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there are a couple of ways to connect the OP-Z to a computer. to update the firmware of the unit or to perform a factory reset, you can use upgrade mode.
to add, remove or modify the OP-Z content, use content mode. both modes connect the OP-Z to a computer using usb. remember to always safely eject the OP-Z disk before disconnecting from the computer or unplugging usb.
content mode allows you to backup and restore content on OP-Z, as well as adding custom content, such as adding your own sounds. this is also where you manage your projects and access your bounces
finally you can use content mode to configure midi and dmx.
enter content mode like this:
press and hold the track button while turning on the unit.
OP-Z will start in content mode, and all track leds will be green.
connect your OP-Z to your computer via the usb cable provided.
once connected it will show up in the computer as an external removable usb disk.
open the OP-Z disk on your computer to access the files.
note: remember to eject the disk before disconnecting.
you can add your own sounds and sample packs to OP-Z. the supported file format is the OP-1 .aif sample format. for drum tracks it is the drum sample format and for synth tracks it is the synth sample format.
you can either export samples from OP-1, build your own packs using the OP-1 drum utility
, or download packs from the web. to import sounds and sample packs into OP-Z do the following:
make sure OP-Z is in content mode by holding track when power cycling the unit. connect it to a computer. open the OP-Z disk and open the 'samplepacks' folder.
the 10 slots of a track are represented by ten sub folders for each track.
drag and drop your sound files to the different track folders 1–8 and slots 1–10.
choose a free slot folder and place your new sample pack there. only one sample pack per slot folder will be imported, any additional
ones will be rejected.
safely eject the usb disk.
OP-Z will update and restart when ready. do not power off your device during this process.
to access the new sounds in OP-Z select the corresponding track and slot.
you can store a total of 32 MB of sample data.
remove any sample files you do not use anymore to make room for new ones.
make sure OP-Z is in content mode and connected to a computer.
open the OP-Z disk and drag and drop the desired files from OP-Z to your computer.
open the OP-Z disk and drag and drop the desired files from your computer to the corresponding locations on the OP-Z disk.
type add modify remove
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this chart shows which operations are available per type of content.
any changes you do to the files on the OP-Z disk are reflected on the unit after you eject the disk. wait for the unit to synchronize the content and restart in normal mode.
if any content was rejected, it will end up in a folder named 'rejected' on the
OP-Z disk the next time content mode is entered.
note: please see the how_to_import.txt and how_to_dmx.txt files, both found on the content disk,
for further reference.
upgrade mode is used for updating the OP-Z firmware and for initiating a factory reset.
press and hold the screen button while turning on the unit.
OP-Z will start in upgrade mode, the kick led will be blinking white and the parameter dial leds will all be white.
to update the OP-Z firmware, make sure OP-Z is in upgrade mode.
connect the unit to a computer using usb.
OP-Z will show up in the computer as an external removable usb disk.
drag and drop the firmware file onto this disk and make sure it's copied in full.note: the latest firmware file can be downloaded here
safely eject the usb disk. OP-Z will update and restart in normal mode when ready.
note: do not power off your device during this update process.
upgrade mode can also be used to initiate a factory reset, restoring OP-Z to its original factory settings.
make sure OP-Z is in upgrade mode. press and hold screen and stop for a second.
this triggers a factory reset.
the process is finished when you see a blinking white led and four green leds. safely eject the unit and then power cycle it. OP-Z is now ready.
note: any custom user content will be removed when a factory reset is performed.