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Since 1983, when Hans Nordelius invented the DPP1 Drum Pad (still a favourite with music technology connoisseurs), his company Clavia have designed and meticulously hand-made their own instruments including the incredible NORD keyboards in their workshop in Stockholm, Sweden. The first Nord Lead, released in 1995, was the product that really put Nords (and Clavia by extension) on the road to legendary status: the Lead’s game-changing take on virtual analogue synthesis really shook up the music/synth world with its design, sound, editing ability and sheer musicality. Since then, Clavia have not rested on their considerable laurels: a quick scan through the Nord timeline shows a range of professional instruments that offer innovation after innovation, all favouring real-time controls with a host of physical knobs and buttons over multiple menus and tedious scrolling through screens in order to edit parameters. Nords represent the high watermark of touring and gigging keyboards with models to suit players of all genres.
Nord's Stage 3 is perhaps the ultimate performance keyboard for keys players who need a handful of exceptional sounds at their fingertips with lots of real-time control and a feel that's unparalleled. This powerful and elegant performance instrument gathers it's sound into three distinct groups: Piano, Organ and Synth. Each group has it's own distinct set of control knobs and buttons to allow you maximum hands-on control over your set.
The Nord Stage 3 comes in a few different sizes and key types. This popular model is the Compact. This model is, whilst still relatively large, a lot more portable than other models and has 73 semi-weighted keys, giving you the best compromise for playing organ, piano and synth parts on the one keyboard. Not every player requires the full complement of 88 keys and the space saved by chopping off an octave's worth of notes is enough to prove a big benefit to those who are carrying their instruments from gig to gig, often in public transport.
So, each section then. The organ group has a set of red LED strips to represent the drawbars of your chosen organ model, of which you can choose between B-3, Vox, Farfisa and two types of pipe organ. A rotary speaker emulation is available on this too.
The piano section has some incredible models including a grand, electric, upright, clav, digital and a layer mode. These can then be personalised with further features like string resonance, detune, brilliance and brightness.
The synth section is a fully fledged analogue modelling synth with oscillators, ADSR, LFO's and the ability also to bring in sampled instruments from Nord's extensive (and growing all the time!) online sample library. There's an impressive amount of control for the synth section and remember, you can layer and split sounds, too! A comprehensive effects section follows with a very straightforward procedure for adding effects to your sound.
So far we haven't mentioned menus and scrolling through screens. That's because that hardly ever happens on the Nord Stage 3! Some deeper edits and utility-based functions require a little sifting through but it's truly few and far between. Nearly everything you need is right at your fingertips with either a dedicated knob or as a simple 'shift' function. This kind of power does not normally come this easy!
If you're a gigging pro, you have probably already encountered a Nord Stage: if you haven't, it's high time you did.
Nord Stage 3 Compact features a 73-note Semi Weighted Waterfall keybed (E-E) with Physical Drawbars.
Two super-clear OLED displays for on-stage clarity, Seamless Transitions when changing programs/sounds, extended Split functionality, and the addition of the new Song List Mode makes the Nord Stage 3 more intuitive and flexible than ever for the live performer.
Massive sonic flexibility
The Nord Stage 3 has three sound generating sections; Piano, Organ and Synthesiser, all of which can be used simultaneously. Furthermore, the Nord Stage 3 has 2 separate slots allowing you to have 2 Pianos, 2 Organs and 2 Synths plus Effects at the same time for massive sonic flexibility.
Performance Highlights NEW
- OLED displays for Program and Synth sections
- Seamless Transitions for smooth program changes
- Advanced Split functionality with optional crossfade
- Song Mode for set list functionality
- Physical Drawbars for Compact model
- Support for program change via pedal
The greatly enhanced Piano Section features doubled memory (2 GB) for our exclusive Nord Piano Library, expanded voice polyphony and creative new Piano Filters.
The Nord Stage 3 features an outstanding selection of Grands, Uprights, Electric Pianos, Digital Pianos, Clavinet and Harpsichord from our exclusive Nord Piano Library - all handpicked for their unique characters. The Nord Stage 3 Piano Section also features a brand new “Layer” category with rich dynamic layered patches.
The Nord Piano Experience
Nord’s state-of-the-art sampling techniques capture the extraordinary nuances and real character of the source instruments. Our unique ‘Advanced String Resonance’ and Dynamic Pedal Noise features deliver breathtaking realism and an unsurpassed level of expressiveness.
Piano Section Highlights NEW
- 2 GB Memory (doubled from Stage 2 EX)
- Greatly expanded polyphony (120 voices)
- New Layer category
- Creative Piano Filters
The Nord Stage 3 features the acclaimed Nord Lead A1 Synth Engine, combined with Sample Playback and a dedicated OLED display.
Powerful Smart Oscillator
The Lead A1 synth engine is renowned for its analog-modelling warmth, and utilises brilliant Smart Oscillator Configurations to deliver stunning results with little programming. Single oscillator setups including Shape, FM, Ring Mod, Detune and Sync. Dual oscillator modes include Noise, Sine, Saw, Triangle and Square Mix. The Synth section also includes a brand new Oscillator category with massive “Super Waves”.
The Nord Stage 3 Synth Section has powerful sample playback capabilities and comes with a wide selection of samples from our Nord Sample Library. All samples can be tweaked creatively inside the A1 Synth Engine and it is even possible to create and transfer your own samples using the Nord Sample Editor.
Synth Section Highlights NEW
- Lead A1 Synth Engine with Sample Playback
- Dedicated OLED display for Oscillator configurations
- 480 MB memory for Sample Library
- New Super Wave category and new classic waveforms
- Classic Transistor Ladder Filter emulation, flexible LP+BP Filter and Filter Drive
- Extended Morph functionality
The Nord Stage 3 features our latest award-winning C2D Organ simulations of B3 Tonewheel and Transistor Organs, plus two brand new Principal Pipe Organs.
Separate Organs and Rotary per Slot
It is now possible to use two different Organ models simultaneously, allowing you to creatively blend a B3 with a Vox/Farfisa or a Principal Pipe organ. The updated vintage Model 122 Rotary Speaker simulation is also available for each slot independently.
Physical Drawbars for Compact model
The Nord Stage 3 Compact features our physical drawbars, and semi-weighted waterfall keybed. This model also supports the Nord Half-moon Switch.
Organ Section Highlights NEW
- Nord C2D B3 Tone Wheel simulation
- Model 122 Rotary Speaker simulation
- 2 new Principal Pipe organs
- Physical Drawbars for Compact model
- Separate Rotary Speaker setting per slot
The Nord Stage 3 Effect section features more morphable parameters, an enhanced Delay effect, separate Reverb and Compressor for each slot, and a brand new Filter Effect.
The powerful Nord Stage 3 Effect Section features a wide range of instantly tweakable high quality effects including Tremolo, Phaser, Chorus, Pan, Wah, RM, Flanger and Vibe, all modelled after classic stomp boxes.r
Effect Section Highlights NEW
- Delay with added Feedback filters (HP/LP/BP) and dedicated Analog Mode
- Filter Mode with Resonance (HP/LP)
- Separate Compressor per slot including new Fast Mode
- Separate Reverb per Slot including new Bright Mode
- Extended Morph functionality