Following the update of the OP-Z & OP-1 this week, I had my hopes up for a true solution to the seemingly incompatible OP-1 tape and OP-Z sequencer. As of right now, after I tested them for some time, the units are STILL experiencing the same sync issue I wrote to TE about 2 months ago. The issue is as follows:
OP-1 is Master (Beat Match mode), OP-Z is slave (only Clock in / Midi in enabled) connected by a usb c <-> usb mini chord (amazon).
When metronomes are turned on for testing the issue and the OP-1 tape has a loop point set, when the start button is pressed on the OP-1, both devices trigger inconsistently and out of sync.
This method is the closest to reliable I can get when testing all clock possibilities for the two units. I sent a video demonstrating this same issue to TE and they responded with “we are looking into it”. They obviously didn’t find a solution and I am losing hope in these devices.
I figured, there must be some protocol or solution that would force the OP-Z clock, (while slave to OP-1) to start the sequence in perfect tandem with the OP-1’s tape. Even some sort of “OP-Z control” mode for the OP-1 (like the PO-sync mode), that circumvents the limitations of MIDI here, allowing the unit’s state commands, like play, stop or tempo etc. to drive the OP-Z’s sequencer… IDK this isn’t my job, but this just baffles me that they haven’t made this work yet. Im so dismayed.
I also bought an RK-005 to solve this, but it doesn’t do anything for the problem.
I’m using the OP-Z as the master clock here, but I’ve got the OP-1 sync’d over USB midi (USB-C <-> Mini USB cable), and then an Elektron Model:Samples sync’d over MIDI from an oplab module (beta tester). All looking good so far.
I’m not a huge expert, but I’ve heard the OP-1 isn’t a great master clock and the OP-Z is much better. But I also haven’t played much with the tape and how that impacts things.
Not for me. I experienced that op1 and opz are running out of sync over just a few beats if I use the Arpeggiator or the Apes-Sequencer. I tried to have both units running (and they started just fine), but if I setup a loop in OP1 and try to start a beat synced recording with one of the sequencers, they run out of sync after some beats. CAn anyone else confirm this?
Latest os on both devices. OP1 is master, OPz responds to start/stop. Connection via USB-Cable, OPz is set to just receive sync and notes.
USB should all be the same. I have also found some cheap cables just don’t work. I can’t figure out what it is in the product specs of the units that don’t work. USB should be universal, but it definitely is not.
I have the same issue although I’m using the original oplab usb ports to send clock to the opz from the op1. Sometimes the opz will start on beat but eventually both units go out of sync. Also when playing with the op1 sequencers it quickly starts to go off sync too. Usually I’ve had reliable clock from the op1 with other hardware so not sure what the culprit is, op1 or opz. We probably need another firmware update to tighten things up.
I’m having no luck trying to send midi clock from op-z to op-1 and ipad through an hub usb.
It’s a strange situation because my iPad is correctly receiving the clock, while the op-1 doesn’t.
But if with the same setup i set the iPad as master my op-1 is receiving correctly the clock so i suppose they are both configured correctly.
both devices have the latest firmware.
I’ve checked with with midi flow and it’s all right (infact the iPad is receiving midi clock correctly).
The strange thing is that op-1 is receiving midi clock from the iPad when i set it as a master but doesn’t work if i set op-z as master
Thanks for the answer, i think it should do the work…
I’ve another dumb question… sorry but i’m not really a midi guy
Is this the correct way to do this or is just a workaround? op-z should send midi clock to both devices and not just to one… or am i missing something?
Your OP-Z is only sending to the iPad right now. Think about how the usb works. The iPad is on one side, and everything else is on the other side. The iPad can send to all the other devices, but those devices can only send to one place — the iPad.
There are midi hubs available that route everything to everywhere, but USB hubs don’t. That’s why you need a “host” — the iPad in this case — to do it.
What you could do is put the OP-Z on the other side of the hub. It will act as a usb host (like a computer does). Then you could have the op1 and OP-Z talking directly to each other, and both getting power, too!