My OP-1 arrives Thursday, and I am very much looking forward to it.
Absolutely! This is my exact workflow - OP-1 > OPLAB > JU-06 > OP-1 record straight to tape. No latency or noise, you can also use the internal OP-1 effects, the only catch is that you will need to use the master effects slot, but you can re-record that and drop it back into one of the 4 tape slots, then turn the master effect off again.
Thanks for your reply. I don’t understand why using the master effects slot is a “catch”?
It’s a little hard to explain, but i’ll give it a go… There are 4 tape tracks that you can record to on the OP-1, each of these allow you to use an effect, there is also a master effects section with all the same effects but it will apply it to all 4 tape parts at once. When you record from an external source you won’t have access to the individual tape track effects, you can only apply a master effect. This means that all your other tape parts will be affected, you probably don’t want this so the workaround is to record the OP-1 output with the master effect ‘on’ to one of the individual tape tracks, then turn ‘off’ the master effect. To do this you don’t need to wire the output to the input, there is a function that will ‘listen’ to the output internally. Hope that makes sense, just know that it’s not an issue at all and you can still use the OP-1 exactly as you intend.
Thanks to both of you for these incredibly detailed responses. I understand now.
One maybe dumb question, is the line input recording into tape keeping the stereo channel information or is it merged into mono? I don’t have my OP-1 at hand but have the impression that internally the tape tracks are mono and it’s the master FX that can ‘widen’ it. So is this true also for the ‘taped’ tracks?
The line input is mono, you should use a 3.5mm TS cable (not TRS).
Oh another tip for @AdamJay if you want to sequence external gear from the OP-1 you will hear the OP-1 internal synth by default, the easiest way to avoid this (if you do not want to do that) is to use one of the synth sampler presets, then hold shift and turn the orange encoder fully CCW until it says -INF in display, this will avoid the internal synth from sounding whilst your sequence plays.
i think the actual input jack itself is TRS. either way i’ve used a TRS w/o any problems.
My understanding is that the input is stereo but the tape records a mono sum.
I’m fine with that.
Thanks for the synth sampler preset tip!
Another question, if you kind folks don’t mind taking the time.
Thanks. Will search “drum patches” in addition to my “drum kits” search in the future.
No worries. As great as this site is, the search function ain’t the best!
Good to know. Will employ the google trick of searching “site:operator-1.com keywords” from now on.