Teenage Engineering announces new OP-1 "Field"... at $2000 USD lmao

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Post 12 May 2022

I literally have no words for this... at $2000 USD??! :shock: :o :lol:

https://teenage.engineering/products/op-1

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ALL NEW LOW PROFILE ALUMINUM BODY
HIGH RESOLUTION FLUSH DISPLAY
INTERNAL FM ANTENNA FOR BOTH RX AND TX
EIGHT SWAPPABLE TAPES FOR RECORDING
FOUR DIFFERENT TAPE STYLES
ALL NEW DRUM KIT PACKS
NEW REVERB EFFECT: MOTHER
NEW SYNTH ENGINE: DIMENSION
NEW SPEAKER WITH PASSIVE RADIATOR
MFI - IPHONE USB MIDI AND AUDIO CONNECTIVITY
BATTERY LIFE INCREASED TO 24H
SLIMMER AND SLEEKER PROFILE
NEW COLOR SCHEME
DUAL VELCRO® BACK FASTENERS
TWENTY NEW PRESET SYNTH PATCHES
ZOOMED IN SAMPLE EDITING
BLUETOOTH LOW ENERGY FOR WIRELESS MIDI
PRO QUALITY 32-BIT AUDIO THROUGHOUT THE SIGNAL CHAIN
STEREO MIXDOWN FROM SYNTH AND DRUM TO STEREO TAPE TRACKS
STEREO DRUM SAMPLER ENGINE
IMPROVED DRUM ENVELOPE FOR BETTER TRANSIENT CONTROL
DRUM SAMPLE STACKING
STEREO AUDIO INPUT PROCESSING
IMPROVED TAPE LOOPING
STEREO SYNTH SAMPLER ENGINE
OVER 160 MINUTES OF SAMPLE STORAGE
4-POLE AUDIO JACK FOR HEADSET MIC SUPPORT
CONFIGURABLE MIDI FILTERING
NEW VOLUME SETTING PER PATCH
AFTERBURNER GROUND LOOP NOISE SUPPRESSOR
BUILT-IN USER GUIDE
DUAL BLE ANTENNAS FOR STABLE WIRELESS PERFORMANCE
NEW AND IMPROVED BUILT-IN MICROPHONE
ADDED ENCODER CLICK FUNCTIONALITY
TAPE NAME EDITOR
NEW EXTERNAL VELOCITY LFO
NEW RANGE OF CUSTOM ACCESSORIES
UP TO 500 USER PATCHES
ADJUSTABLE PITCH BEND RANGE
AUTOMATIC HEADPHONE IMPEDANCE ADJUSTMENT
BLE ADVERTISING TOGGLE
BLE CENTRAL FOR CONNECTING CONTROLLERS
BLE CONNECTION LIST VIEW
BUILT-IN FM RADIO TRANSMISSION
CHARGE POWER STATUS LEDS
CLICK TO HOLD SEQUENCER
COMPLETELY REWORKED UI
CUSTOM MIDI SETTINGS FOR CONNECTED DEVICES
CUSTOM VOLUME ENCODER WITH HIGHER RESOLUTION
DETAILED COUNTRY SETTINGS FOR RADIO
DUAL ROLE USB TYPE C CONNECTOR
ERGONOMIC POWER SWITCH
ULTRA-FIDELITY HEADPHONE OUTPUT
HIGH RESOLUTION ACCELEROMETER
IMPROVED AVERAGING FOR A MORE RELIABLE TAP TEMPO
IMPROVED EQUALIZER WITH HIGHER RESOLUTION AND SMOOTHER INTERPOLATION
IMPROVED INPUT SIGNAL TO LFO WITH SMOOTHER ENVELOPE
ADJUSTABLE MIDI FILTERING
REFINED ORIGINAL PATCHES
INCREASE TO 256 MB INTERNAL MEMORY
IMPROVED ENVELOPE FOLLOW IN NITRO EFFECT
MORE RANDOM LFO TARGET PARAMETERS
INCREASED TOMBOLA SIMULATION ACCURACY
MTP CONTENT MANAGEMENT
NEW CUSTOM USB CABLE
NEW FACTORY SEQUENCER PRESETS
NEW FONT
NEW FORM FACTOR
NEW HIGH RESOLUTION VU LED METER
NEW HOLD SEQUENCER
NEW KEYBOARD MODULE
IMPROVED LINE IN SIGNAL QUALITY
NEW METRONOME SOUND
NEW PACKAGING
NEW PAN LFO TARGET
NEW SAWTOOTH AND SQUARE LFO SHAPES
NEW SKETCH IMAGE
OB–4 COMPATIBLE USING FM TX OR WIRE
POP-UP INFO GRAPHICS
PRECISE MASTER LEVEL METERS
PRINTED MANUAL INCLUDED
QR CODE GUIDE LINK
REFINED ACOUSTIC SIDE SHOOTING LOUDSPEAKER GRILL
SAVE TEMPO AND SYNC SETTINGS WITH TAPES
SCREEN BRIGHTNESS CONTROL
SMOOTH KNOB INTERPOLATION
STEREO CLUSTER SYNTH ENGINE
STEREO DIGITAL SYNTH ENGINE
STEREO FM SYNTH ENGINE
STEREO PHASE SYNTH ENGINE
STEREO PULSE SYNTH ENGINE
STEREO STRING SYNTH ENGINE
STEREO TAPE TRACKS
STEREO VOLTAGE SYNTH ENGINE
SYSTEM SETTINGS
USB AUDIO HOST
USB AUDIO/MIDI DIRECT CONNECTIVITY TO OP–Z, TX–6, OP–1 AND COMPATIBLE DEVICES
USB MIDI HOST
USER PATCH RENAME
WIRELESS MIDI CONNECTIVITY TO OP–Z AND TX–6
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Post 12 May 2022

Yeah if there was anything to help people have some perspective when arguing that Apple products are way overpriced... 😂

You can get this...or for the same price you can get a Mac Studio or MacBook Pro. You can spend less and get a Mac Mini, MacBook Air, or iPad and do more with those.

I spent less for my MacBook Air and iPad Mini combined than the cost of this 🤯

And this is just the starting price. Remember that the original OP-1 was $899 and then had a price hike to $1299.

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Post 12 May 2022

joeyluck wrote:
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Yeah if there was anything to help people have some perspective when arguing that Apple products are way overpriced... 😂

You can get this...or for the same price you can get a Mac Studio or MacBook Pro. You can spend less and get a Mac Mini, MacBook Air, or iPad and do more with those.

I spent less for my MacBook Air and iPad Mini combined than the cost of this 🤯

And this is just the starting price. Remember that the original OP-1 was $899 and then had a price hike to $1299.
That's a great point. I mean, at the end of the day we're talking mobile groove boxes that get you away from your computer, but... man - that price is hard to swallow. Did NOT think a new OP-1 would debut at $2000 USD.
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Post 12 May 2022

I've got a few pocket operators and they're pretty fun, and I have a buddy with the original OP-1 and an OP-Z and he loves them, but I'm not sure I'll ever understand the hype. These things just don't click with me and I'd rather have more capable or more distinctive (and do, consequently).

Any fans of these things out here who'd like to explain what it is about them?

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Post 12 May 2022

Its written in capital letters. It must be GOOD!
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Post 12 May 2022

killhamster wrote:
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Any fans of these things out here who'd like to explain what it is about them?
Here's an interesting takeaway: Jeremy at Red Means Recording used to do a metric ton of OP-1 YouTube videos - the guy is a master on the OP-1. But he stopped, because what he found was that the OP-1 forces you into a very specific genre of music with a very specific sound, and he got tired of sounding like all of the other OP-1 users out there. So he stopped.

I'm not sure what else the "Field" will bring to the table that will expand that, but I'm sure we'll have another decade of videos to peruse. But in the 12 years since the original came out, the competition has gotten a lot stronger and there are much better options out there, IMHO.
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Post 12 May 2022

I'd rather use my old ipad Air with Korg Gadget, Nanokey and NanoKontrol Studio controllers.
2,000 monetary units is a cash grab for what it is, just think of the gear you could buy with that.


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Post 12 May 2022

Loque wrote:
12 May 2022
Its written in capital letters. It must be GOOD!
it is also white, it must be PREMIUM.

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Aosta wrote:
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I'd rather use my old ipad Air with Korg Gadget, Nanokey and NanoKontrol Studio controllers.
2,000 monetary units is a cash grab for what it is, just think of the gear you could buy with that.
Yes exactly!

And all of that brand new today is less than half the price of this :shock:

I remember when the previous OP-1 was $899. I was intrigued by it, but even $899 was too much.

Then when the OP-1 was out of stock and out of production, people starting selling them second-hand for ridiculous prices. So then TE saw that and instead of fixing it when they started production again, they thought they might as well try to make that money and raised the price to $1299. I think I saw some explanation about the cost of components, but I mean, there's no way it's that expensive to make. And now $2000...

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Post 12 May 2022

I honestly don’t see the appeal of these at all… but $2000? Even more so. It’s such a simple product you can only do but so much with unless I’m missing something.

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Post 12 May 2022

Well I'm a big fan of gadgets. But gadgets are gadgets. I have a few of the pocket operators.

I would consider $499 to be the highest reasonable price for something like this and I might even consider it at that price.

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Post 12 May 2022

For that price, this better come with 25 grams of coke hidden in the box.

Oh... there it is.
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Post 12 May 2022

Insane pricing, although it does make the new Oberheim OB-X8 look affordable. So, every cloud ........

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challism wrote:
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For that price, this better come with 25 grams of coke hidden in the box.

Oh... there it is.

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LMAO!!!

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EnochLight wrote:
12 May 2022
challism wrote:
12 May 2022
For that price, this better come with 25 grams of coke hidden in the box.

Oh... there it is.

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LMAO!!!

:lol: :lol: :lol:
Maybe they would substitute it for 100 grams of meth because, ya know.... TWEAKERS!
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Post 13 May 2022

I am all for little a quirky, but 2k? you could get a Juno X or 0 -coast with a strega, drum brute impact, a microfreak, and a keylab pro to control everything....or 1000 chocolate milkshakes at McDonalds.

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Or 4 - count them - FOUR - of Roland’s new SP-404 MKII’s. Man.. just watched the Midlife Synthesist’s take on it. Even he pointed out Teenage Engineering’s doing a massive disservice to their fans and customers. TE also snubbed Andrew Huang and Jeremy at Red Means Recording. These three YouTubers are the reason why much of the western world even gives two craps about the original OP-1.

Hey Teenage Engineering:

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Post 13 May 2022

It's hard to believe that the company has not gone out of business yet, it's only a matter of time.

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Jeesh...
FM transmitter Pirate Radio included... but its not DAB!!!

I'd be interested if there was a return policy for the old OP-1....
1.900-1400=500... For the upgrade...

Not gonna happen.

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aeox wrote:
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It's hard to believe that the company has not gone out of business yet, it's only a matter of time.
Why??
They are not vaporwavers...
I'd never buy the field mixer at that price, but the idea is supercool....

Behringer can not copy TE. The day Behringer copy a TE, it could fail.
Otherwise they will always be niche and DJ's still has more money than
most of producers.... :redface:


10 years old I can still sell my OP-1 for 1.200 noproblem...

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Post 13 May 2022

I was leaning against it until I saw it has a new font. I ordered seven of them.
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Post 13 May 2022

With any other company I'd assume they were planning to heavily discount it but with TE you just don't know. Maybe they are convinced it will sell well at that price. It will be interesting to read the reviews.

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aeox wrote:
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It's hard to believe that the company has not gone out of business yet, it's only a matter of time.
Re8et wrote:
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Why??
They are not vaporwavers...
I'd never buy the field mixer at that price, but the idea is supercool....
I don't think Teenage Engineering will go out of business, per say... but an acquisition by a company (or investment group) with deeper pockets is certainly in the cards. They're a niche company with only a few products that one could consider "high volume" (their Pocket Operator line), and even those have an extremely niche customer base. Some of their stuff is downright weird niche (their speakers), and the new TX mixer is hilariously overpriced for the products it is meant for.

Teenage Engineering are as much a lifestyle/design company as they are music gear company. They're trying to be the Apple of the music industry - and in some ways they succeed. But hundreds of millions of people buy cellphones almost every year. Niche music gear? Not so much. So, I absolutely expect them to sell to the highest bidder at some point. We never thought it would happen to Propellerhead, yet here we are. Swedish companies aren't stupid.
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