Nord Stage Owner`s Manual
NORD STAGE V2.0x
Table of contents
Table of contents
1. Introduction ......................................................... 5
Welcome ....................................................................................... 5
About the Owner’s Manual........................................................ 6
Clavia on the Internet ............................................................... 6
2. Overview ................................................................ 7
The Nord Stage front panel ..................................................... 7
The Keyboard............................................................................... 8
About Knobs & Buttons............................................................. 8
3. Connections ........................................................10
Nord Stage rear panel ............................................................ 10
Audio connections .................................................................... 10
MIDI connections ...................................................................... 10
Connecting pedals.................................................................... 11
4. Getting Started .................................................12
About Instruments ................................................................... 12
About Programs........................................................................ 12
Activating instrument sections .............................................. 13
About Panel A & B .................................................................... 14
Setting output Level for instruments .................................. 14
Adding a Global effect ............................................................ 15
5. The Program section ..........................................16
Overview..................................................................................... 16
What is a Program? .................................................................. 19
Storing Programs..................................................................... 20
6. The Instruments .................................................22
Introduction.............................................................................. 22
Common Features...................................................................... 22
The Organ Section.................................................................... 24
The Piano section...................................................................... 30
The Synth section..................................................................... 34
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7. The Effects ......................................................... 49
About the effects .....................................................................49
The Panel effects......................................................................50
The Rotor section ....................................................................55
8. Keyboard Zones and Dual Panel setups ......... 56
About Keyboard Zones .............................................................56
Octave Shift ..............................................................................58
Dual Panel setups ....................................................................58
9. The Morph Assign feature ................................ 60
About Morph Assign .................................................................60
Using Morph - an example.........................................................60
Morph Assignable parameters.................................................61
About setting Morph parameter ranges ................................62
Clearing Morph Assignments...................................................62
About Aftertouch .....................................................................62
10. The Extern section .......................................... 63
About the Extern section ........................................................63
Setting up ..................................................................................63
Using the Extern section .........................................................63
The Parameter section..............................................................64
11. System functions............................................. 66
System menu...............................................................................66
Sound Menu................................................................................68
MIDI menu ...................................................................................68
Extern menu ...............................................................................69
12. Factory Presets and OS ................................. 71
Internal memory ........................................................................71
Factory presets ........................................................................71
The Nord Stage Manager application .....................................72
Backup and restore programs.................................................72
Transferring piano samples .....................................................73
OS upgrades ..............................................................................73
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13. MIDI functions..................................................74
About the MIDI implementation ............................................... 74
Using Nord Stage with a sequencer ...................................... 75
Program, Controller and Synth Sound dumps..................... 76
Panic........................................................................................... 77
14. MIDI implementation .........................................78
MIDI Controller list ................................................................ 78
MIDI Implementation Chart...................................................... 81
Index........................................................................83
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NORD STAGE V2.0x
1. Introduction: Welcome
1. INTRODUCTION
WELCOME
We’d first like to thank you for purchasing the Nord Stage Seventy Six/Eighty Eight! Clavia’s goal when
developing the Nord Stage was to create a flagship stage instrument encompassing the whole range of Clavia’s expertise. Building on the success of the Nord Electro, the Nord Stage incorporates the best emulations of traditional electromechanical/acoustic keyboard instruments on the market as well as a synthesizer
section designed for maximum ease of use, yet offering wide sonic possibilities.
Nord Stage features outstanding classic keyboard sounds with true feel, from natural keyboard response to
authentic sound. A medium weighted hammer action 76 or 88note keyboard makes this instrument the
largest in Clavia’s range, yet it weighs only 16,5/18,5 kilos which is an achievement in itself.
To make a great tool you have to put all the focus on a few things, and that’s what we did with the Nord
Stage. Think about it, the best tool isn’t a Swiss army knife.
FEATURES
Nord Stage has the following main features:
• Organ section with faithful reproductions of three classic models; B3 (Hammond), V-Type (Vox Continental) and F-Type (Farfisa).
• Piano section with concert grand/upright acoustic pianos, Electric Pianos and Wurlitzer electric pianos,
Clavinet, and Electric Grand.
• Synth section with subtractive, FM and wavetable synthesis.
• Comprehensive effects section.
• A medium weighted hammer action 76 or 88 note keyboard with Aftertouch.
• An Extern section for controlling external MIDI instruments.
• A 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 Panels “A” and “B”, each containing a full setup of the Stage
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.
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1. Introduction: About the Owner’s Manual
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ABOUT THE OWNER’S MANUAL
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. Every time the manual wants your attention to an object on the Stage, the name of that object will be printed LIKE THIS, e.g. ‘press the STORE
button’. The LCD display on the Nord Stage is always referred to as the DISPLAY. Whenever there is a
reference to the ‘keyboard’, that reference also applies to any incoming MIDI note messages.
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 Clavia’s web site at http://www.clavia.se. When reading the manual as PDF-file, you will need Adobe Acrobat
Reader 4.0 or later. This program can be downloaded, free of charge, at http://www.adobe.com.
With Adobe Acrobat Reader it is possible to use special navigation features like hyperlinks. 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. To better show what words or sentences are hyperlinked in this manual, these words
are written in magenta.
CLAVIA ON THE INTERNET
If you have access to the Internet, you’re very welcome to visit http://www.clavia.se. There you will find
the latest information about Nord Stage and other Clavia products. You can also download new Nord
Stage sounds and software upgrades, free of charge.
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2. Overview: The Nord Stage front panel
2. OVERVIEW
THE NORD STAGE FRONT PANEL
Master
Organ section
Level/Rotor
effect section
THE
Piano
section
Program section
Synth section
Extern
section
Effects section
PROGRAM SECTION
The central Program section is where you select and store Programs, access System parameters, activate
keyboard zones for splits and layers, and assign Morphing functions. See “The Program section” on page 16
for details.
MASTER
LEVEL/ROTOR SECTION
The leftmost front panel section contains a Master Level control and a rotary speaker simulator effect.
The MASTER LEVEL knob controls the overall output level for all four CH OUT jacks and the HEADPHONES output.
The Rotor effect section is logically placed close to the organ section (as rotary speaker effects are most commonly used with organ sounds), but can be applied to any instrument section just like the other effects. See
“The Rotor section” on page 55
THE ORGAN
SECTION
The Organ section in the Stage features emulations of three classic organ models; a Hammond B3, a Vox
Continental II (V-Type) and a Farfisa Compact DeLuxe (F-Type). See “The Organ Section” on page 24.
THE PIANO
SECTION
The piano section in Nord Stage comprises various multi-sampled piano instruments. Nord Stage utilizes
advanced multi-level sample playback, catching every nuance from soft to hard key strokes. Nord Stage
comes right out of the box with ten classic piano instruments stored in Flash memory. The big advantage
with Flash memory is that you can replace instruments with new ones and that no backup battery is required. The Stage also sports a USB interface for quick and easy download of new piano sounds. See “The
Piano section” on page 30.
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2. Overview: The Keyboard
THE SYNTH
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SECTION
The Synth section has been designed for maximum ease of use in live situations, while keeping flexibility
and sound control. It is based on standard subtractive synthesis, with a very flexible oscillator section that
can produce all common analog-style waveforms, up to three-oscillator FM synthesis, and a bank of carefully designed wavetables for those unusual timbres. The synth also sports a high-quality resonant low-pass
filter with selectable slope, two envelopes, a simple EQ, and a very powerful Unison mode.
See “The Synth section” on page 34.
THE EXTERN
SECTION
The Extern section controls an external MIDI instrument. You can use the PARAMETER knob to control
various parameters on the external device. You can also assign the external instrument to any Keyboard
Zone, just like the built-in instruments! See “The Extern section” on page 63.
THE EFFECTS
SECTION
Here you’ll find the numerous effects and modulations you can use to add that extra flavour to your sounds.
See “The Effects” on page 49.
THE KEYBOARD
The keyboard of Nord Stage features 76 or 88 medium weighted keys for optimal feel and response with
piano instruments. For organ sounds there is also a fast trigger response option which closely mimics the
feel of a real organ.
The keyboard can be split into three Keyboard Zones to which any instrument section can be freely assigned. Assigned Keyboard Zones are saved with a Program. See “Keyboard Zones and Dual Panel setups”
on page 56.
ABOUT KNOBS & BUTTONS
THE
KNOBS
There are two types of knobs on the Nord Stage:
• Rotary Encoders that show the position with red LED indicators.
These always reflect the “true” value, and can also be controlled using the Morph
function (see “About Morph Assign” on page 60).
• Other knobs are of potentiometer type. After you load a program, the corresponding parameter may not correspond to the actual position of the physical knob.
As soon as you begin turning a knob, the parameter value will ‘snap’ to the knob’s
physical position.
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2. Overview: About Knobs & Buttons
BUTTONS
There are three types of buttons for editing sounds on the Nord Stage:
SELECTOR BUTTONS
Press the SELECTOR button repeatedly to select between options printed next to the
corresponding triangular LED (see figure).
ON/OFF BUTTONS
The ON/OFF buttons have a LED next to them to indicate the status.
DRAWBAR BUTTONS
The DRAWBAR buttons are special in the way that they auto-increment/decrement the corresponding parameter when held. I.e. if you hold a DRAWBAR button the corresponding drawbar parameter will continue to increment or decrement (within its range) until you release the button.
THE SHIFT BUTTON
Many buttons and knobs have a second function, printed in darker text just below the button or knob. You
access these additional functions and parameters by holding SHIFT while pressing a button or turning a
knob.
The SHIFT button is also an EXIT button, used for example to exit menus and store operations.
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3. Connections: Nord Stage rear panel
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3. CONNECTIONS
NORD STAGE REAR PANEL
AUDIO CONNECTIONS
• Make all audio connections before turning on your power amplifier!
• All signal cables used with the Nord Stage must be shielded.
• The four audio outputs (CH OUT 1-4)) are line level and unbalanced.
• If you wish to connect the Nord Stage in stereo to your audio equipment, you should use CH1 OUT in
pair with CH2 OUT.
• You can also route individual instruments to CH OUTPUTS 3 & 4 either in stereo or as two mono
channels. This is done on the System page - see page 66.
MIDI CONNECTIONS
• If you are using a Nord Stage together with a MIDI keyboard, connect a MIDI cable from MIDI Out
on the keyboard to MIDI IN on the Nord Stage.
• If you are using Nord Stage to control an external MIDI instrument, connect a MIDI cable from MIDI
OUT on the Nord Stage to the MIDI In connector on the other instrument.
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3. Connections: Connecting pedals
CONNECTING PEDALS
The Nord Stage has four pedal inputs: one CONTROL PEDAL input (configurable to control various Nord
Stage parameters), one ORGAN SWELL input, one SUSTAIN PEDAL input and one ROTOR SPEED input
(for rotary speaker fast/slow selection). You can select for each instrument whether it should react to sustain
or not (see “Activating the Sustain Pedal/Pitch Stick for Instruments” on page 22). Connect the pedals as
shown in the figure 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, Ernie Ball and Fatar) are preconfigured in the Nord Stage, and you simply select
the type of pedal in the System menu. See “Ctrl Pedal Type” on page 67 for more information about this
setting.
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.
USING
A
ROTOR SPEED
PEDAL
You can use a pedal connected to the ROTOR SPEED input to switch between Slow and Fast rotor speed
for the Rotary Speaker effect. This pedal can work in hold or toggle mode, which is set in the System Menu
(see page 66).
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4. Getting Started: About Instruments
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4. GETTING STARTED
ABOUT INSTRUMENTS
When “Instrument sections” or “Instruments” are referred to in the manual this is a collective reference to
the Organ, Piano and Synth instruments which can be all be active within a Program.
ABOUT PROGRAMS
A Program in Nord Stage basically contains all settings (instruments and effects etc.) when the Program
was saved. A Program can consist of a single instrument or a combination of up to six instruments and two
Extern sections, which can be assigned to one ore more Keyboard Zones for split and layered sounds.
Programs also contains settings for both Panel A and B (see “About Panel A & B” on page 14.
For more details about the Program memory architecture see “What is a Program?” on page 19.
SELECTING PROGRAMS
The Program memory in Nord Stage consists of 21 Program Pages, with each Page holding 6 Programs
for a total of 126 Programs. All Programs can be edited and replaced at any time. To select a Program for
playing/editing, proceed as follows:
1. Select a Page (1-21) by pressing the PAGE -/+ buttons in the Program section. Hold a PAGE -/+ to scroll quickly through the Program Pages.
2. Select a Program on the current Page by pressing one of the six PROGRAM
buttons 1 to 6.
• You can also use the VALUE DIAL to the right of the DISPLAY
to select Programs. By turning the knob you can continuously
scroll between all Programs (on all Pages).
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EDITING
A
4. Getting Started: Activating instrument sections
PROGRAM
Actually, how to change a programmed sound can be described in one sentence: “tweak the knobs and
press the buttons”. It is as simple as that! Don’t be afraid to edit and overwrite the factory Programs. If you
want to restore any of the original factory programs later, you can download them at http://www.clavia.se
and transfer them to your Nord Stage as MIDI SysEx files. To indicate that a Program has been edited
(changed from the stored version), an asterisk is shown to the right of the Program number in the DISPLAY.
REVERTING
TO THE ORIGINAL
PROGRAM
If you have edited a Program and want to revert to the stored original, just press the corresponding PROGRAM button again.
STORING
AND
NAMING PROGRAMS
How to store and name Programs is described in a separate chapter - see “The Program section” on
page 16.
ACTIVATING INSTRUMENT SECTIONS
There are three main instrument sections in Nord Stage: the Organ section, the Piano section and the Synth section. You can activate/deactivate instrument sections
in the following ways:
• Pressing the KB ZONE SELECT ON/OFF button for an Instrument section so
that one or more of the LEDs lights up will activate the corresponding instrument. If all LEDs are lit,
the instrument will play across the whole range of the keyboard. Any other active instrument(s) will in
this case be layered with the instrument you just activated.
• Pressing the KB ZONE SELECT button for an active Instrument section (so that the LEDs go dark)
will turn off the corresponding section.
• For information on how to use splits see the chapter “Keyboard Zones and Dual Panel setups” on
page 56.
INSTRUMENT INITS
Alternatively, you can use the following method to select one of four basic INSTRUMENT INIT setups (InitOrgan/Init-Split Organ/Init-Piano/Init-Synth). This will activate the corresponding instrument, and deactivate all other instruments.
1. Hold down the SHIFT button.
2. Press one of the ORGAN, SPLIT ORGAN, PIANO OR SYNTH buttons in the Program section to activate the corresponding instrument section. The “Split Organ” setup uses a split for a Lower/Upper
manual organ where the lower half of the keyboard plays an organ belonging to Panel A and the upper
half plays Panel B (see “About Split Organ Setups” on page 29).
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4. Getting Started: About Panel A & B
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ABOUT PANEL A & B
All instruments in Nord Stage are two part multitimbral. This means that each instrument section can produce two sounds simultaneously, with completely independent settings. The key to this feature are the two
Panels; A and B.
The two PANEL buttons A and B selects which Panel is currently active (or edit active - see below). Each
Panel controls three instrument sections and four Panel effects. Having two Panels with their own settings
not only allows you to alternate between two sound setups within a selected Program. It also lets you have
both Panels activated, giving you access to two simultaneous instruments in each section, e.g. a Electric
Piano and a Clavinet, two Synths etc. In dual panel mode you are basically layering two full sets of the Nord
Stage panel.
• You activate both panels by holding down one of the PANEL A/B buttons and then pressing the other.
• To exit “Dual Panel” mode, hold down one of the PANEL A/B buttons and then press the other.
ABOUT PANEL
EDIT FOCUS
Both Panels activated. One of the PANEL button LEDs will
blink to indicate which Panel is currently has edit focus.
If both Panels are activated, the settings on the front panel always reflects settings for one of the Panels (A
or B) at a time.
• Any tweaking of parameters will only affect the currently “edit active” Panel, which is indicated by a
blinking PANEL button.
• Pressing the other PANEL button will then instantly switch edit focus to the other Panel and allow you
to edit the settings.
• Each Panel contains independent settings for the Organ, separate instances of two instruments (Piano
and Synth), one Extern section, as well as four Panel effects (Effect 1/2, Delay and AmpSim/EQ).
• Thus, within a single Program you can use up to six instruments, two external instruments and eight
independent effects.
SETTING OUTPUT LEVEL FOR INSTRUMENTS
Each instrument has a LEVEL rotary encoder at the top. This adjusts the output level for the corresponding
instrument section. The LEVEL encoders can be Morph controlled.
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4. Getting Started: Adding a Global effect
ADDING A GLOBAL EFFECT
Nord Stage features four effect groups; the Rotor section (rotary speaker effect), the Effects section (three separate effects units; Effect 1, 2 and Delay), the Ampsim/EQ section
(overdrive and amplifier/speaker modelling with EQ), and a Compressor and Reverb section. The Compressor and Reverb effects are global, and affect all instruments routed to
the main CH OUT 1/2 jacks. The Rotor can process the same instrument from both panels (Organ A&B, Piano A&B or Synth A&B). The other effects can process one freely selectable instrument per Panel.
• To add a global reverb effect to a sound, simply press the ON button in the Reverb section.
Now you can adjust the amount of reverb effect using the DRY/WET knob, and set the
basic reverb character (Hall/Hall soft/Stage/Stage soft/Room) using the Selector button!
How to use the other effects is described in the Effects chapter, see “The Effects” on
page 49..
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5. The Program section: Overview
5. THE PROGRAM
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SECTION
OVERVIEW
The Program section comprises central functions such as Program handling, system pages etc. System pages are covered in a separate chapter - see “System functions” on page 66.
LOAD
A PROGRAM
You can load a program in several different ways.
• Press any of the PROGRAM 1-6 buttons to load the corresponding program from the current Program
Page.
• Press or hold PAGE + or - to step through the 21 Program Pages in the Nord Stage.
• Turn the VALUE DIAL in either direction to scroll through all Programs. Program Page focus is shifted
as needed.
• Hold SHIFT and press or hold the PAGE buttons to step through the Programs. Program Page focus is
shifted as needed.
• Press either of the LIVE 1-2 buttons to activate one of the special Live Buffers (see “About the Live 1&2
Buffers” on page 19).
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5. The Program section: Overview
PROGRAM CHANGE
Normally a program is loaded the same moment you press a PROGRAM button, or as soon as you turn the
VALUE DIAL. Sometimes you may want to browse through the programs without leaving the current program, for example while still playing with the other hand. Then you can use the “pending program change”
feature:
• While pressing SHIFT, turn the VALUE DIAL until you see the program you want to load in the DISPLAY. Release the SHIFT button. The corresponding PROGRAM BUTTON will flash to show you that it
is ready to load. Press the flashing button to load the program.
• If you change your mind, press EXIT (SHIFT) to cancel the operation.
PAGE -/+
BUTTONS
The PAGE -/+ buttons are used to select Program Pages and to navigate between System menu pages.
Hold either button to browse quickly through the pages.
When combined with the SHIFT button, the PAGE buttons step through all the 121 available Programs.
DISPLAY
The MAIN DISPLAY normally shows the name of the currently selected Program, but is also used for displaying various system parameters and messages.
THE SHIFT / EXIT
BUTTON
Many buttons and knobs have secondary functions that you can access by holding down SHIFT
and pressing the button or turning the knob. The Shift induced functions are always printed
below the corresponding button or knob. For example, pressing SHIFT + PROGRAM 3 button
will allow you to access the MIDI system parameters.
In a few cases, the “shift” functionality can be acheived by double-clicking a button. This works primarily
with Keyboard Zone assignments and Effect source selects.
The SHIFT button is also an EXIT button, for example when you want to exit a menu, or cancel a Store
operation.
VALUE DIAL
The VALUE DIAL to the right of the DISPLAY is used to select Program locations, to set system parameter
values and to “type” in Program names.
When used with the SHIFT button, the VALUE DIAL selects a Program, but does not load it until you
press the corresponding, blinking PROGRAM button. See “Pending program change” above.
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5. The Program section: Overview
THE STORE
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BUTTON
The red STORE button is used when storing Programs (see “Storing Programs” on page 20).
PROGRAM
BUTTONS
Below the DISPLAY are the six PROGRAM buttons (1- 6). They are used to load Programs, to access menus
and to load either of the two Organ Inits.
THE LIVE 1/2
BUTTONS
Pressing either of the LIVE 1/2 buttons will activate a Live buffer - see “About the Live 1&2 Buffers” on
page 19 for a description of this special memory feature. They are also used to load the Piano and Synt Inits.
KB ZONES 2/3
BUTTONS
These buttons are used to activate keyboard zones. Each Program can have up to
three keyboard zones (Lower/Upper/High), and each instrument section can be set
to play across all, two or one of these zones - see “Keyboard Zones and Dual Panel
setups” on page 56.
MORPH ASSIGN
BUTTONS
This section allows you to assign panel parameter(s) to be controlled using the Mod wheel, a control pedal
or keyboard aftertouch. Multiple parameters can be Morph-assigned so that when you for example move
the Mod wheel it will change the drawbars settings for the organ and the volume of the piano section simultaneously. See “The Morph Assign feature” on page 60.
PANEL A/B
BUTTONS
For each Program you have two independent Panels; A and B, where each Panel contains independent instances and settings of the three instrument sections and effects. If you activate both Panels you can use
two instruments of the same type at the same time, e.g. two Piano instruments or a Split Organ setup (see
“About Split Organ Setups” on page 29. This is done by simultaneously pressing both PANEL A and B
buttons. When both panels are active you have access to six instrument sections and eight effects sections
(Effect 1 & 2, Delay and AmpSim/EQ x2). One of the PANEL A & B buttons will then blink to indicate
edit focus, i.e. which of the two Panel’s settings that are currently shown and can be tweaked. To switch
edit focus to the other Panel, press the corresponding PANEL button.
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5. The Program section: What is a Program?
WHAT IS A PROGRAM?
A Program basically stores everything (except System functions which are mostly global). To understand
the internal architecture in Nord Stage, keep the following in mind:
• For each Panel, settings for all three Instruments, the four Panel Effects, and the Extern section are
independent (except the choice of organ model, which is always shared between the panels).
• A Program stores settings for both Panel A and B, so a Program contains independent settings for six
instruments, eight Panel Effects, and two Extern sections.
• A Program also stores all settings from the Extern menu, except the Extern A & B MIDI channels and
the Send on Load setting (see “Extern menu” on page 69), and the output routings for each instrument
(see “System menu” on page 66).
• The Global effects (Compressor/Reverb) and the Rotor effect affect both Panels, and are stored with the
Program as well.
• Splits, layers (Keyboard Zones) and Morph assignments are of course also part of a Program.
ABOUT
THE
LIVE 1&2 BUFFERS
The special Live memory feature can be described as a “live program memory”. If you activate the LIVE 1
OR 2 buttons, 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, so when you power up next
time (or return to the Live memory) all settings will be exactly as you left them.
Having two Live memory locations means that two independent setups can be “saved” in this way.
If 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 1 or 2 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, i.e. 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”.
The Live buffers are useful, e.g., for improvisatory performances, and as scratch pads for new sound setups.
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5. The Program section: Storing Programs
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STORING PROGRAMS
Storing a Program will overwrite the existing Program in the selected memory location.
Note! When Nord Stage is shipped from factory, Memory Protect is set to ‘On’. To be able to
store Programs, you need to change this to “Off”. See “Memory Protect” on page 68.
STORING
A
PROGRAM
You can store a Program in two ways, with the old name or with a new name. To store a Program without
changing its name, proceed as follows:
1. Press the STORE button once. The STORE button and the curStore to 1:5
rently selected PROGRAM button indicator starts blinking, and
the DISPLAY will read “Store to X : X” (the current Page and Pro- Wizard
gram number), plus the Program name,
2. Next step is to select a Page/Program location to store the edited Program in. You can use the PAGE /+ buttons to select a Program Page (1-21), and the PROGRAM 1-6 buttons to select a Program
number on the selected Page (or the Live 1 or 2 memories). Alternatively, you can use the VALUE
DIAL to scroll through all Programs (on all Program Pages). To cancel the operation, press EXIT
(SHIFT).
• From here you can opt to name the program before finally storing it - see “Naming a Program” below.
3. Press STORE again to store your Program. The Display now reads “Program Stored!” for a short duration.
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NAMING
A
5. The Program section: Storing Programs
PROGRAM
To name a program, proceed as follows:
1. Hold down SHIFT and press the STORE AS... button once. The STORE button indicator starts blinking, and the DISPLAY will read “Set Name”.
2. Now use one of the following methods to name your Program:
• You can move the cursor position left or right in the DISPLAY by using the PAGE -/+ buttons.
• 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 “-”).
• By holding down SHIFT and pressing the INS (PAGE +) button, you enter a blank step at the cursor
position.
• By holding down SHIFT and pressing the DEL (PAGE -) 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. You can now use the
VALUE DIAL to select a character at the current cursor position. When you release the KB ZONES button the cursor automatically moves to the next position.
3. Press STORE again. Now you can use the same methods as outlined in “Storing a Program” above to
store your name with the Program.
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6. The Instruments: Introduction
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6. THE INSTRUMENTS
INTRODUCTION
The Nord Stage features 3 different Instruments; Organ, Piano and Synth. Each Instrument is two part
multitimbral meaning that there are actually two independent sound engines for each Instrument. These
“engines” are internally connected to the Panels, one for Panel A and another for Panel B. The Organ behaves a little differently in that there is actually only one “engine” but it supports two manuals with separate drawbar settings - see “About Split Organ Setups” on page 29.
COMMON FEATURES
ACTIVATING
THE
SUSTAIN PEDAL/PITCH STICK
FOR INSTRUMENTS
You can freely set which instruments should respond to a connected Sustain Pedal and to Pitch Bend.
• To activate the Sustain pedal for an instrument, press SHIFT + SUSTPED button in the corresponding
instrument section so that the SUSTPED LED lights up below the button. You use the same general
method to deactivate reception of Sustain for an instrument section, which in that case turns off the
SUSTPED LED indicator.
• To activate Pitch Bend for an instrument section, press SHIFT + PSTICK button in the corresponding instrument section so that the PSTICK LED lights up.
The bend range is fixed to -/+ 2 semitones.
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LEVEL
6. The Instruments: Common Features
ENCODER
The LEVEL rotary encoder allows you to adjust the volume for the instrument. Instrument level can be Morph controlled.
KB ZONE SELECT
BUTTONS
The KB ZONE SELECT buttons allow you to assign the instrument to Keyboard
Zones to create splits and layers. This is described in “Keyboard Zones and Dual
Panel setups” on page 56.
OCTAVE SHIFT
Each instrument has a finite note range. You can use Octave Shift to shift the pitch up or down within the
instruments note range. See “Octave Shift” on page 58 for more information.
OUTPUT ROUTING
The Nord Stage 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, which is the default setting. In global mode, the routing settings stored with the program
are overridden by the global settings. See “System menu” on page 66 for more information about the output routings.
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THE ORGAN SECTION
The Organ section in the Stage features emulations of three classic organ models; a Hammond B3, a Vox
Continental II (V-Type) and a Farfisa Compact DeLuxe (F-Type).
You select which model to play using the ORGAN MODEL button.
THE B3 MODEL (HAMMOND)
The B3 Organ in the Nord Stage is based on a digital simulation of the mechanical tone wheels of the classic
Hammond B3 organ. This simulation utilizes innovative and advanced methods to capture every nuance
of the original B3 sound, for example:
• 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 pre-amplifier which forms the ”body” of
the B3 sound.
• Simulation of the energy stealth on the tone wheels that results in the typical ”compressed” sound.
• Authentic tuning of the tone wheels according to the original B3 design.
• Extremely fast keyboard response.
• Full polyphony.
THE DRAWBARS
The drawbars of Nord Stage are represented by buttons and LED chain graphs instead of ordinary mechanical drawbars. This gives you a big advantage: when you change preset or Programs, the correct drawbar
settings are recalled immediately and shown by the LEDs. In other words, no need for the regular ’trial and
error’ method. It’s very easy to get the hang of changing the drawbar settings in a natural way with the
buttons.
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The drawbars of Nord Stage behave similar to their mechanical
counterparts, i.e. you “pull out”
the drawbars by pressing the
LOWER DRAWBAR buttons and
“push them back in” by pressing
the UPPER DRAWBAR buttons.
The DRAWBAR buttons are special in the way that they auto-increment/decrement the drawbar
value when held. I.e. if you hold a
DRAWBAR button the corresponding drawbar value will continue to increment or decrement
(within its range) until you release
the button. Each drawbar represents a harmonic (sometimes
called a partial). In the figure you
can see the pitch interval among
In the figure above we have chosen C3 as our reference note. The FUND drawbar is
the nine drawbars. Note that the considered the basic (fundamental) harmonic in the organ sound. The arrows point
SUB3 drawbar actually lies a 5th at the respective note that each drawbar represents when C3 is our reference note.
above the fundamental harmonic.
However, in most situations it is perceived as sounding below the basic harmonic. When you play different
notes on the keyboard, the harmonics are being transposed up or down with the fixed harmonic intervals.
PERCUSSION
In the original B3 the Percussion effect is generated by a single envelope generator that controls 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).
• You activate and deactivate the Percussion effect by pressing the
ON button.
• The Percussion effect can be set to control either the 2nd (HARMONIC 3RD button LED Off) or 3rd
harmonic.
• The envelope Decay time can be set to Fast (DECAY button LED Off) or Slow and the Volume characteristics to Normal (VOLUME button LED Off) or Soft.
(The horizontal dotted lines
represent the current drawbar level without Percussion)
The figure above shows the Percussion envelope in
SOFT mode
The figure above shows the Percussion envelope in NORMAL mode
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Like on the original B3, 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. Also, like on the original B3, in Normal Percussion mode the sustain level
is significantly lower than in Soft Percussion mode (or with the Percussion effect disabled).
VIBRATO
The original B3 chorus and vibrato scanner 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. A lot of time and effort have been spent in accurately
recreating the chorus and vibrato scanner effect. Like on the original B3, Nord
Stage offers three different types of choruses (C1-C3) and three different types
of vibratos (V1-V3). Select one of these types by pressing the SELECTOR button. You activate and deactivate the Vibrato section by pressing the ON button.
KEY CLICK CONTROL
On an original B3 organ, the key click produced by the random contact bounces was originally an unintended audio artifact. This particular artifact later became a desirable effect amongst musicians. In the
Nord Stage you can select the amount of key click that should be present in the B3 organ sounds.
1. Press the SHIFT + SOUND buttons to access the Sound menu page.
2. You use the PAGE -/+ buttons to navigate to the Organ Key Click Level menu item.
3. Now you can use the VALUE DIAL to change the Click Level 0-100%. Default setting is 50%.
When you are done, press the EXIT (SHIFT) button.
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THE V-TYPE MODEL (VOX CONTINENTAL II)
The Vox Continental 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 much more compact and portable
organ instruments. Compared to the mighty sound of tone-wheel based organs, transistor organs generally
sounded reedier and weaker, but the Vox Continental had a distinctive sound character which together
with the portability and cool design (inverse keyboard and chrome “Z-frame” stand) made the instrument
massively popular at the time. The sound is timeless and recreated faithfully in Nord Stage.
THE DRAWBARS
The original Vox Continental used drawbars to change the timbre of the sound. The harmonic intervals for
the V-Type organ are printed on the upper row above the drawbars (see page 24 for a general description
of how the drawbars work in Nord Stage).
In the figure you can see the pitch
interval among the six drawbars
used by the V-Type organ. Note
that the 6th drawbar from the left
controls three harmonics simultaneously (3rd-4th-8th). The two
rightmost drawbars determine the
mix of the two basic waveforms
that make up the sound generating source of the organ sound, just
like on the original. You have access to sine (soft) and triangle
(bright) waveforms which can be
freely mixed together. If these
drawbars are both fully “pushed
in”, the organ will not produce any
sound.
SUB
SUB3 FUND 2ND
5TH
3-4-8TH
Sine
In the figure above we have chosen C3 as our reference note. The FUND drawbar is
considered the basic (fundamental) harmonic in the organ sound. The arrows point
at the respective note that each drawbar represents when C3 is our reference note.
VIBRATO
There is only one type of vibrato
available for the V-Type, which is activated using the ON button in the Vibrato section.Note that the VType vibrato is common for both Panels if a dual manual organ is used.
F-TYPE MODEL (FARFISA)
The typical “buzzy” sound of the Farfisa organ is one of the most distinct and easily recognizable keyboard
sounds ever created, yet it is actually possible to get quite a wide range of sounds out of the instrument.
For Nord Stage a Farfisa Compact DeLuxe was used as the source model.
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THE REGISTER SELECTORS
The drawbars act as on/off switches, or “Register selectors” when
the F-Type model is selected. Instead of drawbars, the original
Farfisa organs featured “rocker”type switches to select instrument
“voices” (actually different filter
settings) in various footage (octave) ranges. In Nord Stage, this
functionality is reproduced. When
the F-Type organ model is selected, the LOWER DRAWBAR buttons are used to turn voices on,
and the HIGHER DRAWBAR buttons turns them 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 available voices for the F-type
(also printed on the panel directly
over the drawbars) are as follows
(from left to right):
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SUB
SUB3 FUND 2ND
5TH
3-4-8TH
Sine
In the figure above we have chosen C3 as our reference note. The four ‘Register selectors
correspond to the fundamental harmonic (but with different tonal characteristics).
The arrows point at the respective note that each drawbar represents when C3 is our
reference note.
Register
selector #
Voice
Panel Name
1
Bass 16
BAS16
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, pitched an octave and a
fifth above the fundamental.
2 2/3
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 (i.e. flute=soft/oboe=reedy/strings=bright/trumpet=brassy).
VIBRATO
The F-Type Model has two basic vibrato modes; “Light” and “Heavy”, with different rates for each mode.
Slow/Fast rate for the Light mode is set with the V1/V2 Selectors and C 1/C2 sets the rate for Heavy mode.
Note that the F-Type vibrato is common for both Panels if a dual manual organ is used.
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SWELL
6. The Instruments: The Organ Section
CONTROL
Swell is the characteristic volume function that you control from the organs 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, simply plug in a standard expression pedal to the ORGAN SWELL input on the rear
panel (see “Connecting pedals” on page 11) and configure the pedal on the System Menu (see page 66).
A 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 and a Swell Pedal. See
“Control Pedal Use as Swell” on page 67.
ROTARY SPEAKER
The Rotor section (rotary speaker simulation) is logically placed next to the Organ section, but you can also
use it for Piano or Synth sounds, just like the other effects. The Rotor effect is described on page 55.
ORGAN
PRESET
1&2
For each Organ Model, and separately for Panel A & B, you can store two organ Presets within a single
Program. This is a quick way of changing between two sound variations, without having to change Programs.
You change between Presets 1 & 2 by pressing the PRESET II button. The drawbar settings and the Vibrato/Percussion (on/off) settings are stored in a Preset.
ABOUT SPLIT ORGAN SETUPS
If you press SHIFT and the SPLIT ORGAN button you will activate a basic Split Organ setup, where Both
Panel A and B are active. In this mode the keyboard is split to play a “Lower” and an “Upper” Manual
organ. Panel A settings control the Lower Manual and Panel B the Upper Manual. By default, the split
point is set at middle C.
A blinking PANEL button indicates which Panel is edit active, i.e. which of the two Panel’s settings are
currently shown. To edit/show settings for the other Panel/Manual, press the corresponding PANEL button.
Each Panel/Manual can have their own drawbar, Vibrato (on/off) and Percussion (on/off) settings.
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THE PIANO SECTION
The Piano section of Nord Stage contains six Piano Categories, and each Category can contain different
instrument Types. You can freely add new piano instruments via USB using the Nord Stage Manager utility (see “The Nord Stage Manager application” on page 72).
Right out of the box, Nord Stage features a fine collection of carefully selected acoustic and electromechanical pianos. A lot of effort was put in to ensure that the play response and sound of the sampled 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.
ABOUT
THE
PIANO INSTRUMENTS
Since all piano samples are stored in Flash memory you can easily add and/or replace the stored piano instruments with new ones, supplied free from Clavia.
When you download Piano instruments, these will always automatically be loaded into the corresponding
Category. The user can select whether to overwrite an existing instrument in this category, or to add it as
a new Type. Thus, the Piano Categories printed on the panel are always correct.
A Program saves Piano instruments by Category and the Type number. If a Program refers to a Piano instrument that isn’t currently loaded, i.e. an empty Type slot, the Type display will blink showing the missing Type number. If this happens, you can either navigate to another instrument Type in the selected
Category and select to use this instead, or use the Nord Stage Manager utility to download an instrument into the empty Type slot.
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SELECTING
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PIANO INSTRUMENTS
You use the SELECTOR button to select an instrument category and then use the TYPE button to select
a specific instrument or variation within the selected category.
Category
Description
GRAND
Acoustic grand pianos
UPRIGHT
Acoustic upright pianos
E.GRAND
Electric grand pianos
E.PIANO
Electric Pianos
WURL
Wurlitzer electric pianos
CLAV
Clavinets
ABOUT
THE
FACTORY
SOUND LIBRARY
As mentioned previously, the Piano section is open-ended in that you can load new or improved instruments using the Nord Stage Manager utility. Below follows a description of the Piano Instruments that are
included with the Nord Stage from factory:
Category
Type #
Description
Grand
1
Yamaha C7 Concert Grand, sampled in stereo with close miking.
Grand
2
Steinway Concert Model D, also in stereo with close miking.
Upright
1
A piano manufactured by Svenska Pianofabriken (Swedish Piano Factory). It
was carefully tuned to sound like a typical “parlour” piano.
Upright
2
Upright Yamaha M5J. A serious upright piano with plenty of character.
E.Grand
1
Yamaha CP-80 Electric Grand.
E.Piano
1
Electric Piano Mk I Stage Piano SeventyThree. It was built in May 1978 and
was adjusted to “deep timbre adjustment”. The so called volume adjustment is
set to ‘Low’. These settings gives the piano a warm sound with a rich fundamental.
E.Piano
2
Electric Piano Mk II Stage Piano built in April 1981 and adjusted to ‘shallow’
timbre. Remember this sound? It became famous thanks to the great Chick
Corea. The volume adjustment is set to ‘close’.
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E.Piano
3
Electric Piano Mark V Stage Piano 73, built in June 1984 and adjusted to
‘ideal’ timbre. The volume adjustment is set to ‘close’. The sound of the Mark V
offers improved clarity in the upper range, better consistency of tone in the low
range and increased sustain.
Wurl
1
Wurlitzer 200A electric piano.
Clav
1-4
A sampled Hohner Clavinet D6.
There are 4 Types selectable, with different pick-up variations. (See “Pick-up
Type” on page 33.)
In addition, all possible filter combinations of the original Clavinet D6 can be
recreated in the Clav EQ section. (See “Clav EQ” on page 33).
ABOUT INFO
If you hold SHIFT and the INFO button in the Piano Select section, the display will show the instrument’s
name and additional information about the currently selected instrument, e.g. mic placement (Close or
Ambient) and a revision number (e.g., “R5”).
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CLAVINET
6. The Instruments: The Piano section
SOUND
On an original Clavinet D6 you can select different pick-up and filter combinations
by pressing a number of rocker switches. This functionality is very faithfully simulated in the Nord Stage, which means that you get all possible original Clavinet D6
sound variations (plus an additional four) by selecting different pick-up and filter
combinations! Here’s how it works:
CLAV EQ
The two CLAV EQ buttons works as filter selectors. By selecting different combinations of the BRILLIANT/TREBLE and MEDIUM/SOFT filter buttons you can reproduce all 15 possible filter variations, exactly like on the original D6.
PICK-UP TYPE
A Clavinet D6 has two separate pick-ups, one on the “neck” and one on the “bridge”. By selecting either
one pick-up or both in different combinations you can alter the character of the sound quite drastically.
When the Clavinet is selected in the Nord Stage, you use the TYPE button in the Piano Select section to
select pick-up variations according to the table below:
Pick-up Type
Description
1 (CA)
Only the "neck" pick-up; a warmer, less bright sound.
2 (CB)
Only the "bridge" pick-up; a bright sound.
3 (DA)
Both pick-ups 180 degrees out of phase; the fundamental is almost cancelled out and the
sound becomes thin.
4 (DB)
Both pick-ups on and in phase; a very full sound.
DYNAMICS (VELOCITY
SENSITIVITY)
Some of the piano instruments sampled for the Nord Stage have very wide dynamic ranges by nature and
naturally we wanted to capture this as accurately as possible.
Therefore, it could be perceived that it is a little hard to reach the most extreme levels when playing the
Nord Stage piano sounds with the default keyboard Dynamics setting. This is because the dynamic response curves have been very carefully adjusted to match each original instrument's response characteristics. In other words, Clavia's intention was that when you play a Electric Piano sound, for example, it should
almost feel like you are playing a Electric Piano. However, If you want the piano sounds to respond more
easily to keyboard velocity, you can set this in the following way.
• Hold SHIFT and press the DYNAMICS button to select one of the four modes. The LEDs to the right of
the TYPE DISPLAY light up to indicate what mode is selected. Select between 1-3, where 3 is the most
compressed response. If all LEDs are off, this indicates the instrument’s original sensitivity.
The Dynamics setting is saved with a Program.
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THE SYNTH SECTION
BASICS
The Synth section in Nord Stage was designed to be a versatile yet easy to use “stage” synthesizer to complement 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. And you have
hands-on control over all parameters, which is essential on a stage instrument.
It is based on traditional “subtractive” synthesis with faithful models of analog-style waveforms, but it is
also capable of FM (frequency modulation) and Wavetable synthesis. In subtractive synthesis, you start
with a bright waveform with lots of overtones, and then shape the color of the sound with a filter, usually
a low-pass filter that removes some of the upper harmonics. By modulating the filter cut-off frequency
while the note is playing, dynamic timbres are created.
The Nord Stage Synth 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 (one of them
loopable), one LFO for vibrato and a simple EQ for one-the-fly sound shaping. The basic signal path is
shown with grey boxes and arrows on the Nord Stage panel.
There is one Synth section for each panel, and they share 16 voices, which are dynamically allocated between the panels. You can play two different sounds simultaneously, layered or in splits. If you, for example, layer the Synth sections of both panels, you can create really complex and evolving sounds.
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OSC GROUP
OSCILLATOR ARCHITECTURE
A lot of effort has been spent on creating a versatile and powerful oscillator section for the Nord Stage
Synth. Based on a variable architecture, it provides three different synthesis techniques: Analog, FM (frequency modulation) and Digital wavetables. For each category there is a number of predefined algorithms
with the main parameters mapped to the TIMBRE knob.
For example, the Analog category provides one or two oscillators with various waveforms, with or without
hard sync. In each case, the TIMBRE knob controls one essential parameter, such as pulse width, relative
pitch or sync oscillator frequency. This Timbre parameter can then be modulated by velocity or the Modulation Envelope to create dynamic sounds.
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 knob in he Voices section (see page
46). You can in fact have up to nine oscillators per voice, without losing polyphony. This allows for some
really thick sounds!
TIMBRE
The central TIMBRE control is used to shape the sound in various ways (depending on waveform and algorithm, see below). Timbre can be Morph controlled, allowing wheel, aftertouch or pedal control over the
sound.
For some algorithms, the TIMBRE knob is disabled.
TIMBRE CONTROL
This knob governs the amount of modulation applied to the Timbre parameter. The Timbre parameter can
be modulated by Velocity or the Mod Envelope, indicated by the ENV MOD LED below the knob.
VELOCITY
If the ENV MOD LED is dark, Timbre will be modulated by velocity. If you turn the TIMBRE CONTROL
knob clockwise, the Timbre parameter will be raised if you play harder.
MOD ENV
If you press SHIFT and turn the TIMBRE CONTROL knob so that the MOD ENV LED lights up, the Timbre parameter will instead be modulated by the Mod Envelope (see page 41).
WAVE SELECTOR BUTTONS
The two WAVE selector buttons are used to switch between the different algorithms and categories in the
osc group. Hold SHIFT and press the WAVE buttons up or down to choose a category (Analog/FM/Digital). The LED indicators show which category is activated. Press the WAVE buttons up or down (without
SHIFT) to switch between the different algorithms or waveforms within the selected category.
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WAVES IN THE ANALOG CATEGORY
The Analog category has ten waveforms to choose from, summarized in the chart below.
Wave display
Waveform
Explanation
S
Sd
Sawtooth
Sawtooth detuned
S\
Sawtooth synced
P
Pulse
PF
Pulse fixed time
P\
Pulse synced
t
t\
Triangle
Triangle synced
C\
Cos synced
n
Noise
A plain sawtooth oscillator
Two sawtooth oscillators with adjustable relative
pitch (Timbre knob) and detune (Unison knob)
A sawtooth oscillator with adjustable pitch offset,
hard-synced by a second oscillator.
One pulse oscillator
with variable pulse width.
One pulse oscillator with adjustable pulse width.
The pulse width is constant over the keyboard.
A pulse oscillator with adjustable pitch offset,
hard-synced by a second oscillator.
A plain triangle wave oscillator.
A triangle oscillator with adjustable pitch offset,
hard-synced by a second oscillator.
A cosine oscillator with adjustable pitch offset,
hard-synced by a second oscillator.
A white noise generator.
When you change waveform, the name of the currently selected waveform is shown briefly in the MAIN
DISPLAY.
SAWTOOTH
The sawtooth wave contains all harmonics and is the richest of the available waveforms. It is suitable for
all sorts of sounds.
The sawtooth signal shape
The sawtooth signal frequency spectrum
The TIMBRE knob does not have any effect on the sawtooth wave.
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PULSE
The pulse wave contains only odd harmonics at 50% pulse width (square wave). This waveform is special
in that its harmonic content can be varied continuously, by adjusting the pulse width (PWM).
The pure square wave: a pulse wave
with 50% pulse width.
The frequency spectrum of a pure square wave. The signal
contains only odd harmonics.
The pulse wave at 10% pulse width.
The frequency spectrum at 10% pulse width. Now, also even
harmonics are gradually introduced making the sound
“sharper” but also “thinner”.
The pulse wave at 5% pulse width.
The narrower the pulse width, the more harmonics are present
in the frequency spectrum.
The TIMBRE knob controls the pulse width of the pulse wave, from 50% (square wave) to 99%. You can
modulate the Timbre using Morph (see page 60), Velocity or Mod Envelope. This waveform is suitable for
many type of sounds and has a more “hollow” character than the Sawtooth wave.
PULSE FIXED TIME
A normal pulse wave has a pulse width adjusted relative to the wavelength, usually in % (see above). The
Pulse Fixed Time algorithm instead generates a pulse wave where the pulse width is adjusted in absolute
time values (with the TIMBRE knob), i.e. the pulse width is constant over the keyboard. This results in a
spectrum with fixed formants, similar to the character of many acoustic instruments.
The waveform in itself is not different from the normal Pulse algorithm, but it behaves differently over the
keyboard range.
TRIANGLE
The triangle waveform has only odd and not very strong harmonics. It is suitable for flute sounds and similar.
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NOISE
The noise waveform is a chaotic waveform, containing all frequencies at the same time. With the resonant
filter and the EQ, you can shape it to produce special effects, e.g. wind noises and whistling sounds.
OSCILLATOR SYNC WAVEFORMS
The Saw, Square, Triangle and Cosine waveforms can be synchronized. These modes are marked with a special character in the WAVE DISPLAY. Oscillator Synchronization means that you use the signal from one
oscillator to restart another oscillator. Nord Stage has a “hidden” sync oscillator for 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 TIMBRE knob, this will be perceived as a change in timbre,
with a frequency spectrum with deep resonance in the oscillator’s harmonics.
Tip! When using Oscillator Sync, it can be very useful to have the Timbre 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.
If you choose one of the synchronized oscillator mode, the Oscillator will start over with a new period of
the waveform, each time the sync-oscillator does so. If the Oscillator then has a higher frequency than the
sync-oscillator, it will get a complex waveform that depends both on its own pitch and on that of the syncoscillator.
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Example 1: a sawtooth wave synced by a sync oscillator. The sawtooth wave is restarted every time the sync oscillator
begins a new cycle. The resulting signal gets deep resonance in its harmonics.
In the Nord Stage, oscillator sync is possible with sawtooth, pulse, triangle and cosine waveforms,
each providing different spectral character.
FM CATEGORY
The basic principle behind 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.
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feedback
MODULATOR
feedback
feedback
CARRIER
output
MODULATOR
MODULATOR
CARRIER
CARRIER
output
output
The three different FM algorithms in the Nord Stage: one, two and three
oscillator FM with feedback. The feedback is not active in all algorithms.
The Timbre knob controls the FM and feedback amounts. When you turn the knob, all modulations are
increased simultaneously. The number of harmonics, and their intensity, increase proportionally to the FM
amount. As usual, the Timbre parameter can be modulated by Velocity or the Modulation Envelope, and
it can be Morph controlled by any combination of wheel, aftertouch and pedal.
Each algorithm comes with a number of preconfigured 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 wave 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 WAVE 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 availible algorithms together with the notation used in the WAVE DISPLAY are listed:
Wave disp.
Cr
1
2
3
5
9
1.
2.
3.
5.
9.
11
21
31
51
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Algorithm
1 op with feedback
2 op
2 op
2 op
2 op
2 op
2 op with feedback
2 op with feedback
2 op with feedback
2 op with feedback
2 op with feedback
3 op
3 op
3 op
3 op
3 op
Freq. relation
1
1:1
2:1
3:1
5:1
9:1
1:1
2:1
3:1
5:1
9:1
1:1:1
2:1:1
3:1:1
5:1:1
9:1:1
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Wave disp.
22
42
82
1.1
1:2
1:3
1:5
1:9
1.F
2.F
3.F
5.F
9.F
Algorithm
3 op
3 op
3 op
3 op with feedback
3 op with feedback
3 op with feedback
3 op with feedback
3 op with feedback
3 op with feedback
3 op with feedback
3 op with feedback
3 op with feedback
3 op with feedback
Freq. relation
2:2:1
4:2:1
8:2:1
1:1:1
1:2:1
1:3:1
1:5:1
1:9:1
1:1:2
2:1:2
3:1:2
5:1:2
9:1:2
Tip! The one-operator algorithm can be used to produce a perfect sine-wave, if the TIMBRE knob (feedback) is set to zero.
DIGITAL WAVEFORM CATEGORY
This category features 32 different sampled 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.
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 filters and the Synth EQ, you should be able to create a
wide variety of timbres.
The TIMBRE knob does not have any effect in the Digital Wavetable category.
MOD ENVELOPE
The Modulation Envelope is a simple two-stage envelope used to modulate the tone colour
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 modes:
• Attack - Decay (ignoring key release)
• Attack - full sustain - Release
• Repeat mode: Attack - Decay - Attack - Decay - Attack - etc. In this the Mod Envelope
acts as an LFO with shapeable waveform.
The Mod Envelope can control the Filter Frequency and the Timbre parameters. The amount
of modulation is set with the FREQ CONTROL and TIMBRE CONTROL knobs.
ATTACK
Attack sets the time it should take for the envelope to reach maximum level after you have pressed a key.
Turn the ATTACK knob clockwise to increase Attack time.
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RELEASE/DECAY
When the attack phase is over, the envelope drops back to zero level. Use the REL/DECAY knob to set the
time this should take.
ENV VEL
If you press SHIFT and turn the ATTACK knob so that the ENV VEL indicator lights up, the Mod Envelope will be scaled with the keyboard velocity (i.e. how hard or soft you play). This is normally used to make
higher velocity (louder notes) produce brighter sounds (because of higher modulation of the filter or the
Timbre), which is how most acoustic instruments behave.
ENV MODE
Hold down SHIFT and turn the REL/DECAY knob to select Envelope Mode. The LEDs below the knob
will show the selected mode. The Attack/Decay and Attack/Release modes are illustrated below:
In Attack/Decay mode, the Mod Envelope outputs a
control signal that rises to maximum amount at the
set Attack time and then immediately falls back to
zero at the set Decay time.
.
In Attack/Release mode, the control signal from the
Mod Envelope stays at the maximum value until
key release.
REPEAT
In Repeat mode, the Modulation Envelope restart directly after the Decay phase, creating cyclic modulation, like an LFO with shapable waveform, where you can change the waveshape and cycle time by adjusting the Attack and Decay times.
A slow looping Mod Envelope can be used for example to produce continuously sweeping pads, while shorter Attack and Decay settings can produce special effects or repetitive sounds.
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AMP ENVELOPE
The final stage of a synth signal chain usually consists of an amplifier to control the signal
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 three modes:
• Attack - Decay (ignoring the key release)
• Attack - full sustain - Release
• Attack - Decay - fixed short release
Each mode has two time parameters, Attack and Release/Decay.
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”.
RELEASE/DECAY
When the attack phase is over, the envelope drops back to zero level. Use the REL/DECAY knob to set the
time this should take.
ENV VEL
If you hold SHIFT and turn the ATTACK knob so that the ENV VEL indicator lights up, the volume of
the notes will be velocity controlled.
ENV MODE
Hold down SHIFT and turn the REL/DECAY knob to select Envelope Mode. The LEDs below the knob
will show the selected mode. The Attack/Decay and Attack/Release modes are illustrated below:
In Attack/Decay mode, the Amp Envelope rises to
maximum amplitude at the set Attack time and
then immediately falls back to zero at the set Decay
time.
In Attack/Release mode, the Amp Envelope stays at
maximum amplitude until the key is released, and
then fades to zero.
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The third Envelope mode, indicated by both LEDs, is similar to the first mode, except that the envelope
quickly goes to zero when the key is release.
FILTER SECTION
The filter is, together with the oscillators, the most important sound-shaping tool in a synthesizer. The filter section in Nord Stage comprises a lowpass filter with either a 12dB or 24 dB slope, with selectable keyboard tracking. The filter has adjustable resonance, and is self-olscillating at high resonance settings. The
filter cut-off frequency can be modulated by velocity or by the Mod Envelope.
FILTER FREQUENCY CUTOFF
With the FREQ knob you set the cutoff frequency. Simply put, if you turn the FREQ knob clockwise, the
high-frequency content in the signal will increase. This parameter can be Morph controlled.
When you “open” a lowpass filter, the high-frequency content
increases in the output signal.
LP FILTER
In Nord Stage you can select between 12 dB/octave and 24 dB/octave (4-pole) slopes for the low pass filter.
Press SHIFT and the 4 POLE button to switch type. The 4 POLE LED shows which filter mode is selected.
The figure shows the filter with
24 dB and 12 dB slopes.
24 DB (4-POLE)
This is the classic “synth filter” slope used in the Minimoog and Prophet-5 among others. It cuts out frequencies rather drastically, 24 dB per octave. A 24 dB filter is also known as a 4-pole filter.
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12 DB
The 12 dB/octave slope leaves more harmonics than the 24dB variation discussed above. This type of filter
has been used in various early Oberheim synthesizers and others. A 12 dB filter is also known as a 2-pole
filter.
KB TRACK
The reason for having the Keyboard Track switch is related to basic 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
perceived as getting “muddier” the higher up the keyboard you play. To avoid this effect, use KB Track.
KB Track (keyboard tracking) has three modes; “FULL”, “2/3” and “1/3”, which is set with the KB
TRACK button. With KB T turned off (both LEDs off), the filter frequency setting is constant regardless
of where on the keyboard you play. When Keyboard Track is activated, the filter frequency setting will be
higher for higher notes as indicated in the illustration below. At “Full” tracking (both LEDs on) the filter
frequency tracks the keyboard 100% (if you turn up the Resonance parameter to full so that the filter selfoscillates and produces a pitch, Filter Frequency will track to 12 notes/octave). If “2/3” or “1/3” is selected,
the filter frequency/keyboard relationship is more subtle, i.e. the filter frequency will increase less with
higher notes (66% and 33% respectively).
The figure shows how the
Frequency1 value changes
according to where on the
keyboard you play when
KB TRACK is activated.
RESONANCE
The Resonance parameter is used to further adjust the characteristics of the Filter. Increasing the Resonance
will emphasize frequencies around the set Filter Frequency (cutoff frequency), making the sound thinner.
Further raising the Resonance will make the sound resonant to a point where the filter starts to self-oscillate
and produce a ringing pitch. Exactly where in the frequency spectrum this “ringing” occurs, depends on
the Frequency value.
4
The figure shows a 24 dB
lowpass filter with different
resonance amounts (Q-values).
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FREQUENCY CONTROL
This knob governs the amount of modulation applied to the Filter Frequency. The Filter Frequency can be
controlled by Velocity or the Mod Envelope. The FREQ CONTROL knob controls the modulation Amount
for both modes.
VELOCITY
If you turn the FREQ CONTROL knob clockwise, the filter frequency cutoff will be raised if you play harder.
MOD ENV
If you press SHIFT and turn the FREQ CONTROL knob so that the MOD ENV LED lights up, the filter
frequency will instead be modulated by the Mod Envelope (see “Mod Envelope” on page 41).
VOICES
SECTION
In this section, you set various voice modes for the synth. You choose between monophonic and polyphonic
playing, and control glide between notes. Here you also find the powerful Unison mode.
MONO MODE
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 retrig and start sounding again.
To activate Mono mode, press the SELECTOR button so that the MONO LED lights up.
LEGATO MODE
To activate Legato mode, press the SELECTOR button so that the LEGATO LED lights up.
In Legato mode you can only play one note at a time, just like on a traditional monophonic synthesizer. If
you play a new key before releasing the previously played key (legato), the new note will replace the previous one at the current Envelope phase of the previously pressed key. I.e. the new note will not retrigger
the Envelopes (Amp and Mod).
If you release the last played key before playing a new key (non-legato), the new note will sound exactly
like in Mono mode, i.e. the complete Envelopes will be retriggered.
GLIDE (PORTAMENTO)
When 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/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.
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AUTO
Press SHIFT and turn the GLIDE knob to select Auto Glide mode (the AUTO LED is lit). This means that
glide is active only when you play legato (you press a new key before you release the previous key).
UNISON
The oscillator section has a number of “hidden” oscillators. The number of extra oscillators varies with the
algorithms, but is usually between three and eight. When you activate Unison, these slightly detuned voices are gradually added to the basic sound for those classic synth chorus effects. Note that Unison doesn’t
reduce the polyphony!
You adjust the number of extra oscillators and the detune amount among the voices with the UNISON
knob:
• The left half of the UNISON knob range controls a classical two-voice detune effect.
• As a special cas, in the “Sawtooth detuned” oscillator mode, the left half of the UNISON knob range
controls the detuning between the two main oscillators.
• The right half of the UNISON knob range introduces a thicker multi-voice detune, which can be very
powerful.
VIBRATO
Vibrato modulates the pitch of the oscillators 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.Touch) is selected you can control the vibrato by pressing down held
notes on the keyboard. See “About Aftertouch” on page 62.
• You can also control vibrato using the Mod Wheel.
• There are also three delay (Dly 1-3) modes which automatically activates vibrato after a certain time for
held notes. The difference between the three delay modes is the time it takes for vibrato to activate;
Dly1 is the fastest time and Dly3 the slowest. The basic Delayed Vibrato depth and speed settings are
set globally on the Sound Page - see “Sound Menu” on page 68.
EQ
The Synth also features a basic 2 band EQ section. This allows you to quickly
boost or cut treble and bass frequencies by +/- 15 dB. Turn the TREBLE or
BASS knob clockwise (from center position) to boost the respective frequency
band and vice versa. A LED indicates when the EQ is active.
SOUND SELECT
SECTION
When you save a Program the current Synth settings are of course stored together with all other panel settings, but the Sound Select section allows you to select/store Synth sounds separately from Programs. in
this way, you can build up a library of favorite synth sounds to access whenever you need them.
SELECTING SYNTH SOUNDS
The available memory slots are divided into three categories; Synth, Pad and Bass, with 99 memory slots
in each category, a total of 297 sounds. Having categories helps you quickly find the type of sound you are
looking for.
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Use the two SOUND SELECT UP/DOWN buttons to step through all the available sounds. To jump between categories, press SHIFT and the CATEGORY
buttons. When you select a sound, the name is shown briefly in the MAIN DISPLAY. The smaller LED Display in the Sound Select section always shows the
patch number.If a Synth sound has been edited, a dot is shown after the
number to reflect this in the SOUND SELECT DISPLAY.
STORING SYNTH PATCHES
To store a Synth Patch, press SHIFT and the STORE SYNTH button in the Voices section. The display in
the Sound Select section starts blinking. You can now use the SOUND SELECT UP/DOWN buttons to navigate to a memory location where you would like to store your Patch. To switch category, press SHIFT and
the CATEGORY buttons.
To name a Synth Patch you can use the PAGE -/+ buttons to move the cursor and the VALUE DIAL to
select character just as for Programs, see page 13.
To store, press the STORE SYNTH button again.
SOUND INIT
To start with a “clean slate” when programming sounds you can use the Sound Init function. This will initialize the Patch to basic default settings. This is done by pressing SHIFT and SOUND INIT.
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7. THE EFFECTS
ABOUT THE EFFECTS
The Effects available in Nord Stage can be divided into three main categories:
• Panel Effects - these can affect one instrument (per Panel) at a time. Panel effects are the effects in the
main Effects section and in the AmpSim/EQ section. All Panel effects have separate engines and settings
for Panel A and B, thus you have two sets of Panel effects available for each Program. See below for a
description of the Panel effects.
• Global Effects - these affect all instruments routed to the main outputs CH1 & CH2. The Compressor
and Reverb on the far right of the front panel are global effects. See page 54.
• The Rotor Effect works slightly differently compared to Panel effects. See “The Rotor section” on
page 55.
ABOUT
MONO/STEREO AND EFFECT ROUTING
Some of the effects are mono in/out, some are stereo in/out and others are mono in/stereo out. For each
individual effect the channel configuration is stated in the related text. The internal routing of some effects,
means that the instrument level has to be taken into account. Whenever this applies it will also be explained in the corresponding effect description.
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THE PANEL EFFECTS
ACTIVATING PANEL
EFFECTS
To enable a panel 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.
You can also step through the instrument assignments by double-clicking the SOURCE button. This is
convenient when you only have one hand free and cannot reach the SHIFT button.
MAKING
SETTINGS FOR
PANEL
EFFECTS
(EFFECTS
SECTION)
To make settings for individual effects in the main “Effects” section (Effect 1/Effect 2/Delay), you mainly
use the RATE/TEMPO and AMOUNT knobs. Which parameters these two knobs control 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 60.
ABOUT 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 for the edit active effect.
EFFECT
TYPE SELECTION WHEN AN
EFFECT
IS OFF
When an effect is off, you can still check which effect type is selected by pressing the corresponding 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.
This feature is available for the Effect 1 & 2 type, Amp simulation model and Reverb type selectors.
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EFFECT 1
The Effect 1 section offers six different types of modulation. You use the SELECTOR button
to switch between the available modulation effects. The following effects are available:
RM (RING MODULATION)
Ring Modulation is a type of modulation where two signals are multiplied with each other.
The result is an inharmonic “bell like” sound. Herbie Hancock used this effect a lot in the
‘70s. In the Nord Stage the instrument signal is multiplied with an additional sinewave.
When RM is selected you set the sinewave pitch with the RATE/TEMPO knob and the
amount of ring modulation with the AMOUNT knob.
This effect is mono in/out.
TREM (TREMOLO)
Tremolo is basically volume modulation that continuously varies the output signal volume. Tremolo is a
commonly used modulation, especially for Wurlitzer electric pianos.
The Tremelo effect is stereo in/out.
The filled curve indicates maximum AMOUNT value and the dashed curves
indicate lower AMOUNT values. At zero AMOUNT value the output level
is constantly at maximum level (the straight dashed line).
Use the RATE/TEMPO and AMOUNT knobs to control the Tremolo rate and depth. Note that the output
volume is at maximum level at zero AMOUNT setting.
A-PAN (AUTO PAN)
The A-Pan is an auto panning modulation that smoothly pans the signal between the Left and Right outputs.
The filled curve indicates maximum AMOUNT value and the dashed
curves indicate lower AMOUNT values. The signal smoothly pans between the Left and Right outputs as indicated in the figure.
You control the rate and amount of panning with the RATE/TEMPO and AMOUNT knobs. The Pan effect
is stereo in/out.
STATIC PAN CONTROL OF AN INSTRUMENT
Sometimes you may want absolute manual control of over the panning of an instrument. This can be done
with the A-Pan effect as follows:
• Enable Effect 1 for the instrument you want to pan, and select the A-Pan effect type.
• Set the RATE/TEMPO KNOB to zero. Then you can place the instrument anywhere in the stereo field
manually with the AMOUNT knob, just like a pan control on a mixer.
WAH-WAH
The Wah-Wah modulation is often used for electric guitars to get that characteristic “talking guitar”
sound. Wah-Wah can also be extremely useful on electric piano sounds. Try out the Clavinet sound with
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Wah-Wah modulation and you’ll understand. Basically, 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/out.
For the Wah-Wah1 modulation you control the “pedal position” with the RATE/TEMPO knob and the
wet/dry mix with the AMOUNT knob.
If you use an expression pedal connected to the CONTROL PEDAL INPUT you can control the filter
sweep and thus the Wah-Wah effect from the pedal by using the Morph function - see page 60.
A-WHA 1&2 (AUTO-WAH)
Auto-Wah 1-2 are variations of the Wah-Wah effect described above. For A-Wha you control the filter
sweep range from the signal’s amplitude envelope (envelope follower). For the Auto-Wah 1 modulation
you control the range 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.
EFFECT 2
The Effect 2 section offers six types of vintage style effects to add that extra flavour to your
sounds.
FLANGER 1&2
The flanger produces a very characteristic comb filter effect. You set the flanging rate with
the RATE/TEMPO knob and the amount with the AMOUNT knob. The Flanger effect is
mono in/out.
PHASER 1&2
The phaser effect produces a very characteristic “sweep” effect commonly used with electric
piano sounds. You control the rate of the phase shift with the RATE/TEMPO knob and the
phase shift amount with the AMOUNT knob. This effect is mono in/out.
CHORUS 1&2
The Chorus effect simulates having several slightly detuned signals. You set the rate for the chorus effect
with the RATE/TEMPO knob and the amount with the AMOUNT knob. This effect is stereo in/out.
DELAY
The Delay effect produces echo/repeat effects. You set the Delay time with the RATE/TEMPO knob (745-0.1ms). While you turn the knob, the delay time and corresponding tempo
and rhythmic subdivision will be shown briefly in the DISPLAY. The AMOUNT knob adjusts
the balance between the dry signal and the delay repeats.
The FEEDBACK knob controls the number of delay repeats. Delay is stereo in/out.
PING PONG
If you press SHIFT and turn the FEEDBACK knob so that the PING PONG indicator lights
up, the delay repeats will alternate between the left and right channels. When short delay
times are used, the repeats will be “asymmetrical” and produce delays that are more like early reflections in reverb units.
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TAP TEMPO
You can also 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 adjust automatically. As long as the Tap Tempo LED is lit the tempo is calculated - wait until it goes dark to tap in
another tempo.
While you tap the tempo, the calculated tempo and corresponding delay time in milliseconds will be shown
briefly on the DISPLAY.
AMPSIM/EQ
This effect section combines an 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, lending you sound that authentic feel.
When no Amp Model is selected, the Ampsim/EQ section provides a more neutral EQ and overdrive.
The Ampsim/EQ effect is mono in/out.
DRIVE
The DRIVE knob controls the amount of overdrive for the Ampsim section. If
the DRIVE LED is on, it indicates that overdrive is active.
EQ SECTION
This is a 3-band equalizer which features controls for bass, midrange and treble.
When there is no amp modelling, the EQ operates like a standard mixer EQ, with +/- 15 dB boost/cut for
each band .
When amp modelling is used, boosting and/or cutting will produce different tonal charcteristiscs, depending the selected amp model.
AMP MODEL
You select a type of amplifier/speaker simulation using the SELECTOR button in the Amp Model section.
There are three types available, with different characteristiscs:
Amp Model
Description
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Amp 3
Amp 2
Amp 1
A simulation of a Roland Jazz Chorus
speaker cabinet, powered by a tube amp.
A simulation of the Wurlitzer 200A internal
speaker, powered by a tube amp.
A simulation of a Fender Twin tube amplifier and speaker cabinet.
If all LEDs are off, the effect combines EQ with overdrive (no amp/speaker modelling).
GLOBAL EFFECTS
If activated, the Compressor and Reverb effects will process all signals routed to the
CH 1/CH 2 outputs, but do not affect any signals routed to the CH 3/CH 4 outputs.
Both these effects are stereo in/out.
COMPRESSOR
The Compressor will even out the dynamics of what you play, making low level
sounds louder and high level sounds lower. This produces a tight, punchy sound and
makes the overall level easier to control in a live mix situation. You activate the Compressor using the ON button. The AMOUNT knob controls the amount of compression applied.
REVERB
The Reverb section simulates the natural sound reflections in various acoustic environments. You can choose between five reverb types, indicated by the three LEDs lit one
or two at a time:
Reverb name
Hall soft
Hall 2
Stage soft
Stage 2
Room
Description
A reverb with the response and character
of a spacious hall, with long decay and a
mellow character.
A hall reverb with a slightly brighter character
A reverb with a medium decay time and
mellow character.
A medium decay reverb, with slightly
brighter character.
Room ambiance with a rather short decay
time.
The DRY/WET knob sets the balance between the unprocessed and the processed signal.
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THE ROTOR SECTION
The Rotor effect (rotary speaker simulation) in Nord Stage accurately reproduces the
sound of the rotating horn and bass rotor, as well as the characteristics of the builtin amplifier of the original Leslie units. The Rotor effect is mono in/Stereo out.
• You activate or deactivate the Rotor effect for a selected instrument in the same
way as Panel Effects (see “Activating Panel effects” on page 50).
• You switch between fast and slow rotor speeds by pressing the SPEED button.
• To stop the rotors, press the STOP button (this does not deactivate the Rotary
Speaker simulation - it only stops the rotors). When you press the STOP button
again the rotors will accelerate to the Slow Speed setting.
• The Rotor acceleration rate, i.e. the time it takes to go from slow to fast and vice
versa, can be adjusted on the Sound menu, see “Sound Menu” on page 68.
The DRIVE knob controls the amount of overdrive. This simulates the pre-amp
overdrive effect of the original Leslies.
By plugging in a sustain pedal or a foot switch to the ROTOR SPEED PEDAL input
you can control the Rotor speed, see “Using a Rotor Speed pedal” on page 11. The
Rotor Speed can also be Morph controlled - see page 60.
ABOUT
THE
ROTOR
EFFECT’S INTERNAL ROUTING
The Rotor effect is internally placed after the panel effects in Nord Stage. It also “sums” signals if both Panel 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 Rotor (just like on the real thing).
Note also that the Rotor Drive parameter is dependent on the processed instrument’s Level setting. If the
instrument being processed by the Rotor uses a very low level setting, 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 Rotor effect increases.
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8. KEYBOARD ZONES
DUAL PANEL SETUPS
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AND
ABOUT KEYBOARD ZONES
You can split the Nord Stage keyboard in up to three Keyboard Zones; Lower (LO), Upper (UP) and High
(HI). You can then assign any of the Instrument sections to any (or all) of these zones. An instrument can
also be assigned to no keyboard zone at all, which is useful when you want to play it from an external keyboard or from a sequencer.
CREATING
A SPLIT
Creating a split so that different instruments are assigned to different keyboard zones is very easy to set up.
Proceed as follows:
1. Activate two instrument sections, e.g. an organ sound and a piano sound, by pressing the KB ZONE
SELECT buttons in each corresponding section so that the KB ZONE LEDs (Lo/Up/Hi) light up. If
you now play the keyboard you should hear both instruments layered.
2. Press the KB ZONES 2 button. This splits the keyboard into two Zones, an upper and a lower. The
split point is indicated by a green LED above the corresponding key on the keyboard.
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3. To assign the Organ instrument section to play on the lower Keyboard
Zone only, hold down SHIFT and then press the KB ZONE SELECT button for the Organ section until only the LO KB ZONE indicator is lit.
4. To assign the Piano instrument to play on the upper half of the keyboard
hold down SHIFT and press the KB ZONE SELECT button for the Piano
section until both the UP/HI KB ZONE indicators are lit.
Now the lower half of the keyboard will play the organ sound, and the upper
half will play the piano!
You can also step through the different Keyboard Zone assignments by double-clicking the KB ZONE SELECT button. This is convenient when you have only one hand free and cannot reach the SHIFT button.
To activate all three Keyboard Zones, press the KB ZONES 3 button. Now the keyboard is split into three
Zones. Now if you press the SHIFT + KB ZONE SELECT button (or double-click the KB ZONE SELECT
button) for an Instrument section, you can step through the following options:
• LO/UP/HI indicators lit - the corresponding instrument will play across all Zones 1-3.
• LO indicator lit - the corresponding instrument will play across Zone 1 only.
• LO/UP indicators lit - the corresponding instrument will play across Zones 1-2.
• UP indicator lit - the corresponding instrument will play across Zone 2 only.
• UP/HI indicators lit - the corresponding instrument will play across Zones 2-3.
• HI indicator lit - the corresponding instrument will play across Zone 3 only.
• No indicator lit - the instrument will not play at all from the internal keyboard, but only from MIDI.
This alternative is only available when an instrument has been assigned an individual MIDI channel (see
“MIDI menu” on page 68).
SETTING
SPLIT POINTS TO CHANGE
ZONE
RANGES
You can set the split points for Zone 2 and 3 in the following way:
• Press SHIFT and SET LO SPLIT button repeatedly. As you can see the green split indicator above the
keyboard alternates between the available split points. There are split points at C and F in each octave.
• You use the same procedure but with SET HI SPLIT button to set the split point for Zone 3.
When using two zones, the split point is set with the SET LO SPLIT button.
Keyboard Zone split points are shared between Panel A and B.
LAYERING
INSTRUMENTS
When two or three instruments are assigned the same keyboard zones, they’re layered, i.e. play at the same
time. You can freely select which instrument(s) should play in each Zone, e.g. you could have a piano assigned on its own to the Upper Zone, but have piano layered with organ in the Hi Zone. Another way to
layer instruments is to activate both panels simultaneously (see “Dual Panel setups” below).
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OCTAVE SHIFT
Each Instrument section and the Extern section have two OCTAVE SHIFT buttons, which can be used to
transpose the notes up or down in octave steps within the total note range of the instrument.
Each instrument in Nord Stage 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.
You cannot transpose an instrument so that non-existing notes would end up in the current Keyboard
Zone. Thus, when playing over the whole keyboard, you can only tranpose a maximum of one octave up
or down. But when you are using splits, e.g. so that a piano is set to play in a Zone with a range of 2 octaves,
you can use the OCTAVE SHIFT buttons to transpose the piano up or down to select which 2 octave range
of the available 9 octaves is to play in this Zone. Thus, you can always access the whole note range of any
instrument within any set Zone range.
Down 2 octaves
Down 3 octaves
Up 1 octave
Up 2 octaves
In the illustration above, a piano has been assigned to play in a KB Zone stretching from 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 case you can
transpose the piano up or down two octaves so you can play any two octave note range from the selected
Zone. No matter what a Zone range is set to you can always reach the entire octave range of any instrument.
DUAL PANEL SETUPS
If you press both PANEL A and PANEL B buttons so that they both light up, this means that both Panels
are active. One of the Panels is always “edit active”, i.e. it is the panel settings for either Panel A or Panel
B that is currently shown and can be edited. The active Panel is indicated by a blinking PANEL LED. To
show/edit the settings for the other Panel press the corresponding PANEL button so that it starts blinking.
To disable one of the panels, hold the PANEL button for the panel you want to keep active, and press briefly
the PANEL button you want to disable.
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
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differently. Instead of two completely separate organ sections, you have one organ engine with two manuals, i.e. different drawbar settings, like on a real B3. See “About Split Organ Setups” on page 29.
USING
AN EXTERNAL KEYBOARD
(DUAL KB)
If you like to use an external keyboard to control Panel B, you set it up as follows:
• Select a MIDI channel to transmit over from the external keyboard, and select the same MIDI channel
as the “Dual KB” channel on the Nord Stage MIDI page menu - see “MIDI menu” on page 68.
• Press SHIFT and the DUAL KB button so that the DUAL KB indicator lights up.
Now the internal keyboard will control Panel A and the external keyboard will control Panel 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 internal sounds, but would in certain circumstances like to use to play the Nord Stage “double 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 its easy to turn off and prevent the external keyboard to play when its used to play its own sounds.
Another advantage with the Dual KB mode is that you can access the knobs and parameters for either panel from the Nord Stage, while the internal keyboard is always playing Panel A, and the external keyboard
controls Panel B. For example, you can keep on playing Panel A with one hand on the internal keyboard
while you simultaneously adjust the drawbars for the second keyboard on Panel B.
Please note that the Dual KB setting is saved with a Program, together with all other Panel 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 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.
The Nord Stage can be set up to receive on a separate MIDI channel for each instrument (see “MIDI menu”
on page 68). When such a MIDI channel is assigned, the instrument can be assigned to no Keyboard Zone
at all (when no KB Zone indicator is lit). This means that the instrument is active and you can adjust all
parameters on the panel as usual, but it can only be played via MIDI, i.e. from your external keyboard (or
a sequencer).
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9. THE MORPH ASSIGN
FEATURE
ABOUT MORPH ASSIGN
The three main MORPH ASSIGN buttons are located in the Program section.
The Morph function can be used to control single or multiple parameters using the Wheel, a connected Control pedal or Aftertouch (see
“About Aftertouch” on page 62). This gives you plenty of real-time
control possibilities to augment your playing style. It is very simple to
set up and use, and all Morph assignments are stored with the Program.
Many of the Factory Programs have Morph assigned parameters. If a Program uses Morph, one or more of
the MORPH ASSIGN indicators will be lit to indicate this.
E.g. if the WHEEL indicator in the Morph Assign section is lit for a Program you can move the wheel and
all Morph assigned parameters will move correspondingly so you “see” exactly what parameters are currently assigned.
USING MORPH - AN EXAMPLE
In this example we shall describe how to assign Morph to the LEVEL rotary encoders for two Instrument
sections and use the Wheel to lower the level of one instrument while simultaneously raising it for the other. This allows you to “morph” seamlessly between two sounds by using the Wheel.
1. Set up so that you have two Instrument sections active e.g. the Piano and Organ section, and that
these are assigned to the same Zones so that they are layered when you play the keyboard.
2. Set the LEVEL knob for one of the two active instrument sections to the maximum value (fully clockwise) and the LEVEL knob for the other active instrument section to the minimum value (fully counter-clockwise).
3. Hold down the WHEEL button in the Morph Assign section and turn the LEVEL knob set to maximum value down to minimum value.
As you can see, the encoder LED pointing to the maximum value position (where it initially was set) stays
lit and the encoder LED pointing to the minimum value position (where you just set it) is also lit. The two
lit encoder LEDs now indicate the Level range (see “About setting Morph parameter ranges” on page 62)
controlled by the Morph Assign function, which in this case was the full range of the Level rotary encoder.
4. Release the WHEEL button in the Morph Assign section and push the Wheel forward. The Level knob
is now controlled by the Wheel and the LED’s continuously reflect the level changes when moving the
Wheel. In this example, when the Wheel is fully forward the Level goes down to zero, and when you
move the Wheel back the Level goes back up to maximum.
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5. Hold down the WHEEL button in the Morph Assign section again while turning the Instrument
LEVEL knob that was set to minimum value in Step 2 up to maximum value.
6. Release the WHEEL button in the Morph Assign section.
7. When you now move the Wheel, the Level is gradually lowered for one instrument and raised for the
other instrument, allowing you to “morph” between the two instruments!
If you double-click a Morph button (WHEEL, A.TOUCH or CTRLPEDAL), it will stay active, and you can
assign any number of morphs without holding the Morph button. When you have finished assigning
Morph parameters, press EXIT (SHIFT) to exit. This for example allows for one-handed Morph assignments.
MORPH ASSIGNABLE PARAMETERS
Basically you can use the Morph function to control all rotary encoders (knobs that show parameter values
with LEDs) 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 Morph controlled:
• The LEVEL knobs for all Instrument sections.
• The TIMBRE knob in the Synth section.
• The FILTER FREQUENCY knob in the Synth section.
• The DRAWBARS in the Organ section.
• The Effect RATE/TEMPO knob.
• The Effect AMOUNT knob.
• The PARAMETER knob in the Extern section (see page 64).
• The ROTOR SPEED button. E.g. hold down the WHEEL button in the Morph Assign section, and
press the ROTOR SPEED button once. Now the Wheel controls the Rotor Speed, which is indicated by
clearly lit ROTOR SPEED LEDs when the corresponding Morph button is held. Note that this enables
you to set Rotor Speed continuously, instead of just alternating between two fixed speeds. To deactivate,
hold down the WHEEL button in the Morph Assign section, and press the ROTOR SPEED button
again.
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ABOUT SETTING MORPH PARAMETER RANGES
In the previous example we controlled the full range of two Instrument LEVEL knobs with Morph. But
you can also set relative ranges for parameters. For example, you could assign one parameter to be controlled fully (min/max), and another parameter knob to be controlled from 12 o’clock position to 3 o’clock position. This would mean that the first parameter would vary between the min and max values whereas the
second parameter would vary between 12 o’clock position to 3 o’clock within the Morph assigned controller’s full range.
When you press and hold down one of the buttons in the Morph Assign section to assign Morphing, the
initial position of a parameter determines the first value, and the position you move the parameter to determines the second value. Using the Wheel as an example, this means that when you move the Wheel
fully forward the parameter will move from the first value to end up on the second value.
CLEARING MORPH ASSIGNMENTS
To clear Morph Assignments, press SHIFT and the corresponding button in the Morph Assign section that
stores the assignments that you wish to clear.
To remove an individual parameter, hold down the MORPH ASSIGN button that the parameter is assigned
to. The current range will be shown by the rotary encoder LEDs for the parameter. Move the rotary encoder
until both LEDs go off to erase the Morph assignment.
ABOUT AFTERTOUCH
We have previously used the Wheel as an example controller, but you can also use Aftertouch to Morph
control parameters.
The Nord Stage keyboard can respond in two ways to how you play. The first is velocity (not applicable for
organ sounds or Morph), which means that the faster the player presses a key down, the higher the velocity
value. Once a key is played and held down, there is also 'Aftertouch' (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. Applying Aftertouch to one key will affect the sound of all sounding notes of
the instrument.
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10. THE EXTERN
10. The Extern section: About the Extern section
SECTION
ABOUT THE EXTERN SECTION
When developing Nord Stage, Clavia aimed to make external control an integrated
feature of the instrument, where all the essential external MIDI control functions
would be 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 in most cases behaves like the internal instruments. For example, it is enabled and assigned 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. You select the current Parameter focus with the PARAMETER SELECT button. Detailed settings for MIDI Channel, Program Change and Continuous
Controllers, among other things, are accessed through the Extern Menu (see page 69).
SETTING UP
1. Connect a MIDI cable from Nord Stage’s MIDI Out to the MIDI In on the external device.
2. Press SHIFT and 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 MIDI channel (1-16) you would like to transmit over. Use the
PANEL A and B buttons to access the channel setting for each panel. Press the EXIT (SHIFT) button
briefly to exit the menu.
5. Set the external instrument to receive on the same MIDI channel.
USING THE EXTERN SECTION
ACTIVATING
Before Extern MIDI is sent out from Nord Stage, you have to activate the Extern section. This is done by
pressing the ON button under the PARAMETER rotary encoder.
ABOUT KEYBOARD ZONES
There are two Extern sections, one for each panel. You can use Keyboard Zones to create splits and layers
just like for the internal instruments. If you set the Extern section to only play in the LO Zone, the external
instrument will only respond to notes played in this Zone. In other words, it works transparently together
with the built-in instruments!
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
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the PARAMETER knob. This is useful when you want to control external equipment with no need for MIDI
keyboard messages.
See “Keyboard Zones and Dual Panel setups” on page 56 for information on how to set up and use Keyboard Zones.
OCTAVE SHIFT
The OCTAVE SHIFT buttons in the extern section also work exactly as for internal instruments. As with
them, 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. See “Octave Shift” on page 58.
ACTIVATING PITCH STICK/SUSTAIN PEDAL
MESSAGES
By pressing SHIFT and one of the PSTICK or SUSTPED buttons you can set up whether Nord Stage should
send Pitch bend and/or Sustain pedal messages via the Extern MIDI channel (a lit LED indicates it is activated).
THE PARAMETER SECTION
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 rotary knob. The PARAMETER rotary encoder can also be Morph controlled - see page 60.
The following parameters can be set using the Parameter Select buttons:
VOLUME
If this is activated, the PARAMETER rotary encoder will send MIDI Volume messages (0-127), allowing
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 function. You can turn this off on the Extern menu - see “Extern menu” on page 69.
PROG CHANGE
When this is on, the PARAMETER rotary encoder will send Program Change messages (0-127). This allows
you to select Programs for the external instrument. This works slightly differently than for other parameters. The Parameter rotary 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 rotary 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 function.
You can turn this off on the Extern menu - see “Extern menu” on page 69.
(If the external instrument organizes programs in Banks, there is an option to send Bank Change messages
on the Extern Menu page, - see “Extern menu” on page 69.)
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MIDI CC
This allows you send MIDI Control Change messages to control a parameter of your choice on the external
instrument. You first have to decide which Controller number the PARAMETER rotary encoder should
send value changes for. This is done on the Extern Menu:
1. Press SHIFT and the EXTERN button to access the Extern menu.
2. Use the PAGE buttons to select the “Extern MIDI CC Number” menu page.
3. Use the VALUE DIAL to select a MIDI CC Number (0-119). You may want to consult the manual for
the external instrument to see which parameters are assigned to which CC numbers.
4. Press the EXIT (SHIFT) button briefly to exit.
If you now activate the MIDI CC button in the Parameter Select section, you can control the selected external parameter using the PARAMETER rotary encoder in the Extern section. You can turn this off on the
Extern menu - see “Extern menu” on page 69. The external instrument may have to be set to receive MIDI
CC messages for this to function.
ABOUT SEND ON LOAD
You can set whether Program Change, Volume and MIDI CC messages are sent out when you load a Program in Nord Stage. If you do not want this to occur, make sure “Send On Load” is set to “Off” on the
Extern menu.
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FUNCTIONS
System functions are divided into four menus; System, Sound, MIDI and Extern. Press SHIFT and the corresponding button in the Program section to access the menu.
To leave a menu at any time, press the EXIT (SHOFT) button briefly.
All changes you make to system functions are automatically stored in Nord Stage, except the Local
On/Off setting, which is always set to Local On at power on.
SYSTEM MENU
Press SHIFT + SYSTEM to enter the System menu. Use the PAGE -/+ buttons to navigate between the
different pages. Push a PAGE button once to step through the menu, or hold the button to scroll quickly.
Use the VALUE DIAL to change the settings. When you are done, press EXIT (SHIFT) briefly to exit the
menu.
The following items can be found on the System menu:
Function
Description
Range/Values
Transpose
Transpose allows you transpose the pitch of instruments up or down in semitone steps.
-/+ 6 semitones (in steps of
1 semitone). Default value
is “0” (no transpose).
Fine Tune
Fine Tune can be used to adjust the pitch of instruments in finer increments.
+/- 50 Cents (half a semitone). Default value is “0”
(no fine tune).
Audio Routing
Mode
The output routing of the instruments in the Nord
Stage can be determined in two different ways, globally, or independently for each program. When “Global” is selected, the output routings will be the same
for all programs, and the global settings will override
the routings stored with each program.
Global (Default), Program
Organ Audio
Output
This allows you to set which channel output pairs (or
mono output) to use for the Organ section. Note that
you cannot have different routings for Organ A and B.
If the Audio Routing Mode (see above) is “Program”,
this setting will be saved with the program.
“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 Panel A & B buttons to access the settings
for each panel. If the Audio Routing Mode (see
above) is set to “Program”, these settings will be
saved with the program.
“1 & 2” (Default), ”3 & 4”,
”3” ,”4”
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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 Panel A & B buttons to access the settings for each panel. If the Audio Routing Mode (see
above) is set to “Program”, these settings will be
saved with the program.
“1 & 2” (Default), ”3 & 4”,
”3” ,”4”
Organ Keyboard
Trig Mode
This allows you to change how the Nord Stage keyboard triggers Organ sounds. When “Fast” is
selected, you will trigger organ sounds before the key
is fully depressed. This mode closely mimics the way
a real B3 triggers notes.
Fast (Default), Normal
Sustain Pedal
Polarity
This allows you to change the polarity of a connected
sustain pedal, in case the functionality of the pedal is
reversed (i.e. when the pedal is up, sustain is on and
vice versa).
Open, Closed (Default)
Sustain Pedal
Use as Rotor
If you have only one pedal connected and want to
use it as both Sustain Pedal and Rotor Speed Pedal,
enable this setting. Note that even if this is enabled,
and you connect a pedal to the Rotor Speed input,
this setting will be overridden and you will be able to
use both pedals separately.
No (Default), Yes
Rotor Pedal
Polarity
This allows you to change the polarity of a sustain
pedal connected to control Rotor Speed, in case the
functionality of the pedal is reversed (i.e. when the
pedal is up, Rotor Speed is fast and vice versa).
Open, Closed (Default)
Rotor Pedal
Mode
If you are using a sustain pedal connected to control
Rotor Speed this allows you to set how this should
operate. “Hold” means that the Rotor Speed is fast for
as long as the pedal is down and reverts back to slow
when the pedal is released (or vice versa depending
on the set pedal polarity). “Toggle” means that the
fast/slow rotor speed is switched with a pedal depression, like an on/off switch pedal.
Hold (Default), Toggle
Ctrl Pedal
Type
Different makes of control pedals have different specifications (resistance, offset and linearity). To simplify
setup and to optimize the response of the pedal for
the Nord Stage, the most common pedal makes are
preconfigured, and you simply select the type of
pedal you connect. Roland, Yamaha and Fatar are
linear control pedals with different scaling and offset.
Ernie Ball pedals (“ErnieB”) are marketed as volume
pedals, with a logarithmic response, but the response
is rescaled internally in the Nord Stage to make them
work nicely as control pedals. They may need a Ycable (stereo plug -> 2 mono plugs) to work with the
Nord Stage.
Roland (Default), Yamaha,
Ernie B, Fatar
Control Pedal
Use as Swell
You can use a control pedal to control organ swell. If
you wish to do so set this to “Yes”. Note that even if
this is enabled, and you connect a pedal to the Organ
Swell input, this setting will be overridden and you will
be able to use both pedals separately.
No (Default), Yes
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Swell Pedal
Type
This setting configures the Swell Pedal. See “Ctrl
Pedal Type” above for details.
Roland (Default), Yamaha,
Ernie B, Fatar
Memory Protect
This is set to “On” when Nord Stage leaves the factory, meaning that you cannot save any changes to
Programs or Synth Souns. Set this to Off if you wish
to store your own Programs. System settings and the
two Live buffers are not protected by this setting.
On, Off
Factory Reset
This resets all system settings and restores the original Live-buffers. Hold the flashing STORE a few seconds to perform the reset. The display will take a few
seconds. Stored programs are not affected by this
action (except the live buffers).
SOUND MENU
Press SHIFT + SOUND to access the Sound menu. Use the PAGE -/+ buttons to navigate between the various menu items on the Sound menu. Hold a PAGE button to scroll quickly. The VALUE DIAL is used to
change settings. When you are done, press EXIT (SHIFT) briefly to exit the menu.
Note! The settings on the Sound menu are not saved with a Program.
The following items can be found on the Sound menu:
Function
Description
Range/Values
Synth Vibrato Rate
This determines the rate of the Synth Vibrato.
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.
0-50 cent (Default value is
25 cent)
Organ Key Click
Level B3
This sets the amount of Key Click for B3 organ
sounds (see “Key click control” on page 26)
1-10 (Default value is 5)
Rotor
Acc
The acceleration rate of the Rotor effect, i.e. how long
it takes for the Rotor to speed up or slow down.
Slow, Mid (Default), Fast
MIDI MENU
Press SHIFT + MIDI to access the MIDI menu. Use the PAGE -/+ buttons to navigate between the various menu items on the MIDI menu. Hold a Page button to scroll quickly. The VALUE DIAL is used to
change settings. When you are done, press EXIT (SHIFT) briefly to exit the menu.
The following items can be found on the MIDI menu:
Function
Description
Range/Values
MIDI Control
Local
Here you set whether the Nord Stage keyboard and
front panel controls should control internal Programs
or only send 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.
On (Default), Off
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MIDI Panel A/B
Channel
This sets the MIDI channel for Panel A/B
1-16, Off (Default A ch 1)
(Default B ch 2)
MIDI Organ A/B
Channel
This sets the MIDI channel for the Organ section A/B.
If a channel is set here, you can assign the corresponding instrument to no KB Zone at all, i.e., make it
active but available only through MIDI.
1-16, Off (Default off)
MIDI Piano A/B
Channel
This sets the MIDI channel for the Piano section A/B.
If a channel is set here, you can assign the corresponding instrument to no KB Zone at all, i.e., make it
active but available only through MIDI.
1-16, Off (Default off)
MIDI Synth A/B
Channel
This sets the MIDI channel for the Synth section A/B.
If a channel is set here, you can assign the corresponding instrument to no KB Zone at all, i.e., make it
active but available only through MIDI.
1-16, Off (Default off)
MIDI Dual KB
Channel
This sets the MIDI channel for an external keyboard
when using Dual KB mode - see page 59.
1-16, Off (Default 16)
MIDI Prog Change
Mode
This allows you to set whether you want Nord Stage
to transmit and/or receive MIDI Program Change
Messages.
Off, Send, Receive, Send &
Receive (Default)
MIDI Ctrl Change
Mode
This allows you to set whether you want Nord Stage
to transmit and/or receive MIDI Controller Messages.
Off, Send, Receive, Send &
Receive (Default)
Send MIDI Ctrl
You can perform a dump of all MIDI Controllers for
the selected Panel. Hit Store to perform the dump.
See “Sending MIDI Controller dumps” on page 77.
Panel A, Panel B
Dump Program
Source
Here you can perform a MIDI SysEx dump of the currently selected Program or of all 126 Programs of the
internal memory (plus the Live buffers 1 & 2). See
“Sending Program dumps” on page 76.
One (Default), All
Dump Synth Sound
Sound
Here you can perform a separate MIDI SysEx dump
of just the Synth memory banks. You can select to
send a single sound category bank (Synth/Pad/Bass)
or all banks. See “Sending Synth Sound bank
dumps” on page 77.
Synth, Pad, Bass, All
(Default)
Instrument SysEx ID
Most instruments have a unique Instrument ID #. If
more than one of the same instruments are connected in a MIDI network, this ensures that no instrument will receive SysEx dumps not intended for it.
1-16, All (Default)
EXTERN MENU
Press SHIFT + EXTERN to access the Extern menu, where you can find settings and functions relating to
the Extern section - see “The Extern section” on page 63.
You use the PAGE -/+ buttons to navigate between the various menu items on the menu. Hold a Page
button to scroll quickly. The VALUE DIAL is used to change settings. When you are done, press EXIT
(SHIFT) briefly to exit the menu.
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Note that most items on the Extern menu have separate entries for Panel A and B! Whatever Panel has
current edit focus when accessing these menu pages, “A” or “B”, is shown in the upper right corner of the
Display.
Most settings from the Extern menu are saved with a Program. The only exceptions are the “Extern MIDI
A/B Channel” and “Send on Load”, which are global.
The following items can be found on the Extern menu:
Function
Description
Range/Values
Extern MIDI A/B
Channel
This sets the MIDI channel the Extern section should use (make
sure the external instrument is set to receive on the same channel).
1-16 (14 is default
for Panel A 15 is
default for Panel B)
Extern MIDI A/B
Volume
The Extern section can send MIDI Volume messages (0-127),
allowing you to control the level of the external device.
Off (Default), 0-127
Extern MIDI A/B
Prog Change
The Extern section can send MIDI Program Change messages
(0-127), allowing you to change programs on the external device.
Off (Default), 1-128
Extern MIDI A/B
Prog Bank
This allows you to change MIDI Program Bank on the external
device. Note that there are many different variations between
instruments in how Banks are numbered and accessed via MIDI.
Nord Stage always transmits Bank messages as MIDI CC#32.
Off (Default), 1-128
Extern MIDI A/B
CC Value
This will transmit values for the selected MIDI CC number.
Off (Default), 1-127
Extern MIDI A/B
CC Number
This decides which MIDI Controller number the Extern section
should send when MIDI CC is activated.
MIDI CC 0-119
(Default is 2)
Extern MIDI A/B
Send Wheel
To avoid transmitting Modulation Wheel messages make sure
this option is set to “No”
Yes (Default), No
Extern MIDI A/B
Send A.Touch
To avoid transmitting After Touch messages make sure this
option is set to “No”
Yes (Default), No
Extern MIDI A/B
Send CtrlPed
To avoid transmitting Expression Pedal messages make sure this
option is set to “No”
Yes (Default), No
Extern MIDI
Send on Load
To avoid transmitting Program Change, Volume or MIDI CC messages when you load a Program in Nord Stage, make sure “Send
On Load” is set to “Off” on the Extern menu.
No (Default), Yes
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12. Factory Presets and OS: Internal memory
FACTORY PRESETS
AND
OS
INTERNAL MEMORY
The Operating System, Programs and Piano samples in Nord Stage are stored in a so-called Flash memory.
A Flash memory keeps the data also when the power is shut 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 from a computer or sequencer without needing to replace or add any
new hardware. Nord Stage also features a USB port for quick and easy download of new Piano instrument
samples.
The internal sound memory of Nord Stage consists of 21 Banks holding 6 Programs each for a total of 126
Programs. In addition there are the two Live buffer memories, which will continuously store any changes
as they are made, and remember these settings after the power is shut off.
FACTORY PRESETS
All factory Programs of Nord Stage 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 or on a hardware
sequencer that can record and play back MIDI SysEx. data. For information on how to back up Programs
please refer to “Sending Program dumps” on page 76.
RESTORING
THE FACTORY PRESETS
The factory Programs will be available as a MIDI SysEx file for download at the Clavia web site at
http://www.clavia.se. Please refer to “Receive MIDI SysEx Dumps” on page 77 for information on how to
restore the factory presets.
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NORD Eighty Eight V2.0x
THE NORD STAGE MANAGER APPLICATION
With this you will be able to download and add/replace/erase piano sounds in the Flash memory of the
Nord Stage. It can also be used to backup and restore the internal programs. Please visit http://www.clavia.se to download the USB dump application for Mac (OS X) and PC (Windows) - free of charge!
Menus
Location browsers
buttons for your
computer
Pianos in the
Nord Stage
Pianos on your
disc
Memory usage
Buttons for sending to
and delete pianos in
the Nord Stage
BACKUP AND RESTORE PROGRAMS
Use the file menu
when you want to
backup or restore
programs. If you
make a backup,
the file you save
will contain all the
programs in the
Nord Stage, when
you restore the existing ones will be
overwritten.
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12. Factory Presets and OS: Transferring piano samples
TRANSFERRING PIANO SAMPLES
Use the “Send to
Nord Stage” button when you
want to transfer
piano samples to
the Nord Stage, or
use
“drag´n
drop”. A progressbar will appear
showing you when
the operation has
finished.
There are 9 positions for each of the 6 slots in the piano section, if you need to change the position of a
piano, rightclick a piano sample in the piano section and choose a new position. To retain the original setup
for the pianos follow the chart below. This is important if you want to use the factory programs, otherwise
the piano samples will not relate correctly to the programs.
Name
Studio Grand Yam C7 close
Concert Grand Steinw D close
Clavinet D6
CP80 ElectricGrand
Deep E.Piano Mk I
Shallow E.Piano Mk II
Ideal E.Piano Mk V
RainPiano Sv Piano Fabr
Vertical Pop Yam M5J close
Wurlitzer Model 200A
Position
1
2
1-4
1
1
2
3
1
2
1
OS UPGRADES
The latest OS version for Nord Stage will be available for download at http://www.clavia.se.
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13. MIDI
NORD Eighty Eight V2.0x
FUNCTIONS
ABOUT THE MIDI IMPLEMENTATION
The following MIDI messages can be transmitted and received from Nord Stage:
NOTE ON/OFF
• Note On and Note Off messages are sent and received.
PITCH BEND
• Pitch Bend messages are sent and received by Nord Stage.
CONTROLLERS
On the MIDI Menu (see page 68), you can select if the Nord Stage should send 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). By using the Morph function you can control most of Nord
Stage’s parameters with a Control pedal.
• If you have a sustain pedal connected to the SUSTAIN PEDAL INPUT, this is transmitted and received
as Controller 64 (Sustain Pedal).
• If you have a sustain pedal connected to the ROTOR SPEED INPUT, this is transmitted and received as
Controller 90.
• 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, see the MIDI
implementation chapter on page 78.
KEYBOARD VELOCITY
Nord Stage 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 sent, but ignored on
MIDI In.
AFTERTOUCH
The Nord Stage 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 - see “About Aftertouch” on page 62.
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PROGRAM CHANGE
On the MIDI Menu (see page 68), you can select if the Nord Stage should send and/or receive Program
Change messages.
When you select a Program, a Program Change message is transmitted via MIDI on the active Panel MIDI
Channel. If a Program Change message is received on any of the Panel A/B MIDI Channels, Nord Stage
will change Program accordingly.
Note! A program change on either of the two Panel MIDI Channels will affect both Panels.
The 126 Program locations send and respond to MIDI Program Change values 0-125. Live buffers 1-2 correspond to MIDI Program Change 126-127.
MIDI SYSEX (SYSTEM EXCLUSIVE)
Single Programs or all Programs can be transmitted and received as a System Exclusive dump (see “Sending
Program dumps” on page 76).
USING NORD STAGE WITH A SEQUENCER
CONNECTIONS
1. Connect the MIDI Out on the Nord Stage to the MIDI In on your sequencer.
2. Connect the MIDI Out from your sequencer to the MIDI In on the Nord Stage.
Make sure that the Nord Stage is configured to respond to Program Change and Control Change MIDI
messages (see the “MIDI menu” on page 68).
LOCAL ON/OFF
Local Off should be used when you use a sequencer to record and play back from Nord Stage. Since the
sequencer echoes back incoming MIDI data, Nord Stage will respond normally to your playing and knob
tweaking via the MIDI “loop”. If you use Local On with a sequencer setup as described above, this would
cause “double-triggered” notes when you play; both from the keyboard internally and via the MIDI “loop”.
Therefore, always use Local Off when used in this way together with a sequencer.
Local On/Off is set on the “MIDI menu” on page 68.
MIDI
CHANNEL
Each Panel can respond its own MIDI channel. This is convenient when you want to play split and layered
sounds. If you want to control each instrument separately, you can assign an individual MIDI channel to
each of the six instruments of the Nord Stage. The MIDI channels are set up on the MIDI menu - see
“MIDI menu” on page 68.
PROGRAM CHANGE
Usually you select a Program Change value for a track in the sequencer track settings. The 126 Program
locations send and respond to Program Change values 0-125., while Live buffers 1-2 correspond to Program Change 126-127. Make sure the Program Change is sent on either of the Panel A/B MIDI channels.
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If you want to record a Program Change message, activate recording in the sequencer and simply load the
program once on the Nord Stage.
CONTROLLERS
When you record knob movements and button presses, make sure that the sequencer “echoes” the changes
back on the correct MIDI Channel, or your changes won’t have any effect.
SOME
NOTES ABOUT
CONTROLLERS
AND
“CHASING”
Consider a situation where you record a Controller message, e.g. a Drawbar opening, in the middle of your
sequencer song. Then you “rewind” the sequencer to a position before the recorded Drawbar opening. The
problem is that the Nord Stage’s Drawbar will remain opened, although it really should be as it was before
you recorded the opening. To solve such problems, several sequencers include a function called “Controller
Chasing”, which keeps track of Controller changes and tries to adjust the settings on the instrument according to the current position in the sequencer song.
However, in our example this wouldn’t help much, because the Drawbar opening was the first Controller
message recorded in the song. The sequencer has no information about the Drawbar setting before the recorded change, and therefore cannot “chase” the settings properly. To solve this, you could record a “snapshot” of all Controller settings of the Nord Stage Program(s) at the beginning of your sequencer song. See
"Sending MIDI Controller dumps” below.
PROGRAM, CONTROLLER AND SYNTH SOUND DUMPS
To dump Program, Synth Sound or MIDI Controller SysEx via MIDI, either to another Nord Stage or for
recording the data into another MIDI device, proceed as follows:
SENDING PROGRAM
DUMPS
1. Connect a cable from MIDI OUT on the Nord Stage to MIDI In on the receiving device.
2. Set up the receiving device so that it accepts MIDI SysEx and MIDI Controller data.
3. Press SHIFT + MIDI and select the “Dump Program Source” menu item using the PAGE -/+ buttons. Here you can select whether to send all Programs (‘ALL’), or the currently selected program
(‘ONE’) by using the VALUE DIAL.
4. If needed, set the receiving MIDI device to “recording mode”.
5. Press the STORE button to send the dump to the MIDI OUT of Nord Stage. The Store indicator will
stop flashing once the dump has been sent.
To quickly send a dump of the current Program, press SHIFT + DUMP ONE (the PANEL A button).
Note: For Organ and Synth sounds, the complete settings for the sound will be dumped as MIDI
SysEx. For Piano sounds, all parameters will be sent but NOT the actual instrument samples.
Therefore, when dumping back a Piano sound, make sure the actual instrument samples are
already loaded in the Nord Stage. Otherwise the parameters in the SysEx message will be applied to another available Piano instrument.
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SENDING MIDI CONTROLLER
DUMPS
1. Set up as in steps 1 and 2 in the preceding description.
2. PRESS SHIFT + MIDI and select the ‘Send MIDI Ctrl” menu item using the PAGE -/+ buttons.
Here you can select whether to send all Controllers from Panel A or Panel B by using the
VALUE DIAL or by pressing the corresponding PANEL button.
3. Press the STORE button to send the dump to the MIDI OUT of Nord Stage. The STORE indicator
will stop flashing once the dump has been sent.
SENDING SYNTH SOUND
BANK DUMPS
You can perform a separate MIDI SysEx dump of just the Synth memory banks. You can select to send a
single sound category bank (Synth/Pad/Bass) or all banks:
1. Set up as in steps 1 and 2 in the preceding description.
2. PRESS SHIFT + MIDI and select the ‘Dump Synth Sound” menu item using the PAGE -/+ buttons.
Here you can select whether to send all Controllers from Panel A or Panel B by using the VALUE
DIAL or by pressing the corresponding PANEL button.
3. Press the STORE button to send the dump to the MIDI OUT of Nord Stage. The Store indicator will
stop flashing once the dump has been sent.
RECEIVE MIDI SYSEX DUMPS
To receive a MIDI SysEx Dump, do like this:
1. Connect a cable from the MIDI Out on the transmitting device to MIDI IN on the Nord Stage.
2. Initiate the transmission on the transmitting device.
If the dump contained all Programs (All), it will replace all Programs currently stored in the Nord Stage.
If the dump contained only a single Program (One), it will be temporarily placed in the currently selected
Program memory location. You will then have to store the Program manually to a memory location using
the Store function (see “Storing Programs” on page 20).
PANIC
If notes should hang using the Nord Stage in a MIDI setup, all you need to do is hold down the SHIFT
button and press the PANIC button in the Piano section. This will execute an internal All Notes Off, and
reset certain parameters to their default values.
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14. MIDI
NORD Eighty Eight V2.0x
IMPLEMENTATION
MIDI CONTROLLER LIST
The following is a list of the MIDI Controller numbers used for all KNOBS and BUTTONS on the front
panel:
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Nord Stage Parameter
MIDI Controller #
Organ Preset II
3
Organ Swell
4
Organ Drawbar 1
9
Organ Drawbar 2
14
Organ Drawbar 3
15
Organ Drawbar 4
16
Organ Drawbar 5
17
Organ Drawbar 6
18
Organ Drawbar 7
19
Organ Drawbar 8
20
Organ Drawbar 9
21
Organ Percussion Enable
22
Organ Type
23
Organ Vibrato Type
24
Organ Vibrato Enable
25
Organ Percussion Harmonic
26
Organ Percussion Speed
27
Organ Percussion Level
28
Organ PStick Enable
29
Piano Clav Filter 1
30
Piano Clav Filter 2
31
Piano Dynamics
33
Synth Glide Rate
34
Synth Glide Auto
35
Synth Voice Mode
36
Synth Unison
37
Synth Vibrato Mode
38
Synth Mod Envelope Attack
39
Synth Mod Envelope Decay
40
Synth Mod Envelope Mode
41
Synth Mod Envelope Velocity
42
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Nord Stage Parameter
MIDI Controller #
Synth Oscillator Mode
43
Synth Oscillator Wave
44
Synth Oscillator Timbre
45
Synth Oscillator Timbre Amount
46
Synth Oscillator TimbreVelocity
47
Synth Filter Frequency
48
Synth Filter Resonance
49
Synth Filter Amount
50
Synth Filter Velocity
51
Synth Filter KBT (Keyboard tracking)
52
Synth Filter Type
53
Synth Amp Envelope Attack
54
Synth Amp Envelope Decay
55
Synth Amp Envelope Mode
56
Synth Amp Envelope Velocity
57
Synth EQ Gain Lo
58
Synth EQ Gain Hi
59
Effect 1 Type
60
Effect 1 Source
61
Effect 1 Amount
62
Effect 1 Rate
63
Effect 1 Enable
69
Effect 2 Type
70
Effect 2 Source
71
Effect 2 Amount
72
Effect 2 Rate
73
Effect 2 Enable
74
Delay Destination
75
Delay Amount
76
Delay Rate
77
Delay Feedback
78
Delay Ping Pong on/off
79
Delay Enable
80
AmpSim Type
81
AmpSim Destination
82
AmpSim Drive
83
AmpSim Bass EQ
84
AmpSim Mid EQ
85
AmpSim Treble EQ
86
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Nord Stage Parameter
MIDI Controller #
AmpSim Enable
87
Rotor Destination
88
Rotor Drive
89
Rotor Speed
90
Rotor Enable
92
Compressor Amount
93
Compressor Enable
94
Reverb Amount
95
Reverb Size
96
Reverb Enable
97
Organ Enable Sustain Pedal
98
Organ Octave Shift
99
Organ Level
100
Organ Enable
101
Organ KB Zone Assignment
102
Piano Enable PStick
103
Piano Enable Sustain Pedal
104
Piano Octave Shift
105
Piano Level
106
Piano Enable
107
Piano KB Zone Assignment
108
Synth Enable PStick
109
Synth Enable Sustain Pedal
110
Synth Octave Shift
111
Synth Level
112
Synth Enable
113
Synth KB Zone Assignment
114
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14. MIDI implementation: MIDI Implementation Chart
MIDI IMPLEMENTATION CHART
Model: Clavia Nord Stage Eighty Eight/Seventy Six OS V2.0x Date: 2005-12-21
Function
Transmitted
Recognized
Remarks
MIDI Channels
1 – 16
1 – 16
Individual channels for Panel A and B.
Velocity
Note On/Off
Yes
Yes
Incoming Velocity data ignored for
Organ.
Release velocity sent but not received.
Aftertouch
Yes
Yes
Channel aftertouch only.
Pitch Bend
Yes
Yes
Control Change
Yes
Yes
See “MIDI Controller list” on page 78.
Program Change
Yes
Yes
0-125, 126=Live1,127= Live 2
System Exclusive
Yes
Yes
See the MIDI Implementation section.
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Index
Numerics
2nd, 3rd (Organ Percussion) 25
A
Aftertouch 62
Amp Envelope
Attack 43
Amp Envelope (Synth) 43
Ampsim/EQ 53
Attack
Amp Envelope 43
Mod Envelope 41
Audio Routing Mode 66
Auto Glide mode 47
Auto-Wah (modulation) 52
B
B-3 Organ 24
Bank
Selecting 12
Buttons
About 9
C
C1-C3 (Organ Chorus) 26
Chorus (effect) 52
Chorus (organ) 26
Clav EQ (Piano section) 33
Compressor 54
Connections
Audio 10
MIDI 10
Pedals 11
Control pedal
Connecting 11
Technical requirements 11
Controllers
dump 76
List (MIDI) 78
MIDI transmission and reception 74
Ctrl Pedal Type 67
Index
D
Decay/Release
Amp Envelope 43
Mod Envelope 42
Display 17
Drawbars (B-3) 24
Drawbars (V-type organ) 27
Dual KB 59
Dual Panel setups 58
Dump (Program source) 69
Dump Program Source 69
E
Editing Programs 13
Effects section 49
Env Mode 43
Env Vel
Amp Envelope (Synth) 43
Mod Envelope (Synth) 42
EQ (Synth) 47
Ernie Ball control pedals 67
Expression pedal
Technical requirements 11
Extern Section
About 63
Setting up 63
Using 63
F
Factory presets 71
Restoring 71
Factory Reset 68
Fast (Rotary Speaker) 55
Fatar control pedals 67
Fender Twin 54
Filter
KBT (Keyboard Tracking) 45
Resonance 45
Filter Frequency Cutoff (Synth) 44
Filter Section (Synth) 44
Fine Tune 66
Flanger (effect) 52
FM (Synth) 39
Focus button (Effects) 50
Frequency Control (Filter modulation) 46
Front panel 7
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G
Glide (Synth) 46
Global Effects
Compressor 54
Reverb 54
I
Instruments
Activating 13
Internal memory 71
Internet 6
K
KBT
Filter 45
Key click control (B-3 organ) 26
Keyboard
About 8
Keyboard splits 56
Keyboard Tracking
Filter 45
Keyboard Zones 56
Knobs
About 8
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local on/off 75
Program Change 75
recording in sequencer 75
Program dump 76
send all MIDI controllers 77
Sysex dump of single Programs 76
Sysex reception of Program and Program
Banks 77
MIDI Page 68
Mod Envelope
Attack 41
Decay/Release 42, 43
Modulation Envelope 41
Repeat mode 42
Mono mode 46
Morph Assign
About 60
Assignable parameters 61
Clearing 62
Multiple keyboards 59
N
Note On/Off
MIDI transmission and reception 74
O
L
Legato mode 46
Live Buffer memory 19
Live Buffer mode 18
Live buttons 18
LP Filter (Synth) 44
M
Master level 7
Memory (internal) 71
Memory Protect 68
MIDI
about the implementation 74
channels
using with sequencer 75
connections 75
Controller list 78
controllers
"chasing" when using a sequencer 76
recording in sequencer 76
implementation chart 81
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Octave Shift 58
Octave Shift (Extern section) 64
Organ B-3 section 24
Organ Key Click Level (Sound Page) 68
Organ Output 66
Organ Trig Mode 67
OS upgrades 73
Oscillator
Analog waveforms 36
Sync 38
Waveforms
Digital 41
FM 39
Pulse and Square wave 37
Sawtooth wave 36
Sine wave 38
Triangle wave 37
Oscillator section (Synth) 35
Output Level
Instrument 14
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P
Page +/- buttons 17
Panel A & B 58
About 14
Edit focus 14
Panel Effects
Activating 50
Ampsim/EQ 53
Effect 1 51, 52, 53, 54
Effect 2 52
Making settings for 50
Pan 51
RM (ring modulation) 51
Wah-Wah 51
Panic button 77
Patch selector (Synth) 47
pdf file (reading the manual as...) 6
Pedals
Connecting 11
Rotor Speed 11
Percussion (B-3) 25
Phaser (effect) 52
Piano
downloading new instruments via USB 72
Piano instruments
Selecting 31
Piano Output 66
Ping Pong (Delay Effect) 52
pitch bend MIDI messages 74
portamento 46
Preset II button (Organ section) 29
Program
Naming 21
reverting to stored 13
What is it? 12
Program buttons 18
Program Change (MIDI) 75
Programs
About 12
Saving 20
Selecting 12
Q
Q-value (Filter) 45
R
Rear panel 10
Index
Register selectors (V-type) 28
Release
Amp Envelope 43
Mod Envelope 42
Release velocity 74
Resonance (Filter) 45
Reverb 54
RM Effect 51
Roland control pedals 67
Roland Jazz Chorus 54
Rotor Effect 55
Rotor effect
Internal routing 55
Rotor Pedal Mode 67
Rotor Pedal Polarity 67
Rotor Speed pedal
Connecting 11
S
Send On Load (Extern) 65
Shift button 17
Slow (Organ Percussion) 25
Soft (Organ Percussion) 25
Sound Page 68
Split Organ 29
Splits
Creating 56
Stop (Rotary Speaker) 55
Store button 18
Storing Programs 20
Storing Synth Patches 48
Sustain pedal
Connecting 11
Sustain Pedal Polarity 67
Swell (Organ) 29
Swell Pedal Type 68
Sync Oscillator 38
Synth
Amp Envelope 43
Digital (wavetable) 41
EQ 47
FM 39
Mod Envelope 41
Osc section 35
Sound Init 48
Sound Select section 47
Vibrato 47
Synth Output 67
Synth Sound bank dumps 77
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Index
Synth Vibrato
Amount 68
Rate 68
System menu 66
T
Tap Tempo (Delay Effect) 53
Timbre control (Synth) 35
Transpose 66
Tremolo (modulation) 51
U
Unison (Synth) 47
USB (for downloading Piano instruments) 72
V
V1-V3 (Organ Vibrato) 26
Value Dial 17
Velocity Sensitivity (Piano)
Dynamics (Piano) 33
Vibrato (F-Type organ) 28
Vibrato (organ) 26
Vibrato (Synth) 47
V-Type Organ (Vox Continental) 27
W
Wurlitzer 200A internal speaker 54
Y
Yamaha control pedals 67
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