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Nord Stage 2: The Best Digital Stage Keyboard / Piano Ever?

Published: Wed April 29, 2015  News Feed
Since it was first introduced back in 2011, the Nord Stage 2 has become one of the most popular stage keyboards, ever, definitely making Nord a brand as commonly seen on stages worldwide as Fender or Gibson. Here's a look at what makes the Stage 2 so special...

Nord Stage 2

The Nord Stage 2 HA88 is the top-of-the-range Nord keyboard, their most versatile instrument yet. It contains similar emulations of vintage organs (such as the Hammond B3 Organ, and electric pianos) as found on the Nord Electro 2, but with additional functionality including a weighted piano-like keyboard. It also has a synthesizer section based on the Nord Lead, with great emulations of analog synthesizers.

The piano sounds are an evolution from the Nord Piano, and 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.

With a more versatile organ section and extended effects processing, the Nord Stage is multitimbral, which means it can play more than one sound at once, either by splitting the internal keyboard or connecting an external MIDI controller.

Nord Stage 2

The Nord Stage 2 also has the ability to play samples, allowing it to reproduce the functionality of a Mellotron or Chamberlin. Individual samples can be downloaded from Clavia's website, and a community has developed that provides new instruments and sounds.

Whereas in the sixties a keyboard player had to go through a whole range of different instruments to accomplish certain sounds, today's modern player can feasibly do it all with just a Nord Stage 2, hence why it's become so popular - it just makes the keyboard player's life so much easier!

While it's slightly more expensive than simpler Nords such as the Piano, Electric and Lead models, the Nord Stage 2 is definitely the most versatile and the one that represents best value for money.



Old Farfisas, Hammonds and Mellotrons have a lot of mojo and are viewed as classic instruments today, but most would agree that taking one on the road (if you are lucky enough to own one!) wouldn't be the best idea. If you perform live and will only have one Nord, or simply just want to have one instrument that does all the different, classic keyboard sounds you'll ever need for gigging or recording, then the Nord Stage 2 is definitely the best option!

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