OP-1 Portable Synthesizer

Posted: August 28, 2019
OP-1 Portable Synthesizer
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When it comes to synthesizers, the OP-1 is a portable powerhouse...that you'll pay for. The mini synth from Teenage Engineering is a hefty investment for budding DJs, musicians, and music producers, but one that will travel with you easily to your gigs, auditions, and subway busker sessions. OP-1 is also more than just a synthesizer; it packs a sampler and controller into its 13" x 5" footprint too.

The OP-1 Portable Synthesizer matches its friendly size with a friendly interface to control its elaborate inner workings. Features include:

  • 8 built-in synthesizer engines with exchangeable architecture, selectable between the board's T1 to T4 keys to allow for switching engines and retaining envelopes.
  • 8 dedicated quick-selection keys.
  • 24-voice instant live sampler; access clips from onboard music, FM radio, 4-track tape recorder, etc.
  • Four-track tape recorder with variable tape speed.
  • Up to 24 minutes of total recording time on both sides of the 4-track tape recorder.
  • Multiple effects with exchangeable architecture, and multiple exchangeable sequencers for instant live tweaks.
  • Classic Pattern sequencer to change direction or shorten the played sequence and Tombola sequencer (drop notes & spin) to adjust bounciness and gravity.

If the OP-1 Portable Synthesizer is a little too rich or advanced for your current interests, or if you need a more affordable gift for a musician, check out Teenage Engineering's super accessible (and funky-lookin') Pocket Operator Synthesizers.

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