Teenage Engineering OP-Z Audio + Video Synthesizer Hands-On Demo

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2016 NAMM Show: This video, via MusicRadar, captures a hands-on demo of the upcoming Teenage Engineering OP-Z synthesizer:

The  OP-Z is a wireless 16-track multitimbral synthesizer, with sequenceable parameter locks, video synthesis and including ‘per step modifiers’. Per step modifiers can change the timing, pitch of notes and flow of the sequencer.

Full details on the Teenage Engineering OP-Z are to be announced.

14 thoughts on “Teenage Engineering OP-Z Audio + Video Synthesizer Hands-On Demo

  1. If there’s a room with 10 musicians, at least 2 or 3 of them would find this appealing. Surprisingly, it would be the ones you wouldn’t expect, just looking for a new sound or a new way to compose. There is always appeal. Look at UG boots or that paperweight rock that made a million dollars from a rock with eyes. BUT! This dude does the worst job at promoting this device. The hipster stereotypical looks makes everything unappealing.

  2. I like the idea of a synth with a display output for visuals, but unless you can add your own scenes and visuals somehow, this thing is useless as a visual performance tool. No one’s gonna be impressed by the dancing man in the office when they’ve already seen it…

    1. He does say that the visuals are running a Unity scene loaded from the computer so it’s not too far fetched to think you could be able to build and run your own visuals if they are done this way, I don’t see the appeal of having a machine that can output visuals if they are all like the preprogrammed car on a road or dancing guy, that’s the equivalent of having preprogrammed melodies and not being able to sequence your own stuff…

      1. At 7:35 or so he says something about creating your own graphics to go with your music. But really, will be probably the end of the year until we get any interesting specs on this unit. Right now the demo sounds a bit boring/farty.

    2. It was an unfortunate desicion to lightheartedly show the visual synth with the dancing man first, as everyone already seems to suppose, that that’s all it got, even though they did show more appropriate visual synth program too, and also mentioned programmability, and a library of algorithms.

    1. Agree, I love the design (I really want to make my own Lego knobs!) and features are ok, but, unlike years ago, there are already some attractive stand-alone sequencers on a budget out there.

  3. On cookoos review they said this thing has only been in development for four months that’s from The initial idea to now and won’t be released until 2017, love the concept And can’t wait what they do with it over the next year, hopefully 2017 will become the year of the video synth????

  4. Not a beautiful piece of kit with striking industrial design like the OP-1. OP-Z looks a bit drab with those little LEDs blinking along with the sequencer. If I’m going to give TE my money I want some kick-ass technology, like the OP-1 seemed at 2010 NAMM.

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