That’s one of the strengths of the OP-1: being a sketchpad for melody, harmony and rhythm. With all the synth engines it is easy to find or create patches for bass (e.g. try FM or Pulse), pads (String, Cluster or FM would be my first choice here), leads (Digital, Dr. Wave and FM are especially great here, but this is just my taste).
The FX are not what you might expect, when you work with DAWs – there is one FX per instrument and one master FX. That means for example you can’t combine a filter and reverb on an instrument without some tricks (like resampling – this forum will help with tipps and tricks a lot!).
But what makes it a perfect sketch tool is the TAPE! You just play and record a sequence or beat, loop it, overdub it or play another voice on another channel. Very intuitive and quick.
I’d say: Give it a try!
And imho the OP-1 gives you many new ideas while recording in your tracks. A intuitive-creativity-machine.
I am more interested in "melodic" patches like bass, pads, leads. Is OP-1 good for these kind of sounds or is it more for playing with rythms and fx?
That sounds like me. I love the OP-1 most of all for its synths and I use its synth engines more than anything else. I do also love the singular sound and user experience of the effects, so I use those with my other instruments too.
Could OP-1 even be used as a sketch pad for pop music while commuting? (I am tempted by the size of it, the direct interface and the various sequencers.)
Definitely. There’s nothing about the OP-1 that lacks pop potential. I struggle to think what genres it couldn’t handle. Frat rock? Frat rock!
Maybe you’ll find this reassuring. We’ve collected vids of some acts we’ve seen using the OP-1: Artists With OP-1
The OP-1 has it’s own “sound”. Unless of course you are using it as a sampler - but even then you’ll be wanting to use the OP-1 effects and they too have their own “sound”.
Great! Thanks to all of you for your reassuring comments and links!