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FDP Forum / Rock-it 88's - Keyboard Forum / Alternatives to Nord Electro?

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Massachusetts, USA

Mar 9th, 2010 07:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm in love with the Nord Electro's spec list, quality, and user friendliness, but as merely a sometimes keyboard player, I can't justify spending $900+ for a used, last generation model.

Is there another keyboard out there that does similar for a little less coin?

I'm looking for a quality keyboard that brilliantly emulates Rhodes, Clav, Hammond. The Nord has built in Leslie, Vibrato, and a few others. I'd like those too, but could live without them.

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Connecticut USA

Angular banjoes sound good to me
Mar 9th, 2010 09:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Nord Electro is an amazing instrument — almost in a class by itself.

Most current mid-level synths from Korg, Roland, Yamaha and others offer respectable patches that come fairly close to what you’re seeking. Whether or not they’d qualify as “brilliant” emulations, well, that’s really up to your ears.

If by chance you’ve already got a MIDI keyboard controller, have you thought about taking the soft synth route with a laptop? Another possibility would be to get an older hardware sampler from Akai or Yamaha, and then to build up your sample library to meet specific needs.

(This message was last edited by garp at 09:43 AM, Mar 9th, 2010)

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Massachusetts, USA

Mar 9th, 2010 10:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, I do like the soft-synth idea.



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May 29th, 2010 09:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You can give GSi's Organized Trio a trial run, and then if you like it, you can ante up for VB3. I think it's a very nice physically modeled B3 organ.

Also check out GSi's electric pianos - also really nice physically modeled stuff.

GSi's website: http://www.genuinesoundware.com/

I use alot of GSi's instruments - I've won a couple of them in KVRaudio.com's monthly song contest.

In the bottom link you can hear one of GSi's electric piano emulations I used in a chillout tune

rockstar_not - langsammer bitte


United States

Jun 8th, 2010 04:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Amongst my five keyboards I think that my Nord 73 is the best.

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