Teenage Engineering’s new Pocket Operator series consists of three pocket sized synthesizers and is part of a collaboration with clothing brand Cheap Monday. The models are - Rhythm, Sub and Factory, and are designed to be ‘the smallest, smoothest and cheapest synthesizers ever, still delivering premium sound, features and effects.’
They all feature 16 step sequencers with 16 sounds and effects. Rhythm is a drum machine, Sub is a bass line synth and Factory is a lead style synth. The Pocket Operators come without a casing, and the components and artwork are visible directly on the printed circuit board. They are powered by 2 x AAA batteries and have a segment LCD screen, built in speaker, alarm clock and a stand made from bent wire. The models also feature parameter locks as well as synchronisation functionality and 3.5mm line in and line out. Each model has its own set of effects such as filters, bit-crushing, delay, stutter and many more, and retails at $59. Cheap Monday has made a series of t-shirts, cases and pins to go with the Pocket Operators.