nord electro 73
Exactly what I wanted
Exactly what I wanted
This Keyboard is Great. Be prepared to spend a little time setting it up. You need to tell it what types of pedals you use. ie, sustain, volume. You can adjust the details of leslie upper and lower rotor's, etc. It is worth sitting down with the manual and getting to know the keyboard. The sounds are better that the electro 2 and the reverb alone makes it worth the upgrade. The extra sounds are nice to have.
This keyboard is amazing. Amazing.
It's the only one I've ever had (and I have eight of them) where people came up and admired it for its sound and (of all things) the look of it.
The Hammond can growl. The acoustic piano has a low end that really punches when needed, yet can provide subtle delicacy. The Mellotron sounds are something that I've wanted for a very long time! The electric pianos make you really want to "dig in".
The response time of the keyboard is amazing - you feel really "connected" to the instrument, which is extremely important to me.
The effects, although a bit limited in their programmability, sound great. The Leslie is wonderful!
This is the first keyboard where I just plugged it in and played without needing to fiddle with eq settings etc. It just WORKS with a band. It BLENDS, it fits in the mix.
The keyboard action is a wonderful compromise between that needed for playing Hammond, acoustic piano, and electric piano.
It runs really cool, and weighs almost nothing!
Nord gives you free system updates and samples. Plus you can use your own samples. What more can you ask for?
This thing is a bargain. Buy it!!!
This instrument has amazing organ and electric piano sounds to say the least. The B3 organ sound is very close to my Hammond XK3 which is known to be the best digital organ in the business.
The Fender Rhodes Mark I, II, III & IV Models are amazingly accurate to the real ones, I know since I have played a Mark II and compared both boards, and in fact the real one needed some work and didn't sound as good. The Rhodes Mark II, & IV used with the tremolo effect is simply over the top and will impress anyone who loves the real Rhodes Pianos, especially other musicians.
The Clavinet and sound effects are incredible, the wah-wah effect really sounds good when used in conjunction with the Clavinet and can really get quick attention in a rock band. The guitars can take a long break when a good player knows how to use these effects, sorry guitar players.
The Farfisa and Vox especially can really shrill and make the hairs on your neck stand up, and for people under 40, this organ will be an education.
The Wurlitzer sounds acceptable but falls a bit short, night quite as meaty as the real deal but can still git-r-done in a band setting.
The acoustic piano patches are the achilles heel of this board and Nord needs to continue their efforts on this. I downloaded a 9' Steinway-D Concert Grand from the Nord site and it did not come close to my Yamaha P250 Stage piano over a PA system or powered monitor, it lacks the realistic sound and is not convincing in this department.
This board overall however is very satisfying since I bought it for the vintage sounds and light weight and it certainly can't be beat in those categories. All the functions are intuitive and geniously thought out for ease of use, Yamaha needs to take notes in this area since they are clueless.
Great Board!! I recommend it to anyone who is looking for the real deal vintage sounds that will impress all musicians and is extremely portable, good job Nord!
... I don't know what Nord was thinking when they took off the program selection section that they had on the Electro 2. Instead of six or seven banks of eight programs, you now have sixty-four banks of two and the live buffer. I am so disappointed by that. This keyboard is way, way harder to use than the Electro 2 was, and that seems to go against the best part about most Nord keyboards - how easy they are to use!
But... that said, if you take the time and plan out what sounds you're going to be performing with, you should have all the sound you need ready to go at your fingertips. It's a pain, but the sounds you get out of this thing make up for the inconvenience. The tone is simply stunning. Definitely an improvement over my Electro 2. The Electro 3 sounds so much more organic and real. Yeah, they made it harder to use but... whatever. I'm still happy with the Electro 3 and will be even happier when I get it dialed in better.
And, all that said, it's still the best for the job, in my opinion. If you only buy one keyboard, I think this should be it. I get compliments every single time I play it for the look and the sound - even from non musician types. Great value, amazing sound, lightweight, and so very versatile.
I first bought the new Korg VS-1 and was disappointed in the sounds and the keyboard action, so I sent it back and got the new Nord Electro 3 73 key keyboard. I am much happier with it. The sounds are all generally good, but the acoustic pianos sound very digital and do not compare in quality to the pianos on my Kurzweil PC1SE and PC2X keyboards. The organs, elec pianos and synth sounds are very good. The effects are easy to set and the best in the business. It is easy to set up your own user patches, but you have to scroll thru all the patches to get to the one you need for any paticular song. Believe me, this is not a good arrangement for on stage work. Nord should have set up a keypad or your favorite top 8 to 12 patches. I think the earlier Electro 2 had something like that. It is going to take a little getting used to the semi-weighted keyboard action especially when the piano patches. It is just an OK action. Wish Nord would have had a fully weighted hammer action 76 key version of the Electro 3 - now that would have been fantastic!!! Overall, I think I am going to be very happy with this light weight keyboard - wish Nord would have had the Keyboard Bags available also - looks like I need to wait until March to get one. The new Roland DP-10 Sustain Pedal and the Roland EV-5 Expression Pedals are perfect for the Nord (why did they not come out with their own and include in the sale since these keyboards are pretty expensive?) If you are mainly a piano player - this is NOT the keybaord for you - consider moving up to the Nord Stage 76 - I played it at a store and was blown away.
I am hoping that Nord will have better piano patches to download in the future. Overall - a really good keyboard, but not perfect.
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