Nord have a habit of making extremely good electric pianos. The original Nord Piano, released in 2010, was an instant hit, with the Nord Piano 2 expanding the range of voices and sampled instruments in 2012. With this third evolution Nord reports that they have taken “piano feel and realism to a new level”. They go on to say: “the new Virtual Hammer Action Technology simulates the movement of the hammers in a Grand Piano, capturing the characteristics with exceptional dynamics and breathtaking level of authenticity”. Along with the new Virtual Hammer Action Technology, the 88-note triple sensor keybed has an improved grand-weighted action and an “Ivory touch for an authentic feel”. So, all-in-all it sounds like it’s going to feel like a proper piano then. Awesome.
The Nord Piano 3 sample library is 1GB in size (twice that of the Nord Piano 2) and also has room for 256MB of other sampled instruments. The Factory Bank features 6 Grand Pianos, 5 Upright Pianos, 11 Electric Pianos, Clavinet and Harpsichords. And if you’re unhappy with what comes with it then you can create your own instruments simply by dragging and dropping files in the Nord Sound Manager for Mac and Windows. A dedicated sample synth section deals with envelope and dynamic controls and you have an effects section with tube overdrive, vibe effect, reverb and modulation.
Overall, the technology presented in the Nord Piano 3 seems directed towards improving the overall “feel” of the instrument, and heightening the level of realism and authenticity.
The new piano is due to arrive in the UK in May. To find out more: http://www.nordkeyboards.com/products/nord-piano-3