The 19" table top, rack mountable version of the Nord Electro 2 stage keyboard
Nord Electro
Rack 2.

The rack comes with all the sounds and features of the Nord Electro 2 keyboard models.


The organ in the Electro 2 is based on a digital simulation of the mechanical tone wheels of the B-3 organ. It offers innovative solutions to mimic the typical B-3 sound:
a complex digital model of the original chorus and vibrato scanner.
Modeling of the individual random contact bounces for each partial.
Modeling of the unique frequency characteristics of the built-in pre-amplifier which forms the "body" of the B-3 sound.
Simulation of the energy stealth on the tone wheels that results in the typical compressed sound.
Authentic tuning of the tone wheels according to the original B-3 design.

The piano section features five multi-sampled electric piano instruments: Rhodes Mk I Stage Piano, Rhodes Mk I Suitcase Piano, Wurlitzer 200A, Clavinet D6 (with 64 filter and pickup combinations) and the custom modified Clavia Electric Grand Model G. Also included an acoustic Malmsjoe Grand Piano - in stereo. The Electro features a unique multi-sample playback, catching every nuance throughout the whole dynamic range. The unique piano sample playback engine also made it possible to digitally model the sounds you get when you release keys on a piano instrument. For example, the Clavinet and the Wurlitzer have very characteristic key release sounds. Additional piano sounds can be downloaded free at Clavia

Technical specifications

Organ section

Polyphony: Full polyphony

9 electric drawbars with memory functionality: The drawbars of Nord Electro 2 are represented by up/down buttons and LED bar graphs instead of ordinary mechanical drawbars. This gives you a big advantage: when you change presets, the correct drawbar settings are shown immediately by the LEDs.

Drawbar settings presets: 9 drawbar presets in ROM and 9 user configurable drawbar settings.

Effects: Swell (the characteristic B-3 volume pedal function), Percussion (2nd, 3rd, normal/soft, fast/slow), Chorus/Vibrato (C1, C2, C3/V1, V2, V3).

Split: Makes it possible to play an organ sound with two different drawbar settings (Lower and Upper manuals) on a single MIDI channel.

Dual manuals: the organ section is also designed to receive on two separate MIDI channels: one for the "Upper manual" and one for the "Lower manual". This makes it possible to play the Nord Electro Rack 2 as a 2-manual organ with different drawbar settings for each "manual" without any split point.

Piano section

Instruments: 5 multi-sampled electric piano instruments in Flash memory: Rhodes Mk I Stage Piano, Rhodes Mk I Suitcase Piano, Wurlitzer 200A, Clavinet D6 and the custom modified Clavia Electric Grand Model G. Also included an acoustic Malmsjoe Grand Piano - in stereo.

Effects: Presence (or Filter and Pickup selectors for the Clavinet D6 sound).

Global features

Memory: 48 user memory locations (6 Banks holding 8 Programs each) in which you can store complete setups, including instrument settings (organ or piano) and effects settings.

Effects: Tube type Overdrive, Rotary Speaker simulation (slow, fast, stop), Equalizer, Chorus (2 types), Flanger (2 types), Phaser (2 types), Tremolo, Wah-Wah (2 types), Auto Wah, Auto panning and Ring modulation.

Connections: 2 Audio outputs, 1 Headphone output, 1 Control pedal input, 1 Sustain pedal input, 1 Rotary Speaker speed switch pedal input, MIDI In, MIDI Out. USB interface for fast and easy download of new piano sounds.

Size: 19" wide and 4 rack units high.


Price: approximately Euro 1.800

Clavia info e-mail
Int +46 8 442 73 60 - Stockholm, Sweden

advanced technologic sound magazine
2002 issue 109

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