Longstanding TE lover here, seeking a reality check from op1f owners if you can spare the time!
I’ve had the OP1 since beta (also opz, almost all the POs). I love using the OP1 for noodling, composing, and so on. I lay out songs on it, by putting clips in order. Sometimes it’s a bit sketchy - a click, an imperfection. But in context that’s fine: the audio quality of the op1 is its own thing, I’ve no complaints, it’s just not a device for perfect reproduction.
I now also want a portable device that will let me capture loops from other devices in glorious accurate stereo, let me overdub mic recordings and live keyboard playing, and then let me arrange those clips on tracks into end to end songs.
I’ve experimented but not found anything I love. Loopy Pro on iPhone is great, but I prefer to avoid phones and DAWs. 1010 BlackBox was awkward, limited, and has no battery. Akai Force was great but too huge and cumbersome, with no battery (Push3 has battery but would still be massive). MPC Live and SP404mk2 don’t do quantised clip capture, so they’re no good.
I’m tempted to buy an OP1F for this purpose, because I know and love the workflow. But it’s very expensive. So I’m really keen to get a clear sense on sound quality, specifically, in real usage for laying out songs from copy/pasted clips. The OP1F is obviously able to record in stereo, and deliver accurate sound reproduction. But when I come to lay out clips in order along the timeline of the OG OP1, it can be a bit shonky with clicks etc. I tolerate that in the wider chaotic sound of the OG OP1. But I’m worried that’ll be more noticable, and annoying, if I’m trying to do proper arrangements on OP1F.
Am I wrong to worry about this? It’s very hard to disentangle true reports of audio limitations from grumbles emerging from people who are just generally annoyed with the OP1F workflow (which I love).