The new Web TV show Peeps (by Mutewatch), which is about people that have turned their passion into a business, interviewed Teenage Engineering Co-Founder Jens Rudberg for their very first episode. It’s an inspiring interview that goes over the background of Jens, going from developing PlayStation and web games to consultancy and eventually founding Teenage Engineering to develop the OP-1 synth. Peeps Episode 1 Jens Rudberg Full Interview
I wasn’t familiar with the big Reactable touchscreen table until I saw these videos of the OP-1 interacting with one. While not being very mobile, it looks like a very cool, but expensive way of experiencing your OP-1 and making music in a new way. Here’s what the uploader Jay Gilligan said about the videos on the OP-1 forums: In these videos first the OP-1 controls the Reactable through its midi puck, a block which can be put on the table which feeds midi from the OP-1 to control whatever other block is interacting with it on the surface. The […]
DJ Thomas White snatched up the latest beta version of the OP-1 OS at NAMM and posted this video of the DSynth in action. Here’s the original description of the video: DSynth is a new synthesizer engine that is the brother/sister of the “DBox” Drum synthesizer engine already in the current OP-1 operating system. DSynth shares many of the same features of teh DBox engine, but it is tailored specifically to chromatic sounds. In DBox you program a synthesized drum sound per per. In DSynth you program one primary sound that is playable across the keyboard. Features include cross-modulating oscillators […]
Here’s a new Kickstarter project featuring a circuit board synth that’s as quirky as its name. Ototo has a capacitive touch keyboard with connectors that you can attach to different objects to turn them into parts of your instrument. Yes, this device may remind you of Makey Makey with the crocodile clips and all, but more tailored to creating sound and musical instruments. There are four sensor inputs which control the different elements of the sound, one each for pitch and loudness and two that control the texture of the sound. You can connect different type of sensors to the […]
There’s a new OS coming for the OP-1 and Teenage Engineering showcased a very early beta stage of three new features in this Future Music video: Here’s a short description of what’s new: New Etch-a-sketch sequencer New D-Synth Global tune configuration No release date announced yet, but we can’t wait to try out the new stuff!
Elektron is looking to expand their current range of hardware synth & drum boxes with a new product that has just been teased on their YouTube channel. It sports the same looks as the A4 & Octatrack but with coloured pads. Check out the video below: More to look forward to at NAMM 2014!
The OP-School was recently opened by Teenage Engineering and provided a quick glance over the basics of the OP-1 synth laid out in four tutorial videos. Of course there is much more to the OP-1 than you can explain in 4 / 5 minutes per video. ZuluMonk takes the tempo back a notch and covers our favourite portable synth in greater detail from a musician’s perspective. Check out his four new tutorial videos below. Tape Tutorial: Drum/Synth/Tape Recording Tutorial: Mixer Tutorial: Drum Sampler Tutorial:
The OP-1 is an intuitive little synth. While you can get up and running very quickly, knowing all the ins and outs can take some time when you have no reference to resort to. Today, Teenage Engineering published 5 instructional videos for the OP-1 that go over the core functionality of the device. The ‘OP-School’ videos provide a clear visual overview a la Ableton’s demonstration videos, but in typical Teenage Engineering style. Official OP-School page
The OP-1 has a basic but nifty sampler on board with which you can sample from multiple sources. YouTuber ZuluMonk feeds a sample from his turntable into the OP-1’s line input and shows you how you can edit your sample and put it to use in your composition on the OP-1. Check out the video below:
One of my favorite YouTubers and OP-1 owners, Cuckoo, recently got his hands on the Stylophone S2 portable synth by Dubreq. Check out his video review below where he gives a demonstration of this new machine like no other. The OP-1 also stars as a tape recorder near the end of it. Be sure to check out all of Cuckoo’s videos on his YouTube channel