MATRIXSYNTH: nanoloop - New Self Contained Handheld Sequencer/Synthesizer on Kickstarter

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

nanoloop - New Self Contained Handheld Sequencer/Synthesizer on Kickstarter

via Kickstarter:

"After years of existence as cartridge for portable game consoles and smartphone app, nanoloop finally makes it into a dedicated hardware. Combining the casual game pad interface with beautiful LED dots and digits, this device forms the ideal platform for the proven nanoloop software and its iconic 4x4 matrix sequencer.



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)

about nanoloop

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 4x4 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."

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