Teenage Engineering PO-33 K.O.

Micro Sampler

  • Integrated microphone for sampling
  • 40 Seconds sampling time
  • 8 Melody sample slots
  • 8 Drum slots
  • 16-Step Sequencer
  • 16 Patterns
  • 16 Effects
  • Lock Tab write protection for pattern
  • Line in and output 3.5 mm jack
  • Integrated speaker
  • Animated LC-display
  • Power supply via 2 standard micro batteries (AAA)
  • Battery life: Up to a month, 2 years standby
  • Automatic shutdown
  • Jam Sync
  • Integrated alarm
  • Bent wire stand

Further Information

Polyphony 1
Internal Storage Yes
Storage Medium Flash Memory
File Format Own Format
Time Stretching No
Effects Yes
USB-port No
Analogue Inputs 1
Analogue Outputs 1
Digital Outputs No
Display Yes
Sequencer Yes

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Cost, 21.03.2018
Since I found out about the pocket operators series, the one that I always wanted was a sampler, teenage made it so I bought it.
First of all, if you're looking for a sp 404 or a mpc for a fraction of the price, just forget about it, you're going to blow 100 bucks(its monophonic, 40 seconds of sampling time etc...).
This is a great machine, you can record through the built in microphone and then you can cut, pitch and throw a low/high pass filter to the sample. After that you can sequence all the sounds and you can chain sequences together in order to create a song or simply make a 16,32 etc step sequence.
Good: The effects are incredibly fun to use. After creating a sequence you can create a performance by using them.
Bad: the samples are divided in racks and you can't play a 2 samples from the same rack at the same time. For example, if you have in a drum rack a quick drum and a high hat, you can't play both at the same time, the last one added to the sequence will delete the previous sound in that step.
And the sequencer is 4 notes polyphonic, so when 4 samples are playing at the same time, if you add a 5th sample to the sequence in that step, one of the samples will stop playing. That can be a good or a bad thing, sometimes can mess up completely the sequence but other time can help to to create a dynamic sequence through out the time, by adding some samples, others fade away.
Other thing that might be upsetting: You can add samples to the sequence by 16 step mode or live mode. Even though its possible to record live to the sequence, what you play is quantized, so if you try to do something weird keep in mind that the sequencer can mess it up because will quantize what you play, regardless if you want it or not.
Conclusion: Is incredibly fun machine, if you use the limitation in your advantage, you can create really cool things with it.
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It's a great tiny sampler… but with annoying flaws
Aberration, 11.09.2019
If you want a pocket size sampler, that's the (only) way to go. It's definitely a looot of fun. T E products are well built, endearing and surprisingly robust.

But. This is not chromatic. You can play major, minor and harmonic minor and that's it. I really don't understand the reasoning behind
such a limitation

Also, the beat slicer is pretty weak, and even simple hits can end up sliced in the wrong way. You can edit the slices manually, BUT, the encoders have absolute values (and are über sensitive) so, when you jump from a slice to another, it's very easy to mess up you start/end point just by lightly touching the encoder by accident

40seconds is a VERY short recording time, even for samples. That's 2.5s/samples. That's not much ! And you can't really delete a sample, you have to record a very short silence (which eats a bit of the precious space !)


All in all, it's a fun little thing, it's inspiring and fits in a pocket. Sadly, it has some very silly limitations that's makes it miss the podium.

Bummer.
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