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Can we use a Nord Stage 3 Compact 73 as DAW MIDI controller?

Postby mgambino » 05 Feb 2021, 12:05

Hi everyone,

Could you please inform me if the Nord Stage 3 Compact 73 can operate as a
midi controller so I can control VST plugins on my DAW (Ableton Live 10 or
Reason 11)?

If yes how can I configure it to make it possibe on my daws?

Is it possible to switch form the MIDI control of my Nord Stage 3 to play it
as an instrument by itself being Nors Stage 3 and alternate to a MIDI
controller so I can control the VSTs from my DAW?

Thank you in advance for your help.

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Re: Can we use a Nord Stage 3 Compact 73 as DAW MIDI control

Postby Hlaalu » 05 Feb 2021, 12:33

Hi Miguel,

yes it's possible to do what you describe. The Stage 3 has to be set onto the "Global" MIDI channel for you to use it as "CC sender" to your DAW (whereas if you just want note messages to be sent, you can use the other MIDI cofigurations available, like Panel A and B MIDI channels).

Also, the Stage won't stop playing its internal engines just because it is sending MIDI data through the Global channel, so yes it will continue to sound "as itself".

The only thing is that, as a MIDI controller, you can't reassign which CC code is associated with which control on its panel, so you have to configure how they'll processed from within the DAW side of things.
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Re: Can we use a Nord Stage 3 Compact 73 as DAW MIDI control

Postby mgambino » 05 Feb 2021, 13:46

Thanks a lot for your precious help Hlaalu.

Will investigate further in order to know how to set it onto "Global" MIDI channel for it to be used as "CC sender" to my DAW and about additional MIDI configs as well.

Your help is much appreciated, wish you an excellent week ahead. :thumbup:

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Re: Can we use a Nord Stage 3 Compact 73 as DAW MIDI control

Postby Hlaalu » 05 Feb 2021, 13:55

You're welcome! Everything gets much easier and straightforward once you sit down with the keyboard and start working at it. Let us know!
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Re: Can we use a Nord Stage 3 Compact 73 as DAW MIDI control

Postby FZiegler » 05 Feb 2021, 16:28

If ever it's important for you to easily switch between internal and external sounds on stage (per program), you might want to use the Extern section for MiDI transfer instead. I'm not sure about restrictions with CC, though.
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Re: Can we use a Nord Stage 3 Compact 73 as DAW MIDI control

Postby Hlaalu » 05 Feb 2021, 19:17

FZiegler wrote:If ever it's important for you to easily switch between internal and external sounds on stage (per program), you might want to use the Extern section for MiDI transfer instead. I'm not sure about restrictions with CC, though.


The Extern function allows you to send CC in a very limited manner: that is, volume (CC #7) plus another CC of your choice. I think it can work for simple setups, either DAWs or physical, but not much else.
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