MATRIXSYNTH: KORG NTS-1 Ambient Jam

Monday, January 06, 2020

KORG NTS-1 Ambient Jam


Published on Oct 4, 2019 BlankFor_ms

"I just got the NTS1 in the mail yesterday and wanted to share some thoughts. The NTS1 isn’t what it appears. At first glance I thought it was going to be another digital monophonic synth, cool but limited. And while it does do exactly that, and the wave shape options are particularly fun, it does something else much better. This thing has a stereo auxiliary in that feeds through its effects, meaning it’s the equivalent of a stereo effects pedal. Actually, three of them. It goes chorus to delay to reverb. All stereo. All with multiple algorithms (same engine as the minilogue xd). They aren’t perfect, the reverbs tend to build up a lot of low frequency resonance and the delays don’t have a pitch modulation option. But aside from that they sound very nice.

In this video both the arpeggiated NTS1 and Volca FM are passing through the NTS1’s effects.

Otherwise the NTS1 is a decent mono synth. However the keyboard is pretty much unusable (too small for my fingers anyway) so midi connectivity will be necessary. It’s power source is USB so I’d imagine it works great with a DAW, I haven’t had a chance to try it. It’s MIDI in is a 3.5mm and my Novation 3.5mm to MIDI adaptor didn’t seem to work with it, maybe somebody out there will know why?

Overall it’s a steal for the effects alone.

This isn’t a sponsored post, but Korg did send me an advance unit to try."

1 comment:

  1. Novation is using TRS MIDI B, while Korg have TRS MIDI A (which is also the MMA standard). Just swap tip and ring of the TRS and it will work.

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