Nord Stage 2 88 HA88
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The Nord Stage 2 88 follows on from the hugely successful Stage EX series of digital stage pianos from Clavia. Nord Stage 2 88 takes the concept of stage pianos to the next level with what can only be described as a truly awesome feature set.
The Stage 88 series contains Nords latest piano sampling technology from the award-winning Nord Piano, including String Resonance, Dynamic Pedal Noise, and a completely user-replaceable sample memory (twice the size of the Stage EX) compatible with the Nord V5 Piano Library. The Stage 2s Organ section features 3rd generation organ modelling from the C2 Organ plus advanced rotary speaker functionality. The Stage 2 has an all-new synthesizer section, addition tone-generating options, a powerful arpeggiator and, compatibility with the Nord Sample Library. The Stage 2 has access to the existing library and thanks to the included Nord Sample Manager software users can create their own sample-based programs.
Programming and Control
To make programming and on-stage control as simple as possible we have 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 our 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.
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.
No sound is complete without the proper use of effects. In the Nord Stage 2 we incorporated all the effects required to cover musicians' needs. All of the three instrument sections - Organ, Piano and Synth - 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 - perfect for syncing your parts to a backing track, including tempo changes.
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.
The two Phasers, two Choruses, the Flanger and new Vibe effect are modeled from the classic analog stomp boxes 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 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. 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 three-band EQ with sweepable mid and a crunchy overdrive.
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.
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.
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Features & Specifications
- State-of-the art sample-based Acoustic Pianos
- Advanced Vintage Electric Pianos
- Advanced String Resonance (Gen 2)
- Long Piano Release
- Dynamic Pedal Noise via optional Nord Triple Pedal
- Nord Piano Library compatible
- Powerful Classic analog, FM and Wavetable synthesis
- Sample Playback
- Nord Sample Library compatible
- Master Clock
- B3 tonewheel organ modeling
- Faithful simulations of classic Vox and Farfisa organs
- Advanced rotary speaker model with slow, fast and stop modes
- Draw buttons with LED bar graphs for easy overview of active drawbar settings
- Comprehensive Effects section
- Single-function control knobs and instant visibility of current settings
- External section allowing the Nord Stage 2 to serve as a master keyboard
- Expanded Live Mode with 5 locations
This product has 2 user review(s) with an average rating of 5 out of 5. Log in to add your own reviews.
27/06/11 at 15:23: 5 out of 5
This is the most incredible sounding keyboard I have ever owned. And I have owned a few. Don't think about it, get it. 10 out of 10.
21/01/12 at 12:44: 5 out of 5
As a past owner of a Stage EX, I upgraded to the 2 and have never looked back. The option of downloading samples from the Nord website was a massive thing for me. Also the bigger memory was a great addition.
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