po12madebigger

You’re going to need some bigger pockets. (Overalls?)

British-born, Kyoto-based Ally Mobbs has hacked the inexpensive Teenage Engineering PO-12 drum machine into a full-sized box. Instead of the tiny, fingertip-challenging buttons, you get nice, big arcade buttons. He’s also made a lovely-looking wooden case and a jack connector.

All in all, what you get is decidedly less mobile, but also nicer to play. I can imagine running even further with this board – perhaps MIDI and, if someone is very clever indeed, a “dock” so you can disconnect the PO-12 and get going.

This isn’t the only lovely object Ally has created. He’s also made an exhibition of works made for kids, including a kid-friendly MIDI controller.

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And there’s some excellent music to hear, too, under the heading “instrumental hip hop.”

http://www.allymobbs.com/

I really love the PO-12. Its all-digital sound source can be just massive – and it’s also not noisy like the inexpensive analog drum boxes currently on the market. I had a play with the calculator-style rubber case you can add to it. It leaves the bottom of the circuit board bare, but otherwise makes the PO-12 a lot more comfortable to use and finally something you might actually consider taking out of the house with you. It transforms the PO-12 into something resembling a fine Dieter Rams Braun product. I’m just waiting for mine to ship.

But I think it was an unexpected surprise getting this incredible, ultra-cheap machine – and you can actually make music on it.

Previously:
Nintendo Game & Watch Inspires Tiny, $59 Synths from Teenage Engineering [CDM Hands-on]

Now, maybe Ally will inspire some other hacks and mods.

  • Dubby Labby

    Love it! I must research a bit on those boards…

  • Dubby Labby

    Love it! I must research a bit on those boards…

  • Dubby Labby

    Love it! I must research a bit on those boards…

  • Chris Stack

    Good things come in small packages, especially if you add big buttons to them.

  • Chris Stack

    Good things come in small packages, especially if you add big buttons to them.

  • Chris Stack

    Good things come in small packages, especially if you add big buttons to them.

  • Will

    So good! The hack and the beat making!

  • Will

    So good! The hack and the beat making!

  • Will

    So good! The hack and the beat making!

  • Kinetic Monkey

    What do you mean maybe? lols his Beat Picnic project is amazing. check it out!

  • Kinetic Monkey

    What do you mean maybe? lols his Beat Picnic project is amazing. check it out!

  • What do you mean maybe? lols his Beat Picnic project is amazing. check it out!

  • Alex

    So she made a midi fighter…?

  • Alex

    So she made a midi fighter…?

  • Alex

    So she made a midi fighter…?

  • Really nice build work. Very appealing, love the quarter inch output and the clackety noisy action on the arcade buttons.

  • Really nice build work. Very appealing, love the quarter inch output and the clackety noisy action on the arcade buttons.

  • Really nice build work. Very appealing, love the quarter inch output and the clackety noisy action on the arcade buttons.

  • mdisquiet

    Very cool. And just to note, in reference to some of the comments, Ally is a guy. Here are some videos of him at work. The one with the kids is pretty great:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNwS95Uc8mU

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JX4l5DTymQ

  • mdisquiet

    Very cool. And just to note, in reference to some of the comments, Ally is a guy. Here are some videos of him at work. The one with the kids is pretty great:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNwS95Uc8mU

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JX4l5DTymQ

  • Very cool. And just to note, in reference to some of the comments, Ally is a guy. Here are some videos of him at work. The one with the kids is pretty great:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNwS95Uc8mU

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JX4l5DTymQ