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. Nord’s 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 the Nord Piano Library section.
The Electro 3 comes 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.
NORD SAMPLE LIBRARY AND SAMPLE EDITOR
With the Nord Sample Library support Electro 3 Seventy Three owners have access to Nord’s 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 Seventy Three. 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 Seventy Three series has 68 MB of dedicated sample memory and Nord’s efficient loss-less compression algorithm makes it possible for Nord 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 Nord’s digital models and the Electro 3 contains their award winning second generation tonewheel model.
The attention to minute details is stunning, the Electro 3 Seventy Three 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 Seventy Three 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, Nord 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 Nord 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 Sixty One; you have the same behavior and unique response from Nord’s 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 Sixty One’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 Seventy Three’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 Seventy Three, to use the organ split functionality, but in a true, dual manual setup.
The Nord Electro 3 Seventy Three 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.
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 Nord’s 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 Seventy Three that only are available through menus are printed on the panel so you don’t need to read the manual.