Jim spent some time with the Nonlinear labs C15 - an extremely playable instrument with Reaktor technology at its core. The C15 is the creation of Stephan Schmitt - one of the original founders of Native Instruments. Its a very high resolution players instrument, with velocities and parameter values and other physical control elements that resolve into thousands of steps, making it very responsive.
"I sat down with the C15 not knowing what really to expect and what I found was an instrument that begged to played. Expressive in ways that only FM can be with a couple of assignable ribbon controllers that span the width of the instrument, and with a button for every parameter, the C15 is truly inspiring to play. I didn’t want to stop. Mostly cinematic and pad type sounds featured here though there are many keyboard, string and brass-type presets as well."