SUPERSTAND 22: It is one of the most legendary music technology products of the last decadeand now Teenage Engineering OP-1 – a portable one syntheticSampler and controller – finally has a successor: OP-1 Field
Due to high demand and product shortages, the original OP-1 was able to fetch a high price on the used market, but TE says this new version is “louder, thinner and 100 times better”. So we’re guessing this thing will be flying off the shelves.
The OP-1 field is said to be a natural progression from its predecessor, brimming with refinements and improvements. It comes in an anodized aluminum body and has a new flat bezel with floating keyboard and a new “Field” color palette.
Other improvements include a high-resolution screen with flush glass cover, stereo throughout the signal chain, 32-bit audio, Bluetooth MIDI, 24-hour battery life, multiple bands, styles and recording formats, a new reverb and the “Dimension”. synth engine.
There’s also a new speaker system with a passive driver – expect “detailed, fat and loud sound” – while the new FM antenna can both receive and transmit. All graphics have also been revised.
On the connectivity front, you now get a USB-C port, and the 4-pin audio jack (to support the headset mic) and line-in and line-out jacks are more durable.
The new OP-1 is the second in Teenage Engineering’s new complementary product range, following the recent launch of the TX-6 mini-mixer.
Overall, the OP-1 field offers more than 100 new functions – hence the claim “100 times better”, which you can find on the Teenage Engineering Website. It’s available now, priced at £1,999.