Teenage Engineering PO-128 Mega Man

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Teenage Engineering PO-128 Mega Man

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Live synthesizer and sequencer based on the Capcom Mega Man game series, with parameter locks, glide control and punch-in effects. Pocket Operators are small, ultra-portable music devices, with studio-quality sound and the flexibility to make music on the go. Affordable for everyone and compatible with all other music gear.

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Mega Man was originally developed for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) - one of the earlier home gaming consoles from Nintendo. The NES had a very basic chipset for reproducing music and sound effects that were incorporated into the games. Despite these limitations, game developers still managed to compose highly imaginative and memorable soundtracks that gave their games sonic signature.  

Rather appropriately, the PO-128 Mega Man is an 8-bit synthesiser, with a 3-part sequencer (including an 8-bit mono drum voice). It's based on the PO-28 robot, with a few tweaks and improvements . With some clever programming from TE, this Pocket Operator plays out some classic Mega Man themes straight out of the box. These include Flash Man’s theme, the Boss Battle music, and Wily’s castle There's even the level start music included on patterns 1 and 2 to kick things off!

The robotic arm on the screen of the original PO-28 is replaced by a battle scene between Mega Man & Metal Man (whose theme is programmed on pattern 3), with Dr Light and Dr Wily in the background. The PO-128 has two programmable / playable parts designated as ‘high’ & ‘low’ on the keypad, with 8 synth tones to choose from per part. Playing the high part controls Mega Man’s movements, while playing with the low part controls Metal Man. The classic health and ammo bars display the function of the parameter knobs.

As well the chiptune voices, the PO-128 comes loaded 16 8-bit drum sounds. It also has 16 punch-in FX allowing you to quickly dial in filter sweeps & retriggers to spice up patterns. The glide button has the same function as it does on the robot - press it to perform a slide up to notes and a glissando down when released. This makes it one of the most expressive Pocket Operators to play live.

To summarise the PO-128 Mega Man, it’s an 8-bit dream stuffed full of Mega Man nostalgia. We imagine you could program in soundtracks from cartridge classics and they would sound just as authentic!

Additional Information

Additional Information

  • 16-step sequencer
  • 16 patterns
  • Parameter locks
  • Built-in speaker
  • 3.5mm audio I/O
  • Jam sync
  • Animated LCD display
  • Folding stand
  • Clock + alarm clock
  • Battery powered (2XAAA)
  • 1 month battery life
  • 2 year standby time