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1/4". 2 output. 2 input with analog gain stage. all line level. (1)
1/4" headphone with gain.
128 x 64 OLED, 16-level bright white huge pixels.
3 rotary encoders, standard resolution.
rear status LED indicating power and disk access.
4 x USB ports for devices.
serial tty via USB-mini.
power/charge via USB-mini (high output USB power supply included).
internal lipo battery 2250mAh.
compute module 3 SoC. quad core 1.2ghz, 1gb RAM, 4gb eMMC (faster and more reliable than an sd card).
cs4270 i2s audio codec (low latency).
linux with realtime kernel. (2)
yes, it’s minimalist. (3)
reducing the built-in features provides less expectation of how this machine should be used. it lets it be tiny, efficient, and less expensive.
USB brings everything together:
grid and arc, certainly.
MIDI (4), for application-specific controller layouts, CC, or just keyboard input. USB-to-MIDIplug for talking to instruments with actual MIDI ports.
HID everything: gamepads, keyboards, etc.
CV devices (more on this later).
wifi (nub is included). OSC-ready (4), so touchOSC and inter-computer conversation is easy.
anything you can make with a teensy or similar devboard with USB device mode.
there are several little DIY circuits i plan to build for my own performance setup (ie USB foot switch, battery-powered preamp) which i’ll add to the growing collection of open-source electronics shared by the lines community. making custom controllers creates a physical connection to custom software.
but the norns also stands on its own. as a processor/effect, as a drone machine, as a robot drummer for your jam band (or metal band).