Teenage Engineering PO-33 K.O.

Teenage Engineering PO-33 K.O., Micro-Sampler; Built-in Mic; 40 sec. sampling time; 8 Melody-Sample-Slots; 8 Drum-Slots; 16-Step Sequenzer; 16 Patterns; 16 Effects; parameter locks; Built-in speaker; 3.5mm audio I/O; Jam sync; Animated LCD display; Folding stand; Break away lock tab; Clock + alarm clock; Battery powered (2XAAA); 1 month battery life; Auto power off; 2 year standby time

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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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This tiny thing is a BEAST!!

SperoDPsycho, 26.06.2018
I've never use a pocket operator in the past and im not familiar with drum machines or a step sequencer, So... when i get in my hands po 33 i was so confused of how easy in use it was. In the official site of teenage engineering you can find everything about how it works and its functions. I use it for beats in my jams and i connected with my volca sample and minilogue and thats where it was a little confused but as i write above the site can explain everything.
the way you can sample a sound is very easy and you can trim, pitch, and set the start-end of the sound you add. I found that its better to add sound from another device via aux cable or a connected mic for external sounds and not of the po 33 mic.
Pros:
quantize, very easy use, so many functions, the size and the quality is unbelievable of how it looks in first place. Best part is the effects ... so much fun.

Cons:
The limitation of 4 sound polyphony and that you cant write different sound from the same drum rack.
The way it sync with other devices can be confusing

Overal:
very fun to play and so many uses to make you more creative for every use.
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