Teenage Engineering’s OP-1 synth is now a USB audio interface, too

Teenage Engineering OP-1
(Image credit: Future)

You certainly couldn’t accuse Teenage Engineering of not providing long-term support for its OP-1 synthesizer - we’re now up to firmware update number 243. As with all previous updates, this is a free one, and it adds some potentially useful functionality.

Specifically, the OP-1 is now capable of streaming over USB. Or, to put it another way, it can now function as a USB audio interface.

So, not only can you sample and record to the OP-1 directly from any USB audio host, but you can also send audio from the OP-1 into your PC or Mac DAW.

There are a couple of other tweaks, too - external tempo sync stability has been improved and when tape is armed and OP-1 receives a play command, recording now starts.

The firmware update is compatible with all versions of the OP-1, and you can download it from the Teenage Engineering website.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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