Installing Red Essentials: Stage 3

Installing Red Essentials: Stage 3

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Written by Jesse Schaefer
Updated over a week ago

Thank you for purchasing Red Essentials: Stage 3.

It’s been awesome putting this collection of patches together, and along with, we hope that when you play you can be inspired, challenged, and even motivated to bring your passion for worship to a new level. Every patch was carefully made with modern worship in mind, so feel free to experiment and try some of these out with your favorite songs. I’m sure there is something for everyone. The Nord Stage 3 series of keyboards is a great platform that I have discovered to not only be one of the best keyboards for worship but also a powerful platform for all the needs a keyboard player might have. I’ve even broken away from my laptop every now and then to discover how powerful the hardware can actually be. It is my prayer that these patches bless your house of worship and lift our Savior’s name on high. Thanks again and Godspeed!

Red Essentials for Nord Stage 3 comes with 55 all original patches, these include samples that Nord provides with the hardware but are not limited to just that. I’ve gone out of my way to track down beautiful, all vintage synths and some modern to expand the synth section of Nord Stage 3 with some great sounds not available anywhere else. I’ve sampled synths like the Juno, OB-8, Jupiter, and the Moog Sub37, and some original sound sources to bring 12 all original samples to this library. These were carefully recorded with the best quality mic pre’s on the market into the industry's best A/D converters available. I hope these samples inspire you not only to sound better but to also expand your options and even make your own patches.

How to Download

Download each zip from your MultiTracks account. You can use the dropdown menu to select each zip to download.

How to install

In order to install Red Essentials, you will need the following:

-PC or a Mac

-USB Cable

-Nord Stage 3 running the most recent OS (1.44 or better)

You will need to download and install the Nord Sound Manager Version 7.32 for your PC or Mac. Additionally, if you use a PC, you will need the Clavia USB Driver v3.02 installed for windows to be able to communicate with your Stage 3. You can download it here (

You have two options of installation via the Sound Manager, you can install via Bundles, or you can install the programs and the samples manually. I will explain the difference and who these options are best for.


A Bundle is a single file that includes all the elements you will need to make the patch fully functional. This includes the same piano sample, synth sample, and all the program settings in one single file. This is great for people who do not want to download additional samples from Nord’s sample library. If you own a Stage 3, this will be the fastest option. Additionally, you can install via 3 bundle files all of Red Essentials for a fast and easy setup.

Before installing, please check your memory in the sample libraries and erase any of the orchestral samples you won't be using.

To install bundles, simply open the Nord Sound Manager.

1. Click on the Bundle Down icon

2. Locate the Red Essentials folder and look for the subfolder titled Bundles.

3. Select the bundle you wish to install and click open

4. When you are prompted, click “Replace the content in Bank” and choose a bank and program number

5. That's it!

If you already have the right piano or synth sample installed, it will not install it again.

NOTE: I suggest replacing sounds in Bank D. The reason is that this bank is a copy of Bank A and you will already have a backup there. You are still free to install in any bank you wish, but don’t blame me if you miss the stock patch. You’ve been warned…

You will not need to install via Programs as the new patches use the built-in samples for most of the patches on the pianos.

For additional support email about your purchase, and Red Essentials.

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