I think you’d love it given your enjoyment of nanoloop and what not, right now it feels a little light on synthesis compared to say the OP-1, but as you know these kind of limitations are not necessarily a big issue once you get used to them , and of course undoubtedly more engines will be added in future updates.
The sequencer is boss, probably one of the best I have ever used, the step components are a deep wealth of possibilities from simple useful iterations to bonkers combinations that can be hard to predict.
Then there are operational niceties like mixer mute scenes, 10 per pattern, which make live jams a pleasure.
The portability is of course awesome, can be a tad fiddly due to the small buttons for some things though, but it is powerful enough wrt to midi to make it useful in a larger setup too, and the sound quality is easily good enough for release quality tracks as you’d expect.
Compared to Elektron the OP-Z wins out on sequencing power on most fronts, but is not as transparent in use mainly due to the small buttons, it isn’t difficult or unintuitive but for example (currently) you have to hold the mixer button to mute tracks, and the mixer button is exactly opposite to the pitchbend, mixer is on back edge, pitchbend on front, so you have to be mindful when holding mixer not to accidentally press pitchbend,nalso it isn’t very ergonomic to have to hold a button on the back edge. I and others have requested a sticky/latching button mode, so hopefully it will be added.
The midi implementation seems quite concise, so I’ll probably end up either building or customising an off the shelf controller for using it for live jams.
Er, I think that about covers it but if you want any specific info about other aspects feel free to ask.