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teenage engineering PO-33 KO Pocket Operator Micro Sampler

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teenage engineering PO-33 KO Pocket Operator Micro Sampler
Key Features
  • 40 Seconds of Sample Memory
  • Built-In Microphone for Recording
  • 8 Melodic Slots and 8 Drum Slots
  • 16 Effects
The Teenage Engineering PO-33 KO is a micro sampler designed to provide easy and creative sound creation and sequencing for producers, beat makers, and sound designers in studio sessions or on the go. Record up to forty seconds worth of samples via the built-in microphone or 3.5mm stereo input jack to any of the eight melodic slots or eight drum slots. Utilize the sixteen-step sequencer and sixteen patterns to program your samples into a beat or melody, then choose from sixteen effects for additional manipulation.
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teenage engineering PO-33 KO Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Key Features at a Glance
  • 3Onboard FX
  • 4Notable Controls
  • 5Lock Tab
  • 6Transfer Capability
  • 7Backup Capability

The Teenage Engineering PO-33 KO is a micro sampler designed to provide easy and creative sound creation and sequencing for producers, beat makers, and sound designers in studio sessions or on the go. Record up to forty seconds worth of samples via the built-in microphone or 3.5mm stereo input jack to any of the eight melodic slots or eight drum slots. Utilize the sixteen-step sequencer and sixteen patterns to program your samples into a beat or melody, then choose from sixteen effects for additional manipulation.

Monitor through the built-in speaker or connect the 3.5mm stereo audio output to a mixer or headphones. The audio I/O can also be used for jam syncing multiple Pocket Operators and backing up, restoring, and transferring sound and pattern data. An integrated clock and alarm clock expand the creative possibilities of the instrument, which is powered via two AAA batteries (available separately) for mobile convenience. A foldout stand enables both hands to be used for more efficient operation.

Key Features at a Glance

  • Micro sampler with forty seconds of sample memory
  • Eight melodic sample slots
  • Eight drum sample slots
  • Record samples via built-in microphone or 3.5mm input
  • Onboard sequencer
  • Parameter locks
  • Step multiplier
  • Built-in speaker
  • Data transfer via audio I/O 
  • 3.5mm audio I/O
  • Jam-sync function
  • Animated LCD display
  • Folding stand
  • Breakaway lock tab 
  • Clock and alarm clock
  • Powered via two AAA batteries (available separately)
  • Battery life up to one month
  • Standby time up to two years

 

Onboard FX

  • Loop 16
  • Loop 12
  • Loop short
  • Loop shorter
  • Unison
  • Unison low 
  • Octave up
  • Octave down
  • Stutter 4
  • Stutter 3
  • Scratch
  • Scratch fast
  • 6/8 quantize
  • Retrigger pattern
  • Reverse 
  • No effect

 

Notable Controls

The PO-33 KO affords you many controls, including:

  • Tone
  • Filter
  • Trim
  • Volume
  • Swing
  • BPM
  • Step multiplier
  • Copy pattern
  • Clear pattern
  • Chain pattern

Lock Tab

Adding to the PO-33 KO'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-33 KOs using the 3.5mm line in/out connectors.

Backup Capability

Sound and pattern data can be stored to any recording device for saving and sharing. You can back up the data via the line out and restore data from a transmitting unit via the line in.

teenage engineering PO-33 KO Specs

Input1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS Stereo Mini-Jack
Output1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS Stereo Mini-Jack
Power Requirements2 x AAA Batteries
Battery Life (approx.)1 Month
Standby TimeUp to 2 Years
Dimensions2.4 x 4.9 x 1.2" / 6.0 x 12.5 x 3.0 cm
Weight0.2 lb / 0.1 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.145 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)4.85 x 2.5 x 1.15"

teenage engineering PO-33 KO Reviews

Amazing little thing.

By Joseph
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-19

The PO-33 is great and I much enjoy playing with it. The little thing is powerful. I use it a lot on its own but also connect the Korg volca drum unit to it. On its own I fire up Ableton and find drums or synths I like the sounds of then record them to po33 (the built in mic is fine) and then play with different beats and sounds really anywhere. I bought a case and would recommend.

extraordinary

By Andrew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-31

So...much...fun! This little device has been a revelation. The slightly squashed samples are still well over the quality of every hit record from the 1980s, and aren't even into proper bit crushed territory, so this can actually act as a legitimate sampler. You've got 8 melodic tracks (usefully quantized) and then 8 kit tracks x 16 slices = 128 individual samples for hits (though only 40 seconds total, so a fair bit less unless your samples are brisk.) Sequencer is fantastic, as are effects. This little thing is so fun to set up and just jam with. I've created stuff I loved in 15 minutes on the subway instead of doom-scrolling the news, then recorded it into ableton, ran some sfx, and been astonished. It's 1/3 the weight of a phone, and about 2/3 the size. Truly pocketable. No, it's not a Digitakt or an MPC Live, but the point is that you're not weighed down with 2000 options and endless menu-scrolling, so you get ideas down fast. Honestly, I'd buy more of the PO series, but my understanding is that this is by far the best, so I'll just stick with this for now.

The most fun toy since snes

By Carlos
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-20

Excellent tool, You can have hours of fun and sound development. Also, plug into a good set of speakers and the quality is superb!

Love it

By Jose Manuel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-20

I had gotten a PO-12 which is a drum machine, also love it but i wanted to play more with samples and i guess this is one of the cheapest options, its definitely really fun to play with, really easy to get started, im not a music producer or a musician or anything like that, for me its a really fun toy to unwind with.

Great sampler

By Jorge
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-20

This is a great PO, it has some limitations but it's definitely a very flexible machine.

Experimental Fun

By Edward
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-29

At first glance it can be easy to dismiss the Pocket Operator KO as a “toy”. Watching YouTube videos online it appears that the sky is the limit. Like many musical instruments you get out of it what you put in. I find the limited tool set to be liberating. Sampling and pattern making is a breeze and you can turn every day sounds into compelling loops. In the hands of someone who is invested you could create a whole beat or instrumental piece. It is not going to replace a Roland SP 404 or Akai, but given the size of the item it punches well above it’s weight. (Pun slightly intended). My main complaint that exporting any loops or patterns is a pain and requires numerous other tools. However, if you want to be able to play with music and loop making on the go it is an absolute charm. The build quality of the board is considerably more sturdy than looking at any pictures would lead you to believe, but I think a case of some type is needed if you intend to have this thing for a duration. Overall, if you want something that can make music without breaking the bank the KO Pocket Operator is really in a class by itself. I recommend this as the first PO anyone should get. Load up a few YouTube videos follow along how to use it then just go around the house collecting sounds, you’ll have a blast.

Quirky fun

By Karim
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-20

Much smaller than I expected and also deeper. Sure I could make some awesome music with this if I just put some time into it...

A Sampler In Your Pocket!!!

By Ricardo
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-14

This thing is AMAZING!!! Its capable enough to sample and sequence an entire beat. You can use this during a live set. Play music from your fone to sample and make funky hot beats!!! So dope!!! Great for freestyle cyphers. Got an idea in your head? Keep this thing on you and never forget a song, hook or sample idea ever again.

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Date published: 2021-09-12
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