Techno producer Julian Wassermann was noodling with his Nektar controller keyboard and decided to post a video clip of his music making on Instagram. All very nice as the comments declare. But hang on, the VST instrument he’s using doesn’t look like something we’ve seen before. Check out the Nektar logo in the bottom right corner. Is Nektar about to release their first VST synthesizer?
Next to the logo is the word “BOLT” so I’m going to go with that as the name of this instrument. The rest of the text is difficult to make out but there’s definitely a pair of oscillators, each with its own ADSR envelope. The bottom left appears to be an LFO and on the right they could well be effects. The middle looks like some kind of modulation matrix and at the top you’ve got a waveform display with a nice big knob.
Undoubtedly this is going to be mapped beautifully to the controls on the Nektar Panarama T4 Julian’s using. The video shows him making adjustments on the hardware and being very satisfied with the results. It’s unclear exactly what part of the sound is coming from BOLT but there’s an interesting combination of evolving pad and arpeggiation going on.
Nektar are famous for the level of control their keyboards offer for both DAW and VST plugin parameters. It’s a natural step for them to start providing their own sound engine. Should we assume it’s something we’ll see more of at NAMM in January? I reached out to Nektar but they said they were unable to comment at the moment. Stay tuned.