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#2974934 - 02/10/19 11:28 AM Nord external controller for organ
Charleston Offline
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On Nord keyboards, especially the Stage 3, how well does it work when using a midi controller to play the Nord organ section? Is there a master setting that allows the midi controller to play the organ section always, regardless of the preset? Or would it have to be pre-programmed per each individual preset? I was thinking of getting the Stage 3, selling my SK1, and sometimes using my Roland A-49 (or perhaps another keyboard) to play the organ section of the Nord.
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#2974952 - 02/10/19 01:20 PM Re: Nord external controller for organ [Re: Charleston]
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On the Nord Stage 2 you assign global channels to the organ, piano and synth sections. The channel assignments do not change with the patch. So what you're saying is very much how it works. I believe the Stage 3 would be no different.
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#2974963 - 02/10/19 02:36 PM Re: Nord external controller for organ [Re: marczellm]
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I recently purchased a used DB-1 and absolutely love it for the Nord stage 3 organ.
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#2974986 - 02/10/19 04:34 PM Re: Nord external controller for organ [Re: marczellm]
Charleston Offline
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Ahh...I see. Thanks!

Originally Posted By: marczellm
On the Nord Stage 2 you assign global channels to the organ, piano and synth sections. The channel assignments do not change with the patch. So what you're saying is very much how it works. I believe the Stage 3 would be no different.
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#2974992 - 02/10/19 06:13 PM Re: Nord external controller for organ [Re: Charleston]
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I never tried that, but I believe on on Stage 3 (which is different from Stage 2) you can assign an instrument (organ) to external keyboard in dual keyboard mode.
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#2975066 - 02/11/19 07:40 AM Re: Nord external controller for organ [Re: marczellm]
KorgyPorky Offline
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Originally Posted By: marczellm
On the Nord Stage 2 you assign global channels to the organ, piano and synth sections. The channel assignments do not change with the patch. So what you're saying is very much how it works. I believe the Stage 3 would be no different.


Its no different..

You can assign the B slot to an external instrument
And keep the aslot asigned to the stage3
Thats easiest, its called dual keyboard mode

Also you can assign a single instrument slot to an ext midi controller
Just set to locall off and assign a midi channel..

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#2975552 - 02/13/19 02:19 PM Re: Nord external controller for organ [Re: KorgyPorky]
Charleston Offline
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Probably another dumb question, but can you have one external controller for organ, and another external controller for the synth section? All set up in global settings?


Edited by Charleston (02/13/19 02:19 PM)
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#2975703 - 02/14/19 07:20 AM Re: Nord external controller for organ [Re: Charleston]
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Yes, but you'll need a MIDI Merge box and match the controller channels to the section channels.

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