The Nord Electro 4D - 61-Note Semi-Weighted 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.
To make the experience of playing the Electro 4D's organ sounds even more realistic, Nord equipped it with some great features from its C2D organ, including a set of physical drawbars and the B3 tone-wheel organ engine. Add in the new simulation of a vintage 122 rotary-speaker cabinet, and it's clear that the Electro 4D's organ patches offer a super-realistic sound and feel. Authentic-sounding Vox and Farfisa simulations are included, as well.
The piano section contains 185 MB of sounds from the Nord Piano Library, including grand, upright, and electric pianos, along with harphsichords 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.
You can also 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 4D, 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 delay augments pan, tremolo, auto-wah, phaser, flanger, chorus, amp-simulation, compressor and reverb effects, which were brought over from the Electro 3.
The Electro 4D is outfitted with a USB port, so it can be used as a MIDI controller. It has 61 semi-weighted Waterfall keys. In keeping with Nord's design philosophy of providing simple and intuitive user interfaces on its keyboards, the Electro 4D 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. Weighing only 15.3 lbs (7.65 kg ), the Electro 4 is incredibly lightweight and easy to carry around.
Nord C2D B3 tone-wheel simulation (New)
Improved Key Click simulation (New)
122 Rotary Speaker simulation (New)
Vox and Farfisa organ simulations
Nord Piano Library compatible
String Resonance ON/OFF: Gen 1 (New)
Long Release (New)
Nord Sample Library compatible
Powerful Effect section
Stereo Delay (New)
Extended Control Pedal Support (New)
USB MIDI (New)
61 Semi-Weighted Waterfall keys
2 x 1/4" Audio Outputs (unbalanced)
1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Monitor Input
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
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
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)
The Sample Library section 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 for Piano Library sounds. 15 Voices for Sample Library sounds
Three classic organ models: B3, Vox Continental, and Farfisa with full polyphony
B3 Tone Wheel Organ engine from Nord C2D Combo Organ
9 physical 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 pedah-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