Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO-14 Sub

Battery-powered Bass Synthesizer with 16 Sounds (15 Bass + 1 Drum), 16 Effects, 16-step Sequencer, Onboard Speaker, Integrated Stand, and Audio Pulse Sync Capabilities
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Minimalist Synth with Massive Bass Sound

With its bare PC board and simple controls, you might not expect much from the Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO-14 Sub bass synthesizer, and you'd be seriously surprised. Onboard, you'll discover 15 delightfully tweakable bass sounds plus a micro drum machine - everything you need to create compelling electronic rhythms. Even the seasoned synth nuts at Sweetwater couldn't put down the PO-14 Sub, once they started sequencing patterns, and the fully programmable effects only sweeten the deal. Another thing that shocked us is the PO-14's excellent sound quality, courtesy of a Silicon Labs EFM32 Gecko MCU and a Cirrus Logic DAC, and it's all fueled by just a pair of AAA batteries. Sync your PO-14 Sub with additional Pocket Operator or other audio-pulse-sync'd gadgets, and you can easily put together a cool tabletop synth rig.

Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO-14 Sub Bass Synth Features:
  • A minimalist bass synthesizer module that's perfect for modern tabletop synth rigs
  • Loaded with 15 fun and exciting bass sounds plus a micro drum machine
  • 16 punch-in play styles let you quickly program sophisticated-sounding bass lines
  • Enhance your bass sounds with 16 effects such as bit crush, stutter, and delay
  • Create entire songs on the 16-step sequencer with 16 patterns and pattern chaining
  • Integrated folding stand and onboard Knowles speaker offer convenient standalone use
  • High-quality sound courtesy of a Silicon Labs EFM32 Gecko MCU and Cirrus Logic DAC
  • Audio-pulse-based sync lets you integrate other Pocket Operators and third-party gear
Get awesome bass sounds from the Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO-14 Sub!

Tech Specs

Internal Sound Engine Yes
Sequencer 16-step sequencer
Manufacturer Presets 15 bass sounds + 1 mini drum machine
Analog Inputs 1 x 1/8" TRS
Analog Outputs 1 x 1/8" TRS
Number of Effects 16
Effects Types Delay, distortion, filters, stutter, bit crush, vibrato
Power Supply 2 x AAA batteries
Manufacturer Part Number TE.010.AS.014

Customer Reviews

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Instant Autechre

As in the title if you are into Autechre and want to create songs with that sort of vibe. I think they must have designed these because every one of them sound like sounds they would create.


This thing sounds amazing paired up with an op12 offer hours of fun.I wasnt going to but the op 16 but now im waiting for them to get in stock at sweetwater as they are sold out of all of them at the moment. THIS THING HAS POWER !!! I have been producing electro house for 5 years and i would use these basses as layers in my tracks !
Music background: Electro House

Bass Synth Idea-Pad!

First look at the Pocket Operator PO-14 would have you believe it to be some sort of maker-like device, escaped from the lab before it was finished. However, once you can get yourself beyond that initial impression - you can find its true purpose. This little device can be a creative brainstorming tool, a bass synth that fits in your pocket and can go anywhere you do. A built-in speaker allows you to even perform in very small settings with others, though it benefits from a 3.5mm TRS input and output - for daisy-chaining Pocket Operators together as well as to output final sound to a speaker or to a recording interface.The unit features 16 different sounds that can be arranged into a pattern with the onboard sequencer, and those 16 patterns can be chained together to create a composition. Deceptively simple, its the ultimate cure for someone who just gets lost in the big spread of buttons and knobs on a larger syth.The lack of a case can be the only reason I took a point away - but for many, that will be a selling point in that you can seek out your own stylish casing option (especially if you are NOT sold on the silicon casing made for it by Teenager Engineering) or even just leaving it bare PCB for that unique look.One thing is for certain - no one will mistake the Pocket Operator PO-14 for any other instrument in your collection.
Music background: Hobbyist on the musical journey

Its pure magic.

There is no more fun you can have in the space of a flattened pack of cigarettes. And they aren't kidding about the sound quality, its superb. Though you rarely look at it, the animations on the screen are awesome. Of course its limited.. there are no flat or sharp keys, and no midi, but for 60 bucks... the sounds that come out of this techno-waffle are unbelieveable. You can get a rubber skin for it too which makes it slightly more roadworthy.
Music background: doesnt play well with others
See also: Teenage Engineering, Teenage Engineering Synthesizers