Pocket operator – Factory


Pocket Operator series of devices by Teenage Engineering established itself pretty well on the market. Today we will take closer look at PO-16 Factory, which is designed to take control over synthesizing your music. You may not expect it to give you professional output as same as big synthesizers, but be sure that you will enjoy lot of fun with PO-16.


The design is pretty much the same for all of the devices from PO series, so on the front side you get 23 simple buttons on main circuit board, together with small monochromatic display. All in all, you can add up to 16 various sound effects to maximum amount of 16 patterns. PO-16 works as a leads synthesizer, so it´s useful to create main shape of your track. In addition, you get two rotating knobs to adjust the sound according exactly to your needs. You may also change tempo of your music from anywhere between 80 BPM to 140 BPM, so you can play almost any type of music. There is possibility to record your tracks and edit them later.

What will maybe amaze you are features like practical stand on the back side of the device, or even alarm clock, which is also available for PO-12 and PO-14 devices. Of course you can also change overall volume of output going from the device, and although it´s always better to connect it to stronger equipment, you will be probably surprised and surprised by the loudness you can get from such a small thing like PO-16 is.


If you want to master your skills in operation PO-16 you have no other choice than reading included user manual. It would not tell you how to achieve a specific output, but at least it explains how each button works and how to use combinations of buttons. Then it´s only up to you to find out what kind of result you get if you press something.

Fortunately running PO-series devices is simple and trouble free, as the power is provided by AAA batteries belonging to compartment on the back side. They are strong enough to keep PO-16 in standby mode for nearly two years, so once you buy it, you have no additional costs to solve.


Teenage Engineering TE010AS016 PO-16 Factory Lead Synthesizer & Sequencer

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as of May 16, 2019 5:14 pm


  • A stripped-down synthesizer module that's perfect for modern tabletop synth rigs
  • Loaded with 15 fun and exciting synth sounds plus a micro drum machine
  • 16 punch-in play styles let you easily program arpeggios and chords
  • Enhance your synth sounds with 16 effects such as bit crush, stutter, and delay
  • Create entire songs on the 16-step sequencer with 16 patterns and pattern chaining

Internal Sound Engine Yes
Sequencer 16-step sequencer
Manufacturer Presets 16 drum sounds
Number of Effects 16
Effects Types Delay, distortion, filters, stutter, bit crush, vibrato
Analog Inputs 1 x 1/8″ TRS
Analog Outputs 1 x 1/8″ TRS
Power Supply 2 x AAA batteries
Manufacturer Part Number TE010AS012

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