Getting started with cheat codes 2: A sample playground for monome norns - On demand

Membership plan: Getting Started | Topics: Music Production

Course overview

Cheat codes 2 is a sample playground built for monome norns to explore live and pre-recorded audio. It extends traditional slicing and looping workflows to create playful music-making experiences with exciting results. This workshop will introduce you to the script including recording audio and loading clips, building loops and slices, making adjustments to timbre and tonality, and exploring different methods for triggering and playback (with or without any external controllers).

What you'll learn

Who is this course for?

  • This course is aimed at people interested in deconstructing and manipulating audio recordings

Course content

  • loops: PDF overview
  • CLIP sample fodder 1
  • CLIP sample fodder 2
  • loops: video walkthrough
  • experiment 1: defining loops [8 min]
  • rates: video walkthrough
  • experiment 2: manipulating rate [8 min]
  • sonic shaping: PDF overview
  • levels + panning: video walkthrough
  • experiment 3: leveling up [8 min]
  • experiment 4: everything in its right place [5 min]
  • filters: video walkthrough
  • experiment 5: further sculpting [8 min]
  • control: PDF overview
  • euclid: video walkthrough
  • experiment 6: euclid [10 min]
  • collections (saving): video walkthrough


  • A computer and internet connection
  • A web cam and mic
  • A Zoom account
  • Access to a norns or norns shield running software¬†201202 or later
  • Familiarity with the basic process of¬†connecting your norns to WiFi
  • Familiarity with the basic functions of cheat codes 2
  • Access to speakers or an audio interface to share sounds
  • External controllers will not be required or used for most of the workshop. For the last section, recommended controllers include: monome grid, USB MIDI keyboard or sequencer (eg. KeyStep or OP-Z), a recent Launchpad (X, Pro, or Mini mk3), or MIDI Fighter Twister

Meet your instructor

Dan Derks is a creative technologist and improviser with a passion for community. He is the host of Sound + Process, a podcast about the artists of lines (, and he builds digital tools for monome norns and Max for Live.

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4 months ago

DanDerks is the man!

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