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      Nord Stage 2 88-Key Stage Keyboard (H73461)

Uses the organ engine from Nord's C2, MIDI over USB, more memory, Nord Sample Library-compatibilty, easy UI, and simple one-button controls.

This Nord Stage 2 HA88 88-Key Stage Keyboard is part of Nord's new flagship instrument line. Utilizing their very latest piano, organ and synthesizer sound generation technology, combined with a well thoughtout, user-friendly interface, an 88 Hammer Action Weighted keyboard, and an almost obsessive level of quality control, this Stage 2 keyboard truly sets itself apart as an instrument for professional performing musicians.

The Nord Stage 2 is compatible with the Nord Sample Library and also the Nord Sample Editor software that lets you create your own sample instruments, for infinite possibilities! Combined with Nord Piano Library compatibility the Nord Stage 2 is an instrument that offers huge expandability.

The Sound Inside
The Stage 2 has three sound generating sections; Piano, Organ, and Synthesizer, all of which can be used simultaneously. Furthermore, up to two sounds from each section can be combined in a single program for massive sonic flexibility.

Piano Section
The Stage 2 Piano section has evolved from the multi-award-winning Nord Piano; featuring state-of-the-art sampling techniques, the Stage 2's pianos capture the extraordinary nuances and real character of the individual source instruments. Combined with the intelligent String Resonance that reproduces the sound of the piano strings resonating at their fundamental or harmonic frequencies when other strings are played, and compatibility with the optional Nord Triple Pedal (sold separately) that adds Dynamic Pedal Noise - you get a result that is breathtaking real and has an unsurpassed expressiveness.

An all-new feature in the Nord Stage 2 is the Selectable Piano Release function. With Piano Release activated, you get a slightly longer release more suitable for legato playing. This important feature reflects adjusting the damper tension in an acoustic or an electromechanical instrument.

In addition to vivid acoustic Grand and Upright pianos, the Piano section also features some of the finest, most desirable vintage electric pianos. The Stage 2's piano sounds are future-proof thanks to its compatibility with the Nord Piano Library. This free online library is continuously updated with both upgraded existing pianos and all-new pianos to keep your instrument constantly renewed.

Organ Section
Over ten years have passed since Nord made their first digital model of a tone wheel organ. The Stage 2's dedicated organ section now uses their 3rd generation B3 Organ model, the same as found in the acclaimed Nord C2 Organ.

Considered by many to be the most accurate emulation of the B3 ever, the Stage 2's organ model is based on the analysis of the signals from each of the 91 spinning discs inside several original instruments and painstaking work on understanding exactly how all the components interact with each other. The virtual circuitry reacts not only to the settings on the panel but also during the realtime performance. The Stage 2 will faithfully reproduce the important foldback and energy robbing characteristics; the latter will produce the gentle compression effect that makes those lovely smears absolutely wonderful. There are 3 tone wheel modes that allow you to switch from a clean, factory spec'd instrument to a worn and battered workhorse with many years of touring.

Nord also created carefully modeled emulations of two of the most famous transistor organs from the 1960's - the Vox Continental and the Farfisa Compact. Alongside the organ's themselves, the Stage 2 features Nord's very latest rotary speaker simulation derived from the C2. Incorporating the acoustic variations that occur as a physical rotating spreads the sound around in a room, they bring the Stage 2's organs to life with remarkable realism. In terms of control, "Draw buttons" and LED bar graphs have replaced the original mechanical drawbars. This gives you the advantage of always having the correct drawbar settings after changing preset. For Organ sounds only, the Stage 2's keybed is programmed to respond at its highest trigger position, resulting in authentic feel and allowing lightning-fast organ techniques.

Synth Section
The Stage 2's powerful new synthesizer engine was built from the DNA of the Nord Wave. Capable of classic analog synthesis, 3 operator FM synthesis, Wavetable synthesis, and, crucially, compatibility with the Nord Sample Library. The Nord Sample Library not only gives Stage 2 owners access to the huge free library of world-class sounds, including the famous vintage Mellotron and Chamberlin samples previously only available to Nord Wave and Nord Electro 3 users, but, thanks to the included Nord Sample Editor for Mac and PC, allows user-created samples to be loaded into the instrument and thus opening up a whole new creative world of sound as well.

The Synth engine itself features classic analog synthesis with dual saw, hard sync, and pulse wave modulation, three-operator FM synthesis with 32 different modulation frequencies, Wavetable synthesis with 62 waveforms, and sample-based synthesis. A new great-sounding multimode filter features 12dB and 24dB low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, and notch filters. And, with an Amp envelope, Modulation envelope, an LFO, and Unison control, the Stage 2's synth capabilities are hugely powerful, delivering amazing on-stage sound.

The Synth section also features a new Arpeggiator that can be easily synced to the Stage 2's Master Clock for perfect timing with other elements of the Stage 2, including its effects.

Programming and Control
To make programming and on-stage control as simple as possible, Nord arranged the sound generators and controls of the Stage 2 into dedicated sections - Piano, Organ, and Synth. Not only does this make for a very intuitive approach to programming, but also instantly shows you which settings are active. There are no deep menus, no complicated screens to navigate. All vital functions are controlled by dedicated single-function knobs.

In addition, Nord's patented Pitch Stick and Modulation Wheel allow maximum musical expression and our efficient Morph Grouping technique is also included, allowing you to assign sound and effects parameters to physical controllers.

Extern Section
The Nord Stage 2 wouldn't be a master keyboard if it couldn't control external devices with ease. The Extern Section is designed solely for this purpose, so that any MIDI-connected gear gets seamlessly integrated with the Stage 2's built-in instruments. Zones, splits, and layers are handled exactly as if the external equipment was a part of the Stage 2 itself. All settings are saved together with a Program so advanced setups can be immediately recalled in real time during a performance. You can even use the Extern Section to automatically transmit Bank Select and Program Change messages to your external units.

The Keyboard
Naturally, a keyboard is not just about the sound but also the feel. The Stage 2 HA88 features Nord's new top-of-the-line fully weighted Hammer Action keyboard that also has been improved for response when playing rapid repeated notes. During the assembly of each instrument in Nord's Stockholm factory, every keybed is individually and specifically tuned for a consistent response and balance.

Effect Section
No sound is complete without the proper use of effects. In the Stage 2's, they've incorporated all the effects required to cover musicians' needs. All of the three instrument sections can be routed individually through the Stage 2's built-in effect units. Turning the effects on and off, and controlling the routing is easily done by a touch of dedicated buttons, readily accessible at the bottom of each effects unit.

The new Master Clock function makes it easy to sync effects to other elements, like the arpeggiator, LFO, or even one of the other effects. You can easily lock the effect rate to a range of note values - make the delay do quarter note triplets of what arpeggiator is playing, while the LFO gently sweeps the filter up and down in half notes, all perfectly interlocked. The Master Clock can also be controlled by an external MIDI clock, which is perfect for syncing your parts to a backing track, including tempo changes.

Effect 1
Here you can choose from Tremolo, two Wahs, an Auto-Wah, and an AutoPan. Use the AutoWah with a Clavinet for raw funk licks, create a psychedelic vibe with an Electric Piano on AutoPan, or give a Wurlitzer some body using the Tremolo. There is also a Ring Modulator on board, an effect used by many experimental and electronic musicians.

Effect 2
The two Phasers, two Choruses, the Flanger, and new Vibe effect are modeled from the classic analog stompboxes that define the sound of popular music. These swirling Phasers, metallic Flangers, and thick Choruses that are used by uncompromising professionals everywhere are crystal clear and faithfully simulated on the Nord Stage 2.

A delay unit has been included to create haunting echoes or slap back effects. The delay also supports a ping-pong mode, and the tempo can easily be adjusted with the tap-tempo button, or synced to the master clock. The delay also has an Analog mode for creating those classic "warped" sounds when changing the delay rate on repeats.

Amp Simulation & Equalizer
This effect section combines a 3-band equalizer with a sophisticated amplifier and speaker cabinet modeler. Classic amplifiers and speakers are a crucial part to make vintage Electric piano sounds come alive. Nord offers the famous sounds of speaker simulations of a Twin Reverb, a Jazz Chorus 120, and a Wurlitzer speaker. When no Amp Model is selected, the unit provides a neutral 3-band EQ with sweepable mid and a crunchy overdrive.

Rotary Speaker
The new improved Rotary Speaker simulation, which not only brings an essential character to a live organ performance, can also be used with any of the electric or acoustic piano sounds and the synthesizer.

Master Effects
A Compressor and a Reverb are placed at the end of the sound chain to help you blend your sounds more naturally together. The Reverb unit has six different Hall, Stage, and Room spaces to create different atmospheres for your sounds while the Compressor helps you keep the overall mix tight and under control.

Nord Stage 2 88-Key Stage Keyboard Features:

  • Master Level Control
    Wooden Pitch Stick
    Modulation Wheel
    400 Programs - 4 Banks with 20 Pages each. Each Page has 5 Program locations
    Program Categories
    Program Sort Modes - numerical, alphabetical or by category
    5 Live Buffers
    2 Individual Slot Setups
    3 Morph sources (Modulation Wheel, Control Pedal, Aftertouch)
    Global Mono output
    Programmable Transpose +/- 6 semitones
    Master Clock functionality with manual, external and tap-tempo rate control
    Internal and MIDI clock source
    MIDI over USB functionality
    Sustain pedal sold separately

    Organ Section
    B3 Tone wheel Organ, Vox Continental, and Farfisa models with full polyphony
    9 digitally controlled Drawbars
    Percussion controls
    Vibrato / Chorus control
    Two Drawbar settings per program
    2-Part Multitimbral (2 manuals)

    Piano Section
    Approx. 500 Megabyte memory for Piano sounds
    Acoustic Grand Pianos
    Upright Pianos
    Electric Pianos
    Wurlitzer A200 Electric Piano
    Clavinet D6
    Electric Grand Pianos incl. CP-80
    40-60 Voices Polyphony
    4 Selectable Velocity Curves
    Clavinet EQ controls
    String Resonance (Generation 2) on acoustic Grand Pianos and Uprights
    Selectable Piano Release
    Pedal Noise when used with Nord Triple Pedal (optional accessory) on selected acoustic and electric pianos)
    Slot Detune functionality
    2-part multitimbral

    Synth Section
    Sample Playback synthesis: approx. 380 Megabytes of sample memory, up to 999 Sample Instruments.
    Analog synthesis: Multiple waveforms - including Dual Saw, Hard Sync, and PWM
    FM synthesis: 2 & 3 Operator FM synthesis
    Wavetables synthesis: 62 waveforms
    18 Voices polyphony
    Unison control - with no reduction in polyphony
    Amplitude envelope
    Modulation envelope
    12dB & 24dB Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass and Notch Filter with Resonance
    LFO with 4 waveforms (square, triangle, ramp and sample & hold)
    300 Patch memory locations
    Arpeggiator (Up, Down, Up-Down and Random), Range: 1, 2, 3 or 4 octaves
    LFO and Arpeggiator synchronizable to Master Clock
    2-part Multitimbral

    Global Parameters
    Level control
    Zone (split assignment) control

    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: 100Hz, 200Hz - 8kHz and 4kHz
    Rotary Speaker: selectable speed (Stop, Slow, and Fast) and separate overdrive
    Effect rates/tempo can be synchronized to the Master Clock

    Master Effects
    Reverb - 6 algorithms

    88-key Hammer Action weighted keyboard
    Range: A-C
    Supports 3 split zones with visual LED indication

    4 Assignable Audio Outputs - 1/4", 6.35mm jacks, unbalanced
    Stereo Headphone output - 1/4", 6.35mm stereo jack
    1 Monitor input - 1/8", 3,5mm stereo jack
    Sustain Pedal - 1/4", 6.35mm jack. Use a momentary pedal, like e.g, Roland DP-2, DP-6, Yamaha FC-4, FC-5, Fatar VFP1-25 etc. (sold separately)
    Sustain input compatible with Nord Triple Pedal (sold separately)
    Rotor Pedal - 1/4", 6.35mm jack. Use a momentary pedal or a switch type pedal (sold separately)
    Organ Swell Pedal - 1/4", 6.35mm TRS stereo jack. Use a Control/Expression pedal like e.g. Yamaha FC-7, Roland EV-5 etc. (sold separately)
    Control Pedal - 1/4", 6.35mm TRS stereo jack. Use a Control/Expression pedal like e.g. Yamaha FC-7, Roland EV-5 etc. (sold separately)
    MIDI In - 5-pin DIN connectors
    MIDI Out - 5-pin DIN connectors
    USB - type B connector
    IEC320 C7 power connector

    Dimensions (WxHxD):
    1297 mm (51"), 121 mm (4.5"), 334 mm (13")
    18.5 kg (41 lb.)

    Included Accessories
    User Manual
    Dust cover
    Sustain pedal
    Power cord
    Nord Sample and Piano DVDs
    USB cord

Nord Stage 2 88-Key Stage Keyboard

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  • Why pay for Hammond when a Nord is this good?

    As reviewed by Butch Giusto on 12/14/2011

    I checked out the Hammond tone wheel models for a bit, but they were so pricey and a one trick pony. They make a very convincing B3 analog but my stage gigs need piano, synth, reed pianos, etc. You know lots of colors. I checked out the Nord C3 and it sound better than the Hammonds that I had tried but again, same issue with one instrument. Then I heard the Nord Stage 2. Shite, what a machine. I am mostly piano oriented and this thing has killer piano sounds and the same revised Nord tone wheel modeling as the C3. The only thing that I did differntly with this rig is to bypass the internal leslie sounds and use the Neo Ventilator for the leslie modeling. That little piece of gear is the best on the market and makes the Nord really jump on the organ sounds. I run a stereo rig and this combo rocks. (my guitar player approves too).

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  • Consistently makes me smile.....

    As reviewed by Phil Gumble on 10/14/2013

    Ensoniq KS-32....served me well for years. Korg N-1...served me well for many more years. MOX8...served one year service onstage and never could quite connect with it .... great soundset.... just didn't like the AP's and keybed. Enter the NORD....WOW... this keyboard will be my last. It took about 15 minutes to feel connected to the beast. It just seems like it loves what it does..... make tremendously expressive core keyboard sounds that totally knock it out of the park in a band onstage.... from sultry blues to high energy dance....it's got the "stuff". Pick it up, you will smile..... very light, very well built, highest quality materials and workmanship. Play it, you will smile....great sounds, very expressive, lush if you need it, cuts if you need it, organs are stellar..... sound library is awesome. Sounds fine in Mono if you so desire. After reading so many great reviews of this keyboard, I was prepared to be disappointed in some way by it......boy, was I wrong. This thing is expensive....but it rocks...I'm impressed.

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