Teenage Engineering OP-1

Teenage Engineering OP-1

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OP-1, Digital Synth from Teenage Engineering.

11 user reviews
Prices starting at $28 Average price: $546

Teenage Engineering OP-1 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Teenage Engineering
  • Model: OP-1
  • Category: Digital Synths
  • Added in our database on: 04/01/2009

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Teenage Engineering OP-1 user reviews

Average Score:3.8( 3.8/5 based on 11 reviews )
 8 reviews73 %
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mrjason's review"Good but I didnt need to have it"

Teenage Engineering OP-1
The OP-1 is a 24 button synth that is powered by batteries and not a USB or wall connection. It has 8 synth engines and 2 sampler engines along with a decent effects selection and 16 hour use time before the batteries go dead. I have only had this for about 4 months now and one of the things that I was worried about the most was going to be if I really was going to use it, because it was not as cheap as I thought it should have been.


The OP-1 is simple to use once you get the hang of it. I love that I can use it anywhere because it is pretty small and portable and runs off of batteries. I have used this synth for hours on end because I never really get tired of using it. But it is more fun than anything and I think that is why I am upset that I purchased it.


The OP-1 does have up to 6 minutes of recording time and it can even be expanded up to 24 minutes of recording time but that will cost more money and with the price of this synth already costing 900 dollars it was a little unfair when I heard that I had to pay for the upgrade for something that should have already been included anyways. The effects surprised me, they are actually pretty good!


All of the functions on the OP-1 are color coded which I thought was pretty cool. The synth engines are very good though, I will admit that! I was able to create many unique and different sounding synths pretty easily. But like I said with this unit it is more fun than anything and I do enjoy playing with it but really I didn’t “need” it. It was more along the lines of I “want” it because it seems fun. I still use it a lot though and have fun with it, but I just don’t think it is crucial for me to have the OP-1.

Nox59's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" I love it!"

Teenage Engineering OP-1
Small box all do: that's how you could sum up the craft.

+ + Sampler sequencer synth fx + + + lfo various arpeggiators

The tape (to save your sequences) is a little difficult to handle at the beginning. But since this is not a conventional operation (band type) it opens up new horizons!


edition sounds very easy (4 knobs) as well as fx

sampling, resampling very easy!


Personally, I love the sounds of this critters but I strongly advice to use it before buying

No aftertouch Velocity or ...


I use it for over a year and I have Verily hard to separate myself:

qd was fourth h, the lights on the couch with headphones and shoo! is set !!!
I use it only to make me samples I rebalance my Octatrack and it's crazy speed or taken out sequences.

The big +: battery + de8h!
+ other: export 4 tracks via USB on your PC and then etched using a daw> 10min after it's all in my Octatrack!
Monitoring Teenage ingieniering with MAJ (synths and sequencer nvx) and grattos more: CLAP CLAP !!!

The big minus: the MIDI sync via USB necessarily a> MIDI (kenton type) housing

Other less: only 4 tracks
The original patch can not be removed in order to save memory storage.
But it was even qd: 42 + 100 stock patch synth samples and 42 drums patch

close to 800 € the bug (which seems gadget) it can be scary but the quality is top!
and with evolutions offered by TE, the quality / price is here!

PS: semblerai they bump on a new machine management ...

djama's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" One of my best purchases"

Teenage Engineering OP-1
Technically the side small studio + synth + sampler while one is super successful.
But this is not a QY for example. It's very different even. Less editing capabilities or arrangement, less notepad, but more "instrument", more intuitive and more personality.
Possibility to connect to the computer, but I do not do too much except to transfer the sounds in two senses.


it's quite different from work on a computer, but we made it very quickly, it is not completely weird. The design helps a lot. It's intuitive and constraints become engines for creativity.
Well, 2 x more tracks that would be cool though.


Sound that has a lot of character. A little lo-fi some say. In any case it is typed. The effects are effective, but few parameters of good quality and well-chosen.
I really like, I guess it may not appeal to some.
When I use it, the sound quickly ladle the side flying lotus, but I like it fine.


I've had a few months and I just think it's one of my best investments!
I had serious doubts, the next object pretty hipster made me a little scared. Critics not reassured me. The price made me a good laugh too. As against the somewhat toy I liked (I'm quite a fan of his boiboites).
The few demos I saw also let glimpse many possibilities.
Finally I needed a portable solution to my travels I came across a good secondhand, so I tested. It was a very good idea.
The possibilities are enormous. It is truly portable: with a small headphone and zoom it is completely autonomous.

So it sounds expensive, but I do not see what other machine offers many options of this quality in such a small format.

On it is a secondhand business. on the other hand, you better be sure of his needs and not buy without knowing what it really because otherwise we may be disappointed (few tracks, limited edition, synth sounds and colorful sampler ...)

Vco123's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Sympathetic but ultimately useless ..."

Teenage Engineering OP-1
Small keyboard and knobs to look cheap but very sturdy and comfortable to touch.
Limited connectivity.
Sufficient polyphony.
Bank of techno / electro oriented sound.


The ergonomics are exemplary, with the multifunction display in superb graphics.
A special mention for different types of innovative and thoughtful sequencers, real time recorder, mixing tracks


The low point of the machine
The possibilities grate and sound synthesis prove quite vast and innovative, but it rarely gets musical sounds balanced.
Banks factory sounds - music oriented - electro can have fun at first but soon get tired of even the sounds of techno fan I am.
Any K2000 used 500 euros will be 10 times better, and the size of the RAM was easily allowed to house these sounds in an OP-1.
The prize will go to the sounds of drums, I have not found a single kit actually usable! The hi-hat is too strong and too much in the mids, not enough bass kicks in, snares ... not clear enough. all sounds like a soup stuck in the midrange


One can only applaud the concept, innovation side synthesis and sequencing, robustness and intuitive interface.

However, side tone, it quickly becomes disillusioned. 850E to nine, it is expensive.

It's a pity it would have been technically possible for the designers to propose OP1 with much better sound factory without it costing them more. A little more programming or import sounds from the "brands" ...

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