Perfect for confusing fellow travelers on trains and buses...
For what it is the price is great. Less than a Volca but so much more exciting.
It is still on Kickstarter but is already fully funded. Took about a day...
Here is what is said:
The original nanoloop software started as a study project to explore the game-like character of making electronic music on little devices. Developed from ground up around the Game Boy’s button interface and tiny greyscale display, it introduced the 4×4 stepsequencer matrix and a simple, flat structure for easy access, with graphical elements reduced to a couple of dots and digits.
While the first version of nanoloop (still available as “nanoloop one”) relies on the Game Boy’s internal tone generators, subsequent variations have their very own sound:
Nanoloop two implements an FM-based software synthesizer on the Game Boy Advance’s 16 MHz CPU and the latest version nanoloop mono embeds a complete synth with true analog filters inside the cartridge.
The new nanoloop device merges these two approaches and combines FM with analog for maximum flexibility.
- 4 channels:
- dual square wave with true analog filter (mono)
- 4-voice polyphonic FM (stereo)
- monophonic FM (stereo)
- noise & clicks (stereo)
- 4x4 matrix
- per-step control for all parameters
- pattern transpose for all parameters
- "meta step": play note only every 2nd or 4th loop
- variable pattern length per channel
- individual channel tempo
- ping pong and random modes
- shift pattern in four directions
- randomise all parameters
- 8x4 bi-color LED dot matrix
- 5 LED digits
- 8 menu icons
- various color combinations available
- silicone rubber buttons with plastic caps:
- d-pad + 4 buttons
- volume dial
- 3.5 mm mini jack stereo headphone/line out
- 3.5 mm mini jack input for CV an MIDI sync
- 3.5 mm mini jack output for CV an MIDI sync
- bent acrylic glass
- 2 x AAA batteries, micro USB (power only)
- physical power switch -> zero "standby" power
- battery life: 50+ h
- 99 banks à 4x8 patterns each
- song 999 patterns length
- backup / restore via audio cable
- micro-SD slot for near infinite projects (SD-card not included)
- MIDI sync in & out
- analog 1/24, 1/16, 1/8 in & out
- 12 x 6 x 2.5 cm, 100 g (incl. batteries)