Portable production devices – are they the future?
Are portable production devices the future? It’s closer to reality than you’d imagine. With the consistent move of technology become smaller and smaller, companies are attempting to make tech gadgets handheld and more appealing.
Operating at the size of a credit card, Teenage Engineering has released a series of “Pocket Operators” that can fully produce synth-laden sound design with complete percussion tracks.
Is it possible that something this small can efficiently create layered tracks? Reviews have shown that the miniature, DIY devices actually produce a harmonious sound.
On the portable production device full track requires the usage of all three different operating systems. There’s a drum apparatus (PO-12 Rhythm), a sub-bass synth (PO-14 Sub), and a melody maker (PO-16 Factory), with each individually costing $59. They all come equipped with an abundance of multi-purpose buttons, and allow you to loop and record melodic ditties, suiting the needs of a bedroom DJ or a music hobbyist. Each unit also displays the tempo and mode at which you are recording, and provides a jaunty animation when you playback your current piece. While the quality may sound a tad 8-bit, you can export the audio to more primitive audio editors such as GarageBand to clean up the mixing. For the musically non-inclined, all three units come preset with 16 samples, so you can start fooling around the moment you get your hands on them. This definitely comes in handy, as you can mess with each individual knob and figure out the different effects whilst tinkering with the 16-step sequencer.
Despite the fact that the sound quality is not of the highest, these portable production devices are for sure worth their moderate price. Sound design has never been so simple, and you can easily produce a full-blown track on these handheld devices within hours.
Fancy a portable production device? Go to Teenage Engineering website and check it out yourself…
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