Korg Nu:Tekt NTS-3 KAOSS Pad Enables You Load Custom Effects


Korg NTS-3 puts a new spin on the classic XY effects pad and you can build it yourself in 20 minutes

Ahead of the 2024 NAMM Show, being held January 25-28, 2024 in Anaheim, California, today Korg has announced the NTS-3 KAOSS Pad, a new effects unit that combines the classic KAOSS X/Y pad touch interface and KAOSS effects into a compact yet powerful customizable DIY kit.

After 25 years on from the launch of the original Kaoss Pad – and after countless revisions in both hardware and software – Korg is now letting you build one yourself.

The NTS-3 Kaoss Pad falls under the Nu:Tekt brand, and enables you to tweak up to four effects simultaneously via an XY pad. 35 are supplied, including filters, modulation FX, delays, reverbs, mastering processors and more creative options such as a looper, grainshifter and vinyl break emulator. The effects can be edited, and you can build and add your own thanks to support for Korg’s LogueSDK (Software Development Kit).

Audio I/O comes on 3.5mm stereo jacks, as does the Sync I/O. MIDI I/O is here, too, and power is supplied via the USB-C port.

Korg reckons that you should be able to build the NTS-3 in less than 20 minutes, without the need for a soldering iron. Reversible side panels enable you to add an element of hardware customisation to go along with the aforementioned ability to create your own effects.

With all these features, NTS-3 stands as a performance powerhouse, offering unparalleled versatility that elevates your on-the-go performances to new heights.

Key Features:

  • 200 programs (100 preload, 100 user programs)
  • Classic KAOSS Pad control
  • Combine 4 effects at once
  • logueSDK means you can load your own effects
  • Input/output jacks
  • Headphone / AUDIO OUT jack (3.5 mm stereo mini-phone jack)
  • AUDIO IN jack (3.5 mm stereo mini-phone jack)
  • SYNC OUT jack (3.5 mm TRS mini-phone jack, 5V output level)
  • SYNC IN jack (3.5 mm TRS mini-phone jack, 20V maximum input level)

Korg NTS-3 kaoss pad Audio Demos:

If you don’t already own a Kaoss Pad of any description, it looks like the NTS-3 could give you a fun and affordable way of getting your hands on one. We don’t have an exact price yet, but we can tell you that a June 2024 release date is being mooted. Find out more on the Korg website.

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