Nord Stage 2 HA88 88-Key Keyboard

Item ID: NS2HA88

Nord Stage 2 HA88 88-Key Keyboard

Item ID: NS2HA88


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Nord Stage 2 HA88 88-Key Keyboard utilizing the very latest sound generation technology in the three categories of Piano, Organ and Synthesizer combined with a well thought-out, user friendly interface.


About the Nord Stage 2 HA88

The Stage 2 has three sound generating sections; Piano, Organ and Synthesizer, all of which can be used simultaneously. Furthermore, up to two sounds from each section can be combined in a single program for massive sonic flexibility.



Product Features:

  • Piano Section: State-of-the art sample-based Acoustic Pianos, Advanced Vintage Electric Pianos, Advanced String Resonance (Gen 2), Long Piano Release, Dynamic Pedal Noise via optional Nord Triple Pedal, Nord Piano Library compatible.
  • Synth Section: Powerful Classic analog, FM and Wavetable synthesis, Sample Playback, Nord Sample Library compatible, Arpeggiator, Master Clock.
  • Organ Section: B3 tonewheel organ modeling, Faithful simulations of classic Vox and Farfisa organs, Advanced rotary speaker model with slow, fast and stop modes, Draw buttons with LED bar graphs for easy overview of active drawbar settings.
  • Global features: Comprehensive Effects section, Single-function control knobs and instant visibility of current settings, External section allowing the Nord Stage 2 to serve as a master keyboard, Expanded Live Mode with 5 locations, USB-MIDI. No driver required for Mac OS X. WHQL certified driver available for Windows.
  • Effect 1: Here you can choose from Tremolo, two Wahs, an Auto-Wah, and an AutoPan. Use the AutoWah with a Clavinet for raw funk licks, create a psychedelic vibe with an Electric Piano on AutoPan, or give a Wurlitzer some body using the Tremolo. There is also a Ring Modulator on board, an effect used by many experimental and electronic musicians.
  • Effect 2: The two Phasers, two Choruses, the Flanger and new Vibe effect are modeled from the classic analog stomp boxes that define the sound of popular music. These swirling Phasers, metallic Flangers, and thick Choruses that are used by uncompromising professionals everywhere are crystal clear and faithfully simulated on the Nord Stage 2.
  • Delay: A delay unit has been included to create haunting echoes or slap back effects. The delay also supports a ping-pong mode, and the tempo can easily be adjusted with the tap-tempo button, or synced to the master clock. The delay also has an Analog mode for creating those classic “warped” sounds when changing the delay rate on repeats.
  • Amp Simulation & Equalizer: This effect section combines a three-band equalizer with a sophisticated amplifier and speaker cabinet modeler. Classic amplifiers and speakers are a crucial part to make vintage Electric piano sounds come alive. Nord offers the famous sounds of speaker simulations of a Twin Reverb, a Jazz Chorus 120 and a Wurlitzer speaker. When no Amp Model is selected, the unit provides a neutral three-band EQ with sweepable mid and a crunchy overdrive.
  • Rotary Speaker: The new improved Rotary Speaker simulation, which not only brings an essential character to a live organ performance, can also be used with any of the electric or acoustic piano sounds and the synthesizer.
  • Master Effects: A Compressor and a Reverb are placed at the end of the sound chain, to help you blend your sounds more naturally together. The Reverb unit has six different Hall, Stage and Room spaces to create different atmospheres for your sounds, while the Compressor helps you keep the overall mix tight and under control.

The Sound Inside

The Stage 2 has three sound generating sections; Piano, Organ and Synthesizer, all of which can be used simultaneously. Furthermore, up to two sounds from each section can be combined in a single program for massive sonic flexibility.

Programming and Control

To make programming and on-stage control as simple as possible we have arranged the sound generators and controls of the Stage 2 into dedicated sections – Piano, Organ and Synth. Not only does this make for a very intuitive approach to programming but also instantly shows you which settings are active. There are no deep menus, no complicated screens to navigate. All vital functions are controlled by dedicated single-function knobs. In addition our patented Pitch Stick and Modulation Wheel allow maximum musical expression and our efficient Morph Grouping technique is also included, allowing you to assign sound and effects parameters to physical controllers.

Extern Section

The Nord Stage 2 wouldn’t be a master keyboard if it couldn’t control external devices with ease. The Extern Section is designed solely for this purpose, so that any MIDI-connected gear gets seamlessly integrated with the Stage 2’s built-in instruments. Zones, splits and layers are handled exactly as if the external equipment was a part of the Stage 2 itself. All settings are saved together with a Program so advanced setups can be immediately recalled in real-time during a performance. You can even use the Extern Section to automatically transmit Bank Select and Program Change messages to your external units.

The Keyboard

Naturally, a keyboard is not just about the sound but also the feel. The Stage 2 HA88 and Stage 2 HA76 feature our new top-of-the-line fully weighted Hammer Action keyboard that also has been improved for response when playing rapid repeated notes. The Stage 2 SW73 features a 73-note Semi Weighted Waterfall keyboard. At Nord we also do something that nobody else does: during the assembly of each instrument in our Stockholm factory, every keybed is individually and specifically tuned for a consistent response and balance.

Effect Section

No sound is complete without the proper use of effects. In the Nord Stage 2 we incorporated all the effects required to cover musicians’ needs. All of the three instrument sections - Organ, Piano and Synth - can be routed individually through the Stage 2’s built-in effect units. Turning the effects on and off, and controlling the routing is easily done by a touch of dedicated buttons, readily accessible at the bottom of each effects unit.


Product Specifications:


General: Master Level Control, Wooden Pitch Stick, Modulation Wheel, 400 Programs - 4 Banks with 20 Pages each. Each Page has 5 Program locations, Program Categories, Program Sort Modes - numerical, alphabetical or by category, 5 Live Buffers, 2 Individual Slot Setups, 3 Morph sources (Modulation Wheel, Control Pedal, Aftertouch), Global Mono output, Programmable Transpose +/- 6 semitones, Master Clock functionality with manual, external and tap-tempo rate control, Internal and MIDI clock source, and MIDI over USB functionality.
Organ Section: B3 Tone wheel Organ, Vox Continental and Farfisa models with full polyphony, 9 digitally controlled Drawbars, Percussion controls, Vibrato / Chorus control, Two Drawbar settings per program, and 2-Part Multitimbral (2 manuals).
Piano Section: Approx. 500 Megabyte memory for Piano sounds, Acoustic Grand Pianos, Upright Pianos, Electric Pianos, Wurlitzer A200 Electric Piano, Clavinet D6, Harpsichords, Electric Grand Pianos incl. CP-80, 40-60 Voices Polyphony, 4 Selectable Velocity Curves, Clavinet EQ controls, String Resonance (Generation 2) on acoustic Grand Pianos and Uprights, Selectable Piano Release, Pedal Noise when used with Nord Triple Pedal (optional accessory) on selected acoustic and electric pianos), Slot Detune functionality, and 2-Part Multitimbral.
Synth Section: Sample Playback synthesis: approx. 380 Megabytes of sample memory, up to 999 Sample Instruments, Analog synthesis: Multiple waveforms - including Dual Saw, Hard Sync and PWM, FM synthesis: 2 & 3 Operator FM synthesis, Wavetables synthesis: 62 waveforms, 18 Voices polyphony, Unison control - with no reduction in polyphony, Amplitude envelope, Modulation envelope, 12 & 24 dB Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass and Notch Filter with Resonance, LFO with 4 waveforms (square, triangle, ramp and sample & hold), 300 Patch memory locations, Arpeggiator (Up, Down, Up-Down and Random). Range: 1, 2, 3 or 4 octaves, LFO and Arpeggiator synchronizable to Master Clock, and 2-Part Multitimbral.
Global Parameters: Level control, and Zone (split assignment) control.
Master Effects: Compressor, and Reverb - 6 algorithms
Connections: 4 Assignable Audio Outputs - ¼", 6,35 mm jacks, unbalanced, Stereo Headphone output - ¼", 6,35 mm stereo jack, 1 Monitor input - 1/8", 3,5 mm stereo jack, Sustain Pedal - ¼", 6,35 mm jack. Use a momentary pedal, like e.g, Roland DP-2, DP-6, Yamaha FC-4, FC-5, Fatar VFP1-25 etc., Sustain input compatible with Nord Triple Pedal (sold separately), Rotor Pedal - ¼", 6,35 mm jack. Use a momentary pedal or a switch type pedal, Organ Swell Pedal - ¼", 6,35 mm TRS stereo jack. Use a Control/Expression pedal like e.g. Yamaha FC-7, Roland EV-5 etc., Control Pedal - ¼", 6,35 mm TRS stereo jack. Use a Control/Expression pedal like e.g. Yamaha FC-7, Roland EV-5 etc., MIDI In - 5 pin DIN connectors, MIDI Out - 5 pin DIN connectors, USB - type B connector, and IEC320 C7 power connector.
Width: 50.7"
Height: 4.7"
Length: 13"
Weight: 41 lbs
Manufacturer Part Number: NS2HA88


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