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norns studies

comprehensive lessons on individual elements of norns scripting. through these resources, you’ll learn how to translate your musical ideas into scripts and how to extend those scripts to speak with all kinds of friends.


core concepts

tutorials written by monome. we recommend one lesson per week. a slower pace makes it easier to experiment and uncover the simplicity of the underlying language (Lua).

  • first light // learning to see. edit a script.
  • many tomorrows // variables, simple maths, keys + encoders
  • patterning // screen drawing, for/while loops, tables
  • spacetime // functions, parameters, time
  • physical // incorporating grids + midi
  • streams // system polls, osc, file storage
  • softcut // a multi-voice sample playback and recording system built into norns
  • clocks // create timed and clock-synced function calls: loops, repetition, and delays
  • grid recipes // short snippets of code for canonical grid interactions

contributed knowledge

resources developed by other learners, script authors, and designers from our community.

learning Lua

while you don’t need to master the entire Lua language to make the most of norns, you eventually may be interested in checking out more traditional programming texts.


for those who want to explore creating new synthesis engines for norns, these SuperCollider resources are some of the most-common starting points.

language fundamentals

managing audio

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edits to these pages welcome, see monome/docs