We first saw the Korg Nu:Tekt box at Superbooth earlier this year. It’s now called the NTS-1 and is an easy to assemble digital synthesizer with the multi-engine oscillator and effects engine from the Minilogue XD and Prologue.
It’s a neat little box about the size of the Monotron with a little touch strip ribbon keyboard, three knobs, a row of buttons and a helpful LED display. Along with the oscillator, it has an arpeggiator with multiple ranges, modes and scales, modulation, reverb and delay. The single oscillator feeds into a single multimode filter, one envelope and three LFOs.
They say the oscillator is “inspired” by the one in their larger synths so we can assume that it’s not exactly the same. However, it is compatible with the “Logue SDK” which means it can run any of the content created for the Minilogue XD or Prologue Multi-Engine oscillator like the algorithms from the Mutable Instruments Plaits. Otherwise, it comes with sawtooth, triangle, square and VPM waveforms.
The onboard effects are again “inspired” by the Minilogue XD with numerous reverbs, modulation effects and delays.
For connections it has MIDI In, Audio In and Sync In/Out. It’s powered over USB and can be run by a USB power brick but doesn’t have room for internal batteries.
The kit appears to be easy to assemble with no soldering or technical ability required. But it does let you get your hands a tiny bit dirty and feel like you’ve made something all by yourself.
It looks like a fun box and the fact that you get to play with the multi-engine oscillator for around 100 pounds makes it quite tempting as an add-on to any kind of setup. The Korg NTS-1 should be available now for €115.
- Korg Nu:Tekt page.
It’s so easy to build even Bo Beats can do it 😀