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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Jun 2019 > TEENAGE ENGINEERING OP-Z £529


Teenage Engineering’s OP-Z is a one-box wonder that breaks new ground, even for them. It’s the kind of product you might not need, but you will want it

Key features

Synth, sampler player, sequencer and free iOS app

16-track sequencer: step and live sequencing, 14 Step Components, track length and speed options

16 independent synthesis, sampler and control tracks to record everything from instruments to lights

160 user patterns

Upgradable modular effects: delay, reverb, filters, tremolo and more

53 LEDs (29 multi-colour)

2 octaves of keys, 51 mechanical keys, pressuresensitive pitch bend 4x multi-purpose encoders

6-hour rechargeable battery


Teenage Engineering has certainly become a master of mobile music-making devices, and to a certain extent has led the field. Yes, there are many cheap plastic synths available now (and I’m not using ‘plastic’ in a derogatory way, by the way), but when the OP-1 was announced a decade ago, there was little else out there like it.

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In this issue, we look ahead, and analyse two massively exciting innovations that are already fundamentally affecting the music-making and listening worlds. In our cover feature this month, we explore the history, science and music-production implications of virtual reality. VR headsets are becoming increasingly popular and with a wide range of music-themed VR applications available to buy or in development, we ask whether making music in virtual space will rival the traditional DAW-based method, and how composing with virtual reality in mind requires a whole new approach to mixing. Elsewhere, we explore the astounding new realm of hologram performance, speaking to those companies that have used modern optics technology to, in a sense, resurrect deceased musicians and send them back out to the live arena. We discuss the technology behind – as well as the ethical implications of – holograms. Also in this issue, we speak to the legendary Howard Jones, LA’s genre-defying Battle Tapes as well as video-game sound designer Matt Boch, who explains how, when working on the recent game Ape Out, he approached soundtracking in an incredibly unique way. We review the latest tech from Universal Audio, Elektron, EastWest and Korg and also bring you a buyer’s guide to turntables, should you want to try your hand at a spot of DJ’ing. I hope you enjoy the issue.