The Teenage Engineering OP-Z is a portable, standalone synthesizer that proves big things really can come in exceptionally small packages.
OP-Z – A Real Dream Machine
Six years since the release of the popular OP-1 synth, Teenage Engineering introduce the all new OP-Z.
Defying expectations, the Teenage Engineering OP-Z is super compact (roughly half the size of the OP-1) but with even more DSP power while being incredibly power efficient so the battery life lasts for ages.
Plus, the OP-Z isn’t just about composing music – this veritable pocket rocket allows you to get involved with animating art, working with videos and interactive software.
Yep, the Teenage Engineering OP-Z is like nothing you’ve seen or used before.
Teenage Engineering OP-Z Portable All-In-One Synthesizer Key Features:
- Advanced 16-Track Sequencer
- All Tracks Run Independently with Individual Track Speed and Length Possible
- Add Unique Step Behaviours to Each of the 16 Steps
- New Tape Feature
- Extremely Compact
- Dedicated OP-Z App for Your iPhone Allows for Powerful Graphics Processing
- Designed to Work with the Unity 3D Game Engine
- Durable Design with Ultra-Rigid Engineering Plastic Housing
- Unique Encoder Design by Teenage Engineering
Composition with the Teenage Engineering OP-Z is based around a 16-track sequencer which runs all the tracks independently.
This means that individual track speeds and track lengths are possible, plus you can add unique step behaviours to each of the 16 steps, which Teenage Engineering refer to as “step components”.
Basically, you start with the first layer of a traditional 16 step sequencer, then with a second layer you add variations per cycle, note variation, micro sequencing, direction, parameter changes, re-trigs and much more – all within a single step.
In total, you have 14 components that are sorted into three groups; triggers, note variations and specials with all 14 components having 10 values and behaviour programs – giving you 140 different ways to alter a single step – the potential is huge.
Intuitive and Visually Unique
Composing is intuitive and extremely fast. All the keys are backlit with multi-colour LED lights with instant machine feedback – a must have for the adverse lighting conditions in the venue you’re gigging, or when you’re staying up late at home, composing deep into the night. The print on the OP-Z is even made with special glow-in-the-dark paint!
BYOS - Bring Your Own Screen
While the OP-Z synthesizer is made to be completely stand-alone so you can use it anywhere, anytime, Teenage Engineering have added in a great feature for when you want to take it a step further.
The new BYOS – Bring Your Own Screen concept allows you to connect the OP-Z synth to your iPhone or iPad adding in awesome graphics, an interactive UI and synced animations to inspire you.
Using the free OP-Z app, you have access to all sorts of great features.
You can even use your phone’s camera to snap a series of photos and then arrange them to the beat of your music for a custom, synchronised music video!
Dropbox is also supported so you can easily transfer artwork to your iOS device wirelessly.
Furthermore, the OP-Z app ports the sound engine to run simultaneously for “dual domain synthesis” meaning latency between image and sound is eliminated for seamless performance.
Full Unity 3D Integration
But it doesn’t stop at just static images!
The OP-Z has been tailor made to work with Unity 3D; the world’s most popular multi-platform game engine.
Working closely with the Unity studio in Tokyo and with software super hero/renowned VJ Keijiro Takahashi, Teenage Engineering have had access to tools and shaders personally developed by Takahashi for delivering incredible 3D graphics that run at full speed on iPhone and Pad.
By linking the potential of the OP-Z with the power of Unity, you can deliver incredible performances, customising every single polygon in your Unity build for something amazingly unique.
New Tape Feature Keeps It Old School
Making sure the OP-Z brings with it some old school cool, this ultra-compact, portable synthesizer comes equipped with a new tape feature.
Basically, it records everything you program into the sequencer in real time. It has its own dedicated track so you can sequence it, trig the in-point, length and speed.
A range of different tape reels are on offer, each with their own unique characteristics and features, and you can use them to wind-up your sound, scrub and scratch and add that retro vibe and a live, organic element to your sound.
New Sampling Mode and More
Now available for download is the new OS 1.2.5 update for the Teenage Engineering OP-Z.
This latest update includes a brand-new sampling moed which you can use to create samples directly from your microphone, headset or USB.
You can now send digital audio to your OP-Z via the 2 channela udio interface for sampling and receive digital audio from the OP-Z for easier recording.
The update also influces a full OP-1 sample format supporting pitch, gain, playmode and play direction along with stability improvements and fixes.
Portable Power in Your Pocket
Have you ever seen such enormous potential in something so small?
Buy the Teenage Engineering OP-Z portable synthesizer from PMT Online for an incredible and unique take on live synth performance in a synth you can take anywhere for making music whenever you want.
Teenage Engineering OP-Z Portable All-In-One Synthesizer Specs:
Sequencing – Advanced Multi-Speed 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
- FX Slot 1
- FX Slot 2
- CV & Trig
- 160 user programmable patterns
- Endless patterns chaining
Effects – Upgradeable Modular Effects Architecture
- And more…
- 14 multi-program step components for advanced step sequencing
- When paired or connected to an iOS device, the iOS device will act as a screen for OP-Z
- OP-Z iOS Free on the App Store
- Compatible with any iOS device that is Apple metal graphics specified
Dual Domain Synthesis
- Dual domain synthesis for extreme low latency performance
- Analog devices blackfin 70X DSP
- Cirrus logic audio co-processor
- 1250 MMACS
- 48kHz 24-bit DAC
- 122 dB SNR
- 6-axis motion sensor (g-force) assignable to any synthesizer parameter
- Bluetooth 5.0 LE
- 2 years stand-by time
- USB type C
- 3.5 mm 4-pole jack
- 2 octaves of musical keys
- 51 mechanical keys in total
- Pressure sensitive pitch bend
- 4 x multi-purpose colour coded high resolution encoders
- Volume knob / on switch
- Pairing button
- 53 LED indicators
- Integrated MEMS microphone
- Ultra-rigid engineering plastic housing
- IXEF 1022 PARA + 50% glassfiber
Unique Encoder Design
- Teenage Engineering designed floating ball bearing hall sensor encoders for minimal stacking height and wear
Teenage Engineering OP-Z Portable All-In-One Synthesizer Dimensions:
- L 212.5 mm
- H 57.5 mm
- D 10 mm
+ 5 mm length for volume knob
Included in Package
- USB type C to USB A for charging and control
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