teenage engineering PO-32 Pocket Operator Tonic Drum Machine

teenage engineering PO-32 Pocket Operator Tonic Drum Machine

teenage engineering PO-32 Pocket Operator Tonic Drum Machine

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teenage engineering PO-32 Pocket Operator Tonic Drum Machine

teenage engineering PO-32 Pocket Operator Tonic Drum Machine

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Product Highlights

  • Sonic Charge's Microtonic Sounds
  • 16 Punch-In Effects and Parameter Locks
  • 16-Step Sequencer with 16 Patterns
  • Unlimited Sounds via Microtonic Plug-In
  • Built-In Microphone for Data Transfer
  • Transfer Sounds from Microtonic to PO-32
  • Built-In Speaker & 3.5mm Audio I/O
  • Jam Sync with Audio Through
  • Send/Receive Sounds to/from Other PO-32s
  • Folding Stand
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  • 1Description

Small enough to fit in your pocket and powered by a pair of AAA batteries, the Teenage Engineering PO-32 Pocket Operator Tonic is an analog drum synthesizer with 16 on-board sounds and limitless external timbres thanks to a collaboration with Magnus Lindström of Sonic Charges. Indeed, the product was developed by Magnus and Teenage Engineering to jam-pack the sound of Sonic Charge's well-regarded Microtonic drum synthesizer into the pocket operator's form factor, recreating the oscillators, envelopes, and filters from the original Microtonic plug-in.

With 16 on-board sounds and 16 tweakable effects, the PO-32 is not merely a replica of the Microtonic. Instead, you can actually create custom sounds in the Microtonic plug-in and transfer them from your computer to the PO-32 by means of its on-board, receptive microphone. Thus, you can take the sound of the software with you in a highly tweakable analog format. You can also share sounds you've tweaked with other users of the PO-32 in a similar manner as described above. Conversely, you can receive data from your friends'/collaborators' PO-32.

The unit's parameters can be locked, while a 16-step sequencer, which holds 16 patterns in memory, can be chained into a song. An integrated clock and alarm clock expand 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. A foldout 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 truly unique music-making device.

Key Features at a Glance
  • Analog synthesizer engines
  • On-board sequencer
  • Parameter locks
  • Step multiplier
  • Unlimited sounds with Microtonic VST
  • Built-in speaker
  • Built-in microphone for data transfer 
  • 3.5mm audio I/O
  • Jam-sync function
  • Animated LCD display
  • Folding stand
  • Breakaway lock tab 
  • Clock and alarm clock
  • Battery powered (2 X AAA)
  • 1-month battery life
  • 2-year standby time


On-Board Sounds
  • Kick 1
  • Snare 1
  • Shaker / zap
  • LFO effect
  • Kick 2 
  • Snare 3
  • Close / open hi-hat
  • Claves / cowbell
  • Low tom / kick 3
  • Rimshot
  • Tambourine / crash 
  • Hand clap 
  • Bass
  • FM snare
  • Cymbal
  • High tom


On-Board FX
  • Half rate
  • Distortion
  • Squash
  • Echo fade
  • Pitch LFO
  • EQ sweep 
  • Mega morph
  • Pitch bend up
  • Punch
  • 6/8 quantize
  • Beat-repeat
  • Beat-repeat faster
  • FM
  • Granular
  • Reverse 
  • Bouncing ball


Notable Controls
The PO-32 affords you many controls, including:

  • Accent
  • Swing
  • BPM
  • Step Multiplier
  • Copy pattern
  • Clear pattern
  • Chain pattern
Transfer Microtonic Sound to your Pocket Operator
You can craft your own unique sounds in Microtonic and send them wirelessly to the PO-32 by means of its microphone. Conversely, you can download sounds and patterns from Sonic Charge's online Rhythm-Generator Patternarium.
Lock Tab
Adding to the PO-32's guerrilla mentality is a breakaway lock tab, which allows you to permanently protect all written patterns, restoring all tweaked parameters to locked settings any time you remove the unit's batteries. This process is reversible by soldering the two pads located by the lock tab together.
Transfer Capability
You can transfer sound and pattern data directly between separate PO-32 Tonics using the built-in speaker and microphone, or using the 3.5mm line in/out connectors.
Backup Capability
Sound and pattern data can be stored to any device for saving and sharing. You can back up the data via built-in microphone or line out. Likewise, you can restore data from a transmitting unit.
In the Box
teenage engineering PO-32 Pocket Operator Tonic Drum Machine
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    teenage engineering 010 AS 032 specs

    Power Requirements 2x AAA batteries
    Battery Life (approx.) 1 month
    Standby Time 2 years
    Dimensions Not specified by the manufacturer
    Weight Not specified by the manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.6 x 2.5 x 0.8"

    teenage engineering 010 AS 032 reviews

    PO-32 Pocket Operator Tonic Drum Machine is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bleeps and Bloops This is my fifth Pocket Operator and easily is the best one so far. I wasn't going to spring for the additional Mircotonic software, but I decided to give it a shot and am very pleased. It really opens up your options and it's all very intuitive to use.
    Date published: 2017-07-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from fun & powerful super fun and powerful little device. making beats on the subway is a great way to pass the time
    Date published: 2017-11-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would recommend any PO to people Small and versatile, great functionality
    Date published: 2017-07-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty fun little beat machine I recently bought the tonic and I like it. It's very physically difffernt than what you'd expect. Basically a drum machine without the case. This is both cool and at time annyoing. It's cool because see the guys he the machine gives it appeal. It's not cool because it's sharp. Perhaps there is an external case for it available. I would but it, especially for storing in your pocket. That can be tricky... you wouldn't want to snap it in half.... however, physical aesthetics aside. It's pretty rad. I can see getting pretty obsessed with it and I barely have delved that deep into it. For instance I haven't begun sampling sounds in the mic just yet. But as for everything else, like the sounds available, those are pretty cool and change a bit when combine differently in the sequence. I will say it was a bit confusing at the beginning...but after I absorbed the directions by the 10th time I got the hang of it and in a night you could definitely get started making stuff and perhaps staying up later than you intended. It's basically 16 one bar tracks( depending on the BPM) So you can make sixteen different one bar songs or create a verse and hook or even just a 16 beat... For the cost and what it does, I'd say it's worth buying. It's bare bones but still cool.
    Date published: 2017-07-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tool. Great tool.
    Date published: 2017-07-30
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