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 ha...
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 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.
As soon as I got this, I loved it. This Pocket Operator does have a smaller soundset than those of the first wave (PO-12, PO-14, PO-16), but I would say (all in all) that it is much easier to create loops with differing moods. Each button has tuning and another parameter (normally pulse width). The key change tool makes this Pocket Operator extremely powerful, allowing for melodic changes previously impossible with other pocket operators. It's dynamic, it's portable, and it's powerful.
I love how you can make chip-tune sounds on this baby and make some pretty cool old school tracks on here. It's great for a lot of future bass tracks, dubstep, or anything that has to go with the electronic music. This little guy helps me a lot when I feel bored or have nothing to do when I am somewhere not with my computer.
Very nice to mess around with, but I probably wouldn't use it in an actual track outside of chiptunes.