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#26 juiceciuj

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 09:51 AM

been having tons of fun with it in the car and in bed before sleep (much like the op1). missus has been fond of everything i've done when i plug it up to the car aux (or at least says she is). 



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Posted 21 November 2018 - 02:31 AM

Love it so far. Step components can take it into crazy generative territory. The synth engines are oddly basic, but I'm gonna start chucking my own samples on it soon so that shouldn't matter too much. Plus it seems possible to use the punch-in effects and tape manipulation to affect the sound in ways that aren't a total "glitch" cliche, which was surprising. I just wish it had a filter envelope!



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Posted 21 November 2018 - 10:39 AM

(or at least says she is). 

 

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 01:40 PM

The synth engines are oddly basic

 

Yeah this, but I remember reading/hearing somewhere that they would add more engines with future firmware updates ?

I'm currently trying to add polyrhythm to my productions, it just so easy with this unit haha. Really makes me want to jam at all time.



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Posted 21 November 2018 - 02:34 PM

Hey ...

How are you guys finding integrating this with other pieces of kit ? I do like it and I travel a lot for work so something like this would be neat , but , ... I wouldn't want to make tracks solely with this (without using it obv hard to say) ...

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 04:17 PM

I haven't even tried yet. I'm waiting on a USB-C to USB-A adaptor (the hub I use on my recent mbp whines when I plug it into the OP-Z; didn't want to risk something going wrong so I ordered a smaller one) and then I'll try using it with the nanoloop sync adaptor, and/or maybe my USB-MIDI interface. I think it'd pair nicely with my Elektron and/or Nord gear.


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Posted 21 November 2018 - 04:49 PM

 

The synth engines are oddly basic

 

Yeah this, but I remember reading/hearing somewhere that they would add more engines with future firmware updates ?

I'm currently trying to add polyrhythm to my productions, it just so easy with this unit haha. Really makes me want to jam at all time.

i'm assuming through app integration that there will be synth/sample packs that can be purchased and loaded.

 

Hey ...

How are you guys finding integrating this with other pieces of kit ? I do like it and I travel a lot for work so something like this would be neat , but , ... I wouldn't want to make tracks solely with this (without using it obv hard to say) ...

i just got a usb-c - mini-usb cable yesterday so looking to at least hookit up with the op1 and see what i can get. hopefully moving my whole studio in the next week or so



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Posted 25 November 2018 - 10:08 PM

Loving this thing so far. I'll chuck some recordings/videos online soon. Had a long train ride yesterday and managed to build up some nice early-2000s IDM on it. The master transpose feature is unexpectedly powerful, and provides some unpredictably awesome results, especially if you program a chord progression into your pattern and then try to riff off it by transposing it. Coupled with step components and being able to *sequence* the transpositions, I can imagine it'd be easy to get into some crazy semi-generative music. I'm imagining some of my videos could just be "meditations" where I don't actually do much apart from just letting the sequence play.



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Posted 26 November 2018 - 04:20 PM

Loving this thing so far. I'll chuck some recordings/videos online soon. Had a long train ride yesterday and managed to build up some nice early-2000s IDM on it. The master transpose feature is unexpectedly powerful, and provides some unpredictably awesome results, especially if you program a chord progression into your pattern and then try to riff off it by transposing it. Coupled with step components and being able to *sequence* the transpositions, I can imagine it'd be easy to get into some crazy semi-generative music. I'm imagining some of my videos could just be "meditations" where I don't actually do much apart from just letting the sequence play.

 

Yeah this master track transposition thing is awesome, but I don't think you can input step components to the master track. In fact, I don't think it's possible beside the 8 first tracks - which is sad really because yeah it would take the sequencer into really crazy territories.

 

Hey ...

How are you guys finding integrating this with other pieces of kit ? I do like it and I travel a lot for work so something like this would be neat , but , ... I wouldn't want to make tracks solely with this (without using it obv hard to say) ...

 

It might not be a satisfying answer to your question, but I finally tried to hook the OP-Z to my computer and make it work with Reaktor. It works great, I just used a little turnaround to use step components (midi data were coming from one of the synth tracks). Really makes me want to buy Reaktor and expand the possibilities of the synth engines.

 

I should receive a USB adapter tomorrow, I'll let you know how the OP-Z works with my hardware synths :)



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Posted 26 November 2018 - 05:47 PM

 I don't think you can input step components to the master track. 

 

Ah damn, yeah you're right (according to the guide; I didn't actually try it). Guess that's another feature request!



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Posted 28 November 2018 - 10:21 AM

Re : OP-Z integration within a studio. Finally tried to control the MS20 with it and it works great.

The only problem is that I can only use the kick track to send MIDI to the MS20 but it's a specific issue with that particular synth.

I can't wait to jam with that setup. I'll just put kick samples on the sample track and voilà!!

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 01:30 PM

Sounds promising



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Posted 30 November 2018 - 03:40 PM

(or at least says she is).


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Posted 01 December 2018 - 06:58 AM

I'm getting some nice weird sounds out of this. It's almost a complete cacophony at the moment though, because I'm trying to exploit all of the automation, and also figuring out what I *can't* do with it, such as automate the arpeggio speed, and a few other parameters. I did end up settling into a nice industrial tech beat today though, which may turn into something interesting. I love how certain tracks can be excluded from the tape track and master track, and that the tape track can be further sent to the effects tracks. I'm sure that'd have to open it up to the possibility of some interesting feedback happening..

 

At first, almost every time I play with it, my tracks just sound like early 00s Nautilis or something.. which is not by any means a bad thing, but it's just funny how I fall into that pretty much every time. It gets weird quickly though when applying odd-length tape / performance / master chord tracks though.

 

I've also encountered some bugs that are difficult to replicate. The most annoying one is that sometimes the buttons will double trigger, which means sometimes when trying to copy a trig, it instead just turns it off and on again super quickly, as well as some other things. It's often hard to tell what's happening because I don't see the LED under my finger.



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Posted 08 December 2018 - 02:26 AM

I've made my first sample pack for the OP-Z, consisting of some noisy textural stuff from a 0-Coast; raw textures for shaping with the filter/envelope/effects. It's $5 but there's a link to a free, cut-down pack as well. 

 

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