Its £669 in the uk which to my mind is still kinda expensive. That said I take you're point in terms of it sorting of competing with the Ipad on price but not with an Ipod Touch no way!! I got my Ipod Touch 3 secondhand for £80 and with Beatmaker 2 which has sampling, samples plus subtractive sample synthesis the OP-1 can't compete imo.
1.) I am a sucker for the design of this thing. I guess being a fan of portable/handheld music making devices, it's just right up my alley. I cannot justify the price but I certainly wouldn't turn one away if someone wanted to get one for me. ;-)
the price does seem very high, but i think most people who have experience with digital synths will understand the price tag after playing with one for a few hours. I had a friend come by the other night who was skeptical and one of his immediate reactions was 'woah this really is an $800 synth'
hmm, an Ipod touch for music making…… the OP-1 is still hardware for musical production and the other is a …… well…… Ipod. I think you cannot say that an Ipod beats music hardware.