OP-Z, Ableton and Tape Track

Hey! I have a simple question. Do you know if somehow we can use the tape track of the Op-z to manipulate the audio of Ableton tracks which receive the signal from the op-z? Maybe we can’t because the tape track is manipulating internaly audio from the op-z and has nothing to do with the midi signal but I wonder. Thanks in advance. Have a nice day!

You can’t use it to affect anything strictly in Ableton, however you can essentially use the OP-z as an effect loop to accomplish this.

OP-z Tape Track Resampling to Ableton
-Connect the OP-z to your computer using USB

-Set Ableton’s Input and Output Device to OP-z

-Set only your desired track to output to the OP-z (either solo, or mute all other tracks)

-Go to the I/O track on the OP-z and set parameters as desired (and verify you are monitoring the USB audio, 3)

-Go to the Tape Track and make sure it is receiving audio from the I/O track (when on the Tape Track, hold shift and the tracks lit with yellow lights will be received)

-Set Tape Track settings as desired

-Set up a new audio track to record in Ableton

Make sure you’re actually running the sequencer on the OP-z while doing this, because the Tape Track records the previous however many measures of audio, so if you don’t run the sequencer, the Tape Track won’t be recording anything.

You can monitor what you’re doing with headphones via the OP-z, but you won’t be able to listen in on any other tracks running in Ableton. Since the Ableton Output Device is set to OP-z, you won’t be able to send to monitor or headphones. You can get around this with the OP-z Line Module, though.

If you have the OP-z line module:

-Set your desired track/group’s output in Ableton to a line output of your interface (Ext. 3/4 for example) and run it into the line in on the OP-Z*
To get it to work in stereo, you’ll need a 1/8" TRS to double 1/4" splitter cable

-Go to the I/O track and set parameters as desired (and verify you are monitoring the line in audio, 4)

-Go to the Tape Track and make sure it is receiving audio from the I/O track (when on the Tape Track, hold shift and the tracks lit with yellow lights will be received)

-Set Tape Track settings as desired

-Send audio back to Ableton either with the TRS headphone out jack, or using USB

-Set up a new audio track to record in Ableton

*If you don’t have an interface with Line Outputs, there are workarounds, but you might as well just use the USB audio in/out of Ableton method instead.

Resampling using the Tape Track, plus having step automated parameter, and using FX on either the I/O track, Tape Track, or both, can get some really incredible sounds.
You could also accomplish the same thing manually in Ableton (the Tape track is just replaying audio, so you can just chop/warp the audio in Ableton), but it loses some of the happy accidents that occurs when you use the OP-z as a resampler.

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