OP-1, a portable synth with motion control
While smartphones and tablets can be used to create music these days, not all digital music composers want their controls on a touch screen.
These days, a humble smartphone or tablet can be used to create music that would probably have required a bulky electronic keyboard a decade ago. Having all the controls on a touch screen, however, may not be every digital-music composer's cup of tea.
That's where the OP-1 portable synthesizer by Sweden-based company Teenage Engineering comes in. The device has a minimalist aluminum chassis and modular-looking keys, which should make it look right at home next to Apple laptops.
Other interesting functions include a three-axis motion controller to add interesting effects to your music (much like the motion-controlled music apps available for smartphones); a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts up to 16 hours; and an OLED display.
Of course, while the OP-1 may be as capable as it is portable, it carries a steep price tag of $849, which could easily get you a good 61-key synth these days. The OP-1 is available now on the Teenage Engineering Web site.