Teenage Engineering celebrates its modular range with a Lego mechanical LFO
The Stockholm-based developer posted three creative DIY projects to its blog using standalone modules from the POM series.
Not long since the release of its Pocket Operator Modular series, Teenage Engineering has made the modules comprising those systems available as individual units. With most priced at just £29, the modules ship as bare boards with knobs, so users are required to provide their own power and casing, plus additional panels if they wish to incorporate them into a Eurorack format system.
This also means the modules are primed for DIY projects and creative setups, something that Teenage Engineering expressly encourages. To demonstrate the modules’ bare-bones customisability, the company have posted three DIY projects on its blog. Most intriguing of these is a battery-powered mechanical LFO – that is, the parameter is moved by a physical external force instead of control voltage— made of motorised Lego.
Teenage Engineering makes no secret of its fondness for physical mechanical components in synthesis (just look at its OP-1 accessory kit), or for toys, so it’s a natural move. Check out the video below:
The second project is a Jamaica-inspired ‘Dub Siren From Space’, which Teenage Engineering says was “inspired by a little aluminium siren effect box that was lying around the office.” It’s made up of an LFO, a square wave oscillator and a PSU, all of which are available individuality from Teenage Engineering, cased in a sturdy aluminium chassis.
Thirdly, the ‘Business Modular’ project demonstrates the series’ compatibility with the Eurorack format (after a little adaptation). A USB-powered system housed in a plastic case (from Auer Packaging, if you’re curious), the system uses Eurorack front panels from Oddvolt and uses all the modules from Teenage Engineering’s POM-400 kit.
For more information on the modules, as well as the POM-170 and POM-400 kits, head to teenage.engineering
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