Nord Keyboards and UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd have introduced the Nord Grand. They tell us that the Nord Grand features a premium weighted keybed with advanced triple sensors that capture the movements of the hammers with exceptional precision, delivering the smooth and natural feel of an acoustic grand piano.
A spokesperson said, "Incorporating our award-winning performance features and hands-on user interface the lightweight Nord Grand not only provides an extraordinary playing experience, but is also an elegant new approach to our stage piano series."
Here's more details direct from Nord:
THE GRAND EXPERIENCE
The Nord Grand is our first stage piano to feature triple sensors that track the movements on the hammers rather than the keys, delivering the smooth and dynamic touch of an acoustic grand.
Kawai Responsive Hammer keybed with Ivory Touch
The well balanced and responsive triple sensor keybed features an advanced mechanism that provides extraordinary control both when playing percussively or pianissimo with fluent repetitions and retriggering without lifting the keys completely. The addition of an Ivory Touch surface gives the keybed an optimal feel and authenticity.
The Nord Grand contains a wide selection of unique Grand, Upright, Electric and Digital pianos from the exclusive Nord Piano Library.
The Nord Grand factory bank includes 10 Grands, 9 Uprights, 10 Enhanced Electric Pianos, Clavinet, Digital Pianos and more from the exclusive Nord Piano Library - all handpicked for their unique character! Nord’s state-of-the-art sampling techniques capture the extraordinary nuances and real character of the source instruments with breathtaking realism.
All sounds can easily be replaced using the Nord Sound Manager. Our exclusive Nord Piano Library is constantly updated with new unique world class sounds - always free of charge.
Advanced String Resonance
Nord's unique Advanced String Resonance reproduces the intricate interplay of piano strings resonating at their fundamental or harmonic frequencies when other notes are played on our Grand and Upright piano sounds. It also adds the rich resonant ambience of a real piano when playing with pedal down.
Nord Triple Pedal with Dynamic Pedal Noise
The included Nord Triple Pedal features Soft and Sostenuto Pedals in addition to a unique Dynamic Sustain Pedal. The Triple Pedal also enables our Pedal Noise which dynamically simulates the mechanical sounds of lifting and releasing the damper mechanism.
Piano Section Highlights
- 2 GB memory for Nord Piano Library
- 120 voice polyphony
- Advanced String Resonance
- Nord Triple Pedal with Dynamic Pedal Noise
- Creative Piano Filters
- 3 Dynamic Curves from Light to Heavy
- Soft Release
- All sounds are replaceable
SAMPLE SYNTH SECTION
The Sample Synth Section features a broad selection of Strings, Brass, Synths, Choirs and many other high quality sounds from the Nord Sample Library 3.0.
The extensive selection of sounds from Nord Sample Library 3.0 includes the exclusively licensed sounds of the legendary Mellotron and Chamberlin. All sounds can be quickly replaced using the Nord Sound Manager.
The Sample Synth is equipped with essential controls for attack, decay/release and dynamics (filter/velocity) and dedicated Category buttons for quick navigation and selection of sample sounds. It is possible to create your own samples using the free Nord Sample Editor software for Windows and Mac.
Sample Section Highlights
- 512 MB Memory for Nord Sample Library 3.0
- Essential controls for attack, decay/release and dynamics
- All sounds are replaceable
The Effect section has a wide range of instantly tweakable high quality stereo effects modelled after classic stomp boxes. All effects can be assigned freely to the Piano or Sample Synth section.
The Nord Grand Effect section includes Tremolo, Phaser, Chorus, Pan, Wah, RM, Flanger, Vibe, EQ, Delay and Reverb. The Reverb effect has three different types Hall, Stage and Room, each with an optional Bright Mode.
COMPATIBLE WITH NORD PIANO MONITOR
The Nord Piano Monitor speakers can be connected directly to the Nord Grand (using the optional Monitor Brackets) for the ultimate nearfield listening experience.
Nord Grand features an 88-note Kawai Hammer Action with advanced triple sensors (A-C).
Pricing and Availability:
The Nord Grand is scheduled for shipping in Spring 2019 with pricing to be announced.