crow is coming to unite us all in cable-free bliss! But the number of eligible hardware permutations is staggeringly large. It’s feeling a bit like that scene in Akira; ya know, the one where your rack blob-assimilates itself into a collective consciousness? But I digress.
Find your bus buddies
The purpose of this thread is to find llllllll users with similar eurorack I2C (II in monome parlance) hardware. Please also note which USB hosts you hope to use (e.g. norns, PC, none). This, I hope, will foster some microcommunities who spin off their own script development efforts and can support each others’ crow-ducation.
Once you have identified a group of like-bussed individuals, perhaps a private message group or separate thread would be more appropriate for development of your individual scripting goals.
Ansible (usually follower, occasionally leader, and when it is I either don’t use Teletype i2c, or do so knowing that I could possibly lock up a module or drop messages)
My initial thought is to use a PC and Druid for live-coding and script upload to crow. I may add norns at some point. Might at least initially put crow on the same bus and (similar to Teletype and Ansible) only use Teletype and Ansible for CV when crow is leader.
Not sure what I’ll use crow for yet - no particular expectations. Just looks like a very versatile and amazing little module and want to be part of the journey, wherever it leads.
I’m excited about the range of possibilities regarding Crow in terms of reconfiguring the leader/follower routing or having two simultaneous networks operating in parallel (ex: Teletype --> Ansible --> W/ in association with Crow --> Just Friends).
This post could have been written by me. I have the exact same setup and I too have ordered Crow with no particular expectations! I will be very interested to hear how you integrate Crow in your system!
This whole multi-bus discussion has got me thinking Not exactly sure how I’d split things up quite yet. I ended up placing an order for crow when I started dreaming about the possibilities of event-based modular/softcut interaction.
Now that Crow has been released, I’ve modified my setup.
Bus 1: (Norns) -> Crow + TXo + 301. Crow will act as a translator/bridge between Norns and 301 + 1 TXo.
(A 16n will be connected to Norns via USB midi and not to the i2c bus, grid and other midi gear also connected to Norns via USB and then I’ll script something so they can access the bus through Crow and talk to the 301 and TXo too, well they talk to Norns, then Norns talks to Crow and Crow spreads the word :D)
Bus 2: Since I’ve removed the Teletype (Master) which used to be in my main case I’ve installed it in another Eurorack case with 2 TXo and a 16n (i2c follower)
I think that Teletype is another way of thinking and coding that’s primarily why I’ve installed it in its own case dedicated to rhythm, drums, percussions. + It’s a “Master” and I want to avoid “confrontation”/ conflict between it and Crow :-)) Each one has its own kingdom
Currently i have bus 1: faderbank→301 and bus 2: (grid)+Teletype + TXo.
i’m quite tempted to go with a similar solution. That would mean all controllers would be USB powered (less cables) but in a trade-off i would end up with a mandatory external computer (laptop or norns).
I have yet to investigate how much faster i can script control schemes on said computer than on teletype. I’ll probably lean towards this less-overhead situation. (?)
SSP has an i2c port, but I don’t believe Bert’s programmed any hooks for it in the software just yet. That’s essentially waiting on a clear use case, which hopefully Crow users will make obvious for him with the above configurations.