Teenage Engineering PO-20 arcade

Arcade Synthesizer and Sequencer

  • Chord control and punch-in effects
  • Fast beat creation and Chiptune improvisation
  • Synthesized Arcade sounds
  • 128 Chord chaining
  • 128 Pattern chaining
  • 16 Sounds
  • 16 Punch-in effects
  • Step multiplier
  • 16 Patterns
  • 16 Pattern chains
  • 16 Global effects
  • Parameter Lock: 2 parameters per sound
  • Sync
  • LCD
  • Integrated speaker
  • Line input and output: 3.5 mm jack
  • Integrated alarm
  • Power supply via 2x standard AAA batteries
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  • Pattern+Chord
  • Pattern 1
  • Pattern 2
  • Pattern 3
  • Pattern 4
  • Pattern 5
  • Pattern 6
  • Pattern 7
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Further information

Number Of Keys 16
Touch-Sensitive No
Aftertouch No
Split Zones No
Modulation Wheel No
Amount of simultaneous tones 16
Sound Engine FM Synthesis
MIDI interface No
Storage Medium Internal
USB-port No
Effects Multieffect processor
Arpeggiator Yes
Number of Analog Outputs 1
Digital Output No
Display Yes

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Fun and creative little chiptune machine!

01.08.2016
I purchased the PO-20 immediately after buying the PO-12 Rhythm, and while I have not tried all (most) of the Pocket Operators, I felt like those two were the first that I should own.
The PO-20 Arcade is a treasure trove of 80's nerd nostalgia along with a rich combination of rhythm, bass-line, lead, chord, and drone possibilities that make this the type of device you can make some pretty interesting loops with just a little experimentation.
As I've noticed on my other device, these Pocket Operators are extremely fragile (and, hence, not really "pocket"-friendly - please protect them!), but for only EUR 60 or so they pack amazing functionality and endless fun into a very affordable package.
The PO-20 Arcade really stands out in this line-up due to the variety of what it does. At first glance, it would be easy to assume it's a niche product for chiptune or video game-style bleeps and bloops. While it definitely has such an emphasis to its sounds, it also provides a surprising level of musical depth. There are 16 "sounds" available, but while about half of them include chiptune synth hits (bass, bass drum, tom, blip, noise, etc.), the other half includes 3 different arpeggios, a vibrato tone, and an echo/reverberating tone.
Moreover, rather than traditional effects (such as distortion and filters), the 16 effects include things like fills, retriggers, glitches, and universal arpeggios that rhythmically and musically modify your pattern on the fly. It's really quite difficult to explain how this works in practice, other than to say that you can take a pretty simple arcade pattern and morph it into something complex and beautiful just by adding a few effects.
My favourite features are the chords and drones. Using chords numbered 1-16 (each number corresponds to a preset chord, like Dm, Em, Esus, E, F, G, C/G, etc.), you can program a chord progression up to 128 bars in length. It's a bit of mystery to me what this actually does, except that if you program a chord sequence over a pattern with various sounds, it will tweak that pattern to match the chord structure. Even cooler, if you hold the chord button and twist the "A" (left) knob, it will introduce a sustained "drone" chord matching the chord progression you programmed. This can be further tweaked to range from static chords, to swells, and glitch-style stutters. All of this is BPM synced to the tempo you set for the song, so you can create loops and even longer progressions and songs that sound like finished products.
The thing I like about the PO-20 Arcade is that it introduces just the right degree of "hand holding" to allow someone with virtually no understanding of music theory to create complex arpeggios and progressions that otherwise would have taken a lot of knowledge and time to generate from scratch. But it does this without going too far down the path of being a music toy, or completely taking the control away from the user as to the content being generated.

All in all, if you're not a fan of chiptune or video game sounds in music, then the PO-20 might just not be for you. Personally, I find it to be one of the better implementations from the entire Pocket Operator line-up. You'd be forgiven for assuming it's a plastic noise effects toy, but with a little work to learn how it works (which I'm still doing), it proves to be so much more.
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Mega toy!

fraenkwalt, 07.02.2018
This little all-rounder offers almost endless fun.

I have ordered the Pocket Operator as a "toy", so it does not have to satisfy any professional requirements but serves as a little fun in between.

Since the PO consists of a "bare" board you have a little uncomfortable feeling to carry it with you, the available housing is unfortunately exaggerated exaggerated. So I've been transporting it without a cover for half a year and the thing is really solid.

The AAA battery terminals make a bit of noise and quickly get a loose connection, but you can "bend straight" with a bit of fingertip feeling.

When it comes to sound and features, the PO-20 Arcade is truly incredible and can be used as a solo as well as rock the imaginary dance floor for a while.

The sound is of course very 8-bit, but that also has its own special charm.

I can absolutely recommend the device!
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