THE NXTa ACTIVE SERIES VIOLIN – AVAILABLE IN 4 OR 5 STRING, TRADITIONAL AND FRETTED VERSIONS – OPENS UP A NEW HORIZON FOR THE SERIOUS MUSICIAN SEEKING TO PLAY A WORLD-CLASS ELECTRIC VIOLIN ON A LIMITED BUDGET.
These instruments, crafted in the Czech Republic by the makers of NS Design’s renowned CR Series, bring world-class design and craftsmanship to a surprisingly affordable price range and, with a visual appearance as striking as its sound, the roadworthy NXT is an exciting and reliable partner for the most demanding performance career.
Light weight and perfect balance are critical performance factors for any electric violin and the NXTa Series tops the charts as one of the lightest electric models on the market. Weighing in at just 585g (610g for the NXT5a Violin), the NXTa range pioneers special carving techniques to reduce the weight of the maple body, while preserving extraordinary rigidity and striking good looks. Ultralight tail-mounted tuners allow precise adjustment, easy string changes, and keep the balance point of the instrument close to the shoulder for maximum comfort.
Using set screws, the rock-maple bridge can be readily adjusted to the desired action height – high and powerful, low and fast, or anywhere in between. NS Electric Strings, and all other traditional violin strings fit NS violins, allowing the player to select from many different string options, each with a unique sound and feel.
Additional weight is saved by advanced Polar™ piezo technology that eliminates the need for heavy on-board batteries and circuitry. The self-powered Polar electromechanical transducer, although technically referred to as a passive pickup, is anything but passive, with a higher output than many active systems. The result is unsurpassed dynamic range, clarity, and sheer power.
The dual mode Polar pickup responds to both lateral string vibration for bowing, and vertical vibration for pizzicato playing (a body-mounted two-way switch lets the player change modes easily). The resulting sound retains the essential timbres of a fine acoustic violin, but is easily modified – via on-board controls or post-processing – to suit any sonic palette.
Dual Mode Output
New NS Design dual mode signal output electronics take the convenience, versatility and performance capability of the NXTa to another level.
Active Mode – Using the supplied charger, the NXTa connects into any AC outlet for 60 seconds, powering the capacitor powered active circuit for up to 16 hours of performance time. The instrument can then be plugged straight into any low or high impedance device, no direct box necessary.
Since there is no signal loss over the full frequency spectrum of the instrument, the fundamentals of every note remain clear and strong, even with extra-long cables.
Passive Mode – The NXTa can be played in this mode when using a direct box or an amplifier with high impedance input. This mode provides performance capabilities identical to the original NXT.
Eco-Friendly Operation – NXTa instruments are battery-free, eliminating the hassle and cost of batteries while helping protect our environment.
Custom Shoulder Rest
This instrument is one of the lightest performance electrics on the market and comes equipped with the NS Custom Shoulder Rest whose malleable padded aluminium base can bend and mold to the surface to the chest and shoulder and is designed to be physically formed by the player to fit the body perfectly for maximum playing comfort. The Custom Shoulder Rest features a foam-padded malleable aluminium base, which the player can bend and mold to the surface of the chest and shoulder. A wide range of height and angle adjustments can be made while the instrument is in playing position. The ergonomically contoured ebony chinrest is designed to work in tandem with the Custom Shoulder Rest for control, comfort and security.
For even greater player versatility, the NXTa also accepts NS Design’s revolutionary optional Balanced Shoulder Rest, which replaces both the supplied chin and shoulder rests and effectively “floats” the instrument in the desired playing position.
Hardshell Case Included
The NXTa Viola ships with a custom Cordura® covered hardshell case, with handle, shoulder strap and separate compartments for shoulder rest, charger, accessories and bows plus an exterior zipper pouch (loaded weight: approx. 3.2kg / 7lb).
User Manual << NS Design NXTa Violin + Viola User Manual
NS Design NXTa Series Violin
|Construction||Solid, straight grain maple body & neck|
|Finish||Maple face with Black Satin finish or flame maple face with Sunburst finish|
|Body Reference Bout||Black-dyed maple bout on treble side provides standard violin reference; Easily removable for unrestricted neck access|
|Fingerboard||Hand-graduated ebony, with asymmetric relief • NXTa violins are also available with fretted fingerboards|
|Bridge||Black-dyed maple; Height adjustable via screws on back of body|
|Pickup||NS Polar™ bridge mounted, directional piezo pickup system|
|Controls||Rotary volume control, with push-pull selection between Active and Passive output mode • Tone control (treble roll off)• Polar Pickup Arco/Pizzicato toggle switch|
|Tuning Machines||Precision 40:1 fine tuners mounted behind the bridge; Automatic string clamping for quick, easy string changing|
|Weight||NXT4a : 585g (1.3lb) • NXT5a : 610g (1.34lb)|
|Scale Length||33cm (13″)|
|String Spacing||@ Bridge: 33.5 mm (1.32″) / @ Nut: 16.2 mm (0.64”)|
|Strings||NS Design/D’Addario Medium tension, stranded steel core (NS310) as standard; Compatible with standard violin strings|
|Accessories||Ebony Chin rest + NS Custom Shoulder Rest – Ergonomic foam pad support, fully adjustable for height and angle|
|Case||Cordura® covered, form-fitting hard foam core • Loaded weight : approx 3.2kg (7lbs)|
The NS Design Polar™ Pickup System
THE POLAR™ PICKUP SYSTEM allows the player to select the direction of response to control attack, sustain, and bow response characteristics. The result is an exciting new dimension in string instrument performance, featuring:
- Powerful dynamics
- Rich, full sound
- High sensitivity to the bow
- Sustained pizzicato
- Extended versatility
As a player, you may not think about the direction your strings are vibrating, or even be aware that string vibrations on a musical instrument are polarized in relation to the fingerboard and the motion of the plectrum and bow. Yet direction is one of the most significant factors influencing the tone and response of a stringed instrument. In fact, instruments from the violin family are different from the lute or guitar in large part due to the effects of string polarization.
The bow drives the string back and forth in the direction of the bow, while at the same time it suppresses the up and down vibration. You can see this effect with the naked eye by watching the wide excursion of the lowest strings when bowed. From the front, you can see a wide lateral pattern of string vibration, but looking from the side you can see almost no pattern at all. Instruments in the violin family have a tall bridge in combination with an asymmetrical support structure of bass bar and sound post that efficiently translate the sideways motion of the bowed string into sound.
The Polar pickup responds with a high degree of lateral sensitivity and vertical rejection that is tailored to mirror the polarity of the bowed string. The result is a remarkably dynamic, rich tone that responds effortlessly to the bow.
The Polar pickup takes this concept one step further, and is able to switch from lateral to vertical sensitivity, which is ideal for pizzicato. Unlike the violin, a flattop guitar or lute respond in the vertical direction, to minimize the plucked attack and store energy for longer sustain. With the touch of a finger, the polar pickup can switch from lateral to vertical mode. In the vertical mode the attack is controlled for a sustained, singing pizzicato response. The lateral mode has the opposite effect, and the plucked response is extraordinarily percussive, like a traditional bowed instrument, only more so. This dual capacity allows the player to control attack and decay, adding new expressive potential to the violin family of instruments.
All NS Design instruments are equipped with the dual-mode Polar Pickup System.
On EU and CR Series instruments, active bass and treble EQ controls combine with the Polar pickup options to provide tremendous tonal range. Additional magnetic pickups, switching and associated pre-amp circuitry vary from model to model.