OP-Z Megaproject incl. Lights & Photomatic

Recently I performed a 30 minutes set with fully automated lights and visuals all controlled by the OP-Z, using 24 patterns across 2 projects (organized in 3 pattern chains) and 5 Photomatic rolls. We used some other synths for some voices, but all midi is coming from the OP-Z. I learned a lot while preparing for this, so if anybody is interested I can share some insights later. This was the opening for a small film festival, so for the visuals I mangled snippets from all the movies in the competition plus some photos & videos taken on location just before the show. For the live performance I wanted to concentrate on shaping sounds, therefore a lot of prep went into fully automating lights & photomatic (with some exceptions in places where manual fades needed to happen)

(The OP-Z stuff starts 5 minutes in, before that we‘re mangling a live recording of the host announcing us and some ambient noise to clean the ears…)

Let me know about any questions, happy to share some lessons learned!


sounds /looks ace.

Hi RD - and thanks for your post!

First off - I should say I’m trying to promote my own wireless lighting technology (see https://thinkrad.io )

How was it terms of having sufficient time to rig for your performance?
Was it difficult to ensure that your rig was correct, and matched to what you had pre-rehearsed?
Was it difficult or a nuisance to comply with safety restrictions on trailing cables etc?
Were you able to place light fixtures where you wanted them, or did you have to compromise?

I’m trying to understand (of course) what fully wireless DMX, and battery-rechargeable tech can add to helping with your creative work.

  • Dom

Cool stuff! In general, I think the DMX part of the OP-Z doesn’t get the attention it deserves… after all, which other portable groovebox can do that?
About your questions, honestly the venue was small and I only ran 2 LED bars, so no issues about cables, etc… but:
During the pandemic we played a lot outdoors and DMX lights were the only thing we couldn’t get battery-powered… so if there would be a wireless and battery-powered, lightweight LED strip with addressable DMX channels, I‘m all in…

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Astera Helios tubes and Titan tubes are battery powered and wireless and work great with op-z through dmx… but yeah they are expensive, I could use a cheaper solution

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Yes these are nice and too expensive for me - a simple LED strip that could be Velcro’d onto objects would be the bomb… like on bike wheels, etc

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Wireless LED strips are more difficult, because of the power consumption.

To give reasonable run-times, combined-with reasonable brightness - and you end up with quite chunky batteries (and a quite chunky charger) - and hence product costs climb!

The approach I’m developing into a product uses the brightest available single RGBW led, combined with USB charging from any source - a “building block” approach (so that compact individual lights can be rigged as strips/arrays etc) or, as I originally intended - to create an environment, by lighting features/equipment/structure/ etc - to accentuate the space.


What’s going on with that project?

I have about 20 units running on my workbench!

I’m going to start trialling them, within the next few weeks, through performers I know locally (South East UK).

Anyone in the region is welcome to get in contact to talk about doing something together.


Hello how are you? I’m trying to put together a show entirely based on op-z, but I have a problem with the videomatic function, every time I load a video (.mp4, less than 1mb and approximately 4 seconds long) the app closes. I am using an Android cell phone. I think I might have a problem with the video codec or something like that.

Sorry, i used iphone/ipad only… but I remember that the video file needed a particular encoding… you can try to export different versions from your video editor or re-encode via Handbrake and see if that helps.