Nord Stage 3 Complete Training

Price includes over 90 lessons with more than 11 hours of video training!

About this Course

Additional Benefits to This Course

  • The Stage 3 is Feature-Rich

    There's a lot to learn about the Nord Stage 3 with over 110 knobs and buttons on the main panel and numerous settings under the hood. This training course is your guide to fast learning.

  • Master the Sound Manager

    Understanding the Nord Sound Manager application is required to download and use the synth and piano samples from Nord. This course features an entire section dedicated to that application.

  • Video is Effective and Fun!

    Yes, you can read the manual, but the manual doesn't bring in the perspective of a person with experience. We also cover the background of the instruments emulated for maximum effectiveness.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the Course!

  • 2

    Getting Started

    • Updating the OS

    • Different Versions of the Nord Stage 3 (Identify Yours)

    • Unboxing

    • Hooking It Up / Back Panel Connections

    • Control Panel Overview

    • Dials, Knobs, Buttons, Lights, and Lists

    • Sound Engine Basics

    • Saving a Basic Sound/Program

    • Getting Started Links and Resources

    • Nord Stage 3 Quick Reference Guide

  • 3

    Organ Engine

    • Organ Engine(Overview) [1]

    • Organ Engine (B3) [2]

    • Organ Engine (B3) [3]

    • Organ Engine (Vox) [4]

    • Organ Engine (Farfisa) [5]

    • Organ Engine (Pipe Organs) [6]

    • Rotary Speaker (Overview and Drive) [1]

    • Rotary Speaker (Settings and Pedals) [2]

    • Organ Engine (Misc. Organ Presets, Drawbar Live, Swell Pedal) [7]

    • Organ Engine (Organ Presets, Drawbar Live, Swell Pedal) [7.1]

    • Organ Engine Links and Resources

  • 4

    Piano Engine

    • Piano Overview

    • Understanding Piano Sizes

    • Piano Add'l Options

    • Piano Engine Links and Resources

  • 5

    Synth Engine

    • Different Versions of the Synth Engine

    • Synth Section Introduction [1]

    • Initialize and Monitor [2]

    • Playing a Basic Sample [3]

    • ADSR: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release Envelopes (Amp Env / Mod Env) [3.1]

    • Fast Attack [3.2]

    • Oscillators (Classic) [4] (and Dr. Who Example)

    • Oscillators (Wave) [5]

    • Oscillators (F-Wave) [6]

    • Oscillators (S-Wave) [7]

    • Oscillator Configurations [8]

    • Filters [9]

    • Moog Pronunciation [9.1]

    • KB Tracking [10]

    • Drive [11]

    • Vibrato [12]

    • Resonance [13]]

    • Modulation (Filter) [14]

    • LFO (Filter) [15]

    • LFO (Oscillator Control) [16]

    • Voices (Mono/Legato/Glide) [17]

    • Arpeggiator [18]

    • Advanced Arpeggiator [19]

    • Synth Presets [20]

    • Storing Synth Presets [21]

    • Synth Engine Links and Resources

  • 6

    The Effects Area

    • Effects Overview

    • Effect 1

    • Effect 2

    • Delay

    • Amp Sim / EQ

    • Effects: Compressor/Reverb

    • EQ and Effects Links and Resources

  • 7

    The Program Area

    • Different Versions of the Program Area

    • Overview

    • Programs and Numbering System

    • Morphing

    • Determining Morph Assignments

    • Master Clock

    • Program Level (Prog Level), Organize, Page Buttons

    • Song Mode

    • Splits

    • Store and Store As Program (Save/Save As)

    • Transpose

    • Live Mode

    • Monitor, Copy/Paste Panel

    • Program Prefs, Prog Init, Mono Out

  • 8

    Other Features

    • Understanding Pedal Options (Part 1)

    • Understanding Pedal Options (Part 2)

    • Sound Engines and Layers

    • Splits and Crossfade

    • Extern Section

    • Output Channel Settings

    • Pitch Stick Advanced Settings

  • 9

    MIDI Implementation and Advanced Lessons

    • Accompaniment with Backing Tracks

    • Accompaniment Playback Sync with Logic Pro X and the Nord Master Clock

    • MIDI In and Dual KB (Dual Keyboard) - Part 1

    • MIDI In and Dual KB (Dual Keyboard) - Part 2

    • Extern: Send Different MIDI Channels Per Program

    • Send Program Changes to External Keyboards [LSB, MSB, Extern]

    • Connect Two External Keyboards Into the Nord Stage 3

    • Control Drawbars from External Keyboard Controllers

    • MIDI Resources and Links

  • 10

    Nord Sound Manager

    • What is the Nord Sound Manager?

    • Sound Manager Download and Install

    • Understanding the Stage 3 Storage Architecture

    • Sound Manager Application Overview

    • Download New Sounds to Your Nord (Substitute and Relink)

    • Working with Bundles

    • Backup and Restore

    • Exporting and Customizing Sound Lists

    • Section Resources

  • 11

    Nord Sample Editor

    • Nord Sample Editor 3 Training

  • 12


    • Discovery: Rotary Speaker

    • Discovery: Vox Continental / Fender Rhodes Piano Bass

    • Discovery: THX Sound

    • Discovery: Baba O'Riley - from The Who

    • Discovery: Helicopter Sound

    • Discovery: Tom Sawyer - from Rush (Part 1)

    • Discovery: Tom Sawyer - from Rush (Part 2)

    • Discovery: Sounds from the Official Nord Stage 3 Demo Video

    • Discovery: Inspiration/Worship Sounds

    • Discovery: I Want to Break Free - from Queen

    • Discovery: Lucky Man - from Emerson, Lake and Palmer (ELP)

    • Discovery: A Whiter Shade of Pale - from Procol Harum (B3)

    • Discovery: Roll with the Changes

    • Discovery: Jump - from Van Halen (Exclusive to the Course)

    • Discovery: Just What I Needed - from The Cars

    • Discovery: Won't Get Fooled Again - from the Who (Exclusive to the Course)

    • Discovery: Take On Me - from a-ha

    • Discovery: Subdivisions - from Rush (Exclusive to the Course)

    • Discovery: You Make Loving Fun - from Fleetwood Mac (Exclusive to the Course)

    • Discovery: Too Much Time On My Hands - from Styx (Exclusive to the Course)

    • Discovery: The Camera Eye - from Rush (Exclusive to the Course)

    • Discovery: La Villa Strangiato - from Rush (Exclusive to the Course)

    • Discovery: Good Vibrations Theremin Sound - from The Beach Boys

    • Discovery: Runaway - from Del Shannon

    • Discovery: (Melloton) Strawberry Fields from The Beatles (Exclusive to the Course)

    • Discovery: Electric Guitar (Top Gun Anthem)

    • Discovery: Elton John Sounds (Exclusive to the Course)

  • 13

    Other Resources For You

    • Spectrum/Frequency Analyzer

    • Additional Resources

    • Third Party Sound Libraries

  • 14

    Congrats and Next Steps...

    • Congratulations and Thanks! What's next?

    • Before You Go...


(Frequently Asked Questions)

  • Why is the course charged yearly?

    To host a course like this requires regular payments to the course engine provider in order to provide the advanced features required and online availability. Having these lessons on this platform allows me to make regular updates and/or edit individual videos more easily (versus YouTube). So, there will be routine maintenance and upkeep of the course content as I find ways to redo or refine lessons based on student feedback and usage. This course will also continue to expand as I create more content on YouTube and distill that down to a lesson here for students to immediately benefit from. However, if a student were to cancel prior to the year anniversary, the course will remain active for the full year. I'm expecting some will want to do this simply because they have learned the material and don't need the additional years. So, for this course, the first year is $99 and then $33/year after that.

  • I have some experience with the Stage 3 already, do I need this course?

    Maybe yes, maybe no. The Stage 3 is a feature-rich instrument. With over 90 individual lessons covering nearly every aspect, there are bound to be things to be learned and discovered even for those with experience.

  • Can't I just read the manual?

    Yes, you can! And reading the manual will provide you the basic foundations for every feature. However, we take most topics found in the manual and create a lesson from that providing a deeper explanation and actual demonstrations which provide the most effective learning and engaging experience. Video training for people who learn better visually or through audio will likely enjoy the experience of a course like this more than reading the manual. Besides providing demonstrations of the topics, additional perspective and opinion are added throughout the lessons providing the student with practical knowledge and understanding of a given feature from a musician's perspective.

  • How is the course different (or better) than what I can already get on YouTube for free?

    This question always comes down to personal opinion but I'll share my feelings on this topic because as a consumer, I often ask myself the very same question. 1) Most of the content on this course is not available anywhere on YouTube including the MyKeysToMusic channel. 2) YouTube is typically riddled with ads. It can be quite disruptive to have the learning experience interrupted with an Ad. This course features no such ads while watching the lessons. Of course, you can purchase YouTube Red and avoid the ads but that also requires a regular monthly investment. 3) Focused Learning Experience: YouTube is the "wild west" of learning. You may be lucky to find a YouTube "playlist" where you have a beginning and end to a given topic, but here again, most channel creators will sprinkle additional "fluff" throughout a video for marketing purposes like asking for subscribers, thanking the audience, providing updates and all those things that have nothing to do with an actual lesson. I'm very guilty of this on my channel as well. That's just a necessary thing as a YouTube creator. 4) Using a course engine like this allows the instructor to provide "edits" to videos easily as things change or improve. With YouTube, there is no way to replace a given video. All you can do is completely delete a video and replace it with a new one. This breaks everyone's reference to it and shared links. So YouTube is not really an ideal platform to provide a proper training course. That is the primary reason a course like this exists. I want to provide the very best and most enjoyable experience for the person learning the Nord Stage 3. You are paying for the "environment" (platform) as much as you are paying for the content.

  • Are the lessons in this course different than the "My Keys To Music" channel?

    Yes mostly. The vast majority of the lessons found in this course are all brand-new content that can only be found in this course. The synth engine lessons are based upon existing content found on YouTube. But even with those lessons, the content has been distilled down into more bite-sized chunks making it easier to learn. Approximately 70% of the content here is all new and exclusive to the course. That percentage will continue to go up as new lessons are added/refined.

  • Can I ask questions?

    Yes! As a student, you can ask questions directly via email or post a discussion in the course. That's another reason for a course like this. As the YouTube channel grows, it allows me to prioritize comments and questions for paying students over non paying participants on YouTube.


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