NS Design basses aren't your traditional looking guitars. Then again, when has builder Ned Steinberger ever done anything that isn’t against the norm?
NS Design has announced the next generation of its NXT series: the new NXTa Active series. With the NXTa series, Ned Steinberger and NS Design are introducing battery-free, high performance active electronics for the full family of NXT instruments, including the Omni Bass and Double Bass.
The new capacitor-powered custom circuitry, designed for NS Design by Mi-Si Electronics Design, integrates with the NS Polar Pickup System to provide two distinct signal output modes, bringing the convenience, versatility and performance capability of the NXT to another level.
Operationally, for Active mode, the user plugs the supplied charger into an AC outlet for 60 seconds to power the circuit for up to 16 hours of performance time. The instrument can then plug straight into any amp, low or high impedance – 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.
In Passive mode, as with the original NXT series, the NXTa can be used with an amplifier with a high impedance input, or with any amplifier using a direct box. In either mode, an important facet of the NXTa circuitry is "eco-friendliness" and convenience. NXTa instruments are still "green" and battery-free, eliminating the hassle and cost of batteries while helping protect our environment.
NS Design instruments are distributed in Australia via EGM Distribution.