Featuring the best of Clavia's award-winning technologies, the Nord Compact keyboard hosts 3 different instrument sections ” Organ, Piano and Synth ” plus an extensive effects section. You can use tw... Click To Read More About This Product
Featuring the best of Clavia's award-winning technologies, the Nord Compact keyboard hosts 3 different instrument sections ” Organ, Piano and Synth ” plus an extensive effects section. You can use two sounds of each Section simultaneously - that's 2 Organ manuals, 2 Synthesizers, and 2 Pianos. These can be combined in any split or layered configuration you need for your performance.
The Stage'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. After more than 20 years of experience in designing musical instruments to be used by professional musicians, Nord knows how important it is to make the technology completely transparent for the user. With the Nord Stage keyboard, you only need to focus on your performance, which means never having to struggle with the technology.
Nord's patented Pitch Stick and Modulation Wheel are included for maximum musical expression. A top-of-the-line weighted hammer-action keyboard 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.
The organ section.
The Organ Section offers three different organs. Of course, Nord's famous B3 Organ model is included, giving you the most accurate and pleasing B3 next to the real thing. The B3 Organ offers many innovative solutions to mimic the typical B3 sound, such as:
¢A true organ architecture, based on digital models of 91 tonewheels, thus always giving full polyphony and overtones with natural warmness.
¢A complex digital model of the original chorus & vibrato scanner.
¢Modeling of the individual random contact bounces for each partial.
¢Emulation of the unique frequency characteristics of the built-in preamplifier, forming the "body" of the B3 sound.
¢Simulation of the energy stealth on the tonewheels that results in the typical compressed B3 sound.
¢Authentic tuning of the tone wheels according to the original B3 design.
¢True B3 s¢ll-pedal characteristics.
Nord has also created carefully modeled emulations of two of the most famous transistor organs from the 1960s, the Vox Continental and the Farfisa Compact.
"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.
The piano section
The Piano Section includes six main sound groups: Grand Pianos, Upright Pianos, Electric Grand, Electric Pianos, Wurlitzer, and Clavinet.
Nord's commitment to authenticity is manifest in these pianos' subtle nuances throughout the whole dynamic range. The source instruments are recorded at multiple velocity levels, providing the most accurate and expressive pianos ever made for a digital keyboard. The key-releases were also sampled, creating the real sound of dampers returning when the keys are lifted.
The Acoustic Pianos are also recorded with sustain pedal down. When played with the sustain pedal, the Stage's pianos recreate the sympathetic string resonance produced by acoustic piano strings. This adds to the authenticity of the piano sounds by giving them natural body. The Clavinet has an equalizer of its own, which mimics the original D6 tone tabs, and also includes the four Clavinet pickup selections.
Pianos come in many varieties, and while a Steinway sounds great, it might not be the sound you need at the moment. The piano section is very flexible, allowing the user to replace any piano with other sounds from Clavia's library of Piano samples free of charge. Use the Nord Stage's USB port and sample-dump software to swap sounds quickly from your Mac or PC.
The synth section.
Don't let the panel fool you; the Stage's Synth Section is a wolf in sheep's clothing ” small, but with a big sound.
After more than 10 years of designing synthesizers,
accepted a new challenge - designing a powerful synth with a few controls that would equal the quick and easy manipulation of the Organ and Piano sections. After all, why should you have to be an expert programmer to create lively and nuanced synth patches?
Nord's response to that challenge is the Nord Stage's "power mini synth". The Synth was created on a multi-oscillator concept involving up to 9 oscillators per voice in different algorithms, all controlled from one button and one knob:
¢Classic Analog Synthesis with dual saw, hard sync, and pulse wave modulation.
¢Three-operator FM Synthesis with 32 different modulation frequencies.
¢Wavetable Synthesis with 32 waveforms, a first for a Clavia synth.
With the Unison knob you can fatten your sound for lush pads, thick comps, and fiery leads. They've included a 12/24 dB LowPass Filter with resonance, an Amp envelope, a Modulation envelope, an LFO, and a two band equalizer. Three different Synth banks are provided ” Synth, Pad, and Lead ” for the creation and storage of your own patches, and each bank holds up to 100 sound programs.
The external section.
The Nord Stage wouldn't be a master keyboard if it couldn't control external devices with ease. The External Section is designed solely for this task, so that any MIDI-connected gear gets seamlessly integrated with the Stage's built-in instruments. Zones, splits and layers are handled exactly as if the external equipment was a part of the Stage itself. All settings are saved together with a Program so advanced setups can be immediately recalled in real-time during a performance.
No sound is complete without the proper use of effects. In the Stage 76 Nord has incorporated all the effects required to cover musicians' needs. All of the three instrument sections ” Organ, Piano and Synth ” can individually be routed through the Stage'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.
Unit one ” 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 a 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.
Unit two ” The two Phasers, two Flangers, and two Choruses are modeled from the classic analog stomp boxes that define popular music's sound. 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.
Delay” 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 is easily adjusted with the tap-tempo button.
EQ/AMP simulation ” This effect section combines a three-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. Clavia offers the famous sounds of tube amplifiers with a Twin Reverb, a Jazz Chorus 120 and a Wurlitzer speaker cabinet model. When no Amp Model is selected, the unit provides a neutral three-band EQ and a crunchy overdrive.
Rotary speaker ” There is also a Rotary Speaker emulation based on the Leslie 122, which not only brings an essential character to a live organ performance, but can also be used with any of the electric or acoustic piano sounds or the synthesizer.
Master effects” Finally there is also a Compressor and a Reverb, which are placed at the end of the sound chain, helping to blend your sounds more naturally together. The Reverb unit has Hall, Stage and Room spaces to create different atmospheres for your sounds, while the simple Compressor helps you keep the overall mix tight and under control.