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Harmonic dreams

from 50​-​90 2020 by The Fishermen & the Priestess

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For this song I wanted to use samples longer than the OP-Z can handle. I downloaded a royalty free cello sample and loaded it into the OP-1.

Synchronizing the OP-1 with the OP-Z is simple, you just need to use a cable I nicknamed "time traveler" — on one end it's mini USB and the other end it's USB-C. Once they're connected this way, pressing play on one of them will make the other start playing as well, and they will keep playing in sync.

I had a problem with hum noise, though. Since the OP-1 and the OP-Z were both connected to the mixer, connecting them with the time traveler cable created a ground loop. I had to disable USB charging in both devices to get rid of the noise, but once I discovered that everything worked perfectly.

The cello samples from the OP-1 are going through my "sway" patch on the ZOIA, slowly changing between different effects (delay, reverb, compression, bit crusher). I had the sample playing on loop, and adjusted its volumne on the fly while recording a one-take session.


from 50​-​90 2020, track released August 8, 2020
Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash




The Fishermen & the Priestess Bodega Bay, California

The fishermen and the priestess is the solo project of Beto Dealmeida, a musician interested in nature, vintage sounds and electronics.

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