Is it possible to slide between notes?

Hey,


I apologize in advance if this is a silly question, as I’m new to music and synthesizers. I took the dive on an OP-1 late last year and have been having more fun with music than I think I’ve ever had before.

Anyways, I’m looking for a way to slide between notes on the OP-1. I’m aware of the shift functionality that lets you slide up and down an octave, but I have yet to discover a method of sliding up or down to a specific note. I’m not sure if “sliding” is the correct terminology here or not, but the effect would be that the first note would blend into the second note.

Thanks!

Go to page 2 in the synth menu where the adsr envelope is. Hold the shift button and you will see an option called portamento. A higher setting will create longer slides between notes. It will behave most predictably in non polyphonic key modes.

Awesome! Thanks for the tip. Now I know the correct terminology as well. :slight_smile:

If you’re looking for more expression, you can also go to page 4 and route the g force mod to the pitch.

@morphophonemic_moose There is a pitch bend function as well that can be used for similar effect.

@morphophonemic_moose There is a pitch bend function as well that can be used for similar effect.

Yup. hold shift then press the < or > buttons while the notes are being played with your right hand

Hey,

So I messed around with my OP-1 last night and the Portamento seems to be the closest effect to what I was looking for. I do like the expression with the g force mod though. Perhaps a combination of those will produce the results I want.

I've used the shift < > before, but I never liked how it wouldn't let you slide between only specific notes. It seems to be programmed only to slide up or down a single octave. I would love a feature on the OP-1 that would allow you to press shift when holding a note, and then the next note you press would be slid to from the first. While the Portamento allows for the desired effect, I don't think I can quickly and dynamically toggle it on or off during live recording.

Perhaps the OP-1 is capable of the specific function I am describing and I just don't know it. Most of the replies here seem to be based on programming sounds with slide functions, rather than a separate effect that can be applied to all sounds, like the shift slide feature for octaves. Maybe if I get skilled enough with the g force functionality of the OP-1 I could manually do it. I still haven't gotten the hang of the gyroscope function.

I do hope my terminology makes sense. I really am new at all of this. :-)


Thanks again for all the great tips!








You could create two patches, one with and one without portamento, and switch between them by just switching between the patches (both of them should of course be available on one of the number keys).

Some trickery with legato and envelopes or the tremolo LFO might work as well.

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@morphophonemic_moose There is a pitch bend function as well that can be used for similar effect.

Yup. hold shift then press the < or > buttons while the notes are being played with your right hand

Sorry for the ambiguity.


To clarify my thoughts, I was referring to the ‘bender’ from the LFO options. I can be adjusted to bend to a specific interval. I usually prefer a whole tone bend. I only goes up or down depending on the shift amount however. On the T.E. site it shows it being used with the bender attachment over one of the knobs (and the rubber band to bring it back to center). <---- bender accessory is not necessary. Just turn on bend and turn the orange knob.

There’s a bug in the Endless sequencer that lets you program legato notes (the pitch will change but it won’t retrigger a new note, so that (in combination with portamento) you can get a sequenced slide).


OTOH this is how you do it (might be wrong, don’t have OP-1 here):
While holding shift:
-press and hold note A
-tap > (extending A’s length)
-press and hold note B (keeping A held)
-release A
-tap >

You should now have a sequence that plays pitches A and then B, but only triggers the envelope once (when A is played). Add portamento = a sort of cheap-ass TB-303-style slide.

IIRC there was something funky about this, eg maybe you need to add an extra “>” to get the right length, because this process results in one of the “>” being lost. I forget :confused:

Anyway, hopefully this helps a bit :wink:

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There's a bug in the Endless sequencer that lets you program legato notes (the pitch will change but it won't retrigger a new note, so that (in combination with portamento) you can get a sequenced slide).

OTOH this is how you do it (might be wrong, don't have OP-1 here):
While holding shift:
-press and hold note A
-tap > (extending A's length)
-press and hold note B (keeping A held)
-release A
-tap >

You should now have a sequence that plays pitches A and then B, but only triggers the envelope once (when A is played). Add portamento = a sort of cheap-ass TB-303-style slide.

IIRC there was something funky about this, eg maybe you need to add an extra ">" to get the right length, because this process results in one of the ">" being lost. I forget :/

Anyway, hopefully this helps a bit ;)
Nice... I'm gonna try this hack!
There's a bug in the Endless sequencer
I've always wondered if such "bugs" are indeed real bugs, or intended functionalities that were kind of hidden...
There are so many like this, that you can find at some point because you know the logic behind OP-1 and at some point, when you need to do something, you just press the right combination of buttons and it does happen !
:D

It happened to me at least 5 times, and each time I was like I had discovered a new room in a 90's video game I've played for hours.
:D