definitely can go dark. lots of sounds to be had w/ all the synth engines. throw in some fx, lfos and some sampled stuff, u can really do anything w/ OP1
Do you have a reference for the type of sound you are looking to make? There are quite a few different styles of music being generated from members of this group, so someone here might make examples of what you’re looking for. But dark, quirky, nasty, and uncommercial aren’t enough to go on to tell you whether what you want to do is possible
Thanks for responding. I like artists like Meat Beat Manifesto, Underworld, Mondkopf, Arnaud Rebottini etc etc. I also would rate Trent Reznor as my all time favourite musical innovator so I guess its fair to say that I’m used to synths that get abused in ways that make them howl and produce less than easy noises. Having said that, I’m finding my own style with what I’m doing so I’m not suggesting that I’d want to make Nine Inch Nails kind of stuff with an OP-1, I’m more interested in not making a mistake with my first investment in hardware.
I’d think more about how you want to flow when making music.
I think the Op-1 is capable of anything if you spend enough time twiddling around with it. Once you learn the ins and outs it is absolutely possible.
As an alternative to the other suggestion you listed Roland’s JD-Xi offers wonderful drum kits, two digital synths, and an anolog synth that can all be sequenced. It is a great sketch pad with on board effects. I have one and it has worked in a way I didn’t imagine it to. I think the drums are the best part on it and that is all I use it for really. The only problem is the menu diving. After working in a DAW much like yourself for a long time I refuse to look at a screen when trying to record something and I can’t even bring myself to edit the ADSR (for which there is one knob) because I have to menu dive. That said, there is an iPad editor for all the parameters which I have gotten around to trying yet. Once again, the drums are really good and can be edited easily for perc FX.
With all that good food for thought, I’d invest the extra cash and get an Op-1 personally. I’m actually haggling for another atm.
Indeed. I have both and the poor old Mininova (MoroderNova, even) is mighty lonely since the Minilogue came into the picture. Can’t really beat it for the price.
For industrial type stuff is the mininova not >minilogue? I would love a minilogue but it very much an analogue polysynth, no?
Thanks again for the replies. I remain sorely tempted because of the ‘fun factor’. I came into meddling with electronica via iOS, the rather excellent DAW Nanostudio helped convince me that playful experimentation can indeed yield pleasing results. I’ve slowly been building confidence in what I can do musically since then.
I say go for it.
Uh, oh I’m on a very slippery slope. I bought an aerial and screen protector for a synth I do not own yet!
You can absolutely work on more than one song/track at a time - with tape you have four tracks, each is 6 minutes long. You can record onto any part of any track at any time so you could have a few bars of something on the go, leave a bit of time/space on the tape and start on something else. I often use the OP-1’s tape as a sketchpad going back and forth between a few different ideas.
Great, thanks for clearing that up.
Or use the USB connection to park dormant tracks on your computer while you work on something else.
You can’t save on the OP-1, its kind of use it or lose it.All changes remembered on power down.
Having said that there is lots of different seq space to store different ideas ,plus tape room to juggle projects ,as mentioned.
A lot can be jammed with 32 bars.
Not being able to save multi projects works both ways with gear.It’s nice to just use the memory as a tool/instrument for the job at hand and finish stuff then discard the materials left over,making us less precious about our scrap.
Like bits of discarded tape cuttings being swept up after a productive day.
It looks like developing a good habit with backing up work between the OP-1 and a computer is probably a good idea.
Congratulations on getting an OP-1! I had a Novation X-Station for the longest time (a very knobby predecessor to the MiniNova) that I never used because it sounded insipid to me. I spent far more time on the OP-1, but eventually its sound design limitations convinced me to get a a complementary synth that I’m shopping for. Let me tell you it’s not easy because the OP-1 user interface is deceptively simple, non threatening, and fun to experiment with. I tried a Yamaha MOXF but it was overly complex and not fun to play. I’m leaning toward a DSI Prophet 08. I’m definitely not going to sell the OP-1 and intend to use it for recording and its spring reverb. BTW, I work with computers all day and don’t want to go home and play music on them.
The OP-1 can very easily be a gateway to other synths/gear because its very simple to try such a wide variety of styles and ways of working. As strange as it sounds the OP-1 has got me into modular/semi-modular synths because of the way I like to work and all the random experiments I’ve done on it.
Hello again, I’ve had to create a new profile as I realised shortly after creating the last one that I’d not checked my username and I’d jumbled the letters by accident. Doh! Anyway, today seems like a good day to start fresh and I’m delighted that my OP-1 has arrived. I’m in the gang now…on the edge looking in, much to learn. Can’t wait to start playing and getting to know some of you fellow owners in the process.