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OVERVIEW

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

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
 
4.3

(based on 3 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Portable (3)
  • Responsive / good action (3)

Cons

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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 )

    (7 of 7 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.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Perfect for live performance and rehearsals

      By Robert

      from undisclosed

      About Me Experienced

      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.

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