Scan code: LN145643 Manufacturer code: NOR0012

Nord Wave 2 Digital Stage Piano

Nord - Wave 2, 61-Key Digital Stage Piano, 4-Part Synthesizer, 48 Voice Polyphony, OLED Display

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Scan code: LN145643 Manufacturer code: NOR0012
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Digital Stage Piano
Nord - Wave 2

Nord Wave 2

61-note keyboard with AftertouchThe Nord Wave 2 is a powerful 4-part performance synthesizer combining Virtual Analog synthesis, Samples, FM and Wavetable with an intuitive layer-focused interface. With 48 voice polyphony, innovative performance features and hands-on controls, the Nord Wave 2 offers outstanding sonic possibilities with advanced layering and tweaking on the fly.

With 4 independent synthesizers in one the Nord Wave 2 offers exceptional possibilities for layering both classic waveforms and samples. Dedicated OLED displays for Program and Oscillator sections provide an excellent overview when shaping your sounds. The new Monitor mode displays your settings for Amp Envelope and Filters in the Program display for better overview and control. The wide range of performance features and instantly tweakable hands-on effects makes the Wave 2 our most versatile performance synthesizer ever.

At a glance • 4-part Synthesizer with dedicated volume/pan faders
• Sample, Virtual Analog, Wavetable and FM synthesis
• OLED Displays for Program and Oscillator sections
• 1 GB memory for Nord Sample Library 3.0
• 48 voice polyphony

Layer Section

Nord Wave 2

detailed soundsThe Wave 2 features a Program Layer section with faders for easily controlling the volume or pan for all 4 layer parts at once. The Layer section also offers handy features for quick layer focus, pan control, solo and multi-editing. The new Group feature also allows you to group 2, 3 or 4 layers and lets them share the same Filter, Envelope, Arpeggiator, LFO and Effect-settings - perfect when creating detailed multi-layered sounds that can be edited as one coherent sound.

Oscillator Section

Nord Wave 2

more tonal characteristicsThe Oscillator section for each of the 4 layers offers 4 modes: Analogue, Wavetable, FM and Samples and is easily browsed using the new direct category mode. The Oscillator Control features additional control over shape, sync or detune. The Analogue category features an extensive range of waveforms from classic analogue to extended, harmonically rich new additions.

Samples include high-quality samples from our Nord Sample Library 3.0 along with the possibility to add your own custom samples using the Nord Sample Editor 3. Use the embedded sample presets for instantly playable dynamic sounds or sculpt your own sound from scratch with the "Raw Samp" mode. A large number of advanced wavetables cover a wide range of tonal characteristics. FM 2, 3 and 4 operator configurations with harmonic and inharmonic variations. The Wave 2 also features a powerful multi-oscillator Unison effect with true Superwaves simultaneously generating hundreds of waveforms for extremely thick and fat sounds.

Compatible with Nord Sample Library 3.0

Nord Wave 2

Create and transfer your own samplesThe Sample section has 1 GB of memory and comes loaded with a wide range of quality samples including Strings, Brass, Guitars, Choirs, Chromatic Percussion along with the exclusively licensed sounds of the legendary Mellotron and Chamberlin. All sounds are easily replaceable using the Nord Sound Manager.

Adding your own custom sample instruments has never been easier thanks to the new streamlined Nord Sample Editor 3 for Mac and Windows that lets you easily map, loop and transfer samples to your Nord Wave 2.

Filter Section

Nord Wave 2

stunning emulationThe Filter section includes 6 Filter types featuring classic 12 and 24 dB Low Pass, a High Pass, High Pass/Low Pass and a Band Pass filter, together with a stunning emulation of the transistor ladder filter from the legendary Mini. The unique modeling of these filters captures the true character and response of the classic analogue instruments, allowing for flexible and precise sound design. The Filter section is equippied with full ADSR envelope.

LFO, Modulation & Amp Section

Nord Wave 2

customizable parametersThe Wave 2 features a dedicated LFO for each layer with a choice of waveforms plus AD/AR Modulation Envelope with dedicated velocity setting and Invert mode. The LFO has several morphable parameters and the rate can be synchronized to the Master Clock. The Amp Section comes equipped with a full ADSR envelope featuring a powerful new Transient Attack mode for adding more punch to your sounds.

Morphing & Impulse Morph

Nord Wave 2

more controlThe Wave 2 features an extensive varitety of morphable parameters that can be controlled from four different sources: Velocity, Aftertouch, Wheel and Control Pedal. All morph sources can be quickly assigned to control multiple parameters simultaneously and the powerful Impulse Morph feature lets you instantly change any parameter of your sound. You can instantly assign LFO, Oscillator Control or Filter to the Modulation Wheel.

Advanced Polyphonic Arpeggiator with Gate

Nord Wave 2

exciting variationsThe Nord Wave 2 is a total rhythmical powerhouse with both a classic arpeggiator and a polyphonic mode with directly editable patterns. The Poly mode is a polyphonic Arpeggiator that will retrig all held keys either straight or patterned featuring different inversions for exciting harmonic variations. The brand new Gate mode chops your sound up in a rhythmic pattern with adjustable depth. The Pattern mode contains a wide selection of Rhythmic Patterns allows easy editing for creating your own custom patterns.

Master Clock

perfectly in syncThe Master Clock of the Wave 2 allows the LFO, Arpeggiator and various effects to be synchronized, either internally or by an external MIDI clock. With Master Clock synchronization you can synchronize 4 layers with individual patterns, all perfectly in sync with Delays and LFO's. A Tap Tempo allows you to easily tap to the tempo of a drummer or to playback tracks.

Effect Section

Nord Wave 2

more additionsA separate Effect section for each layer featuring a great selection of instantly tweakable high quality stereo effects modelled after classic stomp boxes. Tremolo, Pan, Ring Modulator, Chorus, Ensemble and Vibe effects with Rate and Amount control. All effects are controllable using a Control Pedal (or other Morph sources) and can also be synchronized to the Master Clock for rhythmic effects.

EQ with Bass and Treble control - or 1 Band Sweepable EQ. A sparkling Tube Drive emulation is also available. Advanced stereo Delay effect with Ping Pong mode, Analogue Mode and Tap Tempo. New features include creative new Feedback options for adding Ensemble, Chorus, Vibe along with HP/LP and BP filter in the Feedback loop. The Reverb section has five different Reverb sizes (Booth, Room, Stage, Hall and new Cathedral) for adding some ambience to your sounds, and the amount is now morphable. Extra features include Bright and Dark modes for either extended or reduced treble. The new Chorale effect adds a colourful modulation effect.

Splits & Layers

Nord Wave 2

more creativityHaving four identical, equally powerful synthesizers at once opens for exceptional layering possibilities. The Split mode offers three split points providing up to 4 zones with optional crossfades. The flexible Hold functionality allows you to latch and hold slots independently in the background while playing something else on top.

Sound Manager

stay organizedThe Nord Wave 2 is compatible with the Nord Sound Manager software for OS X and Windows. The Nord Sound Manager allows easy reorganizing, back-up and transfer of programs and is available for download here.

MIDI Control

ultra-convenientThe Wave 2 features the convenience of MIDI over USB for use with a sequencer or with the included Sound Manager software.


semi weightedThe Nord Wave 2 features a 61-key (C-C) semi weighted waterfall keybed with Aftertouch.

The Hardware

user-friendlyLike all Nord instruments, the Nord Wave 2 is handmade in Nord's Stockholm factory with incredible attention to detail and quality control.

The Tech Spec

Features Specification
General 4 Layer Synthesizer with LED faders
Virtual Analog synthesis, Wavetable, FM and sample playback
48 voices
1 GB memory for Nord Sample Library 3.0
Effects, EQ, Delay and Reverb for each layer
Advanced Arpeggiator and Gate features
61-key semi-weighted keyboard with octave shift buttons, +/-2 octaves
Keyboard Split with 3 split points
Advanced Morph functionality
Impulse Morph for instant morphing overrides
Group functionality for multi-layer editing
Oscillator Section Dedicated OLED Display for oscillator settings
Analog: Basic, Shape, Shape Sine, Multi, Sync, Bell, Noise
Wavetable: Wavetables, Formants
FM: Dual, Triple, Vocal and Multi with Harmonic and Inharmonic options
Samples: Nord Sample Library 3.0
Oscillator Control: Shape, Detune or Sync amount for Analog waveforms, Shape for Wavetables, Modulation amount for FM
Dual Osc: Unison control with 3 amount options
Semitone (-24 - +24) and Fine Tune pitch controls
Modulation Section LFO generates a triangle, square, sawtooth, inverted sawtooth or sample and hold waveforms. LFO can be routed to Filter Frequency, Osc Pitch or Osc Mod. The LFO rate can be synchronized to the Master Clock
AD/AR envelope
Arpeggiator/Gate Arpeggiator: Range: 1 - 4 octave. Modes: up, down, up/down, random. Zig-Zag option. The Arpeggio rate can be synchronized to the Master Clock
Poly: Polyphonic Arpeggiator for retriggering of full chords at zero range, and polyphonic arpeggio of chord inversions at larger ranges
Gate: Rhythmic level gate with adjustable hardness envelope
Pattern Mode: Pattern mode for Arpeggiator, Trig or Gate with 30+ editable presets or custom pattern
Patttern Editor - Dedicated editor for creating custom rhythmic patterns that can be used with Arpeggiator, Trig or Gate
Filter Section Multi-mode filter with 12 dB (2-pole) low pass, 24 dB (4-pole) lowpass and band pass, high pass, Ladder M, low pass+high pass characteristics
Cut off, Resonance, envelope amount, envelope amount controlled by velocity
ADSR envelope
Filter keyboard tracking can be set to off, 1/3, 2/3 or full
Adjustable Filter Distortion
Amplifier Section ADSR envelope
Transient Attack-mode for snappier attack
Amp Velocity Amount (3 levels)
Layer Control LED fader for each layer for instant level control and overview
Group multiple layers for quick multi-layer editing of Amp Env, Filter, Effects, Arpeggiator etc. Layer Lock: Locks the currently active layer configuration
Split functionality: 3 split points with 8 location options and Split Crossfade
Individual Pan-control per layer
Solo mode for quickly muting all except the focused layer
Performance Section Voice modes: Poly, Legato and Mono with Glide
Impulse Morph: Instantly change one or several parameters at the press of a button
Classic Nord Morph functionality for flexible control of multiple parameters (Wheel, Aftertouch, Velocity and Control Pedal)
Modulation Wheel
Pitch Stick with programmable range
Fast assign of wheel modulation destination
Vibrato with 3 Delay modes and Wheel/Aftertouch assign
Keyboard Hold which can be disabled on each Layer individually
Program Section Program Gain control
Large OLED Display
Program Transpose functionality
5 Program Buttons
Live Mode
Copy/Paste functionality
Master Clock control of Arpeggiator, LFO, Effects and Delay + plus External Clock Sync
Effects FX section with Tremolo, Pan, Ring Modulation, Chorus, Ensemble and Vibe
EQ with Bass/Treble control or Parametric 1 Band control
Drive effect for tube-distortion
Delay section with rate/time, tap tempo, analog mode, stereo ping-pong, dry/wet mix. The Delay speed can be synchronized to the Master Clock. Feedback loop effects: Chorus, Vibe and Ensemble, Feedback filters: HP, LP and BP
Reverb section with five algorithms (Booth, Room, Stage, Hall, Cathedral) + Dark, Bright and Chorale (modulated Reverb)
Memory Programs (single sounds): 16 x 25 (400) locations
Audio Out 2 outputs
Headphones output
High resolution low noise 24 bit DACs
MIDI Feature All control knobs and switches send and receive control change messages
Master Clock will sync to incoming MIDI clock
Global and Layer MIDI modes
Connections 2 Line Level Audio Outputs - ¼", 6,35 mm jacks, unbalanced
Stereo Headphone Output - ¼", 6,35 mm stereo jack
Sustain Pedal - ¼", 6,35 mm jack
Control Pedal - ¼", 6,35 mm TRS stereo jack. Use a Yamaha FC-7, Roland EV-7, Roland EV-5, Korg EXP2 or Korg XVP10
USB connector with MIDI capabilities
MIDI In & Out - 5 pin DIN connectors
Included Accessories User Manual
Power Cord with IEC C14 connector
Dimensions 990 x 100 x 295 mm
38,9" x 3,9" x 11.6"
Weight 8,75 kg
Product Type Digital Synthesizer
PC Interface N/A
Keys 61
Connectivity (Input) 1 x MIDI
Connectivity (Output)
  • 2 x 1/4" Balanced / Unbalanced (L/R)
  • 1 x 6.3 mm stereo phone jack (Headphones)
  • 1 x MIDI
  • 1 x Sustain Pedal
  • 1 x USB
Dimensions (mm) 990 x 100 x 295 (WxHxD)
Misc. Notes  
Additional Information
Scan Code LN145643
Model Number NOR0012

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Nord Wave 2 Digital Stage Piano
Nord Wave 2 Digital Stage Piano