If you prefer a wired connection instead of bluetooth, you can connect your OP-Z via USB (+ lightning adapter with iOS).
Navigating the App
Once an OP-Z is connected, the App defaults to the Device View. This window displays the serial number and firmware version of the connected OP-Z. Navigating through the rest of the app is simple. You can control the app in two ways:
OP-Z control - Hold the ‘Screen’ button on the OP-Z and use any of the jog dials to scroll left / right through the menu options. When you let go of ‘Screen’, you enter the menu you’ve selected. Pro tip: When holding screen, you can also use the track buttons to jump immediately to menu items.
- Local control - Using the controls on your Mac / iOS device, you can scroll through and select menu items as you would with any other app.
Both methods work together - i.e. you don’t have to choose one to use exclusively. This allows you a bit of flexibility when using the two together.
The OP-Z view turns the app into a wireless screen for your OP-Z, employing Teenage Engineering's idea of "Bring your own screen". It’s important to know that you definitely don’t need a screen to operate an OP-Z, but having the option for visual feedback can be really useful.
As you use the OP-Z, the view changes to reflect your actions. When you select a track, its parameters will appear on screen. If you select a global menu like the metronome, the tempo settings will appear in the app.
The OP-Z View doesn’t just show you parameters, it allows you to make adjustments to them from the app. The MIDI bluetooth connection sends data in both directions. When you select & adjust parameters in the app, the same changes are applied to the OP-Z.
The Mixer page in OP-Z view is a perfect example of how the App can be used to enhance your workflow. When you hold the ‘Mixer’ button & press the ‘Screen’ button on the OP-Z, the Mixer Page is locked into view. From here you can mix & mute all 8 instrument tracks simultaneously. To do the same without the app takes much longer, as you would need to navigate multiple tracks and menus to do the same task.
The Configurator gives you an overview of the Sample Packs & Synth Engines, aka ‘Plugs’, onboard your OP-Z. It also allows you to arrange and organise plugs between slots & tracks. The Configurator makes this process intuitive and much quicker than configuring plugs from the OP-Zs Content Mode. Each engine is displayed with an image, title, artist and description so you know exactly what you’re looking at. When you record a sample or create your own sample pack, it will also appear here.