A sad fact of modular synthesizers is that most of your money goes for things that don’t affect how it sounds – things like the front panels, the silkscreening of the panels, the control knobs, and shipping.
Now Italian synth manufacturer Soundmachines is challenging that paradigm, with a new modular synth design, the NS1nanoSynth, that disposes with many of these things, resulting in a miniature hand-held synthesizer that’s a true analog modular synth.
Here’s the official intro video:
The NS1nanoSynth offers the core elements of a modular synthesizer – including analog VCO, filters, LFOs, ADSR envelope generator & VCA. And it adds a programmable Arduino processor, which adds support for things like USB-MIDI and more.
But can this tiny modular actually make musical results?
Here’s a series of videos that demonstrate the key modules and how they can be combined to create a MIDI-controlled analog synth:
Other features include a built-in ribbon controller and analog logic modules.
Pricing and availability details are to come. In the meantime, check out the video previews and let us know what you think!