New to monome, and monome + modular: ask questions here

ah yes, ‘grids’… i heard them once best described by a warrior from the ancient [forums]:

not as clumsy or as random as a [midi-controller], but an elegant weapon for a more civilized age. For over a thousand generations, the [grids] were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times…

the newer ones with varibright offer powerful visual-interface capabilities as far as controllers go, and they send tilt information, too… this is a varibright256 from 2012 with openGL visuals from Max drawn to the grid:

this one was a sampler app i made(with added control for a dynamic fx chain); sound and led-control all designed within Supercollider:

they’re the best controllers ever made :fire:


I had no idea my 2012 had tilt! Gonna have to try that.

Is this script available for download? I’d love to try it.


which one, the first video or the second? the first was a simple max patch, i don’t have that exact patch, but you can go off of the last Max patch i posted here, it shows how to write the openGL visual to the monome, plus has some extra output for tilt, basically the same patch but with different visuals:

the second video was a SuperCollider app i wrote in 2013 or so, but around 2014 i dropped SC entirely and stuck with only Max since, so although it looks like i have the SC code, i’m not entirely sure it works or how… i can still upload it here though, let me know if you want that one too, but it might be difficult for me to describe how to get it running(if it still does… and that one’s just an app that matches buttons to one-shot playback of samples, it doesn’t have anything mapped to tilt).


Thanks for the link! Exactly what I was interested in.


Been looking around non stop for whatever he’s using as a grid in this video. It’s not from adafruit from what I can find. Anyone have any ideas?


check here

i went to the youtube comments figuring “surely others asked and he told them where he got the grid kit…” but nah

kinda funny


Haha I thought the same thing. Was kind of surprised he didn’t share it. But thanks! I’ll take a look.

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is spellbinding

almost too rad

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had no idea ‘mlr’ was named after miller puckette. super cool


what !!!
i’ve always wondered
title well deserved if true

hello, all!! I’ve made music in many different ways for a really long while. but as you well know, norns is unlike most everything else. & I’m very new to norns. I’m also technologically… not inept, but… yeah… you get the idea.

so, to my actual point…

aside from spending time with norns (shield)–which I’m definitely doing, where do y’all suggest I go to get solid guidance as a beginner? I mean… this thing is pretty dang cryptic.

thanks, all.



Hi Doc!

I’m another n00b! - although I’m using the Norns Shield, rather than Norns, there are many similarities and overlaps - I found this page invaluable (still refer to it!)

Awesome monome norns

But for me, at least, a combination of reading docs, watching vids and plain old ‘getting hands on’ is the way I learn best (although very slowly!)

And do ask questions in whichever threads you find relevant here at lines - I’ve found people here really helpful and encouraging and (most of all!) informative and that community spirit is what makes lines pretty much my favourite forum, not just for monome-specific stuff but for, well, everything else, really!

Oh and can I be the first - but surely not the last! - to wish you a warm welcome and hope you find lines as cool as place to hang out as I do!



is there something you want to do but cant figure out?


helen, you’re most kind. I really appreciate it. :wink: ps… I’m also using norns shield.

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thanks much for your timely reply, glia.

hmm… lots of things. lemme just think of one for now… okay… lissadron… can it be controlled & actually played, or is it strictly a drone? it really sounds lovely.

I’m also not even clear on how to access things that I’m recording into the norns. I know those recordings are meant to be played with in other scripts & such… right?

like, say, I record something I did in boingg. then I can bring that recording into… I’m new enough that I forget the names of any of the processing scripts that I’ve perused so far.

anyway… that’s a lot of words. hopefully I’ve actually managed to answer your question in there somewhere.


hey rocco! a couple answers come to mind when reading your post.

afaik, lissadron is only a drone but can be controlled to some degree with midi triggers. (i also find lissadron lovely) perhaps @LFSaw can shed some light on that question for ya.

there’s a couple ways to access the things you record on norns. (im assuming you’re referring to the tape function. the way that i get into the files of my norns personally is via SFTP (secure file transfer protocol) using Cyberduck. i have a windows machine, so i’m not sure of what software might accomplish the same task across different platforms. you can find a full tutorial within the norns documentaion. once you’re in, recordings made using the tape function can be found at the following file path: /home/we/dust/audio/tape

then I can bring that recording into…

if you’re referring to using the audio you’ve recorded with tape as material within other scripts, you can do so typically by loading the audio. this is in most cases i’ve seen accomplished by pressing K3 to bring up the menu, using E1 to bring yourself to the screen that says parameters, pressing edit, and then finding the appropriate parameter option for loading audio within the given script. if you ever feel like you’re missing something or have any questions regarding how to use a script, finding the script’s library topic here on lines is a good place to start when looking for answers. there will often be a link to documentation for the script, or the question has already been answered below in the topic posts. (i.e. this is the library topic for “oooooo” by @infinitedigits.)

hope this answers some of your questions or can help get you on the right path! welcome to the community.


this is amazingly helpful!! thank you so much for this. I really appreciate it.

I figured there most already be a number of people in the same kind of place as me with the same sort of questions & limitations & such… so I appreciate you & the other responders steering me towards those forums.

i, too, am a PC person. no macs for me, please… unless it’s mac n’ cheese!! :wink:

I’m a bit lost when file paths start coming up in conversation, but I bet I’ll see that that’s pretty straightforward once I actually dig in there…

what else… tape… I’ll see about fiddling with that some more. there’s definitely a lot of just feeling around in a room that’s almost completely dark… but not COMPLETELY dark. & the music this thing makes is really rich. a lot of it is like a collaboration with chance. I like that.

thanks kindly, everyone. I look forward to learning more & being able to help newer folks as they arrive on the future… yaaaaay!!



this is a gorgeous sentiment :slight_smile:

we are continuously working on documentation — changing structure, adding resources, balancing plain and direct instruction with whimsy.

re: tape, the main docs should cover the functions (playing, recording, playing + recording at the same time): play - docs

if you have any needs or can (even better) let us know where the thread gets lost in the available resources, please let us know — either DM or


I am moved by your response here.

& I’m really encouraged & inspired by all of your support here. very, very cool shizz we got goin’ on here, y’all… yip-yip yay-yaaaay!!


yepp, lissadron is meant to be a drone-only machine, i.e. no MIDI-playable pitches…
partly because the pitches are anyhow only approximate.

play something and record it into your system of choice and edit it around later :slight_smile: