Nord Stage 2 EX Compact Keyboard

Nord Stage 2 EX Compact Keyboard

Nord Stage 2 EX Compact Keyboard

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Product Highlights

  • Piano, Organ, Synth, & Clav Instruments
  • 3x Multitimbral Sound Generators
  • 1 GB Memory Piano Library
  • Semi-Weighted Waterfall Keyboard
  • B3 Tone Wheel Simulation
  • Vintage 122 Rotary Speaker Simulations
  • Digital LED Drawbars
  • Comprehensive Effects Section
  • MIDI over USB Functionality
  • Includes AC Power Cord
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  • 1Description

The Stage 2 EX Compact Keyboard from Nord is a professional piano, organ, and synthesizer instrument designed with a well-thought-out user interface, and a 73-key semi-weighted Waterfall keyboard. It can be used to play sounds in various environments for audio applications such as live stage, theater, recording studios, houses of worship, and more.

Some of the main features for the piano and organ section of the Stage 2 EX keyboard are a 1 GB memory for the piano library, the sample-based acoustic and electric pianos, an advanced string resonance, and a long release option for controlling harmonics when other strings are played. In addition, the organ section features a B3 tonewheel simulation, a vintage 122 rotary speaker simulation, and classic Vox and Farfisa organs. You also have digital LED drawbars for easy overview of the active drawbar settings.

Additional features of the synthesizer and global effects section of the Stage 2 EX keyboard include the 380 MB of storage for the Nord sample library, the classic analog FM and Wavetable synthesis, an a arpeggiator, a unison mode, and a master clock. Furthermore, the Global section provides a comprehensive effect section, with single-function control knobs providing instant visibility of the current settings, an external section allowing the Nord Stage 2 EX to serve as master keyboard, and an expanded live mode with 5 locations. There is also a USB-MIDI with no driver required for Mac OSX (drivers are available for Windows).

The Keybeds
Semi-Weighted Waterfall (SW): Uses semi-weighted organ type keys with a rounded "waterfall" tip, suitable for rapid organ shredding and synthesizer licks, but also plays nice with piano sounds. Key range E-E
Nord Factory Bank
Features five grand pianos, seven upright pianos, eleven electric pianos, clavinets, harpsichords, and a Nord sample library selection including strings, choir, and folk instruments
Piano Section
The Stage 2 EX piano section features state-of-the-art sampling techniques that can capture the nuances and character of the individual source instrument. Combine this with the advanced string resonance feature, which reproduces fundamental or harmonic frequencies of the piano strings, and makes for a clear natural sounding piano. This feature is also compatible with the optional Nord triple pedal that adds dynamic pedal noise
Organ Section
The Stage 2 EX's dedicated organ section is based on B3 tonewheel simulations thorough analysis of the 91 spinning discs inside several original instruments. The digital LED drawbars offer an overview of current settings and lets you easily change the drawbar settings while playing
Synthesizer Section
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 multimode filter features 12 and 24 dB low pass, high pass, band pass, and notch filters. And with an amp envelope, modulation envelope, an LFO, and unison control, the Stage 2 EX's synth capabilities are powerful when delivering on-stage sound
Programming and Control
There are no deep menus, no complicated screens to navigate. All vital functions are controlled by dedicated single-function knobs. In addition, the pitch stick and modulation wheel allow you the maximum musical expression, and the morph grouping technique is also included, allowing you to assign sound and effects parameters to physical controllers
Effects Section
All of the three instrument sections - organ, piano and synth - can be routed individually through the Stage 2 EX's built-in effect units. Turning the effects on and off and controlling the routing is done by dedicated buttons readily accessible at the bottom of each effects unit. With Effect 1, you can choose from tremolo, two wahs, an auto-wah, and an auto-pan, while Effect 2 includes two phasers, two choruses, a flanger, and a vibe effect
UPC: 834035001264
In the Box
Nord Stage 2 EX Compact Keyboard
  • Power Cord
  • Sample and Piano DVDs
  • USB Cord
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
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    General 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
    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 1 GB memory for piano sounds
    Acoustic grand pianos
    Upright pianos
    Electric pianos
    Synth Pianos
    Wurlitzer A200 electric piano
    Clavinet D6
    Harpsichords
    Electric grand pianos includes CP-80 electric grand
    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
    12/24 dB 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, 3 categories
    Arpeggiator (Up, Down, Up-Down and Random), Range: 1, 2, 3 or 4 octaves
    LFO and Arpeggiator synchronizable to Master Clock
    2-part multitimbral
    Common 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, and 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: 100 Hz, 200 Hz - 8 kHz and 4 kHz
    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 - 5 algorithms
    Keyboard Compact-Model: 73-key semi-weighted velocity-sensitive waterfall keyboard. Range: E-E
    Aftertouch, supports 3 split zones with a visual LED indication
    Connections 4 Assignable Audio Outputs: 1/4" (6.3 mm) jacks, unbalanced
    Stereo Headphone Output: 1/4" (6.3 mm) stereo jack
    1 Monitor Input: 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo jack
    Sustain Pedal: 1/4" (6.3 mm) jack uses a momentary pedal, like e.g. Roland DP-2, DP-6, Yamaha FC-4, FC-5, Fatar VFP1-25, etc.
    Sustain input compatible with Nord Triple Pedal (sold separately)
    Rotor Pedal: 1/4" (6.3 mm) jack. Use a momentary pedal or a switch-type pedal
    Organ Swell Pedal: 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS stereo jack. Use a Control/Expression pedal like e.g. Yamaha FC-7, Roland EV-5, etc.
    Control Pedal: 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS stereo jack. Use a Control/Expression pedal like e.g. Yamaha FC-7, Roland EV-5, etc.
    MIDI In: 5-pin DIN connectors
    MIDI Out: 5-pin DIN connectors
    USB: type B connector
    Power Cord with IEC C14 connector
    Dimensions (L x H x W) 42 x 4 x 12" (1070 x 104 x 302 mm)
    Weight 21.4 lb (9.7 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 29.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 47.0 x 14.0 x 7.5"

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