Nord Keyboards has introduced the Nord Piano 5. The new generation brings back the compact 73-key version of the popular stage piano. They’ve also doubled up the piano and sample synth sections for enhanced split/layer combinations, added more memory and made some other improvements. Here’s what’s new.
Nord Piano 5
Three years after the introduction of the previous generation, Nord Keyboards has just announced the latest version of the Nord Piano. And here’s a bit of good news for those of you who prefer a more compact instrument. The Nord Piano 5 is once again available in a 73-key version, which had been axed in the previous generation. Both sizes contain the same hammer action keybed with three sensors per key and Nord’s Virtual Hammer Technology. At 15.5 kg (34.2 lbs), The Nord Piano 5 73 is about 3 kg (6.6 lbs) lighter than the 88-key version.
While the underlying concept remains the same (a combination of Nord’s piano and sample synth engines in one instrument) the Swedish manufacturer has also made some significant upgrades under the hood. Most importantly, both engines are now available in two layers each. This means that you can now create split and layer configurations consisting of two piano sounds or two sample synth sounds, which wasn’t possible before. There’s also an option to create crossfade splits.
Twice the memory
The piano section now offers twice the memory for Nord Piano Library samples. Out of the factory, it contains nine grand pianos, nine uprights, ten electric pianos and a bunch of other sounds like clavinet and vibraphone. You also get all the advanced features of the Nord Piano library, including Advanced String Resonance, Soft Release, Dyno Filter and Dynamic Pedal Noise (with Nord Triple Pedal).
The memory of the sample synth section has also been doubled up. This section has also gained new soft and bright filters, a new Tru Vibrato feature for realistic string and brass sounds, and a unison mode for thick ensemble sounds.
In the effects section, the Nord Piano 5 comes with a couple of new reverbs. The reverb also features new Chorale, bright and dark modes. The delay offers a new ping pong variety.
While Nord certainly hasn’t reinvented the wheel with these upgrades, the Nord Piano 5 has gained some essential features that’ll expand the possibilities. More memory is never a bad thing, and the enhanced split and layer capabilities make the stage piano more versatile. Compared to the competition, it remains rather expensive, however.
Price and availability
According to Nord Keyboards, the Nord Piano 5 will become available in the second quarter of 2021. You can pre-order it at Thomann.de*. The 88-key version is €2999, while the 73-key version will set you back €2899.