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Clavia Nord Electro 3 61

Digital Piano from Clavia belonging to the Nord Electro 3 series

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« A masterpiece »

Published on 08/31/11 at 11:03
A versatile keyboard with 61 keys that mimics (very accurately for that matter) various sounds.

The sounds available:
Piano, Rhodes, Wurlitzers, Clavinet and harpsichords, three jazz organs large and varied (Hammond B3, Farfisa and Vox Continental), and a customizable set of samples via computer (USB connector).

Indeed a section:
Parametric EQ bass / medium / high, an effect first block with a choice of a tremolo, a pan, a wha-wha and a ring modulator, a second block with a flanger effect, a phaser and a chorus, simulation amp / compressor with 4 kinds of speakers (small / JC / Twin Reverb / Leslie) and a compressor.
Best of all, a reverb section with 5 different rooms (room, soft internship, internship, soft lobby and hall) ...
For the two blocks of effects, there is a button to adjust the intensity or frequency of the effect, and each effect has three levels deep.
As for amp simulation section, we slightly adjust the gain of the amplifier assumed (which can be used to make a small overdirve;))

Controls:
There are only two types of controls: buttons for selecting and knobs for fine adjustments (the famous philosophy of "one share = one button", the whole is decorated with lots of LEDs, the which we have never lost. In fact not once I asked myself the question "do I turned this thing?"
The control part is divided into three sections: section one organ and piano (you can select one or the other by pressing a button) and the effect section.
The organ section consists of the choice of the organ, drawbars to change the sound, an effects section for each organ of origin, control of the rotary (Leslie), the control imposed on B3 and a few button for the "splittage keyboard" ...
The piano section comprises a choice of grand pianos, upright pianos, of Rhodes, the Wurlitzers, the Clavinet / Harpsichords and Samples.
For the clavinet, possibility to set filters and microphones used (table or easel, mix in and mix phase reversal) as the model of D6 in Honner.
Side samples, possibility of on / off velocity, attack time setting (normal or long), four types of "release" (no, short, long and very long).
A very interesting feature: an octave shifter that can add / remove up to 3 octaves to the original note.
Finally, a menu system to settle business type MIDI / sound / connections ...

Connectors:
Comprehensive (I think) ...
For sound, a headphone jack (stereo 6.35), two line-level outputs non-balanced form of mono jacks 6.35.
You can select what to send on each channel (stereo / piano and organ on one side to the other ...) via the menu system, it is very convenient for the mix!
An input monitoring (small stereo jack) sent to the headset only (practical work accompaniments;)).
Three pedal inputs: a sustain pedal, a pedal to turn on / off rotary and an expresion pedal to the volume of samples, the swelling of the organ and a two-wha-wha. Possibility of using a large number of pedal (pedal type configured in the system menu) with the expression pedals to choose between Roland, Fatar, Yamaha and Ernie Ball.
Finally, there is a connection MIDI in / out (among other things allows you to connect a second keyboard for the organ) and a USB port to connect to the computer ...

Sound management of the computer:
With a little software, you can easily import a variety of sounds (especially for samples but also for the piano!) Sample Library from the North, comprehensive and Nord Piano Library, also provided enough (both libraries are available for free download Clavia on the site).



UTILIZATION

As previously stated, we are in the "one share = one button" with a lot of LED and more.
Regarding the manual, it is quite lite but I think it is more than enough.
One small problem though, for some functions, you must use the "Shift". It is not always practical in the middle of a concert.
Another downside, some options available in the menu system would have deserved a dedicated button (I refer specifically to the function implementation ...)
Otherwise I find this very good keyboard (in addition to many things are configurable for everlasting chipoteurs).
Side buttons, I love the feel (it is very organ). Some lacks the same view but at worst can still connect another keyboard.
Know that there is a heavy version key for those who prefer (it is still slightly more expensive!).

SOUNDS

Here I have used.
The pianos of the lib is really bluffing (and keyboard reproduces very well). A small mansion for the Yamaha C7 close enough to reality (even if below) and the Queen at Bösendorfer also quite impressive.
For Rhodes, it&#39;s really not bad but I would have liked a little more bright ... though with the equalizer, you can get globally what we want.
The clavinet is really fantastic (at the same time I never touched real clavinet unlike other instruments set so I&#39;m not sure my opinion means a lot to this point) and the harpsichord is not bad (mostly French 8 &#39;) .
For samples, some sounds are really good (the string orchestra, for example), the other blah ... After that depends on your taste ...
For organs, I am satisfied. Being a big fan of The Doors, was used in the famous Vox Light my Fire!
The Hammond (with or without rotary) is really great (I fell in love

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for quite me. What repelled me in my choice was the price (almost € 2,000 is not nothing). Finally I do not regret that choice at all and I would do it blindfolded even under torture! XD
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