Issue 94

Korg Announces NTS-1 MK II

Korg's NTS-1 is back with an array of new features.


13 February 2024

The compact and incredibly powerful NTS-1 is back with an array of new features, a refreshed interface and more customization options than ever before.

Boasting a new keyboard, built-in sequencer, fresh sounds, and expanded MIDI capabilities, the NTS-1 mkII packs a gigantic set of features in the palm of your hand.

Powered by an even more powerful processor than its predecessor, the NTS-1 mkII unlocks its full potential and welcomes a new wave of custom content through its upgraded logueSDK.

This DIY synth and effects unit is not just powerful but also versatile, a must-have tool for both studio and stage.

New Multitouch keyboard

The NTS-1 mkII boasts a new 18-key multitouch keyboard, substituting the ribbon controller of the first generation, for precise playing and sequencing. This upgrade unlocks the ability to send MIDI note messages polyphonically, opening the doors to custom oscillators and effects leveraging the paraphonic potential of the NTS-1.

The center of your performance

In addition to a powerful arpeggiator, the new 8-step sequencer opens a whole new world of musical possibilities. With live and step recording modes (with per-note gate length and velocity settings) available in combination with its new keyboard and easy octave switch, the NTS-1 mkII provides an intuitive and seamless performance experience.

The NTS-1 mkII takes the sting out of forgetting your creative sparks. A new autosave function recalls all the parameters used in your last performance, including the step sequencer data, so you can pick up right where you left off. No more struggling to remember knob tweaks and pattern edits!

But that’s not all! NTS-1 mkII has a MIDI OUT output so you can use its internal sequencer to control other gear in your setup.

Powerful new engine, sounds and effects

NTS-1 mkII is an extremely powerful, flexible and fun-to-explore synth. While retaining the versatile features of its predecessor, this new iteration  adds an array of new sounds, including new oscillator types and modulation possibilities, using its Audio IN signal as a modulation source to create FM, AM or RING sounds.

The NTS-1 mkII is also an incredibly capable and expandable FX unit. In the mkII, we added many new Modulation (distortion, fuzz…), Delay (tape delay, BPM synced delays…) and Reverb effects, as well as handy oscillator OFF and Filter THRU functions, making it a uniquely versatile piece of gear that will cover all your needs at home or on stage.


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