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teenage engineering PO-12 Rhythm Drum Synthesizer

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teenage engineering PO-12 Rhythm Drum Synthesizer
Key Features
  • Real Synthesized and Sampled Drums
  • 16 Punch-In Effects and Parameter Locks
  • 16-Step Sequencer with 16 Patterns
  • 16 Pattern Chaining
Small enough to fit in your pocket and powered by a pair of AAA batteries, the Teenage Engineering PO-12 Rhythm Drum Synthesizer features both real synthesized drum sounds and sampled drum sounds with 16 punch-in effects including delay, bit crusher, and filters.

teenage engineering PO-12 Overview

Small enough to fit in your pocket and powered by a pair of AAA batteries, the Teenage Engineering PO-12 Rhythm Drum Synthesizer features both real synthesized drum sounds and sampled drum sounds with 16 punch-in effects including delay, bit crusher, and filters.

The synthesizer parameters can be locked while an auto compressor and hardware limiter ensure adequate signal generation without clipping.

A 16-step sequencer features 16 available patterns and up to 16 patterns can be chained together. An integrated clock and alarm clock expands the creative possibilities of the instrument. A jam sync function with 3.5mm audio in and out connections allows for multiple synthesizer units to be linked together.

Using high-quality components with low power consumption, the synthesizer is cleverly designed with a Silabs EFM 32 Gecko CPU, a Cirrus Logic DAC, and a Knowles speaker placed under a novel animated LCD on a single circuit board. A fold-out stand makes it easier to play, and rear-panel speaker solder terminals allow you hook up the unit to a larger sound system.

An optional tailor-made silicone pro case (sold separately) adds anti-slip feet, battery protection, and professional-feel buttons to this very unique music-making device.

teenage engineering PO-12 Specs

ComponentsSilabs EFM 32 Gecko CPU
Cirrus Logic DAC
Knowles speaker
I/O1x 1/8" (3.5 mm) in
1x 1/8" (3.5 mm) out
Power Requirements2x AAA batteries
Standby Time2 Years
DimensionsNot specified by the manufacturer
WeightNot specified by the manufacturer
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)4 x 2.5 x 0.8"

teenage engineering PO-12 Reviews

Too fun

By josh
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-11

Best money I've spent in a long time.

Awesome machine

By John
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-06-14

Very nice compact drum machine. I like it a lot.

Perfect gift

By Very happy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-01-01

This synthesizer was perfect for my son as he begins exploring music production as a career. I will be adding the others soon. My nephew must have been impressed as well, my sister asked me for the website. Product is sturdy and exactly as described.

Worth every cent

By Kari
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-12-13

Great value

possibly the best

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-10-06

may be the most effective of the bunch, so many uses and features every musician should have one in their pocket

Battery holder contacts bend

By Just call me Sam
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-07-20

I discovered that I can't operate the PO-12 in my hand since it puts tension on the batteries, bending the battery positive or negative contacts away from the battery. It should be operated on a firm surface. When removing the batteries, keep one finger pushing inwards towards the battery and use a flat head screwdriver to push the other end of the battery inward and upwards. If the contacts do bend, then remove the batteries and gently apply inward pressure to restore them to their original position. That aside, the price and number of sound variations make this synthesizer a buyer's deal.


By josh
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-29

I bought this for my train commute. I thought it might be hard to use, after watching half of a twelve minute video I was making drum beats. After a few hours of not being able to put it down I'm hooked and completely able to put beats in my head right into the machine. I couldn't be more impressed.

Such a fun device

By Sean
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-26

If you're not a crazy musical person, but want something to toy around'll have so much fun with this. If you're someone that makes music professionally, GET THIS, you'll have even more fun with it, but also bring this thing everywhere. But once you get one try to suppress the urge to buy em all!

See any errors on this page? Let us know



Hi - Is it possible to save/export your loops and beats to other hardware and software? Many thanks, Dave.
Asked by: Anonymous
That will probably never happen. It's not that kind of a device. Very self-contained. Make a bunch of beats then record the audio on something.
Answered by: Michael T.
Date published: 2021-09-12


can you put your own sounds on to it?
Asked by: Anonymous
The Teenage Engineering PO12 is a new item. We do not expect delivery till the end of April. That being said I did not come across anything that said you could load your own sounds. The unit has 16 different drum sounds, 16 different effects and a 16 step sequencer. The product line consists of the PO-12 / rhythm, PO-14 / sub and the PO-16 / factory.
Answered by: John P.
Date published: 2018-08-26


You don't have the silicone cases listed. How do I get those?
Asked by: Michael T.
I believe TE has run out of them, or are changing the design. They no longer appear on their website.
Answered by: David A.
Date published: 2018-08-26
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