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NanoGroover Appeared

To a certain segment of our readership, this counts as pronography.

To a certain segment of our readership, this counts as pronography.

Welcome to your weekly little-scale update.  My favorite 8-bit mad scientist is at it again with the rare hardware that adds functionality to a software application. He explains:

I made a device that generates Nanoloop sync data for two Game Boys. The thing is that the user can set the ratio of sync clock of one of the Game Boys to the other, in the following ratios:

• Two in the time of four (double speed)
• Three in the time of four (three against four cross rhythms)
• Four in the time of four (1:1; the sync is equal)
• Five in the time of four (quintuplets)
• Six in the time of four (triplets)

There are also controls for controlling the speed of sync (via a potentiometer; aka a “knob”) and interrupting / stopping the sync signals for either Game Boy, so that it stops.

Of course I know that this would be easy to make in Arduino or Picaxe or using an Atmel or a PIC – but all of this would require the user to program a chip in some way. The nice thing is that this design only requires three logic chips (which I bought locally for around AU$2.50 in total), a capacitor, a resistor and a pot. No programming or “special parts” are required. A Game Boy link cable needs to be hacked up.

Full instructions and info on this can be found here:

1 comment to NanoGroover Appeared

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    I am really stoked on this piece of gear. Little-Scale never ceases to amazing me with what he puts together.

    This is a great blog by the way! I have already bookmarked her and I will be coming back to check on her more than it would be healthy to.