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NORD NORD STAGE 2 EX 88 NEW $4,299

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  • Manufacturer: NORD
  • Model: EX88
  • Item Condition: NEW
  • ID: #79051

Description

Nord Stage 2 EX 88

The Nord Stage 2 EX updates Nords flagship instrument line with 1 GB memory for the Nord Piano Library and a new ultra lightweight Hammer Action Portable HP76 model.

The outstanding new Factory Bank features 5 Grand Pianos, 7 Upright Pianos, 11 Electric Pianos, Clavinet, Harpsichords and a vastly improved Nord Sample Library selection including great new Strings, Choir and Folk instruments.

The Nord Stage 2 EX features our award winning Piano, Organ and Synthesizer technologies combined with a well thought-out, user friendly interface, a choice of premium keybeds and an almost obsessive level of quality control. The Stage 2 EX truly sets itself apart as an instrument for the professional performing musician.

MAIN FEATURES Piano Section

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

Synth Section

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

Organ Section

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

Global features

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

THREE MODELS

The Stage 2 EX comes in three models:

The Nord Stage 2 EX 88 features our top-of-the-line fully weighted Hammer Action Keybed (A-C)
The Nord Stage 2 EX HP76 has the extremely lightweight Hammer Action Portable keybed (E-G), the same type as from the Electro 3/4 HP and Piano 2 HP.
ÔÇïNord Stage 2 EX Compact features a 73-note Semi Weighted Waterfall keyboard (E-E).

Apart from the keyboard type and the number of accessories available, all three models have identical features.

MULTITIMBRAL POWERHOUSE

The Stage 2 EX has three sound generating sections; Piano, Organ and Synthesizer, all of which can be used simultaneously. Furthermore, the Nord Stage 2 EX has 2 separate slots allowing you to have 2 Pianos, 2 Organs and 2 Synths at the same time for massive sonic flexibility.

NEW FACTORY SOUND BANKS

The Nord Stage 2 EX features a brand new Factory Sound Bank with both new sounds in the Piano Library as well as a completely updated and refined selection of sounds from the Nord Sample Library. We've also optimized our sounds allowing you to fit even more sounds without comprising playability.

New sounds include:

DX Electric Pianos
Strings
Voice
Folk instruments

More details and sound demos coming soon!

PIANO SECTION

Piano SectionThe Stage 2 EX Piano section features our state-of-the-art sampling techniques that capture the extraordinary nuances and real character of the individual source instruments. Combined with the Advanced String Resonance that reproduces the sound of the piano strings resonating at their fundamental or harmonic frequencies when other strings are played, and compatibility with the optional Nord Triple Pedal that adds Dynamic Pedal Noise – the result is breathtaking realism and an unsurpassed expressiveness.

In addition to vivid acoustic Grand and Upright pianos, the Piano section also features some of the finest, most desirable vintage electric pianos. The Stage 2 EX’s piano sounds are future-proof thanks to its compatibility with the Nord Piano Library. This free online library is continuously updated with both upgraded existing pianos and all-new pianos to keep your instrument constantly renewed.

Long Release

A Long Release-mode adds a slightly longer release, more suitable for legato playing, emulating a looser damper tension in an acoustic or an electromechanical instrument.

Nord Triple Pedal

The Nord Triple Pedal (optional accessory) features our unique dynamic sustain pedal that enables the use of half-pedaling and "release and catch" techniques, as and also includes Sustenuto and Soft Pedals. The Nord Triple Pedal also recreates the mechanical sounds of lifting and releasing the damper mechanism, producing the characteristic thomp and sizzle sounds. The Pedal Noise feature responds dynamically to the force/momentum used when pressing or releasing the sustain pedal on the Nord Triple Pedal.

ORGAN SECTION B3 Tone-Wheel simulation

The Stage 2 EX's dedicated organ section is based on our award winning B3 Tone-Wheel simulations, based on thorough analysis of the 91 spinning discs inside several original instruments and painstaking work on understanding exactly how all the components interact with each other. The virtual circuitry reacts not only to the settings on the panel but also during the real time performance. The Stage 2 EX will faithfully reproduce the important foldback and energy robbing characteristics; the latter will produce the gentle compression effect that makes those lovely smears absolutely wonderful. There are 3 tone wheel modes that allow you to switch from a clean, factory spec’d instrument to a worn and battered workhorse with many years of touring.

Rotary Speaker simulation

The vintage Rotary Speaker simulation adds an essential character to a live organ performance and features Slow, Fast and Stop mode as well as a Drive control. The Rotary Speaker simulation can also be used with the Piano or Synth Section.

Digital LED Drawbars

The Nord Stage 2 EX features Digital LED Drawbars, offering excellent overview over current settings and let's you easily change the drawbar settings while playing.

Transistor Organ simulations

The Organ section also includes carefully modeled simulations of two of the most famous transistor organs from the 1960’s, the Vox Continental and the Farfisa Compact.

SYNTH SECTION

The Stage 2 EX’s powerful synthesizer engine is capable of classic analog synthesis, three operator FM synthesis, Wavetable synthesis and compatible with the Nord Sample Library. The Nord Sample Library gives Stage 2 EX owners access to the huge free library of world-class sounds, including the famous vintage Mellotron and Chamberlin samples. The included Nord Sample Editor for Mac and PC, makes it possible to create your own samples easily, and transfer them to your keyboard in no time, opening up a whole new world of possibilities!

Nord Sample LibraryThe Synth engine itself features classic analog synthesis with dual saw, hard sync and pulse wave modulation, three-operator FM synthesis with 32 different modulation frequencies, Wavetable synthesis with 62 waveforms and Sample based synthesis. A great-sounding multimode filter features 12 and 24dB low pass, high pass, band pass and notch filters. And with an Amp envelope, Modulation envelope, an LFO, and Unison control, the Stage 2 EX’s synth capabilities are hugely powerful, delivering amazing on-stage sound.

The Synth section also features an Arpeggiator that can be easily synced to the Stage 2 EX’s Master Clock for perfect timing with other elements of the Stage 2 EX, including its effects.

PROGRAMMING AND CONTROL

To make programming and on-stage control as simple as possible we have arranged the sound generators and controls of the Stage 2 EX into dedicated sections – Piano, Organ and Synth. Not only does this make for a very intuitive approach to programming but also instantly shows you which settings are active. There are no deep menus, no complicated screens to navigate. All vital functions are controlled by dedicated single-function knobs.

In addition our patented Pitch Stick and Modulation Wheel allow maximum musical expression and our efficient Morph Grouping technique is also included, allowing you to assign sound and effects parameters to physical controllers.

EXTERN SECTION

The Nord Stage 2 EX wouldn’t be a master keyboard if it couldn’t control external devices with ease. The Extern Section is designed solely for this purpose, so that any MIDI-connected gear gets seamlessly integrated with the Stage 2 EX’s built-in instruments. Zones, splits and layers are handled exactly as if the external equipment was a part of the Stage 2 EX itself. All settings are saved together with a Program so advanced setups can be immediately recalled in real-time during a performance. You can even use the Extern Section to automatically transmit Bank Select and Program Change messages to your external units.

THE KEYBEDS

Each Fatar keybed is meticulously calibrated at the Nord factory to ensure an even response over the whole range.

Hammer Action (HA)

The EX 2 88 keybed uses our top-of-the-line fully weighted hammer action piano keys. Perfect for electric and acoustic piano sounds, but also works great for organ playing. Key range A-C.

Hammer Action Portable (HP)

The EX 2 HP76 keybed uses amazingly portable weighted hammer action piano keys, limiting the weight of the Nord Stage 2 EX HP76 to only 12,4 kg (27,3 lbs). Key range E-G.

Semi Weighted Waterfall (SW)

The EX 2 Compact keybed uses semi weighted organ keys with a rounded "waterfall" tip, brilliant for rapid organ shredding and synthesizer licks, but also plays nice with piano sounds. Key range E-E.

EFFECT SECTION

No sound is complete without the proper use of effects. In the Nord Stage 2 EX we incorporated all the effects required to cover musicians’ needs. All of the three instrument sections - Organ, Piano and Synth - can be routed individually through the Stage 2 EX’s built-in effect units. Turning the effects on and off, and controlling the routing is easily done by a touch of dedicated buttons, readily accessible at the bottom of each effects unit. The Nord Stage 2 EX has a dedicated Effect Section for each of the 2 slots.

Effect 1

Here you can choose from Tremolo, two Wahs, an Auto-Wah, and an AutoPan. Use the AutoWah with a Clavinet for raw funk licks, create a psychedelic vibe with an Electric Piano on AutoPan, or give a Wurlitzer some body using the Tremolo. There is also a Ring Modulator on board, an effect used by many experimental and electronic musicians.

Effect 2

The two Phasers, two Choruses, the Flanger and a Vibe effect are modeled from the classic analog stomp boxes that define the sound of popular music. These swirling Phasers, metallic Flangers, and thick Choruses that are used by uncompromising professionals everywhere are crystal clear and faithfully simulated on the Nord Stage 2 EX.

Delay

A delay unit has been included to create haunting echoes or slap back effects. The delay also supports a ping-pong mode, and the tempo can easily be adjusted with the tap-tempo button, or synced to the master clock. The delay also has an Analog mode for creating those classic “warped” sounds when changing the delay rate on repeats.

Amp Simulation Equalizer

This effect section combines a three-band equalizer with a sophisticated amplifier and speaker cabinet modeler. Classic amplifiers and speakers are a crucial part to make vintage Electric piano sounds come alive. Nord offers the famous sounds of speaker simulations of a Twin Reverb, a Jazz Chorus 120 and a Wurlitzer speaker. When no Amp Model is selected, the unit provides a neutral three-band EQ with sweepable mid and a crunchy overdrive.

Master Effects

A Compressor and a Reverb are placed at the end of the sound chain, to help you blend your sounds more naturally together. The Reverb unit has six different Hall, Stage and Room spaces to create different atmospheres for your sounds, while the Compressor helps you keep the overall mix tight and under control.

Master Clock

The Master Clock function makes it easy to sync effects to other elements, like the arpeggiator, LFO or even one of the other effects. You can easily lock the effect rate to a range of note values – make the delay do quarter note triplets of what arpeggiator is playing, while the LFO gently sweeps the filter up and down in half notes, all perfectly interlocked. The Master Clock can also be controlled by an external MIDI clock – perfect for syncing your parts to a backing track, including tempo changes!

Control Pedals

The Nord Stage 2 EX supports the following pedals: Fatar, Yamaha FC7, Roland EV-7, Roland EV-5, Korg EXP2 and Korg XVP10.

Specifications GENERAL

Master Level Control
Wooden Pitch Stick
Modulation Wheel
400 Programs - 4 Banks with 20 Pages each. Each Page has 5 Program locations
Program Categories
Program Sort Modes - numerical, alphabetical or by category
5 Live Buffers
2 Individual Slot Setups
3 Morph sources (Modulation Wheel, Control Pedal, Aftertouch)
Global Mono output
Programmable Transpose +/- 6 semitones
Master Clock functionality with manual, external and tap-tempo rate control
Internal and MIDI clock source
MIDI over USB functionality

ORGAN SECTION

B3 Tone wheel Organ, Vox Continental and Farfisa models with full polyphony
9 digitally controlled Drawbars
Percussion controls
Vibrato / Chorus control
Two Drawbar settings per program
2-Part Multitimbral (2 manuals)

PIANO SECTION

1 GB memory for Piano sounds
Acoustic Grand Pianos
Upright Pianos
Electric Pianos
Synth Pianos
Wurlitzer A200 Electric Piano
Clavinet D6
Harpsichords
Electric Grand Pianos incl. CP-80
40-60 Voices Polyphony
4 Selectable Velocity Curves
Clavinet EQ controls
String Resonance (Generation 2) on acoustic Grand Pianos and Uprights
Selectable Piano Release
Pedal Noise when used with Nord Triple Pedal (optional accessory) on selected acoustic and electric pianos
Slot Detune functionality
2-Part Multitimbral

SYNTH SECTION

Sample Playback synthesis: approx. 380 Megabytes of sample memory, up to 999 Sample Instruments.
Analog synthesis: Multiple waveforms - including Dual Saw, Hard Sync and PWM
FM synthesis: 2 3 Operator FM synthesis
Wavetables synthesis: 62 waveforms
18 Voices polyphony
Unison control - with no reduction in polyphony
Amplitude envelope
Modulation envelope
12 24 dB Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass and Notch Filter with Resonance
LFO with 4 waveforms (square, triangle, ramp and sample hold)
300 Patch memory locations
Arpeggiator (Up, Down, Up-Down and Random). Range: 1, 2, 3 or 4 octaves.
LFO and Arpeggiator synchronizable to Master Clock
2-Part Multitimbral

GLOBAL PARAMETERS

Level control
Zone (split assignment) control

EFFECTS

Effect 1: Ring Modulator, Tremolo, Pan, Wah, AutoWah 1, Autowah 2
Effect 2: Flanger, Vibe, 2 Phasers, 2 Choruses
Delay - with Ping Pong (stereo taps) and Tap-Tempo
3 types of Speaker simulations, JC, Twin and Small
Tube amp simulation with adjustable overdrive
3-band Equalizer with sweepable mid. EQ ranges: 100 Hz, 200 Hz - 8 kHz and 4 kHz
Rotary Speaker: selectable speed (Stop, Slow and Fast) and separate overdrive
Effect rates/tempo can be synchronized to the Master Clock

MASTER EFFECTS

Compressor
Reverb - 6 algorithms

KEYBOARD

HA88-model: 88-key Velocity sensitive Hammer Action keyboard. Range: A-C,
ÔÇïHP76-model: 76-key Velocity sensitive Hammer Action Portable keyboard. Range: E-G
Compact-model: 73-key Velocity sensitive Semi Weighted Waterfall keyboard. Range: E-E
Aftertouch
Supports 3 split zones with visual LED indication

CONNECTIONS

4 Assignable Audio Outputs - ¼", 6,35 mm jacks, unbalanced
Stereo Headphone output - ¼", 6,35 mm stereo jack
1 Monitor input - 1/8", 3,5 mm stereo jack
Sustain Pedal - ¼", 6,35 mm jack. Use a momentary pedal, like e.g, Roland DP-2, DP-6, Yamaha FC-4, FC-5, Fatar VFP1-25 etc.
Sustain input compatible with Nord Triple Pedal (sold separately)
Rotor Pedal - ¼", 6,35 mm jack. Use a momentary pedal or a switch type pedal
Organ Swell Pedal - ¼", 6,35 mm TRS stereo jack. Use a Control/Expression pedal like e.g. Yamaha FC-7, Roland EV-5 etc.
Control Pedal - ¼", 6,35 mm TRS stereo jack. Use a Control/Expression pedal like e.g. Yamaha FC-7, Roland EV-5 etc.
MIDI In - 5 pin DIN connectors
MIDI Out - 5 pin DIN connectors
USB - type B connector
Power Cord with IEC C14 connector
Nord Stage 2 Connections

INCLUDED ACCESSORIES

User Manual
Dust cover (88 and HP76 only)
Sustain pedal (88 and HP76 only)
Power cord
Nord Sample and Piano DVDs
USB cord

OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES

Nord Keyboard Stand EX
Nord Soft Case
Nord Triple Pedal
Nord Music Stand EX

DIMENSIONS

Nord Stage 2 EX 88: 1287 mm (50.7"), 118 mm (4.7"), 334 mm (13")
Nord Stage 2 EX HP76: 1122 mm (44"), 127 mm (5"), 347 mm (13,6")
Nord Stage 2 EX Compact: 1070 mm (42"), 104 mm (4"), 302 mm (12")

WEIGHT

Nord Stage 2 EX 88: 18,5 kg (40,7 lb)
Nord Stage 2 EX HP76: 12,4 kg (27,3 lb)
Nord Stage 2 EX Compact: 9,7 kg (21,4 lb)

*Specifications subject to change without notice.

Shipping Policy

We are able to ship anywhere within Australia, we do not ship goods internationally.

We do not ship acoustic pianos to locations outside Victoria without prior arrangement, please contact us to find out if we are able to ship an acoustic piano to you if you are outside Melbourne metro.

Please allow a minimum of up to 7-10 working days for delivery, subject to stock availability.

If your ordered item is out of stock, you will be contacted by Keyboard Corner.

Keyboard Corner will not be responsible for any typographical errors or errors in illustrations, price, pictures or descriptions. All prices are subject to change without notice. All retail prices listed are those suggested by the wholesaler/manufacturer. All discounts are calculated from these Recommended Retail Price lists.

Small items will be sent via Australia Post. If the item is too big for your letter box, they will leave a card in your letter box for you to collect it at the Post Office.

Larger items will be sent via courier and need to be signed for. We recommend having goods shipped to a business address where somebody is always available to accept delivery. Extra delivery charges may apply if there is no one available to take delivery of the item when the first delivery is attempted. Keyboard Corner will take no responsibility if you supply us with an incorrect shipping address.

Return Policy

If a product is damaged, please contact us for us to arrange collection and return of the item, within 7 days of receipt and we will exchange the item(s) or issue you with store credit or refund.

We will not exchange any item if you simply change your mind, so please shop with care.

All products must be returned as new, unused, undamaged and in their original packaging. We reserve the right to refuse a return on any product that does not meet these requirements. The following procedure must be undertaken.

1. E-mail enq@keyboardcorner.com.au with your name, invoice number, product name, reason for return and request for replacement, exchange or refund.

2. You will be issued with a Return Authorisation Number (R.A. #) which is to be written on the outside of the returned package. At the same time you will be given the address to return the package to.

It is your responsibility to supply Keyboard Corner with your correct shipping address. Freight drivers are only obliged to deliver to this address, and take no responsibility.

If the product supplied to you is faulty, Keyboard Corner will replace it with no charge once it is sent back postage paid we will send the replacement out with no added postage costs. Please call/e-mail for your Return Authorisation Number before returning any goods.

All information gathered will be held in confidence.

Store Information

Keyboard Corner was established in the late 1970's. The store had fairly modest beginnings, with a small corner shop, selling mainly organs and pianos. Over the decades our product range expanded greatly.

In the mid 90's we opened KC's Rock Shop, (Keyboard Corner's Rock Shop) to give us the ability to specialize in items other than keyboard based instruments. The two shops are now merged into one building with over 250 square metres of showroom.

December 2012 saw the opening of our specialised drum store, at 15 Erica Ave, just a 1 minute walk from the main store. With a great range of electric and acoustic kits, heads, percussion, cymbals, sticks and accessories we are well worth a visit.

We carry a huge range of everything musical and have specialised departments for pianos, keyboards, digital pianos, sheet music, electric guitars, amplifiers, acoustic guitars, bass guitars, classical guitars, PA gear, home recording, microphones, drums and more.

We have become one of the largest musical instrument suppliers in Melbournes suburbs, and have established a reputation of offering the best advice and service, while still offering great value pricing.