Nord Stage 2 EX Compact Stage Keyboard

73-key Digital Stage Piano with Synth, Organ and Piano Sound Generators, and 1GB Memory for Nord Piano Library
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Stage Piano with a Fast Keybed

With five grand pianos, seven upright pianos, 11 electric pianos and more, the Nord Stage 2 EX Compact stage piano is ready to gig. Nord enhanced the Stage 2 EX Compact with 1GB of memory for the Nord Piano Library, so you can load up even more amazingly realistic reproductions of a wide range of instruments. Right from the top panel you have easy access to Piano, Organ, and Synthesizer sound generators, and you can use all three simultaneously to create huge, expansive sounds. With outstanding sound quality and ultra-light weight, the Nord Stage 2 EX Compact is an excellent keyboard for both stage and studio.

Nord Stage 2 EX Compact 73-key Stage Piano at a Glance:
  • Fast, smooth playability from the semi-weighted waterfall keybed
  • Piano, organ and synth sound engines onboard
  • Choose your favorite instruments from the Nord Piano Library
Fast, smooth playability from the semi-weighted waterfall keybed

The Nord Stage 2 EX Compact sports Nord's semi-weighted waterfall keybed, one of the fastest keybeds you'll get your hands on. The rounded tips on the keys give this keyboard a smooth feel that's perfect for fast organ and synth passages. This keybed has a note range of E to E.

Piano, organ and synth sound engines onboard

From expansive grand pianos to searing synthesizer leads, the Nord Stage 2 EX Compact does it all. You'll be able to cover a wide range of musical styles in a single session, and a slew of dedicated function controls makes it easy to tweak your sounds until they're perfect for your application. You can even engage the piano, organ and synth sections simultaneously to create huge layered sounds.

Choose your favorite instruments from the Nord Piano Library

The Nord Stage 2 EX Compact boasts 1GB of memory for sounds from the Nord Piano Libary. This is Nord's collection of painstakingly emulated instruments including acoustic and electric pianos, harpsichords, clavinets, and much more. While the factory-included sounds on the Stage 2 EX Compact are outstanding, you'll be able to pick and choose even more from the Nord Piano Library.

Nord Stage 2 EX Compact 73-key Stage Piano Features:
  • Digital stage piano with piano, organ and synthesizer sound engines
  • Fast and smooth feel from the 73-key semi-weighted waterfall keybed
  • 1GB of memory to add your favorite instrument sounds from the Nord Piano Library
  • Synth sections has 380MB of memory for the Nord Sample Library
  • Expanded instrument selection includes electric pianos, strings, voices, folk instruments and more
  • Extern Section allows you to integrate external MIDI sound modules as if they were part of the keyboard
  • Vital functions have dedicated controls so you can access them quickly
You're ready for any gig or session with the Nord Stage 2 EX Compact!

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 73
Type of Keys Semi-weighted, Waterfall
Other Controllers 1 x Pitch Stick, 1 x Mod Wheel
Presets 400
Polyphony 40-60 Notes
Effects Yes
Audio Outputs 4 x 1/4", 1 x 1/4" (Headphones)
Pedal Inputs 1 x Sustain, 1 x Control, 1 x Organ Swell, 1 x Rotor
MIDI I/O 1 x In, 1 x Out, 1 x USB
Height 4"
Width 42"
Depth 12"
Weight 21.4 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number AMS-NS2-EX-COMPACT

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GREAT for house of worship settings! The basic patches and presets sound awesome, and it's fairly easy to use for anyone who has played a different electric piano in the past. We used a Yamaha MO8 for years before buying this, and the difference in basic quality of the sounds was astonishing! There's so much we (myself and the keyboard players at my church) have to learn about it, because there are so many features we're not utilizing yet. Would definitely recommend.
Music background: House Of Worship FOH engineer and singing drummer

Love this Keyboard!

I own a list of great keyboards and depending on the show or gig I was doing, would set up at least a double stand and sometimes as many as 3 keyboards to have all the sounds I needed. My "must have" sound was a good organ and right now that was my Hammond SK1 but it doesn't have the right feel for piano and strings (although it has those sounds), so I always needed at least one other keyboard. My rep is Michael Eads and I needed a keyboard for a road job. He has helped me out numerous times. Michael made sure to time sending it out so it was at the hotel the day I arrived. A few hours of work in the hotel room with headphones and I put together the sounds I needed for the current show. When I played the show, it was easy changing programs. As I tweak sounds, it's literally a button press (2 times) to store the edited sound. I am loving the action and the sounds and finally have a keyboard that can come close to the Hammond sound with all the other sounds I need for a gig. My setup is now 1 keyboard and I have all the sounds (and the right keyboard feel) that I need to do my job. The editor software that comes with the keyboard is great for managing sounds on the keyboard, although I don't think you can manage splits with it... maybe I just can't find that, but, still, very useful for moving sounds around.
Music background: Pro

Best All-Arounder

For a musician that plays in genres across the musical spectrum, this instrument FINALLY makes deciding which keyboard (or 2) to pack in my car that day an irrelevant issue. Regardless of what's on the calendar, from studio work in funk / rock / country / CCM to live sets in small jazz trio/quartet settings, wedding receptions, church services both large and small / traditional and contemporary, pit musician work, etc. the Stage 2 has me covered. I won't even bother describing the accuracy of sound reproduction here. Suffice to say it's the best sounding / feeling instrument I've owned. Most important in my consideration had to do with live work. The layout and function of this instrument is so intuitive that it enhances workflow and makes utilization on stage a breeze. Layering, spliting, assigning zones, assigning morphs to a control pedal, adjusting parameters in real time and then saving to memory: all of these tasks were mind-blowingly simple. It hurt to write such a large check, but once I had it in possession it was definitely worth spending more upfront to get unmatched quality. I worked with Nick LaMendola based on the recommendation of a colleague. Ask for him: HE. IS. THE. MAN.
Music background: Jazz, Funk/R&B, Top 40

Great gigging keyboard

I really did not want to like the Nord Stage 2 EX because I had been playing a Kurzweil PC2x that I had covetted for a while. But the Nord is just so good for gigging. Extremely light weight and I really like the semi weighted keys - you can cross genres and organ/synth/piano and once you get used to the touch sensitivity - you can really make it sing or scream. My case is heavier than the keyboard, but That is because I used to beat the crap out of the Kurzweil in its soft case.
Music background: Weekend gig warrior for 30 plus years
See also: Organs, Nord, Nord Electric Organs, Nord Digital Pianos, Nord Synthesizers