- All the controllers and effects must be
- Via mac / pc is the main flaw that you can not use the NS88 to control the south via USB ... surprise on the spot there!.
Configuration fairly intuitive, no sub sub menus, there is 5 min then 80% already includes the operation of the beast. Then for functions a little deeper, read the manual, but is clear and easy to read.
Editing sounds is easy again, no need to take the lead on a screen, all effects have their own buttons (sometimes double-feature with the shift key) but it's very simple.
Normally we buy first the Nord Stage sounds for its main organs namely, electric pianos, acoustic pianos, clavinet, wurlitzer .... go retail:
- Acoustic Pianos: Personally I immediately passed to the Shift 2.16 and I took the time to compare the C7 closed (30 MB) / steinwayD (30MB) to C7 XL (66 mo). The first 2 are good, but not very convincing in the clarity of sound, velocity, with the sustain (when there are only use this piano solo I hear). The sound is to keep the C7 XL when you really want to play the piano. This sound is quite convincing, better than anything I've experienced:
- The grand steinberg (yuck)
- Bossendorf (FRO)
- Orchestra EastWest Quantum silver (too fake, draft, even if it was not too bad)
- Garritan Personal Orchestra (the orchestra more fake silver)
- The family of Yamaha CP (stifled media)
- Some Korg (very disappointed)
- A Kawai (always the mark of reference) but suffered from a lack of realism in the serious
The C7 XL is not perfect: one or two buttons in the bass has a sound dirty. The mediums may be even less fat. With the sustain pedal can quickly arrive at a more messy than a real acoustic piano, but overall a little traffickers in equalizer and practicing some régagles reverb, you get a sound quite usable, even for a business mix, and even for the piano solo. PS: do not rely on demo of the official site, they are very bad.
A little more to the Rain Piano, which is kind of old piano with hammers and full of dust that can be very interesting to use
- Electric Pianos: The 3 Rhodes are also convincing, but even when lack of velocity. To overcome this defect, only one option, add an amp simulator simple bump when at home, or put a good amp behind the NS88 for the stage (you can now resume Sigur Ros album leaf and quietly in your chair ), but otherwise no complaints. The Clavinet is not bad, but I do not know enough. The Wurlitzer is one of the best I have heard. CP80 electric piano will give you a hard time with equalization, but it comes at a very convincing result (Kean).
- The organ now: The zippers are very convenient and can carry all types of organ sounds, what fun for a while, and when it opens up fully, we end up with the organs warm, powerful. Very good too.
- The synthesis part: It depends on the style of music you want to do. For me to use the sounds of the synth part as tablecloths, or as bass sounds quite right for me (music indie, rock). There is something to take the head several days to discover sounds quite drinkable (better than factory). Check out the video on dailymotion of Rita Mitsouko + channel. The keyboardist uses a NS 88 and pulls out a guitar solo quite impressive with this beautiful toy. In short, for my style (interpol, bloc party, M83, Arcade Fire, Sebastien Schuller) there are the sounds I need.
I use the NS88 for several months. I like the fact that this keyboard is a kind of platform for high quality sound. Everything is usable, pianos, rhodes, organs, synths etc ....
It is dedicated to the scene but also can bring happiness to homestudios. I also like the fact that virtually everything is accessible directly. I much prefer to turn the knobs frequency than going to an LCD screen menu to adjust the curve 54 Attack 38 (if you know). My purchase was mainly justified by the fact that I was a bit tired of fiddling sounds in soft drinks, and to overlay to blow my ram (2GB anyway). I was looking for a first acoustic piano sound convincing, and good supplements around in connection with my style of music. The contract is completed. This 128 MB memory is still frustrating (I recall that the C7 XL is already half) and I wanted a good sound xylophone / vibraphone to be fully satisfied.
The touch of the piano is quite realistic what they say. (I look at my M audio Keystation 88 high now).
I'm used to playing on a real acoustic piano and my ear is very critical reports on the piano. It is still not to be confused on a real piano in this one, but one would approach slowly.
The price, oh yes, the price, I bought 2500 euros for review at a store B Audiofanzine referenced in, but I was lucky enough to perceive a range of stocking and I jumped at the chance . 2500 euros + house + 2 foot pedals would be a good compromise.
With the experience I would definitely do it again this choice. Just take a look in most concerts pro ... there is always a red key in the area (Blonde Redhead, Au Revoir Simone, Mogwai, etc ...) and then we must not forget that this keyboard has won two times in a row as the best key stage by a jury of professionals (2006 and 2007) any category at MusikMesse in Frankfurt (one of the most famous salons in the world) ... so it must cough up .... of course, but there is little chance that you swing to a friend ebay or later .... unless of course you want to gain the real instruments!