Went and cracked and picked up an OP-Z yesterday. I’d already watched enough videos that I had a decent head start on using it, and I wasn’t disappointed at all. It’s clearly designed to have a very wide sweet spot, which might falter a little when I start putting my own samples in, but the sequencer is epic - I went all-in and created a one-track, single step sequence, and ten minutes later the three spark types and various components had turned that into an evolving melodic patch.
Being able to stack the three sparks is what takes this beyond the already expansive Elektron realm - and the immediacy of the sound pool is also important, compensating for the lack of depth in editing.
I’ve just ordered a USB cable to hook it up to the Digis / OT etc., for what I fully anticipate will be an epic combo. In particular I reckon combining the sparks on the OP-Z with conditional live sampling on the OT should keep me busy for a while (or the OP-Z tape with live sampling - possibilities at every turn).