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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 controller all-in-one highly stylized package. This synt... Read More

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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 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.

  • 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
  • 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
    Classic ADSR type of envelope
    Dynamic Envelope for Drum sounds.
    Future additions of Envelopes will be available with software upgrades
    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
    400 MHz Processor Core
    (800 MMACSS performance)
    64 MB Low-Power SDRAM (12ns)
    512 MB Nand Flash storage
    24-bit 96kHz ADC/DAC
    Li-Ion 1800 mAh
    16 hours active Battery Life
    2 Years stand-by time
    Charge via USB port
    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)
    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
    Low profile keyboard module
    Scissor-switch ultra low profile design
    Expected lifespan of 10 million keystrokes per key
    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
    Advanced CNC:d one-piece Aluminum design.
    2 X M6 Mounting holes for accessories.
    2 X Cuts for strap accessory.
    Light grey powder coated body and EDM textured keyboard
    L 282 mm, H 102 mm, D 13.5 mm
    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

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from Portland, OR


  • Battery Life
  • Compact and Portable
  • Feature Filled
  • Quality build
  • Versatile


  • Expensive

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  • Travel

Comments about Teenage Engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer:

Great synth to take to work. I purchased a small Pelican case and it goes to and from work with me in a small backpack with my iPad and laptop. Plug it into a set of studio monitors and you will see how big this synth really sounds. This is no toy, it is a valuable musical tool in my arsenal.

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Little synth that can!


from Jacksonville, Fl

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Comments about Teenage Engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer:

By all means don't let the pre-school looks fool you. This is a full blown production center and more to come with updates. Dj's/producers alike will find the OP-1 very intuitive and extremely fun to use. If inspired on the plane, bus, car, train or whatever you just pull it out your backpack and start producing from the rhythm all the way down to vocals and everything else in between. I was amazed by the sampling and chopping and yes you can bounce your tracks! No it won't replace your MPC but it'll sure give it a run for the money.. The little synth that can!

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Music creators dream come true...


from Sarasota, FL

Comments about Teenage Engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer:

I dismissed this little workstation for a couple years now. Then I began seeing it come up in a lot of interviews from some big artists, including NiN and Swedish House Mafia. I took a closer look for curiosity but also because I get physically tired after a day in the studio, but I'm far from being done with synthesis. Enter the TE OP-1. Remarkable synthesizer/sampler/drum machine etc etc! This little device is truly inspiring, intuitive in use and incredibly creative with all the different synth engines and the tape machine function. The basic EQ and Master Compressor work very effectively. The FX are super unique and functional. Negatives? Um.... It can be noticeable when it runs out of voices with subtle clicks. I really wish the OLED screen could tilt! The Minibrute is unique in its sound, and so is the OP1. Very beautifully digital. The string synth is amazing as is the sampler. When they increase the voice count or work on the voice allocation I'll give it a 5 stars! Totally worth the price because you can do so much with it, including use it as an external sequencer for you other analog gear!! Thumbs up in my book. -Arie

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