Introducing the Nord Stage 3

Press Release, Stockholm 05-04-2017

Continuing our vision of the ultimate instrument for the performing musician - we are very proud to introduce the Nord Stage 3.

The fifth generation of our successful Stage Series, the Nord Stage 3 features our latest award-winning technologies including the Nord Lead A1 Synth Engine with sample playback, acclaimed Nord C2D Organ Engine, a greatly enhanced Piano Section, and extensive hands-on Effects - all in one exceptional performance keyboard.

Performance

Live-focused improvements

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 Synthesizer, 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

Piano Section

The greatly enhanced Piano Section features doubled memory (2 GB) for our exclusive Nord Piano Library, expanded voice polyphony and creative new Piano Filters. 

Factory Bank

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

Synth Section

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”.

Sample Synth

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

Organ Section

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 - available per Slot 
  • 2 new Principal Pipe organs 
  • Physical Drawbars for Compact model

Effect Section

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 modeled after classic stomp boxes.

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

Three MODELS

The Nord Stage 3 comes in three models:

Nord Stage 3 88 features our top-of-the-line 88-note fully weighted Hammer Action Keybed (A-C)
Nord Stage 3 HP76 features an extremely lightweight 76-note Hammer Action Portable keybed (E-G)
​Nord Stage 3 Compact features a 73-note Semi Weighted Waterfall keybed (E-E) with Physical Drawbars NEW

Availability

The Nord Stage 3 is scheduled for shipping in July 2017 with pricing to be announced. Nord Stage 3 is handmade in Sweden by Clavia DMI AB.

All specifications are subject to change without further notice

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

Press images

Nord Stage 3 88

Nord Stage 3 HP76

Nord Stage 3 Compact

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PRESS CONTACT

For press related matters, contact marketing [at] clavia.se 

About Clavia DMI AB:
Clavia Digital Musical Instruments AB manufactures industry-leading digital synthesizers and keyboards sold under the brand name Nord. All technology R&D and manufacturing takes place in Sweden and all Nord products are assembled by hand in Stockholm. Clavia DMI AB has 30 employees and a turnover of 20M USD whereof 95 % is export sales to local distributors. The company’s main markets are USA and Europe but Asia and Latin America also adds exciting and interesting new markets for our premium quality keyboard instruments.