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Acclaimed Nord Electro performance, with C2D tone wheel and 122 Rotary Speaker.
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 semi weighted organ type keys with a rounded "waterfall" tip, brilliant for rapid organ shredding and synthesizer licks, but also plays nice with piano sounds. Key range F-F.
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 SW73 73-Key Keyboard:
Killer B3, clav, EPs, and piano emulation (Farfisa and VOX too if you like that sort of thing).
The model parameters and effects are easy to use to customize the sound to your liking. This keyboard is great if you are interested in just playing the keyboard (no auto accompaniment or any of that junk).
On the down-side, this keyboard is not to hot for playing other sounds. Yes, you have access to the entire Nord Sample library, but the catch is you cannot hear a sample before loading it into your keyboard - so finding samples you want to use will be a tedious task. The display is minimalistic and the loaded samples and saved programs are only given a number for identification - so you will need to either have a good memory for number or have some type of cheat sheet. On the upside - the cheat sheet for all the parameters and controls is printed on the surface of the keyboard, so once you understand how it works (which will only take an hour or two to master), you will probably never need the manual again.
This is not a synthesizer, so there is no layering of samples - but there is a limited envelope control. There is also an equalizer that has a knob to change the freq on the mid range which behaves a little bit like a filter.
All in all this is an incredible keyboard for emulating vintage electro-mechanical keyboards and pianos. It even throws a few bones to those who want limited synth features.