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the product is esd sensitive and is sold without casing.
if this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined but turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures;
teenage engineering warrants that this product will be free from defects in material or workmanship for a period of 12 months from the date of teenage engineering’s shipment of the product to you, the customer. in the event of a defect covered by this limited warranty, teenage engineering will, at its option and free of charge to customer, repair, replace or refund the purchase price paid.
TEENAGE ENGINEERING MAKES NO OTHER EXPRESS WARRANTIES EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN, AND ANY AND ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE SHALL ONLY BE IN EFFECT DURING THE 12 MONTH WARRANTY PERIOD PROVIDED HEREUNDER. TEENAGE ENGINEERING'S LIABILITY ON ANY WARRANTY CLAIM SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE ACTUAL PURCHASE PRICE PAID. TEENAGE ENGINEERING SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE TO CUSTOMER OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL OR INDIRECT DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF DATA, REVENUES, SALES, BUSINESS, GOODWILL OR USE.
what does this limited warranty not cover?
teenage engineering has no obligation to repair, replace, or provide refunds in the following instances:
play / rec mode
break away hanger
knob A / B
play / stop
mode is active
to select sound hold
sound and press 1-16
to select pattern hold
pattern and press 1-16
press to select tempo
hold to set master volume 1-16
hold step 1-16 + m
to set multiplier
to use effects hold FX
and press 1-16
1. loop 16
2. loop 12
3. loop short
4. loop shorter
6. unison low
7. octave up
8. octave down
9. stutter 4
10. stutter 3
12. scratch fast
13. 6 / 8 quantize
14. retrigger pattern
16. no effect
auto power off (a.p.o)
the unit auto powers off when no buttons are pressed for a while, only powering
the display to show time.
press sound + bpm to show battery status.
hold pattern + write while inserting batteries to restore the unit to factory default.
break off the lock tab to freeze all patterns. to reverse, solder the two pads by the lock tab together. to restore to locked settings, remove the batteries.
insert two fresh AAA batteries. pay attention to plus and minus poles.
set time by turning knob A for hours and knob B for minutes. press any key to confirm and exit.
press sound + pattern. set alarm clock by turning A for hours and B for minutes. (disable alarm by turning knob A all the way down.)
press any key 1-16 to set pattern for the alarm. to stop the alarm press any key.
reset the clock by removing the batteries and start over.
hold record + any key from 1-16. the microphone will record until the keys are released, and the recording will be stored in the position you selected (1-16). PO-33 has a total of 40 seconds recording memory. while recording, the number of seconds left will be displayed on the LCD. if the memory is full, delete or record over an existing sound.
if a cable is inserted into the line in jack, the PO-33 will record via line in.
PO-33 has 16 sounds divided into two sections; melodic and drum. a recorded sound will behave differently depending on which section it was recorded to.
in the melodic section the keys from 1-16 represents a scale, and each key will trigger the whole sound.
in the drum section each key from 1-16 represents a slice of the sound.
select a sound by holding the sound key and pressing any key from 1-16. press any key from 1-16 to play. if nothing is heard, press write key once.
to enter/exit rec mode, press write. enter sound/notes in grid. active steps will be lit. press play to listen to your pattern.
hold pattern and press any key from 1-16 to select pattern. blinking led indicates active pattern.
press play to listen to your pattern. press play again to stop.
a pattern consists of 16 steps.
TONE: pitch and volume
FILTER: high-/low-pass filter
TRIM: start point and
length of sound
press FX to toggle between the different parameters.
PO-33 has a total of six adjustable parameters. all parameters are adjusted using the two knobs, A and B.
in trim mode turn A to set the start of the sound, turn B to set the length of the sound. in the drum section each slice can be adjusted individually. the last triggered slice will be adjusted.
hold record and press sound to delete the currently selected sound.
hold write + sound and press any key 1-16 to copy the selected sound to that position.
to copy the last triggered slice from one drum sound to another; hold write + sound and press any drum key 9-16 and then any key 1-16.
while playing, hold FX and press any key from 1-15. if write mode is enabled, the effects will be saved in the pattern. to clear the saved
effects, make sure write mode is enabled while holding FX + key 16.
hold bpm and turn A to adjust the swing.
press bpm to switch tempo. the bpm will be displayed in the upper right corner of the screen.
HIP HOP (80 bpm)
DISCO (120 bpm)
TENCHO (140 bpm)
hold bpm and turn B to fine-tune tempo (from 60 to 240 bpm).
hold bpm and press any key 1-16 to adjust master volume. note: be careful with the volume setting when using headphones. only exceed volume setting 5 with caution.
while playing, hold write and press any key 1-16 to punch in notes. notes will be quantized along with current swing setting. release write when finished.
while playing a pattern, hold write and turn knob A and knob B to lock the currently selected parameters. the parameters will affect the currently selected sound. lockable parameters:
press and hold pattern and select which patterns 1-16 to chain by pressing the corresponding key 1-16. up to 128 patterns can be chained.
one pattern can be selected multiple times.
example: 1,1,1,4 plays pattern 1 three times then moves on to pattern 4. after the last pattern is played the sequence will start over again.
hold write + pattern and press 1-16 to paste the active pattern to the corresponding new slot.
press record + pattern to clear the active pattern.
it is possible to transfer sound and pattern data directly between units, using the line in / out connectors.
before transmitting make sure the receiving unit is in receive mode. on the transmitting unit: press write + sound to transmit data to receiving unit.
insert a 3.5mm stereo cable from the transferring unit to receiving unit. press and hold write + sound + record to enter receive mode.
note: all samples and patterns on the receiving unit will be erased once receive starts.
sound and pattern data can be stored to any recording device for saving and sharing. you can backup the data via line out. first connect a cable from pocket operator line out to recording device. then start recording and press write + sound + play to transmit data.
connect a cable from recording device to receiving pocket operator unit. press write + sound + play to enter receive mode. send data from recording device.
connect a 3.5mm audio cable from computer to receiving unit. press write + sound + record to enter receive mode.
note: all samples and patterns on the receiving unit will be erased once transfer starts.
ID input output
SY0 stereo stereo
SY1 stereo mono/sync
SY2 sync stereo
SY3 sync mono/sync
SY4 mono/sync stereo
SY5 mono/sync mono/sync
it is possible to sync
multiple pocket operators with a click track using line in and out.
warning: sync levels should not exceed 5vpp (volt peak-to-peak).
connect a standard stereo audio cable between the units. the master unit will control the tempo of the slave unit.
hold record and press bpm on master unit to toggle sync modes. press repeatedly to toggle between different modes displayed in the upper right corner of the screen. press play on slave unit to wait for master clock sync. press play on master to start.
there are 5 sync modes. default mode is SY0.
when sync is used the signal will be split between audio (right) and sync (left).
example A: sync three pocket operator units.
chain: PO-12 > PO-24 > PO-33
example B: sync external device such as volca, iPhone, computer or synckontrol to PO-32.
example C: sync an external device to two pocket operator units.
example D: sync PO-32 to an external device.
the folding stand
is also removed.
a pro case?
to mount the pro case to a pocket operator,
first you need to break away the hanger and remove
the folding stand.
wrap the pro case around the edges of the unit. make sure the edges of the case is tightly fit.