Before I wait many months to get my hands on one, I’m trying to confirm that Norns is a good fit for an end-of-chain recording device, especially in instances where all sounds are coming from outside the Norns. Easy non-laptop recording paired with the wifi file transfer would be a really great fit for me.
Based on the foldy PDF together with the tape overview in the docs, it seems like the answer to this is “yes”, but nothing says that explicitly and it seems to have been discussed on here only indirectly.
So yeah: Norns to record everything? Assuming it works, have people found any drawbacks with the approach that I might be overlooking?
Getting files off Norns is not too much of a hassle - it looks like this:
Connect to Norns
Download file (download speeds never seem very fast - could be my end?)
I find it a bit of a faff, but it’s fine. It should work for file transfer through the browser, but I never seemed to get that working.
If you are specifically looking to record audio, I think there are better solutions that record to SD card and you can drop them straight into your computer but the Norns works fine as an audio interface/2-track recorder.
For me when processing modular I use a Nearness module with the output jumpers set to cut the gain down to line level. I made a DIY 3.5mm splitter cable which allows me to take in the stereo signal to Norns (a shield in my case, hence the splitter) and it’s been fine level-wise.
I take audio from my modular straight to Norns Shield from Intellijel Mixup which I believe is modular level all the way. Attenuation for the three channels (fourth doesn’t have attenuator and I rarely use it) seem to be enough and still leaves enough control for mixing the signals without bringing them in too hot for Shield. So I believe any mixer with logarithmic attenuation should be enough, even if it doesn’t “officially” convert to line level, but of course you lose a chunk of usable attenuation range in the mixer.
This doesn’t quite answer your question, but in practice I’ve been using rsync which only transfers files that have changed or been added from my norns to my laptop. This looks like a useful summary of how to use rsync.
I wonder if it would be possible to mimic the tape part of an op-1. especially the loop shifting within the quantized grid and overdub functionality would be great. Could also have more than 4 tracks. D
check out smb://norns.local. it opens a link to the file server which (on mac) has it as just another external device like a mounted sd card or external hard drive you can drag and drop into or out of.