Korg Nu:Tekt NTS-2 Oscilloscope Kit w/Patch & Tweak Book
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Korg in collaboration with noted publisher Bjooks (Push, Turn, Move, Patch and Tweak series...) is proud to present a fascinating Korg and ARP synth exploration experience in the form of a special, limited edition package that combines NTS-2, a powerful tool optimized for a variety of studio tasks, and the Patch & Tweak with Korg book, a comprehensive look at semi-modular synthesis through the lens of iconic Korg and ARP synthesizers.
Along with a multitude of artist interviews, patch tips, tutorials, historical explorations and more, this book will teach you how to put NTS-2's power to work in your studio as a companion to your synthesizers and audio gear. Synth beginners and seasoned musicians alike will find the journey not just educational, but also inspirational and full of new discoveries.
The NTS-2 kit and Patch & Tweak with Korg book were conceived and developed to complement each other, providing not only fundamental knowledge but also the tools to guide and inspire synth lovers through their music journey.
- 4-channel input oscilloscope to monitor and analyze audio and CV signals
- Waveform generator with 2 oscillators to produce several waveforms, LFOs, noise, pulses and envelopes
- FFT (fast Fourier transform) visualizer with spectrum analyzer
- Flexible tuner with two display modes
- 2 dedicated mono OUTPUTs, one for each oscillator
- 2 THRU outputs so NTS-2 blends seamlessly into your signal flow without having to re-patch
- Big, clear and bright display with visually intuitive color-coding scheme
Nu:Tekt NTS-2 is a DIY multifunctional tool for musicians. Building on a 4-channel oscilloscope that makes it easy to monitor and analyze audio and control voltage signals alike, NTS-2 also includes a flexible waveform generator and spectrum analyzer as well as tuner functions that make it the ideal addition to any studio.
Patch & Tweak with Korg is the latest title in the Patch & Tweak series from noted publisher Bjooks. It's a comprehensive guide to semi-modular synthesis and the music it has inspired, presented with a focus on MS-20 Mini, the groundbreaking Volca Modular, the reimagined ARP 2600 M and the SQ-1 and SQ-64 sequencers. Dozens of tutorials, tips and tricks cover everything from the basics to advanced sound design methods. Interviews with famous and emerging artists, insights from Korg and ARP engineers and detailed timelines of Korg synthesizers and ARP's legendary keyboards make this book a must-have for any synth enthusiast. The book features a wide variety of tips and tricks that use the NTS-2's many functions to expand the power of your studio – just look for the NTS-2 icon!
Nu:Tekt NTS-2: the modern musician's Swiss Army knife
The NTS-2 kit is compact and easy to assemble (no soldering required!), but don't let its size fool you – it packs a real punch! NTS-2 is an oscilloscope, tuner, FFT and spectrum analyzer that is accurate, intuitive and incredibly useful. But that's not all: using its dual stereo IN, dual stereo THRU/OUT and two separate OUTPUTs, you can wire it into your synth rig and use its dual waveform generators to give yourself an extra pair of oscillators or LFOs! It's the ideal tool for every synth lover and modular user from beginner to pro.
The best companion for synth learners
Even though synthesizers are musical instruments first and foremost, learning about them is easier and more intuitive if we can use our eyes to supplement our ears. Studying waveforms, frequency and time relationships, audio signals and control voltages becomes clear and immediate if we can see how they change and interact, not just listen to what they're doing. Seeing these signals come alive in full color as we patch and tweak gives our learning process a huge boost!
The oscilloscope, a tool for visualizing signals and voltages, has been around for many years, but as scientific instruments they might not seem like something a musician could easily use. Not any more: for the first time, an oscilloscope has been designed with the musician in mind! NTS-2's interface is simple, clean and easy to use; rather than twiddling knobs and trying to understand obscure parameters, you can look at your signals and understand them in a matter of seconds. That way, your artistic focus can remain where it belongs: on making your music.
A useful tool set for musicians
NTS-2 includes a variety of useful studio functions, all in a pocket-sized, elegant package that you can take anywhere.
With its dual stereo inputs, you can study up to four signals at once, comparing and overlapping them with ease. A variety of display modes let you see your data in color, a huge advantage over the old oscilloscopes you've seen in science fiction movies! Its user interface is clear and quick, thanks to its dedicated menu buttons and clickable encoder knob, and its 240×320 pixel 2.8" color LCD is a joy to watch.
FFT / spectrum analyzer
To further dive into analyzing any signal, NTS-2 also comes with a dedicated FFT (fast Fourier transform) mode with a realtime spectrum analyzer. These handy tools have always been out of reach for the synth musician because they either required expensive hardware or a nearby computer. Now you can carry them in your pocket!
Dual waveform generator
But NTS-2 is much more than just an oscilloscope. The flexible wave generator mode has two oscillators with dedicated outputs, so you can test your synth rig or just get creative! Each oscillator can create a variety of waveforms – sine, square, triangle, sawtooth, pulse and noise – whose shape and phase can be adjusted to suit many applications. These sounds can be used in the audio range or as control voltage sources and they can be set to cycle continuously or act as one-shot impulses; that means you can turn them into LFOs, envelopes, triggers and control voltage generators as well as sound sources. Attaching NTS-2 to any patchable synthesizer instantly expands its power in useful ways, making it an analog synth player's dream tool.
And of course, coming from Korg, this multifunctional utility kit wouldn't be complete without a precise and easy-to-use tuner with multiple display modes! Being able to receive and monitor up to four input signals at the same time, NTS-2 is an analog synth player's dream tool.
Connectivity and ease of use
NTS-2 offers plenty of ways to connect to your studio despite its small footprint. Besides its four-channel input and dual waveform output features, its dual stereo THRU/OUT ports let you leave it wired into your system. It's much easier to understand what you're doing if you can see the signals and use them at the same time, rather than constantly plugging and unplugging cables. This handy function lets you maintain your signal flow at all times – even when NTS-2 has been powered off.
Speaking of power, the NTS-2 maximizes portability and flexibility by using either batteries or a USB-C power supply, depending on your needs.
Nu:Tekt DIY fun
As with other Nu:Tekt products, NTS-2 is a do-it-yourself kit that is extremely quick and easy to assemble. When you open the package with Patch & Tweak with Korg, you'll find something extra: an exclusive set of transparent side panels for your NTS-2, letting it stand up at one of two different mounting angles for easy use in any studio or stage rig, as well as a Bjooks and Korg sticker set.
Meet Bjooks and the Patch & Tweak series
Bjooks is known for highly-acclaimed books such as Push, Turn, Move, Patch & Tweak, Pedal Crush, Patch & Tweak with Moog and Synth Gems 1. Each of these books received rave five-star reviews and have become go-to references within electronic music. Combining high-quality graphic design with diverse artist interviews and overviews of gear, these books have earned their place in the hearts, hands and studios of musicians and producers all over the world.
Patch & Tweak with Korg is part of Bjooks's acclaimed Patch & Tweak series. These uniquely designed titles give a clear explanation of the fundamental building blocks of synthesis through the lens of a particular set of musical instruments, presenting patch ideas, gear setups, artist interviews and valuable historical knowledge.
What is Patch & Tweak with Korg?
Patch & Tweak with Korg is a detailed look at semi-modular synthesis. It is based around Korg's and ARP's popular range of patchable synthesizers: MS-20 Mini, ARP 2600 M and Volca Modular, as well as the SQ-1 and SQ-64 sequencers and the NTS-2 oscilloscope. You can explore the principles of semi-modular synthesis through these beautiful machines and supercharge your creativity with dozens of tips, techniques and patches. Synth novices, experienced professionals, Korg enthusiasts and ARP lovers alike will find this book an essential resource.
Modular synthesis concepts and ideas
Going through the basic concepts of oscillators, LFOs, envelope generators, sequencing, etc., each chapter ramps up to more advanced tips and tricks. The designs and features of different Korg semi-modular synths are explained and visualized with clearly-labeled patch diagrams and useful color-coding that makes it easy to follow along.
Creative and musical tips
Come up close with artists and their relationship with the Korg semi-modular products: their creative processes, patch tips and integration with their other gear. These interviews will ignite your imagination and inspire you to explore new sonic territory.
Features and expansion
This book creates a deep understanding of how these instruments interface with the outside world, ideas largely unexplored in manuals and online demos. Now that you have these instruments, how do you integrate them effectively with the gear you already have? What should your next steps be to maximize their power? You'll learn lots of these strategies – and much more.
Korg and ARP history
Here's your opportunity to get the full story of the Korg and ARP synthesizers, with detailed timelines, beautiful pictures and plenty of information. Interviews with members of the Korg and ARP teams will shed light on the product creation process, and you'll enjoy their never-heard stories, anecdotes and behind-the-scenes information.
25+ exclusive interviews
Unlock the creativity and techniques of artists including Pete Townshend, Jean-Michel Jarre, Richard Devine, Andrew Huang, Panic Girl, Legowelt, Red Means Recording, Maude Vôs, Kabuki, Moe Shop, Kristin Hsiao, TALsounds, Robby Stambler, ALOO, ChrisLody, Olga Prudey, On High Mountains and Loopop. Meet the creative minds of Korg's great history, from Fumio Mieda and Junichi Ikeuchi to Tatsuya Takahashi and the new generation of Korg engineers, as well as the keepers of the ARP legacy: Dina Pearlman, David Friend and David Mash.
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Patch & Tweak with Korg book
Side panels for NTS-2
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