Three years in the making, Teenage Engineering’s newest multimedia synthesizer and sequencer, OP-Z, is finally ready. A follow up to the Swedish company’s first portable all-in-one OP-1 released six years ago, OP-Z is the first stand-alone 16-track sequencer that lets you pull off synchronized live composition of music, visuals, and lights, and doing so while remaining ultra portable. It is impossibly compact, measuring just 212.5 mm (8.37 inches) wide, 57.5 mm (2.26 inches) deep and 10 mm (0.39-inch) thin, and tips the scales at 850g (around 1.87 lbs).
Like its predecessor, it proves that you don’t need a big synthesizer to generate big sound. It does not have a screen, though. However, you are free to use your iPhone, iPad, or laptop, as the display (it connects to your device of choice via BLE). Actually, it kind of makes sense since most people, musicians included, will have one of the three devices with them all the time. Here’s what to expect from this new synthesizer on the block:
“Packed with multiple synthesizer engines, beats, samples, effects, visuals and preset patterns, the OP-Z has the ability to control up to 16 lights through DMX, it has a unity 3D integration to let you interact with your own 3d worlds, as well a built in photomatic feature which allows you to instantly sequence images taken with your smartphone camera.”
And here’s a list of the key features:
• 16-track multi-speed sequencer
• 16 individual and independent synthesis, sampler and control tracks
• 160 user programmable patterns
• Interchangeable modular effects
• 14 multi-program step components
• External screen with OP-Z iOS app
• Dual domain synthesis
• 6-axis motion sensor (G-force)
• Bluetooth 5.0 LE
• 1 year battery stand-by time
• USB Type-C jack
• 3.5 mm 4-pole jack (stereo out/mic)
• Integrated MEMS microphone
Last but not the least, OP-Z features an expansion slot for modules that will add a range of hardware upgrades, each with its own unique functionality and it will also come with a collection of optional accessories that will further add style and functionality to the synthesizer.
The Teenage Engineering OP-Z Synthesizer will hit the stores, as well as, Teenage Engineering website starting October 2018. Pre-order for a Limited OP-Z and roll-up bag bundle was snapped up almost as quick as it was put online. If you are eager, you may want to sign up to be notified when it becomes available again in a couple of weeks time.
Images courtesy of Teenage Engineering.