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Nord Electro 3 - 73-Key Organ, Piano, and Mellotron Instrument

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Product Highlights
  • B3, Vox Continental, and Farfisa Organs
  • 5 Pianos: Grand, Upright, & Electrics
  • Mellotron Flute, Bells, Cello & Mandola
  • 17 User Configurable Organ Presets
  • 9 Digitally Controlled Drawbars
  • Pedal Down & Key Off Samples
  • Stereo Input - Plug In Your iPod and Jam

The Electro 3 from Nord is a 73-key virtual electromechanical organ, piano, and Mellotron instrument with semi-weighted, velocity sensitive keys. It comes loaded with authentic sounds with every detail you'd expect to hear in vintage instruments, from the pedal down sounds to the key off noises. What sets the Electro 3 apart is its dedication to tasteful and playable instruments, and its simple and intuitive interface that allows the musician to fully concentrate on making music, and nothing more.

There are 9 digitally controlled drawbars on the Electro 3 that are just as easy to use as mechanical drawbars. There's an "Up" button and a "Down" button for each drawbar, and pushing them makes the LED column above go up or down. The great advantage is that you can change sounds, and the LED drawbars will instantly adjust and display in the position they were in when the preset was saved. You can save 17 of your own presets for each organ on the Electro 3.

A host of built-in effects are supplied that enable you to tweak a sound to your liking. Use reverb and chorus to sweeten up the tone, or throw in an amp simulator to rip open your sound. Additional sounds are downloadable for free from the Nord website to broaden your palette of expression (the Mellotron sounds are available from the site). You can also load your own samples into the Electro 3 for a totally custom sound. This keyboard was designed for the active musician, and it can easily travel with you, where ever your music takes you.

Organ Section

Organ section from the acclaimed Nord C1 Combo Organ
Three classic organ models: B3, Vox Continental, and Farfisa with full polyphony
9 digitally controlled drawbars
Two complete organ registrations for every program
The drawbars of Electro 3 are represented by up/down buttons and LED bar graphs instead of the ordinary mechanical drawbars. This gives you a big advantage: when you change programs, the correct drawbar settings are shown immediately by the LEDs
17 user configurable organ presets for each organ model
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: The Nord Electro 3 is designed to support an extra MIDI keyboard when the Organ Split mode is activated. This makes it possible to use the Nord Electro 3 as a dual manual (Lower/Upper) organ with different drawbar settings for each manual

Piano and Sample Library Section

5 selectable types of pianos - Grand, Upright, EPiano, Wurl & Clav/Harpsichord. Each type can contain several different models
185 MB of the flash memory is allocated to the piano types
Every piano in the Electro 3 is replaceable by the user. New models can be uploaded to the Electro 3 using the Electro 3 Manager application
Sample Library type can contain up to 50 samples from the Nord Sample Library
68 MB of the flash memory is allocated to samples
Stereo pianos and samples can be played back in mono
40-60 Voices polyphony
Keys 73-Key semi-weighted, velocity sensitive, waterfall (square front) keyboard
Connectors 2 x 1/4" unbalanced audio outputs (Left & Right)
1 x Monitor (iPod/MP3 or CD Player) Input - 1/8", 3.5 mm stereo jack
1 x Headphone Output - 1/4", 6.35 mm stereo jack
1 x Control pedal input - 1/4", 6.35 mm TRS stereo jack (use a Control/Expression pedal like the Yamaha FC-7, Roland EV-5 etc.)
1 x Sustain pedal input - 1/4", 6.35 mm jack (use a momentary pedal, like the Roland DP-2, DP-6, Yamaha FC-4, FC-5, Fatar VFP1-25 etc.)
1 x Rotary Speaker speed switch pedal input - 1/4", 6.35 mm jack (use a momentary pedal or a switch type pedal)
1 x MIDI In
1 x MIDI Out (5 pin DIN connectors)
1 x USB - type B connector
Sounds Organ Section:
B3, Vox Continental, and Farfisa with full polyphony
17 user configurable organ presets for each organ model

Piano & Sample Library Section:
Grand, Upright, Electric Piano, Wurlitzer A200 & Clavinet D6
2 Yamaha C7s, 1 Steinway D, 2 electric grands
Tine based Mk I, Suitcase Mk I, Mk II, and Mk V
French Harpsichord185 MB of the flash memory is allocated to the piano types
Sample Library can contain up to 50 samples from the Nord Sample Library
68 MB of the flash memory is allocated to samples

Flute (from the MKII Mellotron), Tubular bells and Solocello (from the M400), and Mandola (from the MKI)

Effects Effect 1:
Pan, tremolo, auto-wah, pedal-wah, and ring modulator

Effect 2:
Phaser, flanger, and chorus

3 amp/speaker simulations, compressor, and rotary speaker

Room, Stage Soft, Stage, Hall, Hall Soft

3-band EQ with sweepable mid, +/- 15 dB gain/attenuation

Controls 9 digital drawbars (represented by up/down buttons and LED bar graphs instead of the ordinary mechanical drawbars)
MIDI Yes, MIDI In and Out

When the Organ Split mode is activated it's possible to use the Nord Electro 3 as a dual manual (Lower/Upper) organ with different drawbar settings for each manual

Dimensions 44.1 x 3.9 x 11.8" (1120 x 100 x 300mm)
Weight 18.2 lbs (9.1 kg)
Nord Electro 3 - 73-Key Organ, Piano, and Mellotron Instrument
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  • User Manual
  • 1 Year Warranty

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    The Nord Vintage Sounds Can't Be Beat!

    By Charlie

    from Phoenixville, PA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer


    • Easy to Use
    • Portable
    • Realistic Sound
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Touch Sensitive Keys


      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Concerts
      • Learning
      • Travel

      Comments about Nord Electro 3 - 73-Key Organ, Piano, and Mellotron Instrument:

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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!

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      Good upgrade from the E2...

      By Larry

      from Peabody, MA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer


      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile


      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Nord Electro 3 - 73-Key Organ, Piano, and Mellotron Instrument:

      Nord has taken a step closer to producing the perfect balance of vintage keyboard modeler/all purpose keyboard.

      The improvements made in the E3 vs. the E2 are significant. Reverb has been a welcome addition to the effects section. In the E3 we have made giant leaps in the acoustic and electric piano department. There are many more to choose from and all sound good. The fidelity and Leslie sim on the organ section(which was good to begin with)have been upgraded. Nord has also added very convincing Farfisa and Vox simulations. Where the E3 really separates from the E2 is the ability to load sample files and store them in the onboard Flash Memory. It comes stocked with a whole host of Mellotron samples as well as some generic synth sounds, vibes and other mallet sounds. There are also many more editing options(pedal configuration, key click, Leslie sim) and three times more memory slots. All in all, excellent work. However, I feel there are some places that the E3 falls short...

      The new Clavinet samples are not as realistic as the E2(hopefully Nord will make them available as a download). The E2 had Banks A-F(bank select up and down), each having 8 program. The E3 only has Banks A & B(one button for each), each having 64 programs(up and down only). Unfortunately, there is no numeric keypad to navigate through the programs. This makes it very cumbersome to change programs in live performance. They also chose to keep a simple LED display rather than an LCD so that you could name your programs. I would like to have seen a USB port for transferring data to and from a flash drive. If for some reason(and I have no reason to believe that you would based on how reliable my E2 was for the past 5 years)you lose your programs on a gig, you would need a laptop to reload them. On a picky note, if you have the ability to load sample files such as synth sounds, it would be useful to have pitch and mod wheels or levers. I realize these are all price points and would probably increase the cost of the unit, but they would also increase the value.

      That being said, in spite of what I feel are shortcomings, I love my E3! I wonder what the E4 will offer...

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