Hello, mediavita. I am also a new OP-1 user. I have had mine for two weeks. I found the first charge to be rather confusing. I think it took at least six hours to fully charge. I have not tried the technique where you let the battery run dry, then re-charge…as a way to re-calibrate the battery-indicator. Several people have mentioned this method, and someone did a youtube video on it.
It is too early for me to declare myself a fanboy or claim to have buyers’ remorse. I watched all the videos and read all the reviews, both positive and negative, then I bought it. I can’t say I wasn’t warned. Plenty of others have described the experience of using the OP-1, its creativity-inducing limitations and quirks, its unique workflow. Here are a couple of my initial impressions:
Portability: I’m actually afraid to use it out in public. I am suspicious of some user comments about “throwing it in your backpack.” What? I keep the thing rubber-banded in its carton when not in use. I ordered a plexiglass case. It will take 2 months to arrive. I appreciate how durable the aluminum body of the OP-1 is, but that means if it’s dropped, it will hit the ground with a lot more force, which kind of defeats the purpose of a durable shell.
I haven’t yet produced anything of artistic value on the OP-1. I made a few canned accompaniments for use with a beginning violin class I teach. Mostly, the projects I’ve worked on so far have only been useful for learning how to use the OP-1. It is going to take a lot of practice before I am able to make polished sounding music. Using the OP-1 is a kind of performance. It takes musical skills and understanding to work accurately within its limitations. A DAW setup, on the other hand, is more well-suited toward the application of turd-polish. I suspect the difference between OP-1 fanboys and haters may have something to do with the distinction between process and product. I was drawn to the OP-1 because of its interesting process. So far, so good!
Tiny whine: I wish the octave could be changed in the endless sequencer. Also, I would rather the octave buttons behave like most keyboards, where notes already pressed are unaffected by octave changes. The OP-1, o the other hand, re-triggers notes up or down the octave when octave keys are pressed. Kind of a cool effect, but it makes octave changes during performance glitchy. Maybe I will feel differently about these small issues…after some more time spent with the OP-1.
I couldn’t find any forum category for newbie impressions, so here it is!