Breaking away from the company’s trend of high-priced products, Teenage Engineering has released the EP-133 K.O. II – an evolution of the popular Pocket Operator PO-33 K.O. sampler with an affordable price tag for producers.
The EP-133 K.O. II is a feature-rich, portable hardware sampler and groove box that boasts a prominent Teenage aesthetic, powerful functionality and accessibility.
Powerful audio quality
The EP-133 K.O. II operates as a groovebox with a versatile sampler, sequencer, onboard effects, and composing tools under one hood.
Built on the success of the PO-33 K.O. hardware sampler, the EP-133 K.O. II boasts a 32-bit float signal chain and a 24-bit ADC/DAC for high-resolution digital audio.
Furthermore, the EP-133 K.O. II features 6 stereo or 12 mono voices at one time, 64MB of memory, and provides up to 999 sample slots.
Designed to help producers make one-shots and loops quickly, the EP-133 K.O. II is made with adaptability in mind to encourage and accommodate fast and efficient workflows.
A sampling and sequencing champion
Sampling directly into the device is easy The EP-133 K.O. II with its built-in microphone and stereo input with 46.875 kHz/16-bit conversion.
Alternatively, you can drag and drop samples using the sample tool application. Quite the selling point for younger producers!
As a result, you can slice samples live or automatically in real time for flexible sound manipulation while sequencing on the EP-133 K.O. II is just as intuitive. Program in free mode or quantized with swing and convert your collection of sounds into a musical phrase in a heartbeat.
The device also offers instantaneous time correction and an erase functionality for perfect recordings.
Comprehensive project management
The EP-133 K.O. II can store up to nine projects at one time, each capable of hosting 80,000 notes, with each containing four groups with 99 patterns that you can mix and match.
Meanwhile, patterns themselves can have variable lengths between 1 to 99 bars per group and feature 12 tracks for samples and MIDI. The EP-133 K.O. II features a large multi-segment colour display with retro-style symbols for instant visual feedback on tracks and settings too.
That’s a lot of memory!… 64MB
Next-gen punch-in effects and vintage-style keys
Teenage Engineering states the EP-133 K.O. II introduces “the next generation punch-in effects,” which are pressure-sensitive effects providing unique creative possibilities.
With 12 newly-developed vintage-style keys that offer a modern touch, operating the groovebox is reminiscent of vintage samplers. Combining tactility with pressure sensitivity (polyAT), the keys provide an expressive playing experience.
Visual feedback and connectivity
Finally, the EP-133 K.O. II boasts a USB-C port for audio and data, minijack MIDI in/out and sync in/out, as well as a stereo input and output. It even has an onboard speaker and you can power it with 4x AAA batteries or a USB-C power bank while on the go.
Affordable and eye-catching
Teenage Engineering’s EP-133 K.O. II offers a lot of functionality under its stylish hood and challenges the notion that the company produces high-priced hardware exclusively.
Teenage Engineering has gained recognition for its stylish products in recent years. Although they come with a hefty price tag, the team behind the technology never fail to deliver a quality product.
Now, though, the company is steering towards the affordable gear market with the release of the EP-133 K.O. II. While maintaining its signature design aesthetic, Teenage Engineering has priced the sampler at $299.
As a result, the EP-133 K.O. II is set to capture the attention of both professionals and newcomers in the music-making world.
Now available for purchase, the EP-133 K.O. II combines an eye-catching design with powerful features while paying homage to vintage samplers. Packed with modern technology, this affordable groovebox is a very enticing option for producers looking for an affordable and capable music-making machine.
The new K.O. sampler even comes in a limited edition 10-inch collector’s box.