This project is awesome for so many reasons!
Indeed, the first thing you notice about the new PO series is just how minimalist the design is. “We removed everything that doesn’t have something to do with how it sounds,” says Kouthoofd. “That left us with a super-thin circuit board; all the components are under the display.” As a result, the PO series — with its segmented, black-and-white LCD display — looks and feels vintage, almost like an old calculator prototype. “We really wanted to make a [Nintendo] Game & Watch, but for the synth world,” Kouthoofd says. “So we used the same technology as they did in the ‘80s. We wanted to use the old stuff.”