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

Teenage Engineering (TE) has unveiled 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”. This is linked to the fact that it has around 100 new features, including a new low profile aluminum body, an internal FM antenna for reception and transmission and a high resolution flush screen.

The OP-1 Field is the second of TE’s “Field” products following the launch of the TX-6 mini mixer. The company notes that with the two working together, “you can get an incredibly powerful and ultra-portable sound performance and recording system, all battery-powered and rechargeable via USB-C.” In terms of connectivity, it offers USB-C, line-in and line-out jacks, and a 4-pole audio jack for headphone or mic support.

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

In a short overview video (above), the company demonstrates how to choose from several synth presets and record them to tape, with up to four stereo tracks (and infinite overdubs). You can use sampled or synthesized drums, adjust audio levels, panning, effects, and EQ, then toggle the active band wheel and use multiple bands 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 upgrade from 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 the Teenage Engineering website.

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