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Postby WannitBBBad » 08 Jul 2018, 00:04

I just purchased a Nord Stage 3 and the crash course learning the Synth section to recreate my Stage 2 programs has been fun. An excellent source of information on synthesizers and the keys to programming is the collection of SOS magazine old articles called Synth Secrets at https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques ... d-on-sound (thanks Mr_-G- for the link!). Stage 3 synth programming tutorials can also be found at nord-stage-forum-f3/nord-stage-3-synth-tutorials-t17063.html (thanks Ivan Jochner!).

The program below started out as the preloaded "Furious AT Lead" program. After a bit of messing around, I came up with two variations that I thought were "interesting" and may hopefully be something that helps you further your understanding of what the Stage 3 synth can do as well. Slot A is a synth with a higher harmonic that comes in as the filter is decaying into the LFO range. Slot B is a different synth that starts out with the following settings: LFO MOD ENV about 0, OSC CTRL on 6, FREQ on 1, and RES/FREQ on 6. On the Slot B MP3 you can hear a percussive sound in the notes played low with the left hand; the sounds become more "aggressive" as the FREQ knob is turned slowly from 1 up to about 4 or 5 with the right hand. All of the synth sounds heard after that are the result of turning just those four knobs and playing around. Every Synth program in the Stage 3 is an opportunity to learn, so turn, tweak, and save your work to go back to and tweak again. Have fun.

WannitBBBadSyncW.ns3f
Programming example
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UPDATE 12/19/2018:
Below are a few more to mess around with. This first one is a program with both a record scratch effect and a synth with a LFO filter effect. The MOD ENV ATTACK determines how quickly the filter will sweep up and the MOD ENV DECAY determines the sweep down:
LFOFilterSweep W.ns3f
Stage 3 program - one synth with a filter effect on the LFO, nice for solo or chords, and another synth with a record scratch effect also included.
(592 Bytes) Downloaded 28 times

This second program I believe started with a pre-loaded program Weightless Pad that I modified with LFO filter, arpeggio, and panning effects synced to the internal clock.
Weightless Pad W.ns3f
Modified version of Weightless Pad with filter and arpeggio effects
(574 Bytes) Downloaded 46 times

The third program is a slightly percussive synth sound that seems to work well for solo or chords. I add a little pan flute to it halfway through the MP3
SimpleSynth W.ns3f
Slightly percussive but muted synth
(574 Bytes) Downloaded 43 times

UPDATE 12/30/2018: This program has the new V6 Rhodes with a Hammond, a synth with random S/H on the LFO, and a synth with a triangle wave on the LFO for a pad that I bring up in volume manually in the MP3 while bringing up the volume of both with the Control Pedal. Listen through to the end with headphones to hear more of the second synth come in. Both LFOs are synced to the internal clock.
LFOSampHldSweepW.ns3f
Stage 3 program that has a random S/H on the LFO and a triangle LFO filter effect on a pad, new v6 Rhodes, and Hammond.
(592 Bytes) Downloaded 29 times

Analog Brass. This next program is simply a version of Analog Brass with the synth settings eliminating the need to add the Chorus effect so it can be used on the Piano. This has Velocity=1, however if you're trying to recreate an early 80s brass sound of a Prophet or Oberheim for example, Velocity should be off. The MP3 example covers the sound and then adds Slot B with a Pop Brass sample.
AnalogBrass W.ns3f
Stage 3 program - Analog Brass with no chorus effect needed. Second slot has sampled Pop Brass.
(592 Bytes) Downloaded 23 times
Attachments
AnalogBrass W.mp3
MP3 example of "AnalogBrass W" program
(253.38 KiB) Downloaded 157 times
LFOFilterSweep W.mp3
MP3 example of "LFOFilterSweep W" program - one synth with a filter effect on the LFO, nice for solo or chords, and another synth with a record scratch effect also included.
(300.61 KiB) Downloaded 190 times
LFOSampHldSweepW.mp3
MP3 example of "LFOSampHldSweepW" program that has a random S/H on the LFO and a triangle LFO filter effect on strings.
(931.41 KiB) Downloaded 182 times
SimpleSynth W.mp3
MP3 example of a slightly percussive synth sound that works well for solo or chords
(979.46 KiB) Downloaded 307 times
Weightless Pad W.mp3
MP3 Example of modified Weightless Pad
(714.48 KiB) Downloaded 349 times
Slot B WannitBBBadSyncW.mp3
Sample of Slot B
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Slot A WannitBBBadSyncW.mp3
Sample of Slot A
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Last edited by WannitBBBad on 01 Feb 2019, 21:19, edited 22 times in total.
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Re: For those new to programming...

Postby WannitBBBad » 19 Dec 2018, 18:39

One of the best ways to learn the ins and outs of the Stage 3 is to download programs and go through the synth and morph settings to figure out what makes them tick. Over the last few months I’ve posted quite a few programs that may not be something you’d use playing out, but could learn from if you don’t know how you would recreate it yourself. Below are samples of some of those programs and links to original posts. Quite a few others can be listened to at the other posts listed. Please note that all of the programs make use of the Control Pedal. I hope you find these helpful. Take care.

Automobile Engine / Motor Revving Up - Synth created and not a sample, the mod wheel is used for the engine speed. It could be used at the beginning of Living In The USA by Steve Miller Band - I programmed it just to see if I could :)
LINK-> nord-stage-3-programs-ns3p-ns3pb-files-f32/automobile-engine-motor-t15793.htmlCory Henry - “Trade It All” - Nick Semrad’s Keyboard - Program versions available where the Mod Wheel or Control Pedal will change the filter setting and drop the pitch of what's played.
LINK-> nord-stage-3-programs-ns3p-ns3pb-files-f32/find-sound-nick-semrad-prophet-08-rev2-t16159.htmlCory Henry - Snarky Puppy - Lingus - Two of Cory Henry's solo sounds - muted synth with filter changes and "traditional" mono synth with light glide
LINK-> nord-stage-3-programs-ns3p-ns3pb-files-f32/snarky-puppy-lingus-cory-henry-solo-t16294.htmlDire Straits - “Walk of Life” - B3/Leslie and Synth organ with chorus
LINK-> nord-stage-3-programs-ns3p-ns3pb-files-f32/walk-of-life-dire-straights-t16288.htmlJefferson Starship - "Sara" - Absent a drummer, I put this together adding a little bit of a percussive sound and other effects synced to the internal clock.
LINK-> nord-stage-3-programs-ns3p-ns3pb-files-f32/jefferson-starship-sara-t15997.htmlMy Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 - A few classic sounds I remember from my Prophet 5.
LINK-> nord-stage-3-programs-ns3p-ns3pb-files-f32/my-sequential-circuits-prophet-5-t15996.htmlRock Guitar - A Couple Programs - Dual Rock guitars for Eddy Money's "Two Tickets To Paradise" and The Eagles' "Hotel California"
LINK-> nord-stage-3-programs-ns3p-ns3pb-files-f32/rock-guitar-a-couple-programs-t17012.htmlSir Paul McCartney and Wings - “Wonderful Christmas Time” - Classic synth with echo
LINK-> nord-stage-3-programs-ns3p-ns3pb-files-f32/merry-christmas-sir-paul-mccartney-t16675.htmlThe Beach Boys - "Good Vibrations" - Five programs put together for "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys
LINK-> nord-stage-3-programs-ns3p-ns3pb-files-f32/the-beach-boys-good-vibrations-programs-for-song-list-t15858.htmlThe Who - "Baba O'Riley (Teenage Wasteland)" - program uses a sample with 16th notes and another with 32nd notes.
LINK-> nord-stage-3-programs-ns3p-ns3pb-files-f32/the-who-baba-o-riley-teenage-wasteland-sampled-t16090.htmlThe Who - “Won’t Get Fooled Again” - Slot A and B synths with synced LFOs on organ and triangle waves with Control Pedal adjusting the Wah effect. Some add a phase shifter to their program for additional effect - I might try that too.
LINK-> nord-stage-3-programs-ns3p-ns3pb-files-f32/won-t-get-fooled-again-the-who-t16615.htmlTom Misch - "Crazy Dream" - A simple solo synth but time taken on programming the other synth where the notes played glide up to the proper pitch.
LINK-> nord-stage-3-programs-ns3p-ns3pb-files-f32/tom-misch-crazy-dream-t16227.htmlVan Halen - "Jump” - The OSC2 options add a lot of flexibility when programming - for "Jump" the slot A synth uses a sawtooth wave with a square wave mixed in.
LINK-> nord-stage-3-programs-ns3p-ns3pb-files-f32/van-halen-jump-free-to-a-good-home-t15857.html
OTHER PROGRAMS:
Classic Rock and other programs - Set 1 (9 programs) - 10cc "I'm Not In Love", Jim Buffett "Margaritaville", John Mellenkamp "Check It Out", James Taylor "Everyday", Procol Harum "A Whiter Shade of Pale", Styx "Renegade", Grand Funk Railroad "I'm Your Captain", Stevie Wonder "Higher Ground", and Foreigner "Waiting For A Girl".
nord-stage-3-programs-ns3p-ns3pb-files-f32/classic-rock-and-other-programs-set-1-t15722.html

Classic Rock and other programs - Set 2 (9 programs) - Little Feat "All That You Dream", Ambrosia "Biggest Part of Me", Bruce Springsteen "Dancing in the Dark", Bruce Springsteen "Glory Days", Emerson Lake & Palmer "From the Beginning", The Eagles "Hotel California", My Blues Harp, Analog Sustained Strings, and DX7 Layered.
nord-stage-3-programs-ns3p-ns3pb-files-f32/classic-rock-and-other-programs-set-2-t15723.html

Classic Rock and other programs - Set 3 (8 programs) - Bruce Springsteen "Born to Run", Pure Prairie League "Two Lane Highway" (Wurlitzer and Pedal Steel), Steely Dan "Pretzel Logic", Crosby Stills Nash "Cathedral", EastSouthern "Whisper", my Utility program, GrandLadyBluesStr (another useful "utility" program), and my Pedal Steel with "bend down" on Aftertouch.
nord-stage-3-programs-ns3p-ns3pb-files-f32/classic-rock-and-other-programs-set-3-t15745.html

Spider Murphy Gang - Skandal im Sperrbezirk
nord-stage-3-programs-ns3p-ns3pb-files-f32/request-spider-murphy-gang-skandal-im-sperrbezirk-t15776.html
Styx - "Too Much Time On My Hands"
nord-stage-3-programs-ns3p-ns3pb-files-f32/styx-too-much-time-on-my-hands-revised-t15873.html
Zusammen by Fanta 4 - simple use glide and bringing in second synth with control pedal.
nord-stage-3-programs-ns3p-ns3pb-files-f32/synthi-zusammen-by-fanta-4-t16108.html
Attachments
HotelCalifornia_DualGuitars.mp3
Dual Guitars and Hammond for The Eagles' Hotel California
(812.09 KiB) Downloaded 49 times
Eddy Money EM2Tickets2PrdzW.mp3
Dual Guitars and Hammond for Eddy Money's "Two Tickets To Paradise"
(348.54 KiB) Downloaded 46 times
P5SynthClav_W.mp3
Synth Clavinet similar to Prophet 5, then adding real clavinet, synth brass, and B3
(1.38 MiB) Downloaded 135 times
VH_Jump.mp3
MP3 example of Van Halen "Jump" program
(1.02 MiB) Downloaded 186 times
MP3_-_Who_Baba_ORiley.mp3
MP3 example of program for "Baba O'Riley" by the Who - two samples required
(634.95 KiB) Downloaded 166 times
WhoWntGetFldAgnW.mp3
MP3 example of program for "Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who using synced LFOs on synth organ and triangle wave
(1.31 MiB) Downloaded 145 times
DS_WalkOfLife__W.mp3
MP3 Example of Dire Straits "Walk of Life" program - B3/Leslie and Synth organ with chorus
(450.47 KiB) Downloaded 200 times
BeachBoys_GoodVibrations_WannitBBBad.mp3
MP3 example of programs put together for "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys
(2.71 MiB) Downloaded 293 times
PM Wonderful Christmas Time.mp3
MP3 example of Synth with echo effect used in "Wonderful Christmas Time" by Sir Paul McCartney and Wings
(366.18 KiB) Downloaded 232 times
Cory Henry Solo King Korg.mp3
Two of Cory Henry's solo sounds - Muted synth with filter changes and "traditional" mono synth with light glide
(847.19 KiB) Downloaded 245 times
Cars Lets Go W.mp3
MP3 example of classic sound used in "Let's Go" by the Cars
(701.21 KiB) Downloaded 218 times
P5SynthStab.mp3
MP3 example of Synth Stab as I remember it used on the Prophet 5
(431.5 KiB) Downloaded 217 times
MP3 of Program TM Crazy Dream W.mp3
MP3 example pf "Crazy Dream" - Synth sound glides up to notes played
(539.95 KiB) Downloaded 215 times
NS_TradeItAll__W.mp3
MP3 example of Program "NS_TradeItAll W" for Nick Semrad's keyboard sound
(327.12 KiB) Downloaded 264 times
Jefferson_Starship_Sara_JfrsonStrsSara_W.mp3
MP3 example of Jefferson Starship "Sara" with percussive effect
(1.38 MiB) Downloaded 274 times
Car_Engine_W.mp3
MP3 example of Automobile Engine / Motor program - engine speed on the Mod Wheel
(316.7 KiB) Downloaded 274 times
Last edited by WannitBBBad on 20 Jan 2019, 04:20, edited 13 times in total.
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Re: For those new to programming...

Postby Quai34 » 20 Dec 2018, 05:30

What a Great topic, thanks!!!! and with all the links....
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Re: For those new to programming...

Postby WannitBBBad » 20 Dec 2018, 14:38

Quai34 wrote:What a Great topic, thanks!!!! and with all the links....

Thanks, I save the links in a Word document to make it easy to go back to any subject without searching, so putting this together wasn't too challenging. As time allows I'll go back to some of the posts and explain more behind the programming.

I welcome all of you to post your challenging programs below (or links to them) and provide guidance to others on how they were programmed. Take care.
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Re: For those new to programming...

Postby kbrkr » 20 Dec 2018, 16:49

Awesome Posts WannitBBBad. Thank you for this! It is very much appreciated.

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Re: For those new to programming...

Postby Quai34 » 30 Dec 2018, 08:55

I had one of the best time of my life discussing with WannitBBBad via pm about his old collection of synths that are on his pictures....Prophet 10, 5 etc....And current P8!!! Not a surprise then that is so good at programming....
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