General Discussion of the Nord Stage (EX), Nord Stage 2 (EX), and Nord Stage 3 Synths, FAQ, Troubleshooting etc.


Postby Paolo86 » 03 Dec 2019, 01:42

I made the switch from yamaha cp300 to nordstage2.
Also to play nicely with the b3 organ sounds.
What is the basis for playing with these hammond sounds?
the HA88 keyboard is not really good for it so I also bought a nice midi keyboard.
I have been playing the piano and church organ for 20 years, but hammond is special.
I hope you can give me some tips as a start?
I never learned to play chords but I think you do a lot with chords at Hammond?
I really want to learn, so I don't know where to start. :facepalm: :keyboard2: :facepalm:
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Re: hammond

Postby LewTheKeysGuy » 03 Dec 2019, 10:39

If you're a church organist like me, you would be playing chords as part of the harmonic principles of liturgical music. The hammond configuration for the stage 3 is pretty straight forward in that the bass pedal section is created on the lowest 2 octaves then the main manual covering the remaining 5 octaves. Depending on how each program is created, there are layers or splits for the organ engine and as such are configurable. The organ engine also has it's own layer switch to move between 2 user drawbar switched steps, say you want particular settings on panel A, those are kept, just pressing a button on the organ panel will give you a switch alternative to create a 2nd setup. this can be assigned to the mod wheel as a swell or cross-over. Actually, I find the action fine for my needs but a waterfall action for pure hammond work is better, Church organs are not waterfall action, they are either mechanical or hydraulic action tracker keyboards and the key profiling differs completely from a hammond.

I hope this helps a bit.

take care and enjoy your nord.

P.S: if you want to use a midi controller for a 2nd layer, you can, there's some good discussions and tips on this forum to help you out. I would say have a look for a good waterfall action controller from. someone like fatar, etc as a reference point.
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Re: hammond

Postby Ledbetter » 04 Dec 2019, 02:30

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And you should try listening to as many good organists as you can in the genre you like. Good luck and cheers.
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