Teenage Engineering OP-1 Field review

Teenage Engineering OP-1 Field: What is it?

Has there ever been a piece of gear as cool, compact – and divisive – as Teenage Engineering’s OP-1? It is probably the most feature-packed and mobile piece of recording gear ever produced, with several synth engines, drums, sampling, ‘tape’ recording, effects, sequencing, and even an FM radio. 

Over its 11-year reign of coolness, it has attracted everyone from Jean-Michel Jarre to Depeche Mode, Trent Reznor to, um, Elijah Wood with its charming ultra-sleek workflow and ‘take it anywhere in your hipster shoulder bag’ ethos. When it went out of production in 2018, such was the demand that its secondhand prices shot up to well over a grand, way beyond its £800 original asking price.