New keyboard technology is said to take piano feel and realism to a new level 18/01/16
We brought you the teaser video last week, but now the Nord Piano 3 has been officially announced. A spokesperson told us, "With outstanding new keyboard technology, improved grand weighted action, Ivory touch 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."
Here's the full details in the manufacturer's own words...
88-note Triple Switch keybed with improved grand weighted action
Nord Virtual Hammer Action Technology for greatly improved key response
Ivory touch for authentic feel
OLED-display for better overview
1 GB memory for Nord Piano Library
256 MB for Nord Sample Library
Layer and split-functionality
Nord Triple Pedal included
4 Dynamic Curves
Dynamic Pedal Noise with Nord Triple Pedal
Advanced String Resonance (Gen 2)
Dedicated Sample Synth section with Attack, Decay/Release and dynamic controls
All effects in Stereo
Tube overdrive simulation
Separate Reverb/Delay effects
Tremolo, Pan, Ring-Mod and Wah-wah can be controlled with Control Pedal
VIRTUAL HAMMER ACTION TECHNOLOGY 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.
Repetitions 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.
Dynamic Release The Virtual Hammer Action Technology also includes velocity sensitive release, dynamically dampening the sound based on how quickly you release the key.
GRAND WEIGHTED ACTION AND IVORY TOUCH The keybed has added weight for improved dynamic control and features a textured "ivory" surface, 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.
MODEL The Nord Piano 3 features a new triple sensor keybed with Ivory touch and improved grand weighted action (A-C).
The Nord Piano 3 weighs 18,2 kg (40,7 lb) and measures 1287 mm (50.7"), 121 mm (4.8"), 340 mm (13.4").
NORD SOUND LIBRARIES 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 control.
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.
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.
Pricing and Availability: The Nord Piano 3 will hit the stores in May 2016 with pricing to be announced.