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Tue, Jan 03, 2017, 12:11

Kaivo OSX is still 1.3.0? Thanks for the updates!

Sun, Dec 11, 2016, 11:04

completely loving Virta on my guitar

Lately, I'm not using any other processor. Amazing stuff. have my keyboard to the side to make alterations. Nothing like it!

Sat, Dec 10, 2016, 11:59

Aalto and Kaivo betas crashing Cubase 9

just FYI. Virta seems to work fine.

Wed, Dec 14, 2016, 22:53

same here. haven't been using the betas cause of demo restrictions as well. happy to wait if its a pain making keys for betas and all.

Fri, Nov 18, 2016, 16:40

set up Virta in Cubase Pro 8.5.20?

I know this may be a very basic question but I've spent quite a lot of time trying to figure this out and can't. Looking through both the Virta manual and the Cubase manual.

What is the best way to set this up in Cubase so I can use my keyboard with Virta?

I see the example for Live in the Virta manual and its very straight forward but not obvious in Cubase...

many thanks for any help on this.

Greg K.

Mon, Dec 12, 2016, 16:17

no, not for me. Still crashes. But the old Kaivo release version 1.2.1 with .VST extension loads fine.

Mon, Dec 12, 2016, 09:20

Mac OSX Sierra...

Sat, Nov 19, 2016, 07:56

Its easy. you create an audio track and insert Virta on it. (you have to do this first or the MIDI track won't see the plugin)

Then in the output section in the inspector on the MIDI track's top track tab, select Virta listed in the pull down menu.

Sorry to take up space of you website for this but maybe it could help someone else.

Thu, Nov 17, 2016, 14:42

trying to understand crackling

I have a Cubase Pro 8.5 project with Equator, Aalto and Kaivo loaded. Aalto preset alter strings and Kaivo preset acoustic bass. Using 2015 iMac with i7 processor and 24 gigs RAM.

Things were crackling pretty bad and I enabled ASIO guard which seemed to help a little. I also turned off numbers and animation, but its still crackling when I record, mostly. At some point the playback was crackling but that seems to have gone away.

I opened the VST Performance meter and while recording, Equator never goes over 25% real-time peak, but Aalto and Kaivo go past 100% quite often and stay in the upper 25%.

I guess it could be usable if I can get used to the record crackling, but it is very distracting.

Are there any tips for "fixing" this (not sure if anything is actually broken or the synth just uses that much CPU)?

thank you!

Greg K.

Fri, Nov 18, 2016, 15:02

thanks Randy! no cracklin' in Virta. But there is a swoosh fairly regularly :)

With VST meter, it rarely goes above 10% Assume once the updates are released, this will affect Aalto as well?

p.s. getting beautiful stuff with simple audio recordings and Virta. Really loving it so far.

Tue, Nov 01, 2016, 20:33

Unclear about MPE setup for Roli RISE with Aalto and Kaivo

I would love to get a little clarity about how to properly set the Roli to get maximum expression from Aalto and Kaivo.

In the manual for Aalto, it talks about +1 and +2 in the Key module, but my interface shows x and y and I'm not sure what these do. Things like this. Would be good to know what channel range I set on the Roli. Probably 2 through 4 for Aalto and 2 through 8 for Kaivo? Is Y actually mapped to CC74 for "slide" on the Roli... Anyways, lots of questions. Roli has a bunch of pages outlining how to set up specific synths but I don't see anything about Aalto or Kaivo...

Thanks for any help!... These are the synths I mainly want to use with my RISE!


Greg K.

Wed, Nov 02, 2016, 10:40

thanks again Randy! All clear now...

Wed, Nov 02, 2016, 08:51

So in Cubase speak, for Aalto and Kaivo, I'm setting to record CC74 (Brightness), Pitchbend and Aftertouch (or should I use Poly Pressure? Always assumed this didn't have the same meaning being note for note anyways)

And can I assume that velocity (Strike in Rolispeak) is handled the same was as always, as velocity?

Then there is release velocity, the 5th D...

For recording Aalto In Bitwig, it seems like pitch is pitchbend, Y as "Timbre", aftertouch as "Pressure", Strike as "Velocity" and Lift as "R-Vel"

I'm also setting Virta to MPE mode too...

Wed, Nov 02, 2016, 08:26

Thanks everyone! Up and running. Much appreciated!

Sat, Oct 08, 2016, 07:49

How does Soundplane features compare to Linnstrument?

I'm so curious about this comparison. They seem very similar. If anyone has experience with both, I would also love to hear comparisons in the experience of playing them.

thanks and best,

Greg K.

Sat, Oct 08, 2016, 19:15

Thank you Randy!

Fri, Jul 29, 2016, 19:24

Virta - patches causing audio engine to stop?

I'm not sure this is what is going on, but in Logic Pro X, I had to increase the I/O buffer size to 1024 to get the patches to play without an error dialog and the audio engine stopping. But after setting it to 1024, very often the patches will have not audio output til I either rewind or, in some cases, quit and restart my project.

Is this a known problem? Is there anything I can provide to troubleshoot this?

thank you!

Greg K.

Mon, Aug 29, 2016, 14:33

ok, thanks, I will. And if it persists, I'll make a video and send to you...

...by the way, thanks for well wishes and doing better, (Had 2 hernia "repairs" at the same time!)

Sat, Aug 27, 2016, 19:23

synths crackling a lot

Hi, I've noticed recently that Kaivo and Aalto are crackling when I use them. if I load another synth (say Synplant or FM8) they don't. It is very noticeable and repeatable. In both Bitwig and Logic. Is this a known thing? Pretty much makes them unusable.

Mon, Aug 29, 2016, 08:55

An update here. I had to work in bed for a week so I was on my laptop (with headphones) when this was happening. Now that I'm back on my desktop, Things sound very clean. I couldn't imagine how this could happen but maybe the sound "driver" on my macbook pro doesn't handle the tinkly noise sounding patches well? weird...

Sat, Aug 27, 2016, 19:23

p.s. Aalto version 1.7, Kaivo version 1.21...

Sat, Jul 30, 2016, 13:55

ok, great! thank you.

Fri, Jul 29, 2016, 19:20

request to add numbers to patches and an indicator when you open the patch selector

An indicator showing which bank and program is current. This would be a great help.

Sat, Jul 30, 2016, 13:55

Ok, thanks. I'm kinda new here but see using these instruments a great deal. Thanks for the clarification. I'm able to work with that way. As I scroll through patches, its just convenient to know where I am in my perusing.

Thu, Dec 17, 2015, 08:13

thank you!
just joined the fray...

Wed, Nov 18, 2015, 19:32


Hi There,

I'm new to finding out about your synths and Virta and was wondering if you have any thoughts about releasing a bundle deal that includes Aalto, Kaivo and Virta? If not that, do you ever run specials on the synths? No doubt they are priced more than fairly, but I'l be inclined to buy them all if I could afford to do so.

best regards,

Greg K.

Mon, Dec 07, 2015, 14:51

Keeping my eyes peeled.

Fri, Nov 20, 2015, 11:26

o god. thanks! very excited. If I'm subscribed, hopefully I will get e-mailed about it too so I don't have to wonder. many thanks! can't wait.