teenage engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer

teenage engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer

teenage engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer

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Product Highlights

  • Synthesizer, Sampler & Controller
  • 8 Built-In Engines
  • Real-Time Control Modulation
  • ADSR Type Envelope
  • 4-Channel Mixer
  • 4-Track Tape Recorder
  • 3-Axis G-Force Sensor
  • Color Coded Interface
  • AMOLED Display
  • 16-Hour Battery Life
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  • 1Description

Enjoy power-packed performance with the OP-1 Portable Synthesizer from Teenage Engineering. This powerhouse packs a synthesizer, sampler, and controller into a simple and fast interface. The synthesizer features 8 built-in engines (with exchangeable architecture) with 8 quick-selection keys, and 3 great sequencers, enabling instant live tweaks.

You can control modulation in real time and work over a wide range of parameters with the ADSR envelope, multi-effects, and LFOs (low frequency oscillators). One of the LFOs is also controlled by a motion sensor for enhanced sound effects. The built-in 4-track tape recorder not only lets you record your work, but also allows overdubbing with changeable pitch and reverse recording in real time. Additionally, the 4-channel mixer allows you to use the built-in EQ and drive, for adding texture and effects to your recording.

Connect your computer to the standalone OP-1 Synthesizer via USB to convert it into a fun-filled digital audio workstation. The 4 rotary encoders and 8 x 2 quick selection keys enable instant access to play, stop, record, forward, and rewind functions. The synthesizer can also be used as a mass storage device for exchanging audio files with your PC / Mac. Easy-to-use, the OP-1 Synthesizer sports a smart color-coded interface with color graphics on its OLED display. The display is directly related to the 4-color rotary encoders and legend on the keyboard.

Furthermore, this portable synthesizer comes with a long battery life of 16 hours in operation, and over 2 years of standby time, making it ideal for travel and long studio sessions. It features a durable light grey painted CNC aluminum body and has no visible screws. In addition, the OP-1 Synthesizer is packed in an environment-friendly paper foam case that can be reused.

General Features

Eight synthesizer engines with exchangeable architecture can be selected between the T1 to T4 keys, thereby allowing you to switch engines and retain envelopes
8 dedicated instant keys for sound selection
Built-in 24-voice instant live sampler lets you sample from onboard music, FM radio, 4-track tape recorder, etc.
Four-track tape recorder with variable tape speed provides you with an instant way to tweak your recordings live
Six minutes recording time (up to 24 minutes) on both sides of the 4-track tape recorder
Four-track mixer with EQ, effect, and drive for adding texture; master out for fine tuning
Mixer features dedicated VU meter for displaying sound levels, and control over pan, L & R
Multiple effects with exchangeable architecture
Multiple exchangeable sequencers for instant live tweaks
Classic Pattern sequencer to change direction on the fly or shorten the played sequence
Tombola sequencer (drop notes & spin) to adjust bounciness and gravity
Endless Step Sequencer: Quickest sequencer with features such as random order, reverse, and pattern for instant live tweaks
USB MIDI controller lets you receive external MIDI Control Change (MIDI CC) from other hardware, or from your computer's music 1
Two-way USB file transfer (Mac & PC compatible) for exchanging data between your synthesizer and computer
Color-coded, vector-based user interface consists of 4 color encoders
Operation of color encoder is indicated by a color change on the graphical interface of display
Instant reverse and variable tape speed recording during live mixes or basic tape loops
Full classic tape editing capabilities with lift / split and drop features for tweaking takes
Master tempo lets you switch between free, beat match, and sync modes
Help key to check battery level or check function of any other key 2

Sound Engines

Dr Wave: Raw 8-bit type 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 3

Sample Engines

Dedicated instant synth sampler with 6 s sampling time for each slot
Dedicated instant drum sampler screens with controls for pitch, in and out, direction, loop, & level, all with a 12 s sampling time for each slot 4
Automated layout feature
Instant sampling with built-in microphone or line in


Classic ADSR type of envelope
Dynamic envelope for drum sounds 5


Delay: Classic delay type
Phone: Hacked phone effect
Punch: Adds punch to your sound
Grid based echo
Spring reverb type 6

Tape Features

Four individual tracks with instant solo
Instant variable tape speed
Six 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 during live mixes or playbacks 7
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) to modulate sounds
Assignable to any synth, envelope, effect parameter, or to pitch

Built-In FM radio

Sample sounds directly from any radio station
Record sampled sounds directly to 4-track tape recorder
Use radio signal as modulator with the element LFO (low frequency oscillator) to alter any synthesizer engine, envelope, or effect parameter 8

Controller / Disk Mode: Album / Com Key

Album mode allows recording to a dual-sided album
Com mode to connect to a PC / Mac or for conversion to a MIDI controller
In the Box
teenage engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    teenage engineering OP-1 specs

    Input / Output
    USB 2.0 high-speed (OTG)
    Line In/Out 3.5 mm jack
    Microphone Built-in
    Speaker Mini: High output, 8 Ω, 1 W
    Motion Sensor 3-axis accelerometer (G-force)
    Assignable to any synth, envelope, effect parameter, or to pitch
    Radio FM Band Support: Worldwide (64 to 108 MHz)
    Type Amoled display running in 60 fps
    Resolution 320 x 160p
    Color Depth 16.7 million
    Contrast 10,000:1 (good for outdoor use)
    Viewing Angle 170°
    Lifetime 30,000 hours
    Design Low-profile keyboard module
    Scissor-switch ultra low profile design
    Expected lifespan of 10 million keystrokes per key
    Type Industrial-grade incremental encoders
    Life Rotational:
    Up to 1,000,000 revolutions
    Good indexing feel (remains consistent over life)
    Material Zinc die-cast and fiber enforced high performance plastic (used in Avionics)
    Battery Type Li-ion 1,800 mAh
    Battery Life 16 hours (active)
    2 years stand-by time
    Charging Via USB port

    Connect the synthesizer to your computer with the USB cable. This charges the internal battery.

    CPU 400 MHz core processor (800 MMACSS performance)
    64 MB low-power SDRAM (12ns)
    512 MB NAND flash storage
    24-bit 96 kHz ADC/DAC
    Body Advanced CNC 1-piece aluminum design
    2 x M6 Mounting holes for accessories
    2 x Cuts for strap accessory
    Operating Temperature Range -40 to 185°F (-40 to 85°C)
    Dimensions (LxHxD) 11.1 x 4.0 x 0.5" (282.0 x 102.0 x 13.5 mm)
    Packaging Infocqcqfxvq
    Package Weight 1.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.5 x 5.2 x 1.5"

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