Nord Electro 5D 61

61-note Stage Piano with Piano and Organ Sounds, Physical Drawbars, Effects, USB, and Rotary Speaker Emulator
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Increased Live Performance Features

The 61-key Nord Electro 5D 61 stage piano/synthesizer brings a new level of versatility to an already established keyboard. Primed for live performance, the Electro 5D 61 offers user-friendly touches like a large OLED screen, a Sample Synth section, split points and layering capabilities for building up complex sound patches, and more. Expanded memory now gives you 1GB for the Nord Piano Library and 256MB of memory for the Nord Sample Library. You also get the Tone Wheel and Rotary speaker simulation for Nord's C2D Combo Organ. Gigging live just got easier with the Nord Electro 5D 61 stage piano.

Nord Electro 5D 61 Stage Piano at a Glance:
  • Physical drawbars give you real organ feel
  • Powerful features give you the tools you need
  • Built tough for serious professional use
Physical drawbars give you real organ feel

Nord's Electro 5D 61 builds on the success of four generations of Electro Series keyboards. Nord has been listening to fiercely loyal Electro players, and the number one request was for real drawbars, a favorite feature among Sweetwater keyboard players. Done. Having ready access to physical drawbars gives you the ability to tweak your sound in real time. The Electro 5D 61 now features updated tone wheel and rotary speaker simulations from the C2D. And a mount for the optional Half-Moon Switch gives you an authentic-feeling control for the rotary speaker settings.

Powerful features give you the tools you need

Nord loaded the Electro 5D 61 with a load of features that make gigging and recording easier than ever. A large OLED display lets you instantly see your settings, effects, and more. You can also set up splits and layers into organ/piano, piano/synth, or synth/organ designations that let you have both instruments available on different parts of the keyboard. A dedicated Sample Synth section, with 256MB of memory, offers a large selection of samples and controls for attack, decay, and dynamics. With the Nord Electro 5D 61, you get the warmth of analog with the road-tested reliability of a fifth-gen digital machine.

Built tough for serious professional use

Touring may be rough on musicians, but it's the gear that really gets thrashed. The Nord Electro 5D 61 is built to take whatever your tour schedule can dish out, and then some. Nord builds its instruments for serious professional use. The 5D's 61-key size strikes a perfect balance, offering you two-handed playability in a light weight, maneuverable chassis.

Nord Electro 5D 61 Stage Piano Features:
  • Powerful 61-key stage piano with killer tone wheel organ, synth, and piano tones
  • Large OLED screen lets you instantly see current your settings
  • Dedicated Sample Synth and Piano sections for instant access to your sounds
  • Updated Tone Wheel and Rotary speaker simulations from the C2D
  • Split and layer the keyboard with ease
  • Physical drawbars let you manipulate your sound in real-time
  • Great-feeling semi-weighted 61-note waterfall keybed
  • Mount for optional Half-Moon Switch for rotary speaker control
  • Piano section with 1GB of piano sample memory
  • Add and tweak numerous effects to create the perfect sound
Get real physical drawbars and stunning sounds from the Nord Electro 5D 61!

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 61
Type of Keys Semi-weighted
Other Controllers Drawbars
Polyphony 100 Notes (40 Stereo, 60 Mono)
Effects Yes
Audio Inputs 1 x 1/8" (Monitor)
Audio Outputs 2 x 1/4" (Main), 1 x 1/4" (Headphones)
Pedal Inputs 1 x Control, 1 x Rotor, 1 x Sustain
Height 3.8"
Width 35.4"
Depth 11.7"
Weight 17.85 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number AMS-NELECTRO5D-61

Customer Reviews

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Better Than Ever! And... Still Red!

I've been a fan of vintage keyboards most of my life, so, since it came out, the Nord Electro has been one of my main instruments. I got the Electro 1, upgraded to the E2, then got an E3, then an E4. Without a doubt, the Electro 5 is the most impressive yet. The Electro 4 is still great, so I'm holding on the E4 73 to go with my new E5 61. The Electro 5 sounds great - it doesn't sound exactly like the E4 - the EQ section in particular has its own sound and it sounds incredible. The Leslie sim also seems to have been beefed up some - a very subtle difference, but nice - I usually use a Vent, but I played a rehearsal with the sim and it sounded very good! It has drawbars now (well, drawbar tips on sliders), and they feel exactly right - with satisfying clicks every time you move one. It has a display so you always know what piano model or sample or drawbar setting you have active. It has a huge amount of memory, so you can fit in a few of Clavia's incredible sounding X-Large pianos along with all the electric pianos and still have room for Clavinet, harpsichords, some more acoustic pianos, and more samples than you could ever use. You can layer a couple of these sounds or split the keyboard between 2 of them. You can now play the Hammond bass pedals with your left hand which is cool. If you like to bring one keyboard to a job, this should be it - and the 61 is remarkably small. It's great. It's still Red!

Don't Know Why Anyone Would Rate 1 or 2 Stars

I've been playing keyboards and piano for 25 years (I'm only 30). I've owned or used Korg M1, Alesis QS7, Motif 8, ES, SX, Montage, Roland Fantom X6, G8, AKAI MPK, M-Audio, Novation, and several others I can't remember at the moment, so my experience with keyboards is extensive. I picked up the 5D after returning my Yamaha Montage 8 because it was hurting my back lugging it around all the time. I was going to get the 6, but decided to try out the Nord. Although I was disappointed by the limited number of sampled sounds, I was excited about the great organs and keyboard options. Unlike what one reviewer stated, it's very easy to access different organs. Saving presets makes it all that much more quick. Never have I heard a keyboard with accurate and beautiful B3s, Pipe, Vox, and Farfisa organs that could be customized--with physical drawbars--at this price. Aside from that, the leslie simulator is beautiful. A friend of mine who is in his 40s and prefers the analog and tape sound of the 70s told me that this was the best organ he had every heard on a modern keyboard. The pianos are another great feature. Nord lets you download different pianos from their website for free. You can choose different sized samples to either have a few highly detailed patches or several medium patches. I love the Fazioli, Royal Grand, Upright Grand and Mellow Grand pianos in the studio and live. But these sounds --- IMHO -- sound better live. They are not as detailed as Roland or Yamaha samples, but you don't want that live unless you're playing alone on high-quality speakers. They cut through the band in a pleasant way. The sample section is fun to use because you can use the many nord samples from their site, or easily create your own with Nord's sample software. But it gets really fun when start tweaking the sounds in the fx section. The thing I don't like about it is its relatively high learning curve on certain functions like creating a set list or MIDI configuration. Warning! This is not a great MIDI keyboard. While you can certainly use it for playing sampled instruments on your computer, it doesn't have a pitch bend or mod wheel and you can't change MIDI octaves. It's also hard to map the knobs to your plugins. But this is more of a live keyboard. The keys are semi weighted waterfall keys. They're a good compromise for organ and piano playing. But they can be a bit noisy compared to weighted keys. I would definitely recommend this to anyone needing a highly portable keyboard with great sounds.
Music background: 25yrs playing piano/keys, owner of HIFIMIDI

Long Time Hammond and Nord Player

I use the Nord Electro as the upper manual with a Hammond XK3c. I had been using the Electro2 for years and the Electro 5 had enough upgrades to make the switch. I like the small size and portability of the 5D. It has been a long while since moving a Hammond B3 around and I sold it ten years ago. The Hammond sounds and the electric pianos are what I use the most and I like the action for those functions. The splits, layers and song sets are a big plus and I like that all the edits and effects are all right there without doing any menu diving. For acoustic piano I still prefer a hammer action board and I play through a Roland RD64 that has a small footprint and doesn't hit the cymbal stand on a small stage. If I had to do a gig with only one board, the electro 5 is the one I would choose.


Bought one of these and will be sending it back. Am used to my Nord Electro 3 where you can simply select organ, piano, or sample and get right thete. You cannot do that with this thing as it seems to only work off the presets. If you just want to play organ it won"t let you. Very difficult to use and not at all intuitive like the Electro 3 which thankfully I still have. The pianos on the 5d are not that great and you can get better elsewhere. The organs are excellent but difficult to get to. It gas all these split sounds programmed and if you do not like them you are out of luck. Very disappointed. Still have my Nord C and Electro 3. The 5d is not worth the upgrade in my opinion.


I was really looking forward to the Electro. HOwever, Keybed was small, action was a bit odd and the key finish was too glossy. Dials and buttons are a bit small and intricate. Organ tones are great but many other patches are a bit thin. Prefer Roland. Interface is time consuming. Board is solidly built. Very portable. Sweetwater staff is exceptional!
Music background: Experienced
See also: Electric Pianos, Nord, Nord Digital Pianos