Introducing | Nord

Handmade Keyboards, Synthesizers, And More From The Sleek Swedish Brand.

The Chicago Music Exchange is proud to welcome Nord Keyboards to its ever-expanding roster of electronic music brands! Handmade in Sweden, Nord Keyboards are the industry standard for lifelike piano sounds and are available in both stage- and studio-ready configurations housed in signature red enclosures. 

For a cross-section of what makes Nord’s sound so stunning, look to the Electro 6D 61-Key Semi-Weighted Keyboard and Electro 6 HP 73-key Hammer Action Keyboard, two versatile units loaded with the brand’s award-winning emulations of vintage electro-mechanical and acoustic instruments, ready at the touch of a button. 

Nord Keyboards and Synths / Digital Pianos Nord Electro 6 HP 73-key Hammer Action Keyboard
Nord Keyboards and Synths / Digital Pianos Nord Electro 6 HP 73-key Hammer Action Keyboard
Nord Keyboards and Synths / Digital Pianos Nord Electro 6 HP 73-key Hammer Action Keyboard

Nord Electro 6 HP 73-key Hammer Action Keyboard

$3,199.00
The Nord Electro 6 combines our award-winning emulations of vintage electro mechanical and acoustic instruments in an ultra-portable package.

With 3 independent sound sections, a streamlined user interface and the addition of Seamless Transitions, we're proud to present the most powerful and flexible Electro ever - a refined modern classic.


PERFORMANCE

Seamless transitions
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 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 streamlined Program section features a handy Organize mode including Copy/Paste and Move functionality for quickly arranging your Programs to your desired order. A Page View lets you easily sort and organize pages as a song list. 

All Programs, Pianos and Synth Samples are easily navigated using the List View that offers alphabetical, numerical and category sorting options. 


ORGAN SECTION

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 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.

Pipe Organs 
The Organ section now contains two different Pipe Organ models. The 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 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. The Electro 6D 61 and 73 support the Nord Half-moon Switch (optional accessory).

Dual Organ Mode
The dedicated 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.


PIANO SECTION

The Piano section has a wide selection of acoustic, electric and digital pianos from the exclusive Nord Piano Library, extended voice polyphony and creative Piano Filters. 

Factory Bank
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 “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. 

Replaceable sounds
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 exclusive world class sounds, and always free of charge.

Piano Filters
Providing an additional level of sonic control, the Piano Section now features dedicated piano filters for accentuating softness, mid or brilliance. 

Soft Release
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.

Dynamic Curves
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.


EFFECT SECTION

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.

Effect 1
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.

Effect 2
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. 

Amp Sim/Compressor/Rotary
Features authentic JC, Twin and Small speaker simulations with adjustable Drive, plus a separate Tube Drive simulation and a Compressor.

EQ
A 3-band Equalizer with sweepable mid.

Delay
The Delay effect features a Tap Tempo, Feedback and Mix (Dry/Wet), as well as controls for Ping-Pong mode and Tap Tempo.

Reverb
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. 


MONITOR INPUT

Connect a second Nord keyboard or any other audio source to the rear panel Monitor Input and play along a track without worrying about an external mixer or a sound system. The signal is routed to the main outputs and the headphones output.


NORD MUSIC STAND V2

All Nord Electro 6 models can accomodate the Nord Music Stand V2 - a robust aluminum stand with room for 4 sheets of music.

General 
  • 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
  • Piano Section
  • 1 GB memory for Nord Piano Library

Piano Filters
  • Greatly expanded polyphony
  • Sympathetic String Resonance
  • 4 Dynamic Curves

Sample Synth
  • Expanded memory (512 MB) for Nord Sample Library
  • Extended Voice Polyphony
  • Dedicated Sample Synth section with Attack, Decay/Release and dynamic controls

Organ 
  • B3 Tonewheel, 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)

Effects
  • A wide range of instantly tweakable high quality stereo effects modelled after classic stomp boxes
  • Reverb with Bright Mode
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Synth enthusiasts! Plug into the Nord Wave 2 Virtual Analog, FM and Wavetable Synthesizer, a four-part performance synth with 48-voice polyphony, expansive control set, dedicated OLED displays, and a user-friendly interface. 

Touring players will love the Nord Stage 3 Compact 73-Key Semi-Weighted Keyboard, the fifth generation of Nord’s Stage series, designed specifically for the working musician.

Pianists and purists might prefer the Nord Grand 88-Key Kawai Hammer Action Keyboard and Nord Piano 5 88-Key Performance Keyboard, weighted-key models featuring both piano and synth engines for proper practice or a walk on the wild side. 

There’s no better way to hear a Nord Keyboard than with the Nord Piano Monitor Speaker Pair V2, engineered for the Nord Piano Library. Enjoy optimal sonic reproduction with a ravishing red finish to match, and mount directly to your Nord Piano 4, Nord Piano 5 73/88, Nord Grand, or Nord Stage 3 Rev B (88 and HP76) model for a perfect picture. 

Available accessories include the Nord Half-Moon Switch for C1 Combo Organ, Nord Triple Pedal for Nord Stage 2 Piano, and Nord NSP Piano Style Sustain Pedal for Nord Keyboards. And for the safety-conscious, the Nord Soft Case for Nord Stage 88 Keyboard, Nord Soft Case for 73-key Keyboards, Nord Soft Case for 61-key Keyboards, and Nord AMS-GBHP Soft Case Electro HP are sold separately. 

Nord Amps / Keyboard Amps Nord Piano Monitor Speaker Pair V2
Nord Amps / Keyboard Amps Nord Piano Monitor Speaker Pair V2
Nord Amps / Keyboard Amps Nord Piano Monitor Speaker Pair V2

Nord Piano Monitor Speaker Pair V2

$799.00
The Nord Piano Monitor system is exclusively engineered for optimal dynamic reproduction of the electric and acoustic pianos in the Nord Piano Library.

Developed to give you the optimal nearfield listening the compact Nord Piano Monitor system lets you experience the true character of our renowned piano sounds with impressive depth and dynamics – a natural extension of our instruments.  

PIANO MONITOR BRACKETS
For the ultimate nearfield listening experience the Nord Piano Monitor speakers can be mounted to the Nord Piano 4, Nord Piano 5 73/88, Nord Grand and Nord Stage 3 Rev B (88 and HP76) using the included Monitor Brackets. The Monitors can also be attached directly to standard microphone stands.

DUAL INPUTS
The Nord Piano Monitors feature an additional auxiliary audio input for connecting a laptop or smartphone - perfect for playing along, rehearsing or just listening to music.

  • Dual inputs for keyboard (2 x 1/4") and aux (3,5 mm Stereo)
  • Weight 5,5 kg / pair
  • Tweeter size 3/4"
  • Woofer size 4 1/2"
  • 2 x 80 Watt
  • SUB out RCA

Included in the box:
  • 2 x Nord Piano Monitor speakers 
  • Piano Monitor brackets
  • Stereo audio cables (2 x 1/4"), 0,5m and 1,5m
  • Mono audio cable 1/4" between left and right speaker, 1,2m
  • Power cables, US and EU
  • Rubber feet

Compatible with all Nord products. Brackets mountable on Nord Piano 4, Nord Piano 5 73/88, Nord Grand and Nord Stage 3 Rev B (88/HP76).
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Nord Drums and Percussion / Drum Machines and Samplers Nord Drum 3P Multi-Pad Percussion Synthesizer
Nord Drums and Percussion / Drum Machines and Samplers Nord Drum 3P Multi-Pad Percussion Synthesizer
Nord Drums and Percussion / Drum Machines and Samplers Nord Drum 3P Multi-Pad Percussion Synthesizer

Nord Drum 3P Multi-Pad Percussion Synthesizer

$999.00
The super compact new Nord Drum 3P combines stunning playability with unlimited sound design possibilities! New features include integrated multi-pad, Reverb and Delay effects, a simplified sound selection mode and new Sound Banks for quickly creating custom kits on the fly.

INTEGRATED MULTIPAD
The ultra compact new Nord Drum 3P features an integrated super responsive multipad and external kick input and weighs under 2 kg (4,1 lbs)! 

DELAY AND REVERB EFFECTS
The great sounding global Stereo Reverb and Delay effects lets you add a whole new dimension to your drum sounds and the effect amount is easily adjusted for each drum channel.

SIMPLIFIED SOUND SELECTION AND NEW SOUND BANK
The new Drum Select feature lets you browse a wide selection of great sounding drums sounds, simply assigned to each pad individually. Easily replace toms, cymbals or kicks in seconds by selecting from our new preset library.

The new Drum Select banks feature 9 categories of great preset sounds that can be easily assigned to any of the six pads/channels - and is a great starting point in rehearsal situations when you need to find the right sounds in a matter of seconds.

The categories include Bass drums, Snare drums, Toms, Hi-hats, Cymbals, Percussion, Bells, Tuned Percussion and Effects.

The super compact new Nord Drum 3P combines stunning playability with unlimited sound design possibilities! New features include integrated multi-pad, Reverb and Delay effects, a simplified sound selection mode and new Sound Banks for quickly creating custom kits on the fly.

SOUND CREATION
The Sound generation takes place in the three sections Tone, Noise and Click.

The sounds of the Nord Drum 3P are all synthesized in real-time - allowing you to both sculpt and play sounds with a unique dynamic response, regardless if you prefer to play with drum sticks or from a sequencer.

TONE SECTION
The Tone Section is specialized for creating tonal and harmonically complex sound spectras and has four synthesis modes – Resonant synthesis, Subtractive Synthesis, Frequency Modulation and Ring Modulation synthesis.

The Resonant synthesis mode offers a wide range of complex spectras inspired by materials like drum heads, marimba, vibraphone, tines and cymbals. A unique feature includes the possibility to tune harmonic spectra.

The Subtractive Wave types include Sine, Saw, Square, Pulse waveforms and T-Bridge Oscillators and are brilliant for creating classic synth-type drum sounds and effects.

The FM Synthesis mode features 6 different FM algorithms where the Frequency parameter controls modulation amount and Spectra controls modulation frequency.

The Ring Modulation mode features 2 different types of Ring Modulation. 

EXTREME DYNAMIC CONTROL
The Nord Drum 3P offers great control over the dynamic response of the harmonic spectras.

When using Resonant synthesis waveforms the upper parts of the harmonic spectra be controlled with velocity, giving it a brighter timbre when played hard.

When using the Subtractive synthesis mode, the Frequency parameter controls the cut-off frequency of a Low-Pass filter and the Dyn Filter controls how much the filter should respond to velocity .
The Decay controls the decay of the whole spectra, with a choice of Linear and Exponential decay envelopes. A Dynamic Decay mode lets you set different Decay lengths for soft and hard strokes. The Punch Decay adds more attack to the Tone by giving the fundamental pitch an ultra-fast envelope at the very beginning of the sound.

 The Bend parameter provides a powerful, velocity sensitive pitch envelope. Use it to create attack-like effects but also more radical bending sounds that travel up or down when played such as the sound of a raindrop, tablas or the classic 80’s “pioouw” tom-sound.

NOISE SECTION
The Noise section is all about producing noise and is very powerful. Create anything from silky smooth hiss to gritty gravel to give the Tone part of the sound more texture.

The Noise can be sculpted with Low-Pass, High-Pass or Band-Pass filters with Cut-Off and Resonance controls. Once you've found the noise of your choice, it can be adjusted to respond dynamically to velocity in the same manner as with the Tone section with the Dyn Filter control.

The Decay control is just as powerful, with a choice of Linear, Exponential and Gated decay types. A Dynamic Decay mode lets you set different Decay lengths for soft and hard strokes.

Combine this with the equally powerful dynamic controls of the Tone Section and it won’t take long before realizing the potential for creating complex sounds with fascinating material-like behaviors! 

CLICK SECTION
The Click-section is a specialized section for an ultra-short attack to the sound. A wide range of different click types are available as well as a level control for finding the sweet spot where the Click merges with the other elements and becomes one coherent sound.

EFFECTS
Each of the 6 channels of the Nord Drum 3P has its own powerful effects – Drive, EQ and Ring Modulation.

Adding just a touch of Drive to your sounds can make a huge difference in terms of realism, while the Sample-Rate reduction is perfect for Lo-fi crackling effects. Ring Modulation can be used for slow tremolo-like effects to total atonal mayhem.

A flexible parametric Equalizer with selectable band and amount is also available for each channel, brilliant for adding some finish or attitude to your sounds.

The Nord Drum 3 features two new Master Effects, Reverb and Delay. The Reverb features 5 room algorithms (Tiled Room, Room, Plate, Stage and Hall) with controls for tonal color. The Delay effect features a Tap Tempo-mode and adjustable feedback amount. The amount of Reverb and Delay can be set individually for each of the 6 channels of the Nord Drum 3P

MIXER
The Channel Mixer sets the level for each channel and also features a Pan control for creating a lush stereo image. If you like to send the kick to a separate output, just pan that channel all the way to the left and the other channels to the right.

MIDI
MIDI in/out is also available for using the Nord Drum 3P with any kind of MIDI pads or sequence it from an external MIDI Sequencer. All of the Nord Drum 3P sound parameters can be controlled via CC-controls over MIDI. If you own an iPad don't miss our free iPad app Nord Beat, specifically designed for sequencing the Nord Drum 3P via MIDI.

TRIGGER INTERFACE
Everything you play when using the multipads and external input is automatically output to the MIDI output, making the Nord Drum 3 a brilliant controller for other sound sources via MIDI.

MAIN FEATURES
  • 6-channel Modeling Percussion Synthesizer
  • Integrated multipad, kick pad input and MIDI NEW
  • Simplified user interface with easy sound selection NEW 
  • New preset 'Drum Select' library for kicks, snares, toms and more NEW 
  • Advanced sound engine with Resonant Synthesis, Subtractive synthesis and FM-synthesis
  • Reverb and Delay Effects - adjustable amount for each pad NEW
  • Drive, Sample-Rate reduction, Ring Modulation and EQ-effects for each pad
  • MIDI in/out and full CC-control
  • Stereo Output with improved output level 
  • Headphone Output with improved output level
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Catalinbread Effects and Pedals / EQ Catalinbread Special Edition Dreamcoat & Skewer Box Set
Catalinbread Effects and Pedals / EQ Catalinbread Special Edition Dreamcoat & Skewer Box Set
Catalinbread Effects and Pedals / EQ Catalinbread Special Edition Dreamcoat & Skewer Box Set
Catalinbread Effects and Pedals / EQ Catalinbread Special Edition Dreamcoat & Skewer Box Set
Catalinbread Effects and Pedals / EQ Catalinbread Special Edition Dreamcoat & Skewer Box Set

Catalinbread Special Edition Dreamcoat & Skewer Box Set

$299.99
Catalinbread have released two brand new pedals in a special edition combo box, the DREAMCOAT and the SKEWER. The pedals will be sold exclusively as a box set for one month and at a discounted rate. After the first month, people can get each pedal à la carte but at full retail price. The pedals were designed to be used individually, but they really come to life when used together. The artwork of the two pedals flow into each other as one cohesive piece.


Dreamcoat
What began as an exploration of a deeply specific '60s and '70s English classic rock tone, evolved into a multidimensional gain machine capable of anything between unruly sputtery fuzz and classic rock chime. This is not meant to make you sound like a classic rock god, it is meant to inspire you from using some of the same tools they used that would otherwise be inaccessible in pedal form. The heart and soul of the Dreamcoat is a near-exact recreation of the preamp circuit from the Aiwa TP-1011 reel-to-reel deck that can be found in '60s and '70s classic rock recordings. All of the functionality of that unit is present, from sparkling cleans to powerful crunch and glassy leads, but the “Sat” control gives you an extra layer of grunt, allowing the Dreamcoat to range between near-dry tonal indifference to complete “melting-amp” Neil Young-esque tweed sounds. A certain classic rock sound wasn’t just a tape deck, though. The famous user of this tape deck also installed a passive inductor-based frequency “booster” into his guitar that cut both sides of the spectrum around the resonant frequency of their guitar pickups, giving the appearance of a frequency boostinstalled a passive inductor-based frequency “booster” into their guitars that cut both sides of the spectrum around the resonant frequency of their guitar, giving the appearance of frequency boost. To that end, we’ve added a frequency booster circuit that doesn’t cut anything, giving you a richer tone with a little oomph where it counts. To top it all off, we’ve included a clean blend circuit that begins after the frequency boost and ends after the tape preamp, so you can EQ the sum of your clean tone and dirt, all while preserving your pick attack and presence. The whole shebang runs at 20V, just a hair higher than the original Aiwa, expanding its capabilities and delivering tons of headroom.

Current draw: 44mA
Input impedance: >1MΩ
Output impedance: <5KΩ
Dimensions: 4.33” X 2.36” X 1.93”
Weight: 0.4 lbs


Skewer
One of the most recognizable pieces of gear in classic rock canon is the old Hornby-Skewes Treble Booster, a version of the classic effect used by too many artists to list. While almost all of them used a Rangemaster, the Hornby-Skewes version came stock with a silicon transistor for a more biting sound that cut through even the densest of mixes. The SKEWER stays true to that circuit, giving the old JHS unit the same treatment as our Naga Viper. This lets you dial in the desired frequency range from rich and full to treble-heavy, as well as control the amount of boost. You can also vary the amount of transistor gain for some extra juice. Some players had their original Treble Booster modded to play nicer with the rest of their gear. We’ve taken the liberty of giving you that mod as well, which is fully adjustable via the trimpot inside. Further enhancements include a noise reduction filter and anti-pop switch circuitry. This one bites just a little harder than our Naga Viper, and sounds fantastic with the DREAMCOAT.

Current draw: 1mA
Input impedance: 100k
Output impedance: 8k
Dimensions: 4.33” X 2.36” X 1.93”
Weight: 0.46 lbs
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$99.00
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$2,299.00
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