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The Oplab Musical Experimental Board is Teenage Engineering's surprise for this year's NAMM Show.

The Oplab Musical Experimental Board is designed to allow you to interconnect virtually any electronic musical instruments, according to TE. The company also says it's just plug and play.  In other words, this original device is designed to let you connect up all your MIDI, CV and USB gear using a single plug and play board.


You can purchase additional sensors, including the Tap TS-2 piezo microphone, Flip TS-3 accelerometer and Poke TS-4 pressure sensitive sensor.


One of the fundamental ideas behind Oplab is to let you connect things, toys or junk that you already have around you and to make it interact with your electronic musical instruments. In other words, you can grab a broken hard drive, rip it apart, connect and use it as a scratchpad. Or connect a mouse that can turn into a pitch bender.


With 2 x 12 bit switchable Digital in- and outputs you can interconnect more than just synthesizers: lights, LEDs, buzzers, motors, sensors...


Oplab has two standard USB host ports and one mini USB device port. So any mobile device or computer that sends MIDI over USB or can output a audio trig click sound will work as a controller or slave via your Oplab.


You can connect knobs, potentiometers and LEDs, add programming skills... The company promises a development kit in the near future.


OP-1 owners are advised that there will be future OP OS updates that will unlock more functions.


Oplab comes as a bare PCB. If you need protection you can go for the optional Eurorack mounting plate and mount it in your rack or build a custom case for your Oplab.


Technical Specifications

  • USB IN and OUT x 2. Plus one Micro USB. Oplab can act as Host unit.
  • CV IN or any Analogue INPUT
  • CV OUT or any Analogue OUTPUT
  • Program selection switches



The Oplab board costs €279 and the price of the sensors start at €45.


Visit Teenage Engineering for more details.

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