The Nord Piano 5 builds upon the excellence of its predecessor — a Guitar World favorite — to bring you a superb studio and stage piano with across-the-board improvements. Boasting two powerful piano engines, dual independent sample synths, and twice the memory of its predecessor, Piano 5 is a total beast that can ace the most demanding live gigs and recording sessions. With Nord Piano 5, you can quickly execute seamless program-change transitions and assign split points with optional crossfades. The Piano section features 120-note polyphony and Nord’s acclaimed Virtual Hammer Action technology with three dynamic curves for amazing, customized playing feel. If you’ve been curious why Nord keyboardists are so fiercely loyal, five minutes alone with the Nord Piano 5 will open your ears to the sheer creative power on tap in this formidable digital piano/synth. Available in 88-key and 73-key models featuring Nord’s superb Triple Sensor keybed with grand weighted action, the Piano 5 offers the exceptional playing experience that will satisfy even the most serious pianists.
The Piano and Sample Synth sections of the Nord Piano 5 each comprise two independent layers, and you can can simultaneously deploy custom split or layer combo configurations as needed. Combined with the Piano 5’s flexible and adaptable effects routing, a broad variety of combinations can be crafted, from vintage ensembles to rich contemporary soundscapes — and everything in between.
The Piano 5’s meticulously engineered keybed gives you absolute control over your dynamics at any velocity level. Nord’s Virtual Hammer Action technology works in concert with precision physical hammer movements to provide a keyboard action that delivers stunningly realistic playability and dynamic response. The company’s Advanced String Resonance accurately reproduces the complex interplay of the piano strings and also adds the body resonance of a real acoustic piano when the damper pedal is depressed. The Nord Triple Pedal unit comprises Soft and Sostenuto Pedals, as well as the unique Dynamic Sustain Pedal with Nord’s Pedal Noise feature, which dynamically emulates the mechanical sounds of lifting and releasing the damper mechanism of a real grand piano.
The Piano 5’s powerful Piano section features two powerful Piano Engines that can be used concurrently in a layer or split. This premium instrument is loaded for bear right out of the box. It ships with nine sublime Grand Pianos, nine colorful Uprights, and the character-packed chime, bark, and bite of 10 Electric Pianos; plus Clavinet, Digital Pianos, a Marimba, Vibraphone and more from the exclusive Nord Piano Library — where each patch is meticulously crafted for its unique character. Nord’s cutting-edge sampling technology captures the minute nuances and authentic vibe of the source instruments. Need additional pianos? They’re downloadable for free at nordkeyboards.com, which is regularly updated with new world-class sounds. All sounds are instantly replaceable via the Nord Sound Manager.
Packing two new independent Sample Synth engines with greatly expanded memory for the sounds in the Nord Sample Library, the Nord Piano 5 is born to play the big stages. Its Sample Synth section is loaded with a thoroughly re-engineered library of top-quality sounds from the Nord Sample Library that includes exclusively licensed sounds from the coveted vintage Mellotron and Chamberlin, plus a selection of tasty samples from the ProjectSAM Symphobia and Swing! libraries. All sounds can be easily replaced via Nord Sound Manager. The Sample Synth section gives you two full-featured, independent Layers and is outfitted with intuitive controls for attack, decay/release, and dynamic velocity response. You can even create your own sample instruments using the free Nord Sample Editor software for macOS and Windows. The Sample Synth section’s new Unison feature creatively blends multiple sample voices for a range of opulent ensemble sounds. It also features Tru-Vibrato, which accurately models the unique vibrato characteristics of a wide variety of string, brass, and woodwind instruments.
Piano 5’s Effect section gives you a broad selection of instantly tweakable studio-grade stereo effects modeled on classic stomp boxes. Any effect can be assigned to any layer in the Piano and Sample Synth sections. On tap in the Effect section are Tremolo, Phaser, Chorus, Pan, Wah, RM, Flanger, Vibe, EQ, Delay, and Reverb. There are five different flavors of Reverb: Booth, Room, Stage, Hall, and Cathedral; each is infinitely adjustable for adding customized ambience to your sounds. Additionally, instantly accessible Bright and Dark modes allow for enhanced or mellowed high end; while a new Chorale option adds a lush modulation effect to your patches.
The Nord Piano 5’s bright red color isn’t exactly a feature, but it is emblematic of the Swedish company whose handmade keyboards are seen under the fingers of some of music’s brightest keyboard stars. The keyboardists here at Guitar World hold Nord in extremely high regard. Nord makes state-of-the-art high-end products designed and built to the most stringent standards for years of serious professional use, and their sound libraries are second to none. If you’re ready to step up to Nord quality, your Piano 5 will serve you — and your career — well.