NAMM 2018: Teenage Engineering Unveils the Latest Metal Series Pocket Operators


Teenage Engineering has revealed its latest round of Pocket Operators, called the "Metal Series," which includes two new offerings—the PO-35 Speak and the PO-33 K.O!, as well as the previously released PO-32 Tonic. Each is available separately or all three in the Metal Series Super Set with CA-X pro cases and mini cables.

The PO-32 Tonic is a drum synthesizer and sequencer with an unlimited sound palette. New sounds are loaded from Sonic Charge’s microTonic VST/AU plug-in via data transfer. The software drum machine allows you to craft custom sounds and transfer them wirelessly to the PO-32 Pocket Operator.

The PO-35 Speak is a vocal synthesizer with a built-in microphone for sampling, eight voice characters, eight effects, transpose and scale change capabilities, and 120 seconds of onboard sample memory. What’s more, the PO-35 features drum sounds that are replaceable by way of transference from the microTonic drum machine plug-in, a feature set that’s borrowed from the PO-32 Tonic.


The PO-33 K.O! is a micro sampler with 40 seconds of sampling memory, a built-in microphone, eight melodic sample slots, and eight drum slots. All Pocket Operators share similar features, including a built-in sequencer, 16 effects, parameter locks, a built-in speaker, 1/8" audio I/O, jam sync, animated LCD screens, and a folding stand. The break-away tab at the top allows the Pocket Operators to be placed into the optional CA-X silicone pro-case, which includes a hole for the microphone, anti-slip feet, a neck strap, battery protection, and pro-feel buttons. Each Pocket Operator is powered by two AAA batteries, which offer a month of battery life and two years stand-by time.