Teenage Engineering has released two arcade infused Pocket Operators as part of an official Capcom series. Street Fighter is a sequencer and microsampler whereas Mega Man a synthesizer and sequencer. Ready Player One?
PO-133 Street Fighter
It’s the real deal. 16 tracks of Street Fighter sounds sampled from the original arcade game. It features 8 melodic and 8 percussive tracks and 15 punch-in effects for some on-the-fly beat-em-up action. It’s also a sampler with a built-in microphone and up to 40 seconds of sampling time for you to stick in your own slaps, squeaks and kung-fu noises – hadouken!
PO-128 Mega Man
Oh yes, it’s chiptune-tastic with an 8-bit synthesizer engine for making crazy melodies and arcade toons. You get 15 melody sounds and a micro-drum sound and it comes ready filled with Mega Man presets. It has a 3-track sequencer and the ability to chain up to 128 patterns.
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They are terrifically fun and exactly what they are supposed to be. They have appropriate graphics thrown all over the screens to keep you in that arcade-inspired creative space. For £85 each and out on December the 2nd these are ideal stocking fillers (!) for the synth nut in your family.