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A nine-year-old designed Teenage Engineering’s new pocket drum machine

The PO-32 Tonic lands in April...

Teenage Engineering unveiled their new pocket drum machine, the PO-32 Tonic, at the NAMM technology conference in LA this week. It is set to be released in April.

The company, known for making affordable synthesisers, built the PO-32 Tonic in collaboration with Magnus Lidström, the mind behind Sonic Charge studio’s Microtonic software.

Teenage Engineering say the PO-32’s built-in microphone can be used with Microtonic to “shape sounds, generate new patches and pattern data.” You can see it in action at the bottom of the page.

But, perhaps the most interesting detail revealed about Teenage Engineering’s PO-32 Tonic is that the company’s CEO, Jesper Kouthoofd, asked his nine-year-old daughter Ivana to design the interface for it, as CDM reports.

You can see an image of Kouthoofd designing the interface for the PO-32 Tonic below.

DJ Mag's tech editor put together our top five products not to miss at NAMM's annual music technology convention, which started today (19th January) and runs until Sunday 22nd January at the Anaheim Convention Center in LA.

Rob McCallum is DJ Mag’s deputy digital editor. Follow him on Twitter here.