Nord Intros Stage 2 EX Keyboard

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Musikmesse 2015: Nord has introduced the Stage 2 EX – updating their Nord Stage 2 instrument line with 1 GB memory for the Nord Piano Library and a new ultra lightweight Hammer-Action Portable HP76 model.

The Stage 2 EX features 5 Grand Pianos, 7 Upright Pianos, 11 Electric Pianos, Clavinet, Harpsichords and a vastly improved Nord Sample Library selection, including brand new Strings, Choir and Folk instruments. Continue reading

Nord Electro 5 Series Offers Expanded Memory, Splits, Layers & More

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Nord Keyboards is introducing the new Nord Electro 5 Series at the 2015 NAMM Show.

The company describes the Nord Electro 5 as ‘a highly refined, focused yet flexible stage keyboard.’ The new model offers greatly expanded memory, the added ability to split and layer and a live focused program section. Continue reading

Nord Releases Mellotron Master Tapes Sample Library

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Nord has released the Mellotron Master Tapes sample library for Nord Electro 4, Nord Stage 2, Nord Piano 2, Nord Electro 3 and Nord Wave.

The Master Tapes collection offers high-fidelity versions of the classic Mellotron sounds. It also features previously unreleased Mellotron sounds and rare custom sounds, made for Yes, Roxy Music, ‘BSabbath’, Tangerine Dream and others.

It also includes the Rhythms and Fills from the Mellotron MK I and MK II. Continue reading

Nord Lead A1R Synthesizer Now Available

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Clavia DMI AB has announced that the Nord Lead A1R, a desktop/rack-mountable version of the new Lead A1 analogue modeling synthesizer, is now shipping.

All of the features of the Lead A1 synth are carried over to the A1R, with the exception of the keyboard. The waveform engine generates 47 different waveforms from classic analog to digital harmonic and inharmonic waves. Filters include Low Pass, High Pass and Band Pass, along with the newly modeled Ladder M and Ladder TB filters.

The A1’s effects section offers vintage Chorus and Ensemble models. Delay, Reverb, Drive, Phaser and Flanger, with independent settings for each of the four slots. Nord’s Morph function, via Velocity or the Mod Wheel, is also included, allowing multiple parameters to be morphed in real time.

Other features include an independent arpeggiator for each of the four slots, Master Clock sync of the LFO, delay and Arpeggiator, MIDI over USB, and four independent outputs.

Several updates have been made to the Lead A1/A1R design since it was announced at NAMM: Continue reading