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Nord Stage 2 76 Reviews

5.0 stars based on 4 customer reviews
  • from Springfield, OH October 14, 2014Music Background:
    Worship Arts Pastor

    Fantastic product

    Such a great keyboard. So much real time flexibility end sound editing capability. I love the fact that controls are right in front of you and do not require navigating 2-3 layers or screens in order to get in and get out of a sound edit. Quality sounds, solid keyboard action make this one of the best purchases I have made for ministry.

  • from United States June 8, 2014Music Background:
    Weekend Warrior

    My Go-To Board

    The best way to think about Nords is purpose-built for live performers -- sounds, controls, packaging, etc. And that's what I do.

    This is my 5th Nord board, and I'm a bit sorry I waited so long to step up to the Stage 2. I've gone through all the Electros (now have a 4D 61), as well as have a Nord Piano 2 88. The Stage 2 is a superset of both.

    The 76 uses piano weighted keys. Great, if you're into heavy acoustic and electric piano sounds as I am. Not so great if you're heavy into organ, synth, etc. -- if that's your deal, go with the Nord Stage 2 73 which has waterfall keys. I can use a low-cost MIDI controller with this if I want to split things out, but haven't done that yet.

    Even though the board is extremely easy to play and program, I never seem to have enough time to explore its many capabilities: synth programming, arpeggiator and the unique morph function. Oh, yeah, and there's about a bazillion downloadable sounds and samples for this thing. I can't see myself outgrowing this board anytime soon.

    I love the sounds when I play live: the APs, the DPs, the organs, the samples, etc. -- either alone or in layers. Some boards sound great in the showroom or on headphones, this one sounds great onstage.

    Keep in mind that this board will sound poorly through substandard amplification, especially the acoustic piano samples. Be prepared to invest in a serious portable self-powered PA (QSC K series, EV ZLX, Yamaha DLR or similar) to go with this board -- anything less would be a shame.

    Ergonomically, all the knobs and buttons you want are right there -- no menu diving. It's got a great schlep factor (35 lbs.) and there are enough connectors that you can split outputs, get crazy with MIDI, footpedals galore, etc. Go nuts if you want.

    The only limitations are (a) 76 keys which was my choice vs the 88, (b) only one organ model at a time when your doing splits, and (c) no drawbars like the Electro 4D 61. No big deal.

    Every Nord product I've purchased has turned out to be a great investment musically. Resale value is also very good as well.

    Now that I'm playing in two bands, I may have to get another one :)

  • from Rutherfordton, NC December 17, 2012Music Background:
    Pro musciain, and studio owner.

    Shorter only in length

    This is the forth Nord product I own. The 2 76 is added to the Stage 2 88, and the Nord C2D, the Nord Wave. There's something about the sound of Nord's keyboards the warm your heart up. On top of that they are so easy to use, and so powerful you think there can't be this much power in something so compact. Not only the size and power but the build quality is very nice. Truly one of the big surprises I've had the pleasure of enjoying in many years.

  • from Broomfield, CO November 22, 2014Music Background:
    Pro musician

    A totally class act - a performer's dream

    Pros:
    Second-to-none build quality and components
    Layout and design are for hands-on live tweaking (no menu diving)
    Intuitive operation
    Stunningly excellent array of sounds, especially the piano and organ section
    Weighted keyboard is just right - not too heavy for organ/synth, not to light for piano
    Lifetime access to the excellent Nord sample collection

    Cons:
    Proprietary triple-pedal required for damper sounds and half-pedalling techniques (however, there is a workaround it you're handy with electronics. Check out the Nord forum.)

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