Teenage Engineering updates the OP-1 OS to version #243 adding USB audio streaming and a few fixes you would have thought they’d have got right by now.
The OP-1 is a modern classic. It’s 10 years since this little portable synthesizer, sampler and controller hit the streets for far too much money. But the price hasn’t prevented it from being stunningly successful and keeping a very high resealable value. It has a 4-track recorder, mixer and effects, performance controls and a super amoled display to die for. It’s even spawned a bunch of accessories to help you crank the life out of your OP-1 and be the coolest person on the bus for up to 16 hours of battery.
Teenage Engineering do tend to split opinion and so the OP-1 is either undeniably cool and innovative or unmistakeably toyish and annoying depending on where you stand but it is a product that just keeps on rolling.
Apparently, they’ve fixed a lot of things over the last 10 years and every one of the 243 updates has been supplied free of charge to every released unit. In this update there was something about the external tempo sync stability that’s been improved and now, when the tape is armed it will start recording when the OP-1 receives a play command.
But the biggest element of the update is that the OP-1 now has the ability to stream audio over USB. This means that you can now sample and record directly from your computer or USB audio host and route the playback audio directly through your DAW without the need of an additional audio interface.
There’s no mention of drivers or ASIO but they say the USB audio will work with PC, Mac, iOS and Android so that’s everything covered.
It’s great that Teenage Engineering are actively supporting and improving a 10-year-old product and this is a decent little update.
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