Teenage Engineering OP-Z


At this point, based on early testing in the wild, the functionality is fairly limited. The mic can pick up live vocals/sounds. And it can apply FX, which can then be passed through to the speaker or line out. There’s also a headset mode which allows the same thing. You can be the life of the party, but it doesn’t currently appear to record to a track, nor is it captured by the Tape buffer.


Yeah at the moment I think that’s all :slight_smile:

The software synth and drum engines themselves are modular; you can add and remove them to the device using the app (and maybe using disk mode idk). I can imagine that a new synth engine will be added, called “sampler” or something, which allows for more interesting things with the mic.


Thank you for confirming. Even in its current performance-only based state, it exhibits the playful, quirky/cute side of the instrument.


You can save only one pattern at a time in the OP-1 sequencers - any of them. That means you cannot switch from one pattern to another.

Please see the overview at the website, which lists a bunch of features the OP-1 sequencers do not have - too many for me to type here:




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Hm, I don’t mean to nag at you but have you had a look at the OP-Z sequencer now it’s out?

I’m done with Elektron

Does anyone know if there is a way to punch this in manually yet? Or is the only way to get 4 notes per trig still by recording live?


Step by step recording of the Chord track may be what you’re looking for.



the chord track is great for adding harmony to your music, with its four note polyphony per step, for beautiful chords.


step by step recording

hold rec while the sequencer is stopped and use the musical keyboard to record notes step by step.


OP-1 could be a solid choice if you understand what it can and cannot do. I don’t regret buying one, despite the “just get an iPad!” arguments. My first iPad - 4th generation - has limited usability these days because of the unrelenting waves of IOS updates/changes, particularly the change from 32-bit to 64-bit. Whereas the “more limited” OP-1 continues to be functional and useful.

OP-1 is not vulnerable to the whims of a megacompany like Apple and the musician-unfriendly decisions it has made (elimination of headphone jack on most iPhone models, and now the iPad Pro). I expect OP-Z to enjoy almost the same immunity - it does have an Apple-hosted companion app, but the app is apparently display-only - some update to it forced by Apple should not break the OP-Z.


i mean getting finer step resolution… so base sequence is 16 tracks. by holding “Track” + “Shift” you can shorten it… but you cannot lengthen beyond 16 steps. If you slow the playback of the track to half or slower, the only way you can punch in more steps per trig is to “record” + “play”-- i’m wondering if there is a way to punch them in manual.


Not yet, but it’s been discussed at length on the beta test forum including a great way to implement it. Should be coming in a future update.


Sorry that was a typo, I meant to say that there are indeed numerical indicators for the parameter pages, not the opposite.


That’s good news. Are the beta test forums only accessible by beta testers? Different topic, do you know if the CV “ZM-1” module will back a clock-input for stepping the sequence with pulse or trig inputs?


Yes, the beta forum is for beta testers only. I can’t answer your ZM-1 question as I’m not testing the module (:persevere:) but I’ll try to find out the answer.


‘Should be coming in a future update’

Unless it’s official and you get the firmware , don’t wat for anything…try not to believe what you might read from someone who’s on a beta test …
For one it should probably be confidential.

I’ve heard rumours they might be doing a limited edition white version …
Actually , I haven’t , but if I hadn’t written this last sentence it would quite easily become fact within a few days …

I’ve seen comments on forums for various synths I’ve had that new firmware is on its way , apparently from trusted people who’ve spoken directly to companies , 1 year later there is still nothing. (Eg Avalon baseline and social entropy engine). … they may not be lying , probably aren’t, but that doesn’t mean things actually get released.


I didn’t hear it from anyone. I am a beta tester. The things discussed with the devs, especially those with real concrete ways of implementing, are very real and highly probable to happen.


ah!! awesome :slight_smile:


I hope so , I hear good things with the deluge community and developers being engaged , if TE are doing this too , it can only help improve it


Well, you’ve got at least one elektronaut (me) bringing other users ideas straight to the devs! Very excited to see where it goes from here!


Thank you for your insight and positivity. It really makes all the difference.