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Future Music - - REVIEWS | TEENAGE ENGINEERING SPEAK & K.O! -

As with all the pre­vi­ous it­er­a­tions, both KO! and Speak are rough-and-ready, bat­tery-pow­ered hard­ware units with a foot­print not much big­ger than a credit card. Both pack a built-in speaker, along with a mini-jack in­put – used for pulse sync and au­dio – and a mini-jack out­put. The POs are fairly ro­bust, de­spite their vul­ner­a­ble-look­ing ex­posed in­nards, but each can be spruced up and pro­tected with the ad­di­tion of the sil­i­cone ‘pro’ case, avail­able from TE for an ad­di­tional £25. Both have screens, al­beit of­fer­ing a fairly lim­ited amount of pa­ram­e­ter feed­back. They’re mostly ded­i­cated to car­toon-like graphics (plus an alarm clock). Both POs have 16-step se­quencers, which can chain pat­terns (up to 128 for the KO!, and 64 for Speak). Both lack sound mute/solo though, which is a pain if you want to record se­quences into a DAW.

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