The quest for a real Hammond B3 sound complete with Leslie 122 and as much dirt and grind in the sound as one wishes has been what many of us have been searching for over the years. After owning 3 real Hammond B3 organs and multiple Leslie 122’s, most models have only been close until the new Nord Stage 2 organ. You can keep it clean or have the Deep Purple dirt in your sound, split the longer 73 note keyboard and have accurate slow fast rotor changes. The great thing about the Nord is that it is designed to [...] Read more
Quick OverviewPiano Electric Nord Electro 3 HP 73 Weighted w/Piano String
The Nord Electro 3 has redefined the standard with its combination of authentic vintage sounds and portability, all wrapped in an elegant interface designed with live musicians in mind.
We are now expanding the family with the Nord Electro 3 HP...
The original Electro 3 is available in two different sizes, 61 and 73-key. Both feature our Semi Weighted Waterfall keybed. This is a great set of keys to play organ and pianos with, with light action and low weight (7.65/9.1kg)
The Electro 3 HP has all the features of the original Electro 3 but sports a new 73-key Hammer Action Portable keybed, with a classic E-E range and 4 selectable Dynamic Response Curves. Amazingly, the Electro 3 HP only weighs 11 kg, making it the most ultra light weight professional Hammer Action keyboard on the market
Main Features Electro 3 Series
C1 Organ Tonewheel/transistor modeling
Nord Piano- and Sample Library support
String Resonance (generation 1)
Exclusively licensed Mellotron and Chamberlin sounds
Rotary Speaker simulation
Physical controls for all vital functions
The Nord Electro 3 series are compatible with the Nord Piano Library, a continuously expanding sound library filled with amazing grand pianos, uprights, vintage electric pianos, clavinets and harpsichords. Our sounds have been carefully selected for their unique characters and deliver stunning realism thanks to state of the art multisampling techniques and String Resonance, providing you with an unprecedented expressiveness. The sounds are included on the Nord Piano Library DVD and can also be downloaded for free in our Nord Piano Library section.
The Electro 3s come preloaded with a selection of these fine sounds. Replacing them couldn't be easier - just connect the Electro 3 to the USB port of your computer, start the Nord Sound Manager and drag and drop the desired sounds to the desired program location.
NEW! 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.
The Electro 3 HP also has a dedicated button for disabling the String Resonance feature temporarily.
Nord Sample Library and Sample Editor
With the Nord Sample Library support Electro 3 owners have access to our exclusively licensed Mellotron and Chamberlin sounds and a wide selection of quality sounds from leading sample producers. See the Nord Sample Library section to learn more and to listen to the sounds available! The Nord Sample library is updated on a regular basis and new additions can be downloaded for free!
The included Nord Sample Editor makes it possible to add any sound you want to the Electro 3. The Sample Editor can use audio files in the .wav format and has great tools to assist you in getting the results you want. Mapping several samples across the keyboard or creating seamless loops has never been easier.
The Electro 3 series has 68 MB of dedicated sample memory and our efficient lossless compression algorithm makes it possible for us to use samples of up to three times the size compared to a standard linear sample player.
The growling sound and soul of a B3 is hard to replicate faithfully in a digital instrument. Sampling is definitely not an option if you want to create a living, breathing tonewheel sound. We've spent years perfecting our digital models and the Electro 3 contains our award winning second generation tonewheel model.
The attention to minute details is stunning, the Electro 3 is even equipped with four selectable tonewheel modes, that stretches from a clean sound to battered unit with the most dramatic setting; Vintage 3. This setting even produces a sound in the background of its own, even if you don't touch any keys.
It's all in the details
Every function in a B3 has been considered and examined in great detail, to make the Electro 3 as true to the original sound as possible. There are key clicks derived from the original busbar behavior and the energy robbing that produces the gentle compression when you do that massive palm smear across the keyboard. To get the response right, we have included the option to trigger the organ sounds at the very top of a key's range, making it react just as fast as the original. And sometimes we couldn't resist adding functions that went a bit further, like the option to either include or exclude the 9th drawbar when Percussion was activated.
Vox and Farfisa
The Farfisa* and Vox* models are just as impressive as the B3. The massive savage sound created by their 12-top oscillator frequency-divider designs is of course another nosample zone in the Electro 3; you have the same behavior and unique response from our models as in the original instruments. The Farfisa Compact Deluxe, considered by many to be the mother of transistor organs, involves routing matrixes and complex filter combinations that offer a tailored sound with massive energy and high-end.
The Vox* Continental's brute design brings you a more hollow tone, but with a very intense character. Both these transistor organs have their own unique, irreplaceable personalities. Combine them with any of the Electro 3's speaker simulations, add some distortion, adjust the EQ and they will definitely get you through any organ gig with flying colors.
Rotary speaker simulation
The rotary speaker simulation originates from the award winning Nord C1 Combo Organ, acclaimed for its sound quality. The rotary speaker incorporates the acoustic variations that occur when a physical speaker spreads the sound in a room, providing the full experience of when air is moved around.
The Electro 3's rotary also features a great function in the addition of the Rotary Stop Mode. This allows users to switch between fast and stopped rotation and back again by using either the controls on the panel or with a foot pedal connected to the Rotor Pedal input. This is a crucial functionality that mimics the behavior of early one-speed original rotary speaker units.
Those of you who are picky about the rotary behaviors will be pleased to find several user adjustable settings like speed and acceleration times for both treble and bass rotors. These options, as well as all the other System, MIDI and Sound Menu functions are written on the right side of the panel, a great help for all those moments when the manual decided to stay at home.
Using the Organ Split mode, you can play two different organ registrations in a dual manual fashion, one sound on either side of a user definable keyboard split point. Connect a second MIDI keyboard to the Electro 3, to use the organ split functionality, but in a true, dual manual setup
The Nord Electro 3 is equipped with a great selection of high quality effects including a lush sounding reverb with five different reverb types. There is also a selection of tremolo, panning, wah-wah, phaser, flanger, chorus effects, and a ring modulator.
For adding a final touch to your sound, there's a selection of amplifier simulations - for anything from warm fuzz to devastating mayhem.
A user friendly three-band EQ with a sweepable mid-range and a compressor can be added to the final stage of the audio path
The new Electro 3 HP additionally features a flexible Delay effect with Tap-Tempo, Rate, Amount and a stereo Ping-Pong mode.
Changing, editing and storing presets is easy, and there is also a Live mode that automatically saves what you're doing. The Program memory can hold 128 different Programs, and these are organized in 2 Program Banks with 64 Pages each.
One of our main focuses is to have dedicated knobs and buttons for all vital functions, and keep the interface simple and easy to use during a performance. We don't believe in submenus, and the only functions in the Electro 3 that only are available through menus are printed on the panel so you don't need to read the manual.
The Electro 3 HP has 4 Live locations, the Electro 3 has one. Also the Program memory of the Electro 3 HP is organized in 4 Program Banks with 32 Pages each.
Keybed Nord Electro 3: 61-key (5 octaves, C-C) or 73-key (6 octaves, F-F). Velocity sensitive Semi Weighted Waterfall keyboard
Keybed Nord Electro 3 HP: 73-key (6 octaves, E-E) Hammer Action Portable keyboard
PIANO AND SAMPLE LIBRARY SECTION
5 selectable types of pianos - Grand, Upright, EPiano, Wurl & Clav/Harpsichord. Each type can contain several different models
185 MB of the flash memory is allocated to the piano types
Each and every piano in the Electro 3 is replacable by the user. New models can be uploaded to the Electro 3 using the Nord Sound Manager application
String Resonance (Generation 1)
The Sample Library section can contain up to 50 samples from the Nord Sample Library
68 MB of the flash memory is allocated to samples
Stereo pianos and samples can be played back in mono
40-60 Voices polyphony
Nord Electro 3 HP specific features:
String Resonance-control (ON/OFF)
4 Selectable Dynamic Response Curves
Organ section from the acclaimed Nord C1 Combo Organ
Three classic organ models: B3, Vox Continental, and Farfisa with full polyphony
9 digitally controlled drawbars
Two complete organ registrations for every program
The drawbars of Electro 3 are represented by up/down buttons and LED bar graphs instead of the ordinary mechanical drawbars. This gives you a big advantage: when you change programs, the correct drawbar settings are shown immediately by the LEDs
17 user configurable organ presets for each organ model
Percussion with 2nd, 3rd, normal/soft, fast/slow for the B3 model
User adjustable percussion levels, percussion decays and keyclick level
Vibrato / Chorus Control with separate functionality for each model (the classic C1, C2, C3, V1, V2, V3 options for the B3, Vibrato for the Farfisa)
4 Tonewheel modes: select the level of "vintage" you wish to have in your B3 sound
MIDI Split: The Nord Electro 3 is designed to support an extra MIDI keyboard when the Organ Split mode is activated. This makes it possible to use the Nord Electro 3 as a dual manual (Lower/Upper) organ with different drawbar settings for each manual
Effect 1 - pan, tremolo, auto-wah, pedal-wah and ringmodulator
Three selectable depths for the pan and tremolo, rate controlled with the Effect 1 Rate knob
Control pedal assigned to pedah-wah and ring modulator depth
Effect 2 - phaser, flanger and chorus
Three selectable depths, rate controlled with the Effect 2 Rate knob
Comp/Amp - three amp/speaker simulations, compressor and rotary speaker
Drive/Compression amount controlled with the Drive knob
Rotary speed controls - Slow, Fast and Stopped
User adjustable rotary treble and bass rotor speeds and acceleration rates
Reverb with five algorithms - Room, Stage Soft, Stage, Hall, Hall Soft
Three band EQ, with sweepable mid. +/- 15 dB gain/attenuation
Nord Electro 3 HP specific features:
Delay Effect - Rate, Amount, Tap-tempo and Stereo Ping Pong
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 Control pedal input - ", 6,35 mm TRS stereo jack. Use a Control/Expression pedal like e.g. Yamaha FC-7, Roland EV-5 etc.
1 Sustain pedal input - ", 6,35 mm jack. Use a momentary pedal, like e.g, Roland DP-2, DP-6, Yamaha FC-4, FC-5, Fatar VFP1-25 etc.
1 Rotary Speaker speed switch pedal input - ", 6,35 mm jack. Use a momentary pedal or a switch type pedal
MIDI In, MIDI Out - 5 pin DIN connectors
USB - type B connector
IEC320 C7 power connector
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nord Electro 3 HP specific features:
Extended Control Pedal support Yamaha FC7, Roland EV-7, Roland EV-5, Korg EXP2 and Korg XVP10.
Nord Electro 3 Sixtyone: 900 mm (35.4"), 100 mm (3.9"), 300 mm (11.8")
Nord Electro 3 Seventythree: 1120 mm (44.1"), 100 mm (3.9"), 300 mm (11.8")
Nord Electro 3 HP: 1078 mm (42.4"), 121 mm (4.8"), 344 mm (13.5")
Nord Electro 3 Sixtyone: 7.65 kg (15.3 lbs)
Nord Electro 3 Seventythree: 9.1 kg (18.2 lbs)
Nord Electro 3 HP: 11 kg (24.25 lbs)
Posted on December 1, 2011 by John Ebata
Posted on July 12, 2011 by Fred Nicholson
We just received - and sold very quickly because it is that good - the new Nord Electro 3 -73 key HP (HP stands for Hammer Action portable keybed). This awesome keyboard is a fully weighted 73 keys that weighs only 24 Lbs and is only 42x13.5x5 so it fits in a lot of 61 key gigbags!
I am always amazed how Nord can pack such an awesome sound, look and great build quality while STILL maintaining such a great weight!! Amazing job! If I was gigging, and now I’m not :>, this would be a must have for live performance [...] Read more
Posted on July 19, 2010 by Cosmo Music
As seasoned gigging musicians, we decided it was time we shared our thoughts on a couple of the new keyboards. Specifically, three relatively new keyboards that are designed primarily to cover the “bread and butter” keyboard sounds: Piano, Organ, Electric Piano and Clavinet. We have all three here on the floor at Cosmo, so a side-by-side comparison is pretty easy. Here are our thoughts on the new Korg SV-1, Nord Electro3, and the Roland VCombo VR-700:
Action: available in 73 or 88 note versions and has weighted action, great for acoustic piano, not ideal for organ
Sounds: out of [...] Read more