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Nord Stage 2 88-Key Stage Keyboard  

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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...Read More

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      OVERVIEW

      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.

      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 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.

      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
      • Harpsichords
      • 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
      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: 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
      • Compressor
      • Reverb - 6 algorithms
      Keyboard
      • 88-key Hammer Action weighted keyboard
      • Range: A-C
      • Supports 3 split zones with visual LED indication
      Connections
      • 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")
      Weight:
      • 18.5 kg (41 lb.)
      Included Accessories
      • User Manual
      • Dust cover
      • Sustain pedal
      • Power cord
      • Nord Sample and Piano DVDs

      Get Nord's award-winning Organ, Piano, and Synth technologies in a user-friendly 88-key package. Order today!

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      NordStage 2 88-Key Stage Keyboard
       
      5.0

      (based on 7 reviews)

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      • Easy to use (3)

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        5.0

        outstanding

        By musicmusical

        from seattle wash

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        Pros

        • Best Sound
        • Easy
        • Quality
        • Real
        • Responsive
        • Solid
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Chamber Music
        • Concerts
        • Electronic Music
        • Learning

        Comments about Nord Stage 2 88-Key Stage Keyboard:

        I've owned many keyboard styles in 50 years. this one is the BEST and top of the line! outstanding quality, touch sensitive, responsive, weighted keys. true sounds. fabulous! wow!

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        5.0

        Excellent

        By scraw3

        from Georgia

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Realistic Sound
        • Responsive / Good Action

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nord Stage 2 88-Key Stage Keyboard:

            This keyboard while not perfect, has about everything you need to do a versatile gig. Piano, elect. piano's,organs, lead sounds, good horns, flutes, strings. It's all there. I haven't carried 2 keyboards since getting this, That was my main objective and believe me I did an exhaustive search of every keyboard you can imagine...Yamaha motif's, Kurzweils, Rolands (I am a Roland guy)Korgs etc.. Everything sounded thin to me and unuseable till I happened upon this one. Some sounds require a little tweeking but they are very good and sound good "in the mix". Expensive but well worth it.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This thing is amazing !!

            By Subway80

            from Anderson,SC

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Amazing
            • Easy To Operate
            • Easy to Use
            • Great Keybfeel
            • Great Sounds
            • Portable
            • Possibilities Unlimited
            • Pre-programmed music
            • Realistic Sound
            • Responsive / Good Action
            • Touch Sensitive Keys

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Road
            • Stage I Do A Lot Touring
            • Stagestudio

            Comments about Nord Stage 2 88-Key Stage Keyboard:

            This thing is awesome right out of the box. I know the price is hight but let me just say it was worth it. This one board replaced 3 of my other boards. That means 3 less to carry around. In the studio--WHOA------is all I can say!!

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            NORD Stage 2

            By Brian C.

            from Abilene, Tx

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Amazing Sound
            • Great Layers
            • Portable
            • Realistic Sound

            Cons

            • No Speakers

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • All Church Music Styles
            • Concerts
            • Electronic Music
            • MIDI
            • Travel
            • Works For Anything

            Comments about Nord Stage 2 88-Key Stage Keyboard:

            Our church uses keys for many different things. From Southern Gospel piano to Contemporary Worship. The Nord Stage 2 is so versatile and forms to what you need! Wouln't buy any other keyboard!

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            "Sooo User Friendly"

            By FlipDave

            from Charlotte NC

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • No Complicated Menus
            • Realistic Sound

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Easy To Edit Live
            • Worship Music

            Comments about Nord Stage 2 88-Key Stage Keyboard:

            This keyboard makes senses to operate. I read the manual once and spent about 2-3hrs play around with it and can do so much. I finally can use all of a keyboards functions. No difficult menus to drill into to edit sounds. All my keyboards before were too complicate to edit sounds on the fly so I had to except the preset sounds that it had programmed....not with the Nord! So there is no reason YOU can't create sounds you love. Action is pretty good and easy to transport and set up. I also bought a Gator road case.

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            5.0

            everything I dreamed it would be

            By Bong Tacos

            from Dallas, TX

            Comments about Nord Stage 2 88-Key Stage Keyboard:

            This is a great all-in-one board. I upgraded to this from my trusty Electro 3 and haven't looked back. Clavia has made a very fine instrument here. The Stage 2 feels great and sounds great, a true instrument. I love playing this thing!
            Excellent all-in-one performance machine.
            This thing is perfect.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Keyboard!

            By KingEd

            from Ohio

            Comments about Nord Stage 2 88-Key Stage Keyboard:

            I've been waiting a while to purchase the Nord NS88 and I'm not disappointed. Wish I would have made it work 6 months ago. I've owned it now for 3 months and doing some great things. With that l still haven't begun to fully utilize everything this beast can do.
            Every Feature is usable. On my last keyboard it only had a few usable sounds. What good is 400 sounds if none of them sound good? With the NS88 the sounds are top notch and you can shape, Split and layer them however you want.
            Very high worksmanship. All the buttons and knobs are sturdy and feel good. The side wood pieces are a great accent. Overall a well built instrument. Haven't seen a single flaw in quality.
            I only give it an 8 because it is expensive, but overall getting a full b3 organ, piano, synth, and effects section is well worth the money not to mention all in one unit.

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