Showing posts with label NONLINEAR LABS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NONLINEAR LABS. Show all posts

Monday, July 13, 2020

Nonlinear Labs C15 - Major Software Update Released

Nonlinear Labs C15 - New Features - Update 2020

via Nonlinear Labs

"The C15 received the most significant software update since its release.

It's an update of the operating system, the synth engine and the user interface. It includes layer, split and mono modes, more voices, and more macro controls and modulation targets.

Get an impression of the new features in this video.

Get a detailed list of all the improvements here.

This update continues the constant evolution of the C15 since its launch three years ago. It expands its range and quality of sounds and improves his playability and suitability for musical performance. The update is accompanied by around 200 new presets making use of the new features.

The new software is a complete rewrite. Based on the new architecture, future developments will be easier and will also benefit from new opportunities. The synth engine and the user interface now both run on Linux.

The update is free for all C15 users, who will also benefit from the interchangeable magnetic foils, as the new version comes with updated overlays reflecting the new features.

As of now all new instruments will be shipped with the new system and we will contact all users in the coming weeks to perform the update with them. Early models of the C15 will be brought to Berlin to update the hardware in order to install the new software."

Friday, July 10, 2020

Nonlinear Labs C15 Synthesizer Sounds

Perfect Circuit

"The Nonlinear Labs C15 is a synthesizer unlike any other—with an unconventional sound engine based largely on feedback and a complete lack of MIDI support, it is a bold entry into the synth world. Read our article about it here:

Designed by former Native Instruments president Stephan Schmitt, the C15 is a synth designed to be played. By pairing techniques from classic FM and subtractive synthesis with physical modeling and a strong dose of feedback, it can create everything from broad, otherworldly soundscapes to uncannily realistic strings and percussion. It features a highly responsive keyboard with velocity and aftertouch, two full-length ribbon controllers, and a bender as its primary performance controls, completely eschewing MIDI or conventional internal modulation sources—so playing the C15 really is a matter of getting your hands on it and taking tactile control of your sounds.

The C15 is great for cinematic pads, classic FM sounds, electric pianos, strings, lush '80s synth pads, glassy percussion, and much more. It's big, it's heavy, and it has a sound all its own—there's nothing else quite like it altogether.

C15 available here:"

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Podcast 330: Stephan Schmitt


"Talk about a career! Stephan Schmitt started his journey into audio development by making noisy object as a kid, then got into electrical engineering to work on large format consoles (which is where he took on software...), then co-founded Native Instruments, creating Generator/Reaktor. After years with NI (including the development of Spark, Skanner and Kontour), he set off to work on his ultimate project: a keyboard player's dream synth, called the Nonlinear Labs C15.

In our chat, we talk about his history through the creation of NI, how he finds the synth voicings that are his signature development, and how the C15 fits into the world of modern music playing and production. Along the way, we also learn a lot about the things that (according to Stephan) make a synth 'expressive', and how this can benefit the live synth player.

Super fascinating, and a chance to learn the history behind the earliest days of virtual synth development, and the on-going work creating a niche hardware device. Check out Nonlinear Labs at"

Friday, May 01, 2020


Published on May 1, 2020 peter m mahr

Video: Ernst Hefter
Music: Peter M. Mahr

Sequential - Prophet XL
Nonlinear Labs - C15
Moog - one

Friday, April 24, 2020

Superbooth 20HE Non-Linear Labs C-15 New OS

Published on Apr 24, 2020 sonicstate

"New OS for the Non-Linear labs C15 instrument.
Now you can split and layer as well as several other new enhancements.
Mono Modes, extended Macros, more voices 24 up from 12."

Monday, September 02, 2019

Ova dal Fuorn - Nonlinear Labs C15

Published on Sep 2, 2019 peter m mahr

"Ova dal Fuorn - Graub√ľnden / Switzerland
©2019 Video & Audio: Peter M. Mahr

Synthesizer: Nonlinear Labs C15"

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Superbooth 2019 - Nonlinear Labs C15 Sounds Only

Published on May 14, 2019 sonicstate

"Jim spent some time with the Nonlinear labs C15 - an extremely playable instrument with Reaktor technology at its core. The C15 is the creation of Stephan Schmitt - one the founders of Native Instruments

Jim Says:
'I sat down with the C15 not knowing what really to expect and what I found was an instrument that begged to played. Expressive in ways that only FM can be with a couple of assignable ribbon controllers that span the width of the instrument, and with a button for every parameter, the C15 is truly inspiring to play. I didn’t want to stop. Mostly cinematic and pad type sounds featured here though there are many keyboard, string and brass-type presets as well.'"

Friday, May 10, 2019

Nonlinear Labs - Stephan Schmitt @ SUPERBOOTH 19

Published on May 10, 2019 Superbooth Official

"Stephan Schmitt plays C15

The C15 is a keyboard instrument designed for performing musicians.
Stephan Schmitt, the founder of Nonlinear Labs, will play a number of short improvisations to demonstrate the sound spectrum and the live performance possibilities of the C15."

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Nonlinear Labs C15 Synthesizer At NAMM 2019

Published on Jan 30, 2019 Synthtopia

"At the 2019 NAMM Show, Nonlinear Labs made the NAMM debut of their C15 synthesizer.

The C15 is unusual in that it's a keyboard that's designed to be closer to traditional instruments than traditional synthesizers. As a result, it doesn't have internal sequencing, ARP, LFO's or even MIDI - it's designed for you to play it expressively, not machines.

In the first section of the video, founder Stephan Schmitt gives an introduction to the philosophy behind the C15. Starting around 8:30, Schmitt demonstrates the C15 and explains how the keyboard's expressive capabilities dynamically control its synthesis engine."

Saturday, January 26, 2019

NAMM 2019 part 4 - Verbos, Roland, Arturia, Nonlinear Labs, Nord

Published on Jan 26, 2019 SynthMania

Verbos Electronics: new modules
Roland: keytars, software instruments cloud
Arturia: MicroFreak
Nonlinear Labs: C15 synthesizer
Nord: keyboard, speakers

Sunday, January 20, 2019

NonLinear Labs’ C15 theC15pad [v-pmm]

Via Peter:

"This pad was originally programmed by Uwe Zahn for NonLinear Labs’ C15 synthesizer. I modified it a bit and thought the short demo might be of interest. I’ve used it also in a short video together with the MatrixBrute:"

280 SEL day tripping [MatrixBrute & C15]

Published on Jan 2, 2019 peter m mahr

"Idea, visualization and music - peter m. mahr"

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Nonlinear Labs C15 - "Pad" & "Good Trump"

Published on Dec 20, 2018 peter m mahr

Not that Trump.

"Two more C15 sound examples. You will only hear the Nonlinear Labs C15 (Reverb!).
Sound #1 "Pad" - It starts with a simple pad sound that develops to a kind of SQR pad, then almost sounds like strings, but can also sound biting.
Sound #2 'Good Trump' - A brass like sound, somewhere between trombone and trumpet."

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Nonlinear Labs C15 - "Caves"

Published on Dec 8, 2018 peter m mahr

"Demoing the expressiveness of the NONLINEAR LABS C15 "Caves" sound which was used in the Kloentalersee video:"

Switzerland Kloentalersee drone flight

Published on Sep 8, 2018 peter m mahr

"Wonderful Alps - Glarus Kloentalersee

All sounds - Nonlinear Labs C15

Idea, visualization and music - peter m. mahr"

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Stephan Schmitt improvising on his C15 Keyboard by Nonlinear Labs @SUPERBOOTH18

Stephan Schmitt improvising on his C15 Keyboard by Nonlinear Labs @SUPERBOOTH18 from HerrSchneider on Vimeo.

"The C15 from Nonlinear Labs is a digital synthesizer to be brought to the world's stages. An instrument that stands out for its performance and expressiveness."

Monday, April 23, 2018

Nonlinear Labs C15 - Musikmesse 2018

Published on Apr 23, 2018 Sound On Sound magazine

Some interesting features discussed including the signal flow w/ feedback. Due to the high price (4000 Euro) they also have a rent to own plan.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Nonlinear-Labs C15 Demos & Review by peter m. mahr

You can find the review in Germon on, Googlish here.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Concert Featuring Nonlinear Labs C15

The C15 in Concert - Tim Sund Quartet from Nonlinear Labs on Vimeo.

"In October 2017 the Berlin-based keyboardist and composer Tim Sund introduced the C15 to the concert stage by playing a complete show solely on two C15s. We recorded and filmed the concert with his inspired and expressive band at Kunstfabrik Schlot in Berlin."

Update: re-published 11/29/2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Superbooth 2017: NonLinear Labs C15

Published on Apr 26, 2017 Ask.Audio

"The C15 is a synthesizer with a difference. Its focus is on pure musical performance. You won't MIDI or sequencers or arpeggiators here, just controls for real-time musical expression."

Thursday, April 06, 2017

MESSE 2017: NonLinear Labs C15 €4k FM, Waveshape and Modelling Instrument

Published on Apr 6, 2017 sonicstate

"From the founder of Native Instruments - Stefan Schmidt - its a brand new concept instrument capable of of some really unique but playable sounds. Designed for the player and unashamedly hi resolution."

Saturday, February 04, 2017

New Nonlinear Labs C15 Videos

Nonlinear Labs C15 - Haarlem Sessions - Trancy World from Stephan Schmitt on Vimeo.

via Nonlinear Labs:

"In the Summer of 2016, Federico Solazzo visited us because he was curious about the C15. He is a very experienced and versatile musician, a proficient synthesizer expert and sound designer. We decided to give him one of our C15 pre-production units for a few weeks. We wanted to find out how the C15 would inspire him in the way he plays keyboards and designs sounds.

In October we brought a C15 to his home in The Hague (NL). Federico started to explore the instrument and created a collection of his own presets. We asked him to think about a number of music pieces or improvisations that would show some characteristics of the instrument in a video recording session.

As a location we chose Studio Helmbreker in Haarlem (NL) where Federico had recorded the latest album with his band 'Azure Hiptronics'. The main room has a great sound and atmosphere.

We were very lucky that two other members of the band - Luciano Poli (bass) and Satindra Kalpoe (drums) - joined in for some of the pieces. The recording took place on the 6th of December, 2016. Bowie Verschuuren was the man behind the camera. All tracks were recorded 100 % live; no overdubs or effects were added - only slight EQ-ing and limiting was used."


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