The Clavia Nord Piano 88 is a professional stage piano with 88 keys, designed with the performing musician in mind without compromising quality or means of expression.
The Nord Piano comes loaded from the factory with 19 different piano and harpsichord sounds. The program memory is filled with 120 programs that showcase the possibilities you have with the selection of pianos and the Nord Piano effects.
Acoustic, electric, vintage or contemporary piano sounds - it’s all here. And with unique features like String Resonance, totally replaceable sounds from the extensive Nord Piano Library and the dynamic Nord Piano Pedal, the Nord Piano delivers in every aspect.
String Resonance is the acoustic phenomenon that occurs inside an acoustic piano or a grand piano when strings, or parts of strings, resonate at their fundamental or harmonic frequencies when other strings are played.
When this functionality is turned on using the Nord Piano’s acoustic pianos, all notes you play will affect each other to reproduce the wonderful acoustics that occurs inside an acoustic grand or upright piano.
String Resonance is also very noticeable if you use the sustain pedal with the String Resonance feature enabled. The notes that you play will have a beautiful sound quality to them, when all the un-dampened strings resonate as you play sustained notes.
Another thing that the String Resonance produces is a crescendo effect. If you play the same key repeatedly with the same force, the sound will change over time. This is originally caused by the hammers hitting the vibrating string in various phases, and creates a nice, gentle fluctuation in volume and timbre in the Nord Piano.
For rock and pop music, when sometimes a more dry and direct sound is desired, simply turn off the String Resonance. Sometimes less is more
Nord Piano Pedal
The included Piano Pedal offers an unprecedented functionality, with the addition of a dynamic control of the mechanical noise during operation, and the ability for you as a player to use half-pedalling and ’’release and catch’’ techniques.
The right pedal is the sustain pedal. When the sustain pedal is operated on an acoustic grand or upright piano, many different sounds are produced by the mechanical components, several of the sounds can be reproduced by the Nord Piano.
When the dampers are lifted from the strings when the sustain pedal is pressed down, a beautiful sizzle can be heard. When you remove the foot from the pedal, the dampers are returned on to the strings, which creates a different, muted type of sound.
Since the pedal is dynamic, you can experiment with various forces in pressing, and also in releasing the pedal. If you just slip your foot of the sustain pedal, allowing the return spring to spring with full force, a noticeable sound will appear.
The ’’floor sound’’ is heard when the pedal reaches the bottom of its travel. You can expereince this in isolation if you press down the pedal completely, then lift it less than halfway back up and then press down again.
If you lift the pedal and immediately press it down again, a very rich sound will be heard. Another big sound is ’The Stomp’, which requires you to start with your foot above the actual pedal, in order to be able to reach the high velocity that is required to get this sound.
The left pedal is the soft pedal, also known as the Una Corda. When you press this pedal, all the notes you play will be slightly lower in volume and also have a slightly more subdued tone quality.
The middle pedal is the Sostenuto. By using this pedal, you can sustain selected notes, while other notes remain unaffected. Only the notes that are held down when the pedal is operated will sustain. Other notes that you play while keeping the pedal down will sound as if no pedal was operated at all.
Effects, EQ and Amps
The effects in the Nord Piano are just as detailed as the piano sounds themselves. The tremolo adds that perfect vibe, the pan sweeps across the stereo panorama, and the auto-wah brings out the funk in you, like never before.
Whenever you want a modulation effect there’s a beautiful phaser, a screaming flanger and a lush chorus, all modeled from highly desirable vintage effects.
The Nord Piano Speaker models faithfully reproduces the overdrive response of different amplifier/cabinet combinations. Select the desired speaker model - Small, JC or Twin - and use the Drive knob to add powerful tube amplifier distortion to your piano sound. MIDI over USB, Extended USB functionality
The Nord Piano is the first Nord unit to have its USB functionality extended to also include MIDI messages. This feature allows you to use the Nord Piano as a controller keyboard with a computer, using the USB interface to transmit and receive MIDI data.
88 keys, weighted hammer action.
6 selectable categories (types of pianos) - Grand, Upright, Electric Pianos, Electric Grands, Clavinet and Harpsichord.
Each category can contain several different models.
LCD Display - provides information on program name and piano model
24 banks with 5 programs each - 120 programs
Live Mode - 5 Live programs
Panel Transpose: +/- 6 semitones
Global Transpose: +/- 6 semitones
40-60 Voices Polyphony
Kbd Touch: 4 velocity response curves
Mono Output - stereo performance (pianos and effects) can be changed to mono
Approx. 500 MB is available for the piano sounds
Effect 1 - pan, tremolo, auto-wah, three selectable depths for the pan and tremolo, rate controlled with the Effect 1 Rate knob
Effect 2 - phaser, flanger and chorus, three selectable depths, rate controlled with the Effect 2 Rate knob
Comp/Amp - three amp/speaker simulations and a compressor, drive/compression amount controlled with the Drive knob
Reverb with six algorithms - Room 1 & 2, Stage 1 & 2, Hall 1 & 2, Dry/Wet control
Three band EQ, with sweepable mid. +/- 15 dB gain/attenuation (100 Hz, 4 kHz and 200 Hz 8 kHz)
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 Piano Pedal or a momentary pedal, like e.g, Roland DP-2, DP-6, Yamaha FC-4, FC-5, Fatar VFP1-25 etc
MIDI In, MIDI Out - 5 pin DIN connectors
USB - type B connector
IEC320 C7 power connector
Piano: 1284 mm (50.5"), 121 mm (4.8"), 340 mm (13.4")
Pedal: 264 mm (10.4"), 224 mm (8.8"), 70 mm (2.8")
Piano: 18 kg (39.6 lbs)
Pedal: 2 kg (4.4 lbs)
- Maurice Ravel - Jeux d’eau
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