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Nord Electro 4 HP

73-Note Weighted Hammer-Action Keyboard with USB

Product Code 66694

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The Electro 4 HP 73-Note Weighted Hammer-Action Keyboard with USB offers a wide range of classic keyboard sounds and performance-friendly features. Like its predecessors, it's focused on electromechanical keyboards like organs, electric pianos, and clavinets, but also offers the ability load additional sounds from Nord's Piano and Sample libraries. You can even add your own samples.

In an effort to make the Electro 4 HP's organ sounds as realistic as possible, Nord has incorporated the same B3 tone-wheel organ engine from its flagship C2D organ. Furthermore, they have included a simulation of the 122 cabinet that has been designed to reproduce the sound of a vintage rotary-speaker. Vox and Farfisa organ simulations are included as well.

The piano section contains 380 MB of sounds from the Nord Piano Library, including grand, upright, and electric pianos, along with harpsichords and clavinets. Besides the preloaded sounds, the entire library is included in the box on a DVD, so you can load in more of your favorite sounds.

The Electro 4 HP also features 128 MB of memory dedicated to the Nord Sample Library. You can download and access the Nord Sample Library, which contains Mellotron and Chamberlin samples, plus third-party sounds from Sonic Reality, Precision Sound, Kirk Hunter Studios, and more. To help you manage your sounds, you can download the free Nord Sound Manager (Mac/Win), a software librarian for Nord keyboards that allows you to drag and drop sounds into your Electro 4 HP, and organize and backup the sounds in the keyboard.

Nord has also augmented the effects section with the addition of a stereo delay featuring a Tap Tempo button and a Ping-Pong mode. The pan, tremolo, auto-wah, phaser, flanger, chorus, amp-simulation, compressor and reverb effects all were brought over from the Electro 3. The Electro 4 HP is outfitted with a USB port, so it can be used as a MIDI controller. It has 73 weighted hammer action piano keys designed to work well with electric and acoustic piano sounds, although the High Trigger-point mode was implemented specifically for organ playing. In keeping with Nord's design philosophy of providing simple and intuitive user interfaces on its keyboards, the Electro 4 HP has dedicated knobs and buttons that control most of its functions. To further simplify its operation for live performance, the functions that are only accessible via menu are printed out on the panel so that you can find them quickly.

Performers will also appreciate that there are now 4 Live memory locations available (as opposed to 1 on the Nord Electro 3), as well as 4 banks of 32 patches. The Electro 4 HP also features 4 selectable dynamic response curves for customizing the keyboard response to your playing style.

B3 Tone Wheel Simulation from Flagship Nord C2D
Digital simulation of the classic B3 mechanical tone wheel organ. Designed to model the subtle nuances of the original B3 sound including the clicking sound of the keys. It is the same engine found in Nord's flagship C2D organ

Vox and Farfisa Organ Simulations
Includes simulations designed for realistic reproduction of the transistor-based Vox Continental II combo organ and the distinct "buzzy" sound of the Farfisa Compact DeLuxe organ

122 Rotary Speaker Simulation
Features simulations of the vintage 122 speaker cabinet being captured at normal and close microphone distance ranges as well as an overdrive simulation

Nord Piano Library
Comes loaded with a selection of sounds from the Nord Piano Library containing Grand, Upright and Electrical Pianos, Clavinet and Harpsichords. The entire Nord Piano Library is included on DVDs and new additions can be downloaded free on the Nord Piano Library page

Nord Sample Library
The Nord Sample library is a database of additional sounds such as Mellotron and Chamberlin simulations. The library can be found on the Nord website and is updated on a regular basis. The existing library and all future updates can be downloaded for free and used with the Electro 4 HP

Sample Editor
The included Nord Sample Editor makes it possible to add any sound you want to your Electro 4 HP. The editor can use audio files in the .wav format and has tools that allow you to map samples across the keyboard or create loops

Extended Control Pedal Support
Control pedal support expanded from Electro 3 to include the Yamaha FC7, Roland EV-7, Roland EV-5, Korg EXP2 and Korg XVP10. Control pedals can be used to control rotor speed and other expressions

Tweakable Effects
Effects section includes tremolo, auto-wah, phaser, chorus, stereo delay, EQ, compressor and reverb

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  • Keyboard: 73-key (6 octaves, E-E) Velocity sensitive Hammer Action Portable keyboard
  • Connections: 2 x 1/4" Audio Outputs (unbalanced)
  • 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Monitor Output
  • 1 x 1/4" Stereo Headphone Output
  • 1 x 1/4" Control Pedal Input (Like Yamaha FC7, Roland EV-7, Roland EV-5, Korg EXP2 and Korg XVP10)
  • 1 x 1/4" Sustain Pedal Input (Use a momentary pedal, like e.g, Roland DP-2, DP-6, Yamaha FC-4, FC-5, Fatar VFP1-25 etc.
  • 1 x 1/4" Rotary Speaker speed switch pedal input (Use a momentary pedal or a switch type pedal)
  • 1 x MIDI In
  • 1 x MIDI Out
  • USB Type B Connector (For transferring sounds and USB-MIDI)
  • IEC320 C18 Power Connector
  • Sounds: Piano and Sample Library Section
  • 5 selectable types of pianos - Grand, Upright, EPiano, Wurl & Clav/Harpsichord. Each type can contain several different models.
  • 380 MB of the flash memory is allocated to the piano types
  • Each and every piano in the Electro 4D is replaceable by the user. New models can be uploaded to the Electro 4D using the Nord Sound Manager application
  • String Resonance-control (ON/OFF)
  • Long Release
  • The Sample Library section can contain up to 50 samples from the Nord Sample Library
  • 128 MB of the flash memory is allocated to samples
  • Stereo pianos and samples can be played back in mono
  • 40-60 Voices polyphony for Piano Library sounds. 15 Voices for Sample Library sounds
  • Organ Section: Three classic organ models: B3, Vox Continental, and Farfisa with full polyphony
  • B3 Tone Wheel Organ engine from Nord C2D Combo Organ
  • Digital LED drawbars
  • Two complete organ registrations for every program
  • Percussion with 2nd, 3rd, normal/soft, fast/slow for the B3 model
  • User adjustable percussion levels, percussion decays and keyclick 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" you wish to have in your B3 sound
  • MIDI Split: By connecting an extra MIDI keyboard the Nord Electro 4D can be used as a dual manual (Lower/Upper) organ with different drawbar settings for each manual
  • Effect 1 - pan, tremolo, auto-wah, pedal-wah and ring modulator
  • Three selectable depths for the pan and tremolo, rate controlled with the Effect 1 Rate knob
  • Control pedal assigned to pedal-wah and ring modulator depth
  • Effect 2 - phaser, flanger and chorus
  • Three selectable depths, rate controlled with the Effect 2 Rate knob
  • Comp/Amp - three amp/speaker simulations, compressor and rotary speaker
  • 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
  • Delay Effect - Rate, Amount, Tap-tempo and Stereo Ping Pong
  • Reverb with five algorithms - Room, Stage Soft, Stage, Hall, Hall Soft Dry/Wet control
  • Dimensions: 42.4 x 4.8 x 13.5" (1078 x 121 x 344 mm)
  • Weight: 24.25 lb (11 kg)

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