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  • Acoustic Piano 1
  • Acoustic Piano 2
  • Acoustic Piano 3
  • Clavi 1
  • Clavi 2
  • E-Piano 1
  • E-Piano 2
  • E-Piano 3
  • E-Piano 4
  • E-Piano Padchoir
  • Organ 1
  • Organ 2
  • Organ 3
  • Organ 4
  • Strings
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Stage Piano

  • 73 Half-weighted keys
  • 2 GB of memory
  • 120-Voice polyphony
  • Creative Piano Filters
  • Seamless transitions for inaudible program changes
  • Song mode for a set-list functionality
  • Comprehensive piano section
  • String Resonance (Gen 2), Pedal Noise and Long-Release Option
  • Powerful synth section provides subtractive, FM, and wavetable synthesis, arpeggiator, unison mode, and master clock
  • True to original B3, Vox / Farfisa and Principal Pipe organ simulations
  • Vintage 122 Leslie simulation
  • Extended effect section
  • OLED display for program and synth section
  • 4 Assignable audio outputs: 1/4" jack, unbalanced
  • Stereo headphone output: 1/4" stereo jack
  • 1 Monitor input: 3.5mm stereo jack
  • Sustain pedal: 6.35 mm jack - Sustain input compatible with Nord Triple Pedal (sold separately)
  • Rotor pedal: 6.35 mm pawl
  • Organ sill pedal: 6.35 mm TRS stereo jack
  • Control pedal: 6.35 mm TRS stereo jack
  • Program change pedal input: 6.35 mm jack
  • Midi In: 5-Pin Din
  • Midi Out: 5-Pin Din
  • USB Type B connector for USB Midi, Software Update and Sound Transfer
  • Power cable with ICC c14 plug
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 1070 x 302 x 104 mm
  • Weight: 10 kg
  • Includes power cord, Nord Samples and Piano DVDs, USB cable
Number Of Keys 73
Hammer Action Keys No
Number of simultaneous Voices 120
Number Of Sounds 400
Effects Yes
Speaker No
Headphone Outputs 1
Sequencer No
Metronome No
Master keyboard function Yes
Pitch Bend Yes
Modulation Wheel Yes
Split Zones 4
Layer Function Yes
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out
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The ultimate portable stage instrument
DrCheese 30.05.2020
I have moved up from the Nord Stage 1 so I will list the significant improvements:
16x piano memory storage (2gb vs 128mb). You won't be able to store all pianos in XL size at the same time, but at large size they'll all just about fit.
Sample engine - this didn't exist on the Stage 1 at all. Nord provides a wide range of samples for download, some are great, some not so great! New string ensemble samples are lovely, Mellotron of course popular and a lot of nice tuned percussion and ethnic instruments. The Electro can also use these samples but the advantage the Stage has is that they can be used with all of the synth features such as layering, filters etc. The rest of the synth engine is vastly improved with 6 filter types (2 on the Stage 1), formant waveforms, and 'cluster' waveforms. Better LFO and general modulation implementation. Arpeggiator is new compared to the Stage 1.
Effects are fairly similar except that reverb in now per-layer as opposed to global. The EQ section has been improved to include a highpass and lowpass filter. Highpass is useful in removing boominess at high volume - it can also be used as a shelving filter.
Organ is improved, most noticeable in the chorus/vibrato feature and in the key click implementation. The Leslie is better and the 'close-miking' option in the sound menu is nice. Tonewheels sound less shrill in the upper register. Physical drawbars are more fun to use!
Pipe organs in the organ section are just okay (they lack the 'chuff' at the beginning of the note), the organs in the sample section are probably better.
Seamless program changes, which allows the sustain from previous programs to overlap with the sound from a newly selected program, is a fantastic feature for live performance (new to the Stage 3).
Song Mode which allows you to organise up to 400x groups of five programs is another fantastic feature for live performance (also new on the Stage 3).
Much more space for storing user programs (400) and the Sound Manager software for organising and moving samples, pianos, programs and songs is superbly designed and essential.
You can create your own samples for the Nord Stage 3. The Sample Editor software for doing this is ver well-designed.

Things that are unchanged from the Stage 1 Compact are build quality, size and weight and morphing using expression pedal/mod wheel/ aftertouch. Morphing is really useful in making strings and brass sounds more convincing from a keyboard. Also very useful in synthesised sounds.

The Stage 3 interface of controls has now reached such a level clutter and complexity that any further expansion would not fit on the Compact panel, but frankly though that would become a problem as Nord's inventive but quirky way of changing parameters, sometimes through double taps, shift-presses and other combinations is getting confusing and I sometimes hit the wrong button, jump to a new program and lose changes I had made.
In a Nord Stage 4, it would really only be minor or esoteric things Nord could do to improve and advance this machine beyond increasing the memory for piano and sample sounds. The sample playback engine could certainly merit some expansion and improvement (envelopes, velocity layers). They could introduce a keyboard with polyphonic aftertouch but this would necessitate a much more powerful sound engine in order to be able to make use of this and it would probably be of niche interest while significantly increasing the price. Any further sound programmability would have to be out-sourced to a computer or phone as there is simply no more room for hardware controls and the menu-based interaction that there is on the Stage at the moment is not terribly nice. The restricted options for where to set split points seems a bit silly, even though the permanent LEDs to indicate split points are nice. The Stage 3 is still a reasonably future-proof purchase, even though it is a few years old now.

I originally chose the Nord Electro 6D 73 but immediately swapped it for this as I felt I would miss the synth section (thanks Thomann for making this an easy operation), the expanded effects section, the modulation and pitch bend controls and the additional layering and splitting possibilities.

The Nords are well-known for being expensive, but I would say that they are just about worth it, with consistently high quality sounds, solid build quality and light weight and small size.

I bought the original Nord Stage 12 years ago. I hope to use this new version for the next 12 years.
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I've hit a jackpot with this one!
Alshamlan 17.06.2019
This is my first Nord, but boy it will definitely won't be my last as I'm already considering buying the Stage 3 88 for the band's studio. My previous decision was to by an electro 6D 73 to use it as a light weight bottom keyboard for pianos and organs. After more thought though I decided to upgrade to the stage 3 compact because of the electro's limitation that will require me to always have another keyboard with it. And I'm so glad that I decided to spend that extra amount on the stage 3 compact! it is still very light, the waterfall keybed offers the best compromise between the fully weighted keys and the light synth keys that you would find in most keyboards. in fact, I don't think there's any other keyboard in the market now that offers the stage 3 compact's keybed, besides maybe the Kronos LE which only comes in the 88 key version I think. I can't speak enough about this keybed! It allows me to play synth and organ passages freely and lightly while not taking away the responsiveness of the weighted feeling when playing piano parts. It is really the best of two worlds.
If you're reading this and not knowing what to expect from the nord stage 3 in general then believe me this keyboard IS the real deal. Sound wise I think it beats any other competitor, and I'm not talking about pianos and electric pianos here (which many find to be the best in the market) because those will ALWAYS be subjective. But I'm talking about the power and versatility of both the synth engine and the organ engine. Honestly, I knew exactly what I was expecting from the piano and the organ engine, but it was the synth that really blew me away! The user manual is only 62 pages including the indexes! so we're talking about roughly 50 pages only that will get you up and running in no time to understand the whole keyboard (in case you're totally new to nord like me!).
My ONLY point against it is the fact that while it allows you to layer up to 6 layers of sounds it restricts you to only four zones of the keyboard because the split point cuts through both panels of the keyboard.
Compared to very advanced synths/workstations like Montage or Kronos, those big boys might be able to do more, but they require much more thought in order to achieve what you want to achieve with them.. It is here where the Nord shines! because it does what it does so easily, so logically and so straight forward, which allows you to put that time and thought into actually playing your music.. :)
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Answer to the main question
captainkeys 30.09.2021
I finally pulled the trigger and got the Compact. Regarding the dilemma between this and HP, I'd say the semi-weighted keys play extremely nicely and are well worth the weight saving + the drawbars are a bonus. HP keybed isn't as good as the 88.
And regarding many reviews saying it's too expensive compared to competition - yes, it's a decision nobody makes lightheartedly, but for live performances, I've found nothing that works better for me than Nord. Anything can happen during a live performance - guitarist breaks a string and you have to solo the thing off in an instant, while adjusting everything accordingly etc. It's just very comforting to have a lot of control via hardware buttons. Workstations offer you more in terms of sound, but you have to program the set very carefully. Many say, that the synth doesn't offer layers, but I can assure you, you can play any type of genre with this thing. I've seen people not using the full potential of the extern section or the sample editor, there aren't many instances you'd wish for something more. Only thing I'd ask, is maybe a proper sidechaining inside the hardware and the ability to assign effects to multiple engines at the same time, but it's a minor complaint, more memory would be always welcome.
All and all, my back thanks me from the first day and the asking price quickly turns into investment.
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Gigging musician's friend
Mick, Navan, Ireland 29.04.2019
This board has all the features of the 88 note flagship but has a keyboard that is a great compromise between a weighted piano board and an organ keyboard.
I gig in small venues 2-3 times a week playing a mix of classic rock and blues. In little pubs and clubs space is at a premium and this little keyboard is perfect without compromising quality or live usability. The keyboard is a little light for piano if like me you're used to a fully weighted board but I've quickly got used to it and now wonder what the hell I did for years carting a 22kg coffin around the place.
It's expensive and the accessories are ridiculously priced. You don't need the sustain pedal; any pedal will work; you can change the polarity. The Roland DP-10 is a much better pedal for less money.
You can check out the merits or otherwise of The Nord Stage 3 line elsewhere but for me this is the one.
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