Nord introduced a new version of its popular Electro keyboard at Musikmesse…the Nord Electro 3 HP, a 73-key E-E range keyboard with Hammer Action.
Where the original Electro 3 perhaps can be seen as a great organ with additional piano sounds, the new Electro 3 HP gives acoustic and electric piano lovers a brilliant new keyboard that even works great for organ playing styles.
In addition to the new Hammer Action feature, the new Nord Electro 3 HP includes all of the features of the original Nord Electro 3, like the compatibility with the Nord Piano and Nord Sample Libraries — including the exclusively licensed Mellotron and Chamberlin sounds — the tonewheel and transistor modeling of the Nord C1 organ and Rotary speaker simulation.
The Electro 3 HP additionally features a Long Release mode that adds a slightly longer release to Piano sounds, suitable for playing Legato Piano parts, and has a dedicated button for disabling the String Resonance feature temporarily. Nord has also added a flexible new Delay Effect with tap-tempo, rate, amount and a stereo Ping-Pong mode.
The number of Live Locations has been increased from 1 to 4, giving players greater freedom to experiment with new sounds and settings on the go that are automatically saved. Program access is also now easier than on the previous Electro model, requiring fewer buttons to push to find specific programs.
And the Nord Electro 3 HP is just as portable, weighing just under 25 lbs, and includes mounts for the height-adjustable Keyboard Stand EX (optional accessory) and the Music Stand EX (optional accessory). Control Pedal compatibility includes: Yamaha FC7, Roland EV-5/7, Korg EXP2/XVP10 and Fatar VP-25.
The Nord Electro 3 HP is handmade in Stockholm, Sweden by Clavia DMI and is scheduled to ship in late April 2011.