|While the 73-key version of the Nord Electro stage keyboard from Clavia is shipping Clavia announces the 19" wide and 4 U high Nord Electro Rackshowing for the first time at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, USA, January 17-20 2002. The first production units are scheduled for shipment in March this year.
Clavia's goal when developing the Nord Electro was to create the best emulations of traditional electromechanical keyboard instruments on the market, and to make the instrument compact and lightweight.
The organ in the Electro is based on a digital simulation of the mechanical tone wheels of the B-3 organ. It offers solutions to mimic the typical B-3 sound like a complex digital model of the original chorus and vibrato scanner, modeling of the individual random contact bounces for each partial, modeling of the unique frequency characteristics of the built-in pre-amplifier which forms the "body" of the B-3 sound, simulation of the "energy stealth" on the tone wheels that results in the typical compressed sound, authentic tuning of the tone wheels according to the original B3 design, and more.
The piano section comprises of four multi-sampled electric piano instruments: Rhodes Mk II Stage Piano, Wurlitzer 200A, Clavinet D6 and CP-80 Electric Grand. As an extra bonus Clavia also included an acoustic grand piano. The big advantage using flash memory is that you can replace instruments with new ones and that no backup battery is required. The Electro also sports a USB interface for quick and easy download of new piano sounds in the future.
Nord Electro now is available as 5-octave Nord Electro SixtyOne and as 6-octave Nord Electro SeventyThree. Both models weigh less than 10 kgs.