PO-35 Speak

Magnus Lidström2 942 views16 posts
  • Users avatarMagnus Lidström

    It has been fun to follow all the speculation leading up to today's launch. I am amazed how many times people guessed more or less exactly right about the two new Pocket Operators. I suppose the leaks earlier this year revealing the title PO-35 Speak was an important hint that Sonic Charge was once again involved.

    In case you've missed it, Fredrik and I have created another device for Teenage's legendary pocket synth serie. It is based on Bitspeek, but instead of working as an effect (like the plug-in) it works more like a sampling synth.

    You can record your own voice using the built-in mic or line-in. But the data isn't stored as sampling data. Instead the PO-35 will extract pitch, volume and filter envelopes that is used to re-synthesize your voice in real-time.

    This technique allows the PO-35 to do a bunch of wacky voice manipulations in real-time, like pitch-shifting, formant-shifting, applying different voice characters, auto-tuning and much more. (And all of this despite the tiny battery-powered CPU inside.)

    So it is not a sampler, but it is not a conventional synth either. It is really a quite unique blend of the two.

    Also it features a single monophonic channel version of Microtonic with replaceable drum sounds, just like on the PO-32 Tonic.

    And it sounds like this: https://www.instagram.com/p/BeU47Nzg1qI/

    Btw, the PO-33 is a super-fun auto-slicing sampler and it is awesome too!

    Go get them. I know you want them. 😊

    Links

    Teenage Engineering Store

    Discount on Microtonic for PO-35 owners

    PO-35 power user features

  • Users avatarMagnus Lidström

    Video-time!

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  • Users avatarJakob "haQ attaQ" haQ

    Thanks for linking my vids!

  • Users avatarMichael Koehler

    Fantastic news!!! I already have a few coming my way and cannot wait to start playing! Thanks for all the work in doing this!

  • Users avatarMagnus Lidström

    But of course Jakob! The definite go-to for understanding everything about this PO. Invaluable!

  • Users avatarMagnus Lidström

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  • Users avatarMichael Koehler

    HA! That one made me smile! Thanks, Magnus!

  • Users avatarMagnus Lidström

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  • Users avatarJoey Luck

    - Magnus Lidström wrote:
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    "A pocket operator that allows for different keys? Hallelujah!" :D

  • Users avatarNathan Allen

    i just ordered the Po-35. It's on the way right now. is there any talk of doing a bundle for microtonic?

  • Users avatarvirkaz

    Awesome new product! Holy cow...

  • Users avatarMagnus Lidström

    @virkaz Have you got it already?

  • Users avatarvirkaz

    @Magnus, unfortunately not. ;| But if I have the funds ready again I would be very interested. The demo's blew me away. great sound out of such a small device. How do you do this guys?

    Btw isn't there a way to PM or e-mail anymore?

  • Users avatarMagnus Lidström

    - virkaz wrote:
    @Magnus, unfortunately not. ;| But if I have the funds ready again I would be very interested. The demo's blew me away. great sound out of such a small device. How do you do this guys?

    Blood, sweat and code. I spend a lot of time (too much) optimizing every little code construct and dsp algorithm to find the optimal match for the Cortex M3. Down to every tiny arithmetic operation and instruction. Always reviewing the disassembly output from the compiler. Often using this tool: https://godbolt.org/

    And as always, using my ears to find the ideal compromises between quality and speed at all times.

    Btw isn't there a way to PM or e-mail anymore?

    Not directly on the forum no, but you can always email us at support@soniccharge.com of course.

  • Users avatarvirkaz

    :-), ok, very hard(ware) work!

    Btw, I don't program anymore, but the godbolt.org link is really a handy tool. Thanks for sharing.
    Thanks for the email address. I guess I never needed that before :)

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