“Yes, it’s digital and we’re proud of it!” Modor Music make their intentions clear from the start. The NF-1 is fundamentally an eight-voice virtual analogue synth, but the rule book has been torn up and there are innovative new ideas applied in countless areas. The oscillators offer all the usual wave shapes, plus unique options like a ‘wind’ setting for wind instruments and ‘arc’ for arcade game sounds. There’s a conventional 12dB/oct resonant multi-mode filter, but there’s also a unique formant filter (the first of its kind in a hardware synth). The attention to detail is impressive.
What’s even more important from the perspective of making all these options accessible is the fact that the NF-1’s attractively designed front panel offers access to all of these parameters with minimal menu diving. As a result, it’s an inspiring, intuitive instrument that encourages experimentation, allowing you to explore the range of its sonic capabilities.