A synthesiser, drum machine, tape machine, sampler, FX unit… a toy… all of the above…? yep!
It’s not just that the design aesthetics of the OP-1 are a stroke of genius that sets this instrument apart from all others, it is the sense of humour and visually appealing screen displays throughout it’s editing screens that make it one of the most engaging and fun instruments to use. No doubt this will be proven by the occasional smile you will make while making music on the OP-1.
The designers at Teenage Engineering obviously thought long and hard about how you would make their instrument an engaging experience from something that could easily be passed over as a luxury toy for synth and drum machine geeks….which it is, but then it is much more.
The visual feedback from the display is cheeky, full of colour, a bit 80’s retro and a whole lot future. There is a simplicity about it but the cornerstones of electronic music are all covered, synthesis, wave editing, tape recording and the like. Fun arpeggios, an even more fun rhythm section and a fantastic 4 track tape feature with a real time retro vibe, give you every opportunity to walk away from the device after a short period with a recorded piece of music.
Forgetting the retro comments I have made, you make new music with this device. It pulls together an intentional lo-fi sound (in a positive way and a big part of it’s appeal). Nudging your source material through internal FX and your potential for unique music from the comfort of your lap is only a battery charge away!
There is much more to be said but it is best experienced. A demonstration unit is available to try before you buy, but for those with their mind made up and the knowledge that there is limited supply… Hit the “buy it now” button!