Teenage Engineering PO-32 Tonic overview

The PO-32 Tonic is the seventh addition to Teenage Engineering’s vary of compact, battery-powered Pocket Operator grooveboxes. 

As with earlier iterations, this PO packs 16 sounds, 16 efficiency results and a 16-step sequencer into an exposed-looking {hardware} unit barely bigger than a bank card. Nonetheless, the place earlier POs have been restricted to a pre-defined vary of sounds, this one is able to a broader sound palette through some intelligent cross-platform compatibility. 

This flexibility is because of the truth that the PO-32 has been created in collaboration with Swedish developer Sonic Cost. The PO-32 takes each the ‘Tonic’ a part of its identify and the idea for its sound engine from Sonic Cost’s MicroTonic – a software program drum synthesizer first launched over a decade in the past. The first upshot of that is that, in addition to coming stocked with an array of sounds created utilizing MicroTonic, the PO-32 might be loaded with contemporary sounds and patterns created utilizing the plug-in, permitting customers to fully alter and overwrite its sonic palette. 

This loading of sounds is made attainable by the addition of a small microphone to the PO {hardware} itself. Data is transferred from plug-in to {hardware} as sound – utilizing the cruel, tinny audio-data alerts synonymous with outdated dial-up web connections. To make a switch, put the PO-32 into obtain mode, maintain its mic near a studio monitor or laptop speaker and let the retro protocol do its stuff. 

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