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NAMM 2010: Teenage Engineering OP-1 announced

Published: Fri January 15, 2010  News Feed

First announced in 2009 in Frankfurt, the Teenage Engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesiser created a buzz and now it's unveiled at NAMM 2010.

The Teenage engineering OP-1 is the all-in-one portable Synthesizer, Sampler and Controller. With additional features like the FM Radio and a G-Force sensor for pitch and bend effects. Beside a fresh and creative approach to sequencing with multiple choice of sequencers, you just have to love the OP-1’s built-in Tape feature.

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. Just use them with your software synthesizers. All in a portable package that fits next to the laptop in your bag.

When plugged in to the mini USB port 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!

OP-1 User friendly synthesiser:

With 8 different synthesizer engines, the OP-1 can create some really great and unique sounds. You have FM, physical modeled strings (with a twist), Cluster, DRW, Pulse and more. All engines are swappable, so you can have 8 FMs as your sound presets if you want. We have removed as much of the numeric input as we possibly could. All with a color coded and easily understandable interface. No hassle with saving. Everything is always where you left it, even if you turn the power off.

OP-1 User friendly sampler:

Use the built in microphone or line-in jack to sample sound or voice. The sampler automatically maps your recorded sample across the keys. If you need to tweak it later just press a key on the musical keyboard and fine tune the in and out points manually. You may also adjust the pitch and choose between different play modes. 

Record a sample: Press any key on the musical keyboard and the OP-1 turns into stand-by mode waiting for a signal to trig recording. You set the trig level by turning the orange encoder in sampling mode. As soon as the trig level is reached the recording starts. End the recording at any time by releasing the pressed key.

OP-1 Envelopes:

The classic ADSR envelope is fine, but sometimes you need another way to model the volume of your sound. With the OP-1’s swappable architecture this is no problem. There are several other envelopes for you to choose from. From ADS to ADD to ADHD.

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Built in FM Radio:

Tune in a radio frequency, and use it as an unexpected tool for creating beats and sounds.

G-force Motion Sensor:

Combine that rice sound with a x/y/z motion or add rubber chicken legs for a vibratidn sound.


Using the USB-port the OP-1 will act as the sleekest midi controller available. Very flexible, TBD!

Timeless and functional design. Color coded for easy reading. Keyboard tested for millions of keystrokes. Super bright, high contrast AMOLED for clear display even in direct sunlight. Dimensions: 282 (W) x 102 (H) x 13.5 (D) mm

The Teenage Engineering OP-1 is a must have. Get yours HERE at Dolphin Pre-Ordered, ready for when it arrives.







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