The new Nord Electro 4D features 61-note semi-weighted waterfall keybed – similar as the Electro 3, new physical drawbars for hands-on control, tone wheel organ engine, new Rotary speaker, USB MIDI.
The new Electro 4D semi-weighted waterfall keybed is great for organ sounds and still controllable enough for playing piano-type sounds. Most notably, the addition of real drawbars that replace the lights and buttons on the previous electros has transformed the Electro 4D into a real player’s instrument when playing live. Also included is an expanded delay effects section with tap tempo button, rate, a stereo ping-pong mode, and amount controls. The Electro 4D organ engine is Nord’s flagship organ derived from Nord C2D. The piano engine is still similar but, now there is a long release function which adds a more realistic long decay to the acoustic piano sounds. This is a subtle addition but one that adds much again to the overall authenticity. Additionally, four live locations and 4 preset banks give an unprecedented amount of freedom with presets, and Nord finally provides MIDI flexibility, making the USB port a USB-MIDI interface.
The Nord Electro 4D simple layout, unmatched sound quality and classic control surface, an evolutionary upgrade. One thing though, the Electro 4D is mono-timbral, so no layering or splitting of organ and piano sections can be done at a time. The tough, compact and ultra portable Nord Electro 4D SW61 61-Key Portable Keyboard weigh merely 7 kg.
The Korg Kronos continues its evolution with the new enhanced version; Kronos X . The Kronos X range is available with 61, 73 or 88 keys. The 73-key and 88-key models of the Kronos X features RH3 real weighted hammer action keyboard, with Korg’s Smooth Sound Transition technology, Set List, 8″ TFT TouchViewTM display , Effects; Insert (12), Master (2) and Total (2), nine sound engines including realistic piano, richly expressive electric piano, tonewheel organ, digital synthesis, and powerful analog/physical modeling , Realtime controllers; a four-way joystick, ribbon controller, sliders (9), knobs (8)and many more.
The Korg Kronos X hammer weighting is graded, providing a heavier feel in the lower register and a lighter feel in the upper register, just as on a grand piano, offering superb playability. The Smooth Sound Transition technology is a robust addition and is designed to maintain any currently held, played, or sustaining notes ; with their effects, helping to prevent drop-outs from occurring when player switch sounds or change from Program mode to Combi mode. Its User Sample Bank enables players create their own large sample libraries and you can access up to 16 premium-quality effects at once. An on-board sequencer offers 16 MIDI tracks and 16 audio tracks and an open sampling system allows the player sample and resample instantly from any mode. With an internal memory of approximately 2 GB and SSD capacity of 62 GB, the high-spec keyboard is the ultimate workstation fulfilling the requests of many musicians and artists.
The new Next-Generation Instrument for Live, Production, and Sound Design. Its new name ‘X’ befits its truly limitless potential.