Update for the Nord Stage EX OS and Sound Manager
The Nord Stage EX OS is updated to v6.02. The most significant enhancement with this update is the compatibility with the v5 platform. Nord have also corrected a few minor issues with the String Resonance functionality and an issue that could occur if the Swell pedal was set to ''All''.
The EX OS update is accompanied by a Nord Sound Manager update. The 5.28 Sound Manager is required to be able to load the v5 Piano sounds. The Windows version of the Manager also has a self-contained installer for a new WHQL certified USB driver. The installer automatically checks your computer for installed drivers, and replaces these with new version if necessary. Note: this will not affect installed drivers for the G2 or the Electro 2 units.
Get the new Stage EX OS and the Sound Manager v5.28 in the Download Area on the www.nordkeyboards.com website.
Nord Piano Library v5 is Released
v5 is a new platform for the Nord Piano sounds, a platform that was developed originally for the Nord Piano. This functionality and the sounds are now available for the Stage EX series, with upcoming support for the Stage Classic and the Electro 3.
The v5 platform includes both new and re-mastered sounds in the highly acclaimed Nord Piano Library, a new version of the Sound Manager with an integrated USB driver installer (Windows versions only) and a new OS for the Stage EX series. The USB driver is not only signed by us as a trusted publisher known by Microsoft, it is furthermore WHQL certified which means that you will not have endure the warning dialogs during installation anymore.
Note: v5 compatibility is scheduled to be released in late June for the Electro 3 and the Stage Classic.
The 56 different sounds that we publish today have a total size of 1.8 gigabytes. You can download the sounds for free from the Nord website, or purchase the Nord Piano Library DVD at your local Nord retailer.
One new feature in the v5 platform is that all the acoustic grand pianos and uprights are available in three sizes, large, medium and small. This can help you optimize the memory usage in your Nord unit. The sizes all share the same zones and velocity levels, which means that they have the same great expressiveness and sound quality. The differences between the sizes are in the amount of String Resonance samples.
There are 7 brand new fantastic instruments in the v5 Piano Library, more specifically one grand, four uprights and two vintage electric pianos. The Grand Lady D is a carefully voiced Steinway Model D that has been selected by us because of its special tonal characteristics. The Queen Upright is a magnificent Boesendorfer upright; the Black upright is a smooth Petrof 132. The HonkyTonk have had its felt hammers replaced by nails, and the Saloon Upright is a deliberately detuned Baumgardt.
The Bright Tines Suitcase is our electric mk I Suitcase that has been prepared by one of the planet's most acclaimed electric piano technicians, with a special selection of hard hammer tips, adjustment of the striking line and re-voicing of the harp. The Sparkletop is a real vintage beauty, born during the summer of love in 1967 and was refurbished in the US with new felt-hammers before we grabbed the great sounds in the sound lab.
Nord fans will recognize some of the very popular acoustic and electric pianos from the earlier version of the Piano Library; these pianos have been re-mastered to get them up to v5 compatibility.
Read more about, and above all, have a good listen to the sounds on the Piano Library v5 pages on the www.nordkeyboards.com website.