Nord Stage 3 - Update History

v1.32 (2017-12-15)

  • B3 Organ model: Overall refinements to sound and behaviour
  • Updates to sample player to support all features of converted .nsmp files
  • Fixed bug where Swell as Volume setting would not function properly
  • Fixed bug where Organ Swell parameter could have incorrect value after boot

v1.28 (2017-12-07)

  • MIDI: Fixed bug where MIDI Out could get stuck in loop sending data forever.
  • Editing of certain parameters could stop working under certain circumstances. Fixed.
  • Double-click functionality (Effects Source, KB Zones etc.) could stop working under certain circumstances. Fixed.
  • Extern: Morphing Volume, Program or MIDI CC did not work. Fixed.
  • Extern: Sustain now only transmits 0 or 127.
  • Display visualization of drawbars when setting up Morph has been improved.
  • Improvements to handling of seamless transitions.
  • Minor tweaks and fixes to the various List views.

v1.26 (2017-11-16)

  • Improvements to storage reliability.
  • Names are now compared non-case sensitive when checking if a file name exists during Store operations.
  • Improvements to Synth voice allocation.
  • When in Live Mode, Song Mode LED is now always off.
  • When pressing Song Mode button in Live Mode, Live Mode now exits and Song Mode is enabled.
  • MIDI: Improved handling of large amounts of incoming or outgoing MIDI data.
  • Panel MIDI: Receving CC on Panel channels didn't update edit buffer. Fixed.
  • Dual KB: Receiving CC now works as expected for selected dual keyboard engine.

v1.24 (2017-11-01)

  • Important: The "Panel" option for Dual KB has been removed. Any Programs stored in Panel mode will after the update be set to "Organ".
  • Dual KB: Internal Morph controls would affect engines in Dual KB mode. Fixed.
  • Renaming a Program used in a Song would cause Song part to break and be silent. Fixed.
  • Using FM 2 mode and Vibrato/Pitch Bend/Glide would cause clicking sound. Fixed.
  • Morphing Wah amount would cause a crackling sound. Fixed.
  • Using Split Width on a small keyboard zone could cause incorrect levels (silent and/or too loud). Fixed.

v1.22 (2017-10-18)

  • Important: The latest version of Nord Sound Manager (v7.10) is required after updating to OS v1.22. We always recommend to make a backup before performing an OS update.
  • Song Mode: Song parts now reference programs by name, rather than by position. This means that Songs stay intact when moving/organizing programs.
  • Synth Presets: Presets are now referenced by name rather than by position when loaded into Programs. This means that moving/organizing presets is possible without breaking references from Programs.
  • Duplicates: Duplicate names for Programs, Songs or Synth Presets are now disallowed. A number will be added after the name if storing a Program, Song or Synth Preset with a name that already exists in the file system.
  • Synth Preset List view: In Synth Preset list view, there are now soft buttons/shortcuts for:
    • User – The 8x50 Synth Preset banks that can be stored to by the user.
    • Samp – A list of the “Read-Only”, auto-generated, Sample Presets.
    • Cat – Press down for a list of categories. When Cat soft button is focused, Page buttons can be used to quickly switch between categories.
  • Samp Presets: When using a Samp Preset and changing sample using the waveform dial, the display now shows the name of the selected sample (rather than the name of the Samp Preset, with an “E”).
  • FM: Extensive redesign of the Synth FM implementation. Artifacts have been reduced and the modulation amount now scales with register. Note: Existing presets/programs using FM will sound different after the update!
  • FM: Dual and Triple FM are now simply called FM 1 and FM 2
  • Piano: Improved response when using both Panels and playing many notes.
  • Synth display: This display is now dedicated to showing the oscillator settings. I.e. Synth Preset numbers are only shown in the main display. Some layout/design changes were made in conjunction with this.
  • Synth display: The number of the selected Oscillator Configuration is now shown in the display.
  • Delay: Pitch behavior when changing tempo in Analog Mode is now smoother.
  • Unison: Increased pan in Synth unison and reduction of phasing when using sample + Unison.
  • The “E” symbol is now used to indicate all “dirty” states, instead of the asterisk (*).
  • Program LED (1-5) is now turned off when in Synth Preset List mode
  • Fixed bug where Output Routing Sub setting could be thrown off when navigating across a program using Rotary.
  • Fixed bug where NS3 Compact could become silent in Song Mode when switching between programs where one of the programs had Drawbar Live enabled.

v1.14 (2017-09-26)

  • Sustain Pedal: Sustain + Rotor Hold and Sustain + Rotor Toggle modes did not function properly. Fixed
  • Arpeggiator KB Sync would reset with every key stroke, even if notes were previously held. Fixed
  • Display could contain traces of previously shown soft buttons when entering a menu. Fixed 
  • With certain Osc Configurations, changes to the Osc Ctrl parameter value would not be reflected in Synth display. Fixed 
  • Fixed bug where instrument could become silent after a Nord Sound Manager Restore operation
  • Fixed bug where it was not possible to set focus to a sample by clicking it in Nord Sound Manager

v1.12 (2017-09-20)

  • New features:
    • A new menu option was added for Output Routing, in the System menu: For each Panel one sound engine can now be routed independently. This is done by setting “Sub” to either Org, Pno or Syn and “Dest” (Destination) to 1+2, 3+4, 3 or 4. Note: The output of the Rotary effect is always routed to outputs 1+2.
    • Dual KB mode now has options for addressing either all of Panel B, or only one of its sections. This is done by keeping Dual KB pressed down and selecting the appropriate setting (Panel, Organ, Piano or Synth) using the dial.
    • Programs can now be given a category when stored
    • List views for Synth Presets, Programs and Pianos were changed. Pressing the "Cat" soft button lets you select one category, and browse only those sounds.
    • Pressing Shift+Sound Init now gives two options: Init or Clear Name, which clears the Synth Preset name from the stored program.
  • General:
    • Boot time for the NS3 was significantly improved
    • Volume setting for Swell pedal had no effect. Fixed
    • The instrument would not boot with certain types of continuous sustain pedals attached. Fixed.
    • “Dirty” flag (asterisk) for altered Program would disappear when switching Panels. Fixed
    • Level controls for each section (Organ, Piano, Synth) now have a finer degree of detail while turning at a slower rate.
    • Split cross-fades (Split Width) had no effect on Clav, Harpsi, Digital and Layer Piano sounds. Fixed.
    • Osc Ctrl and Drawbar display representations are now more responsive.
    • When using Global Transpose and KB Split the split point would be offset by transpose value. Fixed.
  • MIDI:
    • MSB (CC#0) Bank Change values for targeting Programs, Songs or Synth Presets have been changed. Use MSB 0 for targeting Program mode, MSB 1 for Song Mode and MSB 2 for Synth Presets.
    • Receiving a Program Change message without fully specified Bank Change data will change Program or Song depending on current panel mode
    • Addressing the NS3 Compact model over MIDI did not give access to the entire range. Fixed.
    • Sustain values for Pedal Noise are now sent correctly over MIDI.
    • MIDI Local Off is now WYSIWYH (what you see is what you hear), panel LEDs and displays show state of sound engines at all times
    • Latency could be introduced in sent MIDI when using NS3 as controller. Fixed.
    • Note Off Velocity was always 127. Fixed.
    • On-panel Transpose would have no effect on sent MIDI  (with “Transpose MIDI at” set to "Out"). Fixed.
  • Extern:          
    • Sustain pedal values are now sent correctly by the Extern section.
    • Extern section did not send MIDI when Local was set to Off. Fixed
    • Extern Send on load feature would not always send the stored values. Fixed
    • Sustain Off (0) was not sent after Extern section had been disabled.
  • Effects:
    • The Compressor effect can now be used for sounds going through the Rotary Speaker.
    • Changing Delay Filter type no longer silences the Delay signal.
    • Long Delay tails are handled better (quicker fade-out) when switching Programs in seamless mode
    • The Chorus effect had low output level. Fixed

v1.04 (2017-07-22)

  • The Panel A Synth section section would initially be silent if booting to a Program using it. Fixed.
  • Piano sections could be silent under certain conditions after boot. Fixed.

v1.00 (2017-07-07)

  • Delay: Longer feedback is now available, and several tweaks were made to the filter settings and analog mode
  • Amp Drive: Larger amounts of drive/distortion are now available
  • Chorus: Both Chorus 1 and Chorus 2 have been tweaked and are now more differentiated
  • Synth KB Hold function is now not in effect during seamless transitions
  • Synth KB Hold: Held notes are now released when turning synth section off
  • Loading a program using Synth KB Hold would cause a previous Synth sound to be sustained erroneously in seamless mode. Fixed
  • Sustain Pedal On/Off states for panel sections could cause sound to be cut off erroneously in seamless mode. Fixed
  • Piano section EQ/filter settings could cause clicks during seamless transitions. Fixed
  • Rotary Reverb changes: Panel A is still “Reverb master” when a layer is using Rotary in both A & B. If using only Panel B however, Rotary is now controlled from Panel B
  • Adjustments to Vox Sine/Tri crossmix drawbar: With drawbar at middle position the full level of both Sine+Tri tone generators is provided
  • Fixed handling of out of range Synth Waveform parameters values via MIDI
  • The Sustain pedal did not work as expected with Clavinet on Compact model. Fixed
  • After downloading a Piano sound Pedal Noise would be disabled under certain conditions. Fixed
  • Various other fixes and improvements were made

v0.96 (2017-06-22)

  • Fixed bug where Pipe organ sounds would sometimes cut off prematurely with seamless program changes
  • Category Chromatic Perc is shown correctly in the Synth Preset list
  • First Song Part is now always focused when loading a Song
  • Song no longer marked as dirty (*) when Part focus is changed
  • Fixed slow organize functionality when moving programs by large steps
  • Empty program positions are now shown in the Program/Synth/Song List views
  • Fixed swap/program focus bug when using Nord Sound Manager
  • Fixed Extern section bug, where dial would always send all three Extern parameters when operated
  • Switched positions for Phaser 1 and Phaser 2. No program conversion is automatically performed.
  • Changed so Panel MIDI Channels A/B also follow MIDI filter settings (PC/CC)

v0.94 (2017-06-20)

  • Fixed bug where Arpeggiator using Master Clock would cause double note triggers
  • Fixed rare bug where rapid program changes while playing could cause a system crash
  • Fixed bug where morphed parameters would not have the correct value at program load
  • Improved MIDI support:
    • Some parameters were not sent/received
    • Song, Program and Synth Preset position changes are now sent/received as Program Change with MSB + LSB
  • Fixed Delay tempo tap display where incorrect tempos were shown when tapping
  • Adjustments to Aftertouch sensitivity
  • Fixed an artifact caused by sample voice stealing

v0.92 (2017-06-15)

  • First public OS release