While there is a lot going on with the Clavia Nord Stage Compact, it didn't take me too long to get used to it all as all of the basic functions are easily located and manipulated. The keyboard is split into different sections that make it easy to find things when you want them. If you are a beginner with keyboards like this, it may take you a bit longer to figure everything out, but those with any experience shouldn't have much trouble with it. The manual is put together well and is helpful, but most probably don't need it.
The sounds that are available with the Clavia Nord Stage Compact are all top notch. I like everything that this keyboard has to offer, which is a lot as it is quite versatile. Both the piano and organ sounds are realistic and the synth sounds are as well, and all of the sections give you enough parameters that you can get a variety of different tones within each section. While I try to record with acoustic instruments as much as I can, this is a great substitution and is perfect for live shows.
I've been using the Clavia Nord Stage Compact for about a year and it is definitely one of my favorite keyboards out there. I love that you can get so many different sounds and since it isn't too big, it is great for bringing to shows as it gives you all the keyboard sounds and parameters that you could want. This is priced right and is a great investment as it is a keyboard that will last a while and can be used in a variety of situations. If you are looking for a versatile, portable keyboard, the Clavia Nord Stage Compact is one of the best.