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Since its introduction in 2001 the Nord Electro has been the natural choice for musicians in need of authentic emulations of classical electro mechanical and acoustic instruments in a portable and easy to use package.

With greatly expanded memory, the added ability to split and layer and a live focused program section, the new Nord Electro 5 is a highly refined, focused yet flexible stage keyboard.


• Splits and Layers Piano/Organ, Piano/Sample, Sample/Organ
• 1 GB memory for Nord Piano Library
• 256 MB memory for Nord Sample Library
• OLED Display for excellent overview and readability
• 6 Split Points with LED indicators
• Redesigned Program section with Set List feature
• Organize Mode lets you rearrange programs and samples on the fly

Piano Section
• Sympathetic String Resonance
• Sample Synth
• Dedicated Sample Synth section with Attack, Decay/Release and dynamic controls

• Nord C2D B3 Tone Wheel simulation
• Physical Drawbars
• Principal Pipe Organ model
• Farfisa and Vox simulations
• B3 Tone Wheel Bass
• Vintage 122 Rotary Speaker simulation from Nord C2D
• Mount for Half-Moon Switch for Rotary Speaker control

• All effects now in Stereo
• Tube overdrive simulation
• Vibe effect
• Separate Reverb/Delay effects
• Tremolo, Pan, Ring-Mod and Wah-wah can be controlled with Control Pedal


The Electro 5 Organ section features a new additional Principal Pipe Organ mode as well as the Tone Wheel simulation and the highly acclaimed Rotary Speaker simulation of a vintage 122 unit from the award winning Nord C2D Combo Organ.

The C2D B3 Tone Wheel engine is the result of over a decade of perfecting our tone wheel simulations, a journey that started with the original Nord Electro and followed by the award winning Nord C1 and Nord C2 Combo Organs. Not only have we analyzed the signals from each of the 91 spinning tone wheels inside several original instruments - we have also paid years of attention to each and every one of the intricate details that make up the characteristics of the actual sound in a vintage organ.

A new B3 Tone Wheel Bass feature gives you the classic 16' and 8' bass drawbars in the left hand and can even be used with the Piano and Sample section for a thick and meaty bottom.

The Electro 5D 61 features physical Drawbars and can accommodate the Nord Half-Moon switch with stop/slow/fast modes (optional accessory).

The Farfisa and Vox models are just as impressive as the B3, simulating the behavior and unique response of 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 Amp simulations, add some distortion, adjust the EQ and they will definitely get you through any organ gig with flying colors.


The new Electro 5 series all feature 1GB of Piano Sample memory, allowing you to bring even more of our unique sampled acoustic and electric pianos on stage. The subtle but effective Sympathetic String Resonance technology derived from the Nord Piano is now implemented in the Electro 5 delivering an unprecedented degree of realism to your performance when using our Grand or Upright pianos.

The piano section of the Electro 5 contains acoustic and electric pianos from the ever-expanding, and freely downloadable Nord Piano Library. Expertly sampled and brimming with unique character, the Grand and Upright Acoustic Pianos, legendary Electric Pianos, Clavinet and Harpsichord, provide a stunning sound palette.

The entire Nord Piano Library is included on DVDs and new additions can be downloaded free on the Nord Piano Library page. Replacing the sounds is simply a matter of dragging and dropping files in the Nord Sound Manager for Mac and Windows.

The Long Release feature is suitable for legato playing styles and the Advanced String Resonance feature on Grand and Upright Pianos can be turned off when desired. 4 Dynamic Response Curves are available for customizing the keyboard response to your playing style.


The new Electro 5 features a dedicated Sample Synth section with expanded memory for the Nord Sample Library (256 MB) and additional controls for attack, decay/release and dynamics (filter/velocity). The Nord Sample Library features a broad selection of free sounds from acclaimed sample producers as well as exclusively licensed sounds of the legendary Mellotron and Chamberlin.

The included Nord Sample Editor makes it possible to add any sound you want to your Electro 5. 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 Nord Electro 5 has 256 MB of memory dedicated to the Nord Sample Library. Our efficient, lossless compression algorithm makes it's possible for us to fit samples up to three times the size compared to standard linear sample players.


The Electro 4 Effect section (all models)The Nord Electro 5 Effect section features great, tweakable effects for instantly adding some dirt, glimmer or atmosphere to your sound, and all effects are now in Stereo.

The Amp/Speaker simulation now features the same Vintage 122 Rotary Speaker simulations as found in our flagship organ, Nord C2D. Also, there's a flexible Stereo Delay effect with Tap-Tempo and Ping-Pong mode.

• Effect 1 - Pan, Tremolo, Wah-wah and Ring Modulator. All effects can be controlled with a Control Pedal.
• Effect 2 - Phaser, Flanger, Chorus, a new Vibe effect and two selectable depths for each effect.
• Delay - Stereo delay effect with Tap Tempo button and Ping-Pong mode
• Three band EQ, with sweepable mid
• Compressor/Amp - Twin, JC, Small, Rotary and Compressor and a new Tube Overdrive effect.

Master Effects

• Reverb with five algorithms - Room, Stage Soft, Stage, Hall, Hall Soft


Each Fatar keybed is meticulously calibrated at the Nord factory to ensure an even response over the whole range.

Semi Weighted Waterfall (SW)
The Nord Electro 5D 61 uses Semi-Weighted organ type keys with a rounded "waterfall" tip, brilliant for rapid organ shredding and synthesizer licks, but also plays nice with piano sounds. Key range C-C.


The Nord Electro 5 has two sound slots that can be combined in a layer or split over the keyboard (Organ/Piano, Piano/Sample Synth or Sample Synth/Organ). Each of the sound slots can have specific effects, Control Pedal and/or Sustain Pedal assigned to them for example chorus and Sustain Pedal on the Piano and some Delay and a Control Pedal on the Sample Synth. The split function includes 6 split points, indicated with LED lights.

Each of the effects sections can be assigned freely to either Upper or Lower parts.


The Electro 5 features a new Set List mode that lets you easily organize a group of Programs for each specific song in the list. Each song can consist of up to 4 different Programs, freely assignable from your existing Programs. You can create unique Set Lists for different bands or situations and the names and order can be easily customized on the fly without connecting it to a computer.

The super clear new OLED display offers excellent overview when selecting sounds and editing programs.


A new Organize function allows you to effortlessly rearrange the order of Programs and Samples without it affecting your Programs or any Setlists that use them. A smart placeholder feature lets you create customized dividers in the Program and Sample lists, perfect for grouping different types of sounds according to your own taste.


Just plug your MP3 or CD player to the rear panel monitor input to play along, rehearse to or jam with previously recorded music without the need of an external mixer or sound system. The signal is monitored through the headphone output.


Control Pedal support has been improved and now supports the following pedals: Fatar, Yamaha FC7, Roland EV-7, Korg EXP2 and Korg XVP10.


• 61-key (5 octaves, C-C) Velocity sensitive Semi Weighted Waterfall keyboard

• 1 GB memory dedicated to the Nord Piano Library
• The Piano Section has 6 categories - Grand, Upright, EPiano 1 (tine), EPiano 2 (reed) Clavinet and Harpsichord.
• Each category can contain several different models.
• All pianos can be replaced using the Nord Sound Manager application
• Advanced String Resonance-control (Gen 2)
• Long Release
• 4 Dynamic Curves
• Stereo pianos and samples can be played back in mono
• 40-60 Voices polyphony for Piano Library sounds

• 256 MB memory dedicated to the Nord Sample Library
• All samples can be replaced using the Nord Sound Manager application
• The Sample Synth section comes shipped with a selection of one hundred samples from the Nord Sample Library
• Attack and Decay/Release control
• Dynamics control (Filter/Velocity)
• 15 Voice polyphony for Sample Library sounds.

• User adjustable percussion levels, percussion decays and key click 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" desired
• MIDI Split: By connecting an extra MIDI keyboard the Nord Electro 5 can be used as a dual manual (Lower/Upper) organ with different drawbar settings for each manual
• Mount for Half-Moon Switch
• 9 physical drawbars

• All effects in Stereo

Effect 1
• Pan, Tremolo, Wah and Ring Modulator
• Three selectable depths for the Pan and Tremolo, rate controlled with the Effect 1 Rate knob
• Tremolo, Pan, Ring-Mod and Wah can be controlled with Control Pedal

Effect 2
• Phaser 1, Phaser 2, Flanger, Chorus 1, Chorus 2 and Vibe
• Two selectable depths for each effect

Amp Simulations
• Comp/Amp - three amp/speaker simulations, compressor, C2D 122 rotary speaker, Tube Overdrive
• Drive/Compression amount controlled with the Drive knob
• Rotary speed controls - Slow, Fast and Stopped
• Close or Normal microphone placement for 122 Rotary Speaker simulation
• User adjustable rotary treble and bass rotor speeds and acceleration rates
• Three band EQ, with sweepable mid. +/- 15 dB gain/attenuation

Master Effects
• Dedicated Reverb with five algorithms - Room, Stage Soft, Stage, Hall Soft, Hall and Dry/Wet control
• Dedicated Delay Effect - Rate, Amount, Tap-tempo and Stereo Ping Pong

• 2 Audio outputs L & R - 1/4", 6,35 mm jacks, unbalanced
• 1 Monitor input - 1/8", 3,5 mm stereo jack
• 1 Headphone output - 1/4", 6,35 mm stereo jack
• 1 Control pedal input - 1/4", 6,35 mm TRS stereo jack, like Yamaha FC7, Roland EV-7, Roland EV-5, Korg EXP2 and Korg XVP10.
• 1 Sustain pedal input - 1/4", 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 - 1/4", 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 - for transferring sounds and USB MIDI
• IEC C14 power connector

• User Manual
• Power cord
• Nord Piano and Sample Library DVDs

900 mm (35.4") x 97 mm (3.8") x 296 mm (11.7")

8.1 kg (17.85 lbs)

Good at what it does, but I wish it did more!!13 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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I own a PC3 LE8, which I quite like (see my review on the L&M website). However, the PC3 organs don't quite do it for me and I have been eyeing the Nord for some time.... PROS: The organs (read: Leslie) on the Nord are phenomenal and are the primary reason I bought the Electro. I also liked the Hammond SK-1, but preferred some of the other sound (piano) flexibility of the Nord. The drawbars are great (don't like draw-buttons) and the fatar waterfall keybed is excellent. I like the ability to download new samples for pianos etc. and the new sample size and other features make it a step up over the electro 4. In terms of the publicly available sample content, the pianos, EPs, and synths are pretty good. Orchestral content is on the weak side. I hope Nord continues to put up new sounds. The good news is that content is generally compatible with older platforms, so I hope to get good use from the keyboard. CONS: The Nord is not without areas for improvement and this makes the higher price a bit troubling. First, while the pianos are good, I don't find them that *great* an improvement vis a vis what I have in my older Kurzweil. Architecture is very simple (this is NOT a workstation or synth) and is a bit over-sparse. For example, there is relatively little flexibility is how to assign split points on the keyboard - users can only choose from some pre-assigned split points. REALLY? Argh. Similarly, there is not much flexibility in terms of how to use things like pedals. For example, I *know* that organs don't have sustain pedals. However, I still wish to be able to assign a sustain pedal to any sound, no matter how inauthentic this might be. In terms of other irritations, there is over reliance of using a shift button to get additional use out of buttons. More than four quick presets options would have been nice as well. In terms of other gripes, I have to change the organ type (for the organ modeling) at a global level. I can't have one sound use a pristine B-3 and another sound use an older worn model. One has to scroll to a few menus to change this globally. Effects routings, while simple, are not the most flexible (e.g., can't have a chorus and a phase effect at same time). The electro has a sample playback feature that allows some basic envelope tweaking. It would be nice to allow some more in-depth editing (at least by software) to get a little more utility out of this. In terms of sounds, the Electro boasts new pipe organ modeling and I was really keen to hear it. However, I found it to be disappointing and rely on the pipe organ sample content rather than the modeled sound. Perhaps it will be improved in a future update??? It is quite evident that Nord does not wish for this line to cannibalize the flagship Stage lineup. As such, there is no pitch bend or modulation stick on the Electro either. Rather frustratingly (for international musicians / travelers), the Electro must be opened-up, a switch flicked and a fuse changed to allow the Electro to change voltage. My Kurzweil is dual voltage.... (to be fair, the Nord team did support me in terms of finding a solution, but this is weak substitute for good engineering). Conclusion: the Electro is generally very good at what it does - pianos, electro-mechanical keyboards and organs. Sample playing fills some gaps, but I found myself missing basic synthesis options and wishing for a little more flexibility. But it definitely fills a niche. Give it a listen!
Posted by anonymous on Oct 8, 2015
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