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Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator Po 12 Rhythm 16 Step Pattern Sequencer Synthesizer - Black/Green
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- Rhythm - drum synthesizer and sequencer with parameter locks, individual step re-trig and punch-in effects
- Real synthesised drum sounds sampled drum sounds, 16 punch-in effects including delay, bit crusher and filters
- Making electronic music has never been this much fun
- Quality - pocket operators are cleverly designed on a single circuit board. by placing all vital and sensitive components under the led display there's no need for an outer case. by saving this cost, high quality components could be used to guarantee the best possible sound and very low power consumption. the space under the display also doubles as a speaker box
- I'm left with no choice but to bestow just about every award that can muster at the damn things.' - Andy jones, music tech magazine
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|Item Dimensions||17.78 x 8.89 x 0.51 cm||17.78 x 8.89 x 0.51 cm||10.16 x 5.08 x 5.08 cm||17.78 x 8.89 x 0.51 cm||16.26 x 4.06 x 23.37 cm||17.78 x 8.89 x 0.51 cm|
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imp border-radius: 5px; A Wall of Sound in Your Pocket The PO-14 is a deep bass line synthesizer with sequencer, parameter locks, play styles and punch-in effects. Pocket operators are small, ultra portable music devices with studio quality sound and the flexibility to make music on the go. Affordable for everyone and compatible with all other music gear. The Pocket Operator Family All pocket operator models perfectly complement each other. From drum machine, bass and lead synthesizers to noise percussion, the various unique units allow you to start a pocket band. Use them separately or connect them together, the choice is yours. Use the built-in speaker for instant sound, connect a pair of headphones for detailed personal listening, or hook up a speaker system and the club will go boom Clever Design, High Quality Pocket operators are designed on a single multiple-layer circuit board using high quality components. They all share a compact and durable form factor. By placing all vital and sensitive components under the LCD display there's no need for an outer case. By saving this cost, high quality components could be used to guarantee the best possible sound and very low power consumption. The space under the display also doubles as a speaker hardware includes: Silicon Labs efm 32 gecko mcu cirrus logic dac Knowles high quality speaker high quality crystal for solid clock. Protect and Synchronize Add the silicone pro case to protect your pocket operator and get anti-slip feet, neck strap, battery protection and pro feel buttons. Use the SP-10 display protection to protect the LCD screen, and start a jam sync session with your friends using the MC-3 mini cables.
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This is important as if you want something super basic this is not for you; if you want something with every bell and whistle out there, this is not for you eitther.
Right, here we go:
I have played on iPhone apps that allow you to sequence drum machines. They are fun but they all seem a little too basic and far off what a professional may use. They also do not 'feel' like a good stepping stone into music production. So I wondered what to go for. I checked out software first. There seemed to be lots out there ranging in price and complexity. I was reluctant to go out and buy some software that would just put me off for life. You know what I mean: you go and buy photoshop pro, try to draw a circle and find you have to spend four hours on Google to learn how to do it! I did not want the photoshop pro version of music sequencing; I did not want to have to boot up the computer sit at a table with a mouse (and possibly a keyboard) to get going. I wanted something the size of an iPhone that I could just grab and make music.
Then along came this bad boy: the pocket operator. Before you read on check out YouTube to see what people have done with it. When you link it up with another (or even more) you can get some real professional music laid.
How easy it is: I am gonna be honest. It was not intuitive for me. You can't just open it and get stuck in. I struggled to even play around to work out what things did. This may not be the case if you have experience of this sort of thing; the symbols (pun intended) may mean something to you. I was a little frustrated but remembered why I bought it. I wanted something a little more professional that a simple iPhone app. And that was gonna require a little learning.
So I put the work in. If you have peace you can become proficient with its use in about an hour. You may need to refer back to the instructions to remind you how to do some if it but it is actually relatively simple. I would advice learning one function then spending a few minutes playing with it then moving on.
The hard part is actually making a good track. But then if that was easy we would all be pop stars!
The internal speaker is not brilliant but it is much better than I was expecting so don't let that put you off; with earphones its perfect. It takes two AA batteries and is constantly on. There is no off button but this does not matter. To my understanding most of the screen is just for show but some of it does help. All the LEDs near each button all mean different things depending on what you are doing. I found it a little confusing at first but quickly got the hang of it.
So, if you are looking to put your foot in the water - get this; it is wicked. I was picking my wife up from somewhere the other day. I arrived early so killed 15 minutes in the car with the Operator, wrote a little track and smiled. Boom!
I read that the Rhythm was was the best to get if you were just getting one. It is not just a drum machine; you can get melody on your tracks to.
You can build up some quite complex rhythms with this. It ships with minimal instructions. As other reviewers have said, it does take a while to get your head around it. Fortunately there are lots of good guides on YouTube. Do allow for spending at least an hour with this, whilst watching YouTube, before casting judgement on it. We did, and without hesitation now give it 5-stars.
Combine patterns to get a decent length of a track, either using editable preset patterns or new patterns constructed by yourself. Tap in hits live to record or by using the step sequencer to switch on/off hits (aided by red led)
Only the live editing of sounds is missing to me, you have to stop the track to edit each sound & then restart the track. On the Arcade you can do it all on the fly.
Combining the beats you play with parameter locking the control knobs, punch-in effects and pattern chaining makes this one powerful bit of kit for it's size.
Something to look out for - if it doesn't switch on when new batteries are inserted then try bending the pins in a little - it worked for me.
If very quickly creating electronic beats is what you're looking for, then for it's price this thing is perfect. I love it!
Sounds great and I built up a really strong creative flow with it almost instantly.
But sadly enough it's been having it's moments, possibly running through batteries really fast (as I use it a lot) and seems to dislike any room temperature under 18 degrees... But all in all love it and hopefully it continues to be a great addition to anyone's gear