Aalto is a semi-modular software synthesizer with an innovative, patchable UI, distinctive sounds, and a charming personality.
Mac OS versions require a 64-bit VST or AU host. Until registered a gentle reminder sound plays every 60 seconds or so, and saving of patches is disabled. The same installers linked here contain the latest updates to the full version.
The purchase price includes a license for both Mac OS and Windows.
Your purchase will create a license key that you can get from the "My licenses" page after logging in. To register your plugin, just copy the key and then click in the plugin’s registration area.
Aalto’s sound engine lets you create sounds that have been difficult or impossible to make with softsynths before now. The heart of Aalto is a Buchla-inspired complex oscillator, with FM, timbre and waveshape controls that enable a wide range of expressive sounds. These sounds are uniquely malleable and alive, in part because they are made with dynamic calculation, not static wavetables.
Aalto is designed as much for sequencing patterns as for playing individual notes. Each voice has a separate, built-in sequencer with a patchable, independently controllable rate and offset. This topology makes it easy to build complex, evolving textures.
Each voice also includes a lowpass gate module with a vactrol emulation in the control path. The vactrol equation slows down the response to incoming control signals through a complex nonlinear filter. You can turn the vactrol response down to instantaneous, or up to a pronounced ring.
Following the lowpass gate is a patchable waveguide / delay module with a waveshaper and a peaking EQ built into the feedback loop. Because it has such short and controllable delay times, unlike a typical analog delay, it can be used as an additional oscillator.
Aalto’s filter is a state-variable topology with mixable simultaneous outputs, a more resonant take on the Oberheim SEM filter.
Subjectively speaking, Aalto can make a wide range of sounds, from lush to edgy, including some very complicated ones, without sounding too thick in a mix. Aalto’s sounds are not hyped or compressed, they are wide-range, open and natural. We hope our approach will appeal to experienced sound designers who have their own favorite EQs and limiters. And for those just getting into synthesis, Aalto is an accurate and honest tool for learning. We have tried to make Aalto a deep instrument that will reward lasting engagement.
You can install Aaltoverb on as many computers as you like. If you want to run the plugin on more than one computer at a time, we require that you buy a license for each computer.
This license approach is designed to let legitimate owners get work done, whenever and wherever they need to, without worrying about authorization issues. When you buy a license, your name will appear in the UI of your licensed software as a reminder of your awesomeness.
We encourage you to try before you buy, and make sure you’ll be happy with it. But if you find unexpected problems within 14 days of purchase, let us know and we can issue a refund..
A license purchased directly from us can be transferred for a small service fee. Contact us for details.
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Mac versions require OS 10.7 or higher and a 64-bit host application. Windows versions require Windows 7 or higher. Windows XP and Vista are likely to work but are not officially supported. All versions require a 1.6GHz Intel Core Duo processor or better.
Virta can be fairly heavy on the CPU. On a mid-range notebook from 2012, a dual core 2.4 GHz Core i5, four voices of a complex patch use around 30 percent of the CPU time, simple patches much less. Results vary between hosts and operating systems—the best thing to do is try the demo before purchase.