Clavia Nord Electro 3 HP With Hammer Action


Musikmesse news reaches us today of a new keyboard from Nord. The Nord Electro 3 HP is the latest in the Swedish manufacturer’s range of stage/live oriented keyboards, but this time (weighing in at only 11 kgs with 73 keys) the emphasis is on playability and portability.

The Electro 3 is the first Nord Electro to feature a hammer action on the keys themselves. It immediately stands out too as an obvious portable rehearsal unit with more than enough capability to handle light gig usage right up to full on stage performances and heavy-duty studio sessions.

Although multitimbrality isn’t present, the unit has all the features of the original Nord 3 (ie compatibility with the acclaimed Nord Piano and Nord Sample libraries – including the Mellotron and Chamberlin sounds). In addition, this new weighted keys Electro 3 HP carries across  the tonewheel and transistor modelling of the Nord C1 organ and rotary speaker simulation too.

Every personal playing style is catered for within the Electro 3 HP via 4 dynamic curves, and legato parts are enhanced via the a new selectable ‘long release’ feature. Clavia also introduce a flexible ‘delay effect’ too – bringing tap-tempo, rate, amount plus a stereo ping-pong mode. Live locations get ‘upped’ as well in the new model (from 1 to 4) offering greater degree of of experimentation with regard to sounds and associated settings. Program access too has been improved providing the user with a faster, more efficient ‘button pressing’ sequence.

We’d guess that Nord fans will be happy to add this new (and weighted) keyboard into their existing Nord stage armory, and even with standalone use, will get plenty of creative mileage out of it’s focused capabilities in amongst a more traditional (live or studio) keyboard/synth set-up.


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