The classic OP-1 pocket music-making machine gets louder, thinner and 100 times better. Teenage Engineering introduces the OP-1 field.
It appears that rumours of the OP-1’s demise have been exaggerated as Teenage Engineering reveals an all-new version. It’s packed full of every enhancement, update and evolution TE could think of and the list of new features is bordering on the ridiculous.
Within the all-new low profile aluminium body we find a fatter and louder sound over the new speaker system with a passive driver, Bluetooth MIDI, USB-C and a 24-hour battery life. The whole signal chain is now 32-bit stereo and you have multiple tapes and different recording formats. There’s a new reverb, a “Dimension” synth engine and FM broadcasting. The screen has been upgraded and all the graphics have been reworked to look fabulous.
But that’s just the start of it. Teenage Engineering says there are 100 new features which make you think they could have called it the OP-2. This quote sums it up nicely:
Think of OP–1 field as the natural continuation of its predecessor. Updated with the latest technology, improved design and finely tuned with professional musicians, recording artists and sound designers in mind. Higher quality in all aspects, from its circuitry to connectivity and flexibility, it’s tailor made for professionals in the field.
TE has even worked on the feel of the device with a warm underside and velcro rings for attaching covers and accessories.
Teenage Engineering is fleshing out a “field system”. This started with the TX-6 portable mixer/synth. The idea is that you have a system which is battery powered and rechargeable for genuinely portable and travelable music-making.
Otherwise, the OP-1 field is a synthesizer, sampler and controller with built-in sensors, 4-track recording and effects processing. The colour changes are interestingly subdued and I like the metering; it looks amazing. It’s going to make a lot of people very happy.
The OP-1 field is available now for MSRP £1,999 and is also orderable from Thomann.
Teenage Engineering can be found lounging around booth Z110.