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What is NXT 1.0? It is a collection of 100 Programs for your Kurzweil PC3, PC3LE or PC3K (note: the SP4 is currently not supported). It consists of ten synthesizer "models" with ten presets apiece. Each model exploits a unique form of synthesis, and most of the models use synthesis that can only be done via VAST on the PC3-series instruments. A video manual is available online via the Poser's Kitchen YouTube channel: NXT 1.0 Video Manual
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Here is a description of the synth "models" included in NXT 1.0:
PLINK: Useful for lead synth and piano sounds. You can switch between lead synth and piano -style envelopes using the mod wheel.
AteBit: Useful for computer-music-ish sounds and various synth sounds.
ForM: Sandwiches two formant filters in parallel between three FM Operators. Useful for horn-like sounds and other things where you want to emulate a resonant body.
BAD: Two oscillators, one a variable pulse width square wave, the other a variable shape Sawtooth wave. Both exhibit little to no aliasing. These are mixed and passed through the "Mogue" 4-pole lowpass filter.
BLOW: Bandpassed noise through DIST and into SHAPER, then into a PITCHER effect block with PITCHER set to track the lowest note played. This can be useful for sounds that have a pronounced "chiff" (such as blowing on a glass bottle) and other effects. Try using the included replacement Control Setup and the arpeggiator -- enter an arpeggio pattern on the higher-pitched keys, engage SusLatch (Program button 8 in the included Control Setup), then play some bass notes.
FAM: One AM "Operator" and one FM Operator in series, with a non-resonant filter at the end of the chain. This simple arrangement can do more than either AM or FM alone, since AM and FM produce different sets of side bands.
WHUT: Exploits a SHAPED SAW wave passed through two WRAP blocks. There is no pitch tracking on the SHAPED SAW, instead the amount of WRAP is tracked across the keyboard. This, surprisingly enough, can produce sounds that play across the keyboard in a normal 12-tone scale at certain settings. It can be used for sound effects and general sonic mayhem.
Ole Miss: Similar to WHUT, but with some modifications to make it sound "nicer". This employs pitch tracking on SHAPED SAW, but most of the time the pitch is too low to hear without using WRAP (which, by its nature, raises the pitch of the sound). I've found this to be very useful for older-style synth sounds. It also contains my implementation of free-run oscillators.
PADMAN: A pad-generation "model". Included are 8 Keymaps that have been modified to play "forever" (with the modwheel all the way up) to create evolving sound texture. Uses a sine wave LFO to play through four "slots" that each modify the keymap in a different way. The speed of the LFO can be controlled manually or be tempo-locked via the SW button.
SIMPLR: A simple Keymap-manipulation model. Load up any keymap in the first Layer and play around with the sliders, basically. You have control over two different volume envelopes -- with SW off, you are controlling a synth-like envelope that will sustain forever. With SW on, you can control the "natural" envelope for the keymap. Useful for all sorts of sounds, but generally works best on sounds with relatively simple spectra (single-cycle waveforms, electric pianos, non-KB3 organs, etc).
Also included is a replacement Control Setup, which re-maps the Program select buttons to the following functions:
button 1: Monophonic/Polyphonic play mode
button 2: Portamento on/off
button 3: Portamento time 1 (portamento time 2 when you turn it off, fastest) -- slower
button 4: Portamento time 3 (portamento time 2 when you turn it off, fastest) -- slowest
button 5: Arpeggio note length -- 1/4 note
button 6: Arpeggio note length -- 1/8 note
button 7: Arpeggio note length -- 1/16 note
button 8: Latch. This will latch currently-held notes while allowing you to play along with the arpeggiating notes.
Sustain Pedal: With arpeggio off, acts as normal sustain pedal. With arpeggio on, acts as "Latch". You can hold down the pedal and add notes to the arpeggiating pattern, then hit button 8 and take your foot off the sustain pedal to keep those notes playing while you play other notes. Pressing on the sustain pedal again will allow you to add more notes to the pattern currently playing.