menus are printed on the panel for easy overview.
This version of the Nord Electro 4 uses amazingly portable weighted hammer action piano keys. Perfect for electric and acoustic piano sounds, although the High Trigger-point mode even works great for organ playing. Key range E-E.
The Nord Electro 4 features the B3 tone wheel organ engine from their flagship organ Nord C2D and includes a redesigned Key Click simulation as well as the Rotary Speaker simulation of a vintage 122-unit with a great new overdrive. The percussion model has been improved to offer increased control over the percussion levels when playing near-legato. Naturally, the vibrato and chorus scanners have been carefully modeled to be just as alive as the tone wheels.
The Farfisa and Vox models are just as impressive as the B3, simulating the behavior and unique response of the original instruments. The Farfisa Compact Deluxe, considered by many to be the mother of transistor organs, involves routing matrixes and complex filter combinations that offer a tailored sound with massive energy and high-end.
The Vox Continental's brute design brings you a more hollow tone, but with a very intense character. Both these transistor organs have their own unique, irreplaceable personalities. Combine them with any of the Amp simulations, add some distortion, adjust the EQ and they will definitely get you through any organ gig with flying colors. The Nord Electro 4D is also fitted with physical drawbars, the same type as the Nord C2D, which is perfect for actively shaping the sound on the fly.
The Nord Electro 4 comes loaded with a selection of amazing sounds from the Nord Piano Library - a specialized library for Grand, Upright and Electrical Pianos, Clavinet and Harpsichords.
All the sounds have been recorded using state-of-the-art sampling techniques to capture the extraordinary nuances and unique characters of the source instruments and covers everything from brilliant, factory new Grand Pianos to detuned upright bar pianos with tons of charm.
The entire Nord Piano Library is included on DVDs and new additions can be downloaded free on the Nord Piano Library page. Replacing the sounds is simply a matter of dragging and dropping files in the Nord Sound Manager for Mac and Windows.
The Long Release feature is suitable for legato playing styles and the String Resonance (Gen 1) feature on Grand and Upright Pianos can be turned off when desired.
185 MB of the Electro 4D memory is dedicated to Nord Piano Library sounds.
Nord Sample Library and Sample Editor
The Nord Electro 4 series support the Nord Sample Library, giving you access to 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 all new additions can be downloaded for free!
The included Nord Sample Editor makes it possible to add any sound you want to your Electro 4. 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 Nord Electro 4 Effect section features great, tweakable effects for instantly adding some dirt, glimmer or atmosphere to your sound.
The Amp/Speaker simulation now features the same Vintage 122 Rotary Speaker simulations as found in their flagship Nord C2D organ. Also, there's a flexible Stereo Delay effect with Tap-Tempo and Ping-Pong mode.
Effect 1 - Pan, Tremolo, Auto-wah (stereo)
Effect 2 - Phaser, Flanger and Chorus (stereo)
Delay - Stereo delay effect with Tap Tempo button and Ping-Pong mode
Three band EQ, with sweepable mid
Compressor/Amp - Twin, JC, Small, Rotary and Compressor
Reverb with five algorithms - Room, Stage Soft, Stage, Hall, Hall Soft
It pays to know when to upgrade, and it's time, step-up to the Nord Electro 4 today.
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Comments about Nord Electro 4 HP 73-Key Keyboard:
This is a gigging keyboard the specializes in reproducing most (all) classic keyboard sounds like piano, B3, Rhodes, Vox, Farfisa, etc. It is not a "general purpose" synth. It specializes in what most gigging keyboard players need 99.9% of the time for classic rock, pop, blues, jazz... Americana. if you are looking for a "synth" good for say an 80's cover band or electronica, for example, look elsewhere.
Nords are all reliable and solidly built machines; rugged and ready for the challenges of gigging. This one is no exception. (I bought the optional soft case and it is wonderfully built and thought out.)
Buttons, knobs, switches and keybed all have a sturdy professional feel. The weighted keys are produced by Fatar (I think) and are a splendid delivery of a weight action that is responsive enough to play organ sounds (in absence of light-touch organ/synth style keybeds).
The Nord keyboard sounds (Piano, Rhodes, Organs, etc.) are fantastic. There is a vast piano and electric piano sample library that comes with the board and you can buy more.
Organs are implemented using synthesis models for B3, Vox Continental II and Farfisa Compact Deluxe. Manipulating model parameters in real-time using front panel controls is a snap.
All of the features are laid out logically on the front panel and are very easy to learn. The manual is thin but very good... just the facts please.
So... you want a piano then select a "close" stock then piano program then tweak it effortlessly using the front panel controls. Save the program if you would like to an open memory location for instant recall at a later time. Same goes for any other instrument (electronic piano, Rhodes, B3, Vox, Farfisa, etc.).
Although general sampled sounds is not the strength of this model, a good number of string, brass, woodwind, accordion, etc. and "synthy" sounds are provided that sound very good but cannot often be "shaped" precisely... as I said, this is not a general purpose synth or sampling synth. (That said, some shaping of attack sustain and release of samples, for example, is provided and probably good enough for a gigging situation.