A collection of tasty synth recipes. Instruments and effects mixed together to form a tasty treat.

RECIPE #64 – OP-Z in a Jam

Finally! I have now my own Teenage Engineering OP-Z and I can join the other cool kids on the block! Wow, is this this thing fun! And who said you need a screen to make music? In this recipe I used another TE toy - namely Pocket Operator PO-28 treated by the Strymon delay. Oh, and don’t forget about the mighty Medusa! What a mysterious synth it is.


– Teenage Engineering OP-Z

– Polyend Dreadbox Medusa

– Teenage Engineering PO-28

– Strymon Dig

– Zoom Livetrack L-12 mixer

Hicut Recipe #64 Breakdown

OP-Z: This is the backbone of the whole recipe. OP-Z acts as a drummer, bassist and keyboard operator. There’s a preprogrammed pattern going on with some mutes variations. OP-Z has a neat functions that enables you to transpose diatonically the whole pattern in real time, which is very useful in a dawless situation.

MEDUSA: Medusa is in a grid mode here playing a preprogrammed sequence. I programmed some chords as well. I trigger them in the outro section, after the sequence stops. Grid mode is a feature I am yet to explore. It’s a very deep machine. With some smart programming it could be a killer in live situations.

PO-28: Good old Pocket Operator. One of my favourites. Here it plays a single chiptune-like note/arp. And I use it to play some melody in real time.

STRYMON DIG: My favourite Strymon delay. It just makes everything sound better and more… interesting. And it’s pink, which is always OK in my book.

Hicut Recipe #64 Connections

AUDIO: No surprises here. All the instruments go straight into the mixer. The PO-28 is treated by the Strymon delay before it hits the mixer. No MIDI, nor sync used in this one. All the instruments were synced by hand.