A KEYBOARD NF-1... ?
Will there ever be a keyboard NF-1? Well, a little time ago we built a 44-key plastic casing prototype. And it works, but it has some flaws...
A keyboard version will need to be strong and robust, even more than a desktop synth. The keyboard mechanics can be delivered more or less complete by Fatar, that's not a problem. And the knobs and buttons can be the same as on the desktop NF-1. But there's no simple off-the-shelf thing you can use as pitch bend/modwheel. 3D printing didn't give the necessary precision, and plastic moulding becomes prohibitively expensive for smaller production numbers. Or should we make a version without PB/modwheel... ?
Also, if we use the same 2mm steel casing as for the NF-1, things may become really heavy... So we would need really strong packaging to avoid shipping damage, and shipping may become very delicate and expensive... Or maybe a standard included dedicated flightcase?
So, for now the keyboard NF-1 is on hold. It seems us too much of risk, and by trying to reduce the risk, the keyboard NF-1 would get too expensive. But never say never, maybe a very limited edition one day? Share us your thoughts... !
A little secret... Our keyboard prototype has CV/Gate inputs :-)