Featuring the best of Nord's award-winning technologies, the Nord Stage 2 digital piano hosts three of the most demanded instrument sections - Organ, Piano and Synth, plus a powerful effects section.
High quality, stage ready sounds
Ever since 1995, when they released their first synth, Nord have been well known for their high quality sound synthesis, which they have pushed the boundaries of ever since. The Nord Stage 2 features 3 sound sections, each focusing on a particular sound: piano, organ and synth.
The piano section of the Nord Stage 2 has been created using the award winning Nord Piano as a starting point. By using the same cutting-edge sampling technology, every detail within the sampled pianos character has been captured for your use on stage or in the studio. This is then combined with other Nord features including String Resonance, for capturing the resonant reaction of piano strings that aren't being played, Dynamic Pedal Noise (when using the Nord triple pedal - available seperately), and the new Long Release function which allows for more fluid legato playing. All of these impressive features are available on a range of grand, upright and electric piano sounds, with more sounds available online at the extensive Nord Piano Library.
The dedicated organ section features what many consider to be the most accurate digital recreation of a B3 organ, which has taken three generations of tweaking to get to this point. The incredibly accurate B3 emulation has been created by analysing every aspect of the original, and how it reacts during performance. Alongside the B3 emulation, there are also Vox Continental and Farfisa Compact emulations, as well as a C2 rotary speaker emulation. All of this controlled by draw buttons and LED bar graphs.
Last but not least, the synth engine, dervied from the Nord Wave. Analog synthesis, three operator FM synthesis, wavetable synthesis and Nord sample library compatibility are all present, giving you access to a huge range of sounds. The sample capability is a big deal, with mellotron and chamberlin samples as well as the option of loading in your own user-created samples. There's also a new arpeggiator, with the option to sync up to the Stage 2 master clock.
Flexible splits and layers
With the Stage 2, you are able to use two sounds of each Section simultaneously - that's two Organ manuals, two Synths, and two Pianos. These can be combined in any split or layered configuration you wish. The Nord Stage 2 even includes string resonance and Dynamic Pedal Noise adding another dimension to the playing sensation.
The Nord Stage 2's user interface is designed from a basic concept: All vital functions are represented on the front panel - easy to access, and never further away than a press of a single button or turn of a dial. With the Stage 2 you only need to focus on your performance, which means never having to struggle with the technology.
Patented pitch stick and modulation wheel
Nord's patented Pitch Stick and Modulation Wheel are included for maximum musical expression. A top-of-the-line weighted hammer-action keyboard complete with aftertouch, developed by Fatar makes you feel that the Stage's sound is balancing at the tip of your fingers, completely under your control. Nord's efficient Morph Grouping technique is also included, allowing you to assign sound and effects parameters to one physical controller.
Reliable and roadworthy
All together, the Stage 2 is a musical, reliable, efficient, and roadworthy companion that delivers results, and provides the means to express your passion for playing.
Manufacturer Nord Model Stage 2 88 Colour Red Keyboard 88 Key, Fully Weighted with Aftertouch Sounds 4 Banks with 20 Pages each. Each Page has 5 Program locations Effects Effect 1: Ring Modulator, Tremolo, Pan, Wah, AutoWah 1, Autowah 2 Effect 2: Flanger, Vibe, 2 Phasers, 2 Choruses Delay - with Ping Pong (stereo taps) and Tap-Tempo 3 types of Speaker simulations, JC, Twin and Small Tube amp simulation with adjustable overdrive 3-band Equalizer with sweepable mid. EQ ranges: 100 Hz, 200 Hz - 8 kHz and 4 kHz Rotary Speaker: selectable speed (Stop, Slow and Fast) and separate overdrive Effect rates/tempo can be synchronized to the Master Clock Connectivity 4 Assignable Audio Outputs - ¼", 6,35 mm jacks, unbalanced Stereo Headphone output - ¼", 6,35 mm stereo jack 1 Monitor input - 1/8", 3,5 mm stereo jack Sustain Pedal - ¼", 6,35 mm jack. Use a momentary pedal, like e.g, Roland DP-2, DP-6, Yamaha FC-4, FC-5, Fatar VFP1-25 etc. Sustain input compatible with Nord Triple Pedal (sold separately) Rotor Pedal - ¼", 6,35 mm jack. Use a momentary pedal or a switch type pedal Organ Swell Pedal - ¼", 6,35 mm TRS stereo jack. Use a Control/Expression pedal like e.g. Yamaha FC-7, Roland EV-5 etc. Control Pedal - ¼", 6,35 mm TRS stereo jack. Use a Control/Expression pedal like e.g. Yamaha FC-7, Roland EV-5 etc. MIDI In - 5 pin DIN connectors MIDI Out - 5 pin DIN connectors USB - type B connector IEC320 C7 power connector Included Accessories Dust Cover Sustain Pedal Power Cord Sample Library DVD Piano Library DVD USB Cable
- Customer Reviews
- The Professional's Choice.
Whether you're a touring professional, a sound designer, an educator, band musician or enthusiast, You'll be blown away by how powerful and user friendly the Nord Stage 2 is.
My background as a sound designer and musician where keyboards and synthesizers are my forte means I know a serious piece of equipment when I lay my hands on one. For someone like me who is blind, technology has it's ups and downs and a major factor in workstations, synthesizers and the likes of is navigation and control. Having owned and worked with various makes in my time, Moving over to Nord has been the best decision ever.
Let's get down to the real business...
I bet you're wondering what all the hype's all about? well... I encourage you to find a Dawsons Store and try a Nord Stage 2 88 out and ask one of the staff who has experience with Nord equipment to walk you through this beast. When you hear the pianos, they're like nothing on the market today. Forget your VST plugins or your major brand ROM samples, you'll be captured by the string resonance, harmonic resonance and pedal control that really opens up the way you play. Besides how each piano is sampled at multiple velocities and mic positions, even the modeling of the piano itself is translated into such a delicious instrument. If the Stage 2 was edible, you'd want more. And MORE is what you get. From sumptuous grand and upright pianos including Steinway Model D's and various others, to Yamaha CP80's that really open up the envelopes, to EP's, clavs and so much more, you won't ever want to walk away from this monster of a stage piano.
Even though this is considered a stage piano, let's get this straight... It's more than that. You have access to an ever expanding sound palette that moves with you. This isn't a "Rompler", this is a completely open instrument. Not only is this a stage piano, it's an organ that recreates hammonds, Farfisa & Vox organs and gives you silky tones, right to the down right DIRTY and wow, do you feel wild when you fly through an organ recreation and turn up the gain, leslie control and play that organ like it demands of you to. There's also a very powerful synthesis engine that combines the Nord Wave and lead series for a rather flexible sound engine. you can layer the organ, piano and synth engines and on top of that, you have high quality effects. Effects that grab you and don't let go.
I need to make this clear. This is no Korg Kronos or Roland Fantom series, This is a completely different system. OK it doesn't have a drum system included or fancy arps played as soon as you press a key unlike three brands I know well. This is a real sound designer's and touring pro's dream machine.
Take a look at most televised bands and I bet you, A stage 2 is most likely part of the ensemble. Why? Just ask Nord owners like me just how amazing these machines are and I GUARANTEE YOU! yes you... you there... the person reading this... You'll want to buy this once you've tried it. Listen to the demos on nord's website, even the sound library demos, etc and you'll be blown away.
For me, I use this as my main system. I'll tell you why... A true instrument would allow you to do things with it that no other can achieve. What do I mean by that? Well... I'll tell you. A big part of this beautiful example of Swedish engineering is the open architecture that's used to model the instrument to your needs. If you go to www.nordkeyboards.com and go to the sound banks, you'll notice something that will truly blow your mind. the ability to WIPE your stage 2 and completely change it to suit your needs, whether on the road or in the studio. you might have a client who wants certain sounds, well, this is achievable. Why carry a bulky workstation with external hard drives (like I used to do with a much older system and SCSI drives) when all you need is a nice lightweight laptop, a usb cable and your stage 2. the sound libraries are freely downloadable from the site, so you can really open up the potential. there's so many grand and upright pianos, as well as electric pianos, amped grands like the CP80, etc, harpsichords and many more, not to mention fully sampled synthesisers, other instruments. EVEN THIS!!! MELLOTRON! and now the Fairlight, so Where do you want to go next? That is up to you.
If you're looking for a stage instrument that's going to set your band's minds on fire, let you fly on stage or create something truly moving on the road or in the studio or at home. I encourage you to take this baby into your arms, as I have mine.
Sound Designer / composer & music producer.
NOTE: the opinions and comments expressed within this review are that of me only and do not represent views represented by either Nord Keyboards or Dawsons Music Ltd... this just covers me and the mug of tea lol
- I like it
The Clavs, Rhodes, Wurli are all top notch and the Nord piano library offers some lovely pianos - though people can be very particular about their piano sounds. I love the Nord piano and I really like the weight of the keys, much prefer it to the Motif or Yamaha stage pianos but each to their own.
The synth section is good and I've got some nice sounds out of it. I use the sine wave in a mono synth set up as a lead a lot and again the effects section saves me from hooking up a lot of effects to get the sound I'm after but I do find with a lot of polyphonic synth sounds and really meaty bassy monophonic sounds I do go back to my analogue boards as they got more balls. But if you only want to take one keyboard on gigs with you the Nord would be my choice. I like it.
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