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Nord Stage- Good electric piano? and how is the synth?
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Lbsword



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 11:50 am    Post subject: Nord Stage- Good electric piano? and how is the synth?
Subject description: Family is looking for electric piano, and I like nord synth tech, so...
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Okay all you forum people.

I own a Nord lead 2x myself, and its suitable for right now.
( bought it for 400$ new, great deal)

My family is looking for a high quality electric piano.
Money is not a problem.

However, I really like Nord/clavia synth technology, and im becoming better with their synth layouts, and programming.

Is the Nord Stage a good electric paino AND synthesizer?
are the piano and organ sounds of really really good quality?
and are there as many synth options as the nord lead 2x?
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Wout Blommers



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 3:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Nord Stage- Good electric piano? and how is the synth?
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Lbsword wrote:
Okay all you forum people.
To you to!
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I own a Nord lead 2x myself, and its suitable for right now. (bought it for 400$ new, great deal)
Indeed, great deal.
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My family is looking for a high quality electric piano. Money is not a problem.
However, I really like Nord/clavia synth technology, and im becoming better with their synth layouts, and programming.
Is your family also in the Clavia lay out? Could be important. There is a certain kind of logic in the interface design of Clavia. If you know and feel it, it works!
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Is the Nord Stage a good electric paino AND synthesizer?
The piano and organ sounds are top, the synth is more the icing of the cake. If you know the NordLead2X, it surely is something smaller, although there are many things you can do with it. The Lead is also nice just to tweak, you know: let the Arp run and turn the knobs...! I can't tell the same of the Stage synth.
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are the piano and organ sounds of really really good quality?
Yes, they are!
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and are there as many synth options as the nord lead 2x?
I advise you not to sell your lead yet Very Happy
Another thing is how to buy a Nord Stage in the USA, at the moment. Due to the exchange rate between Europe and the USA there could be delivery problems. If money isn't the question, come across the ocean and buy it here in the shop...

Wout
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I recently got a Nord Stage 88. It's a great instrument, it really makes you willing to play it.
It has lots of real time controllers, pianos and organs are just perfect and, as Wout said, the synth is like the icing on the cake (simple, essential but powerful), the user interface is logical.
Should I say more?
Very Happy

of course it is not an "experimental" instrument. it's kind of "retro". I have actually started liking the Hammond sound that I have always shunned. Amazing Cool

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 2:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

this is a short example of the Nord Stage playing an Hammond sound I programmed. rotor speed is modulated thru a sustain pedal.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

To be honest I find the sound of the Yamaha P-80 much better.
When you play chords you'll here the difference.
I use it a few years now and still I find the pianosound perfect.
Also the instrument itself is solid as a tank and the key's have a good feel.

I use the Nordwave for the electric part like Wurlitzers and Rhodessounds
and afcouse the synthsection.
I think the Nordfamily is more brilliant in the electric and synth parts.

BUT

It's a matter of what you like and taste. Razz
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I love my NS88. Love the piano, EP's and Organs. I use them all the time in the studio and live. The Piano must be run in stereo otherwise it really is not useable. This could be a problem in a live setting. The synth is good. I use it for pads and the occasional bass or lead sound. I tend to use other synths for triggering the Organ sounds from the Stage.

I also have an NL2x and NL3 which I love (especially the latter).

If you want to check out some of the NS88 sounds, you can check them out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNinPFXrwzU

It's a video of one of my band's songs using EP and Organs and some airy synth pads. There are others on Youtube as well.

Good luck with the Stage, it's a wonderful instrument.

aL
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

welcome Tuba Four

Tuba Four wrote:
... The Piano must be run in stereo otherwise it really is not useable. This could be a problem in a live setting. ...
I thought that's the reason Clavia introduced the 'piano mono' button?
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... I also have an NL2x and NL3 which I love (especially the latter) ...
Do you think it's realistic to say the NS synth is almost a NordLead2X, as a sailsman once did right into my face? Very Happy

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Tuba Four



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Wout Blommers wrote:
welcome Tuba Four

Tuba Four wrote:
... The Piano must be run in stereo otherwise it really is not useable. This could be a problem in a live setting. ...
I thought that's the reason Clavia introduced the 'piano mono' button?


You're exactly right Wout. I am hoping they come out with this OS revision sooner rather than later!!!

Wout Blommers wrote:

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... I also have an NL2x and NL3 which I love (especially the latter) ...
Do you think it's realistic to say the NS synth is almost a NordLead2X, as a sailsman once did right into my face? Very Happy

Wout


Laughing Shocked Right!! I mean, the NS Synth is a nice little synth but it's nowhere in the same league as the NL2x. Not even close. But, that said, it's a surprisingly versatile little synth. Idea

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Ruud



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2008 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hi Lbsword,


Already made a choice?
Here is a example (First number) of the pianosound of the Yamaha P80 in combination with a Nord Wave Wink



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Tuba Four



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Lbsword,

FYI, Clavia just released a new operating system (last week) for the Stage, as well as a new piano sample that is excellent. It's a Yamaha C7, closely mic'd. The sample size itself is not very large (about 40 mb) which is great because it leaves more room for the other instruments. Clavia also implemented what is now called a "mono mode" for all its piano samples including the uprights. I like it a lot. I even like the new sample which is recorded in stereo in mono more so than I do in stereo.

The EP's and Organs are unchanged. The Synth receives a few upgrades as well including new digital waveforms and increase to 300 the program library.

aL
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Lbsword thanks for the reply Confused
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

hi guys, just got my stage 88EX.... not updated to new OS yet... how do i use this Mono piano mode???... the manual doesnt explain that well Smile
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Yikes



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Tuba Four wrote:

If you want to check out some of the NS88 sounds, you can check them out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNinPFXrwzU

It's a video of one of my band's songs using EP and Organs and some airy synth pads. There are others on Youtube as well.
aL


Let me be the first on this thread to say, that sounded AWESOME!
The band was tight, recording quality was great. Definitely the best sample of the Stage 88's overall quality and capabilities that I've seen on YouTube.

The last time I was at the Coach House was for Joe Ely in the mid 80's. I'll have to visit again, maybe at one of your gigs.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Yikes wrote:

Let me be the first on this thread to say, that sounded AWESOME!
The band was tight, recording quality was great. Definitely the best sample of the Stage 88's overall quality and capabilities that I've seen on YouTube.

The last time I was at the Coach House was for Joe Ely in the mid 80's. I'll have to visit again, maybe at one of your gigs.


Thanks for the kind words. Glad you enjoyed the music!!

aL
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

blinkie wrote:
hi guys, just got my stage 88EX.... not updated to new OS yet... how do i use this Mono piano mode???... the manual doesnt explain that well Smile


the mono button is the lower clave eq button in the piano section

my stage classic it says panic under the button

on the ex it should be labeled clearly

light on = mono
light off = stereo

it only works ac grand and upright

try both settings with headphones and a mono kb amp you will hear a big dfference
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Send me a PM if you should decide to sell your Nord Lead 2x. I would be happy to buy it!
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