Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  

Teenage Engineering OP-Z Wireless 16 track Multitimbral Synthesiser

   0 reviews  -  1281 views
    Description
    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 4 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.

    compose with components.
    setting an individual track speed is a great way to
    overcome repetitive 16-step sequencing.
    settings go all the way down to one sixteenth of normal speed
    or incredible 256 programable steps on one single track.

    introducing step components
    centered around an advanced 16-track sequencer where all tracks run independently, OP-Z makes individual track speed and track length possible.

    in addition to this it's possible to add unique step behaviors to every one of the 16 steps: a feature we call step components. think of this as dual layer sequencing where the first layer is a traditional 16 step sequencer, while the second layer adds variation per cycle, note variation, micro sequencing, direction, parameter changes, re-trig's and much more, all on just one single step.

    in theory, it's possible to create a complete song by programming only the 1st step of the 16, using multiple step components to create endless variations, a technique recommended for experts and engineers only. seriously, in some situations it's actually almost impossible to predict the complete length of a sequence. so we created a special component for those situations named ’catch up’, that forces a track to exit at a certain step to stay in sync. in total, there are 14 components sorted into 3 groups: triggers, note variations and specials.

    all 14 components have 10 values and behavior programs. the product of all this is that you have 140 ways to alter just one single step. probably more than most people can handle.

    and to make step composing really intuitive and super fast, all keys are back-lit with multi-color leds with instant machine feedback, a must-have for poorly lit club gigs and late-night-in-bed composing. actually, the print on the unit itself is made with a special glow-in-the dark-paint.

    a pretty cool ’world's first’ for synthesizers.

    bring your own screen.

    OP-Z is a completely stand-alone synthesizer and composer, ready to to be used at anytime and anywhere, but for those of you who need that extra injection of vibrant graphics, interactive user interface and awesome synced animations to feel inspired, we introduce the concept of BYOS - bring your own screen. you already have the phone with that gorgeous retina display in your pocket, right?

    just download the OP-Z app, pair the two devices and you are all set. add cellular connectivity, wifi and powerful graphics processing to that and the concept certainly makes sense. all this tech when connected to the OP-Z adds several unique features. like using the phone's camera, snapping a series of photos and arranging them to a beat, creating a synchronized music video ’a-la-minute’.

    we support dropbox on ios as well, so transfer of your custom artwork on to your ios device will be instant and without cables. to eliminate any latency between image and sound, we ported the OP-Z sound engine to run simultaneously on your ios device. something we call ’dual domain synthesis’.

    photomatic

    snap a series of photos and sequence them to a beat. compose a song and create a completely synchronised music video ’a-la-minute’. the included photomatic feature is just pure instant fun.

    custom graphics

    by adding any artwork or a photo to your ios device camera roll or to a dropbox folder, you can create high quality custom graphics, patterns, color palettes or stop motion videos. anything can be animated in pace with your music.

    create your own world

    OP-Z is tailor made for unity 3D, the world's most popular multi-platform game engine. chosen because of its intuitive workflow and excellent VR support. a dedicated OP-Z toolkit for unity will be available at launch that opens up the entire machine.

    full unity 3D integration

    teenage engineering have worked closely with keijiro takahashi and the unity tokyo studio to fully integrate OP-Z with the unity game engine. as keijiro-san is both a full time software evangelist at unity and a renowned VJ at night, we have had access toa selection of keijiro-san's personally

    developed tools and shaders which deliver stunning 3D graphics that run at full speed on iphone or ipad. keijiro-san's tool-set and real life experience in performances with motion graphics have been invaluable in making OP-Z
    an inspiring live tool for moving images in sync with music.

    the weakest point of VJ-ing has always been the creation of content. by exposing the inner control data of the OP-Z and linking it to unity, users can create anything within unity, build the project and just drop the build to a dropbox folder. customizing every single polygon in a performance.

    if it don't have tape, it's no OP.

    the new tape feature is probably one of the coolest sonic features of the OP-Z. imagine a short snippet of tape secretly recording every thing that is programmed in the sequencer – all in realtime. and with its own dedicated track it's possible to sequence the tape, trig the in-point, length and speed. OP-Z will come with a range of tape reels with unique character and functions. scrub, scratch, wind-up and mess-up!
    Images
    Architecture
    Type: Digital
    Oscillators
    Oscillators: 16
    Oscillator Notes:
    16 individual and independent synthesis, sampler and control tracks:

    + kick
    + snare
    + percussion
    + sampler
    + bass
    + lead
    + arpeggio
    + chords
    + FX slot 1
    + FX slot 2
    + tape
    + mixer
    + midi
    + cv & trig
    + light
    + motion
    Envelopes
    Envelopes: TBA
    Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
    Filters
    Filters: TBA
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 16
    Timbrality: 16
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Polyphonic
    Patches
    Patches RAM: 160
    Storage: Internal
    Editing: Bluetooth
    Effects
    + upgradeable modular effects architecture
    + included effects: delay, reverb, filters, tremolo etc.
    Sequencer
    + 14 multi-program step components for advanced step sequencing.
    + Advanced multi-speed 16-track sequencer.
    + 14 multi-program step components for advanced step sequencing.
    + endless sequencing steps
    + track independent length
    + track independent speed
    + parameter locks
    + step recording
    + live recording
    + midi, cv and trig track sequencing
    + image and 3D graphics sequencing
    + DMX light sequencing
    Chips and Operating System
    Analog devices blackfin 70X DSP
    Cirrus logic audio co-processor
    1250 MMACS
    Case
    Case: Desktop
    Case Details: 6 axis motion sensor (g-force)
    Keyboard: 25 keys, Buttons, Plastic
    Controls: Buttons, Knobs
    Display Type: LED
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 212.5 x 10 x 57.5 mm
    Connections
    Audio Output Connections: 1/8" Phone Jack, USB
    Audio Output Count: 2
    Inputs: Integrated MEMS microphone
    Control Features: Bluetooth Wireless MIDI
    DAC Bits: 24
    DAC Frequency Rate: 48
    Production
    Year Released: 2017
    Manuals & Documents

    Product Links
    Company Product Sites:
    [+] www.teenageengineering.com
    Pricing
    MSRP List Price: TBA - convert
    Shopping
    YouTube Videos
    References & Sources
Sign in to follow this  


User Feedback

Create an account or sign in to leave a review

You need to be a member in order to leave a review

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

There are no reviews to display.


×