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The NTH is an open source music synthesizer featuring instant fun, awesome sound, and a hackable design.
The NTH is an open source music synthesizer featuring instant fun, awesome sound, and a hackable design.
147 backers pledged $33,892 to help bring this project to life.

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We are proud to present the NTH MUSIC SYNTHESIZER: fun to use, sonically rich, and hackable by design.

INSTANT FUN

The NTH is designed so that a complete beginner can quickly craft incredibly varied timbres.  For the synth veteran, the NTH offers relief from layered menus and obscured functions.  The NTH puts a smile on the face of musicians and non-musicians, synth geeks and synth novices, children and adults alike.

AWESOME SOUND

We started with a PIC microcontroller and 8-bit DAC to create a dual-pitch oscillator with modulation by waveform, amplitude envelope, detuning, and glissando.  Then we added a gritty analog low-pass filter, integrated step sequencer, and simple, intuitive controls.  Your initial experimentation will quickly reveal an astonishing range of output: from sweet and sublime to raw, thrashing, and retro sounds.

HACKABLE DESIGN

The NTH is designed for easy modification:

  • The NTH's spare hardware DAC channel and electronics prototyping area await your experiments.
  • We've included an ICSP port for connection to the NTH's PIC16F microcontroller.  Use a low-cost USB programmer to modify, upgrade, or completely rewrite the firmware on your NTH.
  • If Kickstarter funding succeeds, we will publish the NTH Design Source Package, which includes the design files and source code for every detail of the NTH including electronic hardware, firmware, and enclosure.  The package will be available for free download from nthsynth.com.

SHIPPING

  • Backers inside the United States:  Each reward includes free insured ground shipping.
  • International backers (NTH or NTH PCB rewards):  Pledge the extra amount as noted in each reward description to cover insured USPS Express Mail International service.  If you prefer FedEx International Priority, please double the amount added for shipping.
  • International backers (t-shirt and flash drive reward):  Pledge the extra amount as noted in the reward description to cover USPS Priority Mail International service. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION...

We've posted the user manual, photos, and demo media at the NTH website:

NTHSYNTH.COM

We'll be posting more in the coming days.  Join us.

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    Thanks for funding the NTH! Your name and URL will appear on the backer list. The backer list will be published on nthsynth.com and also in the free-to-download NTH Design Source Package.

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    OPEN SOURCE HERO. We'll send you an NTH t-shirt and the NTH Design Source Package on a USB flash drive. You will also be included on the backer list. (International orders add $15.)

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    NTH PCB, 100% assembled and fully functional, WITHOUT AN ENCLOSURE. You will need to make your own housing for the synth--or just leave it naked! Plus an NTH t-shirt, NTH Design Source Package on flash, and inclusion on the backer list. (International orders add $60.)

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    LIMITED - FULLY ASSEMBLED NTH including PCB and laser-cut, laser-etched clear acrylic enclosure. Plus an NTH t-shirt, NTH Design Source Package on flash, and inclusion on the backer list. (International orders add $60.)

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    Pledge US$ 400 or more About $400

    FULLY ASSEMBLED NTH including PCB and laser-cut, laser-etched clear acrylic enclosure. Plus an NTH t-shirt, NTH Design Source Package on flash, and inclusion on the backer list. (International orders add $60.)

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    Pledge $600 or more About $600

    LIMITED TWO PACK - TWO FULLY ASSEMBLED NTHs including PCBs and laser-cut, laser-etched clear acrylic enclosures. Plus TWO NTH t-shirts and TWO flash drives loaded with the NTH Design Source Package. And inclusion on the backer list. (International orders add $75.)

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    Pledge $700 or more About $700

    TWO PACK - TWO FULLY ASSEMBLED NTHs including PCBs and laser-cut, laser-etched clear acrylic enclosures. Plus TWO NTH t-shirts and TWO flash drives loaded with the NTH Design Source Package. And inclusion on the backer list. (International orders add $75.)

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    Pledge $3,000 or more About $3,000

    RETAILER PACK. TEN fully assembled NTHs, each including PCB and laser-cut, laser-etched clear acrylic enclosure. You will also receive TEN NTH t-shirts and TEN flash drives loaded with the NTH Design Source Package. Plus inclusion on the backer list. (International orders: FedEx Priority International service only. Add $400.)

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Funding period

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