Teenage Engineering: OP-1 News

I guess a lot of you have got this today:

We are right in the middle of development and besides the first information in the “Product” section of our site we have also recently posted some sound samples in the “Now” section.

All sound samples comes straight from the prototype without no additional tools or effects used or added. Even if it’s in the middle of development, we hope the demos will give you a good idea about the character of the Op-1. Some things will change during the process, but the conceptual work is all done and fixed.

Here’s a development status:

We are right now finalizing the hardware design and working on the last mechanical parts of the case and keyboard and make it ready for production. The final case will be a light grey painted one piece cnc:d aluminum body with no screws. We have worked hard to make it super thin and as light as possible. During this process we dropped the additional power connection seen on the first prototype. The USB is now used for both power/charging and to transfer data.

The 1:1 CPU board is working fine and displaying graphics on the OLED display. It looks gorgeous. We now have to fine tune the graphics library/engine to make it all look perfect. We also have to run some more benchmark test to check the platform before it goes into production.

When it comes to the software part, six individual synth engines are done. Several effects are done. We still have some polish to do on some of them to make them perfectly balanced.

We have added a new quite interesting sequencer. You will be surprised. We now have two “sequencers” working. The idea is to avoid making one over-complicated sequencer that “have everything”. So we have split them into individually simple but really fun and creative ones. More to come on this topic.

Finally, one last thing…

The first units of the Op-1 will be revealed at NAMM in Los Angeles in Jan, 2010. Hope to see you there so we can demo it to you in person.

So not too long to wait now…

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  1. The OP-1 looks absolutely amazing! It's gonna be the f$$king BOMB! This thing really deserves to do really well. Someone has just pointed out that the new Stylophone thing looks like a toilet seat- well it does! I'm really getting bored with this retropostmodernistgarbage. Stuff like the OP-1, is the real modernist deal. Lets raise a toast to modernism! 😀

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