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Teenage Engineering PO 12 Rhythm Pocket Operator

Pocket operators are small, ultra portable music devices, with studio quality sound and the flexibility to make music on the go. Affordable for everyone and compatible with all other music gear!


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16 sound drum machine and sequencer, perfect for making beats. Parameter locks and punch-in effects.

All pocket operator models perfectly complement each other, from drum machine, bass and lead synthesisers to noise percussion, the six unique units allow you to start a pocket band. Use them separately or connect them together, the choice is yours.

  • real synthesised drum sounds
  • sampled drum sounds
  • 16 punch-in effects
  • 16 pattern chaining
  • step multiplier
  • 16-step sequencer
  • 16 patterns
  • parameter locks
  • built-in speaker
  • 3.5mm audio I/O
  • jam sync
  • animated LCD display
  • folding stand
  • clock + alarm clock
  • battery powered (2XAAA)
  • 1 month battery life
  • 2 year standby time

Get your Teenage Engineering PO 12 Rhythm Pocket Operator today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Fun novelty


Fantastic and fun piece of gear. I wouldn't say this is necessarily a great product for a total beginner to drum machines, but a fun addition to an experienced player looking for a unique quality. With that said, I'm sure a beginner could get something exciting out of this, but don't expect too much from this item since it has it's limitations.



Nice and Small


Really cool and easy to use.



Q.C. missing


The SMD LED on button 5 does not light. Upon closer inspection it is mounted upside down compared to the rest. Not the first Teenage Engineering thing I have received with issues.


Melbourne Florida

More than a toy, Hip drum machine ever.


I usually play this in the subway and I really love it. this machine is enough to get inspiration! you can get ideas anywhere, anytime. In fact, if you compare it to another great synth, this machine does not really have a great possibility. But do you know? This is 'portable' and 'inexpensive'. It is not as expensive as "moog" . In other words, "It's not a musical instrument designed for performances or recordings!" Nevertheless, it does have very good features appropriately. I think teenage-engineering seems to know what the demands of customers wanting this kind of product! 16bit-step-sequencer, built-in speaker, pattern management .... everything is enough! I think some features are better than korg volca. Anyway, the best feature is that all the actions are recorded! Insert effect, hihat pitch change, decay of kick ... In other words, if you change something, they will all be recorded. well, If you are always looking for something to excite you, This is a good choice. just buy it !

Alex J. Oh

Seoul, Korea


PO 12 Rhythm Pocket Operator

4.3 4


Warranty Info:

If you would like to claim any fault or damage, please report this to [email protected]
State your problem together with full contact details.
Once assessment is complete you will be emailed the outcome.
If positive you will be given an RMA number along with Consignment / Pickup details for the courier.
Pack the product either in its original package or well with cardboard and foam.

If end-consumer has issues regarding faulty hardware within 12 months of buying the product, then Retailer should verify this and contact Teenage Engineering, who will examine the product and may recognise this as Warranty.

Hardware issues
Teenage Engineering products come with a 1 (one) year limited warranty, from date of purchase.
Rechargeable batteries come with a 6 (six) month warranty from date of purchase.
Retailer must claim any issues within this period.

Cosmetic Issues
Cosmetic issues including stains, cracks, marks etc is NOT covered under warranty unless Retailer received the product in that condition and reports it within an allocated 72 hour timeframe.

Warranty Limitations
The warranty is limited to the repair or replacement of the defective product only.
Teenage Engineering may elect which remedy or combination of remedies to provide at its sole discretion.
The usual time for service is 2-4 weeks.
Teenage Engineerings entire liability for any defective product shall in no event exceed the purchase price for the defective product. If that would occur a replacement product will be provided instead.
Proof of Warranty - The customer must provide proof of purchase in order to obtain warranty service, using invoice or receipt.
The warranty does not cover:
Damage from physical abuse such as dropping the unit or impact from hard objects.
Damage due to connecting other than certified USB charger /equipment to the USB port.
Damage due to liquid contamination.
Damage due to excessive high or low temperature / humidity.
Damage due to inappropriate storage.
Physically damaged connectors.
Broken keys or physical damage to the keyboard mechanism.
Damage resulting from any use other than that it was intended for.
Product purchase as ex-demo, refurbished stock or 2nd hand.