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teenage engineering PO-16 Factory Synthesizer

BH #TE010AS016A • MFR #010 AS 016A
teenage engineering
teenage engineering PO-16 Factory Synthesizer
Key Features
  • Multiple Synth Engines (FM, Sub, Wave)
  • 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-16 Factory Synthesizer features multiple real synthesizer engines including FM, subtractive synthesis, wave table, and physically modeled strings with 16 punch-in effects including delay, bit crusher, and filters. It also includes 16 punch-in arpeggio and chord playing styles. The punch-in play styles are a quick way to create melodies. The concept is to minimize the effort of entering a complete series of notes in a sequence by simply adding one or a few notes and then allowing the punch-in function to fill in variations of the notes that follow.
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teenage engineering PO-16 Overview

Small enough to fit in your pocket and powered by a pair of AAA batteries, the Teenage Engineering PO-16 Factory Synthesizer features multiple real synthesizer engines including FM, subtractive synthesis, wave table, and physically modeled strings with 16 punch-in effects including delay, bit crusher, and filters. It also includes 16 punch-in arpeggio and chord playing styles. The punch-in play styles are a quick way to create melodies. The concept is to minimize the effort of entering a complete series of notes in a sequence by simply adding one or a few notes and then allowing the punch-in function to fill in variations of the notes that follow.

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-16 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 0.6"

teenage engineering PO-16 Reviews

Lo-fi scratch pad

By Andrew
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-10

Fun to play or to experiment. The sounds are gritty and you can hear them online. Sequencing and effects are not really intuitive, but you'll get there. The thing that kind of kills it is that it's not chromatic. You're stuck in C major. There's an ugly workaround on YouTube but it's a pretty big limitation for me.

So fun!

By Gus
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-27

I am a bigger fan of the PO-12 Rhythm, but this one is super fun too! I have them sitting on my desk at home, and I just play around with them when I'm bored. A fun and creative pastime when I'm bored at work :) As for the device itself: so satisfyingly well designed and constructed. Nearly perfect!

Love these pocket sequencers!

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-02-27

The factory pocket operator is great!

Buying the others

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

Worth the value

Great portable synth, great price

By NoisePolluter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-06-16

PO-16 packs a lot of great sounds, effects and functionality into a compact size.

A Fun little Gadget

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-10-08

A great little synthesizer on a board, it even includes a little invisible speaker, and it is quite cheap for what it does. I have fun making different sounds with it and to discover what it can do. It contains lots of interesting ideas

Love the portability and fun!

By Dimitrios
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-19

Great - I chained this with other 3 Teenage PO's and it worked great! Love it. It takes some time to learn how to use it.

Fun but limited control

By josh
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-14

I think it's a great little device, but this one didn't thrill me like the po-12 or the po-133 I had bought previously. I can't tell whether drum machine and sampler concepts fit into the pocket operator form factor better, or that I'm harder to impress with audio equipment now. Like drum machines don't usually require midi. 5 stars because I still play with it almost every day after a month of use, and I do use it to make cool stuff that sounds good to me. I'd recommend this to someone who wanted to try their first pocket operator, who wants synth sounds, but wouldn't mind limited control. If you're someone looking to advance beyond a pocket operator ever and your looking at this because the budget is tight, I might advise you look at a Korg Volca Keys or something along those lines with midi and more standard controls.

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