Potentially the most interesting of the Pocket Operator line yet, for me… a sort of pocket microsampler, with both line-in and built-in mic, parameter locking with 16 effects, and 40 seconds of sample memory. Some of the base functionality of the Digitakt, for $89. Not bad!
I can immediately see some potential problems with the UI, particularly in needing two thumbs (or at least two fingers of one hand) in order to record (making it harder, for example, to play a synth into the line-in at the same time), plus no sample editing after the fact to correct false starts or get to tasty sections of the sample.
Still, it’s pretty damn cool to think that it’s pocketable, so the ideal use case I’m seeing for it would be using it as a quick field recorder when you’re out and about, then cutting up bits and pieces of the environment around you into drum sequences, Katie Gately style. Like most of these tiny gadgets, a lot of the inspiration comes from working within the limitations.