NAMM 2016: Nord Announce Nord Piano 3

NAMM 2016 wouldn't be a show without a release from Nord Keyboards. And Nord tells us that the new Nord Piano 3 uses virtual hammer action technology to improve on the piano feel and realism.  

With outstanding new keyboard technology, improved grand weighted action, Ivory touch and expanded memory for the exclusive Nord Piano Library - the Nord Piano 3 takes piano feel and realism to a new level.  The new Virtual Hammer Action Technology simulates the movement of the hammers in a Grand Piano, capturing the characteristics with exceptional dynamics and breathtaking level of authenticity.

VIRTUAL HAMMER ACTION TECHNOLOGY

The Nord exclusive Virtual Hammer Action Technology simulates the hammer movements in a Grand Piano delivering outstanding authenticity and dynamic response. The Triple Sensor keybed allows key movements to be determined with stunning precision. The result is a keyboard action that handles dynamic playing with amazing control at any velocity level.

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Repetitions

The Nord Virtual Hammer Action Technology enables you to produce a new note without lifting the key completely. This allows for smoother repetitions as the tone is not completely dampened between the strokes, similar to fluent transitions of a Grand Piano.

Extended Triggering Range

The new keyboard technology makes both top and bottom triggering possible, resulting in amazing control when playing percussively as well as pianissimo with the keys half-pressed down.

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Dynamic Release

The Virtual Hammer Action Technology also includes velocity sensitive release, dynamically dampening the sound based on how quickly you release the key.

GRAND WEIGHTED ACTION AND IVORY TOUCH

The keybed has added weight for improved dynamic control and features a textured “ivory” surface, providing authentic Piano touch and feel.  The individual Fatar keybeds are meticulously calibrated at the Nord factory to ensure an even response over the whole range.

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NORD SOUND LIBRARIES

The Nord Piano 3 features 1 GB of memory dedicated to the exclusive sounds from the Nord Piano Library carefully selected for their specific and individual character. The ever expanding Nord Piano Library is filled with uniquely sampled acoustic and electric instruments, with an outstanding range of velocity levels allowing for exceptional dynamic control.

The Factory Bank features 6 Grand Pianos, 5 Upright Pianos, 11 Electric Pianos, Clavinet and Harpsichords. Replacing the sounds in your Nord Piano 3 is simply a matter of dragging and dropping files in the Nord Sound Manager for Mac and Windows.

The Sample Synth section in the Nord Piano 3 has 256 MB memory dedicated to the Nord Sample Library 2.0 - our essential selection of high quality sampled sounds from a wide range of genres including the exclusively licensed sounds of the Mellotron and Chamberlin. 

MODEL

The Nord Piano 3 features a new triple sensor keybed with Ivory touch and improved grand weighted action (A-C).

The Nord Piano 3 weighs 18,2 kg (40,7 lb) and measures 1287 mm (50.7"), 121 mm (4.8"), 340 mm (13.4").

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

The Nord Piano 3 is due to arrive in the UK in May 2016 with pricing to be announced. Like all Nord keyboards, the Piano 3 is handmade in Sweden with meticulous attention to detail and quality control. 

Nord is distributed in the UK/ROI by Sound Technology Ltd.  For more information please call 01462 480000 or visit www.soundtech.co.uk/music-retail/nord

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