Nord Stage 2 Walkthrough: Part 1 -- Intro

Overview and Features

Whether you've recently purchased a Nord keyboard or you’re debating whether to get one, it can be helpful to watch a tutorial on the features and functions of the Nord before you dive in. No matter what your playing level or familiarity with the Nord Stage 2 keyboard, you'll learn something new as our lead keyboard instructor, Ryan King, walks you through this electric piano in depth.  

Why does everyone love the Nord Stage 2 keyboard? Well, the red color certainly helps it stand out, but it also has a ton of cool features to be explored in this tutorial. Ryan sets us up for what’s to come in the video below.

We’ll review the overall layout and setup of the keyboard, highlighting some of the various components and effects that set the Nord Stage 2 apart. Here the focus is on presets, where the sound blending is less manual, but we’ll get into a Live Mode tutorial in another post. 

The Piano module is one of the most important features of the Nord Stage 2 to become familiar with. Ryan gives a breakdown of the piano module and shows how to create just the right piano sounds and volume so you sound great when you play.

The Synth module on the Nord Stage 2 has a ton of capabilities, but the key is to know how each button and knob affect the settings of your sound. We could spend several videos diving into the Stage 2’s synth options, but here Ryan sticks to the basic functions that help you tailor your sounds. 

Ryan briefly reviews the Nord Stage 2 Organ module, showing you the basic steps to activate and customize organ sounds on the keyboard. He’ll show you how to set levels for the B3 and give it that home organ sound that many of us like to use in our songs. 

Ryan says it perfectly - the effects section of the Nord Stage 2 adds that “extra sparkle” to the sounds you play. Watch this for a tutorial on using effects like delay, drive, tremolo, compression and reverb.  

Putting It All together

We hope you found these tutorials helpful as a starting place for mastering the Nord Stage 2 keyboard. There’s obviously a ton of features and functions we could dive further into, so keep an eye out for more posts on specific areas of the Nord 2! We’ve already followed up on this intro with a post digging into the Nord Stage 2 Live Mode, so check that out for a full walkthrough on creating and saving your own sounds and settings in the bank. If you’re looking for a quicker rundown on the Nord Stage 2 live mode, check out Ryan’s Live Mode Crash Course

Have your own tips and tricks for playing the Nord Stage 2 like a pro? Tell us in the comments!

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 1 -- Intro

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