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From Teenage Engineering
It's been over six years since teenage engineering released OP-1, the revolutionary portable all-in-one synthesizer which has now become an icon in the music industry. To be honest, many were skeptical at launch, labeling it as a toy and not a real synthesizer because of its color coded knobs, its creative user interface, and for some it was just because of its size – a synthesizer has to be big to sound big right?
Today, with the introduction of the all new OP-Z, we will push the boundaries even further. This time the machine is so small we guarantee it will upset you. It’s about half the size of OP-1, but comes with more DSP power that consumes less energy so now you can fly the Atlantic 2 times back and forth, sequencing complete songs on 16 dedicated tracks before you run out of power. When ready to land, just slide it in your inner pocket. Still, OP-Z is about a lot more than just composing music. The Z stands for the third dimension, the depth, the creativity involved in making music. Imagine animated art and videos that accompany your live show, or sequenced lighting, all the way down to composing your own interactive software. Some people would call a device like this a dream machine.
We call it OP-Z.
From Russo Music
The learning curve on OP-Z is surprisingly short compared to its predecessor, almost living somewhere in between the Pocket Operators and the OP-1. When you take it out of the box the first thing you notice is the stunning design. Clean, simple, lightweight, great textures. It’s all function and with a couple of quick tips you’re on your way. The quick start guide can get you from 0-60 with minimal effort. Learning the interactions between the multi-function buttons is the key and it’s not overwhelming. Keep in mind, that at this point, we still have no screen. When you’re ready, go ahead and download the OP-Z app. It pairs quickly and you’re on your way. With the app you can:
At roughly half the price of OP-1, the OP-Z is just as fun. Maybe even more fun due to its sleeker, more stripped down design and it’s never before synth to multimedia integrations.
After purchase, there are additional downloads available on the Teenage Engineering website, the latest of which is a collaboration between TE and Capcom. The Street Fighter and Mega Man Videopaks add a new appealing visual representation and additional musical add-ons.
- Control your sounds with a visual component (which you were doing by colored knobs alone a few minutes ago). You can use the knobs or the touchpad on the screen to adjust each control.
- Take snapshots with your phone through the app, or use your camera roll. Photos are assigned to keys and can be played through with your compositions.
- Control Unity programmed video animations (it comes loaded with 2 at time of release)
- Add in sound packs for the various instruments via drag and drop.
- Control DMX lighting rigs
- And tons more.