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

Teenage Engineering (TE) has unveiled the successor to its well-liked OP-1 moveable synth sampler, the $2,000 OP-1 Field, which it calls “louder, thinner and 100 times better.” That pertains to the truth that it has round 100 new options together with a new low profile aluminum physique, inside FM antenna for each receiving and transmitting and a high-resolution flush show. 

The OP-1 Field is the second of TE’s “Field” merchandise following the launch of the TX-6 mini mixer. The company notes that with the 2 working collectively, “you can get an incredibly powerful and ultra portable sound recording and performance system, all battery powered and rechargeable via USB-C.” In phrases of connectivity it provides USB-C, line out and in sockets, and a 4-pole audio jack for headset or mic help.

On prime of the options talked about above, the OP-1 Field has 32-bit audio Bluetooth MIDI, stereo all through all the sign chain, 24 hours of battery life, eight swappable tapes, 4 completely different tape types, a number of recording codecs and a new synth engine. It options a new speaker system with a passive driver promising “detailed, fat and loud sound,” TE says. 

In a brief overview video (above), the company exhibits how to select from a number of synth presets and file them to tape, with as much as 4 stereo tracks (and infinite overdubs). You can use sampled or synth drums, alter audio ranges, panning, results and EQ, then swap the energetic tape wheel and use a number of tapes to handle your recordings. The ultimate observe could be output by USB or utilizing the brand new FM output module.

The OP-1 Field is a large replace to the unique, however as talked about, it is not low cost. You can now order it for $2,000 (€2,000/£2,000 in Europe/the UK) on Teenage Engineering’s website.

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