Been looking for a synth companion to my beloved Octatrack these days, to replace and enhance the capabilities I got from my little monotron setup (monotron+duo+delay)…
I feel a bit tired with all the subtractive side of synths, be it analog or VA’s (I have used quite a number of hardware and software stuff since years),
And these days I got interest for FM synths and digital synths.
I need a portable device, with hands-on control like a keyboard or pads to be able to lively improvise things to be looped and overdubbed in the octatrack.
The new Roland boutiques got me interested, but I decided it’s too classical for me (my VSTs and hardware synths could do that) and not enough sturdy built. The new Yamaha refaces got also me interested, the FM one the most, but still a format I don’t think really original and idea generating…
I had also interest into the Waldorf streichfett and pulse2… But not “operation-able” devices, I mean no pads or keys…
Then I thought of the Monomachine, but so far I didn’t like the sounds I heard when browsing thousands of videos… Too lo-fi and colorless to my ears (my monotron setup is too noisey for me, I want clean sounds!)
Then I looked about the op1 further more (I had a little interest to it some years ago but the price was wayyy to high for me so I didn’t really looked into it)
I passed quite some time yesterday night watching videos about the op-1, and I think I love how it sounds. The synth engines attract me a lot, and the FXs seem tweakable to hell!
I don’t mind (for now) the tape-rec stuff on it as I’m using the octatrack… But I love the synths and the drums seem also interesting. And the ability to use my own samples in it is refreshing too… (Lacking tracks on the OT, ah ah!)
So guys do you think it would be too much for simple duty as playing synths live and triggering samples with FXing live?
How many samples can it store? I would only use little vocal and field samples I guess, not long stuff, to pass thru its FXs…
I seem to can’t find any alternative…
Lots here say OT+OP1 is a beast of a duo, could you please elaborate a bit on how you use this combo?
Thanks in advance