i apologize if this is the wrong place for a thread like this. i was wondering if i could get some advice as it relates to norns.
i haven’t been around the community a lot lately, i’m mostly a drummer and since my drumming work has picked up, i’ve been doing much less with my grids and max. i just started playing in a band, though, whose leader wants me to have some electronic things to play with during this band’s more spacey textures. i’ve wanted to augment my drum set up with electronics for quite some time, but without a real focused purpose, it’s been hard for me to get started. what do you do when everything is a possibility?
after considering multiple electronic setups, i’ve basically found myself stuck between getting a hardware sampler and getting norns. i’m aware they’re very different things! i’ve had some hands-on time with the elektron octatrack mkii and i love it - it’s just expensive enough for me to be hesitant. i have a walnut vb 128 (and 64 for that matter) so the idea of being able to use my grid as a control interface makes norns seem like it would be a good alternative and possibly easier for me to control as i will still be drumming with 1/2 to 3/4 of my body.
i used to have an aleph. i was really excited about it, really enjoyed tinkering with it, but ultimately i just wasn’t enough of a programmer to justify keeping it - so you can understand why i might feel a little cautious and silly about even thinking about what seems like the aleph v2 - of course i think it’s cool. i just have already tried and subsequently sold with a very similar device.
essentially my question is this - those who know norns, is it reasonable to expect that little box to be enough on its own to augment a set of drums? i want to do textural things with samples, this band has a lot of improvisation built in so i want to feel like i have a lot of control over what i’m doing electronically. it needs to be user friendly enough that someone like me - with intermediate coding experience - can tinker and feel satisfied (i know not everyone here is a coding whiz!).
i know this is a lot maybe without saying a whole lot. i’m happy to clarify anything that i’m not asking clearly enough. thanks to anyone willing to help me out with this.