I have a slightly different take on this, speaking from the perspective of yet another person who has a lot of experience in the product management realm.
I think we may be mistakenly conflating the standard ideas around how products or ideas graduate from one market to another and how communication works in those spaces with what these products are fundamentally trying to do (both in a practical and larger sense).
everything monome has done for its entire existence has been about not providing upfront rigid structures and also not about explicitly seeking standard business growth (which is what drives the perceived importance of satisfying ‘early majority’ users).
crow seems to be perfectly in line with past products from monome (I’d even venture that is has more connective tissue and existing functionality at launch than many previous tools). the nature of a headless open-ended scripting machine is that it’s going to be pretty opaque and even recognizing that, I actually think I get
crow more at launch than I did
if the goal of these products is to explicitly avoid saying what they’re good for while making them open to inviting anyone interested in defining that value for themselves and sharing the results, then that is going to defy much of the common wisdom about how to communicate about functional products.
all that said, as someone who…
- wants to learn
lua but hasn’t yet
- has a Just Friends but has never used the polysynth functionality
- knows a tiny bit of Max
…I’d love a basic primer for physical connections and software I need so that, if I do buy
crow, I have some sense of what I’ll need to make it go without going on further scavenger hunts for forum posts and obscure cables.
I think the main hurdle is not 'what is crow?’, but ‘how do I get started with crow’? I think it’s perfectly possible to lower the threshold for the basics of what you’ll need to connect
crow to other stuff to send voltages and make sounds without having to dramatically change the communication model. everything @dan_derks suggested above seems perfectly sensible to me.
I also suspect that, as the community grows what
crow is, that initial list of stuff will fairly quickly fail to accurately describe all the things you can do with it.