The OP-Z now samples, too, in Teenage Engineering software update

The OP-Z is the aggressively minimalist, love it-or-hate-it compact synth. But now an update makes it make way more sense – with sampling available, this pint sized synth turns into the instrument it was meant to be.

Teenage Engineering have always said the OP-Z isn’t a replacement for the Teenagers’ original OP-1. Instead, it’s a … successor that comes after the OP-1, builds on the OP-1 features, and at first was available in place of the OP-1, which was initially not available and now is available but prohibitively expensive.

Okay, whatever. The OP-Z is totally a replacement for the OP-1, with some new ideas and form factor and no more screen. But that’s great, actually. To the extent the OP-Z pisses off and confuses some consumers, it does so even more than the OP-1 initially did.

And what’s the point of having a compact, candy bar-shaped synth that obviously resembles a Casio CZ-1 if it doesn’t sample?

Adding sampling to the OP-Z means you can really make it your own, mangling sounds through its grungy but expressive interface. All that minimalism may lessen the value of this device for some, but for those willing to throw themselves into the workflow, it’s liberating – the portability and lack of distraction or surface complexity propelling your musical imagination somewhere different.

Or not. Because I think the thing that’s lovely about Teenage Engineering is that their synths don’t have to please everyone – they’re willing to please some people more while pleasing other people less.

But the bottom line is, this is the update that brings the OP-Z in line with its initial promise and what the OP-1 could do. Once you learn the shortcuts and use the force, you might not even miss the display (though the iPhone/iPad app is there, at least while you memorize the layout).

Sampling also lets this double as an audio interface. I still think you’ll want the oplab module for I/O, and I wish they’d just make that standard. But if you’re willing to splurge on an idiosyncratic device, there’s nothing quite like the OP-Z.

In this update:

new sampling mode

2 channel audio interface

full OP-1 sample format support (pitch, gain, playmode, reverse)

improved stability

support importing raw samples to drum tracks

apply track gain before fx sends

don’t allow copying empty steps
restart arpeggio with TRACK + PLAY on arpeggio track
don’t trigger gate step component if track is muted
toggle headset input with SCREEN + SHIFT

send clock out if enabled even though midi out is disabled
don’t loose clock sync when switching project via pattern change
fix broken parameter spark random setting
fix force save not working on project 1
fix inverted headphone gain levels dep. on impedance

note!
this firmware adds support for the gain, play direction and playmode settings of the OP-1 sample format. in older firmwares, these settings were ignored. this might lead to your patterns sounding different if you are using custom samplepacks. the most likely culprit will be the playmode setting. the OP-1 defaults to GATE, while the OP-Z used to treat everything as RETRIG. Adjust your playmode setting on each sample to RETRIG, to get it sounding like before.
if your track levels change due to the gain setting, either adjust the track volume, or adjust the per sample gain value.

Here’s the original OP-1 sampling feature, explained:

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The OP-Z now samples, too, in Teenage Engineering software update

The OP-Z is the aggressively minimalist, love it-or-hate-it compact synth. But now an update makes it make way more sense – with sampling available, this pint sized synth turns into the instrument it was meant to be.

Teenage Engineering have always said the OP-Z isn’t a replacement for the Teenagers’ original OP-1. Instead, it’s a … successor that comes after the OP-1, builds on the OP-1 features, and at first was available in place of the OP-1, which was initially not available and now is available but prohibitively expensive.

Okay, whatever. The OP-Z is totally a replacement for the OP-1, with some new ideas and form factor and no more screen. But that’s great, actually. To the extent the OP-Z pisses off and confuses some consumers, it does so even more than the OP-1 initially did.

And what’s the point of having a compact, candy bar-shaped synth that obviously resembles a Casio CZ-1 if it doesn’t sample?

Adding sampling to the OP-Z means you can really make it your own, mangling sounds through its grungy but expressive interface. All that minimalism may lessen the value of this device for some, but for those willing to throw themselves into the workflow, it’s liberating – the portability and lack of distraction or surface complexity propelling your musical imagination somewhere different.

Or not. Because I think the thing that’s lovely about Teenage Engineering is that their synths don’t have to please everyone – they’re willing to please some people more while pleasing other people less.

But the bottom line is, this is the update that brings the OP-Z in line with its initial promise and what the OP-1 could do. Once you learn the shortcuts and use the force, you might not even miss the display (though the iPhone/iPad app is there, at least while you memorize the layout).

Sampling also lets this double as an audio interface. I still think you’ll want the oplab module for I/O, and I wish they’d just make that standard. But if you’re willing to splurge on an idiosyncratic device, there’s nothing quite like the OP-Z.

In this update:

new sampling mode

2 channel audio interface

full OP-1 sample format support (pitch, gain, playmode, reverse)

improved stability

support importing raw samples to drum tracks

apply track gain before fx sends

don’t allow copying empty steps
restart arpeggio with TRACK + PLAY on arpeggio track
don’t trigger gate step component if track is muted
toggle headset input with SCREEN + SHIFT

send clock out if enabled even though midi out is disabled
don’t loose clock sync when switching project via pattern change
fix broken parameter spark random setting
fix force save not working on project 1
fix inverted headphone gain levels dep. on impedance

note!
this firmware adds support for the gain, play direction and playmode settings of the OP-1 sample format. in older firmwares, these settings were ignored. this might lead to your patterns sounding different if you are using custom samplepacks. the most likely culprit will be the playmode setting. the OP-1 defaults to GATE, while the OP-Z used to treat everything as RETRIG. Adjust your playmode setting on each sample to RETRIG, to get it sounding like before.
if your track levels change due to the gain setting, either adjust the track volume, or adjust the per sample gain value.

Here’s the original OP-1 sampling feature, explained:

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Yamaha EW20 Wind Jamm’r – Wind Controller Electronic Saxophone Synth w/ Midi

via this auction

Update via the comments: “WindJammer does not support the sysex implementation of the WT11, and as far as I remember does not have the secret edit menu available in the WT11”

You can find one previous post featuring the EW20 including a demo here.

“Even More Obscure Than the WT11: the EW20 “Wind Jamm’r Electronic Woodwind”

Not too many people remember this one. Released in

MiniKorg 700S K2 demonstration (1974)

Published on Jun 28, 2019 Paul Curreri

“Functional demo of this fantastic synth. One minute surrounded by air, the next throttling wooly and present. Tangible, immediate, and expressive, the 700 series is hands down one of my favorite synthesizers — I’ve owned four. This particular machine came with quite a few chips toward the backside of its wooden ends (plus a sticker), but the faceplate

Buchla Benjolin Test 1

Published on Jun 7, 2019 Todd Barton

“A new, very limited edition of Rob Hordijk’s Benjolin project in Buchla format by Anto.”

Update: second video added to the playlist above.

“Audio outputs normaled :

– Square 5 pk-pk
– Triangle 4 pk-pk
– XOR 5 pk-pk
– PWM 5 pk-pk
– VCF Out is approx. line level

I’ve added a jumper to disconnect the PWM that is internally wired to the filter.

EMEAPP SONIC TEST DRIVE: KEIO Synthesizer Traveler Fuzz-Wah Pedal

Published on Jun 7, 2019 EMEAPP
Update: looks like this one was pulled and re-uploaded. It’s back now.

“SONIC TEST DRIVE: Unique Pre-KORG KEIO ‘Synthesizer Traveler’ Pedal featuring fuzz distortion, wah-wah and a freaky pedal-controlled “singing” oscillator demo, from your good friends at the Electronic Music Education and Preservation Project. More information at emeapp.org, please consider

MOTOR Synth – Overview Videos – No Talking

Published on May 27, 2019 Gamechanger Audio

Headphones or big speakers recommended.

– Waveshapes
– Interface
– Filters
– Modulation
– Acceleration & Brake
– Poliphony
– Modulation section
– Arpeggiation Mode
– Voice Envelopes
– Filter Envelope
– Modulation Section

The Seventh Wave Festival of Electronic Music #7 w/ Delia Derbyshire Collaborator David Vorhaus

David Vorhaus Analogue Electronic Music 1979 Published on Sep 13, 2009 JeffreyPlaide

Update: Festival info further below. Thought I would start with a couple of videos featuring David Vorhaus.

“In this historical video excerpt, David Vorhaus talks about two of his analogue inventions – the MANIAC analogue sequencer, and the Kaleidophon from 1979.

The MANIAC (Multiphasic Analog Inter-Active

Rucci Touch Synthesizer 2019

Published on May 16, 2019 Michael Rucci

Update: additional pics added below. Also available via this auction

“This synthesizer is played by touching one of the fifteen contact points. It is monophonic and will sound the highest pitch being played. Pitch is also sensitive to pressure and even the resistance of a particular player’s skin. For example sweaty hands will produce a higher

ARTURIA MICROFREAK // 1st PATCHES // 1

Published on May 16, 2019 LESINDES

Update: correct video embedded.  Accidentally had a Polyend video.  Thanks to gridsleep in the comments for the heads up!

First patches of ARTURIA MICROFREAK.
Awsome hybrid collegue.

MICROFREAKs on eBay | MICROFREAKs on Reverb