teenage engineering PO-33 KO Pocket Operator Micro Sampler

teenage engineering PO-33 KO Pocket Operator Micro Sampler

teenage engineering PO-33 KO Pocket Operator Micro Sampler

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Product Highlights

  • 40 Seconds of Sample Memory
  • Built-In Microphone for Recording
  • 8 Melodic Slots and 8 Drum Slots
  • 16 Effects
  • 16-Step Sequencer with 16 Patterns
  • Built-In Speaker and 3.5mm Audio I/O
  • Jam Sync with Audio Through
  • Easy Data Backup, Restore, and Transfer
  • Folding Stand
  • Powered via Two AAA Batteries
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teenage engineering PO-33 KO Overview

  • 1Description

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.
In the Box
teenage engineering PO-33 KO Pocket Operator Micro Sampler
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    teenage engineering PO-33 KO Specs

    Input 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS stereo mini-jack
    Output 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS stereo mini-jack
    Power Requirements 2 x AAA batteries
    Battery Life (approx.) 1 month
    Standby Time Up to 2 years
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 2.4 x 4.9 x 1.2" / 6.0 x 12.5 x 3.0 cm
    Weight 0.2 lb / 0.1 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.145 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.85 x 2.5 x 1.15"

    teenage engineering PO-33 KO Reviews

    PO-33 KO Pocket Operator Micro Sampler is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pocket Miracle... Amazing! That's the only way I can describe this little device. As a long time Hip Hop fan and skratch DJ, I've always had an interest and love for the art of sampling. Not knowing much about it and not wanting to break the bank to learn about how sampling works, the PO-33 came along. My appreciation for how early Hip Hop music was created has expanded vastly with this micro sampler. For the price, this is a no brainer for the average music fan. Thanks Teenage Engineering!
    Date published: 2018-06-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from best invention of all time its almost a mpc1000 inside a calculator, and the automatically chop input sound to the pads feature is insane
    Date published: 2018-04-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Help I purchased this for my boyfriend for Christmas. He wont put it down. Already went through a set of batteries. Buyer beware
    Date published: 2019-01-03
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