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Clavia Nord Stage EX 88
Clavia Nord Stage EX 88

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

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« A "Real" Instrument, Keyboard ultimate stage »

Publié le 06/09/14 à 17:58
"Stage Piano" digital 88touches.
I leave the technical specifiactions other lower opinion already seems fairly complete.

On the technical side, the only lack that I can blame the Nord Stage EX is the lack of reading samples "General" (Strings / Brass etc..) But as this factor is corrected in the next generation (Nord Stage 2) I can not blame him too.

However, at the time the NS EX was the flagship of the brand, it was still something rather annoying. Never mind, I quickly forgiven when I could join him expendeur Roland Sonic Cell led by its exellent section "Extern".

However, I would like to complain especially the power plug is not very standard! Why not do like everyone else (and like their other models) and put a IEC plug? Slice of life, I forgot my power lead at home in a concert 500km from home, and as this thread is almost "Not Found" quickly and simply, I had to reprogram sounds for 3 hours a good old Roland Fantom FA-76 to play at the concert. A standard power cord to avoid many problems.

I wear a special appreciation to the management software Free "Patch" which is very simple and practical, it runs very well and is very useful!

I also note a build quality that exceeds the greater part of these competitors. The knobs are solid, Smooth and well anchored. the instrument itself seems very solid and very tolerant to follow us on the road. Mine follows me without flinching for 5 years! He spent nights in the trunk of your car in cold weather up-30degré Celcius, has to face the heat of summer, rain outdoor concert festivals and was lugging countless times RPET / concert and never showed a single sign of any trouble.

Keyboard meanwhile, is certainly not the best in the world but in my opinion a perfect compromise between "Keyboard Piano / EP &#39;s" and "Organ / Synthesizer Keyboard". There is no master for either type, but allows you to make two in reasonable comfort.

I also bring your attention to the appearance of "limited" edition of the synth part possibilities. certe, we can not do everything, but it&#39;s so well thought after testing, we can draw quite unsuspected sounds quickly and easily. sometimes having less choice feeds creativity!


If we went around quickly, the architechture in practice section is very nice to use. Certe a while adaptation is required (If you go the other major manufacturers) but we made it by hand quickly and everything is clear.

Almost nothing is hidden, the most significant parameters are available in the front and the majority of the buttons are "A button / function" really making editing very easy and fast.

Create a sound on the Nord Stage is much easier and enjoyable than most of the competition.

I attribute my favorite buttons to "Panel A / B" that allows us to have literally two "pages" empillable or parallel in each preset! This is great for me and is always helpful! It is therefore possible to have 2 B3, two pianos, two and four synth effects to a single preset!

The manual is clear and well detailed.


Before talking about sounds, I must specify that over the years following the purchase of the Nord Stage, I had the chance to get me "Real" keyboards. I have a Hammond C2 (+ Leslie 147), a MK.II Rhodes, a Clavinet D6, Yamaha CP-70B and a Moog Voyager. Besides amps (eMule also NS) Fender Blackface Twin Reverb and Roland Jazz Chorus.

Is the Nord Stage equals or surpasses the original? Obviously the answer is "No". No keyboard can, and certainly not one keyboard for all these instruments.

But is that the Nord Stage offers a satisfying sound? Quite sure yes! and more! According to me, any other keyboard on the market offers sounds reproaching himself as original as the Nord Stage. Clavia has really managed to capture the "Grain" and "Dynamic" of each of the original instruments. The difference with the originals are in the details. NS certainly has the best emulation of Rhodes, Wurlitzer and Clavinet all the "Workstation" and all the "Stage Piano".

Maybe it not the equivalent of all the originals, but it has the merit of having everything with a very valuable quality in a lightweight, sturdy and portable size! In my case, the original will never leave my basement! Frilleux too precious and fragile!

the amp emulation are in my opinion, rather typical, but it can reach advantage of color and that&#39;s why I do not condemn the Ns for it.

The effects are exellent quality and allows to have all sound palettes have might need. it is very complete.

NS offers a good range of sound. perhaps it seems more limited than some competitors, but it (at least!) everything he does, he does beautifully.

However, I found the factory preset very unhelpful and uninspiring synth. Presets synth seems cold and rigid. However, the synthesis engine is capable of NS warmer sound without too much trouble, as we take the trouble.
But its ability to make sounds cooler is also an undeniable quality. Make good FM sounds and type "Wave table" is a rare quality in a keyboard if you want to play in a register 80&#39;s 90&#39;s! it has its uses!

There are sounds for all types with NS! I mainly play in a corporate group where you Top40 JOUT very varied kind and I can find everything I need to play all the latest commercial hit for a good old blues.

Its only lack is at the "Samples" Brass, Strings, Accordion etc.. It is possible to fiddle with the synth part but there is no miracle to non-plus. An additional module is required if you need such sounds. Otherwise, the Nord Stage 2 has corrected this deficiency.

The effects are exellent quality and allows to have all sound palettes have might need. it is very complete.


I use it for 5 years now and it has never failed me!
He is my faithful partner and I do not déferai!
I had before a Roland Fantom FA-76 and the shock was brutal when I&#39;m falling with the Nord Stage!

I love these sounds more than satisfactory, its baffling ergonomics, unique and simple practical architechture, and the exceptional quality of the instrument.

I have played on many competitor (Korg SV1, Roland G8, Korg M3, Korg Kronos, Roland Jupiter) and I think I can say that in my opinion, none brings many good sounds in a simple format intuitive and understand what can offer the Clavia Nord Stage.

However, since we pay for what you get, the price of the Nord Stage is very high (about $ 5,000 Canadian in my concerns if the legs are included, the lectern, carrying case and taxes) .

But I would do this choice without hesitation even despite the price because it is amply product quality and long years of service in my company go as companion music.

On legs Clavia, they are (very) expensive but well worth the peinede by the brilliant Look, convenience during transport (fits in the case) and their strength (the keyboard is very stable and not likely at all fall!

I sincerely believe that there is currently no better in terms Stage piano. To buy the closed period if you are questioning eyes.