Nord Stage EX - Update History

v6.06 (2014-10-27)

  • Fixed bug for Piano Engine Release samples.

v6.04 (2010-06-28)

  • Adjusted the velocity response of the black keys, in order to match their response with the white keys.
  • Changed the menu text for Organ Trig Mode entry in the System menu. We now use the terms High and Low trig point, instead of the previous ''Fast'' and ''Normal''.

v6.02 (2010-05-31)

  • Added compatibility for the new V5 platform with the V5 Piano sounds, the new Sound Manager 5.28 and the v3.00 WHQL certified USB driver.
  • Fixed an issue in the USB handling that sometimes required a restart of the Stage EX before the OS Update Utility could detect the unit.
  • Adjusted the levels of how the String Resonance feature would interact with repeating, identical notes.
  • Fixed an issue to avoid lagging note offs when using the swell pedal in the ''All'' setting.
  • Fixed a bug that on rare occasions could cause string resonances to hang.

v5.16 (2009-11-09)

  • Reverb algorithms are tweaked to create a smoother, wider sound.
  • Non-existing piano sounds loaded from a program now correctly unloads the previously active sound.
  • Cross-fading to dry pedal up (normal) voices when pedal is released is now done in better way.
  • Fixed a bug in String resonance where resonance trigged after a "pedal down" scenario got too strong.
  • Fixed synth engine to reset filters states if voices are stolen.
  • Fixed a bug in piano engine, which caused it to pick wrong levels for release samples that had compensated levels. The especially affected the harpsichord sounds which have strong level adjustments.
  • Fixed effect focus bug: If the delay feedback knob was turned while delay was off, focus was lost.

v5.12

  • Fixed an issue where piano transfers to the Stage EX from the Nord Sound Manager would never be completed properly.
  • String Resonance – feature added. (String Resonance is turned on by pressing the Clav EQ Medium/Soft button so that the Medium LED is lit, when a XLR piano is active).
  • Piano Unison – feature added. By pressing the Clav EQ Brilliance/Treble button, you can select one of three Unison amounts, which will slightly detune the piano(s) if both Panels A and B are active.
  • The Extern Section has been augmented with a new MIDI Mode selection - Global or Program. The Global setting behaves like before, you set one outgoing MIDI for each of the two panels in the Extern section and these then rule for all the programs. The spanking new Program setting allows you to save a new setting for the Extern transmitting MIDI channels for each and every program and panel in the unit.
  • Another addition to the Extern section is the possibility to use a complete Bank Select procedure with both CC00 and CC32 values.
  • A bug in the Farfisa organ where certain selections could cause it to clip has been fixed.
  • The Clavinet is now displayed as one file/unit in the Manager, instead of four and will be shown as A. B. C and D in the Type LED on the unit.
    Please note: This new update is only available for the Nord Stage EX 256 MB units. The 5.1 version requires the Nord Sound Manager v 5.x and the new USB driver version 2.16 (for Windows computers) in order to be able to transfer pianos and programs - previous versions of the Stage Manager is not compatible.

v5.10

  • Added String Resonance feature that reproduces the acoustic that occurs inside the body of a piano when un-dampened strings or parts of strings may resonate at their fundamental or overtone frequencies when other strings are sounded. Only XLR labeled pianos can be used with the feature.
  • Added Piano Unison feature, that makes it possible to detune two pianos that are used in a dual Panel A+B fashion.
  • The Extern Section has been augmented with a new MIDI Mode selection - Global or Program. The Global setting behaves like before, you set one outgoing MIDI for each of the two panels in the Extern section and these then rule for all the programs.
  • The Extern section has been expanded with the possibility to use a complete Bank Select procedure with both CC00 and CC32 values.
  • A bug in the Farfisa organ where certain selections could cause it to clip has been fixed.
  • The Clavinet is now displayed as one file/unit in the Manager, instead of four and will be shown as A, B, C and D in the Type LED on the unit.

v4.04

  • Fixed an issue where the reverb audio buffer was not emptied properly when reverb types were changed, which caused am unwanted noise.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a memory error, if an entire bank of programs or synth patches were downloaded to the Stage, and the process got stuck during the transfer or cleaning process.

v4.02

  • Fixed a bug which could disengage the delay rate/tempo knob.
  • Fixed Synth Legato bug - if notes and the sustainpedal was held down and the program was changed to one with Legato enabled, notes could not be retriggered until sustain pedal was released.

v4.00

  • Added compatibility with the new, improved format for the Nord Piano Library, the .npno format.
  • Fixed Delay repeats in ping-pong that were 6 dB too loud.
  • Optimized the OS Start-up time and the general processing speed of the OS, giving the entire unit a significant performance boost.
  • Fixed an issue where heavy use of Pitchbend and/or Mod Wheel could slow down the performance of the unit.
  • Tempo knob for Delay now has acceleration feature to make it easier to reach its entire range (two complete rotations compared to other knobs that has one).
  • Fixed tap delay bug which caused low tapped values to set tempo/rate indicator at the 12 o'clock position.
  • New delay implementation introduced: Delay now has two selectable modes in the Sound menu (Analog/pitch will change on repeats if tempo knob is turned or Normal/pitch will not change), longer feedback times are available, and a high pass filtering will gradually be applied on long feedback times.
  • Fixed a bug which could cause the volume to drop to zero if programs were copied from/to Panel A and/or B.
  • Fixed an issue in Synth section that occurred if osc is Dual Saw and mod env is in release phase, the envelope would be reset even if in legato mode.
  • Fixed an issue where the synth amp and mod envelopes would reset when playing in mono mode.

v3.24

  • Fixed a bug which on rare occasions caused the Stage EX to start in mono.

v3.22

  • First OS released for Nord Stage EX.
  • Optimized piano playback and piano voice allocation engine which results in 4 extra voices.