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Chinese Orchestra

Exclusively sampled Chinese traditional instruments


This collection focuses on traditional Chinese Orchestra instruments, with exclusively sampled string and wind instruments such as Dizi, Erhu, Guqin, Guzheng, Liuqin, Pipa, Suona, Xiao and Zhongruan.

The Chinese Instrument collection was created by Pierre Pradat, a french musician established in Bejing, China. Check out some sound demos below and download the new sounds here!

Nord Electro 5

Introducing the new Electro 5 series at NAMM 2015!


With enhancements to every area of the instrument, the Electro 5 redefines Nord’s legendary live keyboard. From every sound-generating section, its user-interface and to its functionality, the Electro 5 is more refined, more live-focused, and more flexible than ever. 

Highlights include 1 GB memory for the Nord Piano Library, 256 MB memory for the Nord Sample Library, the ability to Split and Layer sounds and a big OLED display. 

Read all about the new Nord Electro 5 here!

The Nord Electro 5 will be shown for the first time at NAMM Show 2015 in Anaheim, California, January 22-25th, in booth #6464. 

Nord Lead 4 OS Update

New features and bugfixes for the Nord Lead 4


The new Nord Lead 4 OS v1.30 includes several features from the Nord Lead A1 as well as general improvements and bugfixes.


  • Multi Focus feature: When in Multi Focus mode is activated all parameter changes will affect all enable slots. To enable Mulit Focus mode press SHIFT+KBD tracking. Simultaneously flashing Slot LED indicate that Multi Focus is enabled. 
  • Slot handling now works like the Lead A1 - other slots can now be toggled on/off while pressing an enabled slot button, and tap another button to toggle it.
  • Solo mode: Double click on a slot button to enter Solo mode, with a proper mute function. Leave Solo mode by pressing any slot button. 
  • When switching between Program and Performance mode, if Copy is held simultaneously the slot buffers are copied into the destination mode, like on the A1.
  • Global Octave Shift is now stored in performances.

For a complete list of changes see the OS Update History page.

Get the new OS and the revised User Manual describing the new features on the Nord Lead 4 Download page.

Mellotron Master Tapes

Mellotron Master Tapes

Exclusive new addition to Nord Sample Library


We are very proud to offer these exclusive original Master Tape recordings that were used to produce the legendary sounds of the Mellotron.  

The Master Tapes offer high fidelity versions of the classic Mellotron sounds, as well as several previously unreleased Mellotron sounds and ultra-rare custom made sounds for Yes, Roxy Music, Genesis, Jack Bruce, BSabbath and Tangerine Dream and more. We are also thrilled to finally include the charming Rhythms and Fills from the Mellotron MK I and MK II.

Download the unique Mellotron Master Tapes here!

Mellow Upright

Unique new gentle soft-hammered Upright


This Upright was fitted with extra soft felt hammers to accommodate a more mellow, dampened tone. With its gentle dynamic response the Mellow Upright is a unique addition to our Nord Piano Library, and a real gem if you have a preference for a calm, dreamy and rich feel.

Download the new Mellow Upright here!

Important information:
Owners of Nord Electro 3, Nord Electro 3 HP, Nord Electro 4, Nord Stage and Nord Stage EX are strongly recommended to upgrade to the most recent OS version for optimal performance.

OS Updates

Important updates for our stage pianos


We are now releasing a series of important OS updates for our Stage and Electro series.

In addition to fixing model specific bugs, some bugfixes apply to several products: 

Piano Release: Fixes a bug that could cause the Piano engine to select the wrong velocity for Release samples.
Products affected: Nord StageNord Stage EXNord Electro 3Nord Electro 3 HPNord Electro 4

Piano Dynamics: Fixes a bug in the dynamic curves. This fix improves the sensitivity when playing soft/low velocities.
Products affected: Nord Electro 3 HPNord Electro 4 HP

USB MIDI: Fixes a bug where the USB MIDI interface would become unavailable after the host computer had been put to sleep mode.
Products affected: Nord Electro 4

There updates are strongly recommended for all owners! Head over to the Download section to download the updates!

Kroffe Bank

Vintage sounds for the Nord Lead A1


Clavia employee Kristofer "Kroffe "Ulfves has created a solid sound bank with a focus on finding the vintage sweetspots in the Nord Lead A1. Check out the sound demo below and head on over to the Nord Lead A1 product library to download the the new sounds, 99 Programs and 100 Performances!

Tilliander Bank

25 brilliant kits for the Nord Drum 2


Swedish electronica legend Andreas Tilliander has created 25 great kits for the Nord Drum 2. Andreas is a man of many aliases such as his most recent creation TM404, but perhaps you also have heard of Svaag, Skitus, Mokira, Lowfour or Rechord? Tokyo, Nagano, Taipei, Shanghai, New York City, Bern, Venice have all witnessed TM404 and his unique analog hardware live sets. Richie Hawtin is a fan and has invited the man behind TM404 twice to his Enter experience at Space, Ibiza.

Tilliander’s Nord Drum 2 bank concentrates on bring out the electronic soul of the machine in 25 amazing kits. The sound demos were made using external sequencing with real-time controller changes and a minimum of external processing.

Check out a sound demo below and head over to the Tilliander Bank to hear more and to download the sounds!

Barbieri Bank

Magnificent sound bank for the Nord Lead A1


We're thrilled to present this absolutely stunning sound bank for the Nord Lead A1 by synth legend Richard Barbieri. The bank covers a wide range from the eerie pads, atmospherical leads to glitchy rhythms and ethnical instruments from a distant future...    

Richard Barbieri started his musical career with the group Japan in 1975. The band achieved critical and commercial success with their 5th studio album "Tin Drum" which stayed in the UK charts for a year. The painstaking approach to synthesiser programming along with the original rhythmic patterns of Mick Karn and Steve Jansen produced a sound that remains original to this day. Aside from recording and touring he sound designs for various music software and synthesiser manufacturers.

Check out these stunning sound demos for a taste, and download the bank for free here

Boska Bank

New impressive sound bank for the Nord Drum 2


The creative Norwegian drummer and producer Jon-Eirik Boska has created a striking signature bank for the Nord Drum 2. Boska releases house and electronic music under the Boska moniker, as well as playing drums for a range of Norwegian and international acts. He's also been involved in the Nord Drum development since its very first rendition.

The Boska Bank contains 50 kits and can be downloaded here, where you'll also find some great sound demos showcasing the expressive, versatile and dynamic range of the Nord Drum 2!

Please note that the Boska Bank requires Nord Drum 2 OS v3.00 or later. 

Check out some samples of his creation in the sound player below.