NAMM 2018: Nord Electro 6 stage piano/organ/sampler synth
Nord has announced that they are revealing the latest version of their Electro stage piano keyboard. The Electro 6 builds on the features of the previous generations to create what they believe to “a refined modern classic”.
It’s a keyboard in three distinct parts. On one hand, it’s a piano filled with dynamic acoustic and electric piano sounds built from the 1GB of dedicated sample memory. On another, it’s an organ complete with drawbars and 3 tonewheel modes. And then again it’s a sampler/synth packed with a library of interesting noises. All three sound sections can be used together, layered or split across the keys and organised into programs. Probably the most important addition is “Seamless Transitions”. This means you can move from one sound to another without the jolt of loading a new patch.
In addition to the familiar 1GB of piano sounds, they added Piano Filters or accentuating softness, mid or brilliance. All the sounds can be replaced with anything from the Nord Piano Library. A Soft Release mode adds a slightly longer release time and 4 dynamic curves can be adjusted to suit your playing style.
Nord has a famously authentic Tonewheel simulation with 4 different tone wheel settings, from clean to “leaky old vintage”. They’ve added a second pipe organ, simpler than the original. A new Dual Organ mode provides quick access to dual manual setups and displays the drawbar settings for both Upper and Lower manual. Physical drawbars are available on the semi-weighted 61 and 73 keyed version. The HP weighted keyed has digital LED drawbars offering an overview of the current settings.
An expanded memory full of sounds from Nord Sample Library 3.0 and extended polyphony. A handful of controls are available on the front panel. You can also create your own sample instruments using the Nord software.
A whole bunch of effects give the sounds a professional finish and provide all the movement you’d find on those classic pianos and organs. There’s a new Reverb with Bright mode.
There are three versions. The Hammer Action Portable (HP) uses a weighted keybed that’s still remarkably light to carry. The Semi-Weighted Waterfall (SW) comes in 61 and 73 note versions and is perfectly designed for organ authenticity.
Pricing and availability should come around int he Spring.
- Electro 6 webpage