Teenage Engineering OP1 Portable Synthesizer / Sampler / Controller Keyboard

Teenage Engineering OP1 Portable Synthesizer / Sampler / Controller Keyboard

  • Multiple Synthesizer Engines with Exchangable Architecture
  • Built-in 24 Voice Instant Live Sampler
  • 4 track Tape Recorder with Variable Tape Speed
  • USB MIDI Controller MAC & PC Compatible
  • 2-Way USB File Transfer MAC & PC Compatible

All in one portable

OP-1 is the all-in-one portable Synthesizer, Sampler and Controller. With additional features like the FM Radio and an assignable G-Force sensor for motion controlled effects. With OP-1’s built-in Tape feature you are able to record everything you do on to the 4 tracks, with overdubbing, reverse recording.

List Price: $ 849.00

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3 thoughts on “Teenage Engineering OP1 Portable Synthesizer / Sampler / Controller Keyboard

  1. 7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    OP-1derful, April 23, 2013
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    Makes me feel like a teenager. But I never had that much to spend on a keyboard synthesizer. It was in good condition, exactly as advertised. The OP-1 is a great addition to my other synths. It is one of only 2 digital synths I own and the only digital synth I would recommend because of its wide range of application and phenomenal sound. Portability and convenience are strong points. Simplicity, not really. Read the manual, experiment, check online tutorials, videos or websites. Learning is fun.

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  2. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Quirky but excellent, December 9, 2013
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    This review is from: Teenage Engineering OP1 Portable Synthesizer / Sampler / Controller Keyboard
    The OP-1 is a great synth (and drum machine, and proto-DAW, and…). Because of its compact all-in-one nature, it’s incredibly addictive to play with and you can take it anywhere. It definitely has its quirks, but they’re not major issues in day-to-day usage, and some even add to the device’s distinctive personality.

    The OP-1 is incredibly well made, both from a materials/fit-and-finish angle and in terms of its industrial design. The aluminum chassis is solid and surprisingly hefty. The keys and knobs, while plastic, have an excellent feel and response. All in all, it’s a beautiful object even before it’s switched on. My only complaint is with the top cover of the screen: it’s a very soft plastic that gets scuffed by a light breeze. Given the premium materials used elsewhere on the device and the vital importance of the screen to its operation, it’s a shame Teenage Engineering didn’t choose something more scratch-resistant. A screen protector is absolutely necessary.

    It’s a small miracle the software user interface is as intuitive as it is, given the breadth of functionality available. That’s not to say it’s perfect, however, and the compromises inherent in the compact device and screen are occasionally very evident, with many basic functions hidden behind a modifier key. While it’s easy to push buttons until some intended effect happens, the lack of any sort of modern “undo” implementation makes it a little nerve-wracking. There’s definitely a learning curve, and the manual is rarely much help.

    That said, once you’re comfortable with the interface, it’s a delight. The typography and graphics illustrating the sculpting of the sound are uniquely excellent, and unlike any visualization of sound I’ve seen before. And you’re offered a wealth of features from basic sequencing to FM radio-as-input to gyroscopic LFO control.

    While it’s mostly pretty stable, it’s not without bugs. Once, the tape I was working on (“tape” being the recording mode) randomly disappeared and was lost. More often I run into issues with occasional popping and clicking around the start of loops – something to do with odd sample lengths, I think. Others have reported high-pitched noise from the line out. Obviously there are workarounds to all these issues, but they’re annoying all the same.

    So what does it actually sound like? Is this a viable studio instrument, or just a musical sketchpad? Well, it depends on your needs. The OP-1 is unapologetically true to its nature, which is to say it’s a very digital-sounding synth. You can create an impressively wide range of sounds, but it doesn’t try to emulate any synth that’s come before, much less, say, an analog Moog. Every sound produced by the OP-1 sounds digital. This isn’t a bad thing, but it’s not going to be right for everyone. Personally, I complement the OP-1 with a few different iPad synth apps like Animoog that are multitimbral and have a much greater range. You can then sample that back into the OP-1 (though you’re limited to six seconds in synth mode, and 12 in drum).

    The recording modes (“tape” and “album”) aren’t going to beat a dedicated software DAW speed- or utility-wise, but simply having them integrated into the device makes me a lot more productive. They encourage you to get ideas down and not over-tweak. Don’t expect mindblowingly high production values and you’ll be happy.

    Battery life is insanely good. The specs say 16 hours, and that seems fairly accurate. My only complaint here is the lack of a user-replaceable battery. That’s fine for a device that gets replaced semi-regularly like a phone, but not for a synth that one would likely want to keep indefinitely. Still, the battery should last for several years, and hopefully by that point TE will have a replacement option available.

    I’m incredibly happy with the OP-1. It’s steeply priced, but I’ve found the increase in my productivity and enthusiasm for making music to be more than worth it. Calling it “fun” would seem to diminish it’s power and flexibility, but it is – it’s just really fun to use.

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  3. 4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I love this, February 4, 2013
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    King Tut “Randell Buckler” (Arthur, Illinois) –

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    Losing entire days of my life just playing with this amazing device. It’s designed for just about anything I can think of, and I can whip up an amazing-sounding recording in no time flat. I bought this to make film scores with and it’s phenomenal.

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