Teenage Engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer Workstation

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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Teenage Engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer Workstation
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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
  • Record like a pro with the built-in 4-track virtual tape deck
  • Drag-and-drop interface with any Mac or Windows PC
  • Striking user interface with color-coded convenience
  • Make music anywhere with 16 hours of battery power
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:
  • A compact 24-button (not velocity sensitive) synth you can use to make music anywhere, even where there's no AC power
  • 8 x synthesizer engines with exchangable architecture let you create tons of unique sounds
  • Synthesizer engines include: Dr Wave raw 8-bit yupe sound engine, FM synthesis engine, Pulse square wave engine, String physical modeling, Digital raw engine, Phase distortion engine, Cluster multiple wave engine, and the ability to expand with future synth engines
  • Built-in 24 Voice Instant Live Sampler lets you sample from the onboard mic, FM radio (optional antenna required), or line-level source
  • DBOX drum synthesizer provides up to 12 seconds of sampling per slot
  • 4 track Tape Recorder with Variable Tape Speed lets you record in a wide range of playback speeds, including reverse
  • Included storage provides 6 x minutes recording time (expandable up to 24)
  • 4-track mixer with EQ, Effect, Drive and Master Out controls
  • Multiple exchangable effects include: classic delay, hacked phone, punch, grid based echo, spring reverb, and the ability to add future effects with software upgrades
  • Multiple exchangeable sequencers includes pattern (grid) sequencer, endless sequencer, and Tombola random sequence generator
  • Battery powered (non-removable lithium-ion cell) for up to 16 hours use on one charge
  • USB for MIDI Controller and file interchange functionality
  • 3-axis (G-Force) motion sensor assignable to any synth, envelope, effect parameter or to pitch
  • Color-coded vector based user interface
  • Instant reverse and variable "tape speed" recording with full classic tape editing capabilities
  • Master tempo with Beat Matching to Tape Feature
  • Built in speaker for headphone-free monitoring
  • Compatible with a wide selection of simple and effective add-on accessories
  • Machined aluminum housing
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Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) 8 x Digital, 2 x Sampling
Number of Keys 24
Other Controllers 1 x Variable, 1 x 3-Axis Motion Sensor (G-Force)
Polyphony 24 Notes
Wave Memory 512MB
Number of Effects 5+
Effects Types Classic Delay, Hacked Phone, Punch, Grid Based Echo, Spring Reverb
Sampling Yes
Audio Playback 4-track Playback (RAM)
Sequencer 1 x Pattern, 1 x Endless, 1 x Tombola Random Sequence Generator
Audio Inputs 1 x 1/8" (Stereo)
Audio Outputs 1 x 1/8" (Stereo)
USB 1 x Mini-B
Power Supply 16-hour Battery
Height 0.53"
Width 11.1"
Depth 4.02"
Manufacturer Part Number 002.AS.001

Customer Reviews

Based on 14 reviews
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OP-1 synth is so fun to play with! And the sweetwater service is the best!


The best portable unit on the market
Music background: engineer

Just Get It

I've owned the OP-1 three seperare times. Once it was stolen, and the other time i ended up selling for new equipment. Finally after awhile I realized how much I missed it. It wasn't just the absolute state of the art interface, sound construction, and sampling capabilities, but mostly how much inspiration during production gets sparked by this little synth. This workstation is way too versatile to not have around the studio, or in your work bag at all times.
Music background: Producer/Engineer

No words can describe.. It's the experiance

At first look, "Why is Sweetwater selling Fisher Price toys", but I was wrong by a long shot! Don't let the looks fool you because this thing has more to offer than meet the eye. It's worth every penny for what this thing does and I can certainly say ANY producer/DJ will find this device a very valuable in their arsenal of production tools. I was certainly blown away at the versatileness of these device. I can go on but like the title says "No words can describe, it the experience".. I say no more.
Music background: Hobbyist, Producer, DJ

If you have the cash you certainly won't regret it!

My Sweetwater rep Ben Robinson had high praise for this unit, I was a bit apprehensive as it seemed cool, but found it a little goofy (with some of the humorous on-screen graphics of boxers, Cows and monkeys playing the drums). I asked if it was a tool or a toy and his response sealed the deal, I've only had it for 4 days, but I quickly realized that there is only one reason not to buy it (Lack of cash). There are tons if content on YouTube and some excellent tutorials from Teenage Engineering. While it has the look of a fun gadget, it is really incredibly useful, Lots of Synths, lots of Drums, plenty of effects and filters and there was an incredible amount of research done to make it user friendly, The color coded encoder knobs come into play often and they correspond with the graphics on screen, (So you immediately know what knob to turn to edit the sound or effect). Teenage Engineering is amazing with free updates and they even have 3d models of some of the plastic accessories on their website, so if you have a 3D printer you can make your own. I'm really happy that Ben made a point of saying how great this unit is. Another upside, if you are a musician, producer or gadget head that has a decent commute on a train, plain or car passenger, this is a battery powered 4 track self contained workstation that is very portable. This along with a pair of headphone and you can turn your downtime into production time, or even just sketch out a few ideas while they are fresh in your head. If you are on the Fence, check out the companies tutorials on YouTube,
Music background: Ex Session Guitarist, Concert photographer and Gearhead modular fan.

Sweetwater Advice

Matt Alexander

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.

Tommy Winter

The synth engines' creative visualizations have inspired me to explore fantastic, nontraditional sounds on more than one occasion – several of which became the basis of entire songs. This tiny workstation is deceptively versatile!
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