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User Manual
Nord Stage 2 HA/SW
OS Version 1.x
Part No. 50361
Print Edition 1.9
Copyright Clavia DMI AB
The lightning flash with the arrowhead symbol within
an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the
presence of uninsulated voltage within the products enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute
a risk of electric shock to persons.
CAUTION - ATTENTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
RISQUE DE SHOCK ELECTRIQUE
NE PAS OUVRIR
Le symbole éclair avec le point de flèche à l´intérieur d´un triangle
équilatéral est utilisé pour alerter l´utilisateur de la presence à
l´intérieur du coffret de ”voltage dangereux” non isolé d´ampleur
suffisante pour constituer un risque d`éléctrocution.
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK).
NO USER SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE.
REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED PERSONNEL.
The exclamation mark within an equilateral triangle is
intended to alert the user to the presence of important
operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the
literature accompanying the product.
ATTENTION:POUR EVITER LES RISQUES DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE, NE
PAS ENLEVER LE COUVERCLE.
AUCUN ENTRETIEN DE PIECES INTERIEURES PAR L´USAGER.
CONFIER L´ENTRETIEN AU PERSONNEL QUALIFE.
AVIS: POUR EVITER LES RISQUES D´INCIDENTE OU D´ELECTROCUTION,
N´EXPOSEZ PAS CET ARTICLE A LA PLUIE OU L´HUMIDITET.
Le point d´exclamation à l´intérieur d´un triangle équilatéral est
employé pour alerter l´utilisateur de la présence d´instructions
importantes pour le fonctionnement et l´entretien (service) dans le
livret d´instructions accompagnant l´appareil.
Instructions pertaining to a risk of fire, electric shock or injury to persons.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
Warning - When using electric products, basic precautions should always be followed, including the following:
1) Read these instructions.
10) Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched
particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point
2) Keep these instructions.
where they exit from the apparatus.
3) Heed all warnings.
11) Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
4) Follow all instructions.
5) Do not use this apparatus near water.
6) Clean only with dry cloth.
7) Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance
with the manufacturer’s instructions.
8) Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat
registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that
produce heat.
12) Use only with the cart, stand,
tripod, bracket, or table specified by the
manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus.
When a cart is used, use caution when
moving the cart/apparatus combination to
avoid injury from tip-over.
13) Unplug this apparatus during lightning
storms or when unused for long periods of time.
9) Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or
grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two blades with one
wider than the other. A grounding type plug has two blades
and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third prong
are provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit
into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the
obsolete outlet.
14) Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing
is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way,
such as power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been
spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus
has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
No naked flame sources, such as lighted candles, should be placed on
the apparatus;
Il convient de ne pas placer sur l´appareil de sources de flammes nues,
telles que des bougies allumées;
Do not use the apparatus in tropical climates.
L´appareil n’est pas destiné á étre utilisé sous un climat tropical.
Additional Safety Information
WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose
this apparatus to rain or moisture.
The apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing and that
no objects filled with liquids, such as vases, shall be placed on the
apparatus.
L´appareil ne doit pas étre exposé á des égouttements d´eau ou des
éclaboussures et de plus qu´aucun objet rempli de liquide tel que des
vases ne doit étre placé sur l´appareil.
The maims plug is used as the disconnect device and shall remain
readily operable.
Lorsque la prise du résau d’alimentation est utilisée comme dispositif
de déconnexion, ce dispositif doit demeuré aisément accessible.
Trademarks: The Nord logo is a trademark of Clavia DMI AB. All other trademarks
mentioned in this publication are the properties of their respective holders.
Specifications and appearances are subject to change without notice.
Copyright © Clavia DMI AB

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Nord Stage 2 User Manual
1 Introduction
4 Program Section
Thank you! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
About the User Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5
Nord on the Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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5
Reading the manual in Adobe Acrobat Reader . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Restoring the factory presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
OS upgrades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Free sounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Disclaimer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Transpose On/Set . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Slot Buttons A & B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
7 Piano
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15
Mono Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Dual KB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Shift / Exit button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Live Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Program Buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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16
What is a program? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
System, Sound, MIDI, Extern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Panic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Store, Store As…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
16
Storing a Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Naming a program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Categories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
2 About the Nord Stage 2
The Organ section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Piano Library v5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
6
String Resonance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Nord Triple Pedal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Pedal Noise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The Synth Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
6
6
Small, Medium & Large . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
7
7
7
Value Dial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MIDI Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Program Bank buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
17
17
18
Organ Piano Synth Init . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Organ Split . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Program Page buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
18
Pending Load . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Sort Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Cursor, Del, Ins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Mst Clk
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
External Sync . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
3 Getting Started
Morph Assign . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Hook it up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Select a program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The Shift Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sort Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The Knobs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The Buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
8
8
9
9
9
Edit a program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
9
Select a new piano sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Turning the Memory Protection Off . . . . . . . . . .
Storing a Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Live Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Activate an effect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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10
10
10
Activate another instrument . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
The Slots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
11
Create a Split . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Set the Piano to the Upper zone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Set the Synth to the Lower zone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Load a Synth sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
12
Create a Layer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
The Morph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The Synthesizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Arpeggio clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Master Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
19
Morph Destinations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Clearing a Morph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
KB Zones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
19
5 Common features
Instrument & Extern Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
On/Off buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
KB Zone Select buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Creating a split . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting split points to change Zone ranges . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Layering instruments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Octave Shift . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Note Range . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Latch Ped & KB Gate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Output Routing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using an external keyboard (Dual KB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using multiple keyboards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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20
20
20
21
21
21
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21
21
22
22
Master level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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27
27
27
27
27
28
Acoustics
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String Resonance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Long Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Pedal Noise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Nord Triple Pedal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
28
Half pedaling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Sostenuto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Soft Pedal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Slot Detune/Clav EQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
28
Clav EQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Slot Detune . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
8 Synth
Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Oscillator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Shape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Shape Mod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Waveform selector button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Analog style waveforms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Triangle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sawtooth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Pulse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Oscillator Sync waveforms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Frequency Modulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
FM Algorithms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Wavetables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Samples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Skip Sample Attack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Load Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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30
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32
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32
Filter Section
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Filter button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Low Pass - LP 24 & LP 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
High Pass - HP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Band Pass - BP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Notch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Filter Frequency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
KB Track . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Resonance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Freq Mod 1 - LFO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Freq Mod 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
33
Mod Envelope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Amp Envelope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
6 Organ
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14
Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Clavinet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dynamics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
27
The Envelopes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
12
13
The Piano sounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Piano Select . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Drawbars and buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
23
Selecting The Organ Model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
The B3 Model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
B3 Drawbars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Vibrato & Chorus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Percussion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
23
Organ Preset I & II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The Vox Model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Vox Drawbars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Vibrato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The Farf Model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Farf Registers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Vibrato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
24
24
24
24
Key click control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
25
25
25
25
25
26
Swell Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Rotary Speaker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
26
The LFO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Velocity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Voices section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Voice Mode Mono . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Voice Mode Legato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Glide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Unison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Vibrato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Storing Synth Sounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Arpeggiator
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MIDI Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
9 Effects
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
36
About mono/stereo and effect routing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
The Slot effects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Activating Slot effects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Making settings for Slot effects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The Focus button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Mst Clk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Effect 1
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A-Pan (Auto Pan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Trem (Tremolo) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
RM (Ring modulation) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Wa-Wa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
A-Wha 1 & 2 (Auto-Wah) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Effect 2
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Phaser 1 & 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Flanger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Vibe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Chorus 1 & 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Delay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Amp Sim/Equalizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Amp model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
EQ section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
MIDI Control Local . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MIDI Global Channel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MIDI Slot A/B Channel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MIDI Organ A/B Channel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MIDI Piano A/B Channel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MIDI Synth A/B Channel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MIDI Dual KB Channel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MIDI Ctrl Change Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MIDI Prog Change Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Send MIDI Ctrl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dump Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dump Synth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Extern Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Extern MIDI Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Extern MIDI A/B Channel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Extern MIDI A/B Volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Extern MIDI A/B Prog Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Extern MIDI A/B Bank Sel cc 00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Extern MIDI A/B Bank Sel cc 32 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Extern MIDI A/B CC Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Extern MIDI A/B CC Value . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Extern MIDI A/B Send Wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Extern MIDI A/B Send A.Touch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Extern MIDI A/B Send CtrlPed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Extern MIDI A/B Send Swell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Extern MIDI A/B Vel Curve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Extern MIDI Send on Load . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Extern MIDI Soft Thru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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13 MIDI
Using MIDI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Global . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Slot A/B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Extern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Instrument MIDI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Controlling outboard gear with Extern . . . . . . .
Controlling with an ext. kbd, MIDI device . . . .
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Dual Kb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Slot MIDI control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Global MIDI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
External Sync . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Extern Section and MIDI re-routing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Recording to a MIDI sequencer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
59
Program Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Using the Stage 2 with a sequencer . . . . . . . . .
60
MIDI Input Only . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
60
Panic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
USB MIDI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
MIDI Controller list . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MIDI Implementation Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Global Effects
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Compressor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Reverb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Rotary Speaker
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About the Rotary effect’s signal routing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Rotary parameter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
I Appendix: Connections
12 Nord Sound Manager
System requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
46
USB Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Sound Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
10 Extern Section
Overview
Extern section
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Setting up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Using the Extern section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Activating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Keyboard Zones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Octave Shift . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Activating Pitch Stick/Sustain Pedal messages . . . . . . . . . .
Extern Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Prog Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MIDI CC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Send On Load . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Extern Section and MIDI re-routing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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11 Menus
System Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
42
Global Transpose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Fine Tune . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Output Routing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Organ Audio A/B Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Piano Audio A/B Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Synth Audio A/B Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Organ Keyboard Trig Point . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Sustain Pedal Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Sustain Pedal Func . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Rotor/Latch Pedal Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Rotor/Latch Pedal Func . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Ctrl Pedal Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Control Pedal Gain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Control Pedal Func . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Swell Pedal Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Swell Pedal Gain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Swell Pedal Func . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Memory Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Sound Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Organ Key Click Level B3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Organ Tonewheel Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Piano Pedal Noise Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Piano String Res Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Synth Vibrato Rate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Synth Dly Vibrato Amount . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
FX Rotary Speaker Horn Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
FX Rotary Speaker Horn Acc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
FX Rotary Speaker Rotor Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
FX Rotary Speaker Rotor Acc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
FX Delay Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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The Toolbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
The Tabs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Partition Memory Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Right-Clicking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
File Formats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
The Quick Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Transfer pianos to the Stage 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Deleting a piano . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Download a new sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Replace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Relink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Download Queue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Upload sounds from the Nord Stage 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Program Bundles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Upload a Program Bundle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Downloading a Bundle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Organize the program partition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Search Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Auto Select . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Backup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Restore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Audio connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
64
Headphones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Audio Outputs 1-4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Monitor In . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
USB Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MIDI Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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MIDI In . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
MIDI Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Music Stand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting Pedals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The Organ Swell input . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using a Rotor Speed pedal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using a Latch pedal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sustain pedal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Nord Triple Pedal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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II Appendix: Factory Presets
Factory Presets and OS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Internal memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Factory presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Restoring the factory content . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
OS upgrades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Sound Manager reference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
52
Toolbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
54
File Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Edit Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
View Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Tabs
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Piano – Samp Lib - Program - Synth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Search Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Loc - Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Category . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Size . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ver – Version Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Note . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Footer Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Partition Memory Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cancel Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Progress Bars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Message/Text Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Updates and sounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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III Index
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
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Chapter 1 Introduction
Introduction
Thank you!
About the User Manual
We’d first like to thank you for purchasing the Nord Stage 2! Our goal
when developing the Nord Stage 2 was to create a flagship stage
instrument encompassing the whole range of our company’s accumulated expertise. Building on the success of the original Nord Stage, the
Nord Stage 2 incorporates the best emulations of electromechanical
and acoustic keyboard instruments on the market as well as a synthesizer section designed for maximum ease of use, yet offering wide
sonic possibilities.
The manual is arranged mainly as a reference manual. In many cases
you’ll get tips on how to practically use the functions, alone and also
together with other functions.
The Nord Stage 2 features outstanding classic keyboard sounds
with true feel, from natural keyboard response to authentic sound. A
medium weighted hammer action 88/76 note keyboard, or a 73 note
semi-weighted waterfall keyboard makes this instrument the biggest
in the Nord range, yet it weighs only 18,5/16,5/9,7 kilos which is an
achievement in itself.
Reading the manual in Adobe Acrobat Reader
This manual is also available in the digital PDF-file format. It can be
downloaded, free of charge, from the Nord web site at .
www.nordkeyboards.com. With Adobe Acrobat Reader it is possible
to use special navigation features like hyper links. This means that you
can click with the mouse on a word or sentence and automatically get
to the location indicated by the word/sentence. Nord on the Internet
Features
If you have access to the Internet, you’re very welcome to visit .
www.nordkeyboards.com. There you will find the latest information
about the Nord Stage 2 and other Nord products. You can also download new Nord Stage 2 sounds and software upgrades, free of charge.
The Nord Stage 2 has the following main features:
•Organ section with faithful reproductions of three classic organ models; B3, Vox and Farf (Farfisa).
•Piano section with acoustic grand and upright pianos, tine-based
electric pianos, Wurlitzer electric pianos, Clavinet, and Electric Grand. The memory capacity for the Piano section in the Stage 2 is approximately 500 megabytes.
•Synth section with sample playback, FM, analog-style and digital
waveforms in a subtractive synthesis architecture. •Comprehensive effects section. •A medium weighted hammer action 88/76 note keyboard with
aftertouch, or a 73 note semi-weighted waterfall keyboard with
aftertouch. •An Extern section for controlling external MIDI instruments.
•A powerful Morph feature for applying multiple parameter changes to
a sound with controllers. •Splits and layers are easily set up by assigning instruments to Keyboard Zones.
But that’s not all. There are two independent Slots “A” and “B”, each
containing a full setup of the Stage 2 instruments. This means that you
have access to six instrument sections and two independent effect
sections! Amongst other things, this allows for “dual manual” B3 organ
emulation, and easy setup of all kinds of instrument layering and splits.
Restoring the factory presets
The factory programs, samples and pianos are available as Nord
Sound Manager backup files for download at the Nord web site at .
www.nordkeyboards.com or on the included Nord DVD.
OS upgrades
The latest OS version for Nord Stage 2 is available for download at the
www.nordkeyboards.com website. Please visit our website from time
to time, to make sure you have the latest version in your unit.
Free sounds
Since the Nord Stage 2 is designed as an open system, each and
every piano and sample in the Nord Stage 2 can be replaced by you. This is done using the Nord Sound Manager application. The Nord Stage 2 is compatible with the continuously expanding Nord
Piano Library and the Nord Sample Library. These sounds are included
on the DVD that accompanies the Stage 2. When new sounds become
available, you can download these for free from the .
www.nordkeyboards.com website.
Disclaimer
Any trademarks and brand names mentioned in this manual are the
property of their respective owners and are not affiliated or associated
with Clavia. These trademarks and brand names are only mentioned to
describe the types of sounds reproduced by Nord Stage 2.
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About the Nord Stage 2
Great sounds and maximum expressiveness are two essential features
in the Nord Stage 2. To make a great tool we believe that you have to
put all the focus on a few important things and that is exactly what we
have tried to achieve. Let’s have a look at some of the key features:
The Organ section
It’s over ten years since we made our first digital model of a tonewheel
organ. The Stage 2’s dedicated organ section now uses our third generation B3 Organ model as found in the acclaimed Nord C2 Combo
Organ.
Considered by many the most accurate emulation of the B3 ever, the
Stage 2’s organ model is based on the analysis of the signals from
each of the 91 spinning discs inside several original instruments and
painstaking work on understanding exactly how all the components
interact with each other. The virtual circuitry reacts not only to the settings on the panel but also during the real time performance. The Stage
2 will faithfully reproduce the important foldback and energy robbing
characteristics; the latter will produce the gentle compression effect
that makes those lovely smears absolutely wonderful. There are 3
tonewheel modes that allow you to switch from a clean, factory spec’d
instrument to a worn and battered workhorse with some 40 years
worth of touring.
We also created carefully modelled emulations of two of the most
famous transistor organs from the 1960’s, the Vox Continental and
the Farfisa Compact. Alongside the organ’s themselves, the Stage
2 features our very latest rotary speaker simulation derived from the
Nord C2. Incorporating the acoustic variations that occur as a physical
rotating spreads the sound around in a room, they bring the Stage
2’s organs to life with remarkable realism In terms of control, “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.
Piano Library v5
The Nord Stage 2 is compatible with version 5 of the Nord Piano
Library. We have spent a lot of time and effort in creating our best piano
sounds ever, to match the features available in the Nord Stage 2.
The piano sounds are included on the DVD and are organized in categories and in some cases available in various sizes (for the acoustic
grand pianos and uprights). New sounds will be available free of charge
on the www.nordkeyboards.com website.
Small, Medium & Large
The acoustic grand pianos and uprights are available in several sizes;
X-Large, large, medium and small. The large, medium and small sizes
share the same amount of velocity layers, and the same number of
zones that are mapped across the keyboard. This means that you can
rely on a consistent quality in regards to the playability and expressiveness in the basic sound of every piano, no matter what size you
choose to install into your Nord Stage 2 (or any other Nord Piano
Library compatible unit).
Small (Sml) is the version that uses the least amount of space in the
piano memory, but still carry a big and powerful punch. This version
does not contain any String Resonance samples at all. If an Sml piano
is selected in the Nord Stage 2, the String Resonance feature will be
disabled.
The Medium versions have pedal-down String Resonance samples in
the important middle region of the range, but omit these in the lowest
and the highest areas. This gives you a good ratio of functionality and
size.
The Large versions have the pedal-down String Resonance samples all
across the keyboard, providing you with the fullest of sounds, but also
the largest size.
Some pianos are available in XL versions which means that they are
fully mapped across the keyboard which increases the size a bit. String Resonance
String resonance is the acoustic phenomenon which occurs inside
every acoustic piano when strings, or parts of strings, resonate at their
fundamental or harmonic frequencies when other strings are played. When playing any of the medium or large v5 pianos in your Stage 2
with this functionality is turned on, all notes you play will affect each
other to reproduce the wonderful acoustics that occur inside an acoustic grand or upright piano. String resonance is also very noticeable when you use the sustain
pedal with the String Resonance feature enabled (again, on medium
and large acoustic pianos only). With the sustain pedal held down, any
notes you play will have a beautiful and familiar sound quality to them,
enhanced by the un-dampened strings resonating in sympathy with the
notes you are playing.
Another thing that the String Resonance produces is a crescendo
effect. If you play the same key repeatedly with the same force, the
sound will change. This is originally caused by the hammers hitting the
vibrating string in various phases, and creates a nice, gentle fluctuation
in volume and timbre in the Nord Stage 2.
Chapter 2 About the Nord Stage 2
Nord Triple Pedal
The Synth Section
The Nord Stage 2 is compatible with the accessory Nord Triple Pedal
(not included, sold separately) which offers an unprecedented functionality. The Piano Pedal adds dynamic control of the mechanical noise
during operation, and the ability for you as a player to use half pedaling
and “release and catch again” techniques.
The Stage 2’s powerful synthesizer engine was built from the DNA of
the Nord Wave. Capable of classic analogue synthesis, three operator
FM synthesis, Wavetable synthesis and, crucially, compatibility with the
Nord Sample Library.
EE If you have purchased a Nord Triple Pedal, you need to select this
pedal type in the System Menu.
1 Hold Shift and press the System/Program 1 button beneath the
LCD to enter the System Menu settings.
2 Press the Program Page 4 button above the Value Dial until you
reach the Sustain Pedal Type setting.
3 Turn the Value Dial to select “Triple”. Press Shift to exit the menu
and attach the Tripe Pedal to the Nord Stage 2.
The right pedal is the sustain pedal. If you operate this, all the notes that
you play will sustain until the pedal is released again. The left pedal is the soft pedal, also known as the Una Corda. When
you press this pedal, all the notes you play will be slightly lower in volume and also have a slightly more subdued tone quality.
The middle pedal is the Latch/Sostenuto. In order for this functionality
to be used, it has to be activated in the instruments. Read more about
this in the section “Latch Ped & KB Gate” on page 21.
Pedal Noise
When the sustain pedal is operated on an acoustic grand or upright
piano, many different sounds are produced by the mechanical components of that instrument’s pedal mechanism. Your Nord Stage 2
reproduces many of these natural sounds. When the sustain pedal is
pressed down, lifting the dampers from the strings, a beautiful sizzle
can be heard. When the pedal is released, the dampers are returned to the strings,
which creates a different, muted type of sound. The Nord’s sustain
pedal is dynamic, allowing you to experiment with varying forces both
for pressing the pedal down and also releasing it. If you allow your
foot to “slip” off the edge of the pedal, it will spring back with full force,
creating an obvious sound.
The “floor sound” is heard when the pedal reaches the bottom of its
travel. You can experience this in isolation if you press down the pedal
completely, then lift it less than halfway back up and then press down
again.
If you lift the pedal and immediately press it down again, a very rich
sound will be heard. Another big sound is The Stomp, which requires
you to start with your foot above the actual pedal, in order to be able to
reach the high velocity that is required to get this sound.
The Nord Sample Library not only gives Stage 2 owners access to the
huge free library of world-class sounds, including the famous vintage
Mellotron and Chamberlin samples previously only available to Nord
Wave and Nord Electro 3 users, but thanks to the included Nord
Sample Editor for Mac and PC, allows user-created samples to be
loaded into the instrument thus opening up a whole new creative world
of sound.
The Synth engine itself features classic analogue synthesis with dual
saw, hard sync and pulse wave modulation, three-operator FM synthesis with 32 different modulation frequencies, Wavetable synthesis with
62 waveforms and Sample based synthesis. A new great sounding
multimode filter features 12 and 24 dB low pass, high pass, band pass
and notch filters. And with an Amp envelope, Modulation envelope, an
LFO, and Unison control, the Stage 2’s synth capabilities are hugely
powerful, delivering amazing on-stage sound.
The Synth section also features a new Arpeggiator which can be
synchronized to either external clock or the Stage 2’s Master Clock for
perfect timing with several elements of the Stage 2, including its effects
and the synth LFO.
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Getting Started
Let’s spend a few minutes to get acquainted with your new Nord Stage 2. In order to make you feel confident in using the Stage 2, this chapter is
written as a guided tour. We will show you the fundamental aspects of the unit in as few steps as possible. We know you’d rather play than read.
3 The Banks are accessed with the Bank buttons A. B, C and D,
above the display.
Hook it up
A new program is immediately activated when you press a Bank,
Page or Program button. If you want to navigate with the Bank
and/or Page buttons and wait with the loading of a new program
until you press a program button, this can be acheived by activating the Pending Load setting (Shift + Program Page 3button.
1 Connect the Nord Stage 2 power cord to the unit and a mains
power supply, connect the sustain pedal and a set of headphones
or a sound system.
2 Make sure to turn on the Stage 2 first, before the sound system. Please be careful with the output volume.
For more information on all the connections on the Stage 2, look in the
Connections chapter on page 64.
Programs
The Program area is the part of the panel that is located in the center
of the panel with the display in the middle. Complete settings of every
parameter on the panel are stored in the program memory of the Nord
Stage 2, with enough room for 400 programs.
This is organized into 4 banks; each bank contains 20 pages of 5 programs each, all of which can be edited and replaced as you wish.
EE The 100 programs in the D bank when the unit is shipped from
the factory are duplicates of the programs in the A bank. This
means that you can immediately start to save any edits you do
in either the A or D bank without risking to overwrite any of the
factory programs until you have decided which ones you want to
keep.
A complete set of the factory programs are available on the enclosed
Nord DVD and on our website, you can always get back to the state of
the program memories when the unit was new.
Press and hold either of the Program Page buttons to continuously scroll through the Pages.
The Shift Button
Many buttons on the Stage 2 have a
secondary function, which is printed
immediately below the button. These
additional functions and/or parameters
are accessed by first pressing and holding Shift while pressing that respective
button.
Select a program
1 Programs are selected by pressing the five Program buttons,
located below the display. An alternate method is to turn the Value
Dial located to the right of the display.
2 The Pages are accessed by pressing the Program Page 3/4
buttons repeatedly, located above the Value Dial.
MM
Some of the programs are labeled with MW or AT. This indicates
that the Mod Wheel or AfterTouch has an active part in the sound
and invites you to use these performance features.
MM
The Shift button is also used to Exit from a menu or to cancel an
ongoing Store operation.
Chapter 3 Getting Started
Sort Mode
There are three Sort modes in the Stage 2 that are used if you change
programs by turning the Value Dial. The default mode is numerical - by
turning the Value Dial, the programs are accessed in a numerically
sorted order. (Bank A, Page 1, Program 1 to 5, Bank A, Page 2, Program 1 to 5 etc). Let’s look at the alternate sort modes.
1 Press and hold Shift....
2 and then press the Program Page 4 button.
Selector buttons are used to select one setting in an array. They have a
set of round or triangular LEDs to indicate the current setting. Press the
button several times to cycle through the possible options.
The On/Off buttons are used for activating a function or a group of
functions such as effects and have a LED close to them to indicate the
on/off status and sometimes also the source or zone. MM
The on/off buttons of the Effect’s shown here, also have a selector
functionality. Press once to turn the Effect on, and press immediately again to select the “next” source.
This activates the alphabetical sort mode, which
will display the programs in an alphabetical
order when you turn the Value Dial. 3 To change the initial letter, press the Program Page buttons.
4 Hold Shift and press the Program Page 4
button again to select the Category sort
mode; programs will be displayed alphabetically within the selected category.
A program can be assigned to a category when
it is saved or by using the Nord Sound Manager
applications. Read more on categories on page
17.
5 To change the Category, press the Program Page buttons.
6 Hold Shift and press the Program Page 4 button a third time to
Edit a program
Editing a program is as easy grabbing a knob or pressing a button to
change an existing setting; go ahead and give it a quick try.
1 Dial up bank A, page 1, program 1 (the Imperial Grand Piano
program) for this exercise. A : 01 : 1
Grand
Grand Imperial
The controls for the Piano instrument are located immediately to the left
of the Program/Display area on the panel. Notice that the Grand type is
the current type in the program.
revert to the numerical presentation.
MM
The sort modes will only affect how the programs are accessed by
turning the Value Dial. Pressing Bank, Page and Program buttons
will select programs in the numerical fashion.
The Knobs
There are two types of knobs on the Nord
Stage 2. The Value Encoders are surrounded by
LED indicators; these provide a visual indication
of that setting’s current value. These parameters can be controlled using the Morph function.
The potentiometer-type knobs shown to the right are
used, for example, in the Synth and Effect sections. As you scroll through programs, the physical positions of these knobs will not necessarily correctly reflect the active parameter values, but as soon as one
of these knobs is turned, that respective parameter’s
value will immediately “snap” to the knob’s position.
Hold Shift and turn a knob to view the stored
setting of a parameter in the display, without
changing it.
The Buttons
Select a new piano sound
2 Press repeatedly on the Piano Type selector to browse the 6
types. Each piano type can hold several models.
3 Press repeatedly on the Piano Model button, located beneath the
Model LED and play on the keys to listen to the different sounds.
This will cycle through the models that are available in the selected
piano type. Note that changing any parameter on your Stage 2’s panel will
immediately cause an asterisk to appear next to the current program
number in the display. A : 01 : 1* Grand
Grand Imperial
This is provided for you as an indication that the program has been
edited/changed, but not yet saved into memory. If you select a new
program prior to performing a Store operation, your edits will be lost
and that program will have its original settings the next time you select
it.
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Turning the Memory Protection Off
Live Mode
When the Nord Stage 2 is shipped from factory, the memory protect is
turned on to prevent you from accidentally overwriting any of the
original programs. This memory protect feature can be turned off by
toggling a setting located in the System menu. Memory Protect
Off
A : 01 : 1
Grand
Grand Imperial
Nord’s Live Mode feature provides you with five temporary program
buffers, any one of which will automatically save program edits for you
on the fly without having to perform a Store operation.
1 If you press the Live Mode button to turn Live Mode on, all changes to the panel settings you make will be continuously stored.
2 If you switch the power off, or select another program, the set1 Hold Shift and press the Program 1/System button below the
display.
2 Look in the display and scroll through the System Menu functions
with the Program Page 3/4 buttons until you see the Memory
Protect setting.
3 Change this setting to Off by turning the Value Dial.
4 Press Shift to exit the System menu.
tings you made are still stored in the 5 Live Mode programs, so
when you power up next time (or return to that particular Live
Mode program) all settings in that Live program will be exactly as
they were when you left them.
If the Live Mode is selected and you decide you wish to store the
settings permanently as a program instead, you can do so using the
standard methods (see above).
You can also store programs into anyone of the five Live Mode memory
locations, in which case the program settings will replace that current
Live Mode memory setting.
Read more on the Menu settings, starting at “System Menu” on page 42.
Press the Live Mode button again to exit the Live Mode and get back
to the normal Programs.
Storing a Program
Activate an effect
1 Press the Store button to the left of the LCD once, to initiate the
1 Activate the reverb by pressing the Reverb
process of storing the edited program.
A : 01 : 1
Grand
Grand Imperial
2 The Store LED will begin to flash on and off and the display will
ask you for the location to where you want to store the program.
3 If you want to store the edited version in the same location, replacing the original, simply press Store again. If not, use the Bank,
Page and/or Program buttons to select a new location.
EE The program which resides in the selected location will become
active on the keyboard to allow you to play it and verify that you
will not be overwriting something which is important to you.
4 When you have found a suitable location for your program, press
Store again to store your edited program.
MM
Press Shift/Exit once to abort an ongoing Store process if you
change your mind.
Read more about Store and Store As, renaming a program and assigning it to a category in the Program chapter, on page 17.
button.
2 Adjust the Dry/Wet balance with the knob
above the reverb selector.
3 Activate the Delay by pressing the Delay
source button once.
4 The indicator shows the instrument that is
routed to the effect. If the Piano source LED isn’t lit, press repeatedly on the delay source button until it is lit.
5 The two Value Encoders in the effect section control the rate/tempo
and the amount of the effect in
focus.
Chapter 3 Getting Started
If you have more than one effect activated in a program, you can shift
the focus by pressing the Focus button between the encoders. Focus
will automatically be set when a new effect is activated.
Hold Shift and press an effects source button repeatedly to
quickly cycle through the sources.
Activate another instrument
1 With the piano still active, press the On/Off button located below
the Synth Value Encoder. This will turn on the synthesizer and its
sound will be layered on top of the piano.
A : 01 : 1
Piano
Imperial Large
All the synthesizer parameters on the panel can be adjusted if you want
to edit the sound. An in-depth description of these parameters can be
found in the reference chapter, starting at page 29.
To view a parameter setting without changing it, hold the Shift button and turn the parameter’s knob. The setting in the program will
be presented in the display.
2 Press the 2 KBD Zones button, located above the Value Dial.
The Slots
The Slot A and Slot B buttons below the Program buttons gives you
instant access to two complete setups of the features on the Stage 2’s
panel. You can have one complete Organ/Piano/Synth/Extern/Effects
setup on Slot A, and another complete setup on Slot B.
This divides the keyboard into two zones, with the split indicated with
a green LED that lights up above the keyboard. Pressing the 3 KBD
button creates three zones with two split points, each indicated by a
green LED.
Set the Piano to the Upper zone
This allows you to switch in a seamless fashion between two different
sounds, or to create huge programs with organs, two different pianos,
two different synthesizers in layer or split keyboard setups. Let’s do a
split and then expand this with an additional layer combination.
3 Hold Shift and press the Piano
If you press and hold a Slot button, you can copy the settings of
any other Slot in the memory, by turning the Value Dial until you
find the sound you wish to copy. Release the Slot button and the
settings of the selected source will be copied to the edit buffer. Do
not forget to save the new settings if you want to keep them in a
Program.
This assigns the Piano to the upper
zone of the keyboard. Feel free to use
the Octave Shift buttons if you want to
transpose the piano.
Create a Split
Set the Synth to the Lower zone
1 Make sure that only Slot A is active. Hold Shift and press the Bank
4 Hold Shift and press the
C/Piano Init button. This activates the Piano and sets all the effects to be routed to the
Piano as well. Using an Init is a great way to quickly get a foundation
when you want to create a program.
Zone Select button repeatedly until
the UP-HI LED’s are lit and the LO
LED is off.
Synth Zone Select button until
the LO LED is lit and the others are off. This will activate
the synth and assign it to the
lower half of the keyboard.
Hold Shift and press repeatedly on the Set Lo or Set Hi Split buttons to move the split points.
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Load a Synth sound
The Extern section can also be part of a split or layer scenario,
e.g. if you wish to control an external unit from just one zone.
5 Turn off a Slot combination by holding the slot button you wish to
keep and press the other slot button.
The Morph
By setting up a Morph, you can use a physical controller like the Wheel,
an attached control pedal or the aftertouch on the keyboard to adjust
one or several parameters, while you are playing. Let’s try this out:
1 We will Morph the drawbars with
1 Hold Shift and press the Load Synth button. Let go of the buttons.
This allows you to select any of the 300 synth patches that are stored
in the Synth memory area in the Nord Stage 2.
2 Turn the smaller Dial under the LED display in the Synth section to
select the sound you want. The sound will immediately become
active in the Synth.
3 Press Shift again to exit the Load Sound mode.
the wheel, so start by holding Shift
while pressing Bank B, the Organ
Init button.
2 Make sure that the B3 model is
active and “pull out” the first three
drawbars on the left (Sub, Sub3 and
Fund) by pressing the corresponding lower drawbar buttons.
If you need to push in a drawbar, use the
upper drawbar button.
Create a Layer
Let’s add a third sound to the piano-synth split we’ve just created. 1 Activate Slot B by pressing
the Slot B button. This gives
you access to another set
of organ, piano, synth and
effects,
2 Hold Shift and press Bank D/
Synth Init.
This will activate the synthesizer,
and route all effects to the synth
for Slot B.
3 Hold Shift and press the Load Synth button, and use the Osc Dial
select a sound that could be appropriate to layer on top of the
piano-synth split.
Activate both Slots
4 Press and hold Slot B and
press Slot A to create the layer
with both Slots controlled by
the keyboard. Slot A will be
the split program and Slot B
will be layered on top.
The flashing slot LED indicates
which slot is currently active for
editing on the panel. Press the
other slot button if you want to shift
this focus to the other slot.
Any combination of instruments, splits and layers is possible, with one
exception: you can use only one organ model for both Slots A and B
(B3, Vox or Farf), although you are still able to use separate and distinct
settings for that one organ model on the different slots (to create, e.g.,
a traditional dual-manual organ setup). 3 Press and hold the
Wheel button in the
Morph Assign group,
above the display.
4 Pull out the four rightmost drawbars all the
way. The indicators
will show single LEDs
to indicate how much
the Morph will affect
the parameter.
5 Let go of the Morph
Wheel button. Play a
few notes or chords,
while moving the modulation wheel.
As the wheel moves, the drawbars are pulled out and the sound
changes accordingly.
One Morph source (Wheel, Control Pedal or Aftertouch) can control several parameters at once.
A Morph source can increase one parameter’s value while
decreasing the value of another at the same time. This makes it
possible, for example, to crossfade between instruments.
Read more about the Morph functionality on page 19.
Chapter 3 Getting Started
The Synthesizer
Arpeggio clinic
Let’s have a look at some of the features in the Stage 2 Synthesizer. Are you ready for some action? Let’s try the Synth arpeggio. 1 Hold Shift and press the
1 Make sure that only the Synth section is turned on. Set the attack
Bank D/Synth Init button above the display. 2 Press the Oscillator button until the sawtooth
waveform is selected.
3 Play some keys and
adjust the Freq dial in
the filter section.
times to 0, the decays to 250 ms, select a sawtooth waveform
and open up the filter a little bit. This will produce a percussive
sound. Add some Mod Env control of the Filter Freq if you want to increase the pleasure. 2 Press the Arpeggiator On/Off button, play a chord on the
keyboard and turn the Arpeggiator Rate knob. This will play the
notes you hold down, one after the other in a repeating fashion. 3 Keep holding the keys and press the Arpeggiator Direction/Range
button to select a different direction.
4 Turn the Oscillator selector dial beneath Osc LED display to
audition the other waveforms that are in the sawtooth category. 5 Make sure that “dtn” is selected; this is a dual sawtooth. 6 Turn the Oscillator Shape dial
to detune the two waveforms in
semitone steps.
MM
The Shape and the Freq dials
in the Synthesizer section have
the LEDs surrounding them,
which indicates that they can
be Morphed.
The Shape parameter have different duties, depending on the
waveform selected. It controls for example the pulse width on
some of the pulse waveforms; on some other waveforms it has no
effect at all.
7 Press the Oscillator button until
Samp is selected. This is the
sample playback feature.
8 Select which sample by turning
the Oscillator dial.
This is the method to use if you
have added samples from the Nord
Sample Library or samples that you
have made yourself with the Sample
Editor.
Those samples are first selected in the oscillator. Then you can use the
other synth parameters to sculpt the sound with the filter, envelopes
etc. Read more about adding samples to the Stage 2 in the Sound
Manager chapter on page 48.
You can store individual synthesizer sounds, by pressing Shift
and the Vibrato button. There are 300 memory locations for synth
sounds.
When no direction
LED is lit, the direction is Up, from the
lowest key and up
to the highest and
then it starts over
again. The other directions are down,
up and down and
random.
4 Hold Shift and press the Arpeggiator button repeatedly to select
a range. When none of the range-LEDs are lit, the range is exactly the keys
you hold down. A setting of 2 extends the range by transposing
the arpeggio one octave up and plays this octave after the initial
octave, 3 adds yet another octave and 4 adds four octaves to the
keys you play.
5 Press the Arpeggio Hold button if you want to lift your fingers off
the keys and have the arpeggio continue to play.
There are some programs in the Factory setup that utilizes the arpeggio
with the synthesizer on its own or together with the other instruments
in the Stage 2 just watch for an “ARP” in a program’s name or the
Arpeggio category.
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5 Hold Shift and press the Focus/Mst Clk button between the effect
Master Clock
dials, the Mst Clk LED lights up. Now that we have an arpeggio going, let’s try the Master Clock feature
to synchronize the arpeggio and to bring in an effect as well. 1 Hold Shift and press the Arpeggiator button to lock the arpeggio
to the Master Clock, the Mst Clk LED lights up. Don’t worry if the music stops, we’ll have it back on again soon. Keep those keys or sustain pedal down. 2 Hold Shift and press the Mst Clk button to dial in a tempo with the
Value Dial. The display will indicate the BPM. Set this to 120 BPM
for this exercise. Press Shift again to Exit.
6 Turn the effect Rate/Tempo dial and look in the LCD to select the
subdivison for the delay. 7 Try 1/16, which will be half the note value or twice the “speed”
of the arpeggio. Turn up the Amount knob up to but not beyond
12 o’clock to hear the delay taps together with the arpeggiated
notes.
Tap four times on the Mst Clk button to set the tempo on the fly.
3 Turn the Arpeggio rate knob to select the meter subdivision (or
note values) that the arpeggio should play, look in the LCD while
turning the knob. Notice how 1/4 are half the “speed “ of 1/8. T
after a numerical value indicates triplets. Set the subdivision to
1/8. 4 Turn on the delay and make sure that the Synth is the source to
the delay by pressing the source button repeatedly until the Synth
LED lights up. If you carefully adjust the delay time, you could match it to fit the
rhythm of the arpeggio, but there is another way. Let’s synchronize
the delay to the same clock as the arpeggio.
The arpeggio, the LFO on the synth, the delay and the 2 effects can be
synchronized to the Master Clock in this fashion. And there is more, the Master Clock operates on both Slots simultaneously so you can control arpeggios, LFOs and effects on both Slot A
and B.
There are many subdivisions and combinations to try out, do not forget
to show yourself to your friends or family from time to time. Some of the units have division settings that are larger than 1/1 that
allows for sweeps that are longer that one bar. And you can of course
synchronize some functions, while leaving others freewheeling if you
like. This completes our brief tour of the Stage 2. We hope that you
now have the basic knowledge and the confidence to operate
most of the functions on the front panel of your new instrument.
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Chapter 4 Program Section
Program Section
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The program section gives you access to performance functions such
as recalling and storing of programs, system/menu pages etc. The four
menus and their settings are covered in a separate chapter - starting
on page 42. We’ll explain the features in this chapter, starting with the
buttons in the program section’s lower left corner.
Transpose On/Set
You can transpose the Nord Stage 2 in semitone steps, with a range
of +6/-6 semitones. Hold the Transpose button and set the transposition by turning the Value Dial. Press the Transpose button again to
de-activate a transposition.
This feature is programmable; it will be saved and recalled as part of a
program.
Slot Buttons A & B
You have two independent Slots for each program; A and B. Each Slot
contains independent instances and settings of the three instrument
sections and effects.
Both Slots can be activated if you want to use two instruments of
the same type at the same time, like two Piano instruments or a Split
Organ setup (read more about this feature on page 18).
You activate both Slots by simultaneously pressing both slot buttons. You have access to six instrument sections and eight effects sections
(Effect 1 & 2, Delay and AmpSim/EQ x 2) when both slots are active.
One of the Slot buttons will flash to indicate edit “focus”, that is which
(of the two) Slot’s settings that are currently shown and available to be
tweaked. To switch edit focus to the other Slot, press the corresponding Slot button. To get out of a dual slot situation, hold the button of the
slot that you wish to remain in focus and press the other one.
Copy settings from a slot
Press and hold one of the Slot buttons and turn the Value Dial. This
action allows you to copy the settings from another Slot to the current
Slot. The display will indicate which Slot of the Stage 2’s entire program
memory will be copied to the current Slot.
Mono Output
Hold Shift and press the Slot A/Mono Output button to set the outputs
of the all the Stage 2 sound sources and effects to mono. This is a
global setting, it will affect all the programs until it is deactivated or the
Stage 2 is turned off.
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Not all sound sources will be stereo just because the Mono
Output is not active. The organ is always mono source, as are
some of the pianos, and the synthesizer’s analog, FM and digital
waveforms. Samples may be in stereo.
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Routing a stereo sound source to a mono effect will produce a
mono output. Read more in the Effects chapter on mono and
stereo effects.
Dual KB
The Dual KB feature allow you to control Slot B with an external MIDI
keyboard, connected to the MIDI Input on the Stage 2.
The Stage 2 keyboard will control Slot A and the external keyboard will
control Slot B. It is not possible to activate both Slots to be played by
the Stage 2’s keyboard in this mode.
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By activating Dual KB you can quickly switch between these modes
without having to bother with MIDI menus. Having this function easily
accessible on the front panel makes it simple to quickly enable and disable the mode, effectively switching your external keyboard in and out
of the Stage 2’s internal sound engines.
Program Buttons
The 5 Program Buttons give you immediate access to all the 5 programs in a selected Program Page. Another advantage with the Dual KB mode is that you can access the
knobs and parameters for either panel from the Nord Stage 2, while the
internal keyboard is always playing Slot A, and the external keyboard
controls Slot B. For example, you can keep on playing Slot A with one
hand on the Stage’s keyboard while you simultaneously adjust the
drawbars played with the second keyboard on Slot B.
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The Dual KB setting is saved with a Program, together with all other
Slot settings. This makes it easy to access any complicated keyboard
setup with the push of a button - ideal for live situations.
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The MIDI Channel for the Dual KB feature is set in the MIDI Menu
on the Stage 2. Read more on this on page 44.
What is a program?
A program basically stores everything (except System functions which
are mostly global). To understand the internal architecture in Nord
Stage 2, keep the following in mind:
Shift / Exit button
Many buttons have secondary functions that you can access by holding Shift and pressing the button. The Shift activated functions are
always printed below the corresponding button. For example, holding
Shift and pressing the Program 3 button will allow you to access the
MIDI Menu parameters.
In a few cases, the shift functionality can be achieved without holding
the Shift button, but instead by double-clicking a button. This works
primarily with Keyboard Zone selections and Effect source selections.
Hold Shift and turn a knob to view the stored setting of a parameter in the display without changing the parameters value.
Holding Shift and pressing a selector button (with the exception of
the Piano Type button) will cycle through the settings in a counter
clockwise fashion.
The Shift button also acts as an Exit button,
which can be used if you want to exit a
menu, or cancel a Store operation.
•For each Slot, settings for all three Instruments, the four Effects,
and the Extern section are independent (except the choice of organ
model, which is always shared between the two slots).
•A program stores the settings for both Slot A and B, it contains independent settings for six instruments, eight effects, and two Extern
setups.
•A program also stores all settings from the Extern menu, except the
Extern A & B MIDI channels and the Send on Load setting (read
more on this in the Extern Menu chapter on page 45), and the output
routings for each instrument (read more on this on page 42).
•The Global effects (Compressor/Reverb) and the Rotary effect affect
both Panels, and the settings for these are stored with the program. •Splits, layers (Keyboard Zones) and Morph assignments are also part
of a Program.
System, Sound, MIDI, Extern
The Program buttons are also used to enter the 4 menus, if you press
any of the first four while holding the Shift button. The settings in the
menus are described in the Menu chapter that begins on page 42.
Panic
Live Mode
The special Live Mode can be described as “program memories that
automatically and always save everything”. If you activate the Live
Mode, all changes to panel settings you make will be continuously
saved. If you switch the power off, or select another program, the settings are still stored in the Live memory location, so when you power
up next time (or return to that Live memory) all settings will be exactly
as you left them. Having 5 Live memory locations means that five independent setups can be “saved” in this way.
If a Live memory is selected and you decide you wish to store the
settings permanently as a program you can do so using the standard
methods (see below).
You can also store Programs into the Live memory locations, in which
case the program settings will replace the current Live memory settings. Note that when you store a program into either of the Live memory locations, the stored settings will be “transferred” to Live memory,
any changes you make will be stored continuously, and you will not be
able to revert back to the exact settings as they were when “stored”.
Hold Shift and press the 5th Program Button to execute an internal All
Notes Off message and reset of some of the performance parameters. This can be used if notes gets stuck and sounds all the time during a
MIDI- or live performance.
Store, Store As….
The Store button is used when you want to store an edited program,
when you want to rename a program or when you want to change a
program’s category. Storing a program will overwrite the existing program in the selected memory location. MM
When the Nord Stage 2 is shipped from factory, Memory Protect
is set to “On”. To be able to store Programs, you need to change
this to “Off”, read more on how to do this on page 10. The Memory
Protect function does not affect the Live Mode memories.
Chapter 4 Program Section
Storing a Program
Categories
To store a program without changing its name or category, proceed as
follows:
Every program can be assigned to a category as described in the
previous section. This can help you find e.g. all the programs in the
“Organ” category if you look for a specific organ sound. The category is shown in the upper row of the display like in the example of a program
in the “Grand” category. 1 Press the Store button once. The Store button and the currently
selected program button indicator starts blinking, and the display
will read “Store to X: X : X” (the current Bank, Page and program
number), and the program name.
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2 Next step is to select a Bank/Page/Program location to store the
edited program to. Use the Bank, Page and the Program buttons
to select a location, or browse by turning the Value Dial. You can
also store a Program to one of the 5 Live memories. The settings
in the programs that you browse will become active, which allows
you to verify by playing on the Stage 2 that it is safe to overwrite a
program.
EE To cancel an ongoing Store operation, press Exit (Shift).
3 When you have found a location for your new Program, press
Store again to confirm your intentions. The display confirms with a
“Program Stored!” message for a short duration.
Naming a program
Naming a program and/or changing a program’s category is done with
the Store As… procedure:
1 Hold Shift and press the Store As... button once. The Store button
There are 21 different categories to choose from. Categories
Acoustic
FX
String
Bass
Grand
Synth
Clav
Harps
Upright
Arpeggio
Lead
Vocal
E PIano1
Organ
Wind
Wurl (E Piano 2)
Pad
User
Fantasy
Pluck
None
Use the Cat Sort mode to display only the programs in a selected
category. Read more on how to do this on page 18.
indicator starts flashing, and the upper row in display will read
“Name”, the current category to the right and the current name on
the lower row.
2 Turn the Value Dial to change the category. 3 Press the Page 4button to move the cursor to the first character
in the name.
4 Use one of the following methods to name your program:
•You can move the cursor position left or right by using the Program
Page buttons.
Value Dial
The Value Dial to the right
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the Display is used toGrand
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programs, to enter system
parameter values and to enter
characters in program names.
•When the cursor is at the position where you want to enter/change
a character, you can use the Value Dial to scroll through all available
characters (a-z, A-Z, 0-9, space and a hyphen “-”).
•By holding down Shift and pressing the Ins (Page 4) button, you
enter a blank space at the cursor position.
•By holding down Shift and pressing the Del (Page 3) button, you
erase the character at the cursor position.
•Alternatively, you can press and hold down the KB Zones 2 or 3
button. This will bring up the characters in the display with the focus
on the character the cursor was last on. Use the Value Dial to select
a character at the current cursor position. When you release the KB
Zone button the cursor automatically moves to the next position.
5 Press Store again and then use the same methods as outlined in
“Storing a Program” above to store your name with the program.
EE To cancel an ongoing Store operation, press Exit (Shift).
Naming Programs and setting categories can also be done with
the Nord Sound Manager, read more on this on page 55.
MIDI Indicator
The MIDI LED will indicate incoming MIDI messages at the MIDI Inputs
or through the USB connector if the USB-MIDI is active. MM
Short flashes indicates any kind of incoming MIDI data, longer
flashes indicates MIDI data that the Stage 2 actually uses (the
data has the correct MIDI channel etc.).
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Program Bank buttons
Select a desired Bank by pressing a Program Bank button A - D. Each
Bank holds 20 Pages, with 5 programs in each Page.
The Program Bank and Program buttons are not affected by
the sort mode. If you e.g. use the Abc Sort to dial up a program
named Betty 1, and this is located in Bank 2, Page 20, Program
3, pressing the Program 4 button on the panel will call up the
Bank 2/Page 20/Program number 4, no matter what that program
name is.
Cursor, Del, Ins
During a Store As… procedure, the Program Page buttons are used to
move the position of the cursor in a Program name, the actual character in the position can be set by the Value Dial.
Hold Shift and pressing Del or Ins will delete or insert a character in the
program’s name at the position of the cursor.
Organ Piano Synth
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These buttons can be used together with the Shift button to initialize
the current program. The “Inits” provides a quick way to activate a
single instrument on the Stage 2 and to route all effects to it, while turning off the other instruments. The settings that the activated instrument
is initialized with, come from the stored settings in the active program.
Even if an instrument is not active in a Program; all its settings are
still stored in the Program.
Organ Split
The Organ Split Init creates a split keyboard setting that emulates a
dual manual organ setup. The lower part of the Stage 2’s keyboard will
use Slot A and the upper part Slot B.
Mst Clk
The Master Clock allows
you to synchronize several
components in ths Nord
Stage 2: the Arpeggio, the synth LFO, the Delay and Effects 1 and 2. Not only can you
make these run in sync, you can also select different subdivisions (or
“speeds”) for these units, to create some great rhythmic effects.
Tap the Mst Clk button four times to set the tempo. The display will
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show how many taps you have entered in case
you
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Hold Shift and press the Mst Clk button to open the Master Clock
tempo setting, where you set the tempo by turning the Value Dial. Press Shift again to exit. A set tempo will be saved in a Program. Program Page buttons
The Program Page 3 and 4 buttons are used to select one of the 20
available program pages. Every Page holds 5 programs, every Program
Bank holds 20 Pages. Pressing a Page button will immediately load the
program number on the new Page.
Pending Load
If you want to navigate with the Bank and/or Page buttons and the
Value Dial and wait with the loading of a new program until you press a
program button, activate Pending Load - hold Shift and press the Page
3button. When this is active you can press the Bank and Program
Page buttons, and scroll with the value dial to “browse” and display the
program names in the LCD without actually loading them. The Program
Button LEDs will flash to alert you that the program selection will not be
activated until you confirm this by pressing a Program Button. Sort Mode
Hold Shift and press Page 4/to select the Category sort mode, hold
Shift and press Page 4 again to select the alphabetical sort mode. These modes affect the presentation of programs when you turn the
Value Dial.
The Cat Sort will display the programs in a category. To change the
Category, press either Page button. There is a list of categories on the
previous page 17.
The Abc Sort will display the programs alphabetically, based on their
names. To change the initial letter, press either Program Page button.
You can also hold down the Tap/Set button to open the Master Clock
tempo setting.
When the Master Clock tempo is set, you can select a subdivision of
that tempo for the various functions that can be synchronized to the
Master Clock. Any changes you make to the Master Clock tempo will
be followed by all the functions in the Stage 2 that are synchronized to
it. The subdivisions are described in greater detail in the sections that
covers the units that can be synchronized, the LFO, the arpeggio and
the effects.
External Sync
The Master Clock on the Stage 2 can be controlled by incoming MIDI
clock messages. This is an automatic behavior, as soon as the Stage
2 receives MIDI clock on the MIDI input or the USB MIDI input, the
Master Clock will be synchronized to the incoming external clock.
When the Master Clock is locked to an incoming clock, EXT will be
displayed in the LCD if you press the MST CLK button, together with
the incoming tempo in BPM.
Morph Assign
The Morph is a very powerful tool, which allows you to control several
parameters at once with one “source”. You can use a foot pedal to
control the level balance between a piano and a synth sound, use the
wheel to do a major change in the drawbar settings of a B3 sound, and
increase the amount of a selected effect by aftertouch - all at the same
time. The three Morph Assign buttons
represent the three Morph Sources
and are located above the Program
Bank buttons.
You activate a Morph by holding one
of the Morph Assign buttons and at the same time operate a parameter
knob in the desired direction. It is important to note that you should ensure that the parameter(s) you wish to include in your morph are stored
at the desired “starting” value(s) before starting this procedure.
The setting of the parameter in the program is the “first” setting (shown
on the left dial here), and then you turn the knob to the second setting,
which will be the maximum setting that can be set with the Morph
source.
If you double-tap on a Morph Assign button, the Morph assign mode will latch and you can take your time to adjust one or
several parameters to the desired effect. Press the button again to
exit the latched mode.
One Morph Source can control several parameters at the same time. Morphs can also influence parameters in both positive and negative
directions.
Morphs operate across the two Slots.
Morph Destinations
You can use the Morph to control all the settings of the rotary encoders (the knobs that show parameter values with LEDs), the Rotary
speed and the organ drawbars. Apart from the number of assignable
parameters, there is no limit to how many parameters you can control
simultaneously using Morph. The following parameters can be controlled by the Morph sources:
•The Level setting for all Instruments.
•The Shape setting in the Synth oscillator section.
•The filter Frequency setting in the Synth filter section.
•The Drawbars in the Organ section.
•The Effect Rate/Tempo setting for the individual effects.
•The Effect Amount setting for the individual effects.
•The Parameter setting in the Extern section (read more on page 40).
•The Rotary Speed (only with the Wheel option. This enables you to
set Rotor Speed continuously, instead of just alternating between two
fixed speeds.
Chapter 4 Program Section
Clearing a Morph
Hold Shift and press a Morph Assign button to clear all Morphs for
this source on the Slot in focus. To clear a particular assignment, hold
the Morph Assign button and operate the control to remove the “gap”
between the programmed setting and the Morph setting. KB Zones
The Nord Stage 2 keyboard can be split in up to three keyboard zones;
Lower (LO), Upper (UP) and High (HI). Any of the Instrument sections
can then be assigned to any (or all) of these zones. The KB Zones buttons split the Stage 2’s keyboard into two or three
zones. After you have activated a split, use the On/Off - KB Zone
Select buttons beneath each instrument’s (or the Extern’s) Value Dial to
assign an instrument to one or more zones.
When a split is active, hold Shift and repeatedly press an instrument’s,
or the Extrern’s KB Zone Select button to assign the instrument to one
or several zones. The three Zone LEDs beneath the instrument’s Level
Rotary will indicate the assignment.
Hold Shift and press KB2 or KB3 to move the boundaries of the lower,
upper and high zones. The split points are indicated by green LEDs
above the keyboard.
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Both Slots use the same KB Zone configuration, instrument assignments are individual.
Read more on creating splits on page 20.
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Common features
The Nord Stage 2 instruments, effects and the Extern section share a
few common features and characteristics.
KB Zone Select buttons
Instrument & Extern Controls
Creating a split
The Nord Stage 2 features 3 different instruments; Organ, Piano and
Synthesizer. Each instrument is
multi-timbral with two parts which
means that there are actually two
sound engines for each Instrument. These “engines” are internally connected to the Slots, one
for Slot A and another for Slot B.
It is very easy to create a split where different instruments are assigned
to different keyboard zones. Proceed as follows:
The KB Zone Select functionality of these buttons allow you to assign
an instrument to Keyboard Zones. Hold Shift and press the buttons to
select one of the zone alternatives. 1 Activate two instruments by pressing the KB Zone Select buttons
in each corresponding section, which makes the KB Zone LEDs
(Lo/Up/Hi) light up.
2 Press the KB Zones 2 button, located above the Value Dial. This
splits the keyboard into two parts, an upper and a lower zone. The split point is indicated by a green LED above the corresponding key on the keyboard.
3 Assign one of the active instruments to play on the lower Keyboard Zone by holding Shift and then press the KB Zone Select
button in the instrument’s section until only the LO KB Zone
indicator is lit.
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The Organ behaves a little differently in that there is actually only
one “engine” but it supports two manuals with separate drawbar
settings.
The Extern sections can be used to control external MIDI instruments
(or to transmit MIDI data to e.g. a sequencer). The Slot A Extern can
transmit on one MIDI channel, the Slot B Extern on another.
Level encoders
The Level encoders are located at the top on each section and allows
you to adjust the volume for each instrument. The instrument level can be controlled
in real time with the Morph. Read
more on Morphing on page 18. The
Extern’s Level encoder is used to
transmit MIDI data.
On/Off buttons
The On/Off buttons are reassuringly used to turn sections/
instruments on, or to turn them
off. When a section is on, the corresponding LEDs in that section
will be lit up and the green LEDs will indicate which zones on the Stage
2’s keyboard will control the instrument. The alternative functions of selecting a zone with these buttons are not only accessed by holding the
Shift button, you can also double-tap on them to assign an instrument
to a zone (provided that the keyboard is split). 4 Assign the other instrument to the upper half of the keyboard. Hold Shift and pressing the KB Zone Select button for the other
instruments section until both the UP/HI KB Zone indicators are lit. The lower half of the keyboard will play one instrument, and the
upper half will play the other.
You can also step through the different Keyboard Zone assignments
by double-clicking the KB Zone Select button. This is a convenient
method when you can only use one hand and cannot reach the Shift
button.
Activate all three Keyboard Zones by pressing the KB Zones 3 button. This splits the keyboard into three zones. Press the Shift + KB Zone
Select button (or double-click the KB Zone Select button) for an Instrument section, to step through the following options:
•LO/UP/HI indicators lit - the instrument will play in all the three zones
1-3.
•LO indicator lit - the instrument will only play in zone 1.
•LO/UP indicators lit - the instrument will play in zones 1 and 2.
•UP indicator lit - the instrument will only play in zone 2.
•UP/HI indicators lit - the instrument will play in zones 2 and 3.
•HI indicator lit - the instrument will only play in zone 3.
•No indicator lit - the instrument will not be controlled at all from the
internal keyboard, but it can be controlled with incoming MIDI. This
alternative is only available when an instrument has been assigned
an individual MIDI channel. The panel controls are however active,
you can still change the instrument’s parameters on the Stage 2’s
panel.
Chapter 5 Common features
Setting split points to change Zone ranges
PStick & SustPed
Adjust the splits for zone 2 and 3 in the following way:
These settings are used to control whether
or not an instrument (or the Extern section)
should respond to a connected Sustain
Pedal and/or to the Pitch Stick.
•Hold Shift and press the Set Lo Split button repeatedly. The green
split indicator above the keyboard move between the available splits. There are splits at C and F in each octave. •The same procedure is used but with Set Hi Split button, to set the
splits for zone 3.
When using two zones, the split is set with the Set Lo Split button.
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Keyboard Zone splits are shared between Slot A and B.
Layering instruments
When two or three instruments are assigned the same keyboard zones,
they’re layered, they play at the same time. Combinations of layers and
splits are possible. A piano can be assigned on its own to the Upper
Zone, and “continue” and be layered with an organ up in the Hi Zone. Another way to layer instruments is to activate both Slots simultaneously.
Hold Shift and press the left Octave button
in the corresponding instrument section,
to activate the sustain pedal for an instrument. The Sustped LED is lit when this is
turned on. Press again to activate Pitch Stick reception and a third time
to have both functionalities. A fourth press will turn them both off, as
indicated by the LEDs.
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The bend range is fixed to -/+ 2 semitones
In most of the factory programs, the organ has neither sustain,
nor pitch stick activated, the piano has sustain but not pitch stick
active and the synth has usually both activated. But there may be
exceptions to this. Change this as you like, do not forget to store
any changes that you wish to keep.
Octave Shift
Latch Ped & KB Gate
You can use the Octave Shift buttons to shift the pitch up or down in
octaves, within the instrument’s note range. The Latch Pedal feature allows you to latch arpeggios in the synth,
sustain chords or individual notes on selected instruments by operating
a pedal, without affecting other instruments or the functionality of the
sustain pedal. The Latch is activated for the individual instruments by
holding Shift and pressing the right Octave (Latch Ped) button; the On
LED lights up. This behaves like the sostenuto functionality on a grand
piano; only the keys that are pressed down when the pedal is activated
will sustain. Note Range
Each instrument in the Nord Stage 2 has a finite note range:
•The Organ extends one octave below and one octave above an 88
note keyboard range.
•The Piano extends one octave below the 88 key range, but not
above.
•The Synth extends one octave in either direction, just like the Organ.
An instrument cannot be transposed so that non-existing notes would
end up in the current Keyboard Zone. When an instrument is used over
the whole keyboard, you can only transpose a maximum of one octave
up or down. When you are using splits, if a piano is assigned to a zone with a range
of 2 octaves, the Octave Shift buttons can be used to transpose the
piano up or down. As long as the 2 octave range are within the
available 9 octaves. The whole note range of any instrument, within any
set Zone range, is always accessible. If you use a Nord Triple Pedal, the center pedal on that unit will be the
designated latch pedal. A standard sustain pedal connected to the Rotor/Latch input can also be used. If you use the Rotor/Latch input, you
need to change a setting in the System Menu, read more about this on
“Rotor/Latch Pedal Func” on page 42.
The KBGATE feature allows you to disable an instrument from being
triggered by the keyboard, for as long as the latch pedal is operated.
Both these features can be used simultaneously when both LEDs
are lit.
Output Routing
The Nord Stage 2 has four audio outputs. Each instrument can be
freely assigned to output 1&2 (default) or 3&4 in stereo, or to output
3 or 4 in mono. The output routings can be set for each program, or
globally for all programs. The Global setting is the default setting. In
global mode, the routing settings stored with the program are overridden by the global settings. See the System Menu chapter on page 42 for
more information about the output routings.
Dual Slot setups
Down 3 octaves
Down 2 octaves
Up 1 octave
Up 2 octaves
In the illustration above, a piano has been assigned to play in a KB
Zone stretching from middle C4 to C6. Without Octave Shift, the actual
note range that will be played will be the same as the set zone. The
dotted lines show which note range will be played in the set zone when
using Octave Shift. In this example you can transpose the piano up
or down two octaves to play any two octave note range from the KB
zone.
Press both Slot A and Slot B buttons. Both Slot LEDs light up, and
both Slots become active. One of the Slots is in focus, its panel
settings are currently shown and can be edited. The Slot in focus is
indicated by a flashing Slot LED. Press the other Slot’s button to shift
the focus.
To disable one of the slots, hold the Slot button for the slot you want to
keep active, and press briefly the Slot button you want to disable.
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To copy any other Slot’s settings to the currently active Slot, press
and hold that Slot button and turn the value dial to the desired
alternative Slot. When you release the Slot button, the copy operation is performed.
When you have both Panels active you have access to two of each
Instrument section, and two Effect sections. Amongst other things, this
allows you to play two sounds from each Instrument section simultaneously, e.g. a Clavinet and a Electric Piano or two Synths. For the Organ section, things work slightly differently. Instead of two
completely separate organ sections, you have one organ engine with
two manuals, that can be set to different drawbar settings, like on an
original B3 or a dual manual Farfisa or Vox.
Using an external keyboard (Dual KB)
If you would like to use an external keyboard to control Slot B, set it up
as follows:
Select a MIDI channel to transmit on the external keyboard, and select
the same MIDI channel as the “Dual KB” channel in the Nord Stage 2
MIDI page menu - read more about this on page 44.
Press Shift and the Dual KB button, the Dual KB indicator lights up.
The internal keyboard will control Slot A and the external keyboard will
control Slot B. It is not possible to activate both Panels in this mode. This function is ideal for live situations when you have a second
keyboard in your rig that you mostly use to play its internal sounds,
but would in certain circumstances like to use to play the Nord Stage
2 “second manual”. By activating Dual KB you can quickly switch
between these modes without having to bother with MIDI menus. Having this function easily accessible on the front panel makes it simple to
quickly enable and disable the mode, effectively switching your external
keyboard in and out of the Stage 2’s internal sound engines.
Another advantage with the Dual KB mode is that you can access the
knobs and parameters for either panel from the Nord Stage 2, while the
internal keyboard is always playing Slot A, and the external keyboard
controls Slot B. For example, you can keep on playing Slot A with one
hand on the Stage 2’s keyboard while you simultaneously adjust the
drawbars played with the second keyboard on Slot B.
MM
The Dual KB setting is saved with a Program, together with all
other Slot settings. This makes it easy to access any complicated
keyboard setup with the push of a button - ideal for live situations.
Using multiple keyboards
Sometimes you may want to control the Nord Stage 2 from more
than two keyboards. For example, you may want to have two external
keyboards for Organ A and B, while keeping the internal keyboard for
the piano sounds. Thanks to the flexible MIDI configuration of the Nord
Stage, this is no problem at all. Read more in the MIDI chapter.
Master level
The Master Level control is located in the
upper, left area of the panel. This control
sets the overall output level of the Nord
Stage 2, at the line level and the headphone outputs.
MM
This is not a programmable control.
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Chapter 6 Organ
Organ
The Nord Stage 2 features three organ models, all digitally modeled; a
tonewheel/B3 organ and two transistor organs (Vox and Farfisa).
While holding a drawbar button, you can press its sibling button to
momentarily auto-increment/decrement in the opposite direction.
The Organ section features three main areas:
With the Farf model, drawbar buttons act as switches, toggling each
register on or off.
•The Drawbar section where you set-up the basic organ sound. •The Percussion area is where you control the percussion effect (available to the B3 organ model only).
Selecting The Organ Model
•The Vibrato/Chorus area is where you select the chorus and/or
vibrato effect depending on the selected organ model.
You select which model to use with the Organ Model button. Only one
model can be used at a time in a Program.
Drawbars and buttons
The B3 Model
The drawbars on the Nord Stage 2 are represented by buttons and
LED chain graphs instead of ordinary mechanical drawbars. This gives
you a big advantage: when you change preset or program, the correct
drawbar settings are recalled immediately and shown by the LEDs. It’s
very easy to get the hang of changing the drawbar settings in a natural
way with the buttons.
The B3 model is based on a digital model of the classic electromechanical tonewheel organ. This simulation utilizes innovative and
advanced methods to capture every nuance of the original sound, here
are some examples:
The drawbars behave similar to their mechanical counterparts. On the
B3 and Vox models you “pull out” and “push in” the drawbars using the
drawbar buttons.
The buttons are special in the way that they auto-increment/decrement
the drawbar value when they are held down. If you hold a drawbar
button the corresponding drawbar setting will continue to increment or
decrement (within its range) until you release the button.
The drawbars can be Morph controlled, if you want to make dramatic changes with for example the Wheel or a control pedal.
•An extremely accurate digital model of the original chorus and vibrato
scanner.
•Modeling of the individual random contact bounces for each harmonic.
•Modeling of the unique frequency characteristics of the built-in preamplifier, which forms the “body” of the sound.
•Simulation of the energy robbing on the tone wheels that results in
the typical “compressed” sound.
•Authentic tuning of the tonewheels according to the original design.
•Extremely fast keyboard response.
•Full polyphony.
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B3 Drawbars
The Volume Soft button toggles between Normal and Soft percussion
level. The Decay Fast button toggles between Slow and Fast decay
times. The harmonic intervals for the tonewheel organ are printed on the panel
below the drawbars.
For basic drawbar operation, please refer to “Drawbars and Buttons”
on the previous page. Each drawbar represents a partial with a fixed
harmonic interval in relationship with the played note.
The illustration below shows the pitch interval among the nine drawbars
when the key of C3 is played. Note that the SUB3 drawbar actually is a
5th above the fundamental harmonic. However, in most situations it is
perceived as sounding below the basic harmonic.
Percussion Soft
Percussion Normal
The Harmonic Third button toggles between using the 2nd or 3rd
partial as the source for the percussion effect.
EE The percussion can be used on Slot A or on Slot B provided that
both slots are not active at the same time in a layer or split keyboard configuration. If you use a layer or a split, then percussion
will only be available on Slot B.
Key click control
The key click produced by the random contact bounces is an important audio artifact in the B3 model. This quickly became a desirable
effect amongst musicians. You can adjust the click level in the Sound
menu, read more about this on page 43.
C3
Vibrato & Chorus
The original vibrato and chorus scanner in a tonewheel organ consists
of a modulated delay line in combination with a rotating scanner. For
the Vibrato effect, phase shift is applied to the signal. For the Chorus
effect, the phase-modulated signal is added to the original signal.
Three different types of choruses (C1 - C3) and three different types of
vibratos (V1 - V3) are available. Select one of these types by pressing
the Vibrato/Chorus selector button. The effect can be activated/deactivated for both Slots individually by pressing the Vibrato/Chorus button
for the Slot A and Slot B “manuals”.
Do not forget to try out the three tonewheel modes that are also
available in the Sound menu. These will dramatically change the
sound of the B3 model from a squeaky clean unit to a battered,
old workhorse.
Organ Preset I & II
You can store two organ presets/settings within a single program,
and also separately for Slot A and Slot B, for each organ model. This
provides a quick way of changing between two organ sound variations,
without having to change programs or slots.
You change between Presets I & II by pressing the Preset II button. A
preset stores the drawbar settings and the Vibrato/Percussion (on/off)
settings.
Percussion
The Percussion effect adds extra attack to the sound by having a single
envelope generator controlling either the 2nd or 3rd harmonic.
The envelope “opens up” for a short moment in the beginning of the
sound when you press the key(s). The percussion is a single-triggered
non-legato effect. By “single-triggered” we mean that the percussion is
only present when you hit the keys when no other note is sounding. In
other words, if you play a note or a chord and then add on more notes
without releasing the previously pressed keys, there will be no percussion effect in the new notes. You have to release all keys to be able to
play new notes with the percussion effect.
Chapter 6 Organ
The Vox Model
Vibrato
The original Vox™ organ is probably the most famous of all the transistor based combo organs that emerged in the early 60’s. Transistor
technology made it possible to manufacture compact and portable
organ instruments. Compared to the mighty sound of tonewheel based
organs, transistor organs generally sounded reedier and weaker, but
this one had a distinctive sound character which together with the
portability and cool design (inverse colored keyboard and chrome “Zframe” stand) made the instrument massively popular at the time. The
sound is timeless and recreated faithfully in the Nord Stage 2.
There are several types of vibrato and choruses available for the Vox
model, which is activated using the On button in the Vibrato section. The V3 setting is the one that is modeled after the original instrument.
The VX models vibrato setting is common for both the swell and great
manual.
The Farf Model
Vox Drawbars
The labels used for the Vox drawbars are printed on the row directly
above the drawbar LEDs.
The typical “buzzy” sound of this vintage instrument is one of the most
distinct and easily recognizable organ sounds ever created; yet it is
actually possible to get quite a wide range of sounds out of the instrument. Note that the voices aren’t supposed to replicate the instruments
they are named after, but rather to describe the basic tonal characteristic of the voice; Flute - soft, Oboe - reedy, Trumpet - brassy etc..
For basic drawbar operation, please refer to “Drawbars and buttons”
on page 23.
The seven drawbars to the left control the level of each partial. Each
partial has a fixed harmonic interval relating to the played note. The
illustration below shows the pitch interval of the drawbars when the key
of C3 is played. The intervals vary for the upper and lower manual on
the original instrument, but are identical on the Nord Stage 2. Vox Continental Upper
C3
Vox Continental Lower
The two drawbars on the right control the sum of all partials in the
form of a filtered signal sounding soft and dark, and an unfiltered signal
sounding bright and intense.
EE If these two drawbars are both fully “pushed in”, the Vox organ will
not produce any sound.
Farf Registers
The labels used for the Farf drawbars/registers are printed on the upper row above the drawbar LEDs.
The drawbars act as on/off switches, or “register selectors” when the
Farf model is selected. Instead of drawbars, the original instrument
featured switches to select instrument voices (actually different filter
settings) in various footage (octave) ranges. The drawbar buttons are
used to turn the voices on and off. The drawbar LEDs 5-8 are lit up for
an activated voice, and drawbar LEDs 1-4 are lit up for a deactivated
voice. The table below shows the original register name.
Register
Selector
Voice
Panel Name
1
Bass 16
BASS16
2
Strings 16
STR16
3
Flute 8
FLUTE8
4
Oboe 8
OBOE8
5
Trumpet 8
TRMP8
6
Strings 8
STR8
7
Flute 4
FLUTE4
8
Strings 4
STR4
9
A bright voice, an octave
and a fifth above the
fundamental
2 2/3
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The illustration below shows the pitch interval between each voice
when the key of C3 is played. Though some voices have the same
pitch, they differ in tonal character. C3
Vibrato
The original instrument has two basic vibrato modes; “Light” and
“Heavy”, with different rates for each mode. There are several types of
vibrato and choruses available for the Farf model in the Stage 2, which
are activated using the On button in the Vibrato section. The V1, V2 and the V3 settings are the ones that are modeled after
the original instrument’s. Note that the Farf vibrato is common for both
Slots.
Swell Control
Swell is a characteristic feature that you control from an continuous
pedal. Swell is not only a volume control - for the B3 it also changes
the character of the sound in a special way. To use Swell control on the
Nord Stage 2, simply plug in a standard expression pedal to the Organ
Swell input on the rear panel (see page 65) and configure the pedal on
the System Menu (see page 42).
An expression pedal connected to the Organ Swell input will control
Swell for all organ models.
If you have only one expression pedal, it can be used both as a generic
Control Pedal to control the Morph, and as a Swell Pedal. This is
selected in the System Menu, see page 43.
Rotary Speaker
The Rotary Speaker controls are logically placed next to the Organ section. The Rotary Speaker and its settings are described in detail in the
Effects Reference on page 39.
Chapter 7 Piano
7
Piano
The Piano sounds
The Pianos in the Nord Stage 2 are organized into six types. Each type
can contain several instrument models. You can freely add new piano
instruments via USB using the Nord Sound Manager utility (read more
about the Sound Manager on page 46). Right out of the box, the Nord Stage 2
features a fine collection of carefully selected acoustic and electric pianos, and
harpsichords. A lot of effort was made
to ensure that the response and sound
of the instruments matches every
nuance of the real article. Each piano
instrument has been multi-sampled in
a vast amount of velocity levels. That’s
one reason why they all sound and feel
so authentic.
Since all pianos are stored in the Flash
memory, you can easily add and/or
replace any stored piano instruments
with new ones, supplied free from
Nord. The size of the available memory
for the piano samples is approximately
500 megabytes.
MM
When you download piano instruments with the Nord Sound
Manager, these will always automatically be placed into the corresponding type.
A program “knows” which piano instrument to use by referencing to
the type and the model number. If a program references to a piano
instrument that isn’t currently loaded, the Type and Model LED will
flash, with the missing Model number. If this happens, you can either
navigate to another instrument Model in the selected (or any other) type
and select to use this piano instead, or use the Nord Sound Manager
utility to download an instrument into the empty Model location.
Piano Select
Type
Use the Piano Type selector to choose which piano sound you want to
use. MM
Type
Description
Grand
Acoustic and electric grand pianos
Upright
Upright pianos
E Piano 1
Electric Pianos (tines)
E Piano 2
Electric Pianos (reeds)
Clavinet
Clavinets
Harpsi
Harpsichords
The type of a piano has been set for you by a bloke named Hans
at the Nord HQ. You cannot move a piano from one type to
another.
Info
Hold Shift and press Type/Info to display the name, a brief description
and version number of the currently selected piano.
Model
Each Piano Type can contain several Piano Models, depending on the
content of the memory in the Nord Stage 2. Press repeatedly on the
Model button to select the desired sound. The number of the model
will be indicated in the LED display, and the name of the model will be
shown in the second row of the display.
EE In the unlikely event that some data of a sound in the Flash
memory is damaged, this will be indicated with a message in the
LCD when the Nord Stage 2 is powered up. The Type and Model
LEDs will flash for this particular sound if a program that uses it is
selected. Press Shift/Exit to continue playing. To remedy the error,
connect the unit to the Sound Manager to delete and then reload
the piano.
Clavinet
On the original Clavinet D6, you selected different pick-up combinations by pressing a number of rocker switches. This functionality is
faithfully simulated in the Nord Stage 2, which means that you get all
the original Clavinet D6 pickup selections by pressing the Model button
when the Clavinet is the selected Type.
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Pick-up Type Description
Clav Model A: Only the “neck” pick-up; a warmer, less bright sound.
Clav Model B: Only the “bridge” pick-up; a bright sound.
Clav Model C: Both pick-ups on and in phase; a very full sound.
Clav Model D: Both pick-ups 180 degrees out of phase; the fundamental is almost cancelled out and the sound becomes thin.
Nord Triple Pedal
The Stage 2 is compatible with an extra accessory, the Nord Triple
Pedal which is comprised of three pedals in one unit (not included, sold
separately). This pedal brings additional features to the functionality and
sound of the Nord Stage 2.
Dynamics
MM
Hold Shift and press the Model button, to select the dynamics
response. This allows you to select different response curves, which
makes the Nord Stage 2 react stronger to the velocity you use on the
keyboard.
Half pedaling
When all LEDs are off, the default response curve is active. A Dyn
setting of 1 makes it a bit easier to reach the maximum, a setting of 2,
even easier and the third setting is the lightest response curve.
If a piano is selected that isn’t compatible with the Pedal Noise
feature, this function will be disabled.
The sustain pedal on the Nord Triple Pedal can be used with half pedaling techniques. This is achieved by pressing the pedal half way down
when certain pianos are used.
Sostenuto
Acoustics
The Acoustics features allow you to add
certain acoustic and mechanical components
to the piano sounds.
String Resonance
String Resonance is the acoustic phenomenon that occurs when
strings, or parts of strings, resonate at their fundamental or harmonic
frequencies when other strings are played. When this functionality is turned on, all notes you play will affect each
other to reproduce the wonderful acoustics that occurs inside an
acoustic grand or upright piano. You will also hear all the strings resonate if you press the sustain pedal
and play some notes.
MM
If a piano is selected that isn’t compatible with the String Resonance feature, this function will be disabled. This applies to e.g.
the small (Sml) versions of the grand pianos and uprights, or the
electric pianos.
Long Release
Activating Long Release will add a slightly longer release to an acoustic
or electric piano. This is equivalent to what happens when you adjust
the damper tension in an acoustic or an electromechanical instrument. The added release is individual for every note and responds dynamically to the force with which you play. MM
If a piano is selected that isn’t compatible with the Long Release
feature, this function will be disabled. Release compatible pianos
are of v5.3 or later.
Pedal Noise
The Pedal Noise is the second Acoustics feature, available if you have
connected the Nord Triple Pedal to the Stage 2 (not included, sold
separately). By activating this, the mechanical noise that happens when
you operate the sustain pedal on an acoustic or electric piano will be
recreated. The Nord Triple Pedal is dynamic, you can control the level
of the noise by the force you use when you operate the sustain pedal.
MM
If a piano is selected that isn’t compatible with the Pedal Noise
feature, this function will be disabled.
The middle Nord Triple Pedal is the Sostenuto/Latch pedal. By using
this, you can sustain selected notes, while other notes remain unaffected. Only the notes that are held down when the pedal is operated
will sustain. Other notes that you play while keeping the pedal down
will have no sustain at all. This requires that the Latch Ped feature is set
to On - hold Shift and press the right Octave button until the Latch Ped
On LED is lit.
Soft Pedal
The left pedal on the Nord Triple Pedal is the soft pedal, also known
as the Una Corda. When you press this, all the notes you play will be
slightly lower in volume and also have a slightly more subdued tone
quality.
Slot Detune/Clav EQ
Clav EQ
An original Clavinet is equipped with 4 additional
rocker switches, which controls the onboard EQ. These settings are available on the Nord Stage 2. Use the Slot Detune / Clav EQ button to set your
preferred combination of the original Brilliant/Treble
and Medium/Soft filter buttons.
MM
The Med/Soft setting are access by holding Shift and pressing the
Slot Detune/Clav EQ button.
Slot Detune
If you activate both Slots A and B in a layer configuration, these settings can be used to de-tune the Slots. The de-tuning will only affect
the piano sounds.
8
Chapter 8 Synth
Synth
Basics
Oscillator
The Synth section in Nord Stage 2 was designed to be a versatile yet
easy to use stage synthesizer to supplement the other instrument sections. While being compact and easy to use, it is capable of all kinds
of synthesized sounds, from piercing leads and fat basses to swirling
pads and shimmering bells. You have hands-on control of all parameters, which is essential on a stage instrument.
A lot of effort has been spent on creating a
versatile and powerful oscillator section for
the Stage 2 synthesizer. Based on a variable architecture, it provides four different
oscillator techniques: Analog, FM (frequency
modulation), digital wavetables and sample
playback. For each technique there are
a number of predefined algorithms with
a main parameter mapped to the Shape
knob.
It is subtractive synthesis design with faithful models of analog-style
waveforms. It is also capable of FM (frequency modulation), Wavetable
synthesis, and you can use samples as oscillator sound sources. The
samples can come from the huge Nord Sample Library or you can create these yourself and bring any sound to the Nord Stage 2 synthesizer, with the Nord Sample Editor application. In subtractive synthesis, you start with a bright waveform with lots of
overtones, and then shape the color of the sound with a filter that subdues some of the harmonics. By modulating the filter cut-off frequency
while the note is playing, dynamic timbres are created.
The Nord Stage 2 synthesizer also provides other means to generate
dynamic and rich sounds, such as pulse width modulation, oscillator
sync and dynamic control over FM amount. There are two envelopes
and one LFO for real time sound shaping. There is one Synth section for each Slot, and they share 18 voices,
which are dynamically allocated between the slots. Using the Slots,
you can play two different sounds simultaneously, layered or in splits. If
you, for example, layer the Synth sections of both slots, you can create
really complex and evolving sounds.
For example, the analog category provides
you with various waveforms, with or without hard sync. In each case,
the Shape knob can controls one essential parameter, such as pulse
width or sync oscillator frequency. This Shape parameter can be
modulated by the LFO or the Modulation Envelope to create dynamic
sounds. The Shape can also be controlled by the Morph Assign
feature.
The sonic potential is further enhanced by the fact that the oscillator
section actually contains a number of extra oscillators for each voice,
which are brought in by the Unison parameter (see page 35). You can
add several virtual oscillators per voice, without losing polyphony. This
allows for some really thick sounds.
Shape
The Shape control is used to shape the sound in various ways (depending on waveform and algorithm, see below). Shape can be modulated by the Mod Envelope or the LFO, and Morph controlled, allowing
the real-time use of the wheel, aftertouch or pedal to control the sound. MM
For the Wavetable selection, the Shape knob has no functionality.
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Shape Mod
Pulse
This knob governs the amount of modulation applied to the Shape
parameter. The Shape parameter can be modulated by the LFO or the
Mod Envelope.
The pulse wave contains only odd numbered harmonics (3, 5, 7 etc.)at
50% pulse width (square wave). This waveform is special in that its
harmonic content can be varied continuously, by adjusting the pulse
width. The examples below have 50%, 10% and 5% pulse width. Waveform selector button
The Waveform selector button is used to cycle through the different
algorithms and categories. Turn the Waveform selector dial beneath
the LED display to choose the specific waveform or algorithm that you
wish to use.
Analog style waveforms
The Analog waveforms Triangle, Sawtooth and Pulse have each four
variations that can be selected with the selector dial, summarized in the
table.
Display
Waveform
Explanation
-----
Standard Triangle,
Sawtooth or Pulse.
A plain waveform.
ShP
A shapeable
waveform.
Tri: the Shape control emphasizes the
available harmonics in the spectrum.
Saw: the Shape control shifts the
phase of two super imposed sawtooth
waves up to a maximum 180 degrees
shift, which creates a perceived one
octave shift.
The Shape knob controls the pulse width of the pulse wave, from 50%
(square wave) to 1% if the ShP wave is selected. You can modulate the
Shape using Morph (see page 19), with the LFO or the Mod Envelope. This waveform is suitable for many type of sounds and has a more
“hollow” character than the Sawtooth wave.
Noise
Pulse: the Shape sets the width of the
pulse.
There are two samples available of white and pink noise in the Sample
selection in the factory sound bank of the Nord Stage 2.
Oscillator Sync waveforms
dtn
A dual de-tuneable
waveform.
Two oscillators with adjustable relative
pitch. Shape knob range is +/- 12
semitones.
Snc
A synched waveform.
An oscillator with adjustable pitch offset, hard-synced by a second oscillator.
When you change waveform, the name of the currently selected waveform is shown briefly in the LCD.
Triangle
The triangle waveform has only odd numbered and not very strong
harmonics. .
The Saw, Pulse and Triangle waveforms can be synchronized, if the
Snc option is selected. Oscillator Synchronization means that you use
the signal from one oscillator to restart another oscillator. Nord Stage
2 has a “hidden” sync oscillator for the waveforms with this option. Oscillator sync is very useful for generating lead lines with classic “hard
sync” sounds. When sync is applied, the basic pitch of the oscillator is
locked to that of the sync oscillator. When you vary the relative pitch of
the synchronized oscillator with the Shape knob, this will be perceived
as a change in timbre, with a frequency spectrum with deep resonance
in the oscillator’s harmonics.
Sawtooth
The sawtooth wave contains all harmonics and is the richest of the
available waveforms. It is suitable for all sorts of sounds. .
Chapter 8 Synth
When using Oscillator Sync, it can be very useful to have the
Shape amount(s) modulated from any of the Morph assign
sources, or by the Modulation Envelope. This will generate a signal
with continuously varied harmonic content.
Frequency Modulation
The basic principle behind frequency modulation (FM) synthesis is to
have one oscillator (the modulator) modulating the frequency of another
(the carrier). The carrier can in turn modulate the frequency of yet
another oscillator, etc. There are several different algorithms in the FM
category ranging from one up to three oscillators (operators) modulating each other in series, with or without feedback on the first operator
in the chain. Each algorithm comes with a number of pre-configured frequency
ratios. Depending on what kind of sound you want, choose from the
different combinations available and you have many interesting FM
sounds at your disposal. When a new algorithm is selected, the Main
display shows, for a short duration, the algorithm together with information on the frequency relations between the operators and whether
feedback is used. The display shows the modulator(s) frequency
relation to the carrier. If an operator uses feedback, it is indicated by a
dot next to the digit. In the chart below all available algorithms together
with the notation used in the display are listed:
FM Algorithms
LED LCD
Description (FB = feedback)
Sin
1-OP (+FB)
Carrier only, with feedback
11
2-OP 1:1
Carrier + Modulator, same frequency
21
2-OP 2:1
Carrier + Modulator, frequency ratio 2:1
31
2-OP 3:1
Carrier + Modulator, frequency ratio 3:1
41
2-OP 4:1
Carrier + Modulator, frequency ratio 4:1
51
2-OP 5:1
Carrier + Modulator, frequency ratio 5:1
61
2-OP 6:1
Carrier + Modulator, frequency ratio 6:1
71
2-OP 7:1
Carrier + Modulator, frequency ratio 7:1
81
2-OP 8:1
Carrier + Modulator, frequency ratio 8:1
91
2-OP 9:1
Carrier + Modulator, frequency ratio 9:1
1.1
2-OP 1:1 (+FB)
Carrier + Mod + FB, same frequency
2.1
2-OP 2:1 (+FB)
Carrier + Mod + FB, frequency ratio 2:1
3.1
2-OP 3:1 (+FB)
Carrier + Mod + FB, frequency ratio 3:1
4.1
2-OP 4:1 (+FB)
Carrier + Mod + FB, frequency ratio 4:1
5.1
2-OP 5:1 (+FB)
Carrier + Modulator, frequency ratio 5:1
6.1
2-OP 6:1 (+FB)
Carrier + Mod + FB, frequency ratio 6:1
7.1
2-OP 7:1 (+FB)
Carrier + Mod + FB, frequency ratio 7:1
8.1
2-OP 8:1 (+FB)
Carrier + Mod + FB, frequency ratio 8:1
9.1
2-OP 9:1 (+FB)
Carrier + Mod + FB, frequency ratio 9:1
9.1
2-OP 9:1 (+FB)
Carrier + Mod + FB, frequency ratio 9:1
111
3-OP 1:1:1
Carrier + Mod + FB, same frequencies
211
3-OP 2:1:1
Carrier + Modulators, frequency ratios 2:1:1
311
3-OP 3:1:1
Carrier + Modulators, frequency ratios 3:1:1
The image above shows a 2 Operator FM-Synthesis setup, and the
resulting waveform using a fairly high FM amount setting.
511
3-OP 5:1:1
Carrier + Modulators, frequency ratios 5:1:1
911
3-OP 9:1:1
Carrier + Modulators, frequency ratios 9:1:1
The resulting waveform is far more rich in harmonics than the original
Sine waveform, and drastic changes in tonal character are provided by
altering the amount of modulation.
221
3-OP 2:2:1
Carrier + Modulators, frequency ratios 2:2:1
421
3-OP 4:2:1
Carrier + Modulators, frequency ratios 4:2:1
821
3-OP 8:2:1
Carrier + Modulators, frequency ratios 8:2:1
There are several FM algorithms available; set-ups with various number
of oscillators, feedback and frequency ratio settings between the oscilShape1
Shape2
lators.
1.11
3-OP 1:1:1(+FB)
Carrier + Mod + FB, same frequencies
1.21
3-OP 1:2:1(+FB)
Carrier + Mod + FB, freq. ratios 1:2:1
1.31
3-OP 1:3:1(+FB)
Carrier + Mod + FB, freq. ratios 1:3:1
•Use the Waveform-dial to select the FM-algorithm.
1.51
3-OP 1:5:1(+FB)
Carrier + Mod + FB, freq. ratios 1:5:1
•The Shape parameter is used for setting the amount of modulation
and/or feedback
from none to maximum.
Carrier
Carrier
1.91
3-OP 1:9:1(+FB)
Carrier + Mod + FB, freq. ratios 1:9:1
1.F2
3-OP 1:1:2(+FB)
Carrier + Mod + FB, freq. ratios 1:1:2
OSC MOD
There are three main FM algorithms
in the Nord Stage 2: one, two
and three oscillator FM with feedback. The feedback is not active in all
algorithms.
2.F2
3-OP 2:1:1(+FB)
Carrier + Mod + FB, freq. ratios 2:1:2
3.F2
3-OP 3:1:2(+FB)
Carrier + Mod + FB, freq. ratios 3:1:2
5.F2
3-OP 5:1:2(+FB)
Carrier + Mod + FB, freq. ratios 5:1:2
MIX amounts. When you
The Shape knob controls the FM and OSC
feedback
turn the knob, all modulations are increased simultaneously. The
number of harmonics, and their intensity, increase proportionally to the
FM amount. As usual, the Shape parameter can be modulated by the
Modulation Envelope or the LFO, and it can be Morph controlled by
any combination of wheel, aftertouch and pedal.
9.F2
3-OP 9:1:2(+FB)
Carrier + Mod + FB, freq. ratios 9:1:2
Modulator
Modulator
(FM Amount)
(FM Amount)
Shape
(Feedback)
Tip! The one-operator algorithm can be used to produce a perfect
sine-wave, if the Shape knob is set to zero.
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Wavetables
Load Sound
This category features 62 different digital waveforms with various tonal
characteristics. The waveforms have been carefully designed and
selected to provide rich and interesting timbres with a great variety,
for those exquisite sounds that could not be produced with the other
algorithms. Advanced wavetable synthesis techniques have been used
to reproduce the waveforms perfectly over the whole keyboard range.
When you save a Stage 2 program the current synth settings are of
course stored together with all other panel settings, but you can also
select and store synth sounds separately from programs. In this way,
you can build up a library of your favorite synth sounds to access
whenever you need them.
Some waveforms have a number of peaks high up in the spectrum,
making them suitable for voice-like sounds (e.g. 3, 7, 8, 12), while others are combinations of several overlapping spectra (e.g. 5, 6, 18, 19). Yet others are extremely bright, with a fundamental that is softer than
the many harmonics (e.g. 21, 23, 26, 27). Using these waveforms with
the different filter settings, you should be able to create a wide variety
of timbres. MM
The Shape knob does not have any effect in the Digital Wavetable
category.
Samples
Selecting synth sounds
There are 300 available memory loactions for synth sounds/patches. Press Shift and the waveform button, then turn the waveform selector dial to scroll through the available synth sounds. The name of the
sound will appear in the LCD display and the sound will immediately
become active in the Stage 2. Filter Section
The Samp option allows you to use samples from the Nord Sample
Library as an oscillator waveform and treat these with the other parts of
the subtractive synthesizer architecture. This provides the synthesizer
with a tremendous flexibility, but it doesn’t stop there. You can even
add your own samples to load into the Stage 2, with the Nord Sample
Editor application.
The Filter is one of the most important
components to create the overall timbre of
the sound. The harmonic content that the
oscillators produce can be shaped with the
filter and the filter itself can be modulated
with various functions. The Nord Stage 2
features a selection of classical synthesizer
filters.
The sample memory in the Stage 2 can hold up to 384 Megabytes of
sample files in the Nord Sample Library format. Each and every one
of these samples can be replaced if you wish. The sample memory
is loaded with lots of sounds when the Nord Stage 2 left the Nord
Factory, there are many more samples to be found on the included
DVDROM or on the www.nordkeyboards.com website.
The Filters share the same filter parameters: Filter Frequency controls the cutoff
frequency and the Resonance controls the
filter resonance.
The samples are selected with the waveform dial. Skip Sample Attack
When Samples are being used, the Shape control can be used as a
switch to active the Skip Sample Attack feature. When this is turned
on, the sample playback will begin at a fixed, alternative starting point
which will bypass most, if not all of the original attack portion of the
sample.
Filter button
Press repeatedly on the Filter button to select the desired filter type. The available filter types are:
Low Pass - LP 24 & LP 12
Filter Frequency
Filter Frequency
Frequencies above the Filter Frequency setting will be attenuated,
frequencies below will not be affected.
The LP12 (12 dB/octave slope) leaves more harmonics than the 24dB
variation. This type of filter has been used in e.g. early Oberheim synthesizers. A 12 dB filter is also known as a 2-pole filter.
The LP24 is the classic “synth filter”, used in the Minimoog and
Prophet-5 among others. It cuts out frequencies rather drastically, with
a slope of 24 dB per octave. A 24 dB filter is also known as a 4-pole
filter. •Both the LP Filters can use the resonance function to emphasize
frequencies around the filter frequency (cutoff frequency), making the
sound thinner.
Envelope range
Time
Resonance = 10
Filter Frequency
Filter Frequency
Chapter 8 Synth
Resonance = 7
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Resonance = 3
Resonance = 0
High Pass - HP
KB Track
ter Frequency
Filter Frequency
Filter Frequency
Filter Frequency
ter Frequency
Filter Frequency
Filter Frequency
Filter Frequency
If HP is used, frequencies below the Filter Frequency setting will be attenuated, frequencies above the cutoff will not be affected.
Filter Frequency
Band Pass - BP
Filter Frequency
Filter Frequency
ter Frequency
Envelope range
Filter Frequency
Filter Frequency
Filter Frequency
Resonance = 10
The reason for having
a Keyboard Track switch is related to basic
Resonance = 7
Filter Frequency
Resonance = 10
Filter
Frequency
acoustics. If you raise the
pitch
of a waveform, the harmonics naturally
raise in frequency. If the cutoff frequency is constant, the sound will be
Resonance
perceived as getting “muddier” the higher up the keyboard
you= 3play. To
Resonance = 0
Resonance = 0
avoid this effect, use KB Track.
Filter Frequency
With KB Track turned off, the filter frequency setting is constant
reFilter Frequency
gardless of where on the keyboard you play. When Keyboard Track is Resonance = 10
Filter Frequency
Filter Frequency
activated, the filter frequency setting will be higher for higher notes. Resonance = 10
Resonance
Resonance = 10
Filter Frequency
Filter Frequency
Filter Frequency
Time
er Frequency
Resonance = 7
The Resonance parameter is used to further adjust the
Filter Frequency
characteristics of the filter. Increasing the Resonance Resonance = 3
Filter Frequency
Filter Frequency
will emphasize frequencies
around the cutoff frequency,Resonance = 0
Resonance = 10
Filter Frequency
making the sound thinner. Further raising the Resonance
Filter Frequency
will make the sound resonant to a point where the
filter starts to self-oscillate and produce a ringing pitch. Resonance = 0
Resonance = 10
Filter Frequency
Exactly where in the frequency spectrum this “ringing”
occurs, depends on the Frequency value.
Time
er Frequency
Resonance = 0
Resonance = 0
A bandpass filter allows frequencies close the Filter Frequency setting
Envelope
range
to
pass,
while frequencies above and below the cutoff will be attenuFilter Frequency
ated.
•The Filter Resonance sets the width of the frequency range that will
Filter Resonance
pass through the band pass filter.
Filter Frequency
Notch
Filter Frequency
Filter Frequency
Filter Resonance
Filter Frequency
Resonance = 0
Freq Mod 1 - LFO
Filter Frequency
The filter frequency can be controlled by the low frequency oscillator,
Filter Frequency
the LFO. The Freq Mod
1 knob sets the amount of modulation.
Resonance = 10
Freq Mod 2
Resonance = 0
This knob governs the amount of the second modulation source to the
Filter Frequency. Set the knob to a position after 12 o’clock, the Mod
Filter Frequency
Envelope will modulate the Filter Frequency. Set the knob to a position
Filter Frequency
before 12 o’clock to control the Filter Frequency by the velocity of the
keys you play.
Envelope range
Filter Frequency
Filter Vocal
Filter Frequency
Time
er Frequency
Filter Frequency
A Notch filter is the opposite of the Band Pass filter, it passes most of
the frequencies unaltered, but attenuates those in a specific range.
•The Filter Resonance sets the width of the frequency range that will
be attenuated with the Notch filter.
The Envelopes
Filter Frequency
Filter Fre
The envelopes are used to “shape the sound” over the period of time,
Filter Resonance
from when you first play a key, to after it has been released. Filter Vocal
Filter Resonance
Filter Frequency
Filter Frequency
Filter Frequency
Filter Frequency
Filter Frequency
Filter Frequency
Filter Frequency
Filter Resonance
Filter Vocal
Mod EnvelopeFilter Frequency
Filter Frequency
The Filter Frequency is used for setting the cutoff frequency point where in the frequency range the filter begins to process frequencies. This parameter can be Morph controlled.
The Image above illustrates three different Filter Frequency settings
using a low pass filter. The area to the left, up to the downward slope
indicates the frequencies that passes through the filter. The area to
the right of the slope are those frequencies that are reduced. Move
the slope to the left and the sound gets duller. The “humps” at the top
indicates a resonance setting. Ok, enough science.
Envelope range
The Modulation Envelope is a three-stage envelope used
to modulate the tone color over the duration of a note,
e.g. create a bright attack by modulating the filter in the
start of the note. The Mod Envelope has three stages:
Filter
Filter Resonance
Attack
Attack sets the time it should take for the envelope to
reach maximum levelFilter
after
you have pressed a key. Turn
Frequency
the Attack knob clockwise to increase Attack time.
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Decay
When the attack phase is over, and the key is still held down, the envelope drops back to zero level. Use the Decay knob to set the time this
should take. If the Decay time is set to the maximum, the envelope will
remain on a sustained level until the key is released. Waveform
Square (no LED lit)
Use for abrupt modulation changes, suitable for trills, distinct tremolos, etc.
Sawtooth
Use for ramp type modulations.
Release
Triangle
Suitable for natural vibrato effects and also
used for classic pulse width modulation.
When the key is released, the envelope enters the release stage. The
release time is set with the release knob. S/H
Amp Envelope
The final stage of a synth signal chain usually consists
of an amplifier to control the volume. By modulating the
amplifier with an envelope, the sound is given its basic
“shape” over time. In fact, the “volume shape” is one of
the most important factors to how we identify the sound. By setting up a proper volume envelope you can make a
sound “soft”, “hard”, “plucked” “static” etc.
The Amp Envelope has the same three stages as the
Mod Envelope:
Description
Sample & Hold
Creates an smooth random modulation.
MST CLK
Press Shift and the LFO waveform button to sync the rate of the LFO
to the Stage 2’s Master clock. When the LFO is synchronized to the Master Clock, the Rate knob will
be used to set the arpeggio’s subdivison of the tempo of the Master
Clock. The Subdivisions are described in meter: ½ equals half notes
at the clock tempo, ¼ equals quarter notes, 1/8 are eight notes etc.. Read more about this feature on page 18.
Attack
The Attack knob is used to adjust how long it should take for the sound
to reach from zero to full amplitude after a key has been pressed. With
long Attack settings the sound will gradually “fade in”.
Decay
When the attack phase is over, the envelope drops back to zero level. Use the Decay knob to set the time this should take. If the Decay time
is set to the maximum, the envelope will remain on a sustained level
until the key is released.
Velocity
Amp Env Velocity
When the Amp Env Velocity LED is lit, the level of
the synth sound will be controlled by the velocity you use when you
play on the keyboard.
Mod Env Velocity
When the key is released, the envelope enters the release stage. The
release time is set with the release knob.
When the Mod Env Velocity LED is lit, you will control the amplitude of
the Modulation Envelope, by the velocity you use when you play on
the keyboard. Play harder and the Mod Env will affect the parameter(s)
more.
The LFO
Voices section
The LFO is a Low Frequency Oscillator, producing
waveforms with the following characteristics:
In this section, you set various voice
modes for the synthesizer. You can
choose between monophonic and poly* between
phonic playing, and control glide
*
notes. You will also find the powerful
Unison mode.
Release
•The LFO is capable of producing waveforms with
a very low frequency. •LFOs are not used for generating audible frequencies. Instead the output from the LFO is used for
modulating, that is controlling, other functions,
like for example the Shape parameter on the Stage 2 oscillator or the
filter frequency.
The rate of the LFO is set with the Rate knob. The range is from 0.03
to 523 Hz.
The Waveform Selector button determines the waveform that is generated by the LFO.
Voice Mode Mono
In Mono mode you can only play one note at a time, just like on a traditional monophonic synthesizer. If you play one key and then a second
key without releasing the first key, the last note will sound. If you now
release the last key, the first one will be re-triggered and start sounding again. If you play a new* key
before
the previously
played
Note
thatreleasing
the Modulation
always
starts at maxim
key (legato), the new note *will
replace
one at always
the current
Note
thatthe
theprevious
Modulation
starts at maximu
Envelope stage of the previously pressed key. The new note will not
re-trigger the envelopes.
MM
If you use samples and mono, the envelopes will be re-triggered
even if you play legato .
To activate Mono mode, press the selector button until the Mono LED
lights up. Chapter 8 Synth
Voice Mode Legato
Storing Synth Sounds
In Legato mode you can only play one note at a time, just as if the
Mono mode is active. To store a Synth Sound, press Shift and the Store Synth button in the
Vibrato section. The waveform display starts blinking. You can now use
the waveform selector dial to navigate to a memory location where you
would like to store your sound.
If Legato is tuned on, glide is active only when you play legato. You
have to press a new key before you release the previous key to get the
Glide.
If you release the last played key before playing a new key (non-legato),
the new note’s Envelopes will be re-triggered.
Glide
When the Glide knob is set to anything other than zero, glide is activated, the Glide function makes the pitch “glide” from one note to the
next when playing (this is sometimes called portamento). It operates
in legato and mono mode only. The glide characteristics can be described as “constant rate”, which means that the greater the “distance”
between two subsequent notes, the longer the glide time. Turn the
Glide knob clockwise to increase the glide rate.
Unison
The Stage 2 synthesizer oscillator has a couple of “hidden” oscillators. The number of extra oscillators varies
with the algorithms, but is usually between two and four. When you activate Unison, these slightly de-tuned voices
are gradually added to the basic sound for those fat,
classic synthesizer sounds. Note that using Unison does not reduce
the polyphony!
You adjust the number of extra oscillators and the de-tune amount
among the voices by pressing the unison selector:
A setting of 1, 2 or 3 equals a classic dual oscillator de-tuning effect
with an increasing amount of de-tune between the oscillators.
A setting of Multi 1, 2 and 3 introduces a thicker multi-voice de-tuning,
which can create very powerful sounds.
Vibrato
Vibrato modulates the pitch of the oscillator to produce
natural vibrato effects. There are three basic methods you can use to control
Synth Vibrato which is set using the Selector button in the
Vibrato section:
If aftertouch (A.T) is selected you can control the vibrato by pressing
down held notes on the keyboard. If DLY1, 2 or 3 is selected, the vibrato will influence the synth pitch with
an increasing delay in doing so, when a note is played. The amount of
the vibrato if it is delayed, is set in the Sound Menu. Read more about
this on page 42.
When WHL is selected, you control the vibrato amount with the Mod
Wheel.
To name a Synth Sound you can use the Page buttons to move the
cursor and the Value Dial to select character just as for Programs, read
more about this on page 16.
To confirm your intentions to store the sound, press the Store Synth
button again.
MM
Press Shift to cancel an ongoing Store operation.
Arpeggiator
If you play a chord and hold the
keys, the notes in the chord will
be played back repeatedly by the
arpeggiator, one after the other. The
parameters govern direction, range
and speed. The arpeggiator can be used with Up, Down, Up/Down or
Random directions in several octave ranges. The tempo of the arpeggiated notes is set by the Rate control or by synchronizing the arpeggio
to the Master Clock of the Nord Stage 2.
Press the Hold button if you want the arpeggio to continue even if you
lift your fingers from the keys.
The arpeggio is activated with the On button. The Arpeggio selector sets the direction. If no LED is lit, the arpeggio will play in the Up
fashion. The other directions are Down (DN), Up and Down (U/D) and
Random (RND).
Press Shift and the arpeggio selector to set the octave range. When no
LED is lit, the range is one octave. Press Shift and the selector to reach
the settings for 2, 3, and 4 octaves.
The Rate knob sets the rate which will be displayed as quarter note
beats per minute (BPM) in the LCD. If the rate is set really high, the display will indicate this as eight- or sixteen notes of a halved or quartered
tempo. An example of this would be 84:8 which is equivalent to 168
BPM.
Press Shift and the Arpeggio On button to sync the arpeggio with Nord
Stage 2 Master Clock. When the Arpeggio is synchronized to the Master Clock, the Rate knob will be used to set the arpeggio’s subdivision
of the tempo of the Master Clock. The Subdivisions are described in
meter: ½ equals half notes at the clock tempo, ¼ equals quarter notes,
1/8 are eight notes etc.. A “T” indicates a meter with triplet feel. Read more on Master Clock and how the set the tempo on page 18.
Sound Init
To start with a “clean slate” when programming sounds you can use
the Sound Init function. This will initialize the synthesizer to a basic
default setting. This is done by holding Shift and pressing the Arpeggio
Hold button.
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9
Effects
Overview
The Slot effects
The effects available in the Nord Stage 2 can be divided into three main
categories:
Activating Slot effects
Slot Effects - these can affect one instrument (per Slot) at a time. The
Slot effects are located in the main Effects section and in the AmpSim/
EQ section. All Slot effects have separate engines and settings for Slot
A and B, you have two sets of Slot effects available for each Program. These effects can be synchronized to the Master Clock which can
produce some very creative sounds.
To enable a Slot effect, press the ON/OFF button
at the bottom of the corresponding effect section. The LEDs above the button will indicate which
instrument the effect is assigned to. Hold down
Shift and press the Source button to change the
instrument assignment.
Global Effects - these affect all instruments routed to the main outputs CH1 & CH2. The global effects are the Compressor and Reverb
on the far right of the front panel.
You can also step through the instrument assignments by doubleclicking the Source button. This is convenient when you only have one
hand free and cannot reach the Shift button.
The Rotary Speaker works in a slightly differently way compared to
the Slot effects. Read more about the Rotary on page 39.
Making settings for Slot effects
About mono/stereo and effect routing
Some of the effects are mono in/mono out, some are stereo in/stereo
out and others are mono in/stereo out. The channel configuration is
stated in the related text for each individual effect. Whenever this applies it will also be explained in the corresponding effect description.
Use the Rate/Tempo and Amount knobs in the main “Effects” section
(Effect 1/Effect 2/Delay) to make settings for the individual effects. The
parameters these two knobs controls depend on the selected effect
- these are described for the corresponding effects below. The Rate/
Tempo and Amount knobs can also be Morph controlled - see page 19.
Chapter 9 Effects
The Focus button
If you have more than
one effect activated in
the Effects section (e.g. Effect 1 and Effect 2),
the Focus button is used
to select which effect’s
settings (Rate/Tempo and Amount) you currently “see” and can edit. Pressing the Focus button will alternate focus between the currently
activated effects. The LED beside the corresponding Effect 1/Effect 2/
Delay section is lit to indicate the effect in focus.
2 Set the Rate/Tempo knob to zero. Place the instrument anywhere
in the stereo panorama with the Amount knob, just like a pan
control on a mixer.
Trem (Tremolo)
Tremolo is a volume modulation that continuously varies the volume
of the output signal. Tremolo is commonly used, especially for electric
pianos. The Tremolo effect is stereo in/stereo out.
The Rate/Tempo and Amount knobs to controls the Tremolo rate
and depth. Note that the output volume is at maximum level at zero
Amount setting.
Mst Clk
Hold Shift and press the Focus button when an appropriate effect is
selected, to synchronize the effect to the Master Clock. This changes
the behavior of the Rate/Tempo knob, from the normal setting of a rate
to setting a subdivision of the Master Clock’s tempo instead.
The subdivisions are not identical for the different synchronize-able
features. The delay have some meters that can create a nice “swing” or
triplet feel, like for example 1/4S (swing), 1/4T (triplet feel), 1/4D (dotted
notes). The LFO and Effects 1 and 2 have a few “slow” subdivisions
(4/1, 2/1 etc.) to make sweeps that stretches across entire bars if
needed. Effect type selection when an Effect is off
RM (Ring modulation)
Ring Modulation is a type of modulation where two signals are multiplied with each other. The result is an in-harmonic “bell like” sound. In
the Nord Stage 2 the instrument signal is multiplied with an additional
sine wave.
You set the pitch of the sine wave with the Rate/Tempo knob and the
amount of ring modulation with the Amount knob. This effect is mono
in/mono out.
Wa-Wa
When an effect is off, you can still check which effect type is selected
by pressing the corresponding Effect Selector button once. The
Selector LED will briefly show the current effect type. If you press the
Selector button repeatedly, you change the Effect type without turning
on the effect. In this way, you can make sure that the right effect type is
selected before it is turned on.
The Wah-Wah modulation is often used for instruments to get a
characteristic sound, also known as the “Quack”. Wah-Wah can be
extremely useful on electric piano. Try out the Clavinet sound with WahWah modulation and you’ll understand. The Wah-Wah modulation is
a lowpass type of filter that can be swept across the frequency range. During the sweep, the filter’s characteristics also changes. The Wah
effect is mono in/mono out.
This feature is available for Effects 1 & 2, the Amp simulation model
and the Reverb.
You control the “pedal position” of the Wah with the Rate/Tempo knob
and the wet/dry mix with the Amount knob. You can also adjust the effect settings even if the actual effect is turned
off. The values of the parameters will be shown in the display.
An expression pedal connected to the Control Pedal Input can be used
to control the filter sweep by Morphing the Rate. This allows you to
control the Wah-Wah effect with the pedal, using the Morph function see page 19.
Effect 1
A-Wha 1 & 2 (Auto-Wah)
The Effect 1 section offers six different types of
modulation effects. Use the Selector button to switch
between the available modulation effects. The following
effects are available:
A-Pan (Auto Pan)
The A-Pan is an automatic panning modulation that
smoothly pans the signal between the Left and Right
outputs in the stereo panorama.
The rate and the amount of panning are controlled with the Rate/Tempo and Amount knobs. The Pan effect is stereo in/stereo out.
Static Pan control of an Instrument
Manual control of over the panning of an instrument can be achieved
with the A-Pan effect:
1 Enable Effect 1 for the instrument you want to pan, and select the
A-Pan effect type.
Auto-Wah 1-2 are variations of the Wah-Wah effect described above. The A-Wha uses the signal’s amplitude (envelope follower) to control
the filter sweep range, making the effect “velocity sensitive”. The range
of the Auto-Wah 1 is controlled with the Rate/Tempo knob and the
wet/dry mix with the Amount knob.
A-Wha 2 works in the same way, but produces a different character. The A-Wah effects are mono in/mono out.
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Tap Tempo
Effect 2
The Effect 2 section offers six types of vintage style
effects to add that special flavour to your sounds.
Phaser 1 & 2
You can use Tap Tempo to set a delay time matching the tempo of
a song. Simply tap the Tap Tempo button in the tempo you wish the
delay to sync to a number of times, and the delay time will be adjusted
automatically. As long as the Tap Tempo LED is lit, the tempo is calculated - wait until
it goes dark to tap in another tempo. Tapping will never result in a pitch
change of current repeats.
The digital models of the phasers in the Stage 2 are
inspired by models like the Bi Phase, a classic unit
that is heard all over some of the 70s most epic music, and the fierce Small Stone unit. The phaser effect produces a characteristic “sweep”
effect commonly used with electric piano sounds. The rate of the
phase shift is controlled with the Rate/Tempo knob and the phase shift
amount with the Amount knob. This effect is mono in/mono out.
Flanger
The flanger produces a dramatic comb filter effect. The flanging rate is
set with the Rate/Tempo knob and the amount with the Amount knob. The Flanger effect is mono in/mono out.
Vibe
The Vibe effect is an effect that draws its inspiration from a desirable
foot pedal. The effect is created through a digital model of a staggered
series of phasing filters, unlike the usually aligned filters of a normal
phasing effect. The Vibe effect is mono in/mono out.
Chorus 1 & 2
The Chorus effect simulates having several slightly de-tuned copies of
the audio signal mixed with each other. The de-tuning of the copies is
set with the Rate/Tempo knob and the amount with the Amount knob. This effect is stereo in/stereo out.
Amp Sim/Equalizer
This effect combines a three-band equalizer
with a sophisticated amplifier and speaker
cabinet simulation. No real amplifier or
speaker is perfect, or behaves the same. They all differ in their frequency response,
and respond differently to e.g. transients, high
gain and load. This characteristic response
and sound character of various amplifiers and
speaker cabinets is often a desired effect that
gives an organic quality to a too clean and
perfect sound.
The special behavior of an amplifier/speaker
combination when pushed to its limit, “overdrive”, has been exploited by musicians for
decades. The Ampsim models faithfully reproduces the overdrive response of different amplifier/cabinet combinations, giving you that authentic sound.
When no Amp Model is selected, the Ampsim/EQ section provides a
neutral EQ and overdrive.
The Amp sim’s and distortion when the drive is tuned up, are mono in/
mono out. If you just use the EQ, you will get a stereo-stereo configuration.
Amp model
Delay
The Delay effect produces echo/repeat effects. The
Delay time is set with the Rate/Tempo knob (20 - 750
ms). The delay time and corresponding tempo and
rhythmic subdivision will be shown briefly in the display
when the Rate/Tempo knob is turned. The Amount
knob adjusts the balance between the dry signal and
the delay repeats.
The Feedback knob controls the number of delay
repeats. The Delay is stereo in/stereo out.
There are two different delay modes, the “analog”
mode and the “normal/digital” mode. The analog mode will change
the pitch on any sounding repeats if you adjust the Rate/Tempo knob,
something that the normal mode does not do. This is a user selectable
option, and is set in the Sound menu - see page 43.
Ping Pong
Hold Shift and press the tap tempo button to activate the Ping Pong
mode. This will make the delay repeats alternate between the left and
right channels. If short delay times are used, these repeats will be
“asymmetrical” and produce delays that are more like early reflections
in reverb units.
The three different amplifier/speaker simulations are selected with the
Selector button in the Amp Model section:
Amp Model
Description
JC
A simulation of a Roland Jazz Chorus
speaker cabinet, powered by a tube amp.
Small
A simulation of a Wurlitzer 200A internal
speaker, powered by a tube amp.
Twin
A simulation of a Fender Twin tube amplifier and speaker cabinet.
Drive
The Drive knob controls the amount of overdrive for the Amp sim section. If the Drive LED is on, it indicates that overdrive is active.
EQ section
This is a 3-band equalizer which features bass, sweep-able midrange
and treble controls. The bass frequency is 100 Hz, the treble frequency
is 4 kHz and the mid range frequency can be set between 200 Hz to 8
kHz. The boost/cut range is +/- 15 dB. Chapter 9 Effects
•The rotor acceleration rate, the time it takes to go from slow to fast
and vice versa, can be adjusted on the Sound menu, read more on
page 43.
•The Rotary speed can be continuously controlled with a Morph
source. This makes it possible to set the rotary at speeds other than
just fast, slow and stopped.
The Drive knob controls the amount of overdrive. This simulates the
pre-amplifier overdrive of the original rotary speakers.
Global Effects
If activated, the Compressor and Reverb effects will
process all signals routed to the CH 1/CH 2 and
headphone outputs, but do not affect any signals
routed to the CH 3/CH 4 outputs. Both these effects are stereo in/stereo out.
Compressor
A sustain pedal or a foot switch that is connected to the Rotor Speed
pedal input can control the rotor speed, read more on page 65.
About the Rotary effect’s signal routing
The Rotary effect is placed after the panel effects in Nord Stage 2’s
signal path. It also sums audio signals if both Slot A and B are active. This means that if you are using a split organ setup for example, both
“manuals” will be affected by the Rotary effect (just like on the real
thing).
The Compressor will even out the dynamics of what
you play, making low level sounds louder and high
level sounds more quiet. This produces a tight,
punchy sound and makes the overall level easier
to control in a live mix situation. The Compressor
is activated with the On button. The Amount knob
controls the amount of compression applied.
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Reverb
Rotary parameter
The Reverb section simulates the natural sound reflections in various
acoustic environments. There are six reverb types with various lengths
and densities, indicated by the LEDs in the selector. There is a parameter in the Sound Menu that sets the acceleration and
deceleration rate of the rotary speakers. Read more about on this on
page 43.
The Hall reverbs have the response and character of a spacious hall,
with a fairly long decay. The Stage reverbs have a medium decay time
and the Rooms are more of an ambience with a rather short decay
time.
The “reverb 1” is a more mellow version, while the “2” is brighter.
The Dry/Wet knob sets the balance between the unprocessed and the
processed signal.
Rotary Speaker
The Rotary Speaker in Nord Stage 2 accurately
reproduces the sound of the rotating horn and bass
rotor, as well as the characteristics of the built-in
amplifier of the original rotary units. The Rotary effect is mono in/Stereo out.
•The Rotary effect is activated or de-activated for
a selected instrument in the same way as the Slot
Effects, by pressing the Source button.
•You switch between fast and slow rotor speeds
by pressing the Slow/Stop button.
•To stop the rotors, press the Stop Mode button to
activate the Stop Mode and then the Slow/Stop
button (this does not deactivate the Rotary Speaker - it only stops
the rotors). When you press the Slow/Stop button again the rotors
will accelerate to the Fast speed setting. This functionality mimics the
behavior of an early, one speed rotary speaker. The Rotary Drive parameter is dependent on the processed
instrument’s Level setting. If the instrument being processed by
the Rotary is set to a very low level, the amount of available drive
will be significantly reduced. Again, this is very much like it works
with the “real articles” - when you increase the organ level, e.g.
by using a swell pedal, the amount of distortion from the Rotary
effect increases.
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Extern Section
Extern section
Control of external MIDI instruments is an
integrated feature of the Nord Stage 2. You
have all the essential external MIDI control
functions as accessible and easy to use as
the functions and parameters for the built-in
instruments. That’s what you get in the
Extern section.
The Extern behaves like the internal instruments in most cases. It is enabled and
assigned to a keyboard zone in the same
way. It has a multi-purpose Parameter knob,
which is used to send MIDI Volume, Program
Change and Continuous Controller messages. Press the Parameter Select button to
select the Parameter to transmit. Detailed settings for MIDI Channel, program
Change and Continuous Controllers, among
other things, are accessed through the Extern Menu (read more about this on page 45). These settings can be part of the Programs,
this makes it possible for the Stage 2 to send
MIDI messages to your external units when
you change Programs.
Using the Extern section
Activating
Activate the Extern section in order to have Extern transmitting MIDI
from Nord Stage 2. This is done by pressing the On button under the
Parameter rotary encoder, in the same fashion as you activate the
Stage 2 instruments.
Keyboard Zones
There are two Extern sections, one for each Slot A and B. Use the
keyboard zones to create splits and layers just like for the internal instruments. If the Extern section is assigned to only play in the LO Zone,
the external instrument will only respond to notes played in this zone.
In addition to the usual keyboard zones, there is an extra option
that doesn’t assign the Extern section to the internal keyboard at all. However, all other External features are still active, such as the Pitch
Stick and the Parameter knob. This is useful when you want to control
external equipment with no need for MIDI keyboard messages. Hold
Shift and press the Extern On button. Note how the Zone LEDs are off
but the parameter LEDs lit up. See the section about splits on page 20 for information on how to set up
and use keyboard zones.
Setting up
Octave Shift
1 Connect a MIDI cable from Nord Stage 2’s MIDI Out to the MIDI In
The Octave Shift buttons in the Extern section work exactly as for the
internal instruments. The shift range depends on the total note range of
the external instrument, and the range of the keyboard zone(s) that the
external instrument is currently assigned to.
on the external device.
2 Hold Shift and press the Extern button to access the Extern
menu.
3 Use The Page buttons to access the “Extern MIDI A/B Channel”
page.
4 Use the Value Dial to select the transmitting MIDI channel (1-16)
you would like to use. Use the Slot A and B buttons to access the
channel setting for each slot. Press the Exit (Shift) button to exit
the menu.
5 Set the external instrument to receive on the same MIDI channel.
Activating Pitch Stick/Sustain Pedal messages
Hold Shift and press one of the Pstick or Sustped buttons to set up
whether Nord Stage 2 should send pitch bend and/or sustain pedal
messages via the Extern MIDI channel. The LEDs indicates if these
functions are activated.
Extern Parameters
The Parameter section comprises the three buttons in the Parameter
Select section and the Parameter rotary encoder at the top. Simply put,
you select a parameter and vary the value of the selected parameter
with the Parameter encoder. The Parameter encoder can also be Morph controlled - read more
on page 18. This allows you to change MIDI parameters during a
performance.
Chapter 10 Extern Section
MIDI CC
This feature makes it possible to transmit MIDI Control Change messages to control a parameter of your choice on the external instrument. First you have to decide which Controller number the Parameter
encoder should transmit, this is done in the Extern Menu:
1 Hold Shift and press the Extern button to access the Extern
menu. 2 Use the Page buttons to select the “Extern MIDI CC Number”
menu page.
The following parameters can be set using the Parameter Select buttons:
3 Use the Value Dial to select a MIDI CC Number (0-119). You may
Volume
4 Press the Exit (Shift) button to exit. If Volume is activated, the Parameter encoder will send MIDI Volume
CC7 messages (0-127). This allows you to control the level of the
external device. The external instrument may have to be set to receive
MIDI CC messages for this to work as expected. Activate the MIDI CC button in the Parameter Select section, to control
the selected external parameter using the Extern’s Parameter encoder. The external instrument may have to be set to receive MIDI CC messages for this to work as expected.
Prog Change
Send On Load
The Prog Change option allows the Parameter encoder to send Program Change messages (0-127), allowing you to select programs in
the external instrument. This function behaves slightly differently than
the other parameters. The Parameter encoder will in this mode send a
program Change message for each individual rotary encoder LED. To
access all 127 messages, simply continue to turn the encoder multiple
times - it will continue to send messages across the whole range. The external instrument may have to be set to receive MIDI program
Change messages for this to work as expected.
If the Send On Load feature is activated in the Extern Menu, Program
Change, Volume and MIDI CC messages are transmitted via MIDI when
you load a program in Nord Stage 2. If you do not want these actions
to occur, make sure “Send On Load” is set to “Off” on the Extern
menu.
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select a Bank, Page and Program. If this occurs on the same
MIDI channel, it can lead to unwanted results on the external
units. Make sure that the Slot A and Slot B MIDI channels are not
the same as the Extern MIDI channel. The specific setting for the
“internal” Stage 2 Program Change in the MIDI Menu can also be
turned off.
If the external instrument organizes programs in Banks, there is an option to send Bank Change messages on the Extern Menu page, - see
page 45.
want to check the manual for the external instrument to see which
parameters are assigned to which CC numbers. Extern Section and MIDI re-routing
When an external device transmits MIDI notes to the Stage 2 and the
Extern section is activated on the Stage 2, those incoming MIDI notes
can be re-routed to the MIDI Output of the Stage 2, on the MIDI channel that is set for the Extern section. This allows you to control one external device from another external
device. The incoming notes must be on the same MIDI channels as set
in the Stage 2 for the Dual Kb, the Slot A or Slot B MIDI channel setting
or the Global MIDI channel setting. The Extern menu setting Soft Thru must in these cases be set to
“On”.
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Menus
Any settings that you change in the System, Sound, MIDI or Extern menus will take immediate effect on a global basis, and the settings will be
stored until you change them the next time. Enter the menus by holding Shift and pressing the System, Sound, MIDI or Extern button (Program buttons 1 to 4). Select a function with the Page 3 and 4 buttons and change the setting with the Value Dial. Exit the menus by pressing the Shift/Exit
button.
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There is one menu setting that doesn’t get automatically stored when you power off the Stage 2, the MIDI Local On/Off setting. This always
reverts to Local On every time the Nord Stage 2 is powered up.
System Menu
Hold Shift and press Program 1/System to access the System menu
settings. Use the Page 3 and 4 buttons to navigate between the various menu items on the System menu. The Value Dial is used to change
settings, the Slot buttons to switch between A and B where applicable. When you are done, press Exit (Shift) to exit the menu.
Synth Audio A/B Output
This allows you to set which channel output pairs (or mono output) to
use for the Synth A and B section. Use the Slot A & B buttons to access the settings for each Slot. If the Output Routing (see above) is set
to “Program”, these settings will be saved with the program. Range: “1 & 2” (Default), ”3 & 4”, ”3” ,”4”
Organ Keyboard Trig Point
Global Transpose
This setting allows you to transpose the entire Nord Stage 2 in semitone steps. Any setting you make here will be added to the panel transpose that may be saved with the programs.
Range: +/- 6 semitones (default value is “0”)
Fine Tune
Fine Tune can be used to fine tune the pitch of the Stage 2 in finer
increments.
Range: +/- 50 Cents (+/- half a semitone). Default value is “0”
Output Routing
The output routing of the instruments in the Nord Stage 2 can be
determined in two different ways, globally, or independently for each
program. In Program mode, the output selections will be stored in
individual programs. When “Global” is selected, the output routings will
be the same for all programs, overriding the routings stored with each
program.
Range: Global (Default), Program
Organ Audio A/B Output
This allows you to set which channel output pairs (or mono output) to
use for the Organ section. If the Output Routing (see above) is set to
“Program”, these settings will be saved with the program.
Range: “1 & 2” (Default), ”3 & 4”, ”3” ,”4”
Piano Audio A/B Output
This allows you to set which channel output pairs (or mono output) to
use for the Piano A and B sections. Use the Slot A & B buttons to access the settings for each Slot. If the Output Routing (see above) is set
to “Program”, these settings will be saved with the program.
Range: “1 & 2” (Default), ”3 & 4”, ”3” ,”4”
This allows you to change how the Nord Stage 2 keyboard triggers
Organ sounds. When “High” is selected, you will trigger organ sounds
before the key is fully depressed. This mode closely mimics the way a
original tonewheel organ works.
Range: High, Low (Default)
Sustain Pedal Type
This allows you to select the type of a connected sustain pedal, in case
the functionality of the pedal is reversed (when the pedal is up, sustain
is on and vice versa). The Auto setting can automatically determine the
pedal type.
Range: Open, Closed, Triple (Nord Triple Pedal), Auto (Default)
Sustain Pedal Func
If you have only one pedal connected at the Sustain Pedal input and
you want to use it as both a Sustain Pedal and a Rotor Speed Pedal,
this setting provides you with three alternatives - Sustain only, Sustain
and Rotor Hold (fast rotor speed only when the pedal is down) and
Sustain and Rotor Toogle (toggles between fast and slow each time the
pedal is used). Range: Sustain (Default), Sus+RotrHld, Sus+RotrTgl
Rotor/Latch Pedal Type
This allows you to change the type/polarity of a switch pedal connected to control Rotor/Latch input, in case the functionality of a connected
pedal is reversed. The Auto setting can automatically determine the
pedal type.
Range: Open, Closed, Auto (Default)
Rotor/Latch Pedal Func
This allows you to change the functionality of a switch pedal connected
to the Rotor/Latch input on the Stage 2. Such a pedal can be used to
control the rotor speed or act as a latch/sostenuto pedal. Rotor Hold
means that the Rotor Speed is fast for as long as the pedal is down
Chapter 11 Menus
and reverts back to slow when the pedal is released. Rotor Toggle
means that the fast/slow rotor speed is switched with each pedal
depression, like an on/off switch pedal. Range: Latch, Rotor Hold (default), Rotor Toggle
Ctrl Pedal Type
The Stage 2 accepts many of the most commonly available control
pedals the Ctrl Pedal input. Select a setting here that matches the
pedal that you use.
If you operate a connected pedal while this option is active, a
percentage will be displayed from 0 to 100 to indicate the range
of the connected pedal. This can be used to find a suitable setting
for a pedal this isn’t directly supported.
Range: Roland EV-5, (default) , Roland EV-7, Yamaha FC-7, Korg
(EXP-2 & XVP-10), Fatar (& Studiologic VP/25)
Sound Menu
Hold Shift and press Program 2/Sound to access the Sound menu
settings. Use the Page 3 and 4 buttons to navigate between the various menu items on the Sound menu. The Value Dial is used to change
settings. When you are done, press Exit (Shift) to exit the menu.
Organ Key Click Level B3
This sets the level of the Key Click for the B3 organ model.
Range: Low, Normal (default) High
Organ Tonewheel Mode
Sets the level of tonewheel crosstalk and cable leakage artifacts of the
B3 organ model.
Range: Clean, Vintage1 (default), Vintage2
Control Pedal Gain
This setting allows you to add some gain to the output of the pedal. This can be used if an attached pedal does not reach the maximum
level or setting.
Range: 1 - 10
Piano Pedal Noise Level
Sets the level of the Pedal Noise that can be turned on for selected
pianos, if a Nord Triple Pedal is connected to the Stage 2.
Range: +/- 6 dB (0 dB default)
Control Pedal Func
Piano String Res Level
This setting determines the functionality of a pedal that is attached to
the Control Pedal input. The three settings are: Ctrl (use this to use
the pedal with the Morph functionality), Ctrl + Swell (combines Morph
control and Organ Swell) and Ctrl + Volume (combines Morph control
and the main volume of the Stage 2).
Sets the level of the String Resonance feature that can be turned on for
selected pianos (acoustic Med, Lrg and XL sizes).
Range: Ctrl (Default), Ctrl + Swell, Ctrl + Volume
Range: +/- 6 dB (0 dB default)
Synth Vibrato Rate
This determines the rate of the Synth Vibrato.
Swell Pedal Type
This setting configure the Swell Pedal. See “Ctrl Pedal Type” above for
details.
Range: Roland EV-5, (default) , Roland EV-7, Yamaha FC-7, Korg
(EXP-2 & XVP-10), Fatar (& Studiologic VP/25)
Swell Pedal Gain
This setting allows you to add some gain to the output of the pedal. This can be used if an attached pedal does not reach the maximum
level or setting.
Range: 1 - 10
Range: 4.00 - 8.00 Hz (Default 6.00 Hz)
Synth Dly Vibrato Amount
This determines the amount of Synth Vibrato when any of the vibrato
delay modes are used.
Range: 0-50 cent (Default value is 25 cent)
FX Rotary Speaker Horn Speed
This determines the speed of the rotary speaker treble horn.
Range: Low, Normal (default) High
Swell Pedal Func
FX Rotary Speaker Horn Acc
This setting configure the Swell Pedal destination. Set this to Swell if
you want this pedal to act as a Swell pedal for the organ, or to Volume
if should control the volume of all the Stage 2 instruments.
This determines the acceleration and retardation time of the rotary
speaker treble horn.
Range: Low, Normal (default) High
Range: Swell (Default), Volume
FX Rotary Speaker Rotor Speed
Memory Protection
This is set to “On” when Nord Stage 2 leaves the factory, meaning that
you cannot save any changes to Programs or Synth Sounds. Set this
to Off if you wish to store your own Programs. Menu settings and the
five Live buffers are not protected by this setting.
Range: On (default), Off
This determines the speed of the rotary speaker woofer rotor.
Range: Low, Normal (default) High
FX Rotary Speaker Rotor Acc
This determines the acceleration and retardation time of the rotary
speaker woofer rotor.
Range: Low, Normal (default) High
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FX Delay Mode
MIDI Piano A/B Channel
This sets if the delay should change the pitch on sounding repeats in
the fashion of an analog delay, if the Rate/Tempo knob is adjusted, or
not. When set to Normal, the pitch does not change if the Rate/Tempo
is changed.
This sets the receiving MIDI channel for the Piano section A/B. If a
channel is selected here, you can assign the corresponding instrument
to no KB Zone at all, that is make it active but available only through
MIDI.
Range: Analog (Default), Normal
Range: MIDI 1-16, USB1-USB16, Off (Default off)
MIDI Synth A/B Channel
MIDI Menu
Hold Shift and press Program 3/MIDI to access the MIDI menu settings. Use the Page 3 and 4 buttons to navigate between the various
menu items on the MIDI menu. The Value Dial is used to change settings, the Slot buttons to switch between A and B where applicable. When you are done, press Exit (Shift) to exit the menu. An asterisk (*) will appear in the display to alert you that a selected
MIDI channel for a section is already being used by another section.
This sets the receiving MIDI channel for the Synth section A/B. If a
channel is selected here, you can assign the corresponding instrument
to no KB Zone at all, that is, make it active but available only through
MIDI.
Range: MIDI 1-16, USB1-USB16, Off (Default off)
MIDI Dual KB Channel
This sets the MIDI channel for receiving MIDI from an external keyboard
when using Dual KB mode - see page 15.
Range: MIDI 1-16, USB1-USB16 (Default MIDI 16)
MIDI Control Local
MIDI Local control determines if the Nord Stage 2 keyboard and front
panel controls should control internal instruments and programs or only
transmit MIDI. Local On is the normal “play mode”. In Local Off mode,
the front panel and keyboard actions are transmitted via MIDI only and
do not control the internal sound(s) directly.
Range: On (Default), Off
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Local always defaults back to Local On every time the Nord Stage
2 is powered on.
MIDI Global Channel
This sets the transmitting and receiving MIDI channel for the Global
Channel. The Global Channel transmits all keyboard, pedal and panel
actions as MIDI signals. It can also be used as a receiving channel with
full control of the entire Stage 2. Range: MIDI 1-16, USB1-USB16, Off (Default USB 1)
MIDI Slot A/B Channel
This sets the receiving MIDI channel for Slot A/B.
MIDI Ctrl Change Mode
This allows you to set if you want Nord Stage 2 to transmit and/or
receive MIDI Controller Messages or not on the Global channel.
Range: Off, Send, Receive, Send & Receive (Default)
MIDI Prog Change Mode
This allows you to determine whether you want Nord Stage 2 to
transmit and/or receive MIDI program Change Messages, or not on the
Global channel. MM
This applies to the “internal” Programs in the Stage 2, not the
program change messages that the Extern section can be set to
transmit.
Range: Off, Send, Receive, Send & Receive (Default)
Send MIDI Ctrl
You can perform a dump of all parameters as their MIDI Controllers for
the selected Slot. Hit Store to perform the transmission.
Range: Slot A, Slot B
Range: MIDI 1-16, USB1-USB16, Off (Default Off, Slot A and B)
MIDI Organ A/B Channel
This sets the receiving MIDI channel for the Organ section A/B. If a
channel is selected here, you can assign the corresponding instrument
to no KB Zone at all, that is make it active but available only through
MIDI.
Dump Program
This allows you to do a MIDI System Exclusive dump of the currently
selected Program or of all the 400 Programs of the internal memory. The Live buffers are not included. Press the Store button to start the
transmission.
Range: One, All
Range: MIDI 1-16, USB1-USB16, Off (Default off)
Dump Synth
This allows you to do a MIDI System Exclusive dump of the current
Synth settings in the focused Slot or of all the 300 synth sounds in the
Synth memory. Press the Store button to start the transmission.
Range: Slot A/B, All
Chapter 11 Menus
Extern Menu
Hold Shift and press Program 4/Extern to access the Extern menu,
where you can find settings and functions relating to the Extern section. Use the Page 3 and 4buttons to navigate between the various menu
items on the menu and use the Value Dial to change settings. When
you are done, press Exit (Shift) to exit the menu.
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Most items on the Extern menu have separate entries for Slot A
and B.
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Most settings from the Extern menu are saved with a Program.
The only exceptions are the “Extern MIDI A/B Channel” if Extern
MIDI Mode is set to Global, and the “Send on Load” function
which always is global.
Extern MIDI A/B CC Value
This will transmit values for the selected MIDI CC number.
Range: Off (Default), 1-127
Extern MIDI A/B Send Wheel
This setting toggles if the Stage 2’s Modulation Wheel should transmit
Mod Wheel MIDI data (CC 1) or not.
Range: Yes (Default), No
Extern MIDI A/B Send A.Touch
This setting toggles if the Stage 2’s After Touch should transmit Channel Touch MIDI data or not.
Range: Yes (Default), No
Extern MIDI Mode
The Extern MIDI Channel can be set in two different manners, either
globally, or independently for each program. When “Global” is selected,
the Extern MIDI A & B channels will be the same for all programs. If
program is selected, the Extern MIDI A & B channel setting will be
saved with each Stage 2 program.
Range: Global, Program (default)
Extern MIDI A/B Channel
This sets the Extern section’s transmitting MIDI channels.
Range: MIDI 1-16 (MIDI 14 default for Slot A, MIDI 15 is default for
Slot B), USB1 - USB16,
Extern MIDI A/B Volume
The Extern section can send MIDI Volume messages (0-127), allowing
you to control the level of an external device.
Range: Off (Default), 0-127
Extern MIDI A/B Prog Change
The Extern section can transmit MIDI program Change messages (0127), allowing you to change programs on external devices.
Range: Off (Default), 1-128
Extern MIDI A/B Bank Sel cc 00
This allows you to set a value for a MIDI Bank Select message on
Control Change address 00 (cc 00). Range: Off, 0-127
Extern MIDI A/B Send CtrlPed
This setting toggles if a control pedal connected to the Stage 2’s CTRL
Pedal input should transmit Expression MIDI data (CC 11) or not.
Range: Yes (Default), No
Extern MIDI A/B Send Swell
This setting toggles if a control pedal connected to the Stage 2’s Swell
Pedal input should transmit Foot Controller MIDI data (CC 4) or not.
Range: Yes (Default), No
Extern MIDI A/B Vel Curve
Use this setting to adjust the velocity response curves that applies to
the Extern section.
Range: Soft , Norm, Hard
Extern MIDI Send on Load
This setting toggles if any settings for the Program Change, Volume
or MIDI CC messages in the Extern section should be automatically
transmitted from the Stage 2 when a Program is selected, or not.
Range: Off (Default), On
Extern MIDI Soft Thru
Incoming MIDI that matches the Global or Slot A/B channels can be
re-routed on the Extern channel to the Stage 2’s MIDI OUT jack or the
USB interface, if the Extern section is active on the current Program. This setting determines if this re-routing should apply or not.
Range: Off (Default), On
Extern MIDI A/B Bank Sel cc 32
This allows you to set a value for a MIDI Bank Select message on
Control Change address 32 (cc 32).
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There are many different variations between instruments in how
Banks are numbered and accessed via MIDI. Please consult your
other unit’s manual.
Range: Off (Default), 0-127
Extern MIDI A/B CC Number
This decides which MIDI Controller number the Extern section should
be transmitted when MIDI CC is activated.
Range: MIDI CC 0-119 (Default is 2)
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Nord Sound Manager
The Nord Sound Manager is the application that allows you to organize the various memory areas, the partitions in the Nord Stage 2. It is also used
to download pianos or programs to the Nord Stage 2 or to upload any of these items - called sounds - from the Nord Stage 2 memory to the computer hard drive. The Nord Sound Manager provides access to various methods to download the sounds to the unit and a function to backup and
restore the entire Nord Stage 2 memory.
System requirements
The Nord Sound Manager is compatible with computers running Mac OSX 10.4 or later, Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows Vista. If you run the
Nord Sound Manager on a Windows computer, you also need a Clavia USB Driver of version 3.0 or later installed.
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Nord Stage 2 OS Updates, USB drivers and instructions on how to install these are available at the www.nordkeyboards.com website and on
the DVD that accompanies this unit.
Installation
Overview
USB Driver
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Mac OSX users may skip this section.
The USB driver can be installed automatically if the computer is connected to the internet when the Nord unit is connected to it. You can
then allow Windows to search for the driver. Here is how to make a
manual driver installation:
1 If you use a Windows computer (XP, Vista or W7), locate the Clavia USB Driver v3.x Setup on the DVD that accompanies the unit
and double click on this file.
2 Follow the instructions on the screen.
3 After the files have been installed, the driver will be activated when
you connect the Nord unit. Do this by connecting a USB cable
between the Nord instrument and your computer.
4 When the Nord unit is connected to the computer, the driver will
be automatically activated and a confirmation will appear in the
notification area in the Windows task bar.
Sound Manager
1 Windows users: Open the Nord Sound Manager folder on the
DVD, launch the “Nord Sound Manager v6.x Setup” and follow the
instructions. The Nord Sound Manager can be accessed from the
start menu when the installation procedure is finished.
2 Mac OSX users: Open the Nord Sound Manager folder on the
DVD, double-click on the “Nord Sound Manager 6.x.dmg” and
then drag the Nord Sound Manager application from the virtual
hard drive to your “Applications” folder.
EE The files mentioned for the driver and application installations can
also be downloaded from the www.nordkeyboards.com website.
Please visit our website from time to time to check for any Sound
Manager updates.
You can manage the contents of the Piano, the Sample. the Program and the Synth partitions. These are accessed from the tabs. If no Nord Stage 2 is connected to the computer, pages, icons and
memory locations will be grayed out.
EE The actions that take place in the Nord Sound Manager will affect
the memory in the Nord Stage 2. The Manager is on-line with
a connected Nord Stage 2 at all times; any changes that you
perform in the Manager will immediately be executed in the Nord
Stage 2. If you for example delete a piano or a Program from the
list in the Nord Sound Manager, that same sound will also be
deleted from the Nord Stage 2 Flash memory.
The Toolbar
The Toolbar gives you direct access to some of the more frequently
used functions in the Nord Sound Manager. Clicking on an icon will
activate one of these functions, and a dialogue will often appear asking
for confirmation or further instructions from you.
The Tabs
Select the partition that you wish to work in with the Tabs. The Piano
tab allows you to change the content of the piano partition, the Samp
LIb tab allows you to access the sample partition and the Program and
Synth tabs allows you to organize the programs and synth sounds. The
individual pianos, samples or programs will be referred to as “sounds”
in this manual and in the application itself.
Press Ctrl+Tab on the computer keyboard to cycle between the
tabs.
The lists can be ordered according to location, name, size, version and
date, in ascending and descending order. Just click on a headline to
select a preferred view.
Partition Memory Indicator
Chapter 12 Nord Sound Manager
Replace (Pianos & Samples)
This feature makes it possible to replace a piano or a sample in the unit
with another piano or sample from your hard drive. The process will
update all the programs that used the former piano/sample, to use the
new one after the replacement has been carried out. Relink (Programs)
Use the Relink feature if you want one or several selected programs to
use another piano or sample instead of the current sound. The sound
in question have to be present in the memory of the Nord unit. Relinking can also be used if a piano or sample is absent in the Nord unit, to
repair the programs that are missing a component.
Rename
This allows you to
rename, and assign a
category to a Program. Characters supported
are: a-z, A-Z, 0-9 and a
hyphen (-) and the name
can contain up to 16 characters. Any other characters will not be
displayed in the Sound Manager lists.
MM
Pianos or samples cannot be renamed, this option will not be
available if you right-click on any of these.
Delete
This will delete the selected sound(s) from the Nord Stage 2 memory.
File Formats
The memory indicator at the bottom of the window indicates how
much memory is being used in the selected partition. The dark area
shows the used memory, the bright indicates space that is available for
new sounds.
The Nord Sound Manager creates and/or uses files with the Nord
Stage 2, with the following extensions:
•.npno - These are the piano files from the Nord Piano Library. MM
The Nord Stage 2 is only compatible with piano files of version 5
or later.
Right-Clicking
•.nsmp - These are the sample files from the Nord Sample Library.
If you right-click on a sound, a context menu will provide the following
options:
•.ns2p - These are the Stage 2 Program files. Select in Instrument
This will select the chosen sound in the Manager list, to be instantly accessible on the Nord
Stage 2.
Upload
This will upload the selected sound from the
Nord Stage 2 to the computer hard drive to a
folder of your choice.
Upload To Bundle (Programs)
This will upload the selected program(s) and any piano and/or sample
that this program uses, to a Program Bundle file on the hard drive. Bundles are explained in greater detail on page 49. Download This is only available if you right-click on an
empty location that does not contain a sound. This allows you to choose a file on the hard
drive, to be downloaded to the location in the
Nord Stage 2.
•,ns2pb - The Stge 2 Program Bundle files.
•.ns2s - These are the Synth sounds.
•.ns2b - This is the extension used for the Nord Stage 2 backup files.
Just as any other computer file on your hard drive, these files may be
renamed, emailed, copied, moved, lost or even stored in a safe location if an evil computer crash suddenly decides to take your hard drive
for ride.
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1 Using the Toolbar or Menu command: Click on the Sound Down
The Quick Tour
Let’s get acquainted with some of the functions in the Nord Sound
Manager.
Transfer pianos to the Stage 2
When the Nord Stage 2 leaves the factory, the Piano partition is filled
with sounds. In order to be able to download additional pianos, you
may have to delete some of the factory pianos. If you ever want to
reload any deleted pianos, they are available on the DVD that was
included with the Nord Stage 2, or available as a download from the .
www.nordkeyboards.com web site, in the Libraries area.
Deleting a piano
icon in the toolbar. The same command is also available in the File
menu: Sound Download (Ctrl-D).
2 Browse to the folder on the hard drive where the desired sound is
located, select it and click Open. The sound will now be added to
its bank.
Replace
You can also use the Replace functionality. This action replaces a piano
in the Nord Stage 2 with one that you want use from the DVD or one
that you have downloaded from the www.nordkeyboards.com website. Replacing a piano with another will automatically update all the Programs that used the previous piano to use the new piano instead.
1 Open the Piano tab. The current content of the piano partition in
the Nord Stage 2 will be displayed.
2 Select a piano in the list that you wish to replace with a new one
and click the Replace icon in the toolbar.
3 Connect the Nord Stage 2 to the computer and launch the Nord
Sound Manager.
You can also right-click the sound and choose the Replace option
or use the Replace command in the Edit Menu.
4 The Piano tab will open and the current content of the piano partition in the Nord Stage 2 will be displayed.
5 Select a piano to delete and press the Delete icon in the toolbar.
You can also right-click on the sound and choose the Delete option or
use the backspace or delete keys on the computer keyboard.
6 You will be asked to confirm your intentions and then the piano in
the Nord Stage 2 will be deleted.
Download a new sound
The Replace dialog informs you about the action about to take place. Click Browse to locate a new sound on the computer hard drive. The
Bright Grand is chosen in the image below. 1 Using drag and drop: Open the folder on the computer hard drive
where the new sound is located.
2 Make sure that the Sound Manager window and the folder are
visible on the screen.
3 Drag the new sound to the white area in the Sound Manager list. When the destination location will turn gray, release the mouse
button.
4 The Clean Deleted Space process will start to prepare the
memory and then the new piano will be downloaded to the Nord
Stage 2. If there isn’t enough free space, a message will appear in
the lower left text area in the Nord Sound Manager.
If the Organize option is active in the View menu, you can drop
a sound on any free location in the bank. If this function is not
active, the new sound will be automatically placed at the first free
location in the bank. The various locations are selected using the
Model selector on the Nord Stage 2.
MM
The pianos are categorized and can only be added to the correct
bank; electric pianos can not be added to the grand bank, the
grand’s cannot be dropped in the clavinet bank etc.
3 Press Open and then confirm by clicking Replace.
The replacing action will begin by deleting the original piano, then
cleaning the memory, downloading the new piano and finally relinking
all the programs to use the new one instead.
If you use Replace to try a piano and then change your mind, just
replace the new one with the previous one to get back to where
you started from.
The Replace action can be done with samples as well.
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Files that are placed in the queue will be displayed in bold.
Relink
Relink is a powerful feature that makes it possible to change the piano
or sample (or both) that one or several programs use. Let’s imagine
that you have downloaded a new favorite grand piano and want to
change the programs that used your previous favorite grand, to the
new one instead. Instead of manually changing every program on the
unit, Relink can achieve this in the Manager. Let’s Relink a program, to change what sound(s) the program should
use.
1 Open the Program tab and right-click a program in the list. 2 Select the Relink Samp Lib option in the context menu. The menu
will expand to show the sample that is linked to this program. 4 If you wish to cancel an ongoing queue, you can either delete all
files that are queued or press the Cancel button. During the Clean
process the Cancel option is not available.
Files waiting in the queue can be deleted from the queue if you change
your mind. Right-click on the queued sound or use the Toolbar or
Menu Delete command. Files already in the unit can be moved or deleted during the processing of the queue.
Upload sounds from the Nord Stage 2
1 Select the desired partition that holds the sounds that you wish to
store on the computer hard drive.
2 Select the bank and the sound. Shift-click will allow you to select
several consecutive sounds; Ctrl-click will allow you to select
nonconsecutive sounds. Here we have selected a few of the
programs:
3 Select the sample and let go of the mouse button. This will open
the Relink dialog where you can choose the new sound that the
program should use instead. 3 Click on the Sound Up tool or right-click on the selected sound(s)
and select Upload. The dialogue will prompt you to browse to the
desired destination folder on the hard drive. The upload process
may take a few moments depending on the size of the sounds.
Program Bundles
4 Click Relink to relink the program to the new sound.
MM
You can only Relink programs to a sound that is already present in
the Nord Stage 2.
Download Queue
You can add several sounds, one by one, using the drop method, or
with the Toolbar or Menu commands. These sounds will be put in the
download queue. The memory will be cleaned if needed and the files
will be downloaded to the unit in the order they were added. 1 Select the desired partition that holds the type of sounds that you
wish to load.
2 Drag a sound from the computer hard drive to the white area in
the Sound Manager list.
3 Drag another sound to the white area in the Sound Manager list.
A Program Bundle contains one or several programs, and all the pianos
and samples that these programs use, in one file. Bundles are great to
store parts of the memory from your Nord Stage 2. If you select one
program and create a Bundle, the Bundle will be pretty small in size,
and the uploading process will be reasonably quick, compared to a
complete Backup procedure.
You can also create another Bundle with all the programs you need for
a specific performance, and when you need those programs again, the
Bundle functionality will restore them and their sound files to your Nord
unit.
Not all Nord units are compatible with the Bundle feature. Look at the
Sound Manager page on the Nord website for further details.
MM
Pianos and samples that are used by several programs will not be
duplicated in a Bundle, nor will they be downloaded back to the
instrument if they already are in place in the instrument.
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After the Manager has verified the files in the Bundle, the Program
Bundle Download dialog will appear. Upload a Program Bundle
1 Open the Program Tab and select one, or several programs. Use
Ctrl-click to make non-consecutive selections like this one:
Click on Show Details if you want to see what programs, pianos
and samples are in the Bundle.
2 Click on the Bundle Up icon in the Toolbar. The Program Bundle Upload dialog gives you two choices:
There are two options when you download a Bundle. Selection will create a Program Bundle with the selection of programs
you made in the Sound Manager program list and the pianos and/or
samples that these programs use. Bank makes a Bundle of an entire Bank that you select with the
drop-down. This action will probably take a bit longer and the resulting
Bundle will be a bigger file since there may be many more pianos and
samples in this type of Bundle. 3 Choose the Selection option and click on Upload. In the following
dialog, give the Bundle a meaningful name and find a location on
the computer hard drive. Downloading a Bundle
Here comes the really great part about Bundles. When you download
a Bundle to the instrument, any pianos and samples that the programs
in the Bundle depend on, are downloaded. They will be placed at the
next available location in the piano and/or Samp Lib partition. MM
Pianos and samples are not duplicated if these files are already in
the instrument. The Bundle programs will use the new or existing
locations of the pianos and samples, when they are downloaded
to the free locations in the program partition.
1 Make sure the Program Tab is open.
2 Press the Bundle Down icon in the Toolbar. You can also use the
Bundle Download command from the File menu (Ctrl+Shift+D). 3 Navigate to the Bundle file that you wish to download and click
Open.
Add to bank will download the program files and add them to the
program bank that you choose in the drop-down menu. The programs
will be placed at the first available locations.
MM
If the programs in the Bundle will not fit in the Bank, the process
will not be performed and you will see a dialog. Delete or move
some programs from that Bank and try again.
Replace contents in a bank will simply delete all programs in the
Bank you choose and download the programs in the Bundle to this
bank instead. The programs will be placed at the same locations as
they had when the bundle was created.
If a bundle will not fit in a bank, this will be presented in the dialog like
in this example where more free locations are needed in the program
bank:
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Organize the program partition
Restore
By using drag and drop, you can organize the content of the Program
partition with its 400 programs.
When you want to restore the entire content of the Nord Stage 2, click
on the Restore icon in the Toolbar and select a backup file that you
have made. You can also drag the backup file from the computer and
drop it to the Manager window. 1 Make sure that Organize is turned on in the View menu.
2 Select and drag a program from the destination location to the
desired location. The Confirm Restore dialog will appear that requires your confirmation. You can look at the content of the file if you click on “Show Details”. If you drop a sound on a free location, the sound will be moved from
the source location. If you drop on a location that is occupied, the two
sounds will trade places.
3 Select a program and press the Ctrl-key on the computer keyboard. If you now drag this selection, the Program will be copied
and pasted at the destination instead of just being moved. Search Box
1 By entering one or several characters in the Search Box, you can
filter out the content that is presented in the lists.
This provides you with a quick way to find duplicate programs, etc.. Auto Select
By clicking on the Auto Select icon in the toolbar, you toggle the Auto
Select function on or off. When Auto Select is turned on and you scroll through the Pianos or
Program lists using the computer keyboard arrow keys, the sounds will
automatically be selected in the Nord Stage 2.
Double-clicking on a Piano or Program in the Manager list will also
select it in the Nord Stage 2.
Backup
1 Click on the Backup icon to make a backup file that contains all
the content in your Nord Stage 2. The Nord instruments are built
to the highest standards of reliability but doing regular backups
is always a good thing.
2 Give the backup file a meaningful name and find a suitable location on your hard drive.
If you choose a backup file that already exists, only the changes
that have occurred in the instrument will be added to that previous
file.
There is a Factory Backup file on the Nord DVD that was delivered in
the box with the instrument, that can be used to restore the unit to the
content it was shipped with. This file can also be downloaded from the
www.nordkeyboards.com website.
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Auto Select
Sound Manager reference
Toolbar
Info
Activating Info brings up an information area to the right of the list. With this function active, scrolling through the piano or program list
with the computer keyboard arrow keys will automatically select the
sound in the Nord Stage 2. Rename
This allows you to rename
a Program and assign a
Category to it. 16 characters can be used, and
the supported characters
are: a-z, AZ, 0-9 and the
hyphen (-). Any other characters will not be displayed in the Sound
Manager lists.
MM
Pianos or samples cannot be renamed so this function is not
available if you have selected any of these.
Delete
Allows you to delete one or several selected sounds. You will be asked
to confirm your intentions. You may also use the delete or backspace
key on the computer keyboard to perform this action.
MM
The Info area will show if a selected piano or a sample is used in any
Programs, or what pianos and samples are used in any selected
Programs. This provides you with an excellent way of keeping track of
how the content components in the Nord Stage 2 depends on each
other. Any Program in the Nord Stage 2 that used a particular piano that
you deleted will probably not sound at all, since it will be missing
an important component.
The space that a deleted piano occupied is not immediately available
to other sounds, even though it is gone from the list and its location
is free. The Flash memory needs to be cleaned to free up the space
where the deleted sounds have been. When you add a new piano
the cleaning process will be initiated automatically. You also have the
option to manually start the cleaning process with the Clean Deleted
Space command from the File menu.
Replace
This allows you to replace a selected piano or a sample with another
piano or sample that you have on the computer hard drive. This function is not only about replacing the sound file in the memory,
all the programs that used the old sound, will be updated, relinked to
use the new sound instead. Let’s say you need to delete some of the factory samples to make
room for new samples. By selecting a sample in the Samp Lib partition
and activating Info, you can see which of the programs that would be
affected by such a deletion (or replacement).
Organize
When this option is active, the lists will show all the available locations
in the selected partition/bank and not only the occupied ones. This will
for instance make it possible to drag a file to a specific free location in
the middle of the list. If this is inactive, only the occupied locations will
be shown and re-arranging the order is not possible.
Dual View
When this option is checked, the window (if set to display the Program
partition) will be divided in two lists. You can make the lists show separate banks with the drop-downs. Rearranging programs is simply a
matter of drag and drop,drag a program from one bank/list to another
bank/list in either direction.
Relink
Use the Relink feature if you want one or several selected programs to
use another piano or sample instead of the current sound. The sound
in question have to be present in the memory of the Nord unit. Relinking can also be used if a piano or sample is absent in the Nord unit, to
repair the programs that are missing a component.
MM
Not all Nord units are compatible with the Replace and Relink
features, in which case these Icons will be grayed out.
MM
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Flashing LEDs in the Piano Type and Model section indicates that
the piano that the current Program tried to use is not available in
the Flash memory. Select another program or download the missing piano to the Nord Stage 2.
Sound Up
Use this function to upload one or several sounds from the Nord Stage
2 to the computer hard drive.
Sound Down
Use this function to download one or several sounds from the computer hard drive to the next available location in the selected partition.
Bundle Up
Backup
This will make a backup of all the pianos, programs, Live programs and
the menu settings in the Nord Stage 2. The file that is created on the
hard drive will have the extension .ns2b. Backing up the entire memory
content in this manner will take some time, depending on the sizes of
the pianos installed.
Backing up from the Nord Sound Manager is done in an incremental manner. Unless you change the name or the location of
the backup file, only the pianos and/or programs that have been
changed since the previous backup will be saved.
The Nord Sound Manager will suggest a location for the backup,
the first time this function is selected (in My Documents/Nord Sound
Manager files/). If you rather save the backup file elsewhere, use the
browser to pick another destination.
Restore
To restore a previously saved backup file to the Nord Stage 2, select
this option and browse to a backup file on the hard drive (file extension
.ns2b) and click Open.
EE The restore function will begin after you have clicked Open and
confirmed your intentions in the dialogue. All the content of a
connected Nord Stage 2 will then be irrevocably replaced by the
content of the backup file.
This function will upload a selection of programs or an entire Bank to
the computer hard drive, and include all the pianos and/or samples
that these programs use in a Program Bundle file. The default source will be the currently selected Program(s) or the active bank, but you can choose another bank with the drop down menu. Click on the Upload button to enter the name of the Bundle and to
select the destination on the hard drive. The Program Bundle file that is
created on the hard drive will have a file extension that ends with “pb”.
Bundle Down
This function will download a Bundle with programs, pianos and
samples from the computer hard drive to the Nord Stage 2. You have a
choice if you want the Bundle to be appended to the existing programs
in the bank in focus or if the Bundle should replace the contents in an
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time, depending on the sizes of the pianos.
Menus
In the Nord Sound Manager, the usual Windows and Mac OSX keyboard commands can be used. The menus can be accessed by pressing the Alt key and the underlined letter in the menu bar. Most of the commands can also be accessed by pressing the Ctrl (on
the Mac - Command) key together with the letter shown next to the
command name in the menus.
File Menu
Sound Upload (Ctrl+U)
Use this function to upload
one or several sounds from
the Nord Stage 2 memory to
a folder on the computer hard
drive.
Backing up from the Nord Sound Manager is done in an incremental manner. Unless you change the name or the location of
the backup file, only the pianos and/or programs that have been
changed since the previous backup will be saved.
Restore (Ctrl+R)
To restore a previously saved backup file to the Nord Stage 2, select
this option and browse to a backup file on the hard drive (file extension
.ns2b) and click Open.
EE The restore function will begin after you have clicked Open and
confirmed your intentions in the dialogue. All the content of a
connected Nord Stage 2 will then be irrevocably replaced by the
content of the backup file.
Clean Deleted Space
This function will clean up the space where any previously deleted pianos or programs have been. This is done in order to make this deleted
memory space available to new additions.
Sound Download (Ctrl+D)
Use this function to download
one or several sounds from the computer hard drive to the next available location in the selected partition.
MM
Cleaning is automatically done if you download a new piano or
program to the Nord Stage 2, but this menu command makes it
possible to manually start the cleaning process.
Program Bundle Upload (Ctrl+Shift+U)
Format
This function will upload a selection of programs or an entire Bank to
the computer hard drive, and include all the pianos and/or samples
that these programs use in a Program Bundle file. This is a radical function; it will format the entire partition that is in
focus. All the sounds in the partition will be deleted. You will be asked
to confirm your intentions.
The default source will be the
currently selected program(s)
or the active bank, but you can
choose another bank with the
drop down menu. Exit (Ctrl+Q)
Click on the Upload button to
enter the name of the Bundle
and to select the destination on the hard drive. The
Program Bundle file that is created on the hard drive will have a file
extension that ends with “pb”.
Rename (Ctrl+N)
Program Bundle Download (Ctrl+Shift+D)
This function will download a Bundle with programs, pianos and
samples from the computer hard drive to the Nord unit. You have a
choice if you want the Bundle to be added to the existing programs in
the bank in focus or if the Bundle should replace the contents in an
entire bank of your choice. Exits the Nord Sound Manager application.
Edit Menu
This allows you to rename a
Program or a Synth sound. 16 characters can be used, the supported
characters are: a-z, A-Z, 0-9 and the
hyphen (-). Any other characters will
not be displayed in the Sound Manager lists.
Renaming also allows you to change or set the category that each
program and synth sound can be labeled with. MM
Pianos cannot be renamed so this function is not available if you
have selected any of these.
Delete
Allows you to delete a selected item(s) from the Nord Stage 2 memory. You will be asked to confirm your intentions.
Replace (Ctrl+P)
This allows you to replace a selected piano or a sample with another
piano or sample that you have on the computer hard drive. This will
also change all programs that used that sound, to the new sound
instead.
Relink (Ctrl+K)
Backup (Ctrl+B)
This will make a backup of all the pianos, samples, programs, the Live
programs and the menu settings in the Nord Stage 2.
The file that is created on the hard drive will have the extension .ns2b. Backing up the entire memory content in this manner will take some
Use the Relink feature if you want one or several selected programs to
use another piano or sample instead of the current sound. The sound
in question have to be present in the memory of the Nord unit. Relinking can also be used if a piano or sample is absent in the Nord unit, to
repair the programs that are missing a component.
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Select All (Ctrl+A)
Find Ctrl+F
Select all items in a bank/partition.
This is a shortcut to the Search Box. By entering one or several characters in the Search Box, you can filter out the content that is presented
Invert Selection
in the lists.
This will deselect the original selection and then select all the other
items in the list.
Auto Select
View Menu
When this function is active, pianos, samples or programs will be automatically selected in the Nord Stage 2 when you browse through the
sounds in the Manager list, with the computer keyboard arrow keys.
Organize (Ctrl+O)
When this option is checked, the lists
will show all the available locations
in the selected partition/bank and
not only the occupied ones. This will
for instance make it easier to drag a
file to a specific free location in the
middle of the list. If this is unchecked, only the occupied locations will
be shown.
Help
About
Brings up the About box with a information regarding the version of the Nord Sound Manager. You will also see a list of
compatible instruments and OS versions.
Dual View (Ctrl+L)
When this option is checked, the window will be divided in two lists. The two lists makes it easy to move programs from one location to
another. You can make the lists show separate banks with the dropdowns. Rearranging programs is simply a matter of drag and drop. Drag a program from one bank/list to another bank/list in either direction. Press the Ctrl-key on the computer keyboard to copy a selection
to the destination during a drag and drop operation.
Info (Ctrl+I)
Activating Info brings up an information area to the right of the list. Tabs
Piano – Samp Lib - Program - Synth
Use the tabs to select the desired partition. Type Ctrl+Tab on the
computer keyboard to cycle between the tabs. The drop down menu is
used to select the desired bank within the partitions. The content of the
partition will be presented in the list. Search Box
Enter a phrase to quickly present any sounds that contains the characters. Press Clear to clear the filtering and show all entries again.
Loc - Location
The banks are organized in locations; the number of locations varies for
the different bank types.
Name
The name of the item.
This area will show if a selected piano or a sample is used in any
programs, or what pianos and samples are used in any selected
programs. Category
Shows the assigned category for the programs.
Size
Shows the file size of the pianos. This may be useful if you need to
know how much space e.g. a particular piano occupies in the piano
partition. This unit is not shown in the program lists.
Ver – Version Number
This indicates the version number of the actual sound format. Older OS
versions may not be able to use sounds in a more recent format.
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Note
This area may contain error information about broken, corrupted or
rejected files, in the unlikely event that something has happened with a
particular piano, program or sample in the Nord Stage 2 memory.
Footer Area
The footer area is located at the bottom of the Nord Sound Manager
window.
Partition Memory Indicator
This indicates the usage of the selected partition’s memory. The dark
area shows the used memory and the brighter area indicates space
that is available for additional sounds.
Cancel Button
Use this function if you need to cancel a process that is in progress. Certain functions like e.g. a restore process cannot be cancelled.
Progress Bars
The two progress bars indicate the progress of an ongoing process. The upper bar shows the progression of the individual processes, and
the lower indicates the status of the entire task.
Message/Text Area
The left part of the text area will present any confirmations or error
messages from the Nord Sound Manager.
The right part will indicate of a Nord Stage 2 is connected to the computer and in communication with the Nord Sound Manager. The OS
version of the connected Nord Stage 2 will also be displayed here.
Updates and sounds
Please visit our website at http://www.nordkeyboards.com to download any updates of the Nord Sound Manager and sounds that have
been released for the Nord Stage 2. These items will be available as
free downloads in the download area and in the Libraries area.
Chapter 13 MIDI
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MIDI
Slot A/B
Using MIDI
The Stage 2 is designed to be as flexible as possible when you use it
with its MIDI capabilities. You can use it as a master keyboard to control other hardware or software sound sources, or as a set of individual
sound engines to be played/controlled by outboard gear such as a
sequencer. If you like, you can even do both these things at the same
time. There are four major parts in the Stage 2’s MIDI functionality: Global,
Slot, Extern and Instrument. Each of these are independently assignable to any of the thirty-two available MIDI channels: sixteen channels
on the standard MIDI port and sixteen more MIDI channels accessed
via USB MIDI. You can also choose to disable MIDI by selecting Off
instead of a channel number. These channels are set in the MIDI and
Extern menus, see page 44.
Global and Extern are used to transmit MIDI data to other units, while
Slot and Instrument only receive MIDI data. All settings relating to MIDI
functions are made in the MIDI Menu, except for the Extern settings
that are made in the Extern Menu.
The Slot MIDI setting is for receiving MIDI only and allows you to control
an entire Slot with instruments that are active, from external devices. Slot A and Slot B can be set to individual MIDI channels in the Stage 2
MIDI Menu. Extern
The Extern is the part to use when you want to integrate external MIDI
units in your performance. The Extern chapter can be found on page 40. Look at the example on the following page.
Instrument MIDI
Each of the six instruments in the Stage 2 - Organ Slot A, Organ Slot
B, Piano A, Piano B, Synth A and Synth B - can be set to receive on
individual MIDI channels. This is done in the MIDI Menu. This can be
used to have individual control of instruments, either from a other keyboards or by using the Stage 2 as big sound source in a sequencer/
computer environment. Let’s have a look at a four different scenarios:
Stage 2
MIDI IN
MIDI OUT
Global
a
a
a
Slot A/B
Extern
Instrument
a
a
Global
The Stage 2 Global MIDI is a transmitting and receiving part at the
same time. It allows you to control every aspect of the instrument,
just as if you were playing on its own keyboard and it can transmit
keyboard, pedal- and panel actions.
Any MIDI data that enters the Stage 2 on the Global MIDI channel (or
Global USB MIDI channel) will play the instruments that are active on
the program that is selected on the Stage 2. If your program includes
layers and/or splits, those aspects will be acknowledged in the same
way as if you used the keyboard itself, when incoming MIDI “plays” the
instruments in the program.
Global will transmit both keyboard- and panel-generated MIDI data. If
you turn a knob on the synth section or use the modulation wheel, after
touch, any of the connected pedals or pitch stick, these will generate
MIDI data that is transmitted on the Global channel. This makes the
Global the preferred choice as the MIDI source from the Stage 2 to a
computer when you for example want to record panel changes in a
sequencer.
MM
Global MIDI can be turned Off in the MIDI menu. This will disable
both transmission and reception of MIDI from the Global component.
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Playing/Controlling outboard gear
with the Extern section
MIDI IN
MIDI OUT
It is best to consider the Extern A/B sections, as simply another pair
of onboard instruments, just like the Organ/Piano/Synth sections. Assigning zones/layers, enabling pitch stick and sustain pedal response,
etc., are all done in exactly the same manner as with any of those other
instrument sections.
For yet another layer of integrated control, set up a Morph to control
the Extern encoder via the mod wheel, aftertouch or a control pedal. By assigning the CC address of your choice to that encoder, it is possible to generate MIDI data streams to the external device seamlessly
from the Stage 2. And due to the flexibility of the Morph function, the
value range of those data streams can be limited to suit any need, and
also move in either a positive or negative direction.
Just like the other instrument sections, the A/B Extern slots are completely independent from one another and can be programmed to do
different things on the same or different zones at the same time.
MM
If you use the Panel Transpose feature on the Stage 2, the MIDI
output from the Extern section will be transposed.
Controlling the Stage 2 with an external keyboard or MIDI device
It is also possible to store desired “initial values” of things such as
Program Change, Bank Select, or Volume, for the Extern A/B slots. Additionally, the Extern section provides a rotary encoder which is assignable to the MIDI CC# of your choice. You can optionally choose to
have data stored either on a global or per-program basis.
MIDI IN
MIDI OUT
1 Select a Stage 2 program from which you wish to play external
sounds.
2 Set the Extern A section and the external device to the same MIDI
channel.
EE Make sure that the Extern channel is not the same channel as the
Stage 2 Global channel. If it is, set Global to another channel.
3 Activate the Extern Section and assign it to the desired zone(s).
4 Play in that zone on the Stage 2 and you should hear your external device.
MM
There may be settings/options on your external MIDI units that
affect how they react to incoming MIDI data; please check the
documentation you have for your other units.
5 Set Octave Shift, Sust Ped and P Stick as needed.
6 Press the Extern Parameter Select repeatedly until the Prog
Change LED is lit. Turn the Extern encoder knob until it has selected the external device program, which you wish to use. If Bank
Select data is needed to access that selection, these data will
need to be manually entered into the Extern Menu.
7 Press the Extern Parameter Select repeatedly until the Volume
LED is lit. Turn the Extern encoder knob to adjust the volume of
the external MIDI unit by transmitting MIDI CC#7.
8 Store your new program to your Stage 2.
By activating Send On Load in the Extern Menu, whenever this particular Stage 2 program is selected, all of that data (program change, bank
select, and volume) will automatically be transmitted from the Stage
2 to the external device. In fact, Nord provides an extra continuous
controller message in the Extern menu. Simply set the CC number and
the desired value and it will be transmitted along with the rest.
There are several options available if you wish to use a second keyboard or other MIDI device to control one or more Stage 2 instruments. Let’s have a look at the Dual Kb feature first. Dual Kb
With this function, it is possible to use an external keyboard to control
the Slot B instrument sections exclusively.
1 Activate Dual Kb on the Stage 2 panel by holding Shift and press
the Slot B button.
2 Set the Stage 2’s Dual Kb MIDI channel to the MIDI channel of the
transmitting MIDI device; this is done in the Stage 2 MIDI menu,
the default setting is MIDI channel 16.
3 Activate one or more instrument sections on Slot B of the Stage 2. EE The On/Off setting of the Dual Kb feature will be stored for each
program.
When Dual Kb mode is active, the Stage 2’s keyboard will play Slot A
instruments, regardless of which Slot is focused on the panel, and Slot
B will be played from the external MIDI device. Any controllers (pedals
etc.) that you operate on the Stage 2 will not affect the Stage 2 instruments on Slot B.
With Dual Kb mode, it is easily possible to add a different keyboard action to your rig. Perhaps you have a hammer-action Stage 2, but want
waterfall keys for organ playing, or you have a semi-weighted Stage 2,
but want a weighted action for piano playing.
MM
If the Stage 2 is transposed using the Panel Transpose, the incoming MIDI on the Dual Kb channel will also be transposed.
Chapter 13 MIDI
Slot MIDI control
A second option to control parts of the Stage 2 from a external device
would be to use the Slot MIDI capabilities. While this functionality is
similar to the Dual Kb feature, you can still use the Stage’s keyboard for
both slots if you wish. Recording a Stage 2 performance to
a MIDI sequencer
If you want to control just one instrument on the Stage 2 with an
external unit, a better option is to use the Instrument MIDI. This will be
explained in the following section.
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A Slot MIDI channel can control the same instrument as an Instrument channel at the same time if you wish. If this is not desirable
set the Slot MIDI or Instrument channel to Off.
MIDI OUT MIDI IN
Global MIDI
The third option to control the Stage 2 via MIDI would be to use the
Global MIDI capabilities. If an external devices transmitting MIDI channel is the same as the Stage 2 Global MIDI channel, the external device
will control the entire Stage 2 in the same way as its own keyboard and
panel does. Here is how to record a Stage 2 performance just as you would play it
from the unit - with all the pedal actions, morphing and other things to
a MIDI sequencer. This is probably best achieved by using the Global
MIDI channel.
MM
1 Set the sequencer track to route back incoming MIDI on the
Global MIDI can be turned Off in the MIDI menu. This will disable
both transmission and reception of MIDI from the Global component.
External Sync
The Master Clock on the Stage 2 can be controlled by incoming MIDI
clock messages. This is an automatic behavior, as soon as the Stage
2 receives MIDI clock on the MIDI input or the USB MIDI input, the
Master Clock will be synchronized to the incoming external clock.
Global Channel. 2 Set Local in the MIDI menu to Off on the Stage 2
3 Select the Program on the Stage 2 that you wish to use.
4 Start the recording on the sequencer.
The MIDI output on the Global channel will not care about any splits; it
will produce MIDI note numbers from the entire Stage keyboard.
When the Master Clock is locked to an incoming clock, EXT will be
displayed in the LCD if you press the MST CLK button, together with
the incoming tempo in BPM.
MM
Extern Section and MIDI re-routing
Program Change
When an external device transmits MIDI notes to the Stage 2 and the
Extern section is activated on the Stage 2, those incoming MIDI notes
can be re-routed to the MIDI Output of the Stage 2, on the MIDI channel that is set for the Extern section. This allows you to control one
external device from another external device. The incoming notes have
to be on the same MIDI channels as set in the Stage 2 for the Dual Kb,
the Slot A or Slot B MIDI channel setting or the Global MIDI channel
setting. The Extern menu setting Soft Thru must also be “On”. Incoming Program Change messages on the Global MIDI channel will
change the programs on the Stage 2 if the MIDI Prog Mode parameter
in the MIDI Menu is set to Receive or Send/Receive. This parameter
also governs if Program Change messages should be transmitted
when you select a Program on the Stage 2’s panel.
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The Panel or Global Transpose features will not influence the MIDI
output on the Global Channel. The transpose value is instead
added to the notes that appear at the MIDI input.
If you want to transmit program change messages to external
units, use the Extern section.
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Using the Stage 2 as a sound
source with a sequencer
The key to this functionality is to set each of the six Instrument MIDI
channels and the Global channel to individual MIDI channels in the MIDI
menu.
1 Enter the MIDI Menu and set individual MIDI channels to all the
instruments and the Global Channel. You can mix MIDI- and USB
MIDI channels as you wish.
2 Set MIDI Local to Off, this is done in the MIDI Menu. 3 Make the sequencer tracks route back MIDI on the six different
channels that the instruments are set to. 4 Use the sequencer tracks to select which instrument to perform/
By combining these features and scenarios, you can create very flexible
setups. You can have some Stage 2 instruments being controlled by
incoming MIDI only, and other being controlled by the Stage 2 itself. There are no limitations to the channel settings in the MIDI menu; it is
quite possible to have more than one receptor react to the same MIDI
channel, which may (or may not) be what you want.
If you for example want to control one instrument in the Stage 2 on
MIDI channel 4, it would be a good idea to make sure that no other
part (Global, Slot or Instrument MIDI channel) in the Stage 2 is set to
use that MIDI channel, unless you have a special reason for wanting to
do that.
You will also be able to have situations, if MIDI Local is set to Off, where
instruments are seemingly active on the Stage 2 panel, but you can’t
edit or play with these. Just make sure that the sequencer re-routes
the keyboard and panel information to the correct MIDI channels that
these instruments respond to.
record with. MM
When Local is Off and the sequencer routes back the MIDI, you
may find yourself in situations where the buttons and knobs
seems to be inactive or stuck on the Stage 2 itself. This is normal
behavior, if the sequencer sends MIDI data on a MIDI channel that
the Stage 2 does not recognize. Just make sure that a sequencer
track with for example the Global MIDI channel or one of the
instrument channels is selected instead.
The effect parameters, the performance controls (pedals, Pitch Stick
etc) and the Morph will be transmitted on the Global MIDI channel,
and should be re-routed in the sequencer to the individual Instrument
channels. Instrument MIDI will not be affected by any splits that you have set up
on the Stage 2.
The Octave Shift or Panel Transpose functionality for the instruments
will not affect incoming MIDI data to the Instrument MIDI. If you want to
transpose the Stage 2 instruments, do this on the sequencer tracks.
MIDI Input Only
When an instrument is assigned to a MIDI channel, this opens up a
powerful feature: the MIDI Input Only mode. This allows you to activate
an instrument on the Stage 2, without controlling it from the keyboard. It will only be played from incoming MIDI, but the Stage 2 panel
remains active to allow you to change any settings to the instrument’s
sound. 1 Hold the Shift button and press repeatedly on the Zone Select
button until all green zone LEDs go out, but the instrument’s other
LEDs are still lit.
Messages
The following MIDI messages can be transmitted and received from
Nord Stage 2:
Note On/Off
• Note On and Note Off messages are transmitted and received.
Pitch Bend
• Pitch Bend messages are transmitted and received by Nord Stage 2.
Controllers
On the MIDI Menu (see page 44), you can select if the Nord Stage 2
should transmit and/or receive Control Change messages.
• If you have an Control/Expression pedal connected to the Organ
Swell Input, this is transmitted and received as Controller 4.
• If you have an Control/Expression pedal connected to the Control
Pedal Input, this is transmitted and received as Controller 11 (Expression).
• If you have a sustain pedal connected to the Sustain Pedal Input, this
is transmitted and received as Controller 64 (Sustain Pedal).
• Almost all other controls (knobs and buttons) on the front panel are
also transmitted and received as Control Change messages. This can
be used to record your actions on the front panel into a MIDI sequencer. For a full list of which parameters correspond to which Controller
number, look at page 62.
Keyboard Velocity
The Nord Stage 2 can transmit and receive Keyboard Velocity messages. Organ sounds will always be played back at nominal level
regardless of incoming MIDI Velocity data. Release velocity is transmitted, but ignored on MIDI In.
Aftertouch
The Nord Stage 2 keyboard can transmit Aftertouch messages (sometimes called channel pressure). The player can apply more pressure on
a key while it is down; and this will generate a signal that can be used
to control parameters.
Chapter 13 MIDI
Program Change
In the MIDI Menu, you can select if the Nord Stage 2 should send and/
or receive program Change messages on the Global channel that affects its internal programs. Program Change messages with the value
0-99 selects the programs in the active bank, Program Change messages 100-104 selects the 5 Live memories.
Bank Select
The 4 Program Banks in the Stage 2 can be remotely selected via
MIDI, by transmitting a Bank Select Message that looks like this: CC 0,
value 0, CC 32 value 0, 1, 2 or 3 (for banks A, B, C and D). The Bank
Select should immediately be followed by a Program Change message,
value 0-99.
Local On/Off
Local Off can be used to “disconnect” the keyboard and the panel
on the Stage 2 from the sound engines. Turn Local Off if you experience “double-triggered” notes when you play; both from the keyboard
internally and via the MIDI “loop”. Local On/Off is set in the MIDI menu,
which is described on page 44.
Panic
If notes should hang using the Nord Stage 2 in a MIDI setup, all you
need to do is hold down the Shift button and press the Panic/Program
5 button. This will execute an internal All Notes Off, and reset incoming
CC messages.
USB MIDI
If you use a computer running Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7, you
need to install the Nord v3.x USB driver to achieve the MIDI via USB
functionality. This driver is available through Windows Update by just
connecting the computer to the Internet and attach the Nord Stage 2. The driver can also be installed from the DVD that accompanied the
unit or downloaded from the www.nordkeyboards.com website.
MM
Computers running Mac OSX have a native USB support for Nord
units. No driver installation is necessary.
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MIDI Controller list
Nord Stage 2 Parameter
MIDI CC #
Nord Stage 2 Parameter
MIDI CC #
Nord Stage 2 Parameter
MIDI CC #
Organ Preset II
3
Synth LFO Rate
115
Compressor Enable
94
Organ Swell
4
Synth LFO Waveform
116
Reverb Amount
95
Organ Drawbar 1
9
LFO Master Clk
13
Reverb Size
96
Organ Drawbar 2
14
Synth Oscillator Mode
43
Reverb Enable
97
Organ Drawbar 3
15
Synth Waveform Select
44 (0-127)
Organ Drawbar 4
16
Synth Oscillator Shape
45
Slot Focus
68
Organ Drawbar 5
17
Synth Oscillator Shape Mod
46
Organ Drawbar 6
18
Synth Filter Frequency
48
Pedal Sustain
64
Organ Drawbar 7
19
Synth Filter Resonance
49
Pedal Latch
66
Organ Drawbar 8
20
Synth Filter Vel/Env Mod
2
Pedal Soft
67
Organ Drawbar 9
21
Synth Filter LFO Mod
51
Organ Swell Pedal
4
Organ Percussion Enable
22
Synth Filter KBT (Keyb. track)
52
Ctrl Pedal
11
Organ Model
23
Synth Filter Type
53
Rotor Speed Pedal
82
Organ Vibrato Type
24
Synth Amp Envelope Attack
54
KB Gate Pedal
114
Organ Vibrato Enable
25
Synth Amp Envelope Decay
55
Organ Percussion Harmonic
26
Synth Amp Envelope Mode
56
27
Synth Amp Envelope Velocity
57
Master Level (if Swell Type is
set to Volume in System Menu)
7
Organ Percussion Speed
Organ Percussion Level
28
Organ Octave Shift
99
Effect 1 Type
60
Organ Level
100
Effect 1 Source
61
Organ Enable
101
Effect 1 Amount
62
Effect 1 Rate
63
Piano Type
8
Effect 1 Enable
69
Piano Model
29
Effect 1 Mst Clk
117
Piano Slot Detune
5
Effect 2 Type
70
Clav EQ 1
30
Effect 2 Source
71
Clav EQ 2
31
Effect 2 Amount
72
Clav Model/Type
65
Effect 2 Rate
73
Piano Dynamics
33
Effect 2 Enable
74
Piano Acoustic
98
Effect 2 Mst Clk
118
Piano Octave Shift
105
Delay Destination
75
Piano Level
106
Delay Amount
76
Piano Enable
107
Delay Rate
77
Piano Pedal Noise
108
Delay Feedback
78
Delay Ping Pong on/off
79
Synth Octave Shift
111
Delay Enable
80
Synth Level
112
Delay Mst Clk
119
Synth Enable
113
AmpSim Type
81
Synth Glide Rate
34
AmpSim Destination
90
Synth Arp On/Off
109
AmpSim Drive
83
Synth Arp Mst Clk
12
AmpSim Bass EQ
84
Synth Arp Rate
102
AmpSim Mid amount EQ
85
Synth Arp Pattern
103
AmpSim Mid Range
6
Synth Arp Range
104
AmpSim Treble EQ
86
Synth Voice Mode
36
AmpSim Enable
87
Synth Unison
37
Rotor Destination
88
Synth Vibrato Mode
38
Rotor Drive
89
Synth Mod Envelope Attack
39
Rotor Speed
82
Synth Mod Envelope Decay
40
Rotor Stop
91
Synth Mod Envelope Mode
41
Rotor Enable
92
Synth Mod Envelope Velocity
42
Compressor Amount
93
Chapter 13 MIDI
MIDI Implementation Chart
Function
Transmitted
Recognized
Basic Channel
1 - 16
1 - 16
1 - 16
1 - 16
Mode
Default
Mode 3
Mode 3
Message
X
X
Altered
0-127
0-127
Default Channel
Note
Number
True Voice
Velocity
Note ON
O, v= 1 - 127
O, v= 1 - 127
Note Off
O, v= 1 - 127
O, v= 1 - 127
After
Key’s
X
X
Touch
Channel
O
O
Pitch Bender
O
O
Control Change
O
O
Program Change
O, 0-127
O, 0-127
O
O
X .
X .
X
X .
X .
X
True#
System Exclusive
System
Song Pos
Common
Song Sel
Tune
System
Clock
X
O
Realtime
Commands
X
X
Aux
Local on/off
X
X
Message
All notes off
X
X
Active Sense
X
X
Reset
X
X
Number
True Voice
Mode 1: Omni On, Poly - Mode 2: Omni O, Mono - Mode 3: Omni Off, Poly - Mode 4: Omni Off, Mono - O = Yes - X = No
Model: Nord Stage 2 OS v1.x Date: 2011-02-01
Remarks
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Appendix: Connections
/ LATCH
Audio connections
Headphones
This is where you connect a ¼" stereo connector from a pair of headphones.
Audio Outputs 1-4
The four audio outputs (CH Out 1-4) are line level and unbalanced. If
you wish to connect the Nord Stage 2 in stereo to your audio equipment, you should use CH1 and CH2 outputs. Use audio cables with
¼" connectors to connect the Nord Stage 2 to an amplifier or recording
equipment.
You can also route individual instruments to CH outputs 3 & 4 either
in stereo or as two mono channels. This is done in the System Menu,
read more on this on "System Menu" on page 42.
General guide on audio connections: .
• Make all the connections before you turn on the power to your amplifier. .
• Turn on the power to your amplifier last. .
• Turn off the power to your amplifier first.
EE Playing at a high volume level can result in hearing impairments
such as permanent hearing loss.
MONITOR INPUT
USB Connection
The USB connection is used for the Nord Stage 2 to communicate with
a personal computer in order to update the OS or to add or replace
any of the piano sounds. The computer can run the Nord Sound Manager application, or be used to transfer the operating system if the unit
needs to be updated.
The Nord Stage 2 can transmit and receive MIDI data via the USB
interface.
MM
Computers running Microsoft Windows operating systems need
a driver for the USB connection to work. The will be installed automatically if the computer is connected to the Internet when you
connect the Nord Stage 2 to it. A manual installer for the driver
can be found on the enclosed Nord DVD, or at the E
www.nordkeyboards.com website.
MIDI Connections
MIDI In
MIDI connection used to receive MIDI data to the Nord Stage 2 from
other equipment such as keyboards or computers.
Monitor In
Use this to connect and monitor a signal from a metronome, an mp3 or
a CD player at the Nord Stage 2's headphone output. This allows you
to e.g. rehearse with the Stage 2 to pre-recorded music.
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Signals connected to this input will not be processed with the
Stage 2's effects or appear at the line level output jacks1-4.
MIDI Out
MIDI connection used for sending keyboard- and panel generated
MIDI data from the Nord Stage 2 to other equipment such as sound
modules or computers.
Music Stand
The rear panel on the Nord Stage 2 HA 88 and HA 76 has two brackets where the Music Stand (optional accessory) can be mounted.
I Appendix: Connections
Sustain pedal
The Nord Stage 2 has one input for a sustain pedal. This input can be
used with a standard momentary pedal like the included Nord pedal
(Stage 2 HA88 and Stage 2 HA76), a Roland DP-6, Yamaha FC-4 etc..
Nord Triple Pedal
Connecting Pedals
The Nord Stage 2 is compatible with the Nord Triple Pedal (sold separately). If this pedal is connected, you need to select this in the Nord
Stage 2 System Menu, read more about this on page 42.
The Nord Stage 2 has four pedal inputs: one Control Pedal input (assignable to control various Nord Stage 2 parameters), one Organ Swell
input, one Sustain Pedal input and one Rotor/Latch input. You can
select for each instrument whether it should react to sustain or not. Connect the pedals as shown in the illustration below.
When connecting an expression-type pedal to the Control Pedal or
Organ Swell input, you should use a stereo cable (Tip-Ring-Sleeve). Please note that the pedal must have a stereo output jack. Pedals from
various manufacturers have different characteristics. To simplify setup,
the most common pedal models (Roland, Yamaha, Korg and Fatar) are
pre-configured in the Nord Stage 2, you simply select the type of pedal
in the System menu, see page 43. The Organ Swell input
You can connect an expression pedal to the Organ Swell input to
control organ swell. For the B3 organ, the characteristic swell volume/
frequency response is faithfully reproduced. If you want to control the
entire Stage 2’s volume with a pedal, this can be set in the System Settings to apply to a pedal connected to the Organ Swell input.
Using a Rotor Speed pedal
You can use a pedal connected to the Rotor/Latch input to switch between slow/stopped and fast rotor speed for the Rotary Speaker effect. This is the default setting for this input. Such a pedal can work in hold
or toggle mode, which is set in the System Menu.
Using a Latch pedal
You can also use a momentary pedal connected to the Rotor/Latch
input to operate as a latching pedal for selected instruments. This functionality can be activated for the instruments and the latch operation
needs to be selected in the System Menu.
Connect the ¼" stereo connector from the Nord Triple Pedal to the
Sustain Pedal connector on the Nord Stage 2.
Three in one
The Nord Triple Pedal has the functionality of three pedals in one unit. The right pedal is the sustain pedal. If you operate this, all the notes that
you play will sustain until the pedal is released again. This pedal can
also introduce the pedal noise functionality, and it can be used with half
pedaling techniques by pressing it down for parts of its travel on certain
pianos.
The left pedal is the soft pedal, also known as the Una Corda. When
you press this pedal, all the notes you play will be slightly lower in volume and also have a slightly more subdued tone quality.
The middle pedal is the Sostenuto/Latch pedal. By using this pedal, you
can sustain selected notes, while other notes remain unaffected. Only
the notes that are held down when the pedal is operated will sustain. Other notes that you play while keeping the pedal down will sound as if
no pedal was operated at all. Activate this feature for the individual instruments by holding Shift and
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Appendix: Factory Presets
Factory Presets and OS
Internal memory
The Operating System, Programs, Pianos and Samples in the Nord
Stage 2 are stored in a Flash memory. A Flash memory keeps the data
also when the power is turned off. Another big advantage is that you
can replace data in the Flash memory at any time. This means that
you will be able to download OS upgrades and Programs to your Nord
Stage 2 from a computer or sequencer without needing to replace
or add any new hardware. Nord Stage 2 also features a USB port for
quick and easy download of new Pianos and Samples. The total capacity of the Stage 2’s Flash memory is 500 Megabytes for the Pianos
and 384 Megabytes for the Samples.
The internal sound memory of Nord Stage consists of 4 Program
Banks, each holding 20 Pages with 5 Programs each. This gives you
a total of 400 Programs. There are 5 separate Live programs, which
will continuously store any changes as they are made, and remember
these settings after the power is shut off. Furthermore, the Synth is
capable of storing 300 synthesizer sounds. The content of Program Bank A is duplicated in Bank D. This allows
you to store any edits you make in either Bank A or D, without risking
to overwrite anything that you might want to keep.
Factory presets
Every factory Program in the Nord Stage 2 can be replaced. To make
sure you don’t accidentally overwrite Programs you want to keep, it’s
a good idea to back up your sounds regularly on a computer. This is
done with the Nord Sound Manager.
Restoring the factory content
The Nord Stage 2 factory setup is available as a Sound Manager
backup file on the DVD that was included with the unit. This file is also
available at the www.nordkeyboards.com web site. Read more on how
to use a backup file to restore the content of the Stage 2 in the Sound
Manager chapter, at “Restore” on page 53.
OS upgrades
The latest OS version for Nord Stage 2 is available for download at: .
www.nordkeyboards.com. Since the operating system can be updated
to include new and/or improved functionality, please visit our web site
from time to time to check if a new OS is available. III Index
III A
Index
F
Acoustics 28
Amp Envelope 34
Amp model 38
Amp Sim 38
A-Pan 37
Append 50
Arpeggiator 35
Attack 34
A-Wha 37
B
B3 Model 23
B3 Vibrato 24
Backup 53, 54
Band Pass 33
Bank Up 53
Bundle Down 53
Bundle Up 53
D
Decay 34
Del 18
Delay 38
Delete 52, 54
Direction
Arpeggio 35
Drawbars 23
Drive 38
Dual KB 15, 22
Dual Slot 21
Dynamics
Piano 28
E
Effects 26, 35
Equalizer 38
Exit 16, 54
External Sync 18, 59
Extern Menu 45
Extern section 40
Index
Master level 66
MIDI Controller list 62
MIDI Implementation Chart 63
MIDI In 64
MIDI Indicator 17
MIDI Input Only 60
MIDI Out 64
Mod Envelope 33
Monitor In 64
Mono mode 34
Mono Output 15
Morph Assign 19
Morph Clearing 19
Morph Destinations 19
Mst Clk 18, 37
G
Glide 35
Global MIDI 57
N
H
Noise 30
Notch 33
Half pedalling 65
Headphones 64
High Pass 33
C
Cancel 56
Categories 17
Chorus 38
Clav EQ 28
Clavinet 27
Compressor 39
Cursor 18
M
Farfisa Model 25
Filter 32
Frequency 33
Flanger 38
FM Algorithms 31
Focus button 37
Format 54
Freq Mod 1 33
Freq Mod 2 33
Frequency Modulation 31
O
Octave range
Arpeggio 35
Octave Shift 21
On/Off buttons 20
Organ Init 18
Organ Model 23
Organ Preset 24
Organ Split 18
Oscillator
Synthesizer 29
Oscillator Sync 30
I
Info 52, 55
Piano 27
Ins 18
Instrument MIDI 57
Invert Selection 55
K
KB Gate 21
KB Track 33
KB Zone Select 20
P
L
Latch Ped 21
Legato mode 35
Level encoders 20
LFO 34
Live Mode 16
Load Sound 32
Loc 55
Low Pass 32
Panic 16
Partition Memory Pedal Noise 28
Percussion 24
Phaser 38
Piano 27
Piano Init 18
Piano Model 27
Piano Select 27
Ping Pong 38
Program 25
Program Bundle Program Buttons Program Change Progress 56
PStick 21
Pulse 30
56
49, 54
16
59
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Q
T
Queue 49
Transfer 48
Transpose 15
Trem 37
Triangle 30
Triple Pedal 28
R
Release 34
Piano 28
Relink 47, 49, 52
Rename 52, 54
Replace 48, 52
Resonance 33
Restore 53, 54
Reverb 39
RM 37
Rotary 39
S
Samples 32
Sawtooth 30
Select All 55
Shape 29
Shape Mod 30
Shift 16
Size 55
Skip Sample Attack 32
Slot A/B MIDI 57
Slot Buttons 15
Slot Detune 28
Slot effects 36
Sort Mode 18
Sostenuto 7, 65
Sound Down 53
Sound Init 35
Sound Menu 43
Sound Up 53
Sound Upload 54
Split Keyboard 19
Stop Mode 39
Store 16
Store As…. 16
String Resonance 28
String Resonance Level 43
Sustenuto 28
SustPed 21
Synth Init 18
System Menu 42
U
Unison 35
Upload 49
V
Value Dial 17
Velocity 34
Vibe 38
Vibrato 35
Voices 34
Vox Model 25
W
Waveform selector 30
Wavetable 32
Wa-Wa 37
FCC Information (U.S.A.)
1. IMPORTANT NOTICE: DO NOT MODIFY THIS UNIT!
This product, when installed as indicated in the instructions contained in this manual, meets FCC requirements. Modifications
not expressly approved by Clavia may void your authority, granted by the FCC, to use the product.
2. IMPORTANT: When connecting this product to accessories and/ or another product use only high quality shielded cables.
Cable/s supplied with this product MUST be used. Follow all installation instructions. Failure to follow instructions could void
your FCC authorization to use this product in the USA.
3. Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of
the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with
the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will
not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment is found to be the source of interference to radio or television reception,
which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or
more of the following measures:
– Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
– Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
– Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
– Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Unauthorized changes or modification to this system can void the users authority to operate this equipment.
This equipment requires shielded interface cables in order to meet FCC class B Limit.
NOTICE
This Class B - digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
AVIS
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B - est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY
Compliance Information Statement
Model Name: Nord Stage 2
Type of Equipment: Digital Piano
Responsible Party: Clavia DMI AB
Address: P.O. BOX 4214. SE-102 65 Stockholm Sweden
Telephone: +46-8-442 73 60
For Canada
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