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Clavia Nord Stage 88
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Digital Synth from Clavia belonging to the Nord Stage series.

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  • Clavia Nord Stage 88Published on 09/23/07 at 16:27
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Very good piano touch for those who like it (not my case c, even if I am born pianist), knob-quality keyboard, and a joy to behold. Aftertouch too difficult to reach (too much resistance on the keyboard).

    No problem by connecting to PC: Instal, update Fast and easy.

    UTILIZATION

    I think we should just read the manual (in French for a short time) because the front is very disconcerting at first, yet I have a Nord Lead III. When the operating principle is included (for me after 2 hours of playback and 4 hours of practice), it goes very fast, almost everything is obvious.

    SOUNDS

    - Beautiful: Organ and Rhodes. A happy one as the other party for the organ, I even removed my config......
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    Very good piano touch for those who like it (not my case c, even if I am born pianist), knob-quality keyboard, and a joy to behold. Aftertouch too difficult to reach (too much resistance on the keyboard).

    No problem by connecting to PC: Instal, update Fast and easy.

    UTILIZATION

    I think we should just read the manual (in French for a short time) because the front is very disconcerting at first, yet I have a Nord Lead III. When the operating principle is included (for me after 2 hours of playback and 4 hours of practice), it goes very fast, almost everything is obvious.

    SOUNDS

    - Beautiful: Organ and Rhodes. A happy one as the other party for the organ, I even removed my config the Native VST B3 was already a very high level!

    - Very Good: Piano. There are two sounds of the original grand piano (Steinway and Yamaha), but to get one that takes the road (in my opinion) it is better to remove all two to exchange the updated Yamaha ( 65 MB available on the website of Clavia).

    - Medium Original - Even if programmed: Synth, but it is not his first vocation priori. We get it easily usable and sounds very nice, but not of complex sounds possible (no LFO, arpeggiator or sequencer).

    - The electric piano and Clav: No opinion, I never use these things!

    ALL of the knob, buttons, any thing on the control surface sends MIDI control messages: Great as master keyboard.

    Effects management is simple and effective, although not always enough for my taste configurable (especially for the global reverb).

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 5 days and I'm happy. The only drawback: The split points are imposed (all FA or DO), so if you want to note splitter ready ... you can not, so I was also obliged to make an NS88 instead of a Compact NS, 9 kg more and feel piano (I prefer synthetic touches me because it is largely keyboard master to drive full of VST on Forte).

    The price is justified by the sound quality and construction (and knobs), and a nice piano-like pedal comes with. The stand does not come with, why not ... but it could be sold cheaper (more than 200 euro anyway!).

    This synth is perfect for me, and there are currently no other product on the market that will make me change.
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  • Clavia Nord Stage 88Published on 11/01/08 at 11:41
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    I would add only: no sequencer, no arpeggiator, keyboard, dedicated to its "key" no frills.
    Keyboard a bit special one "hybrid" has 3 sections sound very different organ / piano / synth + effects sections.

    Cons:
    a memory ridiculous that allows the storage of all the desired combination.

    Assets:
    -The USB connection that allows the update and load new samples and config. characters
    -Very clear provision in section.

    The piano keyboard is very nice, even though the aftertouch is actually too hard.

    UTILIZATION

    Manual short and concise but to be honest I have read so little the grip is intuitive.
    Available knobs simple intuitive and ergonomic.

    I would say a word about......
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    I would add only: no sequencer, no arpeggiator, keyboard, dedicated to its "key" no frills.
    Keyboard a bit special one "hybrid" has 3 sections sound very different organ / piano / synth + effects sections.

    Cons:
    a memory ridiculous that allows the storage of all the desired combination.

    Assets:
    -The USB connection that allows the update and load new samples and config. characters
    -Very clear provision in section.

    The piano keyboard is very nice, even though the aftertouch is actually too hard.

    UTILIZATION

    Manual short and concise but to be honest I have read so little the grip is intuitive.
    Available knobs simple intuitive and ergonomic.

    I would say a word about the "synth" very ergonomic and can be an excellent introduction to the handling of an analog. Everything is clear and you learn just by looking at the disposal of the various modules (approx. modulation, osc, filters, ampl. Etc ...)
    The reactivity of sounds is an incentive to tweak the knobs for hours in this section.

    SOUNDS

    I acquired the North Stage for one thing: the sounds of acoustic pianos.
    The big advantage provided by Clavia (a real big plus) is the downloading of sound via USB and among them, better than factory pianos.

    My opinion will be very targeted.

    Cons:
    -Like many, I found that some samples do not really.
    Low-volume
    -Its a little too "distant" to factory settings.
    Flash-imposed quota ridiculous and sounds by 2 category, which do not allow the storage of any combination of samples.

    Assets:
    In my opinion, three essential piano sounds: the st c7 XL yam, the yam st C7 (because other samples exceeds the memory capacity) category of "large" category and the rain piano "upright"
    -2 Tracks superimposed, so that you can tweak a piano sound terrible. For example, the mix Yam Gr XL + Rain piano gives a very convincing piano.
    Effects-reverb impressive pianos can be obtained "liquid" on the basis of wonderful st yam c7 (Avoid XL here, which tends to overload the sound and make it too fat)

    Some part-sound "synth" interesting, original and usable.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 3 months.
    So I've spent part of summer nights on it with almost white.
    The piano sounds great and so well regulated, is astonishing even for an informed ear.
    The solo piano is a joy on the North course.
    The synth is a bit expensive, though still affordable, with defects that could have been avoided (memory ridiculous)

    But to have no uncertainties, the most by far outweigh the less.
    I wanted a realistic and practical piano (recorded on studio, his headphone for the night and transferable). I was served!
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  • Clavia Nord Stage 88Published on 12/07/08 at 04:11
    (Originally written by Septentrion/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
    I have to admit that I miss my Gem ProMega 3 but I sold it because of its weight, reliability problems, and because Gem has no reliable after-sale service anymore.

    What other European brand do we have left? CLAVIA (from Sweden) of course!!! I bought a NordStage76 and WOW!!!! It has everything I liked about the ProMega3: ease of use, musicality, manufacturing quality, keyboard quality, simplicity (one function per control like with the Gem, although some buttons require that you press an additional button, which isn't very convenient). It's a real instrument, not a Japanese toy! And compared to the ProMega, you......
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    (Originally written by Septentrion/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
    I have to admit that I miss my Gem ProMega 3 but I sold it because of its weight, reliability problems, and because Gem has no reliable after-sale service anymore.

    What other European brand do we have left? CLAVIA (from Sweden) of course!!! I bought a NordStage76 and WOW!!!! It has everything I liked about the ProMega3: ease of use, musicality, manufacturing quality, keyboard quality, simplicity (one function per control like with the Gem, although some buttons require that you press an additional button, which isn't very convenient). It's a real instrument, not a Japanese toy! And compared to the ProMega, you get additional advantages like more accuracy! Yes, even Rhodes sounds are great! And let's not forget the latest piano provided by Nord as a free download... It's amazing!!! My hands can't believe it yet. On top of that it is light (especially the 76 version) and versatile.

    Like with the ProMega, you actually feel that the Nord Stage is an instrument made by musicians for musicians and with a strong European character.

    I would have liked to keep my ProMega at home but I didn't have enough space or money.

    I don't regret having upgraded to the Nord Stage, which is like its modern reincarnation.

    Small cons:

    The limited memory space is a pity (the new EX model solves that problem).

    The USB connector isn't Midi compatible (it's only conceived to download sounds, configurations, or update the OS).

    No arpeggiator, split points aren't fully adjustable, lack of punch in the audio output (the overall sound quality compensates this disadvantage).

    But I'm being picky because I actually love this instrument and I look forward to lots of years of pleasure with it.



    UTILIZATION

    Everything has already been said about this device. Intuitive, simple and easy to use. It has the same spirit as the ProMega. Everything is musical and inspiring to play and create music.

    SOUNDS

    I don't know anything better for piano, rhodes and organ sounds. Even though I've tried out virtually everything on the market. Some provide better pianos but none of them offers such a comprehensive solution nor a well-balanced sound. And the playability is incredible (I was a bit afraid that the keyboard would be too light but it's perfect for me and it reminds me an old piano).

    I was positively surprised by the synthesizer section. It's a lot of fun and very convenient for additional sounds.

    The effects are awesome too! For example, a rhodes + leslie with distortion and you're ready for Echos!

    With a hi-fi system the sound lacks a bit of punch but it is terrific when you play with a PA system.

    OVERALL OPINION

    It's been a two months honeymoon. I use it at home, for rehearsals, for recording sessions and live on stage with a band. Even my musician friends noticed the precision, the presence and the dynamics of the sound, but also the stereo depth and the presence within a mix (strong but not overemphasized).

    I hesitated a long time before buying it (and my banker did too), but like all other musicians who have it, I don't regret it. It's a real instrument, made for musicians.
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