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_calculated risks brings the Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator, “Rhythm” to your DAW with 14 one-shot drums samples and 400 drum loops.


The Pocket Operator series began with the PO-12 Rhythm, so we thought we’d start there with this first release in a series of Pocket Operator packs. The Pocket Operators are known for being lo-fi digital wonders that bring simplicity and performance to anyone with a finger. 


The PO-12 is a drum machine with a parameter lockable sequencer, and an all around FX mangler. Like all of these pocket-sized sounds, the PO-12 is pure and RAW digital everything, from the synth engines, samples, and the real time FX, to the actual converters - it doesn’t get much more economical sounding than than Pocket Operators.


The PO-12 has 16 voices consisting of 14 drum sounds, 1 synth, and 1 bass sound. We’ve focused on the 14 drum sounds only for this release. We captured the output of the PO-12 as directly to to digital as possible, with no additional processing done.


We also created an Ableton Drum Rack with the 14 one-shot samples, and added some macro controls and effects reminiscent of the PO-12’s built-in effects. Make your own crunchy beats! 


We believe that the Pocket Operators are best used as performance devices, so we programmed 50 different patterns as drum loops. We also captured 7 different Pocket Operator effects as loop variations for each pattern.  400 loops later, we had a collection of some of our most eclectic drum loops to date. There’s a very satisfying push and pull between control and total chaos when you use these little machines, and so, “calculated risks” felt like the perfect name.


Protect your pockets and grab this pack that’s even cheaper than the actual hardware.


• 14 one-shot drum samples for use in any software or hardware. (3MB)

• 400 drum loops at more than 40 tempos for use in any software or hardware. (50 patterns with 7 different Pocket Operator FX)

• 1 Ableton Live 11 Project (Suite)

• 1 Ableton 11 Drum Rack with macros + FX. (Suite)

• 96k/24bit .wav sources.

• 100% Royalty-Free.

• Designed in Vancouver, Canada by Subsocial Studios.



For best results, we recommend updating to the latest version of Ableton Live for patch/preset compatibility.


Ableton error messages such as, "Only audio effects can be placed in this kind of track." or, "Preset can not be loaded. It's probably broken." - usually indicate that our presets were made in a version of Ableton that is newer than yours. If you run into issues, please contact us for help!


Important: Ableton Live files are not backwards compatible. We generally create new releases in the current version of Ableton Live. Currently, all of our Ableton releases are for version 11.0 or greater. Using older versions of Ableton Live will most likely not allow you to use our newest releases. Consider updating your version of Ableton to the latest version to ensure good compatibility.


Some of our Ableton releases are for specific editions of Ableton only (Intro, Standard, Suite). Please ensure you have the correct version before purchasing.

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    The audio files contained in our sample packs are compatible with any audio software or hardware.

    Some of our releases contain presets or software instruments and effects that are specific to particular software or hardware.

    If you have any questions before buying, please ask us!

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