Nu:Tekt NTS-1 digital kit
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Build it, tweak it, connect it; a world of synthesis at your fingertips!
Korg is always creating new ways to experience hands-on, fun music-making.
Now, you can too.
The Nu:Tekt NTS-1 digital KIT is a unique, flexible, and easy DIY synthesizer that you can easily assemble yourself (tool included), without any soldering.
The first of its kind from KORG’s DIY-focused Nu:Tekt brand, NTS-1 packs a powerful synth and multi-effects engine into a compact and highly portable form factor. Its DIY nature means it’s also very customizable. Explore the possibilities!
NTS-1 is also completely compatible with the logue-SDK*, making it possible to create custom oscillators and effects or upload any of the content available for minilogue xd and prologue.
* When using 3rd party plugins on the NTS-1 please consult with the developer first as the content may sound differently than with minilogue xd or prologue based on polyphony.
A wide range of sonic possibilities
Belying its size, the Nu:Tekt NTS-1 features a digital oscillator inspired by the MULTI engine as found on the acclaimed prologue and minilogue xd, along with an extremely capable arpeggiator including multiple ranges, scales, and modes, plus dedicated spatial, modulation, and delay sections, each with multiple settings to explore.
With a single monophonic digital oscillator, one multimode filter, on EG, three LFOs, three stereo effect processors, and full arpeggiator, the NTS-1 is a very powerful, flexible, fun-to-explore synth.
The main oscillator can produce Sawtooth, Triangle, Square and VPM waveforms, and can load custom oscillators created from Korg’s logue SDK, which means it’s compatible with content created for prologue and minilogue xd. These waveforms can be easily re-shaped and adjusted just by simply turning a couple of knobs.
A wide selection of filters (Low pass 2/4-pole, High pass 2/4-pole, Band pass 2/4-pole and OPEN mode, all with resonance) give you serious control over the overall tone of the oscillator.
The three onboard effects units are inspired by those on KORG’s minilogue xd, which itself took onboard effects to a whole new level. Numerous reverbs, modulation effects, and delays are available to blend and edit at will, to really finish out your sound creations.
NTS-1 also offers a fun and practical arpeggiator with several patterns available. Scales and numerous note orders including a Random mode are also available to create new and original ideas on the fly. The pattern length can be adjusted (from 1 to 24 steps) and, when synced externally, the step duration can also be adjusted (16th to 64th notes)
Thanks to its ribbon controller, simple interface and display, the NTS-1 can be played and enjoyed very intuitively. Deeper parameter changes are also possible with several combinations of buttons / knobs, furthering the possibilities. Don’t let its size fool you; NTS-1 goes deep but keeps it all easily accessible.
Customize the experience
The fun isn’t over after you finish building the NTS-1. The screws on the side panels are long enough to let you easily attach custom side panels.
Get creative and use the NTS-1 in a wide variety of setups. Equipped with AUDIO IN, SYNC IN, SYNC OUT and MIDI IN connectors, the NTS-1 can easily be used in combination with other hardware and software.
You can control it using external MIDI controllers and sequencers, use it to modify and audio signal with its powerful digital effects, or even sync it to other hardware and jam along!
It’s also USB micro-B powered so you can plug it directly to a portable battery and take it anywhere with you! You can also connect to your computer’s USB port or directly to the power supply using a standard USB power plug.
Free bundle of music software
The NTS-1 comes with a diverse variety of music software from Izotope including “Ozone Elements” which lets you not only create songs but also master them using AI, “Skoove” which will help you improve your keyboard playing skills, “Reason Lite” DAW software, as well as software synths from KORG and other brands.
In other words, the moment you get your hands on this synthesizer you'll have a variety of tools to help you take your music to the next level.
Apps for iPad/iPhone
KORG Gadget 2 Le (music production studio DAW app)
KORG Module (piano/keyboard sound module app)
Software for Mac/Windows
KORG Collection - M1 Le (synthesizer sound module)
UVI Digital Synsations (synthesizer sound module)
AAS Ultra Analog Session (synthesizer sound module)
AAS Strum Session (acoustic guitar sound module)
AAS Lounge Lizard Session (electric piano sound module)
Propellerhead Reason Lite (DAW music production software)
Skoove free 3 month trial of Skoove Premium (online piano lesson)
KORG Gadget 2 Le for Mac (DAW music production software)
iZotope Ozone Elements (Audio Mastering Plug-in Software)
Contents of the package
logue SDK Custom Content Sound Librarian
Like the KORG prologue and minilogue xd, the Nu:tekt NTS-1 offers you the possibility to load a wide variety of Custom Content.
With Custom Oscillators and Effects, the NTS-1's powerful MULTI-ENGINE will take your music to the next level!
NTS-1 Sound Librarian
The NTS-1 Sound Librarian is user-friendly software that allows you to manage the custom oscillators and effects in your NTS-1 via USB MIDI.
How to import the custom oscillators and effects
Custom oscillators and effects are distributed in the form of a “user unit” file. To add an oscillator or effect, drag and drop the user unit file onto the corresponding list in the NTS-1 Sound Librarian, and press the SEND ALL button to upload it to your NTS-1. Please refer to the Operation Manual included in the NTS-1 Sound Librarian for further details
Factory Default User Oscillator: Waves
The NTS-1is preloaded with one user oscillator: Waves. This oscillator is stored in one of the 16 slots available for user oscillators. It consists of two main wavetable oscillators and an additional sub wave that can be optionally used as a ring modulation source. The bit depth of the mixed output can be reduced for a lo-fi effect. The source code for Waves is available as a template along with the SDK source code on GitHub, so new and unique oscillators can be created.
logue SDK 3rd Party Custom Content
Several developers are creating new and interesting Custom Oscillators and Effects for NTS-1!
- Ribbon keyboard
- Sound Generation
- 1 Digital Oscillator, 1 Multimode filter, 1 EG, 3 LFO
- MOD (CHORUS, ENSEMBLE, PHASER, FLANGER), DELAY, REVERB
- Input/output jacks
- Headphone jack (3.5mm stereo mini phone jack), AUDIO IN jack (3.5mm stereo mini-phone jack), SYNC IN jack (3.5 mm stereo mini-phone jack, 20V maximum input level), SYNC OUT jack (3.5 mm stereo mini-phone jack, 5V output level), MIDI IN connector (3.5 mm stereo mini-phone jack) connector, USB port (micro B type)
- Power supply
- USB bus power mode, Current consumption: 500 mA or less
- Dimensions (W x D x H)
- 129 mm x 78 mm x 39 mm / 5.08” x 3.07” x 1.54”
- 124 g / 4.37 oz
- Included items
- USB cable, Owner’s manual, Screwdriver