Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO-32 Tonic Drum Machine

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Street Price: 

$99
Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO-32 Tonic Drum Machine

Specifications

  • LCD screen
  • 16 preset sounds
  • 16-step sequencer with punch-in effects, parameter locks, and step multiplier
  • Effects Types: Distortion, Pitch, Granular, Reverse, Half-rate
  • Analog Inputs: 1 x 1/8" TRS (audio/sync in)
  • Analog Outputs: 1 x 1/8" TRS (audio/sync out)
  • Power Supply: 2 x AAA batteries

Gearank Recommendation

The Pocket Operator PO-32 Tonic appeared in the second edition of our now defunct recommended list for Drum Machines in March 2019.

Overview

Teenage Engineering may not be a household name similar to the likes of Roland but with a growing list of big name artists using their products, this Swedish electronics company is soon to be on everyone's radar.

The Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO-32 sports a minimal, almost utilitarian and unfinished look; but don't let that fool you.

The PO-32 is a compact yet fully featured drum sequencer sporting a powerful 16 step sequencer with various effects as well as 16 preset sounds all crammed into a drum machine no larger than your average business card or pocket calculator.

With the ability to sync with other Teenage Engineering products, The PO-32 might just be the start of a new musical addiction.

With a low barrier to entry with regards to the price, The PO-32 is a fun creative tool for the casual musician while still being able to provide depth for more experienced tinkerers.

Long term durability concerns aside, hearing sound samples and music written with it shows that the PO-32 is a great sounding little device.

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