Nord Stage 2 Walkthrough: Part 2 -- Live Mode

A Helpful Tutorial

Welcome to Part 2 of the Nord Stage 2 Walkthrough! Now that you’ve seen Part 1 and know what the Nord can do, it's time to put it into practice. If you don’t quite have time for one or both of these tutorial videos, check out the Nord Stage 2 Crash Course instead. 

Tutorial Highlights

In Part 2 of the Walkthrough tutorial our lead guitar instructor, Ryan, will review the Nord Stage 2 software to show you how to customize your patches and save them into live mode. He’ll show you how to:

  • Save to the program memory bank where you can save sounds (we recommend saving as you go)

  • Add reverb

  • Add compression

  • Tap in the song tempo to the master clock

  • Add delay

  • Avoid the deadly Transpose button

  • Set the synth

  • Change the release

  • Set Decay and Attack

  • Program the mod wheel

  • Change the tempo

Unfortunately, one downside of the Nord is that it doesn’t have Patch holdover or sound holdover. So if you’re trying to hold a sound and then switch program settings, it will cut you off right away to switch to the new sound. So, if you’re going to change sounds make sure you time your transitions and wait until right before you strike a new chord for a new song. 

Watch and Learn - Nord Stage 2 Live Mode


Make the Most of the Nord Stage 2

Get creative and have fun as you’re working with the Nord program. We’d love to hear how you’ve made the most of your Nord Stage 2, since we’re always learning and growing with our instruments, too!

Ryan is currently the Worship Director at The Church at Wills Creek in North Alabama. He has been the keyboardist for many Christian artists and has served with several churches including Christ Fellowship and Church of the Highlands. Ryan is the keyboard instructor for and also works as a producer, music educator, and studio musician. Ryan has two children, Josiah and Vivy, and they love spending time on their 100 acre farm.

Nord Stage 2 Walkthrough: Part 2 -- Live Mode

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Nord Infatuation

I've been a church keyboardist for years. We have two of these at the two campuses at my current church.

For the life of me I cannot understand the infatuation with Nord. IMHO it's more of a fashion statement. They are outrageously overpriced -- for what they ask you to pay you ought to be getting terabytes of storage. Large learning curve. Interface is extremely limiting -- e.g. 1990s.

Anyone can get a fabulous rompler for half the price. If you go used you can do the same for 1/3. I paid $800 for a gently used mint Krome that's 11 pounds, with a large touch screen interface and I can easily store (and recall) scores and scores of patches.

Nord Infatuation

I agree in some respect. I believe most people buy it because it's RED! The interface is easy to use for beginners, but it is limiting. Plus the fact that there's no sound holdover when you change patches. I'm endorsed by them but I don't own one because they are still too much money for my pocket book. Plus I run everything off of my computer, so It would just be a glorified controller.

Live mode correction

Just wanted to make a correction on the live mode video. Im not sure if it was different with older software versions, but definitely with the latest software for the Stage 2 you don't need to press the store button to save the state of the Live patch. The whole point of the Live mode was that it constantly saves the current state your patch is in. When you make any tweaks to a Live mode patch and switch away from it, the tweaks will be saved and will be the there when you go back to it.

I don't use live mode that often, I use one of the banks, A and have 5 baseline sounds set up which will cover most sunday mornings. Then if I make tweaks mid song when I feel like the song needs it I can always quickly switch out and then back to the patch to reset back to my known baseline. Standard preset behaviour.

I'll only use live mode if I know I'm going to be tweaking the sound mid song and switching to a completely different live patch for a section then switching back to the original live patch with the tweaks still in place.