Teenage Engineering OP-Z Portable Synthesizer & Sequencer Explained

20th Dec 2018

Teenage Engineering OP-Z Portable Synthesizer & Sequencer Explained

Teenage Engineering Has Announced The OP-Z - Take A Peak At The Portable Synthesizer & Sequencer & Order Today!

With the OP-1 Teenage Engineering upped the level on what a synthesizer is & what it can do, it was portable, all in one, unique & full of features to keep you playing!

After a couple of years since the initial sneak preview the OP-Z is almost here!

Buidling on the original, the OP-Z features more power, more DSP & advanced technology, all the while maximising battery life leaving you messing around for longer!

dream machine.

it's been over seven 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, TE push the boundaries even further. this time the machine is so small they 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 after flying the atlantic and sequencing complete songs on 16 dedicated tracks, when ready to land, just slide it in your inner pocket and head out on the road.
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.

Teenage Engineering OP-Z Dream Machine

compose with 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 behaviours 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 TE 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 behaviour 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 backlit 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.

Teenage Engineering OP-Z Components

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, TE 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 synchronised music video ’a-la-minute’.

they 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.

Teenage Engineering OP-Z Mobile

full unity 3D integration

eenage 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, they have had access to
a 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.

Teenage Engineering OP-Z Unity

Teenage Engineering OP-Z Available To Pre-Order: