Nanoloop Handheld Synthesizer

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.

Get the Nanoloop on Kickstarter

Make sure to check out our round-up of other music gadgets here

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