Gear 2014

Hardware

Maschine MK2 (second hand)

Teenage Engineering OP-1 synthesizer (second hand)

Akai MPK25 Midi keyboard

Macbook Pro 2013

iPad mini

Software

Ableton Live 9 Suite

Maschine 2

Native Instruments Komplete 9

NI Razor

Synthmaster 2.6

Spline EQ

& iPad SW

I don’t really like that Akai keyboard. Although its only 25 keys, it’s super clumsy to have around and pads are super bad. Cannot get rid of it either as otherwise I would manage with OP-1 in midi mode, but it doesn’t have velocity sensitivity or proper pitch bend…

I have clearly more money than sense! You know, I’m just learning this whole electronic music production and I wouldn’t definitely need this much shit for that. Well, at least I should go pretty far with this setup! I have now my self inflicted ban on buying more gear. Should really learn all this first. And my girlfriend would kill me too! (Ok, if we will find a nice studio space I perhaps need to buy proper mid field speakers, but that doesn’t count, right?)

OP-1 and Lego Mindstorms

Ok, you can call me a nerd, that’s ok! Last year I bought a Lego Mindstorms robot set and when I realised that Teenage Engineering is having extra knobs which you can attach to your OP-1 and integrate it with Lego Technics parts I just had to buy those.

You can program the EV3 “brick” with easy graphical tools with your pc and send that program wirelessly (bluetooth or wifi).

OP-1 is having a funny little sequencer with which you can draw lines with knobs. I programmed EV3 to turn these knobs automatically, drawing a random sawtooth like figures.

Automatic noise machine! Perhaps I will enhance the program in the future so that you could do something more advanced with it. For example drawing random drum machine patterns would be fun.

Useful? Not so much. Fun? Definitely!