Nord Electro 5 HP 73


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Since 1983, when Hans Nordelius invented the DPP1 Drum Pad (still a favourite with music technology connoisseurs), his company Clavia have designed and meticulously hand-made their... read more

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Manufacturer's ID: ELECTRO-5-HP-73

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Since 1983, when Hans Nordelius invented the DPP1 Drum Pad (still a favourite with music technology connoisseurs), his company Clavia have designed and meticulously hand-made their own instruments including the incredible NORD keyboards in their workshop in Stockholm, Sweden. The first Nord Lead, released in 1995, was the product that really put Nords (and Clavia by extension) on the road to legendary status: the Lead’s game-changing take on virtual analogue synthesis really shook up the music/synth world with its design, sound, editing ability and sheer musicality. Since then, Clavia have not rested on their considerable laurels: a quick scan through the Nord timeline shows a range of professional instruments that offer innovation after innovation, all favouring real-time controls with a host of physical knobs and buttons over multiple menus and tedious scrolling through screens in order to edit parameters. Nords represent the high watermark of touring and gigging keyboards with models to suit players of all genres.

Consisting of a piano, organ and sample section, this 5th generation of Nord's extremely popular Electro range is also one of the most portable weighted-key stage pianos around. Split or layer any two of the sections to give yourself sophisticated sounds: for example, layer a B3 organ sound underneath an electric piano sound, each with their own relative volumes and effects.

Use the special white-on-black screen to see your selections and splits etc: it's designed to be very clear to see on dark stages. Also designed for visibility are the drawbars (ostensibly for the organ sounds but this is a flexible pro piece of gear that can be manipulated in a number of ways) which have segmented red LED strips to provide you with instant visual feedback.

This functionality is wonderful and there is so much more to describe here but all of it pales next to the actual sound of the machine! The Nord piano sounds are amongst the most famous and widely-used in the current musical climate (look closely at Nick Cave's old upright piano and you'll see a Nord nestled in there instead of the acoustic keys!) because they sound and react so much like actual pianos your fingers, ears and audience won't know the difference! The same goes for the meticulously recreated organs, all sampled directly from original instruments in the Nord factory and modelled from this data. The results are uncanny!

The Nord Sample library really allows the Electro to become a living, breathing, future-proof instrument: you can download sounds that range from vintage synths to orchestral instruments all via USB connection. This kind of open-ended sharing (users can upload their own sounds and samples too) really keeps the blood flowing and the quality improving for everybody. It makes this synth endless.



  • General
    • Splits and Layers – Piano/Organ, Piano/Sample, Sample/Organ
    • 1 GB memory for Nord Piano Library
    • 256 MB memory for Nord Sample Library
    • OLED Display for excellent overview and readability
    • 6 Split Points with LED indicators
    • Redesigned Program section with Set List feature
    • Organize Mode lets you rearrange programs and samples on the fly
    • E-E key range for 5D 73 and 5 HP
  • Piano Section
    • Sympathetic String Resonance
  • Sample Synth
    • Dedicated Sample Synth section with Attack, Decay/Release and dynamic controls
  • Organ
    • Nord C2D B3 Tone Wheel simulation
    • Physical Drawbars on 5D 61 and 5D 73 models
    • Principal Pipe Organ model
    • B3 Tone Wheel Bass
    • Leslie 122 simulation from Nord C2D
    • Mount for Half-Moon Switch for Rotary Speaker control (5D 61/73)
  • Effects
    • All effects now in Stereo
    • Tube overdrive simulation
    • Vibe effect
    • Separate Reverb/Delay effects
    • Tremolo, Pan, Ring-Mod and Wah-wah can be controlled with Control Pedal
*All specifications subject to change without further notice

Organ Section

The Electro 5 Organ section features a new additional Principal Pipe Organ mode as well as the Tone Wheel simulation and the highly acclaimed Rotary Speaker simulation of a vintage 122 unit from the award winning Nord C2D Combo Organ.

organ drawbars The C2D B3 Tone Wheel engine is the result of over a decade of perfecting our tone wheel simulations, a journey that started with the original Nord Electro and followed by the award winning Nord C1 and Nord C2 Combo Organs. A new B3 Tone Wheel Bass feature gives you the classic 16' and 8' bass drawbars in the left hand and can even be used with the Piano and Sample section for a thick and meaty bottom.

Both the Electro 5D 61/5D 73 feature physical Drawbars and can accommodate the Nord Half-Moon switch with stop/slow/fast modes (optional accessory). Half Moon Switch

Piano Section

The new Electro 5 series all feature 1GB of Piano Sample memory, allowing you to bring even more of our unique sampled acoustic and electric pianos on stage. The subtle but effective Sympathetic String Resonance technology derived from the Nord Piano is now implemented in the Electro 5 delivering an unprecedented degree of realism to your performance when using our Grand or Upright pianos.

The piano section of the Electro 5 contains acoustic and electric pianos from the ever-expanding, and freely downloadable Nord Piano Library. Expertly sampled and brimming with unique character, the Grand and Upright Acoustic Pianos, legendary Electric Pianos, Clavinet and Harpsichord, provide a stunning sound palette.

Nord Sample Library and Sample Editor

The new Electro 5 features a dedicated Sample Synth section with expanded memory for the Nord Sample Library (256 MB) and additional controls for attack, decay/release and dynamics (filter/velocity). The Nord Sample Library features a broad selection of free sounds from acclaimed sample producers as well as exclusively licensed sounds of the legendary Mellotron and Chamberlin.

Nord Sample EditorThe included Nord Sample Editor makes it possible to add any sound you want to your Electro 5. The Sample Editor can use audio files in the .wav format and has great tools to assist you in getting the results you want. Mapping several samples across the keyboard or creating seamless loops has never been easier.

Effects Section

The Nord Electro 5 Effect section features great, tweakable effects for instantly adding some dirt, glimmer or atmosphere to your sound, and all effects are now in Stereo.

The Amp/Speaker simulation now features the same Vintage 122 Rotary Speaker simulations as found in our flagship organ, Nord C2D. Also, there's a flexible Stereo Delay effect with Tap-Tempo and Ping-Pong mode.

Split and Layers

The Nord Electro 5 has two sound slots that can be combined in a layer or split over the keyboard (Organ/Piano, Piano/Sample Synth or Sample Synth/Organ). Each of the sound slots can have specific effects, Control 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.

Set List Feature

The Electro 5 features a new Set List mode that lets you easily organize a group of Programs for each specific song in the list. Each song can consist of up to 4 different Programs, freely assignable from your existing Programs. You can create unique Set Lists for different bands or situations and the names and order can be easily customized on the fly without connecting it to a computer.

The super clear new OLED display offers excellent overview when selecting sounds and editing programs.
OLED display

The Keybeds

Each Fatar keybed is meticulously calibrated at the Nord factory to ensure an even response over the whole range.

Hammer Action Portable (HP)
The HP keybed uses amazingly portable weighted hammer action piano keys. Perfect for electric and acoustic piano sounds, but also works great for organ playing. Key range E-E.
Semi Weighted Waterfall (SW)
This keybed type uses semi weighted organ type keys with a rounded "waterfall" tip, brilliant for rapid organ shredding and synthesizer licks, but also plays nice with piano sounds. Key range C-C on Electro 5D 61 and E-E on Electro 5D 73.