Teenage Engineering OP-1Item ID: OP1
24-button Compact Battery-powered Synthesizer Workstation with 8 x Synth Engines, 2 x Sampler Engines, Multiple Effects, 16-hour Battery Life, and Multiple Expansion Options
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Take Your Synth Workstation Anywhere!Teenage Engineering's OP-1 synthesizer gives you a complete sampling and synthesis workstation you can take anywhere. If you're going on a transatlantic flight or backpacking down the Inca Trail, then this is the keyboard you want. Loaded with 24 voices, eight synth engines, a flexible sequencer, and a 4-track virtual tape machine, the OP-1 gives you plenty of ways to fuel your creativity. And since it can run for 16 hours on a single charge, you're never tethered to AC when you want to make music with your Teenage Engineering OP-1.
Teenage Engineering OP-1 Mini Synthesizer System at a Glance:
Compact synthesizer, sampler, and controller in one
From the classic 8-bit Dr Wave sound engine to the String physical modeling engine, the Teenage Engineering OP-1 gives you eight great ways to make cool and creative sounds. You also get two different styles of onboard samplers, including a synth sampler and a drum sampler for adding realistic instrument sounds to the mix. And when you hook the OP-1 up to your computer, you can instantly take control of your favorite virtual instruments, right from its extremely streamlined user interface.
Record like a pro with the built-in 4-track virtual tape deck
When you're ready to record, you'll find the Teenage Engineering OP-1's built-in 4-track "tape deck" to be more than inspiring. Combined with the onboard sequencer, you can create truly funky effects by varying the tape speed (or even reversing it) it real time. And when you add in the OP-1's 4-channel mixer with EQ and Drive controls, you'll be surprised by what you can accomplish.
Drag-and-drop interface with any Mac or Windows PC
Connect your Teenage Engineering OP-1 mini synthesizer workstation to your computer and it instantly shows up as a mass storage device. This lets you drag and drop audio files between your Mac or Windows PC, allowing you to retrieve recordings from your OP-1, and load new clips up to 12 seconds long into its samplers.
Striking user interface with color-coded convenience
You never have to wonder what you're reaching for, when you grab one of your Teenage Engineering OP-1's color-coded encoders. That's because each color corresponds with the color represented by the graphics displayed on the OP-1's vividly colored OLED display. If you're more creative than technical, you'll find it super easy to tweak settings and shape sounds on this compact keyboard.
Make music anywhere with 16 hours of battery power
Even with the volume cranked as high as it can go, the Teenage Engineering OP-1 synth can go up to 16 hours on a single charge. That's a ton of time you don't have to stay tied down to an outlet. At the same time, the OP-1 can go idle for up to 2 years before running out of battery power, so you don't have to keep your OP-1 locked in charging mode when not in use.
Teenage Engineering OP-1 Mini Synthesizer System Features:
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Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
Teenage Engineering goes above and beyond...
by mark valentine from northridge, CApurchased the op-1 after many months of hesitation, along with saving up the money to put towards it. so i finally took the dive and purchased it. i decided to go with sweetwater since they offered a ... read more [+]free two year warranty. ill start with the customer service on this item. i didnt expect to receive a call in regards to my order. i spoke with sean geyer and i have to say i was blown away with the great one on one customer service that they provide. i dont necessarily know how to use this synthesizer but i will say that the quality and craftsmanship is beyond words. i cant wait to learn how to use this thing to its fully potential. ill be coming back to sweetwater to purchase some of the accessories. close [-]
April 27, 2013
GOOD THINGS DO COME IN SMALL PACKAGES!
by Ken from Boston, MA USAI am amazed how fully functional this is. The OP-1 is quite sturdy with controls that are intuitive and well organized.The multiple synths and drum machines are endless fun. And it comes with a great... read more [+] selection of drum and synth sequencers, ranging from standard to exotic. It even can sample from the built-in microphone or FM radio. The Op-1 is a fully functional workstation, great for music production at home or while traveling. close [-]
April 5, 2013
Music Background: Musician, Recording Engineer
by ~brrrd~ from Los Angeles, CAThis is one of my favorite pieces that I've bought in years. Great, fun and simple interface and some really wild sounds. Hours and hours of fun and ever expanding possiblities... Teenage Engineerin... read more [+]g are super innovative and they are just going to keep making things better and better (which your OP1 will get in the way of firmware upgrade that add new features).
February 1, 2013
Just buy it already.. close [-]
If you're on the fence about the OP-1 . . .
by Lenny from New York, NYI love the OP-1. It's a truly unique instrument and a serious upgrade from the Casio VL-1 it kind of emulates. There is tremendous power under the hood and I feel I've only scratched the surface. T... read more [+]he interface is less intuitive than Apple products, but you can start playing and having fun without even cracking the online owners manual. The build quality is fantastic, heavy and designed to last. The sound quality is better than I expected and I expected it to be good. While the OP-1 is a very playful tool, don't let the looks fool you into thinking it's a toy. It is not. The OP-1 has a great amount of depth and complexity lacking in all electronic music toys I've encountered.
January 8, 2013
Music Background: Independent Musician
That said, there are times I wish the OP-1 was more like a conventional instrument. I sometimes long for a filter cutoff or envelope controls. But wanting such things kind of misses the point. The OP-1 is it's own thing and you find yourself respecting it for being different than everything else in your kit. In the end, the only thing I really wish for (which wouldn't break the personality of the instrument) is the ability to juggle more than one song in the virtual 4 track tape recorder. I like to sketch a lot of ideas at once and bounce back and fourth. OP-1 makes you commit to an idea and see it through. For better or for worse, like a marriage, lol.
If you're on the fence about getting one of these, you probably aught to buy it. Yes, it seems expensive, but adjusting for inflation, it's only twice the price of it's predecessor, the Casio VL-1, and for that you get about 10 times the power and versatility. If you already regard this as a toy, it's probably not for you . . . then again . . . have you ever heard the beginning of Summer Breeze by Seals and Croft? There you have a professional major label recording using a toy piano*. My point being, even if it is a toy, who cares, you can still use it in a professional manner. It's not the tools that make the music, it's the musician and the OP-1 is a great tool.
*see also Da Da Da by Trio and Get Carter by the Human League, both of which prominently feature the "toy" VL-1 by Casio, mentioned previously in this review. close [-]
When I first set eyes on the Teenage Engineering OP-1, it made me think of a toy. However, once I actually started using it I realized it was anything but. The OP-1 has features for anyone - from the beginner following the step-by-step tutorials to the seasoned pro who dives into its diverse sound creation capabilities. This is the type of tool that can bridge the gap from a practice device to a stage-worthy instrument.
Teenage Engineering OP-1
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