Teenage Engineering has released an update on the status of their much-hyped OP-1 synthesizer.
Here’s what they have to say:
- 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.
- The beta test is approaching. The beta sign up has been closed for quite some time. So wait and see if you are one of those we invite to participate.
- When the beta machines will be released those invited have the option to buy a machine, get all updates and be credited in the manual.
- Unfortunately we cannot give beta machines away for free or reduce the price.
- We are very excited about this final phase when the feature set will be locked down and to get feedback from fresh eyes and ears.
- 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.
More details and some awesome Teenage Engineering OP-1 synth porn after the jump.
Pricing & Availability
- Estimated street price: $799 / Euro 799 (includes EC-VAT)
- Estimated release date: TBA (Depending on the last components to arrive)
The price is up about $100 from what we heard earlier in the year, but we would not be surprised if Teenage Engineering still gets a lot of initial demand for the OP-1.
What do you think of the Teenage Engineering OP-1? And will you be interested in one at $799?