Pianos are available in multiple sample sizes so you can choose which models to load into your keyboard at any one time. Thanks to exclusive compression technology every piano sounds incredible yet uses relatively small file sizes - even compared to mega-size software libraries.
This guide will cover which Nord models are compatible, how sample sizes differ, a tutorial on how to load the pianos (it's easy!), and of course, a showcase of some of the sounds available.
Can my Nord load samples?
All of the Nord range of instruments can load samples. The only exceptions are the Organs and the Synths. Here is a list of all the instruments that can load samples. If your model is on here, then you can add new sounds to it.
Wave - Sample Instruments only
Wave 2 - Sample Instruments only
Piano - Pianos only
Piano 2 - Pianos and Samples Instruments
Piano 3 - Pianos and Samples Instruments
Piano 4 - Pianos and Samples Instruments
Electro 3 (all models) - Pianos only
Electro 4 (all models) - Pianos only
Electro 5 (all models) - Pianos and Samples Instruments
Electro 6 (all models) - Pianos and Samples Instruments
Stage Classic (all models) - Pianos only
Stage EX (all models) - Pianos only
Stage 2 (all models) - Pianos and Samples Instruments
Stage 2 EX (all models) - Pianos and Samples Instruments
Stage 3 (all models) - Pianos and Samples Instruments
Grand - Pianos and Sample Instruments
Where do I get the Samples from?
The Sound Libraries page on Nord’s website is the place to go:
Here, you will see that it is divided into two separate Libraries:
Piano Library – this contains all Grand and Upright acoustic pianos, Electric Pianos, Digital Pianos, Clavinets, Harpsichords and Layered Pianos.
Sample Library – this contains everything that isn’t a Piano !
Once you have found the library you are after, you can choose a sound to download to your instrument.
Piano Samples and their different sizes
When you start looking at the Piano samples, especially the acoustic Grands and Uprights, you will notice that they come in four different sizes – S, M, L and XL.
A common misconception is that there is a difference in recording quality between these different size files. Actually, there is no difference in quality, even between the S and XL sizes since the samples were all taken from the same pianos at the same time - the file size differences are due to other factors being incorporated into the samples:
Small (SML) is the version that uses the least amount of space in the piano memory, but still carries a big and powerful punch. This version does not contain any String Resonance samples at all. If a Sml piano is selected the String Resonance feature will be disabled.
Medium versions have pedal-down String Resonance samples in the important middle region of the range, but omit these in the lowest and the highest areas. This gives you a good ratio of functionality and size.
Large versions have the pedal-down String Resonance samples all across the keyboard, providing you with the fullest of sounds, but also the largest size.
Some pianos are available as XL versions which means that they are fully mapped across the keyboard which increases the file size.
Nord Piano Library Size Comparison Chart
|String resonance for middle region of the range|
|String resonance for the entire range|
|Fully mapped keyboard|