Superbooth 2022: Teenage Engineering unveils the OP-1 field, “louder, thinner and 100 times better”

The Swedish developer says the portable synthesiser and sampler is “injected with more than a decade of ideas, refinements and improvements.”

Teenage Engineering OP-1 Field

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Superbooth 2022: Teenage Engineering has unveiled the successor to its monumentally successful portable synth, sampler and controller, the OP-1. Joining the recently released TX-6 mixer in a new ‘field’ system, the OP-1 field is set to be the Swedish developer’s headline release of 2022.

With a new colour scheme, a massive 24 hours of battery life and a slimmer chassis, The OP-1 field carries Teenage Engineering’s characteristically beautiful design and is alleged to be packed with 100 new features; “injected with more than a decade of ideas, refinements and improvements.”

“Think of OP–1 field as the natural continuation of its predecessor. Updated with the latest technology, improved design and finely tuned with professional musicians, recording artists and sound designers in mind,” wrote Teenage Engineering on the portable instrument. “Higher quality in all aspects, from its circuitry to connectivity and flexibility, it’s tailor made for professionals in the field.”

Among the OP-1 field’s features are a brand new Mother reverb and Dimension synth engine, as well as several conspicuous hardware improvements. These include a new and improved built-in microphone, an all-glass high resolution display with redesigned graphics and a brand new onboard speaker system making use of a passive driver for a more “detailed, fat and loud sound”. The chassis’ 2k moulding has allowed a 2.4 GHz antennae system to be integrated into the OP-1 field’s aluminium body.

The instrument also features new drum kit packs with the capacity for sample stacking, 20 new preset synth patches, zoom-in sample editing, the ability to work with multiple recording formats, a built-in user guide and even a built-in FM radio transmitter. The OP-1 field can also handle MIDI transmission over Bluetooth and now offers stereo audio processing throughout its entire signal chain.

Take a look at Teenage Engineering’s overview video below:

The OP-1 field joins the TX-6 in Teenage Engineering’s new ‘field system’, constituting “an incredibly powerful and ultra portable sound recording and performance system,” in the company’s words. “The most powerful, highest quality portable system on the market today.”

The OP-1 field is available now with a price of £1,999. For more information head to teenage.engineering.

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