Pocket operator – Sub


Today let´s have a brief look ad Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator 14 Sub, a simple synthesizer of basslines, which comes with interesting retro design and although the price is quite high, it´s still a choice to consider.


Design is simple, created by 23 operating buttons and a thing display of monochromatic type, which shows basing information about operation. Layout of buttons is similar to other devices of PO series, and functionality is practically the same. For first time you should definitely read user manual, because design counts with shifts and combinations you would probably not discover on your own.

Again, you can use up to 16 effects with two adjustable options and mix them into patterns. As a small bonus the 16th sound allows you to use some drum effects to your basslines, so you can create a complex sound output. But remember, Pocket Operators are not designed for a professional production, they are all pretty much like “Let´s try something and see what I get.” And well, you may reach really awesome result if you try enough.


The manual is brief and will not explain you anything about play styles, it only tells basic things about operating the device. So you have to try it and find out all of the opportunities by trying. The display is also not very helpful, because it does not show any advanced information about the play, but at least you have basic info. For the very first time you may be a little bit confused, but don´t worry. Once you get used to this specific style of operation, you will master yourself to get outstanding result while enjoying lot of fun.

Power to the device is delivered by AAA batteries. It sounds funny, but because it´s as easy as calculator, PO-14 Sub can stay in standby mode for about two years thanks to these AAA cells. So running PO-14 would cost you almost nothing.

Teenage Engineering TE010AS014 PO-14 Sub Bass Synthesizer & Sequencer

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as of November 12, 2019 12:22 pm


  • A minimalist bass synthesizer module that's perfect for modern tabletop synth rigs
  • Loaded with 15 fun and exciting bass sounds plus a micro drum machine
  • 16 punch-in play styles let you quickly program sophisticated-sounding bass lines
  • Enhance your bass 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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