Pocket operator – Rhythm


The PO-12 Rhythm is part of Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators series, which comes with unusual retro design, small sizes and lot of opportunities to enjoy fun with it. PO-12 Rhytm is designed to operate as drums synthesizer.

We guess you would be just all right with the design if you prefer minimalistic design. The PO-12 is very similar to most cell phones in matter of sizes. It contains 23 operating buttons and simple monochrome display. Be careful about the buttons, although they seem to be solid, rather handle them gently. All devices of PO series are powered by triple A batteries and this power is considered to be strong enough to hold the device in standby mode for two years. You can´t simply turn PO-12 on or off as the motherboard only knows standby and operating mode – once you don´t use any functions for some time, it comes to standby automatically.


Operating the device is not as easy as it may look. Because of small size the buttons have only brief descriptions and there is practically no way how to find out all of the possible combinations without reading manual. However, after some time you will get into it and then you will be able to do everything just with using your own memory.

With PO-12 you can use up to 16 sounds, while each of them has two parameters to adjust, and you can set them in patterns. With patterns you may create lot of combinations. Of course you can´t expect professional result comparable with high-class synthesizers, but that is not the purpose for which has the PO series been developed. It´s all about having fun and be sure that you will be cool with it.

Unfortunately, the display is not as good as it should be. Don´t expect any professional outcome or help from the display. PO-12 Sub is all about using trial and error method, which can sometimes lead to very interesting results.

Teenage Engineering TE010AS012 PO-12 Rhythm Drum Machine & Sequencer

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as of January 15, 2019 6:12 am


  • A stripped-down yet fully loaded drum machine that's perfect for tabletop synth rigs
  • Loaded with 16 sampled and synthesized drum sounds, each with 2 real-time parameters
  • Enhance your drum 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
  • Integrated folding stand and onboard Knowles speaker offer convenient standalone use

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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