Sweden’s Teenage Engineering, the company best known for its popular and versatile OP-1 synthesizer, has recently unveiled a new line of three new synths dubbed Pocket Operator. To the contrary of their popular yet pricey OP-1 ($849), these tiny, easily transportable instruments will only cost 69 Euro, easily making them a production steal.
Made in conjunction with cult clothing designer Cheap Monday (who offer an array of customisable accessories for the device) Each of the three Pocket Operator models literally leaves little to the imagination, with components and circuit board exposed. The PO-12 drum machine, PO-14 bass synth, and PO-16 lead-synth all feature a 16-step sequencer, LCD screen, built-in speaker, alarm clock, and a line in and out.
As mentioned, the Pocket Operators are cleverly designed on a single circuit board by placing all vital and sensitive components under the LCD display there’s no need for an outer case. With this saving, high quality components could be used to guarantee the best possible sound, as well as low power consumption.
Aside from its sample library, the synths also have a set of effects, including filters, bit-crusher, delay, and stutter. Each is powered by a couple of AAA batteries and features a basic stand made from bent wire. The space under the display also doubles as a speaker box.
Check out the video below for a quick taste of the PO-12 in action and find more videos of the Pocket Operator series on Teenage Engineerings YouTube channel.