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welcome to orbital, version 1 (alpha) by 1505

orbital is an experiment in simple sequences and interface design it was created to learn lua scripting for norns it is very much a work in progress

the code is messy, the capability small orbital has a roadmap, the things still to do are...

  • move trig calculations into external class
  • add ability to change sequence length
  • add up to 4 sequences
  • test out different engines / using samples
  • possibly change the name
  • get saving and loading of sequence data into an external file

only then will orbital be considered release 1

please comment, suggest, tell me where the code is a mess


how do you use this?

copy the "1505" folder to code using SFTP (excellent guide here: or if you prefer use maiden to copy and paste the code over to a new folder/file of your choosing

orbital has no dependencies, it should load and run without you doing anything else

what are the controls?

encoder 2 changes the pitch/frequency of the notes being played encoder 3 changes the beats per minute - you may notice a slight delay/pause when changing, this is on the fix list although... it adds a nice something to the sound so it may be allowed to roam

button 2 randomises the sequence button 3 starts/stops playback

what is the point?

does there have to be one?

will you do anything else to this?


specifically I want to allow up to four sequences, each of different lengths and possibly running at different speeds i want to get sequence data to load/save from external files i want to add a visual sequence builder, possibly on a grid or maybe directly on the circles i want to test out more SuperCollider engines and make my own percussion engine

orbital is a way for me to learn on simpler things while I design more complex scripts for norns and grid. it also taught me trigonometry

what about a license?

use it, have fun with it, do whatever floats your boat

what is a norns? - you cna read about it there not that is really says anything useful buy one, play, you'll figure out what norns is after you build what you want with it

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