Nord Electro 6D 61
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Manufacturer's ID: 10850
What we say:
Nord’s extremely popular Electro range enjoys a brand new iteration with the Electro 6. Each previous Electro instalment has been well received, bringing with it sensible player-friendly upgrades. So what do we get in this new, fresh v6 model?
To begin with, the Organ section has a new pipe organ model (so there are two now) and you can now utilise two organ models at once.
The Sample section has been given an expanded memory (512MB) and the polyphony has been increased too. This is true of the Piano section too, which now also has 1GB for memory. The pianos have never sounded better!
Generally, there are improvements that apply across the board: you can now stack 3 sounds together instead of the previous 2; you now have Seamless Transitions between patches so you will no longer have to suffer nasty and abrupt silences as you switch sounds; and there is an Organise Mode now for reorganising the location of sounds and page to improve your workflow and enjoyment.
In the organ section, you can enjoy Nord’s painstakingly accurate renditions of famous vintage models like the Hammond B3, Vox Continental and Farfisa as well as those two pipe organs. A set of physical drawbars make a huge difference to the performance feel of this model and a Rotary Speaker simulator rounds out the organ section perfectly.
The Piano section contains some incredible models of various pianos from around the world with control over the release, dynamic curve and filter. You can also of course sub out sounds and replace them via the Nord Sample Library website!
This is true of the synth section too: there are a great bank of presets to work with but these can also be subbed out in favour of sounds from the sample library.
This model has 61 semi-weighted waterfall keys, the perfect interface for fast and expressive organ playing.
The quality of sounds is as strong and detailed as we’ve come to expect from Nord. These new features are well thought out and very welcome: all players who use keys and favour organs can make great use of the new Nord Electro 6D!
- Seamless Transitions
- 3 part multi-timbral
- Split and Layer all 3 sections with optional Split Point Crossfades
- OLED Display for excellent overview
- Organize Mode for quickly rearranging programs, sounds and pages
- 1 GB memory for Nord Piano Library
- Piano Filters
- Extended Voice Polyphony
- Sympathetic String Resonance
- 4 Dynamic Curves
- Expanded memory (512 MB) for Nord Sample Library
- Extended Voice Polyphony
- Dedicated Sample Synth section with Attack, Decay/Release and dynamic controls
- B3 Toheel, B3 Bass, Vox and Farfisa simulations
- 2 Pipe Organ models
- Dual Organ Mode
- Model 122 Vintage Rotary Speaker
- Physical Drawbars on 6D 61 and 6D 73 models
- Mount for Half-Moon Switch for Rotary Speaker control (6D 61/73)
- A wide range of instantly tweakable high quality stereo effects modelled after classic stomp boxes
- Reverb with Bright Mode
The Nord Electro 6 features automatically seamless transitions when changing sounds or programs while playing.
Layer and advanced Split functionality
The panel has three independent sound sections; Organ, Piano and Sample Synth that can be used simultaneously as a layer or a split. It features 6 Split Points and the new Split Point Crossfade functionality introduced with the Stage 3 for smooth transitions between two split zones. Choose from 3 different crossfade widths (Small, Large or Off) as indicated by different LED colors.
Refined Program Section
The new streamlined Program section features a handy Organize mode including Copy/Paste and Move functionality for quickly arranging your Programs to your desired order. A new Page View lets you easily sort and organize pages as a song list.
All Programs, Pianos and Synth Samples are easily navigated using the new List View that offers alphabetical, numerical and category sorting options.
The Nord Electro 6 features our award-winning Nord C2D Organ simulations of B3 Tonewheel, B3 Bass and Vintage Transistor Organs plus two Pipe Organ models.
B3 Tonewheel simulation
The Organ section features our acclaimed Nord C2D Organ engine including the extremely authentic B3 Tonewheel simulation with four different tone wheel settings, ranging from factory new clean to leaky old vintage.
An improved dedicated Bass mode simulating the Pedal Bass Tonewheels are available for either splitting with a Piano or Synth or with a B3 Upper Manual in Dual Organ Mode.
Classic Transistor Organs
Our impeccable simulations of the classic 1960’s Transistor Organs, Vox Continental and Farfisa Compact with all the classic settings, are also included in the Organ section.
The Organ section now contains two different Pipe Organ models. The new Pipe 1 is a pure Organ with few harmonics. The Pipe 2, introduced with the Electro 5, is a recreation of metal pipes that commonly make up the backbone of a pipe or church organ, and now includes a special new detune mode when enabling Vibrato/Chorus.
Vintage Rotary Speaker
The Nord Electro 6 has the latest generation of our vintage 122 Rotary Speaker simulation adding an essential character to a live organ performance and features Slow, Fast and Stop mode as well as a Drive control.
Dual Organ Mode
The dedicated new Dual Organ mode provides quick access to dual manual setups and offers great overview and control of the drawbar settings for both the Lower and Upper manual.
Physical Drawbars for Electro 6D 61/73
The Electro 6D 61 and 73 feature Physical Drawbars offering ultimate hands-on experience for the dedicated organ players. The Electro 6 HP features Digital LED Drawbars, offering excellent overview over current settings.
The Piano section has a wide selection of acoustic, electric and digital pianos from the exclusive Nord Piano Library, extended voice polyphony and creative new Piano Filters.
The Nord Electro 6 factory bank contains an extensive selection of our latest Grands, Uprights, Electric Pianos and Digital Pianos from the exclusive Nord Piano Library - all handpicked for their unique characters! The Piano section also features our new “Layer” category with rich dynamic layered patches.
The Nord Piano Experience
Nord’s state-of-the-art sampling techniques capture the extraordinary nuances and real character of the source instruments and unique ‘Advanced String Resonance’ delivers breathtaking realism and an unsurpassed level of expressiveness.
The Factory Bank features a great selection from the Nord Piano Library but you can easily add or replace any of these sounds using the Nord Sound Manager. Our exclusive Nord Piano Library is constantly updated with new exclusive world class sounds, and always free of charge.
Providing an additional level of sonic control, the Piano Section now features dedicated piano filters for accentuating softness, mid or brilliance.
A Soft Release-mode adds a slightly longer release, more suitable for legato playing, emulating a looser damper tension in an acoustic or an electromechanical instrument.
4 dynamic curves are available to suit your playing style, from soft to hard.
SAMPLE SYNTH SECTION
The enhanced Sample Synth Section features expanded memory for the Nord Sample Library 3.0 and extended polyphony.
The Sample Synth Section contains a broad selection of high quality sounds from the Nord Sample Library 3.0 including the exclusively licensed sounds of the legendary Mellotron and Chamberlin.
The Sample Synth is equipped with essential controls for attack, decay/release and dynamics (filter/velocity). A unique Nord feature allows you to create your own samples using the free Nord Sample Editor software for WIndows and Mac.
The powerful Effect section features a wide range of instantly tweakable high quality effects modelled after classic stomp boxes. All effects are stereo and can be assigned freely to the Organ, Piano or Synth sections.
Here you can choose from Tremolo, two Wahs, an Auto-Wah, and an AutoPan. Use the AutoWah with a Clavinet for raw funk licks, create a psychedelic vibe with an Electric Piano on AutoPan, or give a Wurlitzer some body using the Tremolo. There is also a Ring Modulator on board, an effect used by many experimental and electronic musicians.
The two Phasers, two Choruses, the Flanger and a Vibe effect are modeled from the classic analog stomp boxes that define the sound of popular music.
Features authentic JC, Twin and Small speaker simulations with adjustable Drive, plus a separate Tube Drive simulation and a Compressor.
A 3-band Equalizer with sweepable mid.
The Delay effect features a Tap Tempo, Feedback and Mix (Dry/Wet), as well as controls for Ping-Pong mode and Tap Tempo.
The Nord Electro 6 has three different Reverb types (Hall, Stage and Room) for adding some ambience to your sounds. All Reverb types also has a Bright mode.
NORD MUSIC STAND V2
All Nord Electro 6 models can accomodate the new Nord Music Stand V2 - a robust aluminum stand with room for 4 sheets of music.
Each Fatar keybed is meticulously calibrated at the Nord factory to ensure an even response over the whole range
Semi Weighted Waterfall (SW)
The Nord Electro 6D 61 and 6D 73 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 6D 61 and E-E on Electro 6D 73.
Control Pedal support has been improved and now supports the following pedals: Fatar, Yamaha FC7, Roland EV-7, Korg EXP2 and Korg XVP10.
The Control Pedal and/or Sustain Pedal can be assigned independently for each section.