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NS Design Unveils NXTa Active Series Omni Bass and Double Bass Models

NS Design has teamed up with Mi-Si Electronics Design to introduce the NXTa Active series of instruments, including versions of the company’s Omni Bass and Double Bass models. Central to the new series is the introduction of battery-free, high-performance active electronics. The circuitry works is powered by plugging into a wall socket for one minute at a time.

“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,” NS Design explains. “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.”

It also works in passive mode just like the original NXT series and can be used with an amplifier with a high impedance input or any amp with a direct box. The company adds that “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.”

The NXTa Omni Bass and Double Bass each come in four and five string versions and carry most of the same specs as their NXT counterparts. The new Omni is an electric upright bass with a 34-inch scale and TransRadius fingerboard to get close to the feel of a bass guitar. It’s built with a solid maple body and neck that are fitted with a Polar Pickup system.

The NXTa Double Bass is aimed to feel more like a traditional double bass with a full 41.73″ scale length. It’s also fitted with the Polar Pickup system.

Both the NXTa Omni Bass and Double Bass are made in the Czech Republic. They’re available now with MSRP’s of $2,289 to $2,499 for the Double Bass and $2,439 to $2,609 for the Omni.

NS Design NXTa Active Omni Bass Specs:

Length:113 cm (44″)
Width:15 cm (5.7″)
Thickness:10 cm (4″)
Weight:3.2 kg (7 lbs.)
Scale Length:86 cm (34″)
Strings:4 or 5
Body/Neck:Solid, straight grain maple, with maple face (Satin Black model) or flame maple face (Sunburst model) on body.
Fingerboard:Hand-graduated, asymmetric. Intonation referenced with cascading dot markers & side dots.
TransRadius Profile:The fingerboard radius at the nut is 9-1/4 inches. At the end of the fingerboard near the bridge, the radius is 2 inches.
Truss Rod:Single Action, accessible at nut.
Tuning Hardware:12:1 ratio, fully encased worm gear tuners, black finish.
Bridge Pickup:Polar Bridge System
Electronics & Controls:Rotary volume control, with push-pull selection between Active and Passive output mode; Tone control (treble roll off); Arco/Pizzicato toggle switch.
Performance Support Systems:Boomerang Strap System (Standard), Frame Strap System, NXT Tripod Stand, Cr Tripod Stand, Bass End Pin Stand, Bass End Pin Stand Conversion Kit
Case:Gig Bag (Included), Flight Case (Optional)

NS Design NXTa Active Double Bass Specs:

Length:132 cm (52″)
Width:15 cm (5.7″)
Thickness:10 cm (4″)
Weight:4.8 kg (10.5 lbs.)
Scale Length:106 cm (41.73″)
Strings:4 or 5
Body/Neck:Solid, straight grain maple, with maple face (Satin Black model) or flame maple face (Sunburst model) on body.
Fingerboard:Hand-graduated. Intonation referenced with cascading dot markers.
Truss Rod:Single Action, accessible at nut.
Tuning Hardware:12:1 ratio, fully encased worm gear tuners, black finish.
Bridge Pickup:Polar Bridge System
Electronics & Controls:Rotary volume control, with push-pull selection between Active and Self-Powered output mode; Tone control (treble roll off); Arco/Pizzicato toggle switch.
Performance Support Systems:NXT Tripod Stand (Standard), Frame Strap System, Boomerang Strap System, Cr Tripod Stand, Bass End Pin Stand, Bass End Pin Stand Conversion Kit
Case:Gig Bag (Included), Flight Case (Optional)