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Versatile 73-key stage instrument with drawbars.

The Electro 5 by Nord represents the further expansion and refinement of a design platform that has been a stalwart of stage musicians for more than a decade. The Electro 5 provides a wide complement of piano, electric piano, organ and synth timbres with dozens of choices within each of those categories, all with a thrilling, robust presence and useful control features. Nord Electro is a natural choice for musicians in need of authentic emulations of classic electro mechanical and acoustic instruments in a portable and easy-to-use package. With greatly expanded memory, the added ability to split and layer and a live focused program section, the new Nord Electro 5 is a highly refined, focused yet flexible stage keyboard. This, an SW model, features semi-weighted organ type keys with a rounded "waterfall" tip, brilliant for rapid organ shredding and synthesizer licks, but also plays nice with piano sounds. Key range C-C on Electro 5D 73.

Note: As of 2/1/17, Nord has announced a Software Update for its Stage, Electro and Piano lines. This software update includes a new OS for Nord Stage 2/2 EX, Nord Electro 5 and Nord Piano 3 that fixes a bug related to long release for synth pianos. Nord has also updated the Nord Sound Manager, adding support for Stage 2/2 EX with increased piano bank locations. Wurlitzers have been moved to E.Piano 1 bank (introduced with NS2/NS2EX OS v2.20). Download Update from Nord’s website.

Organ section
The Electro 5 Organ section features a new additional Principal Pipe Organ mode as well as the Tone Wheel simulation and the highly acclaimed Rotary Speaker simulation of a vintage 122 unit from the award-winning Nord C2D Combo Organ. This model features a physical drawbar set that can greatly enhance your organ playing.

The C2D B3 Tone Wheel engine is the result of over a decade of perfecting tone wheel simulations, a journey that started with the original Nord Electro and followed by the award winning Nord C1 and Nord C2 Combo Organs. Not only has Nord analyzed the signals from each of the 91 spinning tone wheels inside several original instruments - they have also paid years of attention to each and every one of the intricate details that make up the characteristics of the actual sound in a vintage organ.

A new B3 Tone Wheel Bass feature gives you the classic 16' and 8' bass drawbars in the left hand and can even be used with the Piano and Sample section for a thick and meaty bottom. The Farfisa* and Vox* models are just as impressive as the B3, simulating the behavior and unique response of the original instruments. The Farfisa Compact Deluxe, considered by many to be the mother of transistor organs, involves routing matrixes and complex filter combinations that offer a tailored sound with massive energy and high-end.

The Vox* Continental's brute design brings you a more hollow tone, but with a very intense character. Both these transistor organs have their own unique, irreplaceable personalities. Combine them with any of the Amp simulations, add some distortion, adjust the EQ and they will definitely get you through any organ gig.

Piano section
The new Electro 5 series all feature 1GB of Piano Sample memory, allowing you to bring even more of Nord's unique sampled acoustic and electric pianos on stage. The subtle but effective Sympathetic String Resonance technology derived from the Nord Piano is now implemented in the Electro 5 delivering an unprecedented degree of realism to your performance when using Grand or Upright pianos.

The piano section of the Electro 5 contains acoustic and electric pianos from the ever-expanding, and freely downloadable Nord Piano Library. Expertly sampled and brimming with unique character, the Grand and Upright Acoustic Pianos, legendary Electric Pianos, Clavinet and Harpsichord, provide a stunning sound palette.

The entire Nord Piano Library is included on DVDs and new additions can be downloaded free on the Nord Piano Library page. Replacing the sounds is simply a matter of dragging and dropping files in the Nord Sound Manager for Mac and Windows. The Long Release feature is suitable for legato playing styles and the Advanced String Resonance feature on Grand and Upright Pianos can be turned off when desired. 4 Dynamic Response Curves are available for customizing the keyboard response to your playing style.

Update: The new OS v1.30 features a number of bug fixes and improvements from the previous version. New units will ship with the new OS. Control pedal handling over MIDI has been improved, and rotor pedal operation has been improved to handle certain pedal types. Also, in Set list mode, drawbar Live could previously behave incorrectly when switching between organ programs. This update is recommended for all users and can be downloaded at Nord's website.

FEATURES
Wide selection of pianos, electric pianos, organs and synths
Portable hammer action
Split and layer any sounds (six split points)
All effects are in stereo
Discrete reverb and delay FX paths
Foot pedal FX control
Physical drawbars

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NordElectro 5D 73
 
4.7

(based on 6 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Good audio (6)
  • Portable (6)
  • Responsive / good action (5)
  • Touch sensitive keys (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (5)
  • Concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great keyboard, sub-par key plastic

By Johnyo

from San Anselmo

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Portable
  • Realistic Sound
  • Responsive / Good Action

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Concerts

    Comments about Nord Electro 5D 73:

    This keyboard is mostly a huge upgrade from my Electro 2. The B3 sound is greatly improved, so is the Leslie simulation, the on board effects are a huge plus, the expanded sound set is great. The live performance setup is a great improvement with set lists and quickly accessIble presets. Splitting and layering functions are great.

    Now the bad news, and why I am taking two stars off. I own a Nord Electro 2 and just bought a Nord Electro 5d. After 15 years of hard use, the keys on the Electro 2 show minor wear with just a few scratched here and there. After 2 weeks of playing on the Electro 5d, the keyboard has scratch marks the length of the keybed from glissandos. It is very noticeable and ugly, and I expect the scratches will get deeper and to the point it affects the feel and playability. Unless I just got a sub-par keybed, it seems that while the cost of Fatar keybeds have gone up over the years, the quality of the plastic has gone down drastically. Really a shame because the rest of the keyboard has only improved over the years. I have contacted both Nord and Fatar regarding this issue, and hope to hear back soon.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The E5D73 is my first Nord and it is now my #1 gig keyboard.

    By Murphy Wheel

    from Nashville

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Portable
    • Pre-programmed music
    • Programming is simple and build quality is great
    • Realistic Sound
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Chamber Music
      • Concerts
      • Electronic Music
      • Learning
      • Leslie Sim Awesome: use 2 amps or 2 inputs to PA
      • Lightweight, rugged, easy to fit on small stages
      • MIDI
      • Travel

      Comments about Nord Electro 5D 73:

      I have played professionally for years. I still have 3 B3's, Yamaha CP-80, 3 Rhodes, one Whirly, my first combo organ, a Roland RT-800, FP-30, SK1-61, and SK1-73. And more, and that's before the synths. Before the E5D73, I would use my RT-800 and one of my SK1's -- and that is still a killer setup. However, I started getting lazy. I was caught in the upper midwest during a snowstorm and my SK1-61 starting rebooting all of the time and my SK1-73 was halfway across the country. Got the E5D73 because I couldn't find anything else, and was blown away. I used to run the SK1 through an HX3, but unless I need the great keyboard action of one of my Roland keyboards, I only take the Electro. Haven't looked back. People always come up and say the organ sound is the best they've ever heard. I still prefer my real B3, but carting a B3 everywhere, is over for me. The piano sounds, the Rhodes and Whirly sounds are some better, and some not quite as good as my Roland RT-800, but again, if I'm not playing straight-up jazz, I'll bypass the Rolands -- and I get the great sound of the Electro with its small, lightweight footprint. It's easy to read the controls in a dark room. I don't like the "piano" action of the higher-end Nords (and many other keyboard brands too). Much prefer Roland and Kawai's great digital piano actions. But, somehow the organ action works fine for me, even when I play a piano part. I used to shy away from the little red keyboard -- just wasn't my thing. But when they redesigned the 5D to allow layers and splits, threw in an OLED screen and easy to use software to program it with a standard computer: trust me, you won't regret it. I plan on selling one of my SK1s, but there are really cool things I can do with that keyboard, especially when using it as a MIDI interface to an HX3. I read the other reviews here, and I agree with all of them (as of 1/7/2017), including the keys getting scratched, but that doesn't bother me at all. I have scratches too -- buy it!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Perfect for live performance and rehearsals

      By Robert

      from undisclosed

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

      • Adjustable on the fly
      • Easy to Use
      • Many sounds in one kb
      • Portable
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Rehearsals and live perf

        Comments about Nord Electro 5D 73:

        I'm picky when it comes to sound quality. I use 2 Bose towers with my kbs, and want the most accurate sounding kb I can find.
        The E5 D 73 has realistic sound patches, it is light, I can download preferred sounds, and it is easy to understand and program.
        I can get B3, Vox, Rhodes, Wurly, piano, strings, harpsichord, synth on one easy-to-use kb.
        Fine tuning the sound is very easy. I can closely match the Vox, Harpsichord, EPs, and pianos from Doors songs. I've deleted the pianos I don't use, and used the memory to download the highest quality piano sounds I prefer. Most sounds have 2 or 3 file sizes to download, depending on the accuracy you need. The Nord interface and software are super easy to use.
        I must say that I still use a B3 for performances, with the E5D on top. The E5D gives me all of the other sounds I need, and serves as a backup to the B3, as the B3 sound has not been matched closely enough yet, by any clone I've used. A real B3 with a Leslie sim is much better sounding than a clone running through Leslie 122 speakers: so I bring the B3, Electro, and Bose to gigs. Adjusting the sound to fit a particular venue could not be easier; and no searching through screens. The LEDs showing where the spits are located comes in very handy also. I use the analog input and the headphones output to learn new songs from my MP3 player or computer. I own many expensive keyboards, and I don't need a sequencer, so this Electro 5D is ideal for me.

         
        5.0

        Pro Stage Sampling Synth

        By pb in CA

        from Pleasanton CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Realistic Sound
        • Responsive / Good Action
        • Touch Sensitive Keys
        • Versatile sampling capability

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Concerts
          • Versatile rock / pop / soul keyboard

          Comments about Nord Electro 5D 73:

          I'm making the transition from amateur enthusiast to semi-pro, taking on jam nights, busking and small parties. The Electro 5D has all the '60s keyboard sounds pre-loaded (Hammond B3, Wurlitzer, Hohner D6 Clav, Vox, Farfisa, as well as diverse acoustic pianos from concert grands to upright honky tonks. I record backing tracks, and can find a variety of buiit-in acoustic and electric basses. As a flexible sampling synth, you can download your own sound clips, triggered by specific key presses.

          This is a stage performer's machine. It is designed for ease in customizing setups in rehearsal mode, and then sequencing through a set-list during performance with just one twist of a knob (with lighted display). The keyboard action is fast....you can develop runs and riffs that would be impossible on a weighted keyboard. The Hammond B3 with simulated Leslie is very impressive-sounding with percussive attacks. The octave shift is immediate, and the split keyboard is great for covering 2 keyboard parts.

          I definitely recommend getting the 73-key 5 over the 61 key, for versatility in using the split keyboard. Having a low E (instead of a low C) is a major advantage for generating bass parts. The keyboard is portable for gigging -- I recommend getting the carrying bag or hardcase, and always using a dust cover when not in use.
          This is my first pro synth, and I am very productive with it -- the sounds I can produce are very listenable, and essential for a '60s rock & soul revival.

           
          5.0

          Nearly perfect gigging keyboard

          By JBeckola

          from Central Valley, CA

          About Me Experienced

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          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Portable
          • Realistic Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Concerts
            • Electronic Music

            Comments about Nord Electro 5D 73:

            I own an Electro 3HP and it has been extremely frustrating to use live. The 2 digit LED is a PITA, when the bandleader changes things up and you say, "Wait was that 3.4 or S-27?" It was so difficult to be flexible; I tended to leave it at home.
            That is not an issue with the E-5. The set list function and the new display are much needed improvements. So when the band leader calls out "Tequila", instead of "Respect", you simply scroll down, hit a button and all your presets and splits are right there. Using the system editor with my computer makes it easy to type in song names.
            The split function uses green LED's, while the buttons use Red, so it's easy to identify the split point in low light conditions.
            The organ sound is noticeably improved, as well as the pianos. The samples are the same as the Nord library, except now they're in stereo. Which sounds great through headphones.
            The differences and upgrades for the E-5 really make this pretty close to a PERFECT gigging keyboard. No more mid-song button pushing and they finally made it easy to transpose.
            I originally bought an SK-2, but returned it, because it didn't make the grade. I opted for the 73 key E-5 with drawbars, so now I have the waterfall keys above the E-3 piano action. I can MIDI the Hammer action E-3 to play the improved piano samples on the E-5.
            I am extremely happy with NORD. In my opinion, they hit it out of the park with the E-5. Now I want to get the Hammer action model of the E-5, to swap out my E-3.

             
            5.0

            NORD ELECTRO 5D-73 BEST PORTABLE KEYBOARD

            By tjazzinc

            from antioch, ca

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Portable
            • Realistic Sound
            • Responsive / Good Action
            • Touch Sensitive Keys

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Concerts
              • Learning
              • MIDI

              Comments about Nord Electro 5D 73:

              I've owned many keyboards over the years Roland, Casio, Kurzweil, Ensoniq, Yamaha. I have played Nord Electro exclusively for the past 4-5 years. Amazing lightweight portable keyboard. The Electro has organ touch keys - not piano semi-weighted keys. So for those people who just have to have the piano - this is not your keyboard. For those of us pros who can and do play anything from Grand Pianos to Hammond Organs - and synths.... this is the keyboard. Lots of great rhodes/organ and piano samples in it. The bass samples for those of us who kick bass and keys on many gigs... were surprisingly good! Very happy with this product. Nord - keep going - I am waiting for separate effects engines for left and right splits, and also the ability to layer sounds on just 1 side of the split. (I will will wait patiently for this! lol )

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