"The first PO samplers are tiny bundles of inspiration in your pocket; great for generating ideas on the go and producing genuinely useful results fast."
The PO-33 K.O! and PO-35 speak complete the third generation of the Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator family. You can sample anything, anywhere, with the PO-33 K.O! micro sampler. Sample and process your voice using the eight different voice characters of PO-35 speak vocal synthesiser and sequencer. Both are reviewed in the new issue of Sound On Sound.
"Speak is great fun, and I found it surprisingly useful. It's one of those brilliant random factors to have in the studio that you can use to throw something interesting into a track. You can mangle samples into little rhythmic oddities with the parameter automation, or turn anything into a new tone and melody. I used it to add engaging phrases or toplines to a couple of tracks, and each time it took no more than a couple of minutes to do and made a real contribution. On top of that, Speak's drum voice is the full P0-32 drum engine, with one quarter of its voices, allowing Speak to be used as a stand-alone little beat maker."
"KO! is possibly the most ambitious Pocket Operator yet, a miniaturised performance sampler that actually samples. I bought the case for this one and it's come everywhere with me since. It's almost like having a tiny cut-down Digitakt in your pocket…”
"The real secret weapon, though, with all these POs is the performance effects. You might be limited to 16 step patterns, but the effects let you improvise really bonkers and varied beats in a single pass that sound like the result of hours of programming."
The full review can be found in the August issue of Sound On Sound magazine on sale now. The Teenage Engineering PO-33 K.O! and PO-35 speak are also available now priced at £85 RRP inc VAT each.
Teenage Engineering is distributed in the UK and ROI by Sound Technology Ltd. For more information please call 01462 480000 or visit www.soundtech.co.uk/teenageengineering.