Nord Stage 3 88 Stage Keyboard
Overview from GAK
The Stage 3 is the latest incarnation of Nord’s famous Stage range of keyboards.
Since its inception, the Stage has been the workhorse of musicians around the world. Just check any festival or live performance anywhere and you are likely to see a Nord Stage keyboard being used. Why? Because they sound great, they are easy to use, they are versatile, they are portable and they are durable – all the things a gigging musician needs.
Powerful but easy to use
All the functionality you need is available directly from the front panel – no menu diving and no need for software editors. The front panel is intuitively laid out in sections, making it super easy to navigate. The Organ section covers an array of types, from classic B3s to transistor and pipe organs. Next up is the Piano section, where you'll find Clavs, acoustic, electric & digital pianos. The Synth section features Nord’s fully blown A1 synthesiser, with additional sample playback functionality.
Want to use the Stage 3 as a Controller keyboard? – That’s what the External section is for!
Finally, you get to all the onboard effects, amp simulations, EQ, compressors and reverbs – all at your fingertips.
The Stage 3 has a Panel A and B button which means you actually have TWO of everything you see, per Program. Each Panel can be edited independently of each other, including the effects, and they can be treated as separate instruments or combined together either as layers or splitting the keyboard into zones, or both, to create incredibly flexible combinations of sounds that you can then store as a Program.
There’s not enough space here to cover all the Stage 3 features so check out the specs and videos for more details.
Effects-wise, the delay has been improved and now features Feedback filters and an analogue mode as well as a new filter mode with resonance. Nord have also provided more control over the Reverb and Compression, with the ability to add individual elements of the two to separate slots.
Expandable – for free!
Nord are renowned for the quality of their pianos and you will hear them at concerts and on countless hit records. The Stage 3 comes fully loaded with a great selection of these Piano samples, but you are not stuck with these. The Nord website contains loads of free samples that are readily available to download and install into your Stage 3 for free.
Plus, Nord are constantly adding new samples to the libraries, which you can access and install. There’s a lot more than pianos available as the Nord Sample Library contains everything that isn’t a piano. These are also free to download to the Stage 3. Once downloaded, these sample instruments are accessed in the Synth Section, which then gives you all of that synth’s functionality to edit and adapt them to suit your needs. On top of all that, Nord’s free Sample Editor 3 software allows you to create your own Nord Sample Instruments and load them into your Stage 3 as well.
Therefore, your Stage 3 is totally customisable and will never go out of date so, if you change bands, you don’t have to change keyboards – just change the sounds inside to suit your new musical direction – all at no extra cost.
Same functionality – different sizes
If all this amazing functionality ticks all your boxes but the keybed doesn’t suit your playing style, or you’d like your Stage 3 in a different size/weight, then check out two other models in the range - the 76HP (76 note weighted Hammer Portable keybed - slightly lighter action than the 88HA) and the Compact (73 note version with the SW73 ‘Waterfall’ organ style keybed found on the Electro range, plus manual organ drawbars).
Pimp your Stage 3
Nord provides some great accessories to enhance your Stage 3.
There’s the Nord Triple Pedal (unlocks additional features in the Stage 3 Piano section), the retro Nord Keyboard Stand EX/more traditional Wooden Nord Keyboard Stand (designed for when you want to play sitting down allowing you to get your legs right underneath) and the Nord Monitors (dedicated speakers that mount directly to your Stage 3).
For transport and protecting your Nord at home, there’s the Nord Soft Case (which features a large pocket to accommodate stands, pedals and cables).
For hands-free control of Stage features such as Program Change and Rotary Speaker speed, check out the Nord Single pedal.
Overview from Nord
Here’s what Nord have to say about the 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
- OLED-displays for Program and Synth section
- Seamless transitions when changing programs
- Extended Split functionality with optional Crossfade
- Song List Mode
- Extended Morph Destinations
- Doubled memory (2GB) for the Nord Piano Library
- Greatly expanded polyphony (120 voices)
- Creative Filter presets
- Layer category
- Nord Lead A1 Synth Engine with Sample playback
- Dedicated OLED display for Oscillator functions
- Expanded Memory (480 MB) for the Nord Sample Library 3.0
- Extended Polyphony
- Super Wave category (S-wave)
- Nord C2D Organ Engine
- 2 new Pipe Organ models
- Model 122 Vintage Rotary Speaker - available per Slot
- Physical Drawbars for Nord Stage 3 Compact
- Improved Delay with added Feedback filters and Analog Mode
- Filter Mode with Resonance
- Separate Compressor per Slot with Amount and Fast mode
- Separate Reverb per Slot with Bright mode
No upgrades available
Everything it’s cracked up to be....
Great sounds. Great to play. Easy to program.
The most amazing and flexible keyboard I have ever used
Action superb, sound quality unrivalled, scope enormous, quality build. Probably the best electric piano on the market and well worth the hefty price tag
The ultimate stage piano, never mind all the others, this beats anything on the market in my opinion. THE SEXIEST PIANOS around and a rich, captivating sound, a tactile experience in sound programming and performance. Just what I rely on and have always relied on when it comes to NORD products. Forget the rest, Get the best. NORD. The lady in RED!