Teenage Engineering’s OP-1 Field is a big refresh with a big price tag

Teenage Engineering’s OP-1 Field is a big refresh with a big price tag

Teenage Engineering (TE) has introduced the successor to its popular OP-1 portable synth sampler, the $2,000 OP-1 Field, which it calls “louder, thinner and 100 times better”. That’s in reference to the fact that it has around 100 new features, including a new low-profile aluminum body, an internal FM antenna for receive and transmit, and a high-resolution flush display.

The OP-1 Field is TE’s second “Field” product following the launch of the TX-6 mini-mixer. The company states that by bringing the two together, “You can get an incredibly powerful and ultra-portable sound recording and performance system that’s fully battery-powered and USB-C rechargeable.” In terms of connectivity, it offers USB-C, Line in and out jacks and a 4-pin audio jack for headset or microphone support.

In addition to the features above, the OP-1 Field features 32-bit audio Bluetooth MIDI, stereo throughout the signal chain, 24-hour battery life, eight interchangeable bands, four different band styles, multiple recording formats, and a new synthesizer engine. It features a new speaker system with a passive driver that promises “detailed, fat, and loud sound,” says TE.

In a short overview video (above), the company shows how to choose from multiple synth presets and record them to tape with up to four stereo tracks (and infinite overdubs). You can use sampled or synth drums, adjust audio levels, panning, effects and EQ, then toggle the active band wheel and use multiple bands to organize your recordings. The last track can be output via USB or via the new FM output module.

The OP-1 Field is a huge update of the original, but as mentioned, it doesn’t come cheap. You can order it now for $2,000 (€2,000/£2,000 in Europe/UK) from Teenage Engineering’s website.

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