Korg Nu:Tekt NTS-1 as hardware FX unit?

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Post by N i g e l »

I like Nick Batts stuff.
He said "Submarine.....sort of the inverse of shimmer".

hmmmmmmm, well........

Whats the impulse response ? Give me one ping for position Vasily !

its 3 part..

[1] after a delay there is a higher pitched reverbed ping
[2] afte more delay theres a lower pitched reverbed ping
[3] theres then the general smudginess of a long reverb

if you have specific questions I can put a short sample up on soundcloud but ...

prologue doesnt have external input [think VCOs filter amp...]

NTS1 can do reverb & delay simultaneously ????
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Thanks Tony. Yes, I had seen that, it sounds pretty good as far as it goes.

Thanks Nigel. I like Nick Batt’s reviews too. I tend to think, if he likes it, I’ll probably like it!

NTS-1 can do modulation, delay and reverb simultaneously.
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This whole effects situation has gone completely crazy, we’ve got $200 FX pedals now that years ago to achieve the same things you’d have been looking at a top draw Eventide or Lexicon, that’s why I’ve got a lot of pedals, and I still haven’t covered the cost of an Eventide or Lexi, it’s like vintage synths now, the decision to buy, we don’t "need" them, but other non-sound related issues come into play.
If I thought I "needed" an Eventide one would be here, but it isn’t, that says it all really.
I can’t imagine needing anything more than my Big Sky in that respect, cost?
£400, instead of £4,000.
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Arpangel wrote: Thu Aug 19, 2021 8:37 am This whole effects situation has gone completely crazy, we’ve got $200 FX pedals now that years ago to achieve the same things you’d have been looking at a top draw Eventide or Lexicon

Yup, because Moore's Law, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore%27s_law

Though there are other parts involved that do make a big difference in the final sound. To say that a $200 effect is 'equal' to a $2,000 effect (or even a $400) one is a bit of a broad statement, though I'm sure branding may account for a good chunk of the prices some companies demand for their products.
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Ben Asaro wrote: Thu Aug 19, 2021 1:40 pm
Arpangel wrote: Thu Aug 19, 2021 8:37 am This whole effects situation has gone completely crazy, we’ve got $200 FX pedals now that years ago to achieve the same things you’d have been looking at a top draw Eventide or Lexicon

Yup, because Moore's Law, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore%27s_law

Though there are other parts involved that do make a big difference in the final sound. To say that a $200 effect is 'equal' to a $2,000 effect (or even a $400) one is a bit of a broad statement, though I'm sure branding may account for a good chunk of the prices some companies demand for their products.

Sure true Ben, but the differences are smaller these days, and my ears, being much older than they were, help smudge over what remains.

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LOL :D
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Post by BillB »

This seems promising. HammondEggs Cathedral reverb

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mzF_XYQW8 ... e=youtu.be

Unfortunately, a long synth pad is the worst possible sound source to help judge a reverb’s character. Even so, it sounds very Vangelis / New Age

And this shows how easy it is to load new Osc and FX models via the Korg NTS-1 librarian:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HoRPwhed0 ... e=youtu.be

Without stating it, this video also shows that the uploaded Cathedral reverb doesn’t replace the onboard reverbs, it is additional. No idea how many additional uploads can be hosted on the NTS-1, but that’s quite a lot of sonic variety to go at - in the box, plus one or two extras.

Although I am not crazy about shimmer/riser reverbs, this gives a sense of the quality, which does seem to be beyond pedals at a similar price. Nice to hear the high-pass filter in places.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Zqz7scF0MKE

Also there is an NTS-1 MIDI spec from Korg which shows that all major OSc, Filter and FX parameters can be accessed via MIDI CCs.

Not sure I can wait until Christmas.....
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Ben Asaro wrote: Thu Aug 19, 2021 1:40 pm Yup, because Moore's Law, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore%27s_law

Amazing ! so my sinclair spectrum had 10 thousand transistors but a new PC has 10 billion !

BillB wrote: Sun Aug 22, 2021 11:49 am ......
And this shows how easy it is to load new Osc and FX models via the Korg NTS-1 librarian:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HoRPwhed0 ... e=youtu.be
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Not sure I can wait until Christmas.....


I had a bit of bother with the midi driver but Tim Shoebridge's uTube showed how to sort it out. Its trivial stuff as long as you know its there! The latest Korg update was June so it might have been sorted anyway.

Prologue has 16 user Osc Slots
16 Mod FX slots,
8 reverb & 8 echo FX slots
(Prologue only has echo or reverb active on a patch, not both)

Given the state of import/export I would keep an eye on stock availability, especially in the run up to Christmas !
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As if they weren’t cheap enough in the first place, I picked up an NTS-1 second-hand for £67 inc postage. Very neat little box, built to a price but sturdy enough.

I have yet to plug in an Aux send from a mixer, so all sound tests so far have used the NTS built-in synth, which is nice enough but basic. The keyboard ribbon is good enough for auditioning noises only, but MIDI in (3.5mm TRS MIDI Type A) works well.

All the Mod effects (Chorus, Ensemble, Phaser, Flanger) seem to work well, but until I run a polysynth through it, I can’t say if they have any magic about them. Delay effects are good, with the Highpass and Tape variants nicely affecting the tone of the repeats.

The factory reverbs thus far I think of as good but not great, though I really need to do some A-B tests against other gear. My guess is that they are as good as other pedals in a similar price bracket (this was the original question) but nowhere near the character of pedals around £200+ such as the BlueSky.

Apart from the basic character of the sound, one of the options I like on a reverb is to turn up the decay and to hear a long reverb tail, which changes the effect from just ambience to sound design. The Hall and Plate reverbs have a fairly limited duration. Space, Riser and Submarine last longer. Riser is a shimmer effect with distinct upper octaves being added, almost in steps. Not very subtle. Submarine adds a lower octave to pitched sounds and is nice if it fits your music/mix.

However, downloading the HammondEggs reverb models is a bit of a revelation. Cathedral, Theatre, Mist and Haze. I won’t attempt to describe them too closely other than to say that they sound massive, and can go from very long to infinite. Mist and Haze offer low pass and highpass filters (can’t recall which way around). Overall, just what I was hoping for, but still need more critical listening and comparing with various pedals/Rack FX. I can be pretty sure that this combination fills a sonic gap for me.

Each model comes in HD and Pro versions, with the Pro versions offering ‘higher density’. The HammondEggs notes state that the Pro versions should not be used on the NTS-1 with Delay as the CPU may max out, but adding Mod FX should be OK. I have added the four Pro and the four HD models into the eight slots available and again aim to have a critical listen to the difference, but it is nice to have the option of Mod + Pro Reverb or Mod + Delay + HD reverb.

Sadly I don’t have a Bluesky/Bigsky against which to compare, but based on listening to many examples on YT, I would say that the NTS-1 + HammondEggs reverbs probably does not reach the sonic heights of the BlueSky/BigSky reverbs, but is a very creditable hardware Reverb/FX and well worth the money.

There are no presets, so every time you turn on, you set up the sound again, which is easy to do. I doubt that I would want to gig with this, as compared to a robust pedal solution, but for the bedroom producer on a budget, it is excellent value. Added to which the open architecture means that there are likely to be new options to try in the future.

I’m not up to YouTube production, but will try to get some sound samples on Soundcloud in due course.
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Thanks for the follow up!

My interest in the NTS-1 would be purely as fx for live gigs instead of hauling the pedal board out. Would it be possible to achieve results similar to what I am doing now with two NTS-1s? (Realizing that stacking rooms within plates within space reverbs will probably be a no-go)
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For great effects in a small, cheap, easily powered (USB) package, my choice would be the Zoom MS-70CDR. And seek out the hack that lets you load it up with effects blocks from all the other similar Zoom pedals.
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The Elf wrote: Sun Sep 19, 2021 2:07 pm For great effects in a small, cheap, easily powered (USB) package, my choice would be the Zoom MS-70CDR. And seek out the hack that lets you load it up with effects blocks from all the other similar Zoom pedals.

Noted, thanks, Elf!
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