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  • If only Nord made a MIDI controller

    Hey folks,


    I've been on the lookout for a live-friendly MIDI-controller recently. Not only do I need an aftertouch-sensitive waterfall-keybed, which limits the scope quite a bit, but controllers also seem studio and/or software oriented, as most of them are blistering with knobs and sliders. Furthermore, I hear many reports on software bugs among controllers.

    It would be extremely cool if Nord made a 73-key controller to put above a weighted Stage, with full morphing capability, yet a lot of blank space where you could place your Slim Phatty, Tetra, effects etc.. It would be great for those with Nords, and quite possible for those without, too.

    Just a thought.




    Niels
    Niels Münster

  • #2
    Not a bad idea. But why not go whole hog:

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    • #3
      The waterfall keys are going to be the stopping force, I'm afraid. Otherwise, you're looking at the lighter action version of the VAX-77.

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      • #4
        The waterfall keys are going to be the stopping force, I'm afraid. Otherwise, you're looking at the lighter action version of the VAX-77.


        Do these only come with those lightly weighted hammer-action keyboards?
        Niels Münster

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        • #5
          Yep, in two weights.
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          • #6
            Yep, in two weights.


            Actually, I read that they're only making the heavier weight now, because that's what almost all their sales were. But it's still supposed to be a good action for organ.

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            • #7
              The stage is a great midi controller but of course comes with all the other stuff at a large price

              MIDI Controllers kind of suck these days. Luckily I play mostly piano so the weighted CP300 works quite well.

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              • #8


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                • #9
                  I politely asked about this a couple of years ago. Nord explained that they would never produce a controller keyboard. They were actually quite rude in their response - no idea why.

                  I love using my Nord Stage as a controller - the feel of the keybed and their excellent pitch stick are perfect!
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                  • #10
                    No space to put stuff on top?


                    Just an idea.

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                    • #11
                      I politely asked about this a couple of years ago. Nord explained that they would never produce a controller keyboard. They were actually quite rude in their response - no idea why.

                      I love using my Nord Stage as a controller - the feel of the keybed and their excellent pitch stick are perfect!


                      Too bad they're reluctant on this matter - they really could bring some neat stuff to the table, adding a much needed bar-raise of the market!

                      True that about Stage as a controller, but if you need to gig with a weighted Stage like me, adding a Compact just for its control capability seems a waste of ressources at best. Oh Goodness, how hard could it be to make a good controller when all the material is there in all the good keyboards we use.
                      Niels Münster

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