Nord Stage 2 EX Keyboard Range Launched At Musikmesse

Nord-Stage-2-EX-HA88 Keyboard

Starting off our Musikmesse hardware coverage this year, Nord has announced an update to their ever popular “Stage” range in the shape of the Stage 2 EX piano range.

Ever popular with live performers world wide, the new Nord Stage EX range comes in 3 sizes with the EX 88 offering a fully weighted 88-note hammer action keybed, the EX HP76 has a lightweight hammer action keybed, and the EX Compact has a 73-note semi-weighted waterfall keyboard. Other than the keyboard variations, all the keyboards offer the same features across the range and include 1GB for the new factory bank that features a total of 5 Grand Pianos, 7 Upright Pianos, 11 Electric Pianos, Clavinet, Harpsichords and a vastly improved Nord Sample Library selection including great new Strings, Choir and Folk instruments.

Main Nord Stage 2 Ex Features

Piano Section

  • 1 GB memory for the Nord Piano Library
  • State-of-the art sample-based Acoustic and Electric Pianos
  • Advanced String Resonance (Gen 2)
  • Long Release option
  • Dynamic Pedal Noise via optional Nord Triple Pedal

Organ Section

  • B3 Tone-Wheel simulation
  • Vintage 122 Rotary Speaker simulation
  • Faithful simulations of classic Vox and Farfisa organs
  • Digital LED Drawbars for easy overview of active drawbar settings.

Synth Section

  • 380 MB for the Nord Sample Library
  • Powerful Classic analog, 3 Operator FM and Wavetable synthesis
  • Arpeggiator
  • Unison mode
  • Master Clock

Global features

  • Comprehensive Effects section
  • Single-function control knobs and instant visibility of current settings
  • External section allowing the Nord Stage 2 EX to serve as a master keyboard
  • Expanded Live Mode with 5 locations
  • USB-MIDI. No driver required for Mac OS X. WHQL certified driver available for Windows.

 

All said, it looks to be a solid upgrade to a well loved synth range and improvements to the sound engine and keyboard itself should go down well.

The Nord Range @ Scan

The Nord Stage 2 EX Range Homepage

 

 

 

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