The ultimate OPL2 / OPL3 MIDI synthesizerDesigned by Cheerful Electronic in Netherlands
OPL Studio is an all-in-one MIDI controller and synthesizer controller with touch screen for the OPL3 Duo. It gives you ultimate control over all features the OPL3 has to offer. You can use it as a M…Read More…
OPL Studio is an all-in-one MIDI controller and synthesizer controller with touch screen for the OPL3 Duo. It gives you ultimate control over all features the OPL3 has to offer. You can use it as a MIDI player that gives a nostalgic Adlib or Sound Blaster sound using the built-in instruments. Besides playing MIDI, OPL Studio is a fully featured synthesizer controller with patch editor, drum and melody sequencers, mixer and composer.
OPL Studio has a 240x320 touch screen LCD and a cool retro looking Windows 3.1 / 95 style user interface. Besides the touch screen many of the controls can be changed using the two rotary controls on the front or from external control voltages and triggers.
The OPL Studio software runs on the powerful Teensy 4.1 (or 3.6) and is already very feature complete, but also still in development to bring more you features in the future.
OPL Studio, currently, does not have a built-in synthesizer. It requires an OPL3 Duo synthesizer to produce the audio. An OPL2 Audio Board is also supported, but I recommend using the OPL3 Duo because it has up to 36 audio channels, supports better sounding 4-OP instruments and allows panning. If you don’t have an OPL3 Duo yet then you can include it with your order. All in one units that also contain the OPL3 Duo synthesizer are coming soon.
For MIDI input you can connect OPL Studio with USB to your computer and it will show up as a MIDI device or you can use the MIDI in and out DIN connectors on the back.
You can either get OPL Studio as a kit that you build yourself or as an already assembled and tested unit. In the kit you get all parts (PCBs, components, LCD, Teensy, front panel, 3D printed enclosure) needed to build the kit. If you have a Teensy 3.6 or 4.1 already then you have the option to use your own.
The kit does not come with a micro USB cable. I assume that these days people have enough of these laying around…
Build instructions for the kit and the user manual for OPL Studio can be found here. These documents also contain instructions on how to connect an OPL2 Audio Board, how to update the software and how to recover from faults.
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