Tip 3: Add Some Creative control using the
OP-1 Accessory Kit.
The OP-1 Accessory Kit is a great way to squeeze even more creative juice out of the OP-1. These quirky little add-ons have been around for a while, but now they come bundled as an all-in-one package. Let’s have a look at what you get:
Crank it up! The Crank is a little winder attachment that fits on top of the OP-1's colour coded knobs. It provides a faster, more precise way to turn the knobs, but it’s really a lot more than that. In tape mode, you can manually scrub through the tape as though you were winding it in real life. A dedicated Crank Mode in the LFO menu lets you use crank to wind up sound parameters. In the sequencer, you can wind through phrases using the Endless sequencer as though it were a music-box. It might sound trivial, but Crank can wield some interesting results full of character and expression. You get 4 different coloured handles in keeping with the OP-1's colour coded knobs.
The Bender is OP-1's answer to the pitchbend control you find on most other synthesisers. It comprises of 2 parts – an orange plastic paddle and elastic band - simple but effective! The orange colour gives you a clue where it goes... you guessed it: on the orange knob. The elastic band attaches to the hooked end of the paddle, and then goes around the other encoders. When it’s fitted, the band keeps the paddle in a neutral position. When you put pressure on the paddle, the knob turns and the elastic band stretches. When you release it the band returns the paddle to its original orientation. This is mainly used with Bender in the LFO menu. With this, you can apply Bender to an array of different parameters linked with the sound engines and effects.
You may have noticed that design team at teenage engineering are probably a fans of Lego – evident from the Lego-style knobs on PO-Modular and the cross axle sockets on the OP-Z encoders. Brick Shaft is a Lego adapter for the OP-1. It allows you to add your own imaginative attachments with a cross axle. Perhaps a big wheel for easy control, or a cog turned by a series of gears attached to something else. You could even program automation with Lego Mindstorms. The simple Brick Shaft adapter opens up some pretty interesting avenues for creative control.
If you’re looking for a spark of inspiration, the FM Antenna could provide you with just that. Surf the airwaves and sample direct from radio – whether its voices, music or even just the random static between channels. You can record into the sampler engine, or direct to the tape as you would when sampling other external sources. Select the radio icon from your input sources, and scroll FM frequencies to tune into your next sample!