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Re: Improving Electro 5D SW73 acoustic piano sounds?

Postby Gambold » 12 Jun 2017, 21:05

It IS time for another Steinway. All the Yamahas are great, but...let's have an XL of the Lady D!
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Re: Improving Electro 5D SW73 acoustic piano sounds?

Postby harmonizer » 12 Jun 2017, 22:48

For me the Royal Grand is the best acoustic piano for solo playing, in that it does not lose its sound quality when played in mono. But I don't use it for rock and roll playing in my covers band - I agree that it does not cut through.
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Re: Improving Electro 5D SW73 acoustic piano sounds?

Postby afroskully » 13 Jun 2017, 15:04

I guess I've been having a different experience with the Royal Grand. I didn't expect such versatility from it with the dummy head 3D recording of it (thought it would only be viable in stereo), but regardless whether I use it in mono or stereo, it's by far my favorite piano Nord has offered. I play it solo, I play it in a loud rock band. It cuts through for me just fine. The bright grand definitely cuts through a mix, but like Gambold said, it's a bit two dimensional. I feel that the Royal cuts while still sounding like a complex 3D piano. Having said that, I check this forum daily hoping for a new topic header cueing me to download a new piano. Nord has effectively trained us to always expect better (sometimes not for the better, but the adventure sure is fun).
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Re: Improving Electro 5D SW73 acoustic piano sounds?

Postby Gambold » 13 Jun 2017, 16:12

Ok, I'm gonna have to give the Royal another tryout. I have an Electro 4 so memory is limited, and I have the XL of the Bright Grand loaded since that's my bread and butter in the band.

Since I can't fit two XL samples onto the board, it will take some time to over-write the Bright with the XL - but I feel that to be fair I have to give the Royal the "royal" treatment. Unfortunately I can't do a side-by-side compare of the two XL samples....
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Re: Improving Electro 5D SW73 acoustic piano sounds?

Postby Rusty Mike » 13 Jun 2017, 19:04

Gambold wrote:Ok, I'm gonna have to give the Royal another tryout. I have an Electro 4 so memory is limited, and I have the XL of the Bright Grand loaded since that's my bread and butter in the band.

Since I can't fit two XL samples onto the board, it will take some time to over-write the Bright with the XL - but I feel that to be fair I have to give the Royal the "royal" treatment. Unfortunately I can't do a side-by-side compare of the two XL samples....


Just for comparison purposes, you could use the S samples. No string resonance, but it will give you enough of an idea regarding the character. Once you've made your decision, you can load the larger size of the sample you prefer.
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Re: Improving Electro 5D SW73 acoustic piano sounds?

Postby silver surfer » 13 Jun 2017, 21:41

I agree on the Royal Grand and it is my first choice for playing alone. It has a fuller sound than the Bright Grand and feels the closest to a real piano when playing. Unfortunately, my experience is that because of that fuller sound, it does not hold up well at loud gig level volumes.
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Re: Improving Electro 5D SW73 acoustic piano sounds?

Postby kozmo » 08 Aug 2017, 05:59

Im having a hard time making my 5d sound good through an amp...harsh harsh piano sounds. I bought a roland 550 and returned it...then i bought an OSC 12.2....same thing.
Its really unacceptable....I love the sound through my head set though

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Re: Improving Electro 5D SW73 acoustic piano sounds?

Postby eibinger » 08 Aug 2017, 19:01

Hi folks, I have to agree most of the posts. I play in a cover-band and it is true, that you use only one favourite piano.
I also play a Kurzweil and the piano- and epiano-sounds are more natural in this board.
The pianosounds from my Nord5d are wonderful for studio-use, but on stage (we do blues, rock and pop) they are not strong enough and I have to modify the EQ.
I considered to change my Nord5d with a Nord5hp, but the clattering of the keys is terrible and not a good solution for organ-sounds.
The last days I learned, that I should carry two boards on stage: my Nord or my kurzweil and one of my hammonds (sk-1 or xk-1)

By the way: does anyone know a technical solution to modify the keys of a Nord5hp to avoid the clattering?
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Re: Improving Electro 5D SW73 acoustic piano sounds?

Postby Rusty Mike » 08 Aug 2017, 19:25

Been discussed in several threads. Here's LINK to a complete re-lubrication job I did on my Electro 3HP.

The E3 was well out of warranty when I did that work. I'm not advising anyone else to do it - proceed at your own risk.

Overall, the key noise on the HPs is only noticeable in a studio or playing at low volume. You never hear it in a band context.
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Re: Improving Electro 5D SW73 acoustic piano sounds?

Postby RockyRaccoon » 08 Aug 2017, 19:37

I've basically fallen for and been using the Silver Grand pretty exclusively for the last year... am I alone?? :)
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