Teenage Engineering Releases PO-32 Tonic, Drum Synth With Mic & Export Feature

The first major synth announcement from NAMM 2017 is from Teenage Engineering. The PO-32 Tonic is a drum and percussion synth with built-in microphone and export to AU/VST feature.

We knew something special was coming from Teenage Engineering at NAMM 2017, but even we didn't quite suspect such a curiously cool drum and percussion synthesizer in the form of the Pocket Operator range. One of the most interesting aspects of the new PO-32 Tonic is the included microphone and export feature. 

We're meeting with Teenage Engineering in a day to see this diminuitive but powerful percussion pocket operator synth in action. Expect a video at AskAudio soon.

Here's the official details from the Teenage Engineering PO-32 tonic press release:

We are extremely happy to announce PO-32 tonic – the next level pocket operator with built-in microphone and import / export functionality. PO-32 tonic is a powerful drum- and percussion synthesizer a result of a fruitful collaboration with magnus lidström of sonic charge, creator of award-winning audio plugins and the man behind the CWO effect in OP-1.unique to PO-32 tonic is its wide range of sonic capabilities, a fresh selection of new punch-in fx, a built-in microphone allowing direct transfer of sounds and pattern data between units, as well as the ability to allow users of the standard desktop version of microtonic to shape sounds, generate new patches and pattern data, and transfer this wirelessly back to the PO-32 tonic. for the first time pocket operator users can easily import, export and share their music with the world, opening up for unlimited potential. 


Teenage Engineering PO-32 Tonic

Teenage Engineering PO-32 Tonic 

Price and Availability 

  • PO-32 tonic + microtonic vst/au bundle 
  • $139, limited edition, only at teenage.engineering
  • PO-32 tonic, single unit 
  • $89, estimated worldwide release first week of april 2017 


  • mic for transferring sounds
  • 16 fully customizable sounds
  • 16 punch-in effects
  • 16 step sequencer
  • parameter locks • built-in speaker
  • 3.5 mm audio I/O • jam sync
  • LCD display
  • folding stand
  • watch + alarm clock
  • battery powered (2 x AAA)
  • 1 month battery life
  • pattern chaining, up to 64 patterns
  • compatible with microtonic vst/au

For the first time pocket operator users can easily import, export and share their music with the world, opening up for unlimited potential. we visited magnus lidström at the sonic charge hq in stockholm. See the video above. 

Price: PO-32 tonic + microtonic vst/au bundle : $139

Price: PO-32 tonic, single unit : $89

Web: https://teenage.engineering



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