nanoloop sync options

Nanoloop offers multiple ways to synchronize timing with other Game Boys, analog equipment, MIDI devices and computers.


To sync two nanoloops, connect the Game Boys via link cable. All cable models work, except for the GBA multiplayer cable.

USB-MIDI adaptor

The USB-MIDI adaptor can be used to sync nanoloop as slave to programs on a PC (DAWs, such as Ableton Live for example).

Analog Sync

Nanoloop 1 (1.7.2+) and 2 (2.7.6+) can be synced to analog clock as slave or master with devices like the Korg Monotribe with a simple wire connection.
There is also a halfspeed mode to match the Korg Volca and TE Pocket Operators' sync scheme (nanoloop as master only).

There is currently no adapter, but 3rd party cables are available from Duality Micro (Germany / EU) and Catskull Electronics (USA).

Since no further electronics are needed, a cable is easy to build. Just connect the wires as shown below:

(looking at the cables like on the photo below)

Connect OUT for nanoloop as master or IN for nanoloop as slave.


Nanoloop 2.7.6+ can send MIDI clock signals through the GBA's link port directly to a MIDI cable that goes into the MIDI-IN of a MIDI device. There is currently no adaptor, but building your own cable is as simple as connecting the wires of a link cable with those of a MIDI cable like this:

(looking at the cables like on the photo below)

(connect IN to IN and OUT to OUT)

The current supplied by the GBA's link port does not quite match the MIDI specification (3.5 mA instead of 5 mA). So far, it worked with all devices tested but there may be devices that require full 5 mA.

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