Teenage Engineering Intros Street Fighter, Megaman Pocket Operators

Teenage Engineering has introduced two new Pocket Operator portable instruments, based on classic Capcom games Street Fighter and Megaman.

The Street Fighter Pocket Operator is a branded version of the company’s PO–33, a micro sampler with 40 seconds sample memory and built-in microphone for sampling.

This edition comes with 16 Street Fighter sound tracks and samples from the original Street Fighter arcade game by Capcom.

Features:

  • microphone for sampling
  • 8 melodic sample slots
  • 8 drum slots
  • 40 second sample memory
  • 15 punch-in effects
  • step multiplier

The Megaman Pocket Operator is based on the PO–28, a portable synthesizer and sequencer with parameter locks, glide control and punch-in effects.

This edition comes with 16 Megaman sound tracks, based on the original video game by Capcom.

Features:

  • real 8-bit synthesizer engines for making live and sequenced melodies and bass lines
  • 15 sounds + micro drum
  • 3 track sequencer
  • 128 pattern chaining
  • step multiplier

Pricing and Availability

The Street Fighter Pocket Operator is available now for $89 USD. The Megaman Pocket Operator is expected to be available Dec 2nd, 2020.

 

19 thoughts on “Teenage Engineering Intros Street Fighter, Megaman Pocket Operators

    1. Musical toys are awesome. Casio’s VL-1 is a legendary example that has been used on dozens of commercial recordings.

      I don’t own any TE gadgets, but I have gotten a lot of creative expression out of my Korg monotron.

      1. Musical “toys” can be awesome if they allow you immediate access to a full chromatic scale. Pocket Operators do not. Not without a lot of fiddling, transposing, and back and forth, at least. Look at what casio and yamaha offer for around 100 bucks. Not. Even. Close.

      2. I have played endlessly on an SA-20 that I have had since 2018. It never ceases to amaze me that its batteries haven’t died yet. It may be loud and cheaply built, but its myriad of timbres, sound effects, and battery life are amazing for such an old toy keyboard.

      3. No one is saying musical toys aren’t awesome, but maybe you shouldn’t defend a company you have never owned a product of…

        1. > No one is saying musical toys aren’t awesome,

          If that’s the case, I’m glad you agree – too often I seem to read on synthtopia that “toys” are somehow a bad thing rather than something that stimulates fun and creativity.

          > but maybe you shouldn’t defend a company you have never owned a product of…

          Although I don’t own any TE gadgets, I’ve tried some of the earlier Pocket Operator models (like the PO-12 drum machine I think?) and they seemed like something that could be fun and I would enjoy using.

          These gadgets look like they could be fun as well – I like the arcade branding, sound effects and LCD animation; the “hadouken” is obviously iconic but the tone effects of the Megaman/Rockman model win me over I think as far as musical usability.

  1. if you are not able to get creative with things your showing your own inability. there is more than chromatic scales and immediate access. another word for “fiddling” is “working”, “making music”, “getting creative”. low hanging fruits aren´t the sweetest at the tree.

    1. Thats the truest statement. Only difference between tis and pots and pans is you can’t cook with this but you can definitely jam on both. Its a Volca without a case.

  2. …respect though, how they fooled everyone with the OP1. (including me, sold it after a few weeks).
    I do like the Pocket operator PO32 (microtonic). These new ones do nothing to me.
    And indeed interesting question about the rights of the samples…

    edit: understand now that they are actually a sampler and a synth, no need to keep the video game sounds. I alway wanted to try the sampler, but not anymore since Koala sampler for iOS. Best sampler user interface ever 🙂

    So i guess in the line of 2020 rebranding existing stuff.

    1. I have owned 6 of the Pocket Operators and the only ones I still have are the Tonic, and the K.O. (and I am about to sell the K.O.). The Tonic is great because you can change out the sounds and even design your own if you use the Microtonic thing. All of the other ones are a fun “toy” (yes, I know musical toys are cool and you can use them to make real music) for a bit, but then the limitations become bothersome (and yes, I know limitations inspire creativity, etc., etc. I make chiptune). I used to like T.E. but their price gouging and lame products of late have really turned me off from them.

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