Nord Electro 6 HP Keyboard Review

Nord Electro 6 HP comes with what you need in a stage piano. This portable keyboard has a great piano sound, a solid action, and portability to suit your needs. Beyond that — the split point crossfade functionality inside this keyboard can help you decide what you need. Do you want built-in speakers, extensive sample songs (tutorials), and a built-in piano section features? If you regularly move your digital keyboard — you will appreciate the innovations that have been made to make these more and more compact and portable.

Nord Electro 6 HP Features:

There are a ton of new features to play with on Nord’s latest keyboards.

  • Three unbiased sound sections Organ, Piano and Sample Synth that could be employed simultaneously like a layer or maybe a split; 6 Keyboard Split points (C3-F5) with Break up Level Crossfade features.
  • The Nord Electro 6 HP keybed utilizes amazingly moveable weighted hammer motion piano keys. Great for electric and acoustic piano sounds, but also functions perfect for organ playing.
  • Organize mode: Group sets of nearly four Plans into pages, and set up these using the Organize method.
  • 4 Reside Slots; Exterior keyboard element: Freely assign sound engines to generally be controlled by an exterior keyboard, while others are performed from your Nord Electro 6 hp.
  • Piano section includes a wide selection of acoustic, digital and electronic pianos through the unique Nord Piano Library.
  • Prolonged voice polyphony and inventive new Piano Filters; enhanced Sample Synth Area features expanded memory to the Nord Sample Library 3.0 and polyphony.

Here are What Is Actually New About the Nord Electro 6 HP

  • 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
  • 2 Pipe Organ models
  • Dual Organ Mode
  • Piano Filters
  • Greatly expanded polyphony
  • Reverb with Bright Mode
  • Expanded memory (512 MB) for Nord Sample Library
  • Extended Voice Polyphony

Nord Electro 6 HP Specification:

 

Nord Electro 6 HP Top section

Nord Electro 6 HP Keyboard Review

Nord Electro 6 HP Back Section

Nord Electro 6 HP Keyboard Review

Nord Electro 6 HP Organ Section

Nord Electro 6 HP Keyboard Review

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The Clavia Nord Electro 6 presents the stage piano at the NAMM SHOW. The basic concept has remained the same, the Nord Electro 6 offers with piano, organ, and sample synth three sound sections, of which a maximum of three parts (previously only two) can be played as a split / layer. Six fixed split points are used to divide the keyboard; new is the split point cross fade function, which was first introduced with the Stage 3. This lets you cross fade the adjacent sounds in cross fade mode.

The Electro 6 series combines the emulations of classic electromechanical and classical acoustic keyboard instruments in compact and portable instruments. Three versions are now available. All three models are equipped with three independent sound generation sections. The user interface is said to have been updated in the Electro 6 series. In addition, features such as the seamless switching between different presets to provide more enthusiasm.

The three available models:

  1. Nord Electro 6D 61 with 61-key Semi Weighted Waterfall Keyboard (C-C) with real drawbars
  2. Nord Electro 6D 73 with 73-key semi weighted waterfall keyboard (E-E) with real drawbars
  3. Nord Electro 6 HP with 73-key Hammer Action Portable Keyboard (E-E) with LED Drawbars

Clavia also added to the Nord Electro 6 performance. This has now been extended by Copy, Paste, and Move functions to quickly run the program in the right order. A new page view allows you to quickly sort and organize programs as a song list.

The memory of the piano section was left at 1 GB, but Polyphony and Creative Piano Filters were extended compared to the predecessor Electro 5. The Organ section of the Nord Electro 6 features two new pipe organ models, along with dual organ mode, which provides quick access to dual-manual setups. The remaining sound generation, which originates from the very good Nord C2D, has remained the same. While the Nord Electro 6D has physical drawbars with 61 and 73 keys, the Electro 6 HP version (73 keys) has been re-equipped with LED drawbars.

Contrary to the piano section, the memory of the Sample Synth department has been doubled, this now offers 512 MB. Again, the maximum polyphony was expanded. Included is still a variety of sounds from the Nord Sample Library 3.0. Thanks to its modular design, sounds can be loaded into and out of the memory of the Nord Electro 6 via software editor.

Design

Visually, the newest offspring of the Electro series has hardly changed. The color of choice is still the bright red, the Nord keyboards on any stage immediately unmask. The user interface has been minimized compared to the 5-series model, experienced northern users but also newcomers find themselves here very quickly.

Also on the three available variants, nothing has changed. In addition to a 61-key and a 73-key model, Clavia also offers the Nord Electro 6 as an HP version. It features a Fatar 73-hammer mechanical keyboard. The other two variants also use keyboards from the Italian specialist Fatar, but they are slightly weighted compared to the HP version. This of course also affects the weights. While the 61er / 73er versions weigh 8.1 kg and 9.2 kg, the 11.4 kg are the 6HP. However, these are compatible weight classes, especially with regard to the application area stage.

The 73 version without HP was available for our test. Functionally, there are no differences between the models. The keyboard of the 6D 73 is light weighted and offers a very direct touch. Since this is not only piano and organ and synthesizer plays, it is anyway a tightrope walk; Clavia copes with this but overall it is a satisfactory.

In recent years, Clavia has always had small, but fine updates in the house. The basic concept has not changed anything in the Electro series or the Nord Pianos, the Stage or the organ. Whether these remains with this update? The answer is fast: yes. The Electro 6 is also clearly designed for use on stage and offers with piano / e-piano, organ and sample synth three sound sections. These can be layered and split. However, not completely free, but now at one of six split points, which are illustrated with LEDs above the keyboard. With regard to layering, it is now possible to use all three sound sections simultaneously, previously only two out of three could be used simultaneously. This can now lead to very fat sounds and the field of application of the electro is hereby extended a bit.

The new “Split Point Crossfade” feature which Clavia has introduced with the Nord Stage 3 allows some keys in front of and behind the actual split point to mix the adjacent sounds together, creating shallow transitions, if that is what you want.

Also new is “Seamless Transition”. If you switch sounds while playing, the predecessors of the Electro 6 always switched over hard. With the new features, there is a small transition from Sound A to Sound B.

Notification

To display the current information as well as the menu, the Electro 6 offers an OLED display with a resolution of 128 × 64 pixels. This is very easy to read and offers good information content.

For storing registrations nothing has changed, there are still 8x 50 memory locations available. Also in the Live / Auto Save mode, there are no changes; curently there are four memory slots available. These memory locations are saved immediately after each change without the user having to confirm this.

However, there is a change in organizing registrations. The set list mode, which is still known from the Electro 5, has been changed to a new program mode. The principle of pre-sorting for the evening appearance succeeds but at least as well. Memory locations can be organized, copied, and exchanged herewith.

Sound sections

As already mentioned, the Nord Electro 6 has the three sound sections Piano / E-Piano, Organ and Sample Synth. The readers who have no previous experience with Northern keyboards, it should be said that the internal sounds compared to most competitors are not fixed. The default is maximum memory that can be fed by the user with sounds from the Nord Piano and the Sample Library. This is achieved via the free editor “Nord Sound Manager”. This allows you to freely create the sound supply of the electro. If you need Grand Pianos for performance A, you can load them into the keyboard the night before. For appearance B, the memory can then be filled, for example, with loud electric pianos or clavinets. Clavia differentiates between the two “Piano” and “Sample” libraries, with a fixed memory available for both sections.

Piano section

For the piano section these are exactly 1 GB for the Electro 6, so nothing has changed here compared to the five models. However, new additions are the piano filters, to which the maximum polyphony was increased from 60 to 120 voices. In the piano section there is now an equalizer with three fixed presets Bright, Mid and Soft. If you were able to apply the (master) equalizer to two sound sections beforehand, you can now only use it on the organ, piano or sample synth. In practical terms, this means that an equalizer can either be used twice for the piano, namely in the piano section and the equalizer in the effect section. On the other hand, you can use the Master Equalizer for either organ or sample synth, but the pianos will still have the section’s own EQ ready.

When assessing the sounds of the Nord Electro should always be noted that the sound palette is not fixed, but has a modular design. If you do not like a certain sound, you can quickly banish it on the stage keyboard and load another sound into the memory. The range of piano and sample synth sounds has become very impressive. Through the bank away you get at Nord but a very good quality commanded, from classic grand pianos on creaky upright and Rhodes / Wurlitzer sounds or soft e-pianos is all there.

Organ section

In addition to the keyboard circumference, the type of drawbar is another distinguishing feature between the three variants of the Electro 6. The 61/73 key versions both have physical drawbars like the C2D, while the HP version has LED drawbars like Stage 3 88. Both variants have their advantages and disadvantages, which is mostly personal taste.

With regard to the sounds, the Electro 6 has a small change compared to the Electro 5. While B3 Tonewheel, B3 Bass, and Vintage Transistor sound generations are identical to the predecessor, the current model of the Electros now has a second pipe organ. Not only but especially interesting for the organ area is the possibility to place the lower part of the keyboard on an external keyboard, so the electro can then be played dual-manual. It is also possible to play the foot bass of the organ over the lower keyboard area.

The sound quality of the organ section is still one of the best in the stage keyboard sector. The organ simulation of Clavia comes here very close to the original, as shown in the following examples. Paired with the 122 Leslie, which is integrated in two variants, that sounds official. The Electro 6 offers three vibrato / chorus variations each, plus the two percussion settings Soft and Fast.

Sample synth section

Compared to the piano section, the section for the Nord Sample Library has been increased from 256 MB to 512 MB. At the same time, the polyphony was also doubled, from 15 to 30 votes. Nothing has changed in the rest of the features, Attack and Decay / Release can be adjusted using the rotary control, and there are three velocity and filter dynamics levels to choose from.

The 512 MB can be equipped with the sounds that you can download from the Clavia website. Like the Piano Library, the sample library is constantly growing and offers a variety of sounds, outstanding are still the Mellotron sounds, strings or synthesizer sounds.

You can also create your own sounds using the Nord Sample Editor. The shortcoming, that you can define only one sample per key, still exists; the possibilities that result from this are very good.

Effects

Apart from changing the equalizer there are no further changes in the effects. There are still two effect blocks available. Block 1 is responsible for pan, tremolo, wah and ring modulator, block 2 for phaser, chorus, and vibe. In addition, the Nord Electro 6 offers an amp simulation with the well known Drive / Comp, the routing on organ, piano, or sample synth as well as the simulations Rotary, Twin, JC, and Small. Here, too, Nord scores again with a direct access, the sound quality is still great.

Connections

The audio output of the Electro 6 is two 6.3 mm jack sockets. In addition, the stage keyboard has a headphone output as well as an audio input. MIDI input and output allow the integration / control of other MIDI devices, the USB port is used to connect to the computer for data exchange (e.g. Nord Sound Manager), but also MIDI data can be sent and received. The Electro 6 allows the connection of three pedals, including sustain and control pedal and a rotor pedal.

Pros

  • Modular sound design
  • Very good quality
  • All three sound sections can now be used simultaneously
  • Operating concept

Nord Electro 6 HP Review

Nord electro 6 hp has a completely redesigned panel, makes it easy to see the electric, acoustic, and organ section piano, and these can now be layered for the first time.

In this electro 6 hp series, you can find three parts multi-timbral, so every section can be layered together and split as well as that just like the stage three. The electro 6 hp ships with seamless transitions for completely smooth transitions between your programs, it also has the split point crossfade feature which is a really neat feature, where you can add a small or a large crossfade to any of your split points which means you can blend from one sound to another, or you can just play and not have to worry about that harsh split between a certain point.

Nord electro 6 hp also has a new design program section that now includes 4 easily accessible programs, these are also now grouped and called pages and a new organized mode, which just makes it easy to rearrange your programs or move an entire page and programs. These programs will effectively create your set list.

Nord electro 6 hp also has doubled the memory for the nord sample library, and the piano section now ships with a great new factory sound bank.

The Nord electro 6 hp builds on the Nord electro platform by offering three separate engines as they have in the past and now allowing you to use all the engines at the same time. The three engines are a modeled organ engine that does pipe organ tone, wheel organ and classic transistor organs.

This piano electro acoustic section a separate engine that plays back acoustic pianos, electric pianos clavinets harpsichords, things of that nature but they’ve greatly expanded this area. you now have a hundred and twenty voices of polyphony in this area you also have three bands of EQ now that you can apply directly without using the EQ.

As part of the effects section, it also have new sounds such as electric pianos, some smaller pianos that are used as layers and then the third engine which is called the sample synth engine, this will play back from an enormous library that Nord keeps building that’s free to users that own the Nord electro platform.

Nord electro 6 hp also come with sample synthesizer sounds with a lot of different cool sounds you can put in. They’ve also increased the sample polyphony to over 30 voices.

Clavia also increased the memory in the electro 6, you now have half a gigabyte of memory and they use a data compression scheme, so you can pack a lot of sound into this keyboard.

In addition to their great libraries you can load your own user samples and as well using their free app (using the Nord Sound Manager application) that allows you to take waveforms and map them into programs and then load them into the instrument where you can use the great effects and combine them with the other two engines to make killer setups.

Nord is also included those great features like crossfade so when you make a split you can have this beautiful smooth transition between the sounds they also have included the LEDs on the front panel that show you where your split occurs which is really helpful if you’re playing in a dark stage or a dimly lit room.

Also they have features like the great OLED display giving a lot of feedback to what’s going on in the instrument and in addition they’ve now allowed you to split the organ into a dual mode, so using the one organ engine you can have a split with a simulated lower and upper manual configuration really really cool stuff.

in addition to the features I’ve already discussed they put some great handy housekeeping tools, such as each of the engines on the piano and the sample playback engine have a list mode, where you can see exactly what you have loaded into that section, in the piano section for example by executing the list mode you can see exactly which pianos electric pianos claves you’ve loaded in.

User can configure this instrument as they wish so you can pick the pianos of your choice in different sizes they offer small medium large and extra-large, you can determine how many grand pianos do you really want to load in, how many electric pianos, how many clavinets, maybe you don’t need harpsichord, maybe you don’t want an upright piano. So you just load what’s appropriate for what you want in your instrument into the piano section.

This keyboard has one gigabyte of memory to load up and again data compression allows you to pack a lot in the sample section. You can see a list of what’s loaded in there, this is really handy rather than scrolling through a long list to try to view one at a time.

it also has a category view that allows you to look by category so for example, if I’m in the piano mode, I can hit list and see just what acoustic pianos and electric pianos I have.

I know as a keyboardist myself I’m always interested in what are the piano sounds like here’s one of Nords pianos that I really like this one’s called roiled grand 3d and it features a recording that was done with microphones at the placement where the players ears are and you get this really nice perspective.

They make two other flavors of keyboard, a sixty-one note using the same waterfall keyboard and then a model called the HP that features a hammer weighted action. What you might notice when playing on a 73 note waterfall is a trully weighted action, it’s really simulates what an organ action is like, and you will notice how dynamic and beautifully the keyboard responds.

Nord electro 6 hp provides a handy utility allowing you to organize your programs in the order that you want to use them, this is great for live performance and also precludes you from having to get out your computer and use a librarian to organize your programs.

Final Though:

Nord Electro 6 HP is a performance keyboard that sets a new standard based on its impressive sound quality no other electronic piano can boast. Nord Electro has taken the demands of the keyboard player offering some state of the art technology but wrapped it up in an affordable and easy to use instrument. This exquisite new Nord Electro piano is loaded with great piano sounds to add incredible flavour to your sonic arsenal.

The improvements over the predecessors are not too big, but still clear. In addition to the possibility to use all three sound sections at the same time, the increase of the Sample Synth memory to 512 MB is certainly the biggest selling point. In addition, the second pipe organ will attract so many interested people. That Clavia with his organ simulation is already at the forefront is beyond question.

Whether it must be an update from version 5 to 6, everyone must decide for himself or herself. All new customers may look forward to the offered (new) features and enhancements, even if the price is typically set high north typically.

The Nord Electro 6hp is fitted out with an impressive selection of high quality effects including a lush sounding reverb with five different algorithms. Other features of Nord Electro include panning, chorus effects, selection of tremolo, phaser and a ring modulator. This allows the user to sculpt their final sound of Nord Electro by choosing from a selection of three amplifier simulations. This ability of the Nord Electro can add any amount of distortion from gentle to feverish levels. Just hook the Nord Electro to your PC, with your desired tune in mind, and feel like a professional composer. Nord Electro keyboards come with the most recent up to the minute technology. You can produce with the Nord Electro the sounds of the reed and organs, and acoustic piano without needing to purchase all of the instruments. This not only saves you time but cost, you are also able to form quality music.

Nord Electro keyboards have been such a success in the music business thanks to the synthesizers and assorted features that come with it. There are all sorts of synthesizers that come attached with facilities for playback, recordings, to making exotic sounds. The portable Nord Electro keyboards are compact and light. Nord Electro is quite straightforward to hold and store. You practically have a whole orchestra at your service with its capability to mix and create diverse sounds. The speakers are constructed in, and playing back what you did makes it possible for you to check your music. Nord Electro like its Yamaha Keyboard counterpart are the heavy weights when it comes to electronic sound an experience you will cherish and love.