The new OP-1 OS arrives, adds PO Sync mode and much more

Which is great, and also makes me slightly sad as I’ve leant mine to a friend and won’t see it again or be able to try out any of these lovely new features for more than a month! And the most exciting feature of all is the PO sync mode! How amazing is that going to be! I’m going to have to wait an age to try it out!

Never mind, for all of you who own one (and have it to hand) here’s what’s new:

  • arpeggio sequencer added.
  • voltage synth added.
  • tape loops now automatically crossfaded.
  • tape effect chop twice as short + also works at tape start/stop position and across loop wrap.
  • FM radio press green encoder to autotune.
  • endless sequencer extended to 128 steps.
  • tremolo LFO updated with extra waveforms.
  • PO sync mode added.
  • tempo nudge when running on external tempo.
  • all new user contributed presets, based on the previous updates throughout the years. thanks for the massive support from the global OP-1 community!
    and moreā€¦

Of course, we all await more details on the forthcoming OP-Z, and perhaps there’ll be news in the not too distant future …

A whole site dedicated to hacking the PO series

If indeed something like that is of interest to you then you need to head over to where you will find a wealth of information. I’m not sure that I want to hack any of mine just yet, but I’m sure that this is going to happen soon enough.

Video: PO-12 -Rhythm dnb Jam – Live performance

Video description:

“PO-12 Rhythm dnb Jam! – In preparations for reviewing the PO’s, I am making sure to use em’ a LOT. And so this jam session came to life last night, while playing around with the Pocket Operator Rythm.”

Video published by Jakob Haq.

Video: Robot In the Arcade PO-28 PO-20 Live Performance

Video description:

“A live performance track I made using a Pocket Operator Robot (PO-28) and a Pocket Operator Arcade (PO-20). I love all of the Teenage Engineering PO’s, but the Robot and the Arcade have a very special place in my heart. At least, so far…”

Video published by Jakob Haq.

Video: Teenage Engineering PO-12 & Korg Volca Sync Tutorial

Video description:

“In this tutorial I’ll show you how to slave a Teenage Engineering PO-12 with any of the Kolg Volca series. The Teenage Engineering PO-12 & Korg Volca series make a great combo for any electronic musician who is into hardware but on a tight budget. Syncing the Teenage Engineering PO-12 and Korg Volca series is very easy and takes only a few steps. This short tutorial will tell you everything you need to know. Many more tutorials are on the way so please subscribe.”

Video published by Todd Smith.

Video: PO 20 arcade + Korg mini KP2 JAM ‘Skov’

Video description:

“This morning, before work, I went into a nearby forest and had a little jam session with a chord progression I’m using for a track I’m working on on my EMX-1. I got the PO-20 from my wife as a birthday present the other day, and it’s really fun. Though limited soundwise, it’s a very good companion for musical endeavours :)”

Video published by Arrayzable.

Video: Live Jam With Six Pocket Operators + MicroGranny 2 | Beat Kitchen #1

Video description:

“This week I thought I’d try something different and set up all six Pocket Operator’s and my MicroGranny loaded with Ariana Grande vocal samples for a 5minute jam.

This Week’s Ingredients…

MicroGranny 2.0
PO-12 Rhythm
PO-14 Sub
PO-16 Factory
PO-20 Arcade
PO-24 Office
PO-28 Robot”

Video published by STEFANWITHAPOUND.

Video: Mobile Battery Powered Synth Studio Pt.2 – Circuit, Volca Keys, Pocket Operators

Video description:

“Korg Volca Keys, Monotron, Teenage Engineering PO-12, PO-16, Novation Circuit – battery powered, mobile studio, in a case

“Struttin” by Robots Against Children”

Video published by Matt Greer.

Video: Pocket Operator Robot Review – haQ attaQ 147

Video description:

“I’ve had these little things for over a month and it is time I start reviewing them. First up is the Teenage Engineering PO-28 Robot!”

Video published by Jakob Haq.

Video: Improvising with Pocket Operators and Patchblocks

Interesting to see how people use their PO series device, and especially for me it’s good to see this with a patchblocks unit too.

Video description:

“Apologies for the length, I got a bit carried away. This is a little improvisation I put together with my newly acquired PO-20 and Patchblock.

Gear used:
Teenage Engineering PO-12 Rhythm
Teenage Engineering PO-20 Arcade
Patchblock running Jayrope’s Shattuh spring emulation patch available here:…

This is largely unedited, except for a little cut around 11 minutes in where I accidentally paused the PO-20, oops!

For more of my melodic electronic music:

For more of my minimal techno:

Video published by pselodux.