Like some kind of fisher-price vinyl cutter, the Teenage Engineering PO-80 encourages you to create your own 5-inch records. Its simple process uses a 3.5mm input to cut the monophonic vinyl discs, bringing your teenage dreams back to life.
How does the Teenage Engineering PO-80 work?
Despite appearances, this device is not intended for children at all. It comes as a kit with plenty of small parts, so be sure to keep the little ones away during assembly. The PO-80 is USB powered and equipped with its own lo-fi mono speaker. However, it does also have an audio out for connecting external speakers.
It will record anything you feed it, including the pocket operator series synths from Teenage Engineering. You get around 4 minutes at 33rpm and 3 minutes at 45rpm per side, which is certainly enough to create a bank of loops and samples to use in your music production process.
As a player, the PO-80 record factory also plays 7-inch vinyl records with the nifty adaptor which is included. You also get a spare cutting needle, USB power and audio cables, and six blank 5-inch disks to get you started. Need more? They can be ordered in packs of ten for $20 from the Teenage Engineering online store.
Overall, it’s certainly a fun way to sample your pocket operators or a portable back-in-time traveler for diving into that old 7-inch collection. Like anything from Teenage Engineering, there is unmistakable silliness combined with practicality that sets it apart from any other tech on the market.
Pricing and availability:
The PO-80 portable record factory is currently available directly from the Teenage Engineering store for $149.
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