How stage pianos should be!
Nord’s award-winning Organ, Piano and Synth technologies – All in one amazing package.
Do you know a company called Clavia DMI from Sweden? Probably not, right? But I bet you’ve heard about Nord synthesizers and keyboards, and if you haven’t, you’ve been missing the best technology in organs, pianos and synths.
Clavia DMI – Digital Musical Instruments is a Swedish manufacturer of virtual analog synthesizer, virtual electromechanical pianos and stage pianos, founded in 1983. They are really well known worldwide for their famous Nord products and of course the Ddrum triggers.
Nord has introduced their new flagship keyboard series, the Nord Stage 2 which includes everything that Nord has done in the past in just one amazingly user friendly interface!
This is the second version of Nords now famous Stage series. It utilizes their very latest sound generation technology in the three categories: piano, organ and synthesizer combined with a great user friendly interface. The Nord Stage 2 is what every stage piano should be!
I am currently playing with two different keyboard players in two different bands and they are both after one of these beauties! After doing some research, hearing it and being lucky enough to put my hands on one while my friend took it for a test drive I now know why they want it so badly and you will see what I mean when you watch a couple of videos I have for you!
As I mentioned before, the Nord Stage 2 has three different sections, piano, organ and synth. The piano section has the best acoustic piano sounds in the world and the most advanced vintage electric pianos as well as string resonance. The organ section includes the latest generation of B3 tonewheel organ modeling and simulations of classic vox and farfisa organs. And the Synth section has some of the most powerful classic analogue, FM and Wavetable synthesis. All these three sections include a very comprehensive effects section, single function control knobs and instant visibility of current settings plus much more!
Now, this beauty includes lots of features and there is heaps of things you could do and create at the same time, but, is it easy to use and manipulate, especially if you are playing live? According to Nord, yes it is! They thought about every keyboardist and arranged the sound generators and controls into dedicated sections, for piano, for keyboard and for synth.
So it has a very intuitive approach when it comes to programming, but it also shows you which settings are active by its flashy led lights-buttons. So forget about trying to see a screen, digging into menus and navigateing among thousands of options. All functions are controlled by single-function knobs.
I guess with all these cool and easy features you would assume that the feel of this keyboard is amazing and you’d be right. The Nord Stage 2 has top of the line fully weighted hammer action keys which also have been improved for response when playing rapid repeated notes. And Nord does something nobody else does – every keybed is individually and specifically tuned for a consistent response and balance.
As Nord says, “no sound is complete without the proper use of effects”. The new Nord Stage 2 incorporates all the effects required to cover every musician’s needs. Al 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.
So PROS of the new Nord Stage 2: EVERYTHING! Best stage piano ever! CONS: NONE!!!
This is of course a very professional level stage piano, and with that comes a very professional price tag. Depending on where you buy it, you’ll pay between $3,000 and $5,000 USD. I wouldn’t recommend buying one if you’re just starting out, but definitely keep it in mind when you go pro!
Check out these videos and fall in love again: