Battle 34 - Battery Operated

edited May 2015 in Battles
The focus of this battle will be to incorporate other mobile, battery powered gear with the OP-1.

-Any battery powered sound making device is permitted to be used as long as it is UNABLE TO CONNECT TO THE INTERNET.

-All facilities of the OP-1 are allowed, including FM radio and internal microphone.

-All tracks must be recorded and produced entirely within the OP-1 (no bouncing to a computer, importing from a computer).

Examples of acceptable tools:
Pocket Operators
Korg Volcas
Speak and Spell
Portable cassette players
Happy Meal toys
Old School Gameboy

Examples of unacceptable tools:
iPads/ tablets
Nintendo DS/ PS Vita
Smart phones

I'm sure there's more stuff that people will think of to use that runs on batteries, but just make sure you can't use it to go online.
Submissions should include a list of gear used in addition to the OP-1.
Submissions due Tuesday, June 2nd.

Get those summer jams on.


  • Nice! I'm in on this one!
  • :D hehe, a less restrictive brief than most, but I think most people will 'get' what this is about and we'll see some cool stuff.. I'm in, definitely :) 

  • Ok. Ooooh kaaaaay. I'm going to try this one, I think I have time.
  • Love it !!
  • Can't you run the new Electribe(s) on AAs/LR6s? Seems a bit of a heavy hitter outside the spirit of this, imo of course.
  • Great! I should reactivate my Game Boy Camera. 
  • What about effects pedals? 
  • If they're battery and aren't connected to the internet, I guess they're ok!
  • Great idea! My son has this cool (battery operated) toy synthesizer with a microphone that really distorts. I hoooooope it also has a headphone socket now!!
  • Sounds awesome.  Time to bust out the volcas and monotrons!!
  • "Monotrons, I invoke your power! "
  • This is a comp I gotta get psyched about, haha. Kinda overwhelmed to be honest.
  • Came up with some Avalanches sound with my Volca Sample tonigt.
    Not sure it's good enough for the Battle (I think the level is going to be very high for this one)

    A question though : life would be easier if I had an easy way to sync Volca to OP-1...
    Would you accept a configuration with an ICM4 within, or should I use an OP track for synchronization ?
  • I'm going to say 'no' on the iconnect midi or kenton or OPlab or anything that tethers the user to a wall socket. This battle is a celebration of the OP-1's place at the center of the new world of mobile electronic music production. Ok, ok... So the mpc500 has been around, and we've always had the sk1, CZ101, dx100, and the like, but there's never really been a tool as complete as the op-1 for the traveling electronic minstrel that did not also tempt its user to write an email or check facebook. I'm sure you'll find a way to sync everything quite nicely.
  • edited May 2015
    I'll just make a cross on the sync, I can live without ^^

    What about acoustic instruments ?
    Do they HAVE to be battery powered ?

  • Nice idea :)
    Is it possible to master the finished track on a DAW ?
  • @quarantequarte Mastering in a daw is not allowed.

    @lyingdalai I thought about the option to use acoustic instruments, but made no mention of them in the original post. On one hand, they are not battery powered. On the other hand, they provide an opportunity to use "all facilities of the op-1" with the built in microphone. I would probably say that it's ok to use them as long as they are recorded on the op1 directly or transferred from a battery powered recording device, but maybe some other people won't find that fair. I say go for it unless there is some backlash here. This also creates potential for people to include vocals in their tracks if no one speaks against it. Keep in mind a track might suffer in the voting phase if it lacks a certain op1 character as that may not be what listeners and voters are expecting (supposing you recorded a song just with a mandolin that lacked a certain electronic flair). I obviously cannot speak for everyone who may vote, so proceed as you wish.
  • edited May 2015
    Thanks for the answer Lymtronics.
    Then, it is possible to use a zoom microphone as it's battery powered :D. As LyingDalai, I was planing to record an acoustic hang drum.
  • I thought I could use some uke samples on my Volca Sample, but in fact it seems I HAVE to use a third device that would not comply to the rules.
    So I'll just use the original samples of the Volca.

    Very hard to come up with something I really like, but I'll try until I do.
    And try to forget that Witcher 3 is now fully installed on my wife's PC ;°)

  • @lyingdalai You could in theory use an iPod touch if you have one...

  • Nope, I don't, unfortunately
    But thanks for the suggestion ^^
  • klnkln
    edited May 2015
    @ghostly606 - all iPod touch models are equipped with wi-fi and can thus connect to the Internet. I don't think they meet the rules.

    other non-wi-fi equipped iPod models maybe are within the limits? those also need to tether to a computer (which is verboten) in order to contain content.

    I don't personally plan on using any iPods as a source...but seems a point that may be worth clarifying for others.

    I would think they belong on the list of "unacceptables"
  • You are quite right, my mistake!   
  • i will use my Oplab with my 5v powerbank to sync up things!

    first battle iam In! iam excited and have a lot of battery powered gear.


  • Here's my entry. Gear:


  • This is an awesome idea and i'm gonna try and get something ready to enter.

    On a battery operated tip, Nanoloop have just done an update for the GB versions that allows syncing with the Volca empire. more details can be found here but basically you just need to butcher a GB link cable, do the update and you're off. I asked the nano-guy if they could possibly sync with PO too and he said 'I don't know the PO's sync scheme. it should work with everything that uses one clock per step'.  Could be interesting but i just don't quite understand.... Eeek!
  • @Nawi77 That is awesome, thanks for the pointer to this new feature!
  • Here's my entry. I don't have too many battery-powered music making items, so I tried to improvise :) Featured on this track is stuff like a camera and a power drill. 

  • A rule question: I was planning to use my Microgranny 2.1 but it suddenly started to show a bizarre bug (can´t sample, a lot of noise, lights flashing), so I´m using my SP404SX (battery powered and I mean REALLY battery powered, as the power charger is missing right now) to sample some breaks from my iPod.

     It´s fair? If it´s not, it´s fair to use the samples already inside the SP? 
  • Just my humble opinion, but I'd think that's very much okay. If not, that would also rule out the Microgranny, Volca Sample, etc. 

    Or is there something special about the SP404SX that would possibly make it different? Email client? :)

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