Friends of norns: gear, accessories, etc

I have one of these but haven’t tried it with Norns yet. Three switches and expression pedal input


If you want to make something similar from scratch, we did a tutorial for a CircuitPython-based USB HID foot controller using a Trinket M0 at Adafruit:

I’m planning to add the Trinket M0 to an existing foot switch, rather than 3D print one.

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Twin Sisters + the new 4MS pods make a great friend for Norns :slight_smile:


This thread inspired me to drag my dusty, corny old Yamaha PSS-270 back home from work to play with Norns this weekend. First session was a total blast.

For mics, I’ve been using my MixPre-3’s headphone out to interface with Norns, but I haven’t ventured outside yet…


korg minilogue, organelle, and nanokontrol for da sliderzzzzz.


Check out the Morningstar MC6 MK2. I don’t have one but am planning on getting one to use with my octatrack. Seems it may be a good solution for Norns as well


Please let us know how your experience is once you have one – I am always afraid that these type of footswitches generate too much clicking noise.

I’ll second the Logidy. If the mechanical noise isn’t a deal-breaker for you, it’s a great footswitch.

If the mechanical noise is too much, the KMM softstep is a good alternative, though a good bit bigger

20 characters of OP-1.


I had an organelle and now with norns+grid I want it back! I am also setting up my Expressive E Touche controller as well. Final piece to my small travel-friendly kit is the hopefully soon to be released Empress Effects Zoia modular FX unit.

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My norns is in the newest batch (hasn’t been shipped), but I’m anticipating Wurli-centric exploration.

Today it dawned on me that the music stand on this Model 120 makes a convenient perch for a grid! (I think that may be a similar Wurli in @marcus_fischer’s post above.) Can’t wait to experience this combination! :musical_keyboard:


Yes! Mine is the 140b and has the same little music stand. It is often in use as a grid or midi fader holder when I’m at the piano.
I love my wurli. It was a $40 goodwill score back in the late 1990’s. It for sure needs some servicing but I just haven’t gotten around to doing any of it.


The 120 has a tube amp inside, and mine is a little hummy - hence the first pedal. But it has a beautiful, kalimba-like tone. Eventually I’ll have it grounded and recapped, or will try to do it myself. $40! that was a find.

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Yeah I’ve looked at the kits from Vintage Vibe. Mine definitely could use some help in the hum department

How about mixers? Are USB mixers such as this supported by norns?

I think the challenging side would be the fact this is an audio interface. Don’t know how easy / sensible it is to switch audio interface.
Musicians and engineers can plug the MultiMix 8 USB FX’s class-compliant USB connection into their Mac or PC without installing any software drivers and enjoy a digital-direct stereo connection with virtually any audio software application.

What you are are looking for is class compliance. So yes - it does work, but you will have to hack it into the Linux audio server jack.
The MultiMix 8 USB FX enables bidirectional stereo signal, so musicians can record the stereo Main output into their computer and listen back using the mixer as an interface from software to headphones and monitoring loudspeakers.

But audio only seems to be stereo… so you could just take any mixer and plug in the analog ins and outs of norns into it.

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this thing in the 4-sec infinitely over-dubbable looper mode is super useful for playing an instrument into mlr. I’ll use it to loop a phrase out of time with the set loop in mlr to create constant movement in the rhythms. Another thing I’ll do is let a loop go so that I can stop playing to adjust parameters (but not have silence). The dubbing is momentary, which I personally like better than the click once to start once to stop. These can be found used for 30-60 USD, highly recommended!


Well it isn’t portable but I’m happy to confirm I got these 2 to play nice thanks to an iConnectivity mio. Haven’t tried live sampling with the OT yet, but I already appreciate Norns as a synth way more after hooking up an external sequencer. The only thing I don’t like about Norns is it’s making the rest of my gear look ugly.


Here is a port of the Grid sequencer Quence for the Midi Fighter Twister. MFTwister is a high quality MIDI controller that can be used with Norns and is a little more than 25% the cost of a Grid.

MIDI from the sequencer is output to three piano instruments (Kontakt’s Grandeur) in Ableton. The original random sequence is transposed, shifted and improvised on over the three tracks.