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Nord Stage 2 Digital Piano Takes Centre Stage

Published: Fri December 13, 2013  News Feed

Nord Stage 2 Takes Centre Stage

Julia Holter live Nord Stage 2

The Nord Stage 2 is the ultimate digital piano, perhaps one of the best in the current range of Nord keyboards and it's no surprise that LA based songstress Julia Holter is among the ever growing number of musicians choosing to perform with Nord.
The American musician who this year released Loud City Song, has recently played the festival circuit and toured the world.
Holter's music is a montage of twinkling synths, harpsichords, keyboards and dreamy piano interludes and choosing an instruments to cater for this rich palette of sounds hasn't been a simple process.

"I had a microKorg and digital piano. Now I have a Nord that has a synthesizer and a piano and an organ, but back when I started I was mainly switching between digital piano and a microKorg.".

It can be difficult to continually switch between instruments but thankfully Nord have solved this regularly encountered problem. A unique characteric of the Nord Stage 2 digital piano is its ability to combine all the sounds of a grand piano, organ and synthesizer into the same Nord model. To add to this impressive collection of sounds, the Nord Stage 2 also includes the Nord Sample Library and Editor software which gives you the option to create and record your own unique samples.

Take a look at Julia Holter performing Live on KEXP with her Nord Stage 2.

Nord Stage 2 Digital Piano

Main Features of the Nord Stage 2 Digital Piano

State-of-the art sample-based Acoustic Pianos
Advanced vintage electric pianos
Nord Piano Library compatible
Powerful analogue modelling, FM and Wavetable synthesis
Latest generation Nord B3 modelling organ
Comprehensive effects section
External section allowing the Nord Stage 2 88 to serve as a master keyboard
Organ, Grand Piano and Synth - can be routed individually through the Stage 2 88's built-in effect units
Master Clock function to sync effects to other elements, like the arpeggiator, LFO or even one of the other effects
External MIDI clock – perfect for syncing your parts to a backing track, including tempo changes

We've mentioned Mumford and Sons of this site before and since we last took a look at Mumford and Sons Gear, Ben Lovett's relationship with Nord digital pianos has continued to blossom. Lovett is another musician to adopt the Nord Stage 2 into his live setup and as well as using Nord for this years Mumford and Sons Tour, Lovett recorded the latest Mumford and Sons album using Nord Pianos and keyboards.
With this trusty digital piano, musicians really are spoiled for choice. Mumford and Sons traditional-folk pop lends itself to whirling piano and pulsating organ sounds and the multiple effect options of the Nord 2 ensure that lovett's performance blends perfectly into the Mumford and sons live environment.

Mumford and sons live nord piano

Why is Nord so popular?

The list of musicians converting to Nord keyboards is endless. Villagers, Marilyn Manson, Nick Cave and The Fray are just some of the artists that have stood up to praise the Nord Stage 2 but why take our word for it?.Jeff Linsenmaier, Keyboard Player in The Fray explains why he chooses to play Nord digital piano and keyboards when the Fray perform live.

James Blake Live Nord

2013 Mercury Music Prize winner James Blake is another musician using Nord in his live setup.
We saw Blake perform with his Nord at Glastonbury Festival 2013 when he wowed the audience with breathtaking renditions of tracks from his award winning album 'Overgrown'.

Love her or loathe her, Miley Cirus is still one of this year's most successful pop stars.

Miley's come a long way since her Hannah Montana years.Take a look at the Nord Stage 2 being used by Miley Cirus's backing band in this acoustic performance of 'Jolene'.

Freemasons Freestyle with the Nord Lead 4

Uk DJ's, remixer and production duo Freemasons worked with the Nord Lead 4 and recorded these soundclips to demonstrate exactly how great the Nord Lead is at creating authentic synthesizer sounds.

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Australian band Pigeon has cooked together a brilliant medley of some of Daft Punks best hits, performed live in their studio.
The Nord lead 2X was the first Nord Lead virtual analog synthesizer to take the music world by storm back in 1995. It instantly became an industry standard and has since secured its place among the most revered classic synthesizers.

Take a look at the Nord range available on Dolphin Music today or visit the Nord website for further information and soundclips.
Stefanie Chew
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