Teenage Engineering designed a set of incredible pocket synthesizers that cost $59 each

Swedish hardware designers Teenage Engineering have made a name for themselves by building some of the most unique and creative musical gear on the market. But devices like the gorgeous, retro-futuristic OP-1 synthesizer and OD-11 “cloud” music speaker come at a cost. Until now, you needed relatively deep pockets to pick up Teenage Engineering gear — the OP-1 costs $849, while a single OD-11 speaker will set you back $899.

But that all changes with the launch of the Pocket Operator synth and drum machine series, a set of three calculator-sized music-making tools that can be yours for less than $200 total. “Our goal was to make a synth that cost $49,” says CEO and head of design Jesper Kouthoofd, before pausing a bit sheepishly and admitting: “but we failed on that, so it’ll be $59.”

This looks like a great product. I love the vintage feel of the whole thing, right down to the packaging. There are some very clever design elements, like the instructions printed on the inside of the box, and using the PCB as the shelf hanger. Love it.