Yeah it’s not the machine to get if you want 24/96 stereo sampling. I ended up selling mine but it left an OP-1 shaped hole in my sound palette, that the OP-Z has only half-filled, both figuratively and literally
I guess so? But my understanding of what chipmusic sounds like is more broad than most other people. The FM stuff I make in nanoloop 2 doesn’t sound anything like typical gameboy/NES sounds, and OP-1 is capable of similar FM, so… I guess that statement is true?
The engines are pretty diverse imo. They can get that lo-fi SRR/bitcrushed sound if you want—in fact, I miss the dr. wave engine the most for the super lush automation of those kinds of sounds—but I definitely remember making silky, warm ambient sounds with it. As with anything you just need to know how to push it. “Chip tune” isn’t a negative thing, it just means you may need to do some strange things in order to get the sounds you want out of it. If (possibly weird) workarounds aren’t your style, fair enough, go and get a synth where the sounds you want to make are easier to dial in