Originally developed for Game Boy, Nanoloop music sequencer, synthesizer and sampler by Oliver Wittchow is now available for the iPhone/iPod Touch.
First released in 1999, Nanoloop for the gameboy has attracted a great following and even though the gameboy may be out of date today the device is still used to compose and manipulate loops thanks to Oliver’s nanoloop app (see video below). The latest Version 2.3 will also work on Game Boy Advance (including GBA, GBA SP, GB micro, DS, DS lite). The new iPhone version follows the same basic structure and design concept of the original Game Boy version but has been fully optimised for the iPhone.
Nanoloop for iPhone combines sequencer, synthesizer and sampler in one package. Features include:
– Clear, minimalistic graphical interface
– Pattern-based stepsequencer
– 6 channels, each can be synth or sampler
– Song editor with loop function
– Synthesizer with envelope, filter, lfo and other parameters
– Save function
– Send and receive projects via e-mail, using the iPhone’s e-mail program
The simple but powerful synthesizer allows to create a great bandwidth of sounds, including beats, noises, basses and pads. Samples can be recorded via microphone (iPhone only), headset microphone (iPhone, iPod touch 2nd gen only) and from nanoloop’s own sound output. With nanoloop, you can send your saved projects via e-mail. If nanoloop is installed on the recipient’s iPhone / iPod, she/he can simply tap on the file name to start nanoloop and import the attached file. This way, multiple users can work on the same project by simply e-mailing the file back and forth.
I have only had few minutes to play this morning and I am very impressed. The UI is consistent, clean and overall feel of the app is fantastic. Nothing is there that shouldn’t be there, just a pure focus on the task at hand, making music.
Developer: Oliver Wittchow
UPDATE 22.02.2010: Oliver was very kind to send us 5 promocodes to share with our readers. If you would like one, please leave a comment below and we’ll random pick 5 lucky winners later today.
10 of 12 tutorials on how to use Nanoloop on gameboy. See them all here.