First off, some of this might seem redundant but unfortunately, resources are slim in regards to the OP-1. I still wish the old forum had been cached somewhere as I am sure my answers would be found there…
The ADC/DAC are what they are. TE says they’re 24-bit/96kHz, and yet the Tape tracks are 16-bit, so I wonder if there’s some noise introduced when they lop of 8-bits, and again if they tack on another 8 at the output converter.
Thanks for the info. I do have it plugged into usb when I am recording into my DAW. I will definitely check that it’s disabled while recording.
Check the levels on the mic screen and the tape screen and the drive screen. Sometimes that can blow stuff up.
Checked. Drive was at zero and I always adjust line input so it doesn’t clip.
I use some drive and a little compression (?) (Press shift to lower both left and right channel in the drive screen) to beef it up. Also, If you want clean sound you have to record to OP-1 tape and then transfer the tape to your mac (you won´t get the drive and master effect if you do this) or record to album and then transfer to your mac to get stereo, drive and master effect.
Also, check to see that all effects are off in both the synth stage and the master stage as the effects add noise too. Personally, I would leave the USB completely unplugged when recording, to avoid any possible ground loop noise. Some of the OP-1 noise issue is a matter of finding the right settings, some is deciding if it’s acceptable to you and your type of music. I hear the noise and it never bothered me in the least, but if my setup was different, it might be unacceptable, everyone’s milage will vary.
Thanks Tribix for the response and the tips. I too use audacity and have the zoom field recorder. I was going to go that route if I needed a more fuller sound. I am not going to lie, after messing about with it the first day I got it, I was a little sickened that it just wasn’t what I was expecting. After spending 3 days with it, I am starting to change my mind. Today, I just took my lunch in a secluded parking lot from work and spent the entire hour working on an experimental piece. I couldn’t be more happier with the results. It was moments like these that I am glad I purchased this very expensive little guy and know that I did the right thing.
That’s where it excels: workflow. You can do just about anything to some approximation all within the unit. No feature in particular is worth the pricetag (many features are even underwhelming), but when you put them all together in something you can carry around with you it makes all the difference in the world.
You can certainly get a solid sound from it. Sometimes the sound you want is hard to achieve but I’m often amazed at what I can get to come out if it after a little prodding.
For about the first week I felt like I had overpaid, but by two weeks I was saying I would buy another one in a heartbeat if something happened to the first one.
I disabled the usb charging and that fixed the noise level tremendously. Awesome. Thanks all!
Yeah, I thought that would help most. Happy music making.
really can’t go into the op-1 with specific intents in mind…you just gotta see where it takes you