Ok so one thing I have been thinking about is that if I spent a lot of time making patches / scripts / systems / whatever and using those as my instruments, it would be great if those patches could run or be easily adapted to run on different hardware.
I have been making some cool stuff in Max but it does mean that I need a Apple or Windows computer to run them. While that is not too bad I love have something more like dedicated sound computers. Things like the Norns . Organelle , Pisound , ER-301 are so nice! But it would be nice if that sound computer could run something that could also travel easily to different hardware if necessary.
One example would be Pure data . It runs on Macs, Windows, Linux, Intel, ARM , you name it. This makes it really easy to make a patch and choose the hardware after. If f.ex. I plan on playing a concert with my Organelle-M or a Pisound and have made patches for those in PD , if my device broke (let’s say on tour) it would be pretty easy to adjust my patch to work on my (or a borrowed) macbook pro or something. This is a really nice thing, because it basicly means that whatever happens to the companies that makes the hardware I am using, or if something brakes and I don’t have time to get a new one, my time spent making my instruments are not wasted, or my instruments are not lost.
Csound also seems great. It seems to be able to run on basicly anything and can even export to a VST via Cabbage .
How is the Norns in this aspect? I would love to get either a Norns or a Norns shield , and I am happy to learn how to code my own patches for it, but I am a bit scared if it is too locked in? This is after all one of the reasons why I am looking outside of the tools I have been mostly using until now (Apple computers running Ableton Live, Max and Max for Live). Also one of the things I have always love about Monome is the community around it. And I love my grids! This is a big plus for the Norns ! But if I spend a lot of time making instruments for Norns how easily could they travel to different hardware if nesseseary?
I guess this topic is a combination of a discussion around the topic, but also asking a bit about how this is in the Norns .