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Clavia | Nord Stage EX 88
|Featuring the best of Clavia’s award-winning technologies! Organ, Piano and Synth - All in one package.
Use two sounds of each section simultaneously - that’s two Organ manuals, two Synths, and two Pianos. These can be combined in any split or layered configuration you need for your performance. Add to that an extensive effects section and you will be well prepared for your next gig.
The Stage EX’s user interface is designed from a basic concept: All vital functions are represented on the front panel - easy to access, and never further away than a press of a single button. After more than 20 years of experience in designing instruments to be used by professional musicians, we know how important it is to make the technology completely transparent for the user. With the Nord Stage EX you only need to focus on your performance, which means never having to struggle with the technology.
Our patented Pitch Stick and Modulation Wheel are included for maximum musical expression. A top-of-the-line weighted hammer-action keyboard makes you feel that the Stage’s sound is balancing at the tip of your fingers, completely under your control. Our efficient Morph Grouping technique is also included, allowing you to assign sound and effects parameters to one physical controller.
All together, the Nord Stage EX is a musical, reliable, efficient, and roadworthy companion that delivers results, and provides the means to express your passion for playing.
The Nord Stage EX come in three different models, 88, 76 and 73 (Compact). The 88 and 76 both feature weighted hammer-action keyboards while the Compact is equipped with a semi-weighted organ (waterfall profile) keyboard. Apart from the keyboard type and the number of accessories available, all three models share the same set of features. The Stage EX boasts an internal memory which is twice the size of the previous Classic Stage range. This allows you to bring even more pianos to each and every performance.
THE ORGAN SECTION
The Organ Section offers three different organs. Of course, we included our famous B3 Organ model, giving you the most accurate and pleasing B3 next to the real thing. The B3 Organ offers many innovative solutions to mimic the typical B3 sound, such as:
- A true organ architecture, based on digital models of 91 tonewheels, thus always giving full polyphony and overtones with natural warmness.
- A complex digital model of the original chorus & vibrato scanner.
- Modeling of the individual random contact bounces for each partial.
- Emulation of the unique frequency characteristics of the built-in preamplifier, forming the “body” of the B3 sound.
- Simulation of the energy robbing on the tonewheels that results in the typical compressed B3 sound.
- Authentic tuning of the tone wheels according to the original B3 design.
- True B3 swell-pedal characteristics.
We also created carefully modeled emulations of two of the most famous transistor organs from the 1960s, the Vox Continental and the Farfisa Compact.
“Draw buttons” and LED bar graphs have replaced the original mechanical drawbars. This gives you the advantage of always having the correct drawbar settings after changing preset.
THE PIANO SECTION
The Piano Section is orginized in six categories: Grand Pianos, Upright Pianos, Electric Grand, Electric Pianos, Wurlitzer, and Clavinet/Harpsichords.
Our commitment to authenticity is manifest in these pianos’ subtle nuances throughout the whole dynamic range. The source instruments are recorded at multiple velocity levels, providing the most accurate and expressive pianos ever made for a digital keyboard. The key-releases were also sampled, creating the real sound of dampers returning when the keys are lifted.
A great addition - the String Resonance feature - was added as a free-of-charge OS update in 2009 exclusively for the Nord Stage EX. String Resonance is the phenomenon that occurs inside an acoustic piano or grand when strings, or parts of strings, resonate at their fundamental or harmonic frequencies when other strings are played.
When this functionality is turned on using the Nord Stage EX’s acoustic pianos, all notes you play will affect each other, to reproduce the wonderful acoustics that occurs inside an acoustic grand or upright piano.
The acoustic pianos are also recorded with sustain pedal down. When played with the sustain pedal, the Stage EX’s pianos recreate the string resonance produced by the undampened acoustic piano strings. This adds to the authenticity of the piano sounds by giving them natural body. The Clavinet has an equalizer of its own, which mimics the original D6 tone tabs, and also includes the four Clavinet pickup selections.
Pianos come in many varieties, and while for example a German grand sounds great, it might not be the sound you need at the moment. The piano section is very flexible, allowing the user to replace any piano with other sounds from the Nord Piano Library free of charge. Use the Nord Stage EX’s USB port and the Nord Sound Manager to swap sounds quickly from your Mac or PC.
THE SYNTH SECTION
Don’t let the panel fool you; the Stage EX’s Synth Section is a wolf in sheep’s clothing – small, but with a big sound.
After more than 10 years of designing synthesizers, we accepted a new challenge - designing a powerful synth with a few controls that would equal the quick and easy manipulation of the Organ and Piano sections. After all, why should you have to be an expert programmer to create lively and nuanced synth patches?
Our response to that challenge is the Nord Stage EX’s “power mini synth”. The Synth was created on a multi-oscillator concept involving up to 9 oscillators per voice in different algorithms, all controlled from one button and one knob:
- Classic Analog Synthesis with dual saw, hard sync, and pulse wave modulation.
- Three-operator FM Synthesis with 32 different modulation frequencies.
- Wavetable Synthesis with 77 waveforms.
With the Unison knob you can fatten your sound for lush pads, thick comps, and fiery leads. We’ve
included a 12/24 dB LowPass Filter with resonance, an Amp envelope, a Modulation envelope, an LFO, and a two band equalizer. Three different Synth banks are provided – Synth, Pad, and Bass – for the creation and storage of your own patches, and each bank holds up to 100 sound programs.
THE EXTERN SECTION
The Nord Stage EX wouldn’t be a master keyboard if it couldn’t control external devices with ease. The Extern Section is designed solely for this purpose, so that any MIDI-connected gear gets seamlessly integrated with the Stage EX’s built-in instruments. Zones, splits and layers are handled exactly as if the external equipment was a part of the Stage EX itself. All settings are saved together with a Program so advanced setups can be immediately recalled in real-time during a performance. You can even use the Extern Section to automatically transmit Bank Select and Program Change messages to your external units.
The Stage EX series (up to OS version 4.x) share the same functionality as the classic models, and vice versa. The differences are the new color scheme on the panel, labels on the rim to indicate the location and functions of the rear panel connectors and the EX:s increased memory size.
NEW FEATURES IN NORD STAGE EX
The Stage EX stems directly from the Nord Stage, but have gone through a major hardware change and also received a cosmetic makeover. The new features in the Stage EX units are:
Increased memory capacity for the piano samples. The EX units have twice the internal memory capacity compared to the former models, an increase from 128 to 256 MB.
The front panel sports a new color scheme.
The Stage EX 88 and Stage EX 76 models have text printed on the front panel upper rim to indicate the position and function of the rear panel jacks. (The NS Compact EX 73 does not have these labels, there isn't room on the panel on this unit.)
The increased memory allows users to add more pianos from the Nord Piano Library, to bring an even greater selection of these sounds to each and every performance.
|Model||Nord Stage EX 88|
|Engine||VA, FM, PM, WT|
|Engine Detailed||2 and 2 op FM, PM, Wavetable or Pulse, Saw Up, Triangle, Wave Table, White Noise|
|Filter (VCF)||12dB Slope (2-pole), 24dB Slope (4-pole), Low Pass, Resonance|
|FX||Unit One: Ring Modulator, Tremolo, Pan, Wah 1, Wah 2, AutoWah Unit Two: 2 Flangers, 2 Phasers, 2 Choruses Delay - includes Ping Pong and Tap-Tempo Function Amplifier/Speaker Simulation: 3 types of Speaker simulations, 3-band Equalizer and Overdrive Rotary Speaker: selectable Speed and Overdrive. Master: Compressor and 5 reverbs.|
|Key type||Keys, Hammer Action|
|Produced:||2008 - 2011|
|Legend:||Obvious||Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable|
|VCO||Voltage Controlled Oscillator||DCO||Digital Controlled Oscillator|
|LFO||Low Frequency Oscillator||Sub||Sub Oscillator|
|VCF||Voltage Controlled Filter||VCA||Voltage Controlled Amplifier|
|Velocity||As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key.||Aftertouch||Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.|
|Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.|