For this weeks Tech Times post I am going to go back into last year. This piece of gear is not so new but until now I haven’t really had the chance to sit down and spend some time with it. I am talking about the much hyped Teenage Engineering OP-1. To be honest when I first saw this on the film clip of a band I was unfamiliar with it. I just thought it was some pretty looking midi controller. I have never been so wrong. Since one has turned up in my house about 3 months ago I keep finding new features that impress me. It is, after all, (1) a sampler, (2) synthesiser, (3) sequencer and (4) a beautifully designed item. I could go into each of these features in detail but it would just take to long, and on their website Teenage Engineer explain it pretty perfectly.
What am I using it for? I am using the synths and drums presents to go straight into my projects. They have some interesting sounds. In the latest update there is a new drum machine synthesiser which I am keen to learn. I am also going to use it as a live show instrument doubling as a midi controller. Last but not least, it just looks nice in my room.
In terms of things that might bother you about this bit of kit? Synthesiser editing options are a little vague in some presets styles and you don’t have 100% control over them as far as I can see. The keys are a little small but you have to expect that. It has been said that it is a little expensive at about $850 also, but I don’t think so given what you get. I am pretty sure I am going to get one of these of my own soon. Even if I just have it as a piece of gear thats sits as a work of art in my room, though I doubt that. It’s too hard NOT to make music with this thing.
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