Teenage Engineer’s OP-1 Subject synthesizer/groovebox/thingamajig simply received a reasonably substantial system replace. Software program model 1.5.0 brings a enjoyable new impact to the instrument and a long-requested function.
First up, there’s a brand new impact referred to as Terminal. It is a bit crusher, lastly bringing distortion to the synthesizer. The OP-1 Subject and its lower-powered sibling have all the time been identified for a stellar results lineup, however these devices have by no means had a bit crusher or any possible way so as to add shade by way of distortion. As an avid participant, I can’t let you know the variety of occasions I’ve had to make use of workarounds to pretend overdrive and distortion.
It appears to be like easy sufficient to function, with an aesthetic that calls to thoughts an previous PC. You need to be capable of use this device for light distortion and all-out audio mangling. Like all OP-1 results, there are 4 parameters to fiddle with.
The replace additionally brings a a lot simpler strategy to bounce, or merge, tracks. Teenage Engineering’s calling it “tape merge drop” and the device features a shortcut that robotically combines all the audio from copied tracks into one monitor, so you may drop it down and proceed constructing out a music. You could possibly all the time bounce tracks on the OP-1 and Subject, but it surely required some menu diving and much more time.
Teenage Engineering has all the time been good about supporting the OP-1 line. It dropped a vocoder for the Subject earlier this yr and launched a number of system updates for the unique OP-1 within the current previous, and that factor got here out in 2011. Obama wasn’t even in his second time period but.
The corporate has had a busy month or so. It set music gear web ablaze with the shock launch of the EP-133 sampler and did the precise reverse with no matter that is. The brand new OP-1 Subject replace is out there now.