OPZ/Digitone synth comparison! Craft vs Immediacy

To sum it up simple, the Digitone is a much stronger sound design tool where you can really get into your sounds. The OPZ isn’t as detailed but is a much more immediate tool for composing music.

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I don’t think the OP-Z can be compared to the digitone because of the OP-Z’s portability and being battery powered. As I’m writing this, I have the OP-Z in my jacket pocket. I always have it everywhere I go because of the size. I would never do that with my digitone and I don’t see it being practical because it wasn’t really built for that.
One thing I noticed people tend to miss is the microphone, built in audio interface and gyro. These are great features that are often never talked about. I would say out of my op1, octatrack, korg electribe sampler and digitone, I tend to always use my OP-Z because I’m always on the go. That’s just my opinion.

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Fascinating. I’ve always considered the gyro to be a worthless gimmick. What do you use it for?

I can see how the microphone would be useful to some people, but I never use it and don’t value it.

I find the audio interface to be of limited use since the USB is so noisy when charging that you can only use it when running on battery. It’s useful I guess, but only because there’s no line out.

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I’ve used the Gyro for a filter sweep on all of my tracks. It works great for playing live. I was thinking of posting a video on it.

I’m always experimenting with the microphone. I’ll record a short vocal part on one of the drum track and change the pitch/ or reverse each slice for some interesting sounds when adding some fx. Also, I had the chance to use it when someone suggested karaoke at a little get together with some friends.

I haven’t had the noise issue, but you can turn off the charging feature by holding the screen button + mute step.

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To me the Dgtn and the opz are different takes on the same general concept. A grovebox with awesome sequencing capabilities. They share a lot of core functions like step/live sequencing, audio over usb, multitrack sequencer, the ability to produce an entire track without any external gear.
The fact that one is battery powered and the other is not doesn’t mean that you can’t compare them

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I know this, but it doesn’t change the fact that 100% of the time I have to turn off charging and re-record after I notice the noise. Or leave my OP-Z at home because I forgot to turn charging back on after recording. The result is that I rarely use the OP-Z as anything other than a sequencer for my bass synth.

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How many times have you taken your digitone with you on a road trip, or on a airplane with long layover? I own a digitone and I’m not saying it not a wonderful instrument. I’m just a TRUE fan of the OP-Z and nothing compares to it!!!

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:man_facepalming:

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I have both and need both!! One is a professional instrument, the other is my partner in crime!! Not quite a professional instrument but had so much personality and it’s so fun who cares!!

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I have the answer to your noise problems - this thing is worth it’s weight in gold https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07235PR4V/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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I think I’m going to have to get something like this. The USB noise doesn’t go away when I turn off charging. It just converts to a different noise.

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I know you didn’t ask for proof or anything, but here’s a video of the exact model I linked above completely solving my OP-Z USB noise issue.

In the video, the OP-Z and other gear are fed into the MakerHart mixer, which is connected to my laptop all via standard 3.5mm audio. I start off with the OP-Z directly plugged into the USB hub connected to the laptop, record a bunch of noise, then plug the OP-Z into the HiLetgo and record silence. I actually just bought a second one because I’m getting a similar issue with my new Korg NTS-1. I should note that I don’t usually record directly from the OP-Z via USB, but this is also silent through the HiLetgo when connected to the laptop via USB hub.

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OPZ is amazing. I love it. The synth sounds are pure shit though. Perfect for sketching stuff out but I ain’t committing any to a track anytime soon unless it’s a 50%+ wet signal situation.

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