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teenage engineering OP-Z Synthesizer and Multimedia Sequencer

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teenage engineering OP-Z Synthesizer and Multimedia Sequencer
Key Features
  • 16-Track Sequencer
  • 16 Synthesis, Sampler & Control Tracks
  • Multiprogram Step Components
  • MIDI, CV, Trig Track Sequencing
Building upon the success of the OP-1, the Teenage Engineering OP-Z is a portable all-in-one synthesizer and 16-track multimedia sequencer. The device can not only produce complete music tracks and sound effects, but is also capable of MIDI, CV, & trigger track sequencing, image & 3D graphic sequencing, and DMX light sequencing.
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teenage engineering OP-Z Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Sequencing
  • 3Instrument Tracks
  • 4General Features
  • 5Hardware

Building upon the success of the OP-1, the Teenage Engineering OP-Z is a portable all-in-one synthesizer and 16-track multimedia sequencer. The device can not only produce complete music tracks and sound effects, but is also capable of MIDI, CV, & trigger track sequencing, image & 3D graphic sequencing, and DMX light sequencing.

All 16 tracks can run independently, allowing for individual track speed and length. What's more, each step of the sequencer offers component sequencing, which adds variations per cycle, note variations, micro-sequencing, direction, parameter changes, re-triggers, and more. There are 14 different components, and each has 10 values and behavior programs, which totals 140 ways to alter a single step.

All keys are backlit with multicolor LEDs with instant machine feedback, a convenient feature for dark stages and poorly lit environments. Even the print on the unit uses a special glow-in-the-dark paint to keep you on point during a performance. There is no built-in LED screen. Instead, the OP-Z connects to your iOS device and takes advantage of its high-resolution retina display. A free iOS application pairs the two devices and further expands the feature set. Photomatic allows you to capture and arrange photographs into synchronized stop-motion photography with effects or import custom graphics and animate them in pace with your music. Media can easily be imported into the system via Dropbox. To eliminate any latency between image and sound, the OP-Z sound engine is ported to run simultaneously on your iOS device, which enables dual-domain synthesis.

Teenage Engineering have worked closely with Keijiro Takahashi and the Unity Tokyo Studio to fully integrate the OP-Z with the Unity Game Engine, allowing for stunning 3D graphics that run at full speed on an iPhone or iPad. The included toolset allows you to create your own graphics and 3D animation projects that can be integrated into the OP-Z performance platform.

An updated tape feature secretly records everything that is programmed into the sequencer in real time. With its own dedicated track, it is possible to sequence the tape and trigger the in-point, length, and speed. There are several different tape reels with different characters, which allow you to scrub, scratch, wind-up, and mess-up any programming. The OP-Z ships with a USB charging and control cable.

Sequencing

  • Advanced multispeed, 16-track sequencer
  • Step-component composing
  • 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

Instrument Tracks

  • 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

General Features

  • Patterns: 160 user-programmable patterns with endless pattern-chaining
  • Effects: Upgradeable modular effects architecture including delay, reverb, filters, tremolo, and more
  • Step Components: 14 multi-program step components for advanced step sequencing
  • Screen: When paired, or connected to an iOS device, the device will act as a screen for OP-Z
  • iOS App: OP-Z iOS app will be free to download from app store
  • Compatibility: Compatible with any iOS device that is Apple metal graphics specified
  • Dual-Domain Synthesis: For extreme low-latency performance

Hardware

  • Analog Devices Blackfin 70X DSP
    • Cirrus Logic audio coprocessor
    • 1250 MMACS
    • 48 kHz/24-bit DAC
    • 115 dB dynamic range
  • Sensors: 6 axis motion sensors (g-force) assignable to any synthesizer parameter
  • Tactile Input
    • 2 octaves of musical keys
    • 51 mechanical keys in total
    • Pressure-sensitive pitch bend
    • 4 x multipurpose, color-coded, high-resolution encoders
    • Volume knob / on switch
    • Pairing button
  • Encoder Design: Floating ball bearing, hall-sensor encoders for minimal stacking height and wear
  • UI: 53 LED indicators
  • Microphone: Integrated MEMS microphone
  • Wireless: Bluetooth 5.0 LE
  • Battery: 2 years standby time
  • Connectors
    • USB Type-C
    • 3.5mm 4-pole jack
  • Durable Design: Ultra-rigid engineering plastic
  • Housing: IXEF 1022 PARA + 50% glassfiber

teenage engineering OP-Z Specs

Input / Output
USBUSB Type-C
Line In/Out1/8" / 3.5 mm 4-pole jack
MicrophoneIntegrated MEMS microphone
Controls/Indicators
Sensors6 x axis motion sensor (g-force) assignable to any synthesizer parameter
Control InputTactile input
2 octaves of musical keys
51 mechanical keys in total
Pressure-sensitive pitch bend
4 x multipurpose, color-coded, high-resolution encoders
Volume knob / on switch
Pairing button
Indicator LEDsLED Indicators: 53
Encoder
TypeTeenage Engineering-designed floating ball bearing, hall-sensor encoders for minimal stacking height and wear
Battery
Battery LifeStandby: 2 years
ChargingVia USB port
General
HardwareAnalog Devices Blackfin 70X DSP
Cirrus Logic audio coprocessor
1250 MMACS
48 kHz/24-bit DAC
115 dB Dynamic Range
Material of ConstructionUltra-rigid engineering plastic
HousingIXEF 1022 PARA + 50% glassfiber
Dimensions8.4 x 2.3 x 0.4" / 212.5 x 57.5 x 10.0 mm
Length for Volume Knob: 0.2" / 5.0 mm
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.1 x 2.9 x 1.05"

teenage engineering OP-Z Reviews

A Pocket Powerhouse

By Scott
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-18

After watching YouTube videos about the OP-Z for months, I finally decided to take the plunge. Dynamite comes in small packages... and this little guy is one capable sequencer, sampler, pocket synth / groove box, portable, battery powered monster. You can take it and capture musical ideas anywhere... and even the synth engines here sound punchy and sweet. The OP-Z is truly a pocket powerhouse. Now on to purchasing one of these little monsters. DON'T BUY THESE ON AMAZON! PLEASE! The same vendor sold me 2 of them and both were defective on arrival. I'm still chasing down the $1200 I dropped in the process. Not sure why I didn't go directly to B&H. I certainly do for all of my photography needs, but I sometimes forget to check for music gear. Regardless of the product, B&H always delivers. It's a well run and finely tuned machine.

Very Slick

By Christian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-07-30

Way more than should be possible in such a small box. Sounds great and is really amazing with audio over usb.

Unbelievable!

By Anthony
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-07-20

I am truly amazed at how much technology is packed into this tiny device. It is the size of a tv remote control, yet it packs in a multitrack sequencer, sampling, light and video controls and so much more. Yes, there is a learning curve, simply because of the number of features it has. Once you get the hang of it, you probably will take it everywhere with you. I own multiple synths, sequencers and groove boxes, this unit I capable of replacing all of them, but even more intriguing is it’s ability to integrate with them and enhance your entire setup.

An awesome piece of kit

By Jeff
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-01-10

Synth and sequencer, i must say there is a learning curve to this just like the OP-1 but it makes some pretty sweet sounds. As I have heard it described it is like a Pocket Operator on steroids. I just upgraded the Device last night and am starting to understand everything it can do. It is quite a bit smaller than the OP-1, that’s for sure. Only wish is it had a decent case ;)

Tiny box of wonders

By Craig
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-01-03

Got this based on my experience with the TE Op-1, a modern classic. The Z is smaller, more powerful, and a distinctly different instrument to the OP-1. The emphasis here is on performance, and the influence of the Pocket Operators is strong on this. Theres a lot of options and control behind an interface that has a bit of a learning curve. Bear through it, it pays off! The integration to do light controls and Unity to do visuals on an iPhone or iPad is a game changer. Its easy to connect and is the ultimate tool to impress at a house party (sadly no longer in my repertoire). Its pricey and doesnt compare with synths in its price category for synth editing and sound creation, as its really a category of its own. The sequencing, sampling, sound engines, etc. all together makes it the ultimate musical tinker tool on the airplane, tour bus, backwoods -- wherever. If history is any indicator, TE will invest in lots of updates that will continue to unlock functionality over time, which is like getting a new instrument every few months. Recommend buying one - put the future of synth workstations in your pocket!

Awesome Device

By Russell
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-05

Most fun I’ve had making music in a very long time. Portable with solid synth engines and an unbelievably powerful sequencer. The finish is great and I love the look as well. The speaker is weak so will definitely want to use with headphones. Haven’t even uploaded my own sounds yet because the stock ones have given me plenty to work with. Would definitely recommend for people who like to pick something up and make music instantly

Incredible piece of tech, but at a cost

By Evan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-29

I got my OP-Z a few months ago now, and I absolutely love it. It's incredibly powerful and well designed, with relatively intuitive controls (considering it has no screen). I also love that TE is still adding new features occasionally via software updates. That said, I do question the price tag that comes along with this synth. I recently purchased Andrew Huang's new app flip, which contains a sample sequencer within it. The app is only $10. I am the first to admit that this is an unfair comparison- the OP-Z is so much more than a sampler- but I think it's important to consider cheaper alternatives such as this. Bottom line: I love this thing. I use it almost every day, and once the virus is taken care of I look forward to using the performance features that it has as well. I'd highly recommend it whether you're looking to get more into synthesis or you're a long-time synth nerd (as I am).

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