0 comments on “The new OP-1 OS arrives, adds PO Sync mode and much more”

The new OP-1 OS arrives, adds PO Sync mode and much more

Which is great, and also makes me slightly sad as I’ve leant mine to a friend and won’t see it again or be able to try out any of these lovely new features for more than a month! And the most exciting feature of all is the PO sync mode! How amazing is that going to be! I’m going to have to wait an age to try it out!

Never mind, for all of you who own one (and have it to hand) here’s what’s new:

  • arpeggio sequencer added.
  • voltage synth added.
  • tape loops now automatically crossfaded.
  • tape effect chop twice as short + also works at tape start/stop position and across loop wrap.
  • FM radio press green encoder to autotune.
  • endless sequencer extended to 128 steps.
  • tremolo LFO updated with extra waveforms.
  • PO sync mode added.
  • tempo nudge when running on external tempo.
  • all new user contributed presets, based on the previous updates throughout the years. thanks for the massive support from the global OP-1 community!
    and more…

Of course, we all await more details on the forthcoming OP-Z, and perhaps there’ll be news in the not too distant future …

0 comments on “Video: Octatrack + OP-1 + Gameboy + Nanoloop”

Video: Octatrack + OP-1 + Gameboy + Nanoloop

Octatrack + OP-1 + Gameboy + Nanoloop from j tomes on Vimeo.

0 comments on “Video: Volca FM DEMO + Novation Circuit + OP-1”

Video: Volca FM DEMO + Novation Circuit + OP-1

Video description:

“Get 24 FREE Volca FM percution loops: http://www.albaecstasy.ro/volca-fm/
After 4 months of waiting since I pre-ordered it, my Volca FM arrived today! Didn’t expect this. And didn’t expect at all to sounds so good, so powerfull, so clear! Definetely it’s an amazing little box! And with the new update, which makes the Motion Sequence to be actually Smooth and to solve some bugs (that already jumped into my ears), Volca FM deserves its place on FM synthesis history.
Cons? Sure: polyphony, knobs too small and too close one of each other – when changing the program I always touch the Algoritm knob, no external control on velocity.
You can check my first attempt of using the Volca FM on my Soundcloud synths: https://soundcloud.com/albaecstasy

Video published by Alba Ecstasy.

1 comment on “Video: Novation Circuit featuring OP-1 and Electribe in Hot Food – an improv jam”

Video: Novation Circuit featuring OP-1 and Electribe in Hot Food – an improv jam

Video description:

“I put these devices on a table, plugged them in and proceeded to poke them in hope for some kind of musical response.

The Circuit was in sync with the Electribe (which was providing the drums). The OP-1 was used for sampling and noodling. The Circuit does all the bass, most melodies and even some beats.

They are all great devices. I rank them in the following order:

1. Teenage Engineering OP-1: An amazing fully featured music machine. So much fun.

2. Novation Circuit: So easy to get great ideas out of a few minutes of poking about. The visualisation of the sequencer and the automatible parameters make it a powerful inexpensive device.

3. Korg Electribe synth version: 16 channels to work with, lots of nice oscillators, and FX. Sequencer can be a bit too menu heavy when you want to get detailed. A jack of most trade, but I feel it’s a master of none. I enjoy it, but the 2 devices mentioned above are far more fun to use.”

Video published by Terrible Beat.

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Video: OP-1 Rytm microGranny 2 Live Performance by CUCKOO

Video description:

“Performing a little song with some of my favourite instruments. Analog Rytm, OP-1 and today also a Micro Granny”

Video published by Cuckoo Music.

0 comments on “Video: Ethereal Flow – OP1 & Circuit”

Video: Ethereal Flow – OP1 & Circuit

Video description:

“An ambient jam, using OP-1 and Circuit.”

Video published by Alba Ecstasy.

0 comments on “Video: Combining iPad and OP-1 – haQ VLog 85”

Video: Combining iPad and OP-1 – haQ VLog 85

Video description:

“Combining iPad and OP-1? It’s a question I saw posted in the iPad musician group the other day. It got me thinking and so I made this vlog plus mini demo. :)”

Video published by Jakob Haq.

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Video: OP-1 String Synthesis Gyro Controlled Tutorial – haQ attaQ 143

Video description:

“I love the String synthesizer inside OP-1. It’s even better when using the internal gyroscope as a modulation source!”

Video published by Jakob Haq.

7 comments on “Seeing Deerful play live, and some thoughts on mobile music performace”

Seeing Deerful play live, and some thoughts on mobile music performace

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And in this performance an PO as well. In fact, in this show by Deerful, everything was battery powered, and I have to say that it worked beautifully.

You might remember Deerful from a video I posted a little while ago:

I’m a big fan of her work and so it was great to see her live for the first time at the Shacklewell Arms last Friday. It was an excellent performance. Deerful synth based pop is delicate, subtle and crafted with care. But just because it’s synth pop doesn’t mean it’s disposable, on the contrary her music is full of meaning and her lyrics are well worth several listens.

But apart from being battery powered you might be wondering why she’s getting a mention on PalmSounds, well that’s a good question and an easy answer too. Deerful is making music with a lot of mobile devices and apps too. In fact, her latest release (iTunes link) has been made with an OP-1 and NanoStudio on an iPad Mini. Moon Maps is one of the tracks on this release and I have to say that I’ve played it quite a few times now. I keep coming back.

But that’s not the only release from Deerful that I’ve enjoyed. City Bells (iTunes link) is also excellent and is probably one of the only songs I know of that has the word ‘Michaelmas’ in it, and yes, it rhymes too. If that wasn’t enough then Emma (Deerful) is also a part of School of Noise too, and if you don’t know what that is then click the link and find out, you won’t be sorry.

But playing with an all battery powered rig has it’s challenges too. Before the gig Emma talked to me about the challenges it creates and how a constant reliance on batteries can make one somewhat nervous. I can understand that having done it myself.

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But none of this had any impact on her performance, which was wonderful. Polished and yet emotional. Even though this little rig was small enough to fit on this tiny table it gave a big sound and all very complimentary too. Throughout the gig there wasn’t one song I didn’t enjoy.

But there was one song that really stood out for me for a couple of reasons.

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Emma introduced this song by assuring everyone in the audience that she wasn’t going to play it on a pocket calculator. Of course it was a Teenage Engineering PO (a robot I think). And the track was amazing. Really amazing. I hope that she releases it in the not too distant future. It was awesome to see someone perform with a PO device, and do it so competently as well, but to see and here this track and vocal were amazing. I can’t stress it enough.

So if you get a chance to see Emma (Deerful) then I’d strongly suggest that you take the opportunity. You won’t be sorry at all.

0 comments on “A bit more news on the OP-1 update coming soon”

A bit more news on the OP-1 update coming soon

So Audio News Room have more details on what’s coming to the OP-1 in the next update. It sounds good, there’s going to be a new sequencer mode and device’s knobs will now be push enabled, which could be interesting. If you want to know more then check the ANR page here.