Aspiring musos and engineering obsessives will unite over the adorable, affordable Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators. The size of a calculator (remember those?) and made with the signature Scandi minimalist aesthetic (last year they collaborated with Cheap Monday) the Teenager PO-16 features 16 synthesis sounds, sampling ability, and a micro drum machine. The end result? The ability to create music on-the-go from the comfort of… well… anywhere.

The Teenager Pocket Operators were an overnight sensation when they launched in 2015, attracting a devoted crowd of Brooklyn hipster types, who gravitated to the retro-chic aesthetic, affordable price-point, and Kraftwerk-esque synth beats. Each year, Teenage Engineering builds on the hype, reworking the designs in bold new colours and adding subtle but powerful design tweaks, such as – to get technical for a moment – the addition of multiple real synthesiser engines, subtractive synthesis, and physical modelled strings. Whether it’s a gateway drug for experimenting with a more high-tech kit, or a welcome alternative to wasting your hours doom-scrolling Twitter, the Pocket Operator is an international best-seller for a reason.

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