Teenage Engineering OP-1

OP-1, Digital Synth from Teenage Engineering.

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Average Score:3.8( 3.8/5 based on 13 reviews )
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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" ...
Menestrel de malheur06/18/2014

Menestrel de malheur's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Teenage Engineering OP-1
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It is a toy 800 euros, it already sets the tone.
This machine is designed for young trendy hype, stylish and rich can be a million but has not everyman or pros elsewhere.

Is still trying to make us believe that the lambda is nomadic musician the point of sacrificing quality of manufacture, use and sounds to gain portability.
We all know that it is wrong in 95 percent of cases know.

It is a box with a little cheapos rickety buttons with sounds of another age organized easier.
It is a quick limited 3:00 and I regretted remettai the package in its box to return it pronto and buy me real machines.
The synth part is insipid and limited, as an old imitation synthetic fm.
I have a pixel that was grilled unpacking to top it off.
The only highlight of this machine is its sympathy capital by its unique design and the multitude of function, but these functions are very limited or unusable and likeability only works when you're not the one who put 800 euros that.

It's funny but not enough for all levels.
If it was costing 150 euros I cry genius.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" An electro Workstation in backpack"

Teenage Engineering OP-1
The OP-1 is a complete Workstation to easily compose "Electro" music anywhere, anytime!
We are not all DJs who need to dial in the plane to Ibiza ...
If like me, you have a family life that no longer allows you to use your favorite keyboard and the urge to tinker sounds and compositions "Electro" eats you, the OP-1 is "THE" real answer .

Hardly bigger than some smartphones, it is always with me.
Whether you train or 1h 5min pause, the unit is operational in seconds qq.
The battery actually holds a charge (I never seem to have the load!)

This is not a Kronos or a M50 but the result is: I can easily and quickly create a soundscape composition and my sounds "Electro".
I insist that the technical choices of the OP-1 may seem light (1 LFO, 1 envelope, etc.) but they are sufficient to quickly and easily produce a good overall result of fully autonomous!
This is what we expect when we have little time and we want to focus on fun technology.

The sample part with the microphone and the integrated HP OP-1 are not gadgets: what a pleasure to deal in the place of their choice and to capture the soundtrack!
Especially as its look and its dimensions allow you to do it discreetly.

Programmable "random" arpeggiators (called "Sequence" on the OP-1) offer attractive alternatives to the composition.

2 octaves keyboard is "sufficient".


This is THE highlight of this device: ergonomics foolproof.
- Simplicity (4 buttons + Shift key) - Efficatité - Robustness.

I use it even in the dark (without seeing the keys)!


SOUNDS ELECTRO ONLY (I recommend the OP-1 for conventional).

This is not a Kronos or even a M50 but the result is still there: the different synthesis engines for SYNTH DRUM part and the part held their rank.

Each engine has:
- 4 parameters (but each setting is used to control several others) + ADSR + Polyphonic, Monophonic, legato, or Unison
- 1 LFO configurable from a choice of 7
- 1 configurable effect from a choice of 7

In the end, there is nothing to break for "geek" sound!
While it is impossible to repeat exactly the sounds of a Moog or MS20, but with astonishing rapidity that we approach and fun game is here :-)


OP-1 excels in its range (I must say it is the only one).

I am regularly tempted by other machines, other audio sequencer.
But every time I return to the simplicity and efficiency of this unit.

Its price has hindered me. But back to the time of use, this is the machine I am more cushioned!

With OP-1, the pleasure of composing electro and share their creations take (almost) in the pocket.

CO5MA's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Him and me, it's for life!"

Teenage Engineering OP-1
In the world of synths, this little, tiny, microscopic synth is a real UFO.

This is a digital synth
This is a sampler
It is a tool for creating pure and instinctive
It is a sequencer psychopath
8 different syntheses (including Drums)
Editing envelopes
Several types of LFO: a treat
6 notes of polyphony for each synthesis
4-track recorder ultra fun with endless overdubs. Edition: copy / paste
Micro-keys pleasant same for large hands / long fingers
4 encoders infinite race
no MIDI (but now the problem is solved: OPLAB or interface, for example, IconnectMidi)
Effects (reverb spring, delay, punch, etc ...)

It is a branch of computer: recovering our creations (synth, drums, records ...) as files. AIF


Manual hyper clear
It's hard to explain to a friend how the OP-1 works while use is super intuitive
Editing sounds: fingers in the nose
Editing Effects: Same
Edit LFO: idem


Sound: it's digital. But the very good digital veeeeeery. Personally I love, I'm talking about.
No velocity, no aftertouch. You can cheat (envelopes, volume, etc ...)


I use it for 1 month.
I totally crack synth for that - before trying it - I had serious doubts.

I'm seriously considering offering a second to live.

My conclusion is simple: it is a synthetic hyper focusing, which can do everything (sampler, sequencer, record, edit), great thought / imagined, autonomous approximately 16 hours, which I think has the most intuitive sequencer, the most direct, most effective and most complete I know. Just for the sequencer "ENDLESS" (because yes, there are several types of sequencers in!) OP-1 is a must.

I'm on the train or plane: OP-1. So small, but so effective!

I love it, but as I have rarely enjoyed a synth. For one simple reason: it makes me want to create constantly.

Swiss Army knife of creation. I think we love or hate this synth.

New argument: USB to MIDI (or OPLAB IConnectMidi) make this synth a companion of choice for studio and stage.

edit: there's really immature criticism, no arguments which - in my opinion - are there to disassemble the instrument. These people have they really tried the OP-1???

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Not terrible"

Teenage Engineering OP-1
See the manufacturer's website you will find all the features.


Synthesis engines do not break bricks so the editing is not formidable.On lighter and it works, use is really simple to navigate and build beats but it is confusing for the moment we're on the magneto is pretty puzzle tête.Le manual is in English probably ca mastery of the magneto is an ordeal.


Some sounds go well the rest is rather cheap luckily he has a good sampler out of keyboard sounds parcontre but it has no memory and every new pattern you lose all of the time we change preset.Les of drums are quite corrects.C is a "keyboard" if you can say only ca electro sounds electros with the first prize.


What I like most was the sequencer grid has the drums that I like least is the magneto part and I think it is expensive. I bought in musika and after a month he was never back on yet there has been no shock, I soon sent back to the store (thank you paypal) without them I would have to make a after sales service and lose money for selling occaz bug because it disgusted me incontestable this product.
So with that refund I took the opportunity to buy a microkorg xl and MS2000.Avec the experience I would buy these two korg home because it's really good machines with sound pros, with the OP-1 n you 'This will never feel that Korg, Roland Clavia offer almost the same price.

juji's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Swiss Army Knife (Sweden)"

Teenage Engineering OP-1
Everything has been said already.
7 mode synthesis synth + a drum
Sampler, Drum sampler
5 effects

4 tracks

all on battery, portable and least 1kg ...


It's pretty simple at first, once we have understood the shift key combinations. The edition of synths and effects of its architecture and its simple sounded right away :)

For the magneto part is a bit more mixed for me. To understand all the subtleties one must read the manual.
I use too much 4 the track for mixing préférantle to live on.

However no way to erase a single track it's all or nothing. It just possibly a lifter track if its duration is less than (memory) 90s.

on the other hand, and it is seen from them, they just transfer the live recordings on his computer as a. Aif. Because it must be admitted, especially when it has the usb plug blows out a lot. This method allows for a clean sound, one begins to dream for a future firmware update there have included as a vst virus on IT ...

Sequencing issue I also externally, the sequence being grid is really too short (1 measure), the other its not bad and can give way to experimentation. The swing function is quite powerful.


So many good surprise.
What this little beast out of his gut is inversely proportional to this size. It just really out of low fat good fat or round and plump. I even used recently to make Sub.

Otherwise with 7 engines syntheses was a wide range of sound, still confined in the field of electronic music. The LFO's well thought out and nice to use and the effect and the ADSR, it's really short synthesis. It comes easily to what you want without spending hours.

The synthesis engine drum is a good addition to the latest OS, but I still prefer to spend my time on my tempest or my MD. But lost on an island in an ocean I would gladly spend more time.

The drum sampler is more than adequate and the bank is its cool, we just add the own or those conceived during OP1 drum contest. The pleasant surprise is that after sequencing, we just use the keyboard to dépitcher sequence, very friendly.

The sampler with the highway maintenance but I have yet to grow in its entrenchment in particular in terms of depitch. But we just do something nice with you including time stretch by fiddling a little.

So for that sound good


Richie Hawtin good although did consider that as a simple controller design and expensive, it's a real synth that has a great character and nomadic.
Its small size may in some frustrated annoyed that some function is not accessible by a single button, but the price willing to pay for a powerful tool that you just carry around.

In addition the update brings new features and the TE is a team listens to its users. We can dream for the next update a sound card function, or a granular Sythe beat cruching short, it has not finished out of its chrysalis.

I therefore advise to everyone and especially for beginners because it is multi function (synth, sampler, drumbox, recorder) and little animations on the screen are very educational.

So yes it is a bit expensive, but well worth it. Do not forget that it is made of suede and then submitted to the European labor cost (30 euro at the 1/2h elektron (also Swedish)). So I think you will find that very occas difficult because we do not want to part with.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" exemplary ergonomics"

Teenage Engineering OP-1
I find the very typical synth.
this machine has a strong personality, that's why I love her.
very good drum sounds I had not bought for that but I must admit it surprised me at this level. plus I'm pretty demanding about it because my main instrument is the acoustic drum.


I bought this machine for its ergonomics.
Once we understand its logic, everything goes very quickly to create a piece.

The sequencers are super effective.
The step function is to store hyper powerful: it can, from a terrible idea by recreating a riff that has nothing to do and that sounds! and I loved that side of living that kind scratchent, here we approach it thoroughly!

However I found the manual rather average. But it is not serious, are guys who have created a unique forum for this machine: http://ohpeewon.com/
or found a lot of useful information for understanding hyper! on the other hand is on, you have to read and listen to English.


It sounds SERIOUS!
rather it is a machine oriented electronic music.
You will be amazed by the powerful sound quality that this little trick of anything you spell from the speakers. it boggles the mind!

There's no velocity, but you just say it was not created for that. Once integrated ca, you can easily reach without it; it creates bass lines or other any other way, or by finding tricks to mimic a velocity (see site ohpeewon)


I was following back in the world of analog, I must say that OP-1 that really surprises me. and this every day!
2 weeks I have already created and I do not know how many pieces: this machine inspires me!