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05 May 2023

Game Boy Advance (GBA) gets free step sequencer with open-source Stepper

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Fans of electronic music and video games have reason to celebrate as musician and programmer Bad Diode has released a free step sequencer for the Game Boy Advance. Called Stepper, this open-source 16-step sequencer features an intuitive workflow inspired by Elektron instruments and per-trigger parameterization that allows access to the four DMG sound channels in the console. This means that users can enjoy two square wave channels, one custom wave channel, and one noise channel, all of which can be manipulated in various ways to create a unique sound.

One of the best things about Stepper is its versatility. According to the description, it supports four banks of eight patterns that can be queued for live performance. This allows users to create and save their own unique patterns, which can be accessed easily during a live performance. Additionally, Stepper is designed to be compatible with a wide range of music creation software, which makes it a powerful tool for DJs and producers looking to add a bit of retro flair to their music.

To demonstrate the capabilities of Stepper, Bad Diode has released a demo video, which showcases the device in action. From the video, it's clear that Stepper is capable of producing a wide range of sounds, from crisp and clean to gritty and distorted. The video also highlights Stepper's intuitive workflow, which allows users to easily create and manipulate patterns on the fly.

For those interested in supporting the development of Stepper, Bad Diode has set up a Patreon page. By becoming a patron, users can help to ensure that Stepper continues to receive updates and improvements in the future.

Stepper is just the latest in a long line of innovative music creation tools from the likes of Elektron, who last year released the Syntakt drum machine and synth. With its fusion of digital and analog synthesis split across eight analog and four digital tracks, the Syntakt was a game-changer for electronic music production. It followed in the footsteps of Elektron's other popular products, including the Digitakt drum computer and sampler and the FM synth Digitone.

Overall, Stepper is an exciting addition to the world of music creation tools. Its compatibility with the Game Boy Advance SP makes it a unique and quirky option for DJs and producers looking to create something truly one-of-a-kind. And with its open-source design and intuitive workflow, Stepper is sure to attract a growing community of music makers eager to explore its possibilities.

The project is open source and can be downloaded for free:
You can also buy the GBA rom via to support its development (Pay what you want):

If you want to know more, visit the itch link or the project page (