About NTHSynth


Assembled Circuit Boards Received

Hello Everyone,

Thank you for your Kickstarter survey responses. If you are one of the backers who have yet to complete the survey, please log in to your Kickstarter account and do this as soon as possible. We can’t ship your NTH if we don’t have your information.

The t-shirt order has been placed. We ordered quantities of different sizes based on survey responses. If you haven’t completed your survey yet, we will be sending you a size L shirt.

Our package carrier requires the recipient’s phone number. We forgot to ask for this piece of information in the backer surveys, so we will send an email request for this information. Sorry for the inconvenience. Of course, we won’t use your phone number for any other purpose.

Important note for backers outside of the United States: There are still some backers that did not add the international shipping cost to their Kickstarter pledge and that still have not sent the extra funds to us via PayPal. We can’t ship your reward unless we receive the funds to cover shipping. Please review your reward description for details. Please email us if you have questions.

We have added instructions for Mac users to the NTH Firmware Update How-To. Please take a look and post your questions at the NTH Google Group.

The USB flash drives came in and they look great!

We were recently interviewed by Mark Camperell at The Sonic Spread. If you’re interested in learning more about the development of the NTH, please take a look.

And finally…today we received the second and final shipment of circuit board assemblies from the assembly house.

We have begun the process of loading the firmware, confirming the hardware functionality of each board and tuning each filter. After that, we will assemble the enclosures and package the NTHs.  Shipping will begin when the t-shirts arrive.

Thanks for reading!

Missed the Kickstarter?

We’d like to offer another huge thank you to our Kickstarter backers!

If you missed the Kickstarter campaign, we are providing a secondary option:

NTH production will commence in mid-March after the Kickstarter funds are received. In the meantime, we are offering the two most popular reward packages for sale via PayPal. If you make a purchase in the next two weeks, we will add your order to the initial NTH production run.

We’ve enjoyed the experience and can’t wait to get started with the next phase of the project.  We’ll be documenting the process here at the blog.  Thanks for reading!

Ponoko Enclosure, Firmware How-To, 2 NTHs Jamming

Hi Everyone,

We’d like share some of what we’re doing as we enter the final week of the Kickstarter campaign.

For those who will be building their own NTH enclosures, we have started to experiment with some online panel fabrication services.   Yesterday we ordered panels for an NTH enclosure from Ponoko.  We are also going to try Big Blue Saw.  Once we evaluate the results, we’ll share images and advice.

We have published the NTH firmware update how-to.  The process of updating the NTH’s firmware takes less than a minute.  We hope that NTH hackers will publish firmware modifications for use by the entire community.

Finally, we have a new video that features 2 NTHs synced in an improvised jam.  When the NTH receives MIDI sync, it passes the signal thru to its MIDI out port.  This makes it possible to “chain” the NTH with additional NTH units or other devices.

Thanks for reading and watching!

New Video: NTH Sequencing External Synth

Welcome, readers from Gizmodo and Make!

Thank you to our Kickstarter backers for helping the NTH surpass its funding goal. Thanks also for spreading the word–we hope to see a large community of NTH users sharing mods and techniques.

We’re not done yet. There is lots of NTH functionality to demonstrate. Today’s video shows the NTH sequencing an external synth.

There’s more to come. Thanks for reading and watching!

NTH MIDI Sync and Improv Videos, Kickstarter Update

Another huge thank you to our Kickstarter backers!

We would like to share our update plans for the remainder of the Kickstarter campaign:

  • Beginning today, we are posting a series of detailed demonstration videos to showcase various features of the NTH.  (Read on for the first video in the series!)
  • We are working on the t-shirt design so we can show you images before the funding period closes.  If you like the look of the NTH, we think you’ll like the t-shirt too.
  • We will continue to respond to your comments and questions.  Please keep the feedback coming!  We are enjoying the conversation.


The following video demonstrates how to use the NTH Music Synthesizer in MIDI sync mode with an external drum machine.


The next video is a montage of improvisation with the NTH synced to a drum machine.

NTH Music Synthesizer Now on Kickstarter!

The NTH Music Synthesizer is now available on Kickstarter.com.  The NTH is available for purchase from February 2, 2012 to March 1, 2012.

Upon successful funding, production of the NTH will begin and the entire design will be open-sourced.

The NTH is a fun-to-use, sonically-rich, hackable music synthesizer.  It features digital oscillators, an analog low-pass filter, an integrated step sequencer, MIDI I/O, and simple, intuitive controls.