Teenage Engineering’s OP-1 has one of the most iconic synthesizers around since it was released over ten years ago, but the music production machine still gets new features: the company just announced its 243rd firmware update that provides USB audio support for the OP-1 for the first time.
The extra feature makes the OP-1 a full-fledged external audio device. This means you can send audio directly from an OP-1 to DAW software such as Ableton Live, Pro Tools or Logic Pro on a PC or Mac or mobile versions of these applications on iOS and Android (such as Garageband) without having to use solutions or hacks. In addition, you will be able to try and record on OP-1
It is a great addition to the device, which should help make it much more useful for creators who want to use their favorite software to put together new tracks and remixes using OP-1. Teenage Engineering says it was able to add the new functionality by using the work they had done to develop a similar USB audio feature for their newer OP-Z synthesizer.
The new firmware update (like the previous 242s) is free for all OP-1 owners, which is a nice touch to see for such a major update. In addition, it will work everyone OP-1 devices, no matter how old.