This portable wonder combines a synthesizer, drum machine, sampler, and four-track recorder all into one. The unique OP-1 color-coded interface with an OLED display makes shaping your sound and recording your masterpiece easy and fun. No additional software or drivers required—just plug and play. Rechargable via USB; 16 hour battery life. Made in Sweden.
Why We Chose This
Teenage Engineering’s OP-1 reimagines what an instrument can look and feel like, and enables musicians to create and record outside the confines of a studio. The Stockholm-based company was founded in 2005, and the OP-1 was released five years later after being created in a minimalist garage space. In 2012 it won a Design S Award in Sweden for its intuitive and accessible engineering and design; musicians who use it include Beck (a beta tester), Depeche Mode, and Bon Iver, whose singer-songwriter Justin Vernon brought the small synth everywhere when writing the 2016 album 22, A Million.
At MoMA Design Store, we offer the most cutting-edge products that use tech to enhance everyday life. Every item that is selected is product-tested using real-life scenarios, and reviewed by MoMA design curators to ensure that it passes our ultimate litmus test: Is this design truly useful? If it didn't exist, would the world miss it?