Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO-20 Arcade

Battery-powered Arcade Synthesizer with 16 Synthesized Sounds, 16 Effects, 16-step Sequencer, Onboard Speaker, Integrated Stand, and Audio Pulse Sync
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Epic Arcade Sounds with Sequencing and Effects

Drenched in 8-bit glitchy goodness, Teenage Engineering's Pocket Operator PO-20 Arcade mini sequencing synthesizer delivers 16 nostalgia-inducing sounds mixed with simple yet powerful songwriting tools. It shares many of the same qualities that have made the Pocket Operator series such a hit among Sweetwater electronic musicians, such as its streamlined workflow that lets you lay down phrases and beats in minutes. The PO-20 Arcade's claim to fame is a powerful chord engine and 128-pattern chaining, which allow you to achieve remarkably sophisticated results fast. And once you've laid down a sequence, you can get even more creative with 16 delightful punch-in effects. On its own or sync'd with other compatible gear, the Pocket Operator PO-20 Arcade puts creative electronic music in the palm of your hand.

Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO-20 Arcade Sequencing Synth Features:
  • A minimalist arcade synthesizer module that's perfect for modern tabletop synth rigs
  • Loaded with 16 nostalgia-inducing synthesized arcade-style sounds
  • Create sophisticated arrangements with chord mode and 128-chord chaining
  • Enhance your sounds with 16 punch-in effects such as bit crush, stutter, and delay
  • Create entire songs on the 16-step sequencer with 128 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
Create classic, glitchy, arcade-style beats with the Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO-20 Arcade!

Tech Specs

Internal Sound Engine Yes
Sequencer 16-step sequencer
Manufacturer Presets 16 synth sounds
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.020

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Arcade Awesomeness!

When I first heard about the Pocket Operators, I thought they were gimmicky and couldn't see why anyone would buy them. Then this was released and I knew I had to have it. This tiny thing is so fun to play, and it is so easy to create amazing sounding jams. Despite having limited parameter controls, you can get a surprising range of sounds out of it. I really like the chord/drone feature, which was a huge selling point for me, and I'm thankful T.E. didn't limit the chord and pattern chaining to 16. These are actually quite small, about the size of a small smartphone, but they do feel well built, even in their bare state. My only two minor complaints are the fact that there isn't a per part level control, and that the snare chokes out the bass when they share the same step in the pattern. Other than that, I couldn't be more happy with the Arcade. If you're even remotely interested in making chiptune or lo-fi(ish) music, I highly recommend it. You can't go wrong for the price. The PO-20 has completely changed by mind about the the Pocket Operators. I plan on getting some other models (the 28 and 14 to start) in the future.
See also: Teenage Engineering, Teenage Engineering Synthesizers