Teenage Engineering Pocket OperatorsBuying Guide

Explore these handheld, portable, and affordable synthesizing machines.

Since the series' debut, each of the mini, calculator-sized synthesizers from Teenage Engineering's Pocket Operator line have all quickly become fan favorites among hobbyists and synth heads of all stripes. These compact, pocket-sized devices are affordable and portable, promising studio-quality sound for music- and beat-making that you can take with you wherever you go.

Each entry into the Pocket Operator series has its own specific feature set, tuned to whatever the synth's main purpose. There are vocal synths, drum synths, bass synths, samplers, 8-bit sound machines, and more. Take a look through the guide below to explore the various Pocket Operators currently available on Reverb and what they have to offer.

  • Teenage Engineering PO-16 Pocket Operator Factory

    If you're just getting into synths, want something super-portable, or know a younger synth-lover, check out the Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO-16 Factory. This calculator-sized digital synth was designed specifically for its portability and intuitive interface, sporting a screen with fun animations, a 16-step arpeggiator as well as a 16-step sequencer, 16 onboard effects, and three synth engines, along with a few other features.

  • Teenage Engineering PO-33 Pocket Operator K.O! 2018

    The Teenage Engineering PO-33 is a powerful little micro sampler with 40 seconds of memory and a built-in mic for sampling on the go. It features 8 melodic sample slots, 8 drum slots, a sequencer, 16 onboard effects, parameter locks, and more.

  • Teenage Engineering PO-133 Pocket Operator Street Fighter 2020

    The PO-133 builds off of the PO-33 micro sampler with 40 second memory. Not only does the PO-133 feature samples and animation of the original Street Fighter game, but it also includes a built-in microphone for crafting on-the-go. Other features include: 8 melodic sample slots, 8 drum slots, 15 punch-in effects, and a step multiplier.

  • Teenage Engineering PO-32 Pocket Operator Tonic Drum Synthesizer

    The Teenage Engineering PO-32 Pocket Operator Tonic Drum Synthesizer delivers a true music-making experience in the smallest of packages. Sculpt kicks, snares, claps, and more from real synth engines, and plug them into the 16-step sequencer to get the beat going no matter where you are.

  • Teenage Engineering PO-12 Pocket Operator Rhythm

    The Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator Rhythm is crafted with a drum synth engine and sequencer, featuring real onboard drum samples and 16 punch-in effects like delay and bit crusher. Able to play nicely with your iPhone, Korg Volca series, and other Teenage Engineering products, this is a serious instrument that presents like a toy.

  • Teenage Engineering PO-35 Pocket Operator Speak Vocal Synth

    Bringing together features like 16 voice characters and effects, a built-in speaker and microphone, and 120 seconds of sample memory, the Teenage Engineering PO-35 Pocket Operator Speak is a powerful vocal sampler that fits in the palm of your hand. Use the PO series' formidable sequencer to arrange beats and melodies and translate sounds from the world around you into your next musical creation.

  • Teenage Engineering PO-20 Pocket Operator Arcade

    The Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO-20 Arcade is an insanely fun, affordable, and compact synth packed with chiptune sounds and effects. Build a sequence on the fly or improvise an 8-bit masterpiece, filling out your sound with 16 built-in studio quality effects.

  • Teenage Engineering PO-14 Pocket Operator Sub

    The PO-14 Sub is a bass synthesizer, containing 15 synth bass sounds (and even a drum machine!) that are totally tweakable with any of the 16 onboard effects, like delay or bit crush. A 16-step sequencer complete with pattern chaining rounds off the key features of the Pocket Operator Sub. It may be small, but its sound isn't!

  • Teenage Engineering PO-28 Pocket Operator Robot

    The Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO-28 Robot delivers the 8-bit sound in a seriously compact and affordable package that's tremendously fun to play. Play your leads live or sequence them in the studio, with 128 pattern chaining, punch-in effects, parameter locking and a glide control for that classic moving lead sound. Jam through the built-in speaker or connect to external gear and other Pocket Operators to build a seriously cool synth rig.

  • Teenage Engineering PO-128 Pocket Operator Mega Man

    The PO-128, based off of the existing PO-28, features an 8-bit synth engine, punch-in effects, parameter locking, and a glide control for classic lead lines. The PO-128 comes loaded with 16 Mega Man soundtracks, helping fans create new “sizzling circuit” sequences. Other features include: 15 sounds + micro drum,3-track sequencer, 128 pattern chaining, and a step multiplier.

  • Teenage Engineering PO-24 Pocket Operator Office Synthesizer

    For the vintage synth and drum machine enthusiast who wants to bring those analog sounds on the train, in the car, or anywhere else on the go, the Teenage Engineering PO-24 Pocket Operator Office Synthesizer delivers vintage taste in a compact, modern package. 16 real sampled sounds from throwback units comes outfitted with 16 onboard effects and 128 pattern chaining to produce textured, nuanced tracks with a few punches and tiny knob twists.

  • Teenage Engineering PO-137 Pocket Operator Rick & Morty Edition 2019

    The limited-edition Teenage Engineering PO-137 Rick and Morty Pocket Operator is a vocal synthesizer and sequencer with a built-in microphone. It was designed in collaboration with Justin Roiland and offers eight different voice character sampling options, all voiced by Roiland himself. Each voice also has custom Rick and Morty visuals. Other features of the operator include animated LCD display, folding stand, 120-seconds sample memory, transpose and change scale functions, and the ability to replace drum sounds with microtonic sounds (microtonic is sold separately).

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