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Checking out the Beatsurfing app:
New set up test three. Now that other gear can be used in conjunction with the op1, I was able to try out a new midi controller app for the iPad : Beatsurfing.
Imho, its the best ‘build a midi controller’ app that has been made so far. It is designed in a way that is more conducive to working with a PC and software synths, however, there is still a lot that can be done in an all hardware setup like mine.
This video shows a template I have created. In this test of the app, I chose to try and keep it simple with focus on being musical rather than create a complex setup where I tend to lose the music along the way.
A cover of warm leatherette by the normal put together on a teenage op1.
“Warm Leatherette” was released as the B-side to “T.V.O.D.”, the only single by Miller’s musical project The Normal. It was the very first release on his Mute Records label, and an early example of the then-burgeoning industrial music genre. The lyrics of the song reference J.G. Ballard’s controversial 1973 novel Crash.
Miller plays a series of sawtooth waves on a $150 Korg 700S synthesizer. It was recorded in his apartment using 2 ReVox B-77 tape machines. With ‘Mute 1′ written on it, it sold thirty thousand copies
And here’s the original version:
“O.K HERES A PUZZLE, THE NORMAL,ROBERT RENTAL BECOMES DANIEL MILLER.
THERE WAS NO VID FOR THIS SONG,SO I MADE ONE UP FROM A LIVE CLIP FROM WHEN DANIEL MILLER GIGGED WITH ROBERT RENTAL AS THE NORMAL,THIS WAS THE ONLY SINGLE FROM THE NORMALSO ENJOY.”
Demonstration video of the Teenage Engineering OP-1 portable synthesizer by Nigel Mullaney & Ray Sherwin from Mazmoneth.
A quick tutorial how to timestretch a loop on the OP-1, it is a bit of a hack but works quite well in a lo-fi way, here is how it works, the value LFO is assigned to loop direction, with a fast speed the tempo will change without affecting the pitch, seems to work best with vocals or beats. Enjoy!
Teenage Engineering introduced an update to the OP-1 at Frankfurt with various new features.
Get ready for the new OP-1 OS. This time we´ve focused on instant fun. Yet, under the cute surface there´s some serious research and development to make your OP-1 even more intuitive and inspiring. So don’t get shocked by the kooky gorilla drummer or the ol´skool drum synthesizer, because we are serious about making music more amusing than ever before.
You asked for more sequencer patterns. You got it. You’ve had wet dreams about instant fill-ins? You got that to. Chaining patterns? Check. Add a truly inspiring visual interface on top and you get the Finger sequencer. Now you have 14 polyphonic patterns that you can chain, mix and replace at your fingertips. Everything in perfect sync. Super easy to use and more fun than ever. It’s almost like a musical auto-pilot!
The Finger sequencer has a 32 step pattern per key. And every pattern is polyphonic which means you may enter a complete melody on every single key. A pattern has an adjustable length that lets you play a 4 step sequence on one key and a 32 step sequence on another.
Even the graphics change between synthesizer and drum mode.
As a part of making connectivity even more fun, we’ve added a quadruple MIDI Modulator/LFO. Now you can modulate four params at the same time by using external controllers over MIDI. A perfect companion to our Oplab Musical Experimental Board.
The OP-1 Controller mode now integrates out of the box with Propellerhead’s Reason 6.0.2. The Remote protocol is hooked up and ready to use.
Introducing a completely new drum Synthesizer based on two multi-shaped oscillators, a filter and a source mixer. With double envelopes you have the choice to shape any percussion sound, from hi-hats to kicks and snares all the way to fat bass sounds.
The perfect compliment to the Drum Sampler, mix up you beats with unique Drum Box synthesized sounds.
Create a full range of drum sounds from just eight parameters.
You travel. You have your OP-1 in your bag. Need to kill some time, right? As a part of the new OS update we included the game “ChopLifter”. You control your little helicopter by turning the four colored knobs. Use the wire and clamp to lift up things and transport them around the game world.
You have to figure out the magic key-combo to launch the game. Good luck, you’ll need it.
It’s a pretty darn hard game.
http://ohdratdigital.com The Teenage Engineering OP-1 is a synth, sampler, and virtual four track tape recorder all in a chassis that looks akin to a classic home synth instrument – the Casio VL Tone looks like it might have been a big design inspiration. In our epic review we go through our likes and dislikes about the instrument, show you some sounds, and show off a beat we made by performing it live.
Here’s a nice new video with the guys from Teenage Engineering:
http://ohdratdigital.com We caught up with David from Teenage Engineering at NAMM2012 to learn about the Teenage Engineering design philosophy, take a look at the new operating system, and learn about how the guys approach creating a synthesiser instrument. We have the OP-1 in the studio right now for testing with the new OS, video coming soon!
Teenage Engineering @ NAMM 2012 – OP-1 OS update
Cyril from MOOG shows off their new MINITAUR @ NAMM 2012
Arturia @ NAMM 2012 – MINIBRUTE
Livid @ NAMM 2012 – What’s New
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The Oplab Musical Experimental Board allows you to interconnect virtually any electronic musical instruments. And finally it’s just plug and play. No more hassle with one box for MIDI and another for CV or a third for USB. Oplab has it all in one place. Just connect your cables, set the appropriate scenario and experience a perfect sync. You could use a mouse to bend pitch, or use an old hard drive as a scratch pad. You can even turn your own body into a musical instrument (great if you are in the business of interpretive dance or you’re a stripogram) by wearing the TS-1 sneaker. A sensor attached to the show will trigger when you stomp your foot to the ground, and could trigger a kick drum or any other sample.
For all of these nifty little ideas, check out the OpLab page on Teenage Engineering’s website.