Teenage Engineering’s OP-1 field is a major update, and it’s not cheap

Teenage Engineering (TE) unveil its popular successor OP-1 Portable synth sampler, the $2,000 OP-1 Field, which it calls “louder, thinner, and 100 times better.” That’s because it has about 100 new features, including a new low-profile aluminum body, an internal FM antenna for reception and transmission, and a high-resolution flush display.

The OP-1 Field is the second “Field” product from TE TX-6 Mini BlenderThe company notes that with the two working together, “you get a powerful and ultra-portable recording and performance system, all battery powered and charged via USB-C.” In terms of connectivity, it offers USB-C, line-in and Output socket and 4-pole audio jack for headphone or microphone support.

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

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 unlimited overdubs). You can use sampled or synth drums, adjust audio levels, pan, effects and EQ, then switch the active reel and use multiple tapes to manage your recordings. The final track can be output via USB or using the new FM output module.

The OP-1 Field is a huge update to 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) Teenage Engineering’s website.

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