1010music Intros nanobox razzmatazz, aka “The World’s Juiciest Groovebox”

1010music has introduced the nanobox razzmatazz, described as “The World’s Juiciest Groovebox”.

The razzmatazz is palm-sized, but features a visual sequencer, touchscreen control, sample + synthesis drum sounds, effects and more.

Features:

  • Perform with 8 drum and percussion pads using MIDI pads or the touch screen
  • Make beats right out of the box using 120 preset kits and sequences
  • Explore a huge range of presets and sounds from world-class sound designers—including dub, techno, IDM, hip hop, classic rock, indie pop, soul, and more
  • Tap or swipe to create rhythms using the Super Stepper visual sequencer, and see the state of all 8 pads across 16 steps simultaneously
  • Record long sequences up to 64 steps, with steps sizes from 1/64 to 8 bars
  • Adjust primary parameters for each drum model using macro controls
  • Design your own percussion sounds by combining FM synthesis and WAV drum samples
  • Sculpt and fine tune the sound of each drum pad using filters, envelopes, distortion, a resonator, snap transient generation, bit crushing, and rate crushing
  • Add depth and color to your drum sounds using delay, reverb, and a cabinet distortion
  • Record via line input to craft new pad sounds and create samples up to 30 seconds long
  • Load your own WAV files via micro-SD
  • Integrate razzmatazz seamlessly with other synths, drum machines, and audio devices
  • Quickly and easily map MIDI controls to macro parameters and mixer settings
  • Make music anywhere thanks to a compact and nearly indestructible design
  • Flexible power options from USB C connector
  • Mini TRS connections for MIDI in and out, clock in, line in and line out
  • 2″ touch screen, 2 knobs and 4 buttons in a 3.75″ x 3″ x 1.5″ package

Pricing and Availability

The nanobox razzmatazz is available for $399 USD.

35 thoughts on “1010music Intros nanobox razzmatazz, aka “The World’s Juiciest Groovebox”

      1. How does an iPhone not have audio, MIDI, and I/O? Its Bluetooth capability provides all of that and more. My iPad is totally integrated into my studio via Bluetooth.

          1. I’ve never measured the latency, but I certainly don’t notice it. When I’m playing keyboards and overdubbing I know I’m sensitive to latencies above 8ms, or so. CME specs the latency of their WIDI products at 3ms over Bluetooth 5, and I haven’t experienced anything that would suggest that to be incorrect. So, I guess the answer to your question is that I don’t deal with latency because I don’t have to.

    1. I was thinking the same thing while watching this. I feel like the point of hardware is to lean on physical knobs/buttons rather than to rely on a touch screen. while the two knobs certainly help, they’re a far cry from what you’d want on a drum machine with this level of complexity

      1. Pretty damned expensive “toy”. I currently have a Lemondrop, a Blackbox and a Bluebox and love them all. I’d buy the micro wavetable one as well if I didn’t have an overabundance of wavetable synths. Knowing 1010 Music products, I’m pretty sure that this thing is more than a toy, no matter how you define “toy”. I’m just not sure what this particular product brings to the market that already isn’t there, in spades. Pretty strange, maybe, but I still use an antique SR-16 whenever I feel the need to use a drum machine. The rest of the time I just slug away with Superior Drummer.

        1. i define “toy” as something you can toy with it, play with it. i understand some think about toys as something only for kids, cheap/simple but i really don’t get that.

          what it “brings” like any other instrument it itself.
          thinking things are redundant just because they under the same category or the same feature list is missing the uniqueness, of its sequencer, or fm possibilities or whatever.
          but i guess allot cant grasp this concept so they prefer to compress what they see into categories (“i already have an fm synth…”) and use terms like “better/worse” or “x vs x” without going into depths, given excuses why they don’t need it, whats wrong with it instead on focusing of what it can do (or just ignore it)…
          most just see a picture, some videos, maybe reading the feature list and think they know exactly what it is (but will never read the manual) i’m not saying they don’t know if it’s right for them or not, but saying its better/worse or if it should exist, from my experience (with toys) doesn’t make any sense, to me anyway.
          i do notice almost everybody here does that.
          for me the truth is most instruments are simply amazing, i can use them all, this and ipad together. and if i like it i can buy another one, and another ipad, the same ipad, so what?
          i actually have three of the same synth and i’m playing all of them together, never understood why others think it’s not right.

    2. I don’t have one, but sometimes I do just want to put my devices to one side and focus on something. Yes you could use do-not-disturb mode. But dnd doesn’t save you from the temptation of checking messages every 30 secs when they’re one swipe away. I’m also tempted to swipe to another music app/vst rather than focusing on one thing.

      In the end you could buy a separate phone for music. But this is cheaper than an iphone + interface.

      Plus, maybe you want several little boxes. Then again you could buy several phones. But this is cheaper.

      1. Wow! … and just when I thought I heard it all from my students. This phone “addiction” thing is really something that will probably generate volumes in the (near?) distant future. Maybe pushing 70 isn’t really such a bad thing after all 🙂

      2. Also, the iPad in my studio is a Pro, but a couple generations old now. It multitasks music apps like a son-of a-bitch. I have a couple iPad Minis around that I use for things like reading novels. Never have I had the need, or urge, to try to incorporate one in my studio to augment the iPad that is already there. I have a Samsung Galaxy S20 that I use mostly as a glorified iPod (and also as an emergency backup telephone). I’ve attempted to use some music apps on it and quickly understood the difference between the Android and the iOS universes. So, you can’t really understand how much different an iOS device is compared to an Android device when it comes to music-making apps, intra-system integration of music apps, MIDI communication, and integration into a complex studio environment, until you have used one. For any other purpose (other than music applications), I would probably choose an Android phone, but since I bought my fist iPod touch about 15 years ago, I understood why iOS was probably always going to be the choice for serious musicians.

      3. Only problem with a lot of boxes is a lot if separate PSUs and the need for a mixer. This is essentially just an ‘app’ running on its own hardware platform, it makes more sense to me to run ‘apps’ like this in a phone or tablet with something like AUM as the mixer- all in one box, no cables, battery powered…even has stereo speakers!

        I am sure there is a use case for this, I just can’t think of one other than its cute!

        1. That’s true — would be great if devices supported more daisy-chaining of psu’s and line-level ins and outs. Like what guitarists do with pedals. Maybe this does support that, it doesn’t say.

  1. They should just fix the terrible OS on the Blackbox. The sequencer on that thing is unusable, and there are SO many things to fix, and no interesting updates in ages…

    1. They seem to update the Blackbox more even than the Bluebox, which barely gets ANY love. Almost done with them as a company. Keep releasing new products and letting their old ones languish. Sad!

  2. It’s very different to your phone…it has no battery so needs to be plugged in!
    TR6s seems better In every way to me for less money…a portable pocket sized drum machine needs to be battery powered!

  3. It’s either “It cost too much, you can do it with an iphone” or “It’s reasonably priced but you have to plug it in, just get an iphone”. Why does anyone even come here to look at new hardware? Remember hardware…. Dedicated unit for a particular workflow. The good ol’ days.

    1. I guess that I do fit in to the “you can do it with an iPhone” group. The fact is, however, I don’t use any apps to do beat or groove things (unless you call Superior Drummer an app, I guess). The main fact is that YOU CAN do it with an iPhone if you wanted to, and nobody says that an iPhone (or any iOS device) can’t be used as a dedicated piece of hardware. As previously stated, I have an iPad Pro in my studio that is used for nothing else than to run music apps. The way its integrated allows me plenty of flexibility to use multiple dedicated control surfaces; or knobs, buttons and sliders on synths, etc. to provide a haptic interface with it.

      I think that it’s the concept of an iPhone as a “phone” that causes a functional fixedness impediment. So, to get out of that rut you can think of an iPhone as one of any iOS devices that are just small computers. For example, you can purchase a refurbished iPod Touch 7th gen (the latest, and apparently last generation Apple will produce) for about $210, or even a new one for about $350 at Walmart. If you were to treat it as a dedicated piece of hardware and install it in your studio as you would do with the 1010 unit, you would end up with a much more flexible and useful piece of hardware for your studio for less cost (much less in the case of the refurbished unit). If you wanted to dedicate it for use in a specific workflow, nothing would prevent you from doing that, either. The point is that just because “iPhone” has the word “phone” in it, doesn’t mean it must be used that way.

      1. Agreed. If I can’t get my myself to use a phone as a musical tool and need a dedicated touch device to do the same thing (except smaller), I would rather spend the money on psychotherapy to address my addiction.

    2. “Remember hardware…. “
      Don’t have to “remember” it, I still use “hardware.”
      It’s not an either/or in my world.

      “Dedicated unit for a particular workflow.”
      Are you seriously making the “one trick pony” argument in favor of the “one trick pony”?
      Looking around my studio, all my “units” require I either press keys, turn knobs, press buttons, record samples, patch cables, etc., whether those actions are physical or simulated the workflow is the same.

      “The good ol’ days.”
      Hello…911?, yeah we need a whambulance. j/k 😉

      Been playing synths since I was 16…the good ol’ days? No thanks.
      When the majority of synth gear was unaffordable to most people?

      Yeah I’d rather still have my old akai S1000 loading floppies instead of Koala on my iPhone that I can carry in my pocket and sample anything anywhere anytime. Give me my limited number of presets, needs repairs, JP8000 instead of Sunrizer which cost me $0.99 and still runs perfectly on an old iPhone 4. Give me my old Sony Hi-8 v5000 camcorder over my iPhone 14 Pro Max. As a landscape photographer please give me my film back and let me develop my film and then spend hours in a darkroom instead of the ease and economy of working on my digital images in infinite ways, and then printing my own images.

      “The good ol’ days” lol yeah I miss VHS tapes too.

      So funny to read people constantly get upset about the hardware vs whatever. I use both everyday. Besides my computers, the FACT is, there is NO hardware that lets me run hundreds of very cool music making “tools” all from one device with the flexibility and portability of any of my iPhones or iPads. For some reason that just seems to piss certain people off.

      1. Agree with almost every sentiment expressed, except missing VHS. Having been a Beta guy, I could never possibly miss VHS 🙂

  4. They make interesting products. Attractive. The interfaces are a tad basic for my liking but functional. Not being able to power from computer usb or have a battery or transfer files to the Lemondrop via usb was such a downer. I felt like the interface could also have been refined. In 2022 you would expect these features. Having said that they are a smaller company….so maybe it’s not so easy…anyway I like the look of this…it’s funky. We want a bright green one next. How about a west coast thing….

  5. At the asking price, get a used iPad might be better? Okay so it comes with some plastic hands-on control so maybe that will sway the buyers.

  6. I was initially turned off on this product line due to the price, but after shopping around for a granular synth, I decided to give a lemondrop a try. I’ve been very pleased with it. It is fast and easy to use and sounds very good to me. My experience with the lemondrop makes me want to try a fireball and razzmatazz even though I’m not in the market for either type of device. Keep it up, 1010! I’m looking forward to seeing what you make next!

  7. It’s perhaps “dangerous” to compare this to the OP-1. The latter had some significant things going for it: sturdy build, clever design, cool UI, lots of knobs & buttons, unique.

    Both devices have that ouch-factor, price-wise. As for value, eye-of-the-buyer, I suppose.

    The things I’d look for in this device would be similar to the OP-1, but with the addition that it would be cool to see it be more of an open-source software or perhaps some plan of updates that bring new features. There are SO many excellent drum machine apps for iOS, that this seems a little weak in comparison. But the idea of having a dedicated device with a limited scope has it’s charm & usefulness.

  8. Creativity is this weird part of our existence; one man’s muse is another creative block. I think products like this are not for everybody. But I will, in a heartbeat, pick one up as I love all of my little boxes from 1010music. I have to create on them differently than on my iPad or computer, and that’s precisely what’s so great about these little boxes. My god, they sound great and look so cool when there are vibing away. So if you can afford to try a new workflow and vibe, pick up a few modules, put together a lovely little project studio in a box (they can fit wired up and ready to go in a briefcase), travel, and have some fun. We need to support small companies like 1010music; they keep making music interesting.

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