Nord Stage 2 SW73, 73-Key Semi-Weighted Waterfall Keyboard Digital Stage Piano
- C2 organ technology 73 note fully medium action keyboard
- Powerful Classic Analog, FM and Wavetable synthesis
- Piano String Resonance, Dynamic Pedal Noise
- Latest Nord Piano/synth/organ technology
- External section allowing the Nord Stage 2 to serve as a master keyboard
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Representing a stunning new take on the famous Stage series, the Nord Stage 2 SW73 is the company's flagship instrument line. Utilizing Nord's very latest sound generation technology in the three categories of Piano, Organ and Synthesizer combined with a well thought-out, user friendly interface, a choice of premium keybeds and an almost obsessive level of quality control, the Stage 2 truly sets itself apart as an instrument for the professional performing musician. The Nord Stage 2 is compatible with the Nord Sample Library and also the Nord Sample Editor software that lets you create your own sample instruments, for infinite possibilities. Combined with Nord Piano Library compatibility the Nord Stage 2 is an instrument that offers huge expandability. The Stage 2 SW73 features Nord's Semi Weighted Waterfall keyboard. It has three sound generating sections, Piano, Organ and Synthesizer, all of which can be used simultaneously. Furthermore, up to two sounds from each section can be combined in a single program for massive sonic flexibility. All this with an amazingly user-friendly interface where all vital functions are only button away. The Nord Stage 2 has been given the "MusicTech Excellence" award and "Future Music Platinum Award". It was also awarded the MIPA award for "Best Stage Piano" at the Frankfurt Musikmesse in April 2011.
Top Customer Reviews
The quality is top drawer and Clavia (the parent company) routinely add free, downloadable instrument sounds. The latest, I think, is 'Power Synthesizers.'
The Nord has a metal enclosure and knobs for controlling many of the parameters. IMHO, much easier than some competitors with a large LCD screen and buttons for menus, sub menus and sub, sub menus, etc.
The stage has sampled instruments plus a built in synthesizer engine, plus an effects section. You're buying everything you need at one time, and the price reflects that.
The design and the way to operate it is very comfortable. Editability is very handy and usability is very well designed and thought.
I strongly recommend it for anyone looking for a serious keyboard.
- Realistic sounds. Same basic sounds as Electro 3 but you can upload larger/more pianos and more sampled instruments.
- 73 note, velocity-sensitive keybed with after touch.
- Synthesizer section can produce analog or digital waveforms as well as manipulate samples. Sounds can be set to poly- or monophonic.
- Synthesizer portamento (monophonic voice setting only).
- Much more memory than Electro (496 MB for piano; 384 MB for samples).
- Sound categories (organ, piano, synth) can be layered (x6) or split up to 3 sections x2 slots.
- Pitch bender can work with any category of sound (organ, piano and/or synth).
- Modulation wheel can be set to morph from one sound parameter into another or two drawbar settings.
- Can be used with Triple Pedal for more realistic piano pedal artifacts.
- Effects can be turned on or off for each category.
- Vibrato effect that changes pitch of sound.
- Delay effect with optional stereo ping-pong.
- Compressor now a separate effect.
- 400 program locations.
- Timed effects can be sync'ed to the same master tempo.
- Can only choose from one of three types of instruments for each "slot" effect (phase, tremolo, vibe, etc.) So, you can't have chorus on both piano and organ split in slot A, for example.
- Not full 88 keys or weighted.
- Confusing with secondary functions accessible using Shift button.
- Can only use a maximum of two sounds from each category (slot A and B). So, you can't use three or more sampled instruments in the same setup.
- Guitar and horns sounds of the Yamaha Motif series are better.
- Synth section isn't setup as ADSR. Sample instruments a more difficult ro work with through Synth section than Electro 3.
- Can only choose from preset split points. Cannot choose you own like on Electro 3 organ sounds.
- No easy way to split organ. Do you really need to use up two slots?