Nord Grand Stage Piano: Flagship Excellence
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Many throw around the term “industry-standard”, but Nord are a brand who seem to excel with every release and thoroughly deserve the praise heaped on them. Their latest offering, the outstanding Nord Grand Stage Piano, is the icing on a many tiered assortment of delights. Let’s get stuck in shall we!
Boasting an exquisitely balanced and highly responsive triple-sensor keybed, the subtle nuance of every keystroke is translated with the utmost fidelity. Whether you’re enthusiastically striking the keys or adding delicate flourishes to intricate passages, the sophisticated mechanics of the keyboard affords a playability that is as close to the dynamic response of an acoustic grand as you can get from a digital piano. Add Ivory Touch surfaces and tactility is equally as rewarding.
Intuitive Control Layout
As with their Stage 3 and Piano 4 models, the slanted panel control layout is designed to be as simple to use as possible. Access is granted to a plethora of essential functions via various buttons and dials, all of which are within easy reach.
The Nord Grand is home to two sections: Piano and Sample Synth, which can be combined in a layer or split over the keyboard.
Here you’ll find a bevy of Grand, Upright, Electric and Digital pianos taken from the hefty Nord Piano Library. Thanks to their state-of-the-art sampling techniques, you can rest assured that each model sounds divine. You can even replace them using the Nord Sound Manager, and as if that wasn’t enough the exclusive Nord Piano Library is constantly updated with new models. Oh, and did we mention that it is free!
Sample Synth Section
The doors of Nord’s revered Sample Library 3.0 are unlocked, offering up Strings, Brass, Synths, Choirs and exclusively licensed sounds of the Mellotron and Chamberlin. There are controls for attack, decay/release, and dynamics (filter/velocity) with quick navigation buttons for rapid-fire changes during performances. As with the Piano Section, you can replace anything and everything with ease using the Nord Sound Manager.
Referring to what we highlighted earlier, the Effects Section control layout is set out between: Effects 1; Effects 2; Delay; Equalizer; Compressor/Amp and Master Effects.
Effects 1 features Pan, Tremolo, Wah-wah and Ring Modulator, which can all be controlled using a control pedal for real-time FX manipulation. Effects 2 features Phaser, Flanger, Chorus, Vibe effect and two selectable depths for each effect.
Delay offers a stereo delay effects with Tap Tempo button that puts the control at your fingertips. Equalizer boasts three-band EQ with sweepable mids to temper your sound exactly as you wish.
Compressor/Amp is home to Twin, JC, Small, Compressor and a Tube Overdrive effect for beefing up your sound for more aggressive musical styles.
Master Effects offers up awesome reverb with a trio of modes to choose from: Room, Stage, and Hall with each featuring a Bright option for shimmering shine.
For those who want to jam along to their favourite tracks, there’s a monitor input that allows you to connect external audio sources, i.e. MP3, CD player, smartphone, etc., negating the need for an external mixer or sound system.
If you’ve already got control or volume pedals with your existing gear, Nord ensure that the Nord Grand supports Fatar, Yamaha FC7, Roland EV-5/EV-7, Korg EXP2 and XVP10 pedals.
Looks as good as it sounds
Tying everything together nicely, the Nord Grand is housed in a sublime cherry finished wooden enclosure, with an optional stand available for those who want the full effect.
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