Teenage Engineering’s family of small, affordable synths has a new drum machine.

Teenage Engineering has introduced a new model in its compact Pocket Operator line, a drum and percussion synthesizer called PO-32 Tonic.

As Ask.Audio reports, the new model was built in collaboration with Magnus Lidström, whose Sonic Charge studio is behind the Microtonic drum VST. PO-32 owners can transfer sounds from Microtonic VST to the device itself.

Transfer of sounds is achieved via the PO-32’s built-in microphone, which Teenage Engineering says allows users of Microtonic to “shape sounds, generate new patches and pattern data.”

Teenage Engineering’s Pocket Operator line was introduced back in 2015, and has since expanded to incorporate seven models covering drums, bass and quirkier sounds such as the video game-inspired PO-20 Arcade.

The PO-32 will be slightly more expensive than the rest of the range, coming in at $89 instead of $59, and will come alongside a limited edition $139 bundle with the Microtonic VST/AU software.

The PO-32 Tonic is released in April, and will on display at this week’s NAMM show in California. You can see how its sound transfer function works in the video below.

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