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Teenage Engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer   

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The OP-1 from Teenage Engineering is a synth like no other. With its futuristic design, the OP-1 takes on the role of synthesizer, sampler, and contr...Read More

Available 08-07-2016

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OVERVIEW

Beautifully engineered synth, sounds even better than it looks.

The OP-1 from Teenage Engineering is a synth like no other. With its futuristic design, the OP-1 takes on the role of synthesizer, sampler, and controller all-in-one highly stylized package. This synth is something to behold, but it sounds even better than it looks, with exciting features like the FM Radio and an assignable G-Force sensor for motion controlled effects. OP-1 also incorporates a built-in Tape feature that gives you the ability to record everything you do on up to four tracks, with overdubbing and reverse recording functions.

Synthesizer and controller
8 built-in synthesizer engines, multiple effects and LFO's. And some really unique sequencers ready to explore. Connect it to your computer and control your DAW with the common play, stop, rec, forward and rewind. Use the 4 rotary encoders and 8 x 2 dedicated quick keys for fast selections.

Built in 4-track tape
Record everything on the built in 4-track tape. Match the tape speed to the sequencer clock for some really nice overdubbing with changing pitch. Change tape speed while recording, or even record backwards in real-time. Switch to the 4-channel mixer and add some texture with the built in EQ and Drive.

Drag and drop
When plugged to a Mac/PC using USB, the OP-1 shows up as a mass storage device. Ready for you to drag and drop audio files between your computer and the OP-1. The 4 tape tracks are available as well as sampled waveforms for you to manipulate. No additional software or drivers required. Just plug and play.

Color-coded interface
The unique OP-1 color-coded interface with color graphics on the beautiful OLED display is direct related to the four-color rotary encoders and the legend on the keyboard. This makes for extremely easy reading and a non-technical way to control and shape your sounds. Finally, you don't have to be a scientist to use a synthesizer.

16 Hours Battery Power
Playing at maximum volume you can travel over the Atlantic Ocean twice, constantly making music on your OP-1 before it runs out of power. And at the same time have over 2 years of stand by time.

FEATURES
  • Multiple Synthesizer Engines with Exchangable Architecture
  • Built-in 24 Voice Instant Live Sampler
  • 4 track Tape Recorder with Variable Tape Speed
  • 6 Minutes Recording Time. (Up to 24 Minutes)
  • 4 track Mixer with EQ, Effect, Drive and Master Out
  • Multiple Exchangable Effects
  • Multiple Exchangable Sequencers
  • USB MIDI Controller - MAC & PC Compatible
  • 2-Way USB File Transfer - MAC & PC Compatible
  • Color Coded Vector Based User Interface
  • Instant Reverse and variable Tape Speed Recording
  • Full Classic Tape Editing Capabilities
  • Master Tempo with Beat Matching to Tape Feature

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SPECIFICATIONS

OP-1 Portable Synthesizer

  • Synthesizers
    Multiple Synthesizer Engines with exchangable Architecture.
    8 dedicated instant sound select keys
    Sound Engines
    Dr Wave - Raw 8-bit yupe sound engine
    FM - Easy to tweak FM synthesis engine
    Pulse - Square wave type engine
    String - Physical modeling with a twist
    Digital - Raw digital type of engine
    Phase - Phase distortion engine
    Cluster - Multiple Wave Cluster
    Feature additions of Engines will be available with software upgrades
    Sample Engines
    Dedicated instant Synth Sampler with 6 seconds sampling time for each slot.
    Dedicated instant Drum Sampler with 12 seconds sampling time for each slot.
    With automated layout feature.
    Instant sampling with built-in Microphone or Line in
    Envelopes
    Classic ADSR type of envelope
    Dynamic Envelope for Drum sounds.
    Future additions of Envelopes will be available with software upgrades
    Effects
    Multiple Effects with exchangable Architecture.
    Delay - Classic delay type
    Phone - Hacked phone effect
    Punch - Adds punch to your sound
    Grid - Grid based echo
    Spring - Spring reverb type
    Future additions of Effects will be available with software upgrades
    Tape Feature
    4 individual tracks with instant Solo
    Instant variable Tape Speed
    6 minutes recording time in Normal tape speed.
    Up to 24 minutes recording time in Low tape speed
    Loop function with movable region
    Tape tricks for Break Tape, Bits and Reverse.
    Memo 1 & 2 for instant memorizing Effects / EQ / Pan or Levels / Tape Speed
    Reverse Recording
    Classic Tape editing Features Lift / Split and Drop
    Lift tape recordings back into Sampler for endless sound design.
    Motion Sensor
    3 Axis Motion sensor (G-Force)
    Assignable to any synth, envelope, effect parameter or to pitch.
    Built-in FM radio
    Sample direct from any radiostation
    Record direct to tape
    Hardware Specifications
    CPU
    400 MHz Processor Core
    (800 MMACSS performance)
    64 MB Low-Power SDRAM (12ns)
    512 MB Nand Flash storage
    24-bit 96kHz ADC/DAC
    Battery
    Li-Ion 1800 mAh
    16 hours active Battery Life
    2 Years stand-by time
    Charge via USB port
    I/O
    USB 2.0 high speed (OTG)
    3.5 mm Line Input, Output
    Built-in microphone
    High output mini speaker 8 Ohm 1 Watt
    3-axis accelerometer (G-force) sensor
    Worldwide FM band support (64-108 MHz)
    Display
    Amoled display running in 60 fps
    320 x 160 pixel resolution
    Color Depth: 16.7 M
    Contrast: 10000:1 (good for outdoor use!)
    Viewing Angle: 170
    Life Time: 30,000 hrs
    Mechanical
    Low profile keyboard module
    Scissor-switch ultra low profile design
    Expected lifespan of 10 million keystrokes per key
    Encoders
    Industrial Grade Incremental Encoders
    Rotational life: Up to 1,000,000 revolutions
    Excellent indexing feel (remains consistent over life)
    Zinc diecast and fiber enforced high performance plastic
    Used in Avionics Operating temperature range: -40 to +85C2.8
    Body
    Advanced CNC:d one-piece Aluminum design.
    2 X M6 Mounting holes for accessories.
    2 X Cuts for strap accessory.
    Color
    Light grey powder coated body and EDM textured keyboard
    Dimensions
    L 282 mm, H 102 mm, D 13.5 mm
    Packaging
    The OP-1 comes shipped in a reusable environmental friendly package made out of Paperfoam material.
    Motion Sensor
    3 Axis Motion sensor (G-Force)
    Assignable to any synth, envelope, effect parameter or to pitch.
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Teenage EngineeringOP-1 Portable Synthesizer
 
4.8

(based on 6 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Good quality (5)
  • Functional (4)
  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

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4.0

Nice unit with a ton of capabilities

By Alex

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Teenage Engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer:

      I use this for sampling and laying out ideas. It's great for that. Very fun to use. The inputs are noisy, as others have mentioned. But, there isn't anything else like it.

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      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      MUSICIANFRIEND.COM AND THE OP-1 RULE!!!!

      By ALBATR055

      from DENVER, CO

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound
      • PERFECT

      Cons

      • No Cons
      • None

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Teenage Engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer:

      I AM SO INCREDIBLY HAPPY WITH THIS EXPERIENCE!!!

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      5.0

      The best

      By JeanKeeler

      from New York, New York

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

      • A Bit Of A Learning Curve

      Best Uses

      • On The Go

      Comments about Teenage Engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer:

      Really worth it. I had my doubts, but it did not disappoint. The Op-1 has a lot of charecter both in it's sound and its design.

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      5.0

      Turns me on so much I want to marry it!

      By Torn n Frayed

      from Houston TX

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Amazing Graphic Interface
      • Creative Work Flow
      • Easy To Use
      • Easy To Use Color Coded
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound
      • Monolithic Build Quality

      Cons

      • I Have To Turn It Off

      Best Uses

      • For All Things Audio

      Comments about Teenage Engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer:

      I have wanted an OP-1 since I started making my own music and finally got one for a great price from Musicians Friend. After using it for only 2 days I am planning on meeting it's parents and seeing about starting a family with it, I am head over heels in love!

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      5.0

      Excellent addition to my rig

      By dctucker

      from Wilmington, NC

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Expandable
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

      • Off-board Midi

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing
      • Remixing
      • Sampling
      • Songwriting

      Comments about Teenage Engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer:

      For me, the best thing this device does, it shows up on my computer as just another disk drive, allowing me to drag .aif files to and from it, which is useful as a backup, and as a way to put in new sounds. The tape function is great for loop building and songwriting, the drum machine has some awesome sounds built-in. As a performance synth, it's solid. I just need to buy an Oplab to get the MIDI interfaced with my stage piano, then I'll be all set; the lack of onboard MIDI is a little inconvenient for now.

      I like it though, because it's like a bunch of musical devices from the past several decades all packed into a device no bigger than a computer keyboard. Overall top notch device, priced right where it needs to be. Look out for OS updates from Teenage Engineering, they often include new synthesizer modes and other functionality.

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      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Incredible Sonic Power In A Tiny Package

      By gadjitfreek

      from Newburgh, NY

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Endless Sound Sculpting
      • Good Quality
      • Self-contained
      • Tiny

      Cons

      • Can't Save Sounds

      Best Uses

        Comments about Teenage Engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer:

        This tiny device is incredibly powerful in sculpting just about any kind of sound you can imagine. The innovative interface makes sound-sculpting an absolute joy. I just wish there was a way I could save the sounds that I create for later use.

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