New Nord Piano

Nord will introduce the Nord Piano at NAMM 2010      21/12/09
New Nord Piano


Here's all the details from the press release...
The Nord Piano is a dedicated stage piano with 88 keys and a weighted hammer action. It is designed with the performing musician in mind and very lightweight at approx. 18 kg (39.6 lbs), without compromising build quality, sound quality or means of expression. As all the other Nord units, it is designed with a firm focus on extremely fast response and accessibility of every important function from the panel.
With a well designed user interface, it doesn't matter if you want to prepare your settings in advance and save them for later use, or if you'd rather set the sounds and effects as you go along – the Nord Piano delivers in both these aspects. There are plenty of memory locations in a bank/program configuration to provide you with a quick access from the panel, to your favorite sounds.
You can quickly adjust the velocity response to suit your playing style with a dedicated control on the panel. A Key Transpose setting are equally adjustable, by either saving a transpose setting to your program or by setting a transposition value in real time from the panel.
Replaceable sounds from the extensive Nord Piano Library
The Nord Piano comes equipped with several acoustic and electric pianos and harpsichords. Other pianos are available as free downloads from the Nordkeyboards.com website. The sounds are stored in a Flash memory with a 512 MB capacity. This allows you to replace every piano if you wish and the sounds are kept intact in the memory even when the unit is turned off, no loading time is necessary. As always with Nord downloads, the sounds are available for free and easily exchanged by using the Nord Sound Manager application, which runs on Mac OSX, Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 computers. The Nord Sound Manager allows you to quickly organize your programs according to your needs and allows you to create backups of the entire content in your Nord Piano.
String Resonance
One of the Nord missions is to deliver more, in every aspect. Using the Nord Resonance Ready pianos (e.g. the R-labeled Grand's and Upright's), you can activate the Resonance feature on the panel, which will add this wonderful acoustic phenomenon to the Nord sound. The Nord crew has gone to great lengths to ensure an accurate reproduction of the acoustic resonance, using the actual sound of the source instrument in an extremely realistic way.
Nord Piano Pedal with extended functionality
The Nord Piano can use the new Nord Piano pedal, providing the functionality of all the three pedals found on an acoustic grand piano. The Nord Piano pedal functionality have been closely modeled to allow you to "play the pedal" in the same fashion as on an acoustic grand. The soft pedal (also known as the una corda) makes the sound significantly softer. The sostenuto pedal in the middle provides the latching sustain functionality that sustains only held notes, when activated. When you activate the sustain pedal, you can hear pedal noise and the dampers being lifted from the strings. The force with which you operate the pedal will influence the levels of the components and you can even add percussive sounds from the mechanism by just striking the pedal itself. With the Nord Piano pedal (or a continuous sustain pedal from another manufacturer) you can also use half-pedaling and other techniques like "catching" released keys with the pedal, a unique feature on the Nord Piano.
Effects, EQ and Amps Dial in your preferred sound with the effects and the powerful three-band equalizer with sweep-able mid, and save the settings with a quick double tap on the Store button. The effects in the Nord Piano are just as detailed as the piano sounds them selves. The tremolo adds that perfect vibe, the pan sweeps across the stereo panorama, and the auto-wah brings out the funk in you, like never before. Whenever you want to spice up a sound with a beautiful phaser, a screaming flanger, a lush chorus, these are readily available. These modulation effects are modeled from a couple of highly desirable vintage effects The Nord Piano Speaker models faithfully reproduces the overdrive response of different amplifier/cabinet combinations, lending your sound that authentic feel. Select the desired speaker model – Small, JC or Twin - and use the Drive knob to add powerful tube amplifier distortion to your piano sound. Even the slightest amount will make a big difference to the sonic character.
Specifications
  • 88 keys, weighted hammer action. Piano Section
  • 6 selectable categories of pianos - Grand, Upright, EP Tines, EP Reeds, Clavinet & Harpsichord. Each category can contain several different types. Stereo pianos can be played back in mono.
  • 512 MB is available for the pianos
  • Each and every piano in the Nord Piano is exchangeable by the user. New models can be uploaded to the Nord Piano using the Nord Sound Manager application
Effects Section
  • Effect 1 - pan, tremolo, auto-wah, three selectable depths for the pan and tremolo, rate controlled with the Effect 1 Rate knob
  • Effect 2 - phaser, flanger and chorus, three selectable depths, rate controlled with the Effect 2 Rate knob
  • Comp/Amp - three amp/speaker simulations and a compressor, drive/compression amount controlled with the Drive knob
  • Reverb with six algorithms – Room 1 & 2, Stage 1 & 2, Hall 1& 2, Dry/Wet control
  • Three band EQ, with sweepable mid. +/- 15 dB gain/attenuation
Connections
  • 2 Audio outputs L & R - _", 6,35 mm jacks, unbalanced
  • 1 Monitor input - 1/8", 3,5 mm stereo jack
  • 1 Headphone output - _", 6,35 mm stereo jack
  • 1 Piano pedal input - _", 6,35 mm jack
  • 1 Aux Switch pedal input - _", 6,35 mm jack
  • MIDI In, MIDI Out - 5 pin DIN connectors
  • USB - type B connector
  • IEC320 C7 power connector
Dimensions
  • 1284 mm (50.5"), 121 mm (4.8"), 340 mm (13.4")
Weight
  • 18 kg (39.6 lbs)
Included accessories
  • Nord Piano pedal
  • User Manual
  • Power cord
  • Nord DVD-ROM
Accessories
  • Nord Retro Legs
  • Nord Soft Case
  • Nord Music Stand
NOTE: All specifications subject to change without notice. Pricing and Availability:
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    6 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
    Memories    Said...

    Still lovin' my nord modular. Those days are long done I guess.

    21-Dec-09 10:58 AM


    gaz    Said...

    red colour makes it look like a cheap toy. yes i realise it's clavia's distinctive trademark but people don't want bright red pianos. Fair enough, retain some red accenting but tone it down and make it black!

    23-Dec-09 04:58 AM


    Benedict Johnson    Said...

    I'd like to think that they've released this just because I suggested it in an email 6 months ago! I suspect I'm not the only one who wants the delicious Nord pianos/effects without needing the surplus utilities of the StageEX. This will be the perfect companion to an Electro 3 or Wave.. I just know it'll end up costing more than £1000...

    By the way, Gaz - nobody who sees my Nords ever assumes they're toys; quite the opposite. I do however associate generic black keyboards with the phrase "bog standard".

    26-Dec-09 10:30 PM


    Benedict Johnson    Said...

    And another thing..

    Studio-folk and guitarists may not realize it - but to a gigging keyboardist, empty real-estate on a keyboard is a valuable thing. DJs put their mixing equipment on tables, guitarists put their pedal-boards on the floor - but where do keyboards players put their peripherals? Hardware effects; additional midi controllers; modules.. You either need to surrender a shelf on your keyboard stand, bring a whole extra stand or try to find an empty surface on top of your keyboard. Granted, it may seem like sacrilege to risk tarnishing the liver on your precious new Nord - but there are two deep, wide, gaping areas on either side of the interface that could easily hold a delay pedal, desktop module or Moogerfooger ring-modulator that would be right at the tips of your fingers. This prospect excites me even more than the (rather hokey looking) control section in the middle.

    It's a shame the Wave isn't available as a rack.

    26-Dec-09 10:51 PM


    [chomub.ini]    Said...

    probably some sort of market research is done by Clavia but I would rather expect G3 modular instead of another red grandpa pianoid. Own expanded G2 Engine and it's one of my favourite sound machines

    07-Jan-10 06:45 PM


    Peter Kadar    Said...

    Oh man, a G3 Modular would rock my world! I have a G2 expanded and a G2x and they're incredible machines.

    I agree with Benedict about the valuable real estate on the panels... you might be able to fit 2 mini synths up there.. Plus, my Nord Stage looks really sharp on stage with it's red finish. But of course, it's not for everyone, and they have made it a different finish and a deeper red over the years.

    The Nord acoustic pianos sound GREAT in the studio, but I find they don't work so well live. Their acoustics are a bit controversial; we'll see how this product does.

    I love how they approach their instruments, and I wish them the best.

    08-Jan-10 03:01 AM


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