Sunday, January 24, 2016

teenage engineering: new line of pocket operators, the PO 20-series


teenage engineering and cheap monday release
three new pocket operators, the PO 20-series
last year the two swedish companies teenage
engineering and cheap monday started a
collaboration and launched a line of micro sized
synthesizers called pocket operators. this was a great
success and generated a lot of good noise.
(thank you!)

the idea of the collaboration between teenage
engineering and cheap monday was born in the
autumn of 2013. the engineers needed new,
protective, lab coats for the staff and instead of
buying generic ones teenage engineering’s creative
director, jesper kouthoofd, turned to his longtime
friend ann-sofie back asking cheap monday to design
a unique coat and additional garments for his team,z,
to kit them out in modern day work wear.
cheap monday took on the challenge but decided
that there was also more to explore in this fledgling
partnership; what began with the engineers need for
new lab wear grew into a project where a line of
innovative new portable synthesizers and matching
gear was born.

the fact that both brands position themselves as
accessible and inclusive towards anyone who has the
urge to create or take action in creative culture
provided the perfect cornerstone for the collaboration
and as well as acted as an inspiration for the design
process. with the pocket operators, retailing at only
$59 each, teenage engineering and cheap monday
introduced the smallest, smoothest and cheapest
synthesizers ever, still delivering premium sound,
features and effects. these were truly great products
at a great price, accessible to all.

with the launch of the teenage engineering
collaboration, cheap monday took a step outside of
its core business; jeans and fashion.

this year the story continues with a new line of
pocket operators, the PO 20-series.

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launch info

the pocket operator PO 20-series will be launched on
21 jan at the NAMM trade show in anaheim,

about the products

the new line of the pocket operators is called the PO
20-series, and again three different units are

PO-20 arcade
•pocket arcade synthesizer and sequencer for rapid
beat making and chiptune improvisation
•synthesized arcade sounds
•chord chaining
•16 sounds
•16 punch-in effects

PO-24 office
•sampled vintage hardware and real synthesizer
•16 sounds
•16 punch-in effects
•solo control

PO-28 robot
•real 8-bit synthesizer engines for making live and
sequenced melodies and leads
•15 sounds + micro drum
•live play + sequencer combo
all three units feature
•parameter locks
•built-in speaker
•3.5 mm audio I/O
•jam sync
•LCD display
•folding stand
•watch + alarm clock
•battery powered (2 x AAA)
•1 month battery life (normal use 1h/day)

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