Korg Nu:Tekt NTS-1 – The advanced synth that’s cheaper than the Volca
At first glance, the $99 Korg Nu:Tekt NTS-1 may not seem like the synthesis powerhouse that it actually is.
The Korg Nu:Tekt NTS-1 is a $99 DIY synthesizer that requires no soldering skills to assemble. It also features the same highly-renowned oscillator voice from Korg’s Prologue and Minilogue XD synthesizers, alongside the developer SDK for creating your own unique oscillator algorithms.
The Korg Nu:Tekt NTS-1 ships as a DIY kit which includes everything you need to assemble the synth, it’s designed to be assembled quickly and easily and it’s shockingly simple to use – making it a great synth for both beginners and more advanced users. It features all the essentials you need in a compact synth – an internal arpeggiator, MIDI input and even an audio input for processing external signals.
What’s under the hood…
The memory allows you to store both your own custom oscillators and various effects algorithms, there are 16 slots for loading custom oscillators, 16 slots for custom modulation effects, 8 slots for reverbs and 8 slots for delays. All the custom algorithms are all compatible with Korg’s flagship Prologue and Minilogue XD synthesizers, making it a great prototyping system for those who own a Prologue or Minilogue XD but just want to edit a few parameters in the code.
The synth itself is definitely not as powerful as the aforementioned synths, it only features a single digital oscillator, a single multimode filter, one envelope, three LFOs and the effects – but for its size and affordability, it’s certainly a winner.
Like I mentioned above, the Korg Nu:Tekt NTS-1 is set to retail at USD $99 (Around R1500 excl. duties), and Korg are planning on starting shipping on it in November 2019. Keep in mind it is a DIY package, you will need to assemble it out of the box – however it’s so simple it should take a few minutes maximum.
For more information check out the Korg website here