Teenage Engineering is responsible for some of the most unique and creatively thought-provoking synthesizers on the market. Its quirky OP-1 – which saw a much appreciated update well into its life cycle recently – is one my favorite hardware instruments, and it doesn’t get much more fun than the Pocket Operators. The tiny calculator-sized synths offer up loads of functionality and even more character. After expanding the line even further las year, Teenage Engineering is back at it again with the new PO-32 Tonic. Head below for all the details:
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Much like the previous gen models, PO-32 packs in 16-sounds, 16 punch-in style FX, a full sequencer, up to 64 patterns and more. In fact, you can get a complete breakdown on how these things work in our hands-on review here. A collaboration between TE and Sonic Charge, the new mini synth will also be able to transfer audio between units and gains the ability to import/export patches/sounds/sequences via the Microtonic drum machine app for your Mac/PC. It appears to be using a built-in microphone in order to make this all happen, but we will have to wait for more details from TE to know for sure. You can see it in action below.
The new PO-32 is available bundled with Microtonic for $139 or on its own for $89, a slight bump over the previous gen models. While it looks as though the bundle should be available at any time, we will have to wait until April for the standalone unit.