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Nord Sample Library 2.0

New samples, new layout and individual sound previews!


The Nord Sample Library 2.0 is our essential selection of quality sampled sounds from a wide range of genres. In addition to a new improved layout for easier navigation, we've added individual sound demos and optimized a lot of our existing samples.

The Nord Sample Library 2.0 also includes over 100 brilliant new sounds in the categories Strings, Voice and Folk instruments as well as the exclusively licensed original sounds from the legendary vintage tape-samplers Mellotron and Chamberlin!

Important information

The Nord Sample Library 2.0 is compatible with Nord Stage 2 EX, Nord Stage 2, Nord Electro 5, Nord Electro 4 and Nord Piano 2. Please make sure you have the latest OS and Nord Sound Manager before transferring Nord Sample Library 2.0 files to your Nord.

Note: If you have an instrument that is not compatible with the Nord Sample Library 2.0, you can still find all of our first generation samples in the Nord Sample Library Archive

OS Update for Electro 5

OS Update for the Electro 5!


The new OS v1.24 features some minor bugfixes related to B3 in KB Split mode, cleaning of Sample partition in the Nord Sound Manager and Clavinet Mic settings.

  • Sample Synth produced noise after cleaning the Sample partition manually from the Nord Sound Manager.
  • In B3 mode, while in KB Split notes would sound layered until released. 
  • ​Clavinet Mic settings (A-D) could affect synth or organ sounds in certain situations.

Go to the Download Section to download the new Electro 5 OS v1.24 and see the complete update history here!

Silver Grand

Expressive, brilliant new Grand Piano now available for free download!


We're thrilled to present our latest addition to the Nord Piano Library! The Silver Grand is a medium sized grand piano of Japanese descent with a fantastically brilliant and expressive tone! The Silver Grand is available in XL, Large, Medium and Small sizes.

Check out some sound demos below and download the new Silver Grand here:

The Nord Piano Library is compatible with the Nord Stage/EX/2/2 EX, Nord Electro 3/4/5 and Nord Piano 1/2.

OS Update

Important OS update for Nord Electro 5


This OS v1.22 update fixes a bug introduced with the recently released v1.20 where the cleaning process in Nord Sound Manager could cause Nord Electro 5 to hang. This update also fixes a bug where set lists would sometimes reference the wrong programs when re-organizing programs. 

OS v1.22 also includes the important bug fix from v1.20 where Drawbar adjustments in the Nord Electro 5 HP would start from the wrong value. 

In addition to this, OS v1.22 also includes a number of great improvements for all Electro 5 models:

  • The Electro 5 now can be fully utilized as top manual when B3 organ is used in MIDI Split Mode, as either of the two presets now can have percussion activated (only one at a time).
  • Added Menu Setting for using the Sustain Pedal to change Rotary Speaker speed.
  • The Transpose feature can now be applied to MIDI in or out, through the MIDI menu.
  • Part Upper now supports Pitch Bend from an external MIDI keyboard, when in MIDI Split Mode.

We strongly recommend all Nord Electro 5 users to update to OS v1.22! 

Download the new updates here. Full update history can be found here.

Nord Sound Manager update

Updated icons and graphics!


The new Nord Sound Manager v6.70 features new improved graphic design and a few minor bug fixes.

Edit: Now updated to v6.74 after an additional minor fix.

Download the new version here

OS Updates

Improvements for Nord Stage 2 EX and Nord Stage 2


We are now releasing a new OS update v2.10 for our Stage 2 EX and Stage 2 models. 

New updates include:

  • A new Dynamics (velocity) curve added, replacing the old "Normal" setting (no LED lit in Dynamics section). The new curve provides improved dynamic control when playing soft and makes the keyboard slightly "heavier". The old "Normal" curve is moved to position 1 and the old curves 1 and 2 were merged into position 2. Curve number 3 is the same as before. Important! Programs stored with the old "Normal" curve will be automatically re-stored to use the curve in position 1, the old "Normal" curve. Programs stored using old curves 1 or 2 will use the new merged curve in position 2 upon update. 
  • Improved reliability of USB MIDI and USB sleep/resume behaviour.
  • Support for upcoming NSMP v2 format added.
  • Minor bugfixes and changes.

Download the new OS v2.10 here: Nord Stage 2 EX and Nord Stage 2 

Full update history can be found here: Nord Stage 2 EX and Nord Stage 2

Note: The Nord Stage 2 EX and Nord Stage 2 share the same operating system. Download and update history pages are kept separate for clarity only.

Woodturner Aaby Henriksson

Happy Birthday Mr. Pitch Stick!

Meet the man who has handcrafted every single Pitch Stick since the 90's


In a small workshop in southern Sweden one man has handcrafted every single Pitch Stick for our Nord Leads, Nord Waves, Nord Modulars and Nord Stages. His name is Aaby Henriksson, he has just turned 80 years old – and he’s still going strong!

Read more here

DX Electric Pianos

New Synth Piano category in the Nord Piano Library


Our first addition to our new Synth Piano category in the Nord Piano Library are two classic sounds from the legendary DX synthesizer, namely Full Tines and Rubba Roads. These iconic synth pianos are incredibly expressive and we've really treated them as we do with acoustic instruments to capture their dynamic ranges. The Full Tines has a brillant, rich character and was one of the defining sounds in popular music during the 80's and 90's. The Rubba Roads is a more mellow type of sound that shares many sound characteristics with old vintage electric pianos.

Check out some sound demos below and download the new sounds here!

The Nord Piano Library is compatible with the Nord Electro 3/4/5, Nord Stage/EX/2/2 EX and Nord Piano 1/2.

Disclaimer: All product names used are trademarks of their respective owners, and in no way constitutes an association or affiliation with Nord Keyboards. All trademarks are solely used to identify the products whose sound was studied during the development of the piano sound. 

Electro 5 OS Update

Big OS Update for the new Electro 5!


The new OS v1.10 features a number of great improvements and also some bugfixes!

New features include:

  • B3 Pedal Bass engine has been expanded with 12 Tone-Wheels for extended range.
  • Inactive Sound Sources are no longer shown in the display
  • Improved Settings Menu Layout for better overview

We have also made some minor adjustments to the Factory Bank fixing some samples that were mapped incorrectly. The new version can be found on the Download page.

Head over to the Download Section to download the new Electro 5 OS v1.10 and see the complete update history here!

Dream Theater keyboard virtuoso Jordan Rudess popped by the booth for chat with our product specialist Staffan.

Nord at Musikmesse 2015

Check out some snapshots from the booth!


Frankfurt Musikmesse 2015 is on and we got a really nice booth this year with all our current products all ready to be played, including the newcomers Electro 5 and Stage 2 EX. Click on the image for a slideshow from the Nord booth and more!