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TEENAGE ENGINEERING Pocket Operator 20 Series

Three new Pocket Operators from Teenage Engineering. Can they possibly be as good as last year’s hat-trick? Andy Jones goes 8-bit…

Choice 9/10 MusicTech

Last year’s NAMM show – that is to say NAMM 2015 – was stolen by Teenage Engineering, with its Pocket Operator Series. Three calculator-style sound modules for beats, sub bass and leads had everyone crowding around the TE stand and while the big companies made big announcements, three sub-€70 Euro gadgets walked away with the honours. A couple of months later, they walked off with just about every MusicTech award I could bestow on them, too…

Yes, the original Pocket Operators – PO-12 Rhythm, PO-14 Sub and PO-16 Factory – were (and indeed still are) incredibly fun and big-sounding melody and beat makers. Sync them together for complete tunes, admire the fancy and fantastical LCD screens, marvel at how such a small device can deliver such a big sound… They were great.

So for Teenage Engineering, this year’s NAMM was always going to be a case of, ‘Well, how do we follow that?’

So how do they follow that?

The answer, of course, is with something as cool, something as geeky and something as futuristic as the first three POs – a new trio of POs known as the PO-20 Series, comprising the PO-20 Arcade, PO-24 Office and PO-28 Robot.

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