it’s mainly about the centrality of the tape loop. i usually think of the recording as something that i do after i spend a while fiddling and tuning things and getting them ‘right’. the op1 switches this round so that recording is the thing you do first and it feels like this solves a lot of problems for me. though i dont have to use it like that of course, i can still slot the OP1 into that other way of working if i want to.
i also have an octatrack and though its an amazing instrument and very powerful, i never really bonded with it, especially with the loopers and sampling its always felt a bit too abstract and depends on a lot of non-intuitive multi button presses, which i find is an obstacle to just doing stuff - by the time i’ve worked out how to do it I’ve sometimes forgotten what my little idea was or gone off at a tangent- whereas the tape transport and sampling in the op1 is very instant, easy to understand and feels very intuitive and musical - so i go from idea to track in minutes.
I have various bits of gear, analogue and POs, and I record different setups of them in live jams on a portable recorder…then edit in Ableton. Sometimes add a few bits in there. I don’t like working in Ableton to create stuff, prefer to use it as a tape editor and for mixing.
This is the main strength of the op-1 to me: It just makes me create without getting hung up on how other people are going to react to the music. It has reminded me that it’s not really about what others think, it’s about creating art and making sounds I want to hear.
Don’t worry too much. There are not that many bugs, and you’ll get to know your OP-1…
About the battery meter, there’s a thread somewhere that explains that one should drain the battery to recalibrate it. But it’s not really a matter, in reality: you should be able to play for 6 hours+ without a problem
Enjoy, dear, it’s an incredible instrument, this little one.
I always suggest to newcomers to try to come up with something in the battles:
There’s no better way to learn your instrument! And it pushes you to drop tracks, which is indeed one of the strengths of the OP-1 IMHO.
Re what’s in this track…just sampled my voice and pitched it down. The drums is playing with drum presets and factory sequences in the finger sequencer, which I love doing. The lead was one of the op1 synths, can’t remember
It’s not a finished track really, just a sketch: which again is what I think the op1 excels at. it needs some low end beef added. But sure goes nice with some chunky drums on the PO32. Might add some sub bass too