Teenage Engineering OP-1 update: product is 90 percent complete, Street price of $799 announced

September 26, 2010 § 1 Comment

As a gadget fan and a synth geek I’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of Teenage Engineering’s OP-1 synthesizer. Originally announced at Musikmesse in 2009, this all-in-one unit gained a lot of attention for unique (and awesome) interface design as well as lots of unique features for tweaking on the go. The OP-1 is an all-in-one portable Synthesizer, Sampler and Controller. It also has features such as an FM Radio and a G-Force sensor for pitch and bend effects, a tape emulator and built in speaker. Teenage Engineering consists of seven guys from Stockholm, Sweden who have set turned the audio/gadget world on it’s head waiting to play with this very cool device. This week we got some updates from Teenage Engineering who have finally announced a street price of $799 and some updates to production.

Some updates from Teenage Engineering:

When it comes to functionality, 90% percent is completed and working. Some parts of the system is still being fine tuned and optimized. Overall we are extremely happy with what we have. The OP-1 will be shipped with 6 synthesizer engines and 2 sampler types. Pulse was shown at the NAMM show, the other synthesizer engines are DrWave, FM, Phase, String, Digital, Cluster. Further it will include 8 effects, 3 LFO types and 3 original sequencers. The Mixer section has a dedicated EQ and Drive as well as Master Balance and an additional Master Effect slot. The Sequencers can be matched to the tape speed with a feature called Beat Match. The Tape also have additional ONE-KEY features added that will be revealed at launch.

[Hardware] We just received the golden sample for the keyboard module / plastic parts from the factory. And we are very satisfied with the look and feel of it. The complexity level of the OP-1’s electronics makes component sourcing a bit tricky. As soon as we get the missing chips we will go into production with the first beta batch. Shortly after, the first full production run will be started. So keep your fingers crossed that all this works out.

We have gotten a lot of mails lately regarding the shipping date and the final price of the OP-1. So we felt it’s time for us to provide you with some details:

Estimated street price: $799 / Euro 799 (includes EC-VAT)
Estimated release date: TBA (Depending on the last components to arrive)

OP-1 Technology Specs

  • 400 MHz Processor Core (800 MMACS) performance
  • 64 MB Low-Power SDRAM (12ns)
  • 512 MB Nand Flash storage
  • 24-bit 96kHz ADC/DAC
  • USB 2.0 high speed (OTG)
  • 3.5 mm Input, Output
  • Built-in microphone
  • High output mini speaker 8 Ohm 1 Watt
  • 3-axis accelerometer (G-force) sensor
  • Worldwide FM band support (64-108 MHz)
  • Amoled display running in 60 fps
  • 320 x 160 pixel resolution
  • Color Depth: 16.7 M
  • Contrast: 10000:1 (good for outdoor use!)
  • Viewing Angle: 170°
  • Life Time: 30,000 hrs
  • 2500mAh li-ion Polymer Battery

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