Audiobus: Use your music apps together.

What is Audiobus?Audiobus is an award-winning music app for iPhone and iPad which lets you use your other music apps together. Chain effects on your favourite synth, run the output of apps or Audio Units into an app like GarageBand or Loopy, or select a different audio interface output for each app. Route MIDI between apps — drive a synth from a MIDI sequencer, or add an arpeggiator to your MIDI keyboard — or sync with your external MIDI gear. And control your entire setup from a MIDI controller.

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So... the Teenage Engineering OP-1 Field

How are we feeling about this thing? The OP-1 has always felt like an Apple-style status object, but this... this recalls overpriced debacles like 1982's infamous Apple Lisa in terms of what you're actually getting. For $2000, you could get an MPC Live II and a high-end synth, a 1TB iPad Pro and a suite of comparable software (if portability is the draw), a premium laptop with Ableton, or, a full-on DAWless set-up of decent synths and sequencers. I know people somehow love their OP-1s despite the first generation's $450 hike, but it really does feel like TE is a bit over its skis here.

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  • edited May 13

    The cost is blatant capitalism 'shit costs more now' if you ask me, and TE is asking it cause it will sell... not really stoked about that, cause I'm personally about making music accessible! These are the kinds of changes that should have come with the first price hike. That said, I'd happily spend that for a Prophet 8, so maybe the problem is me.

    To the replies below that are crusty about my wording - I personally don't feel it brings enough new to the table. 32-bit is kinda cool, but it mostly feels like more of the same. I have owned an OP-1 3 times, each time I buy it I honeymoon hard, each time I sell it because I don't use it enough. A completely 'new product' might have been a different conversation. But now I am almost expecting an aluminum version of each pocket operator at $500 each.

    This kinda sums my sentiment.

    TE will sell many, I hope the owners enjoy and make tunes.

  • In all honesty I’m just jealous of mf’ers who can even entertain the thought of buying these gadgets. There’s a couple posters who have routinely bought what seems like every new shiny awesome toy and I feel nothing but burning hot jealousy. Even though I’m just above middle class there’s no way I can afford more than a couple multipurpose computing devices and a handful of legitimately purchased licenses with a dash of cracked software. I’m too worried about being completely bankrupt with cancer in 10 years to afford more.

  • Not everything that every company makes has to be targeted towards the lower end of the market. I like that there's higher end stuff out there to dream about, and for a lot of people it's nice feeling like you purchased a quality tool for the job. Making music is about a lot more than simple economics, different things excite different people and some are willing to pay more for that experience.

    The OP-Z comes across as a pretty simple device, but it can be quite complex and cover a ton of different areas of the music making process. Everything I've seen so far shows that they overhauled pretty much all of it, at least graphically but often in other more important ways too. Coupled with much better encoders (the originals feel cheap to me), better display, stereo through out (the original was boringly mono for me), better A/D/As, WAY more memory, and new effects and synths (to name just a few things), I think there's a good excuse for why they are asking as much as they are.

    Certainly a design element premium to it too, no denying that. But I think as a musical tool and how much it can do now, that the price isn't that outrageous. I plan on buying one shortly, so I'll know more and report back if I feel different after using it if people want.

  • edited May 13

    It’s hardly a high end imo. It’s all about milking the fan base. F.e I haven’t heard much about their eurorack line since release... and those guys put a lot of money in their rigs... it’s even a trend atm (past few years)
    IMO it’s generally for the same people who get the newest iPhone/iPad each year... it’s the best device for a year and then ‘I have to upgrade because this and that’
    Personally I don’t think anything wrong with this... these people finance most affordable stuff down the line.
    I’m saving for Shared System Balck & Gold like crazy, this one has no appeals to me

  • I was going to pass but then I saw it has dual Velcro back fasteners.

  • Walmart Silver Series shoes also have dual Velcro fasteners.

  • :D

    @Liquidmantis said:
    I was going to pass but then I saw it has dual Velcro back fasteners.

  • God the life of living without a conscience must be very freeing.

  • So now that we have established that every TE customer ist a bearded capitalistic pomp without musical talent we could talk about the machine.

    I bought the first gen OP1 at a reasonable price second hand a few years ago and thought that this would be one of the synths I keep forever. Very rarely you find a synth which really feels like a 'classical' instrument, it is an object to care and love, it is a joy to handle and a truly great object of product design. But for me as a music instrument it didn't really work.

    Too often did I screw things up with my overdubs, I hated most of the effects, I really missed a proper filter, I didn't get along with the sequencers and I am crap at playing the piano, so I really missed quantisation.

    Still I kept it for a few years just for the nice object it was and it got a little use from time to time.

    I am sure it will be one of the decade defining gadgets like the first Sony Walkman (TPS-L2), the Tamagochi, the first Swatch, the first Iphone....

    A couple of months ago I sold it though, it was just too expensive as a paperweight and not obsolete, so it would be a crime not to play. And I sold it for more than I paid for.

    The new one is very tempting, but it still is the box I can't really work with, so I'll probably pass.

  • edited May 13

    @geesbert said:
    So now that we have established that every TE customer ist a bearded capitalistic pomp without musical talent we could talk about the machine.

    :D I mean this is technically an iOS music app forum, and there is definitely hard 'take the old one, wrap it in aluminum and call it pro' vibes. But I for one can't judge people who buy expensive little music boxes, my elektron collection might need a dedicated room soon...

    A couple of months ago I sold it though, it was just too expensive as a paperweight and not obsolete, so it would be a crime not to play. And I sold it for more than I paid for.

    I have done this three times, and would have liked to see TE take a whack at a completely new machine for my money - not just a refinement.

  • edited May 13

    I feel very conflicted. I may well be the target market for this, in that I’m not really a musician at all, I just like messing with soundscapes and doomy noises, with a large dose of manipulated found sound in the mix. I first saw the OP-1 in the hands of Hainbach, and immediately loved the whole tape recorder aspect of it, coupled with its’ dinkiness and portability.

    I actually do make field recordings, and this thing could go with me into, you know, the field, which my rack, which has now grown, inch by inch, to several times the cost of the OP-1, never can.

    Yes, it is very expensive. It’s like, the price of four major Eurorack modules. Or to put it another way: Just four. Which can’t go into the field. As I say, conflicted…

  • edited May 13

    And here I’d like to shout out for Arturia for making very premium feeling products at very reasonable prices. Premium doesn’t have to cost premium but of course the profit margin goes down.

  • @Svetlovska couldn't agree more about the target, and while I may be more of a 'musician' if using your words - I'd love to have seen something more experimental. Maybe put a take on some open-source mutable stuff, maybe a tracker, maybe open it up to script the tool you need, heck even full IP water resistance ... maybe my expectations just got the better of me, dare I mention Drambo 2.0?

    I sold my modular stuff last year to get more portable, but ended up with more boxes plugged into the wall 🤣... I will say that I'm pretty stoked by the Polyend dedicated units... play looks huge!

  • @evnjim said:

    liked to see TE take a whack at a completely new machine for my money - not just a refinement.

    I agree, would love to see their take on a drum machine, with both synth and sample capabilities.

  • @evnjim : water proof and even more experimental? (Love the idea of some Mutable Instruments in there…] Yes to both of those! Or… Maybe the new SP404 and a neoprene cover for it instead…

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