There’s something about holding a gamepad that just makes everything more fun. The new Nanoloop synthesizer that’s launching on Kickstarter is one such example that gamifies music making. This is a portable sequencer and synth that provides a very immediate way to create bleeps and bloops, similar to the Pocket Operators that we’ve covered before.
How does the Nanoloop work?
Nanoloop was first created as a music making concept on the Nintendo Game Boy. Just like the original version there’s a grid in the center. This grid consists of 4 x 8 dots that you can light up by selecting it with the gamepad. You can play back your sequenced sounds and have fine control per each step.
- 4 channels of sound
- dual square wave with true analog filter (mono)
- 4-voice polyphonic FM (stereo)
- monophonic FM (stereo)
- noise & clicks (stereo)
- battery life: 50+ h (2x AAA)
- micro-SD slot
- 5 LED lights
- D-pad and 4 buttons
- 3 mini jack outputs for audio, Midi and CV
Nanoloop used to be available on a real Game Boy cartridge and this Kickstarter seems to recreate a Game Boy experience just for music making.
Pricing and Availability
You can back this already successfully funded project via the link below. A Nanoloop device will cost you around a hundred bucks and is scheduled to ship in August 2019.
Make sure to check out our round-up of other music gadgets here