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NS2ex: Stereo or mono...

Postby renix » 14 Feb 2020, 11:57

Good morning everyone, in my last gig, in the theater, the sound engineers connected my three keyboards, including Nord Stage 2ex, in stereo.
But, I wonder about NS2, is it really useful to use it in stereo? In headphones and in small rooms (pubs, clubs, etc.) probably yes, but in theaters, arenas etc ... really should always be connected in stereo? Besides, I noticed that some EP factory presets are created mono ...
Also, which sub mixer do you use to connect your keyboards, to send all L + R to the sound engineer? Wouldn't it be better to use a mixer with 3 stereo (in my case) inputs rather than to connect each keyboard out on single mono channels and work on the panpot?
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Re: NS2ex: Stereo or mono...

Postby Hobster » 14 Feb 2020, 12:42

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Re: NS2ex: Stereo or mono...

Postby renix » 14 Feb 2020, 12:43

Hobster wrote:Radial Engineering Key Largo
It's expensive but there's nothing to touch it really.

too much expensive for me...
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Re: NS2ex: Stereo or mono...

Postby maxpiano » 14 Feb 2020, 12:46

There was a looong discussion about this some time ago, go back and check it ;-)
general-nord-forum-f29/do-you-play-live-in-mono-or-stereo-t6887.html
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Re: NS2ex: Stereo or mono...

Postby missoundscape » 14 Feb 2020, 15:35

I use Mackie 802VLZ4 as a mixer for three synths. It’s got three stereo channels. Even four, there’s one without EQ option.
It can send a monitor signal for your own monitoring as well. Has balanced stereo outputs for the FOH (sound engineer).
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Re: NS2ex: Stereo or mono...

Postby alex78 » 14 Feb 2020, 17:00

In the manual it is suggested to connect in stereo, and that is absolutely reasonable if you use e.g. a ping pong delay or modulating pan with an LFO. In the organ section the rotary speaker effect is more accurate in stereo as well.
With 3 keyboards on a gig it may be a little tricky for the guy in the PA as he will have to use 6 channels only for you, and you can not trust him 100% that he will adjust all your keyboards sounding right.
Buy a small 3 channel stereo mixer (I got a tiny Behringer xenyx Q502 that sits perfectly on the left side of my electro) adjust all your volumes for each program at home, go to the gig and give the sound man just one stereo signal and you are fine. You have all the control of your sound in your hands!
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Re: NS2ex: Stereo or mono...

Postby renix » 15 Feb 2020, 00:01

But xenyx Q502 seems to have only 2 stereo channel
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Re: NS2ex: Stereo or mono...

Postby alex78 » 15 Feb 2020, 00:50

And I got 2 keyboards so I picked the simplest for my needs...You could try the 802 or the 1002.
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Re: NS2ex: Stereo or mono...

Postby alex78 » 15 Feb 2020, 00:55

But wit the 802 you would have to use the microphone inputs for your 3rd instrument, so the 1002 Is better, you get one spare in that case.
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Re: NS2ex: Stereo or mono...

Postby alex78 » 15 Feb 2020, 01:28

https://www.thomann.de/gb/art_powermix_iii.htm
This could also be a good solution for you to cover just the very basics. 3 channel stereo, very small, it could easily sit everywhere.
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