Unlock the power of Teenage Engineering’s OP-Z hardware with this short video, where you’ll learn step sequencing skills in just a few minutes.
Teenage Engineering is best known for its Pocket Operator synths, but the developer also makes the OP-Z – a powerful and advanced multi-functional hardware synth and sequencer instrument that has capabilities way beyond its size. But where to begin with it? In this video from the course Teenage Engineering 104:The OP-Z Explored, Thavius Beck gives you a hands-on demonstration of how step recording works on the hardware and how you can use it to make great sounding patterns and beats.
Teenage Engineering 104:The OP-Z Explored
Thavius starts by exploring the different functions of the step buttons in the instrument’s different modes. In step mode the buttons default to a one-bar loop of 16 notes of 1/16 length each, though you can of course change this, and Thavius shows you how. By using the step multiplier buttons, he is able to create more complex beats quickly and easily, and also nudge the staps in increments, to create more detailed patterns. Check out the rest of the videos in this course using the links below for a complete and comprehensive guide to the powerful OP-Z hardware!
Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys.
A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance writer on music technology and Apple topics for well over a decade, along the way publishing several books on audio software. He has been lead writer at a number of prominent music and technology publications.
As well as consultancy, full-time journalism, video production and professional photography, he occasionally plays Hammond, Rhodes and other keys for people who ask nicely.
Hollin is Contributing Editor at Ask.Audio.