The Swedish family of tiny, calculator instruments-on-a-board continues to grow: and now they sample and speak, too.

Teenage Engineering are back with their sub-100EUR line of simple, playable pocket instruments. As always, these feature screens, battery power, folding stands, and alarm clock features that mimic early Nintendo handhelds – plus more powerful features, like parameter locks for creating elaborate sequences of sound tweaks.

The new models feature sampling capabilities and even voice synthesis – and still more clever ideas from developer Magnus Lidström (Sonic Charge).

First up – the PO-35 speak, which can be a voice synth, and can mess with your own input (via a mic), and is inspired by Magnus’ Bitspeek effect.

Specs:

microphone for sampling NEW! ** that’s not normal sampling as you might think of it – see note below -Ed.
sequencer
parameter locks
step multiplier
8 voice characters NEW!
8 effects NEW!
transpose and change scale NEW!
built-in speaker
3.5mm audio I/O
replaceable drum sounds with microtonic (sold separately) NEW!
jam sync
animated LCD display
folding stand
break away lock tab
clock + alarm clock
battery powered (2xAAA)
1 month battery life
2 year standby time

The 120 seconds “sampling time” listed actually “stores speech-parameters, not traditional sample data.” Magnus tells us. “Parameters like pitch, volume and formant envelopes. Then it resynthesizes the voice in real-time when you play with it.” This employs the same technique used in Magnus’ Bitspeek plug-in – it’s a clever way of analyzing incoming signal (like you messing about with the mic) and then turning that into fluid sound characteristics, for pitch-shifting, time-stretching, formant-shifting, and the like.

If it’s actually sampling you want, look to the PO-33, below.

https://teenage.engineering/products/po/metal#po-35

Our friend Jakob has video:

And then there’s the PO-33 sampler, called, fightin’ style, the “K.O!” This has real sampling capability – 40 seconds of actual audio recording (which the Speak doesn’t have). And it can use that as a sampler would. You can apply sounds to either drum or melodic modes, and sequence away. More specs:

micro sampler with 40 second sample memory and built-in recording microphone.
microphone for sampling NEW!
8 melodic sample slots NEW!
8 drum slots NEW!
sequencer
16 effects
parameter locks
40 seconds sample memory NEW!
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
2 year standby time

https://teenage.engineering/products/po/metal#po-33

Check the full PDF guide.

More video:

99EUR each, 39EUR for the add-on case, the new two join the microtonic to make up what TE call the “metal series.”

  • Johnny

    whats the diff between the 35 & 33?

    • Jeff

      Two

    • Nikki

      It’s right there in the first sentence :

      > This has real sampling capability – 40 seconds of actual audio recording (which the Speak doesn’t have)

      Although I don’t know how much fun sampling via audio input/mic will be (lies, I do, I had a Yamaha VSS-30 when I was like 10, it was awful, but this is 2018!)

      • can sample via the linein as well which should be better than the mic

  • Will

    My Volca Sample is somewhat white with envy. That auto-slice-to-make-drum-kits if a stroke of genius.

    • Will

      Also, you know, it samples.

    • That PO-33 is awesome, it’s like a mini SP-404.

      Volca Sample(players) are crying all across the globe 😉

  • Paired with the haQ attaQ, this site pushes me to do impulse purchases. Not regretting anything so far, apart from the apparent like of affiliate links.
    The way the PO-35 launch was framed really helped me make a quick but informed decision. The Speak isn’t a sampler but it’s a speech synth (using LPC). Since it’s so unique, it’ll offer a very neat complement to the DAWfree part of my setup. Plus, having worked in speech synthesis (in Lausanne, back in 1994–5), the appeal is even deeper.
    Besides, the interview is great work on Jakob’s part. Not only is the device’s backstory just juicy enough but the overall interaction is so much friendlier and more human than the typical promo video!

    As for the PO-33, it’s probably a very good “value proposition” (as my colleagues tend to say). But my setup doesn’t require a sampler. So the CDM writeup allowed me to focus on the important stuff without bothering with the rest. Get in, gain insight, get out.

    (As for my other CDM-encouraged purchases, Reaktor is possibly my favourite. Wasn’t prominently displayed on NI’s site, at the time of the sale. But after Peter’s passing comments about it, it was easy to become fully convinced that it was worth digging a bit. No regret whatsoever.)

  • The fact they’re making these, in this form factor, for a hundred bucks, in a world of apps is amazing / fascinating / inspiring / zawesomesauce.

    Thanks TE

  • mr grabber

    cuckoo has now become a parody on himself. endorsing syndrm, like that long goaty guy