Portable (no computer) OP-1 connection with morph... is it possible?

I bought the morph mainly to control my Teenage Engineering OP-1 portably. I do not own a computer. This has been very difficult when dealing with the Morph. At this point I drive 20 miles to use the sensel app at a friends house where I did develop a template to control my OP-1 with the production, thunder, piano and drum templates. No small task. I saw in an earlier thread someone had connected a OP-z using a standard micro USB to mini USB cable, so my cable arrived and my templates didn’t work it was a bit of a WTF moment. Ohh… op-1 doesn’t host midi. Welcome to the learning curve where thing turn out not to be what they seem. At this point I have a bunch of hours into this trying to figure it out and I can’t.

Things I’ve tried:
Updated all firmware
Low power mode on and off on the morph
Kenton USB to midi host mkII + 3 different USB hubs
Sending midi from morph usb to Kenton, Midi out kenton to Analog Heat midi in, AH midi thru usb into OP-1
Directly connecting usb

Even though I tried the all of these I’d rather not be connected to the wall. Kinda the reason I bought a controller with an internal battery, but I’ll take any solution at this point. any help is much appreciated.

Sorry this is such a hassle. Both the OP1 and Morph require a USB host for MIDI operation. That is, they have a USB-B port. Hosts have the USB A port. As a result, they are difficult to easily connect to each other - they would both need a host device such as a kenton USB host, or a computer. Of course, the computer could be as simple as a raspberry Pi.
As a portable controller, it’s best to connect the Morph via bluetooth to an iOS device. It’s e weird that you are having problems, but the steps to clear things up are to go to the iOS Bluetooth prefs, “forget” the Morph device (click on the “i” in a circle, then disconnect and forget). Then turn bluetooth off. Do this for all iOS devices you’ve tried to connect to. Then, turn on the Morph power (no USB) and wait for the blue status LED. Then “double click” the power button on the morph - the status LED will blink, then turn blue again, advertising to nearby bluetooth receivers.
Now go to your iOS device, turn bluetooth on, then pair with the Morph. Now open Animoog and connect via bluetooth MIDI.

Thank you for up for running me through the Bluetooth situation. That did work and I can now play my pad via morph with no attachments! I spent about a half hour(the only music I’ve played in the last 4 days) and I feel so much better.
I guess I could but some more iPad apps and forget about using it with my op-1… such a bummer though. Seems like the fix with the sensel morph is always just throw more money at it. I’m Only using animoog out of curiosity. It’s fun but very limiting/specialized. I feel I would need to buy many such apps and upgrade my iPad (I’m on a ipad4 still) in order to take advantage of that “world”. Yes more money indeed. Most of us are starving artists, especially these days. I wish companies took that into account. I have an existing act that uses ,y op-1. I still get some gigs even with covid and it would be nice to not have to write a whole new act because of my controller issues. My current controller for the op-1 is my iPad but So far I do not like any of the controllers I have found on that platform. Trying to make it work. Not going to eat much this month because of the costs of this device. Guess I just get to play my iPad instead. Thanks for the help. Please keep working on improving this devise.

On a different note I cannot seem to play a velocity under 32 or over 100 no matter what I do.

I just want to get back to playing music and stop the update/connect/register/download/implant file/contact service/repeat.
This has been aweful!

My next approach it to order a USB on-the-go connection. Does anyone here have experience with USBotg? It is stated that this provides a midi host, it this possible?

I had success at first but It seems that every time I want to connect to my ipad from the morph I have to go through this entire process. Is this the way it is supposed to work or am I doing something wrong. Also this method only works about 30% of the time. Sometimes the morph is never able to connect to animoog even though it’s connected to the pad. And sometimes it will connect for a split second and then turn off. Not in low power mode. Should I be? I tried that and it didn’t work either.

Still trying to get the single Kenton to work…
I read this on the Kenton site:
“To the best of our knowledge all other “Class Compliant” USB MIDI keyboards do work. We get a lot of enquiries about the Yamaha P-105 & P115 pianos and the Teenage Engineering OP-1; all of these definitely work fine.”
So I ordered a micro USB otg cable to come out of the morph, then into a hub midi interface cable, and then into the Kenton, then out of the USB of the Kenton into the OP-1.not sure it will work. Just throwing money at it hahahahahaa.
Speaking of that it seems there is a device that costs more than the Kenton of course but might be just the thing the morph needs.


By using a simple (and included) OTG Adapter cable you can even connect plain 5V power and a USB hub to the RK-006 and host multiple USB-MIDI devices. The RK-006 will interconnect them and merge them together with the existing hardware ports. And because one USB-cable can route a whole lot more than just a MIDI-In or MIDI-Out we added extra filtering to specifically target these USB devices as well." -RK

I feel it would very much benefit your company to familiarize yourself with this product and look into USB otg tech to help package some connections for people to use.

I have the RK005, but not the 6. It looks like it could be the bridge between the OP1 and Morph. They are friendly people- might be good to contact them and confirm.

Yes it certainly looks that way. I have some cables coming in the mail to try adding a USB otg host to the Kenton USB midi host mkII in a similar way as what RK has put together with the RK-006. I have also emailed him about my setup and how USB otg is implemented in his system(and what exactly it is). I will keep the community informed of my findings as there seems to be little knowledge in this regard and a great need for it.
i feel these connectivity issues that many people are experiencing with your product will be ONE of the largest difficulties with this product taking hold in the market as well as being integrated into people’s workflows. As the knowledge about streamlined ways of connecting to various setups comes about I hope that you might be able to create media to inform the uneducated public such as myself. Although this would no doubt take effort, it would create a much better user experience and I feel it would increase sales and possibly get you guys the funding you need for R&D/coding.
We are your lab rats at this point so please treat us with some understanding of that.

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And if you have not done so already, use the sensel editor to diable MPE and use a single channel standard midi. I wouldn’t be sure how the OP1 reacts to multiple midi channels.

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Yes thank you, I have tried this.
I have been able to connect through use of an IPad but not without yet. I have tried many things including a Kenton USB host and USB otg connectors and midi interfaces. Still no luck. Might have to buy the RK-006.

Unfortunately, after reading the thread, I remained with nothing. I would appreciate it if you tried and explained how to make that connection in simple words.