Nord Piano 5 Offers Dual Piano Engines, Dual Sample Synths & More

Nord let us know that they’ve introduced the Piano 5, the latest edition of their Piano series, equipped with dual piano engines, dual sample synths and twice the memory of the previous generation.

The Nord Piano 5 ships with 9 Grands, 9 Uprights and 10 Electric Pianos, plus Clavinet, Digital Pianos and both a Marimba and a Vibraphone.

Two independent Pianos and Sample Synths

The Piano and Sample Synth sections of the Nord Piano 5 each contain two independent Layers. The two Pianos and two Sample Synths can be used simultaneously in a variety of split or Layer configurations.

Combined with the versatile effects routing, a wide range of combinations can be achieved – from classic ensemble settings to rich soundscapes.


  • New 73-note Triple Sensor keybed with grand weighted action
  • 88-note Triple Sensor keybed with grand weighted action
  • Nord Virtual Hammer Action Technology
  • Advanced Layering (2 Pianos + 2 Sample Synths) NEW
  • Advanced KB Split with optional crossfades NEW
  • Seamless Transitions
  • OLED display for excellent overview

Piano Section Highlights

  • 2 independent Piano Layers NEW
  • 2x memory for Nord Piano Library NEW
  • 120 Voice Polyphony
  • Creative Piano Timbre options including Dyno filter
  • 3 Dynamic Curves to suit any playing style
  • Dynamic Pedal Noise with Nord Triple Pedal
  • Advanced String Resonance
  • Soft Release
  • All sounds are replaceable

Two Independent Sample Synths

The Sample Synth Section contains a completely reworked selection of sounds from the Nord Sample Library, including exclusively licensed sounds from the Mellotron and Chamberlin as well as a selection of samples from the Symphobia and Swing! libraries by ProjectSAM

All sounds can be quickly replaced using the Nord Sound Manager .

The Sample Synth section provides two fully-featured and independent Layers and is equipped with controls for attack, decay/release and dynamic velocity response. You can also create your own sample instruments using the unique free Nord Sample Editor software for Mac and Windows.

Unison and Tru-Vibrato

The Sample Synth Section has a brand new Unison feature that creatively blends several sample voices for rich, ensemble-like sounds. It also features a “Tru-Vibrato” that accurately models the unique vibrato characteristics of a wide variety of wind, brass and string instruments.

Sample Section Highlights

  • 2 independent Sample Synth Layers NEW
  • 2x memory for Nord Sample Library NEW
  • Soft and Bright filters NEW
  • Tru-Vibrato NEW
  • Unison mode for rich, ensemble sounds NEW
  • Attack, Decay/Release and Dynamic co

Effect Section

The Effect section has a wide selection of tweakable stereo effects modeled after classic stomp boxes. An effect can be assigned freely to any layer in the Piano and Sample Synth section.

The Nord Piano 5 Effect section includes Tremolo, Phaser, Chorus, Pan, Wah, RM, Flanger, Vibe, EQ, Delay and Reverb. The Reverb effect has five different sizes (Booth, Room, Stage, Hall and Cathedral) for adding ambience to your sounds. The Bright and Dark modes allows for enhanced or reduced treble. The new Chorale option adds a lush modulation effect.

See the Nord site for details.

16 thoughts on “Nord Piano 5 Offers Dual Piano Engines, Dual Sample Synths & More

  1. Really wish they would revive the modular, even if it’s a low-effort attempt.
    Just slap 8 endless rotaries and a few buttons on the Nord Drum chassis.

    Hans was just too far ahead of the curve on that one. The second-hand prices show the demand is there.. same with the Nord Drum 2.

    1. I quite miss my old Modular G2. I even had the G2x. Why did I sell them?? WHYYYYY!!!??!!

      Sorry for yelling…it’s a sore spot for me.

  2. I don’t get what having two piano engines offers, that you can’t get with a single piano engine that includes split and layer capabilities.

  3. Check out Ableton’s MAX For Live and get a current take on that approach. Too few people were ready for MAX-style programming, especially in a monochrome format. Nord made the right decision in going with their DP variations. Far more of those go out the door. The number of programmers required to maintain a G2 hardware user base doesn’t seem cost-effective, especially now. Too bad, as it rocked multiple outputs and you could use it like a typical free-standing synth once programmed.

    1. Once you stop seeing yourself as the center of the universe you’ll realize that there are new musicians everyday. These people need gear too.

    1. Who earth would want to buy a G3 with the deluge of VST, old analogue reissues and excellent digital VA we have today? It’s like asking to go back to Windows 2000 because it was a pretty stable OS.

  4. Does anyone know any details about today’s announcement from Roland that they will be releasing a real analog Jupiter 12? Features? Price? When it will be available?

  5. I wish this was Clavia’s attempt at an april fools joke…
    Nord Wave 2 is fine with me …but where are the new G2x replacements?

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