op-z MIDI Thread


#1

Operators, let’s get a thread going on MIDI stuff relating to the Z.

Having so much fun with this thing and I’ve got the Z playing nice with a few pieces of external gear using an iConnect Box for the MIDI hub. One feature I can’t seem to get working or even know if it’s supported is sending Step components to the midi notes? Anyone had any luck here?


#2

This is my main interest in opz. For use with external hardware and ios. Very interested to hear if step components/conditions etc work externally.


#3

the CCs and the setting channels is really straightforward, although I would like to be able to set the MIDI OUT channel without the app - which seems to be absent atm, Pretty cool the first time driving an analog filter with the little Z encoders!


#4

So far connecting between the Z and 1 is in pretty broken:

  • crashes when syncing OP1 to opz if you press stop twice
  • opz iOS app with the two units connected crashes on Bluetooth connect
  • tempo between units syncs but is incorrect
  • switching to other tracks, all instruments are staccato or don’t work
  • connecting the units while on doesn’t work ( need to connect when off then turn on )

#5

How does it cope with Bluetooth midi keyboards ? Like Seaboard blocks or any other option like the nanokey studio ? :slight_smile:


#6

How many external track is it possible to control ?
can i have the 16 tracks sequencing external gear ? :smile:


#7

@alexkehayias said:
So far connecting between the Z and 1 is in pretty broken:

  • crashes when syncing OP1 to opz if you press stop twice
  • opz iOS app with the two units connected crashes on Bluetooth connect
  • tempo between units syncs but is incorrect
  • switching to other tracks, all instruments are staccato or don’t work
  • connecting the units while on doesn’t work ( need to connect when off then turn on )
    I couldn’t even get any notes to travel from the op-1 to the op-z; how do you set this up exactly? I’ve got midi in/out enabled on the z and op-1 automatically sends midi, so not sure what I’m missing…

#8

@alexkehayias said:
So far connecting between the Z and 1 is in pretty broken:

  • crashes when syncing OP1 to opz if you press stop twice
  • opz iOS app with the two units connected crashes on Bluetooth connect
  • tempo between units syncs but is incorrect
  • switching to other tracks, all instruments are staccato or don’t work
  • connecting the units while on doesn’t work ( need to connect when off then turn on )
    I couldn’t even get any notes to travel from the op-1 to the op-z; how do you set this up exactly? I’ve got midi in/out enabled on the z and op-1 automatically sends midi, so not sure what I’m missing…

maybe want to check the channel outs in the op-1 that match up on each track in the Z? (i believe shift+blue encoder in the COM CTRL menu)


#9

maybe want to check the channel outs in the op-1 that match up on each track in the Z? (i believe shift+blue encoder in the COM CTRL menu)

That worked, thanks!
Hoping TE puts together a more comprehensive midi tutorial as more people get their hands on the op-Z.
Now that I can attach the op-1 as a keyboard, I’m finding I prefer just working solo on the op-z; it’s really fun for what it does. And although pattern sequencing is a different approach from traditional keys, it’s growing on me faster than expected.


#10

Honestly the midi implementation the Op-1 hasn’t been all that impressive, seemed to have a mind of its own at times… I hope they do a better job with the Z, it is a sequencer after all. Oh I love both devices and don’t mind some extra sync / content procedures, as I believe having to choose content carefully lends to better production, but if I’m going to have issues with midi I want it to be a chain problem and not ghost notes and temp / pitch madness.


#11

Step components work with midi. Punch-in effects also seems to send midi.


#12

@kwilson said:
Step components work with midi. Punch-in effects also seems to send midi.

That’s good news!


#13

So is it possible to pair a Bluetooth keyboard (roli here) to the opz?


#14

Has anyone got it working in Bitwig? I haven’t spent too much time figuring it out but seems Bitwig isn’t recieving midi. Works fine on my iOS synths.


#15

so i was thinking that my cirklon would nicely control op-z via MIDI. i bought apple usb c to digital av adapter. i thought that would do good midi and even able to charge op-z at the same time. However none of my assumption was possible. MIDI doesn’t work and it can’t charge op-z either… so what would be the best way to send MIDI in/out to op-z and charge it at the same time? i just burnt $69 on this adapter… I wish my octatrack was able to send midi over usb like digitakt…


#16

@radar24 I know this won’t help with charging but have you been able to use a normal cable and get midi working without charging between the Cirklon and the opz?


#17

@houtson what do you mean by a normal cable? i can’t connect op-z and cirklon directly and i need usb c to usb a converter so i thought apple adapter would work but it apparently not.


#18

There are only a few oproducts that currently work with the OP-Z USB connectionm

https://www.teenageengineering.com/guides/op-z/usb#supported-devices

Once the first module is out there will be standard 5 pin midi (and CV) control in and out, you will then be able to control the OP-Z from any Midi device or send Midi to any Midi devie from the module track.


#19

Just wondering if it’s possible to sync op-1 and op-z via a usb c to usb c cable, or a regular usb hub (like for expanding the amount of ports on a laptop)? Does anyone know if either of these would work?


#20

@radar24 I was meaning with just a simple adaptor (one of the usb a-c for a couple of $) rather than the apple one - just to see if the midi works with the cirklon