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Teenage Engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer

Product #13403 | SKU 002.AS.001 | Teenage Engineering
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  • Synthesiser, Sampler & Controller
  • 8 Built-In Engines
  • Real-Time Control Modulation
  • ADSR Type Envelope
  • Streaming USB Audio via Firmware Update


Enjoy power-packed performance with the OP-1 Portable Synthesiser from Teenage Engineering . This powerhouse packs a synthesiser, sampler, and controller into a simple and fast interface. The synthesiser features 8 built-in engines (with exchangeable architecture) with 8 quick-selection keys, and 3 great sequencers, enabling instant live tweaks.

You can control modulation in real time and work over a wide range of parameters with the ADSR envelope, multi-effects, and LFOs (low frequency oscillators). One of the LFOs is also controlled by a motion sensor for enhanced sound effects. The built-in 4-track tape recorder not only lets you record your work, but also allows overdubbing with changeable pitch and reverse recording in real time. Additionally, the 4-channel mixer allows you to use the built-in AEQ and drive, for adding texture and effects to your recording.

Connect your computer to the standalone OP-1 Synthesiser via USB to convert it into a fun-filled digital audio workstation. The 4 rotary encoders and 8 x 2 quick selection keys enable instant access to play, stop, record, forward, and rewind functions. The synthesiser can also be used as a mass storage device for exchanging audio files with your PC / Mac. Easy-to-use, the OP-1 Synthesiser sports a smart colour-coded interface with colour graphics on its OLED display. The display is directly related to the 4-colour rotary encoders and legend on the keyboard.

Furthermore, this portable synthesiser comes with a long battery life of 16 hours in operation, and over 2 years of standby time, making it ideal for travel and long studio sessions. It features a durable light grey painted CNC aluminium body and has no visible screws. In addition, the OP-1 Synthesiser is packed in an environment-friendly paper foam case that can be reused.

Key Features:

  • Eight synthesiser engines with exchangeable architecture can be selected between the T1 to T4 keys, thereby allowing you to switch engines and retain envelopes
  • 8 dedicated instant keys for sound selection
  • Built-in 24-voice instant live sampler lets you sample from onboard music, FM radio, 4-track tape recorder, etc.
  • Four-track tape recorder with variable tape speed provides you with an instant way to tweak your recordings live
  • Six minutes recording time (up to 24 minutes) on both sides of the 4-track tape recorder
  • Four-track mixer with AEQ, effect, and drive for adding texture; master out for fine tuning
  • Mixer features dedicated VU metre for displaying sound levels, and control over pan, L & R
  • Multiple effects with exchangeable architecture
  • Multiple exchangeable sequencers for instant live tweaks
  • Classic Pattern sequencer to change direction on the fly or shorten the played sequence
  • Tombola sequencer (drop notes & spin) to adjust bounciness and gravity
  • Endless Step Sequencer: Quickest sequencer with features such as random order, reverse, and pattern for instant live tweaks
  • USB MIDI controller lets you receive external MIDI Control Change (MIDI CC) from other hardware, or from your computer's music1Please Note:The controller is Mac & PC compatible.
  • Two-way USB file transfer (Mac & PC compatible) for exchanging data between your synthesiser and computer
  • Colour-coded, vector-based user interface consists of 4 colour encoders
  • Operation of colour encoder is indicated by a colour change on the graphical interface of display
  • Instant reverse and variable tape speed recording during live mixes or basic tape loops
  • Full classic tape editing capabilities with lift / split and drop features for tweaking takes
  • Master tempo lets you switch between free, beat match, and sync modes
  • Help key to cheque battery level or cheque function of any other key2Please Note:Hold it down and press any key to reveal its function.

Sound Engines

  • Dr Wave: Raw 8-bit type sound engine
  • FM: Easy to tweak FM synthesis engine
  • Pulse: Square wave type engine
  • String: Physical modelling with a twist
  • Digital: Raw digital type of engine
  • Phase: Phase distortion engine
  • Cluster: Multiple wave cluster3Please Note:Feature additions of engines will be available with software upgrades.

Sample Engines

  • Dedicated instant synth sampler with 6 s sampling time for each slot
  • Dedicated instant drum sampler screens with controls for pitch, in and out, direction, loop, & level, all with a 12 s sampling time for each slot4Please Note:The Drum mode has its own custom dynamic envelope specially made for short percussion sounds.
  • Automated layout feature
  • Instant sampling with built-in microphone or line in


  • Classic ADSR type of envelope
  • Dynamic envelope for drum sounds5Please Note:Future additions of envelopes will be available with software upgrades.


  • Delay: Classic delay type
  • Phone: Hacked phone effect
  • Punch: Adds punch to your sound
  • Grid based echo
  • Spring reverb type6Please Note:Future additions of effects will be available with software upgrades.

Tape Features

  • Four individual tracks with instant solo
  • Instant variable tape speed
  • Six minutes recording time in normal tape speed
  • Up to 24 minutes recording time in low tape speed
  • Loop function with movable region
  • Tape tricks for break tape, bits, and reverse during live mixes or playbacks7Please Note:Use the reverse key to change the playback direction or the tape break to stop the tape in a classic sounding way.
  • Memo 1 & 2 for instant memorising effects / AEQ / pan or levels / tape speed
  • Reverse recording
  • Classic tape editing features lift / split and drop
  • Lift tape recordings back into sampler for endless sound design

Motion Sensor

  • 3 axis motion sensor (G-force) to modulate sounds
  • Assignable to any synth, envelope, effect parameter, or to pitch

Built-In FM radio

  • Sample sounds directly from any radio station
  • Record sampled sounds directly to 4-track tape recorder
  • Use radio signal as modulator with the element LFO (low frequency oscillator) to alter any synthesiser engine, envelope, or effect parameter8Please Note:You may also use the OUT to IN option to bounce all tracks with effects, AEQ, etc., to one single track.

Controller / Disk Mode: Album / Com Key

  • Album mode allows recording to a dual-sided album
  • Com mode to connect to a PC / Mac or for conversion to a MIDI controller

New for OP-1 OS #243 Free Firmware Upgrade

  • Added usb audio device in & out.
  • External tempo sync stability improved.
  • When tape is armed and OP-1 receives a play command, recording now starts.

Click here for more information on firmware updates for OP-1.


Input / Output
USB 2.0 high-speed (OTG)
Line In/Out 3.5 mm jack
Microphone Built-in
Speaker Mini: High output, 8 Ω, 1 W
Motion Sensor 3-axis accelerometer (G-force)
Assignable to any synth, envelope, effect parameter, or to pitch
Radio FM Band Support: Worldwide (64 to 108 MHz)
Type Amoled display running in 60 fps
Resolution 320 x 160p
Colour Depth 16.7 million
Contrast 10,000:1 (good for outdoor use)
Viewing Angle 170°
Lifetime 30,000 hours
Design Low-profile keyboard module
Scissor-switch ultra low profile design
Expected lifespan of 10 million keystrokes per key
Type Industrial-grade incremental encoders
Life Rotational:
Up to 1,000,000 revolutions
Good indexing feel (remains consistent over life)
Material Zinc die-cast and fibre enforced high performance plastic (used in Avionics)
Battery Type Li-ion 1,800 mAh
Battery Life 16 hours (active)
2 years stand-by time
Charging Via USB portConnect the synthesiser to your computer with the USB cable. This charges the internal battery.
CPU 400 MHz core processor (800 MMACSS performance)
64 MB low-power SDRAM (12ns)
512 MB NAND flash storage
24-bit 96 kHz ADC/DAC
Body Advanced CNC 1-piece aluminium design
2 x M6 Mounting holes for accessories
2 x Cuts for strap accessory
Operating Temperature Range -40 to 185°F (-40 to 85°C)
Dimensions (LxHxD) 282.0 x 102.0 x 13.5 mm

In The Box

  • Teenage Engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty


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  • Product: Teenage Engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer
  • Manufacturer: Teenage Engineering
  • Model: 002.AS.001
  • SKU: 002.AS.001
  • RM Product #: 13403
  • Battery: Lithium-Ion Included
  • Warranty: 1 year manufacturer warranty

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