Nord - Piano 3

Nord - Piano 3

  • $2,999.00

Manufacturer Description:

With outstanding new keyboard technology, improved grand weighted
action 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.


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.


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 the fluent transitions possible on 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.

Grand Weighted Action

The keybed has added weight for improved dynamic control 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.

Piano Section

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

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.


Advanced String Resonance

Reproduces the intricate interplay of piano strings resonating at their
fundamental or harmonic frequencies when other notes are played on our
Upright and Grand piano sounds.

Soft Release

Softens the release phase of the tone, which can be suitable when a gentler or more legato character is desired.

The Nord Triple Pedal

Includes Soft and Sostenuto Pedals in addition to a unique Dynamic
Sustain Pedal enabling the use of half-pedaling and "release and catch"

Pedal Noise

Recreates the mechanical sounds of lifting and releasing the damper
mechanism, producing the characteristic thomp and sizzle sounds. The
Pedal Noise feature responds dynamically to the force/momentum used when
pressing or releasing the sustain pedal on the Nord Triple Pedal.
Sample Synth Section

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.

The Sample Synth section has dedicated knobs for adjusting Attack,
Decay/Release, Dynamic controls and volume of the selected sound. Volume
can also be controlled with an optional Volume Pedal and the Sostenuto
pedal on the Nord Triple Pedal can be used as a separate Sustain/Latch
Pedal for the Sample Synth section for advanced layering possibilites.

With the included software Nord Sample Editor you can even create your
own sample instruments. Load your .WAV-files, assign them to keys on the
keyboard and transfer them to the Nord Piano 3 to play them instantly.
The Nord Sample Editor can also assist you in looping and mapping your

Effect Section

Panel Effects

The Nord Piano 3 Effect section features great, tweakable effects for
instantly adding dirt, glimmer or atmosphere to your sound. All effects
are in Stereo.

Effect 1 - Pan, Tremolo, Wah-wah and Ring Modulator. All effects can be controlled with a Control Pedal.

Effect 2 - Phaser, Flanger, Chorus, a new Vibe effect and two selectable depths for each effect.

Delay - Stereo delay effect with Tap Tempo button

Three band EQ, with sweepable mid

Compressor/Amp - Twin, JC, Small, Compressor and a new Tube Overdrive effect.

Each of the effects sections can be assigned to either the Piano or Sample Synth section.

Master Effects

Reverb with six modes - Room, Stage, Hall each with a Bright option.


The Nord Piano 3 has dedicated knobs and buttons for all vital functions
required in a live performance situation. Transposing, setting up a
split point or creating a layered sound can be accomplished in seconds.

OLED Display

The crystal clear OLED display provides an excellent overview when
selecting or editing Sounds, Effects and Programs on stage. A new
Organize function allows you to effortlessly rearrange the order of
Programs, Pianos and Samples.

There are 200 locations, organized in 4 banks with 50 programs each. The
Nord Piano 3 also has 5 Live locations that automatically save the
current settings - ideal as a sketching pad at rehearsals when trying
out new sound combinations in the search of the perfect sound.


The Nord Piano 3 has two sound sections that can be combined in a layer
or split over the keyboard. Each of the sound sections can have specific
effects, Volume Pedal and/or Sustain Pedal assigned to them – for
example chorus and Sustain Pedal on the Piano and some Delay and a
Control Pedal on the Sample Synth. The split function includes 6 split
points, indicated with LED lights.

Monitor input

Connect your MP3 or CD player to the rear panel Nord Piano 3 monitor
input to play along, rehearse to or jam with previously recorded music
without the need of an external mixer or sound system. The signal will
be monitored through the headphone output.



OLED Display

4 banks with 50 programs - 200 locations

Organize functionality for programs

Live Mode - 5 Live programs

Global Transpose: +/- 6 semitones

Program Transpose: +/- 6 semitones

Fine-tune: +/- 50 Cents

Kbd Touch: 4 velocity response curves

Triple Sensor keybed with Virtual Hammer Action Technology

Split functionality with selectable split point and LED indication

Layer functionality

Mono Output option

Dynamic Sustain Pedal action with the included Nord Triple Pedal


Free OS updates


6 types - Grand, Upright, Electric Piano 1, Electric Piano 2, Clavinet and Harpsichord.

Each category can contain up to 9 different models.

Organize functionality for piano sounds

40/60 Voices Polyphony (stereo/mono pianos)

Advanced String Resonance (Generation 2) - adjustable amount

Selectable Soft Release for Grand, Upright, Electric Pianos and Harpsichord

Selectable Pedal Noise for Grand, Upright and Electric Pianos 1 - adjustable amount

Octave Transpose: -1/+1


15 Voices Polyphony

Organize functionality for samples

Amp envelope with Attack and Decay/Release

Selectable velocity sensitive low pass filter and dynamic range

Octave Transpose: -1/+3

Sustenuto pedal can be set as sustain or latch pedal for the Sample Synth section.

Volume controllable with Volume Pedal (not included)


Approx. 1 GB dedicated to the Nord Piano Library

Approx. 256 MB dedicated to the Nord Sample Library 2.0


Effect 1

Pan, Tremolo, Wah and Ring Modulator

Three selectable depths for the Pan and Tremolo, rate controlled with the Effect 1 Rate knob

Tremolo, Pan, Ring-Mod and Wah can be controlled with Control Pedal

Effect 2

Phaser 1, Phaser 2, Flanger, Chorus 1, Chorus 2 and Vibe

Two selectable depths for each effect

Amp Simulations, Comp and EQ

Comp/Amp - three amp/speaker simulations, Tube Overdrive

Drive/Compression amount controlled with the Drive knob

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

Master Effects

Dedicated Reverb with Room, Stage and Hall algorithms, each with an additional Bright mode

Dedicated Delay Effect - Rate, Amount and Tap-tempo function


2 Audio outputs L & R - ¼", 6.35 mm jacks, unbalanced

1 Monitor input - 1/8", 3.5 mm stereo jack

1 Headphone output - ¼", 6.35 mm stereo jack

1 Piano pedal input - ¼", 6.35 mm jack. Use the included Nord Triple
Pedal or a momentary pedal, like e.g, Roland DP-2, DP-6, Yamaha FC-4,
FC-5, Fatar VFP1-25, etc

1 Volume Pedal input - ¼", 6.35 mm TRS stereo jack. Use a Control/Expression pedal like e.g. Yamaha FC-7, Roland EV-5 etc.

MIDI In, MIDI Out - 5 pin DIN connectors

USB - type B connector - for transferring sounds and USB-MIDI

IEC C14 power connector


Nord Piano 3: 1287 mm (50.7"), 121 mm (4.8"), 340 mm (13.4")

Pedal: 264 mm (10.4"), 224 mm (8.8"), 70 mm (2.8")


Nord Piano 3: 18.2 kg (40.3 lbs)

Pedal: 2 kg (4.4 lbs)


Nord Triple Pedal

User Manual

Power cord

Nord Piano Library v5 DVD-ROM

Nord Sample Library 2.0 DVD-ROM