Korg has opened up the DIY nature of the NuTekt NTS-1 Digital Synthesizer with the NTS-1 Custom Panel and the NTS-1 Customizations Github resource to enable you to mod it to your own design.
NTS-1 Custom Panel
The idea is that when you come up with custom oscillators and effects for the open-source LogueSDK side of the NTS-1 you can also physically modify the front panel to create a user interface that works for you.
The NTS-1 Custom Panel is an open hardware reference design that you can use as a starting point for your own customisations. It essentially provides hardware connections to all the internal parameters. The reference design includes a minimal user interface in the form of 10 switches, 8 LEDs and a rotary, and also has Arduino shield compatible expansion connectors and ST-Morpho connectors like on the STM32 Nucleo boards to simplify prototyping. It’s compatible with Arduino IDS which can provide a simple development workflow for custom firmware.
The quite fascinating video shows examples like the mounting of a pinboard to provide a modular connection to the Volca Modular, or adding a TFT display, stuffing it all into a stompbox or creating a circular sequencer.
I’m sure Korg are keen to get the community on board to start developing their own ideas. The only problem has been the lack of availability on the NTS-1 which first appeared at NAMM 2019. Korg says that to support the Custom Panel you need firmware 1.10 which will be available by the end of January. Let’s hope some NTS-1s will be available too! No news on the pricing yet.