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Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO-32 Tonic

Miniature Drum Synth
Published December 2017
By Simon Sherbourne

PO-32 is a hardware version of Sonic Charge’s Microtonic drum synth. The software or plug-in can be used to create and load sounds into the device.PO-32 is a hardware version of Sonic Charge’s Microtonic drum synth. The software or plug-in can be used to create and load sounds into the device.

Teenage Engineering take the Pocket Operator game to the next level.

The PO-32 is the latest and most ambitious Pocket Operator in Teenage Engineering’s quirky range of handheld instruments. This one is a programmable synth-based drum machine with a pattern sequencer, performance effects, and parameter lock automation. The ‘Tonic’ moniker is borrowed from Microtonic, the Sonic Charge plug-in whose drum synth engine has been committed to silicon on this device. It’s this plug-in (bought separately) that provides the programming interface for creating your own PO-32 sounds. These can then be transferred to the PO-32 via an audio data burst... you should never expect the ordinary from Teenage...

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Published December 2017