NAMM 2015: Nord Electro 5 Keyboard Brings New Features

At this year’s NAMM show, Nord is introducing a new line of its Electro-series stage pianos. Expanded memory, the ability to split and layer, and a live focused program section enable these emulations of classical electro-mechanical and acoustic instruments to be even more player friendly. The Nord Electro 5D 61- and 73-key versions sport a semi-weighted keybed utilizing organ-type keys with rounded "waterfall" tips, perfect for rapid organ and synthesizer licks, but also suited for playing piano sounds.

Unveiled: Nord lead A1 Analog Modeling Synthesizer

Announced for NAMM, Nord’s new A1 Analog Modeling Synthesizer strives to provide the sought-after warmth and grit of analog synthesis but, thanks to its digital architecture, not the functional limitations. Designed with simplifying complex synth routing in mind, the A1 has a pre-programmed modulation matrix and simplified ADR envelope sections.


Nord Lead 4

In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, demonstrates the Nord Lead 4 49-Key Synthesizer and its redesigned multi-timbral sound engine. Rives discusses how it can be used to produce a variety of sounds including basses, pads, and leads while exploring its 4-part arpeggiator, DSP effects, and Virtual Analog and FM synthesis.

Drum Machines: A Brief History

Synthesizers, Stage Pianos & Organs: Keyboards for Live Bands & Serious Music Makers

There are different kinds of cameras for different kinds of shooters (DSLRs for serious photographers, point-and-shoot cameras for snapshot takers, mirrorless camera systems for DSLR users on vacation, etc.), and similarly, there are many different kinds of musical keyboards, too.

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