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The after touch sensitivity on the Nord Stage EX 88 seems to be very low and I need to press down very hard to make the sound that I want with it. Please help.

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Here is a link to their support where you can download the latest operating system, manual etc.:http://www.clavia.se/main.asp?tm=Support Consider joining the forum. There are always helpful members who quite likely have experienced some of the same problems. You didn't mention if that happens when you play piano, organ or synth as the setting changes you make can affect each differently. Here is a link to the download page for Windows:http://www.nordkeyboards.com/main.asp?tm=Downloads&cldwn=Nord_Stage_EX&osdwn=osw Here is the one for Mac:http://www.nordkeyboards.com/main.asp?tm=Downloads&cldwn=Nord_Stage_EX&osdwn=osx Pages 61 and 62 of the manual are good starting places. Aftertouch can be assigned to different functions. You will need to read Morph Assign also on page 60. Page 33 explains Velocity Sensitivity which is different from Aftertouch. If the Aftertouch is not giving you enough control over a parameter, try using the Wheel or a pedal for that parameter instead. Here is a link to the manual:http://www.nordkeyboards.com/downloads/manuals/nord%20stage/Nord%20Stage%20EX%20Manual%20v6.x%20%28eng%29.pdf The Factory Reset function is on page 68.

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