I recently purchased Aalto and have spent a wee bit of time under the hood. I thought I would share my early impressions of this synthesizer.
In a market that can be perceived as somewhat overcrowded, Aalto is really something fresh and different. It has a characteristic and quality all its own. Like many people, I have a pretty good selection of instruments, but I can't come up with a single piece (hardware or software) that I can compare it to. In my opinion, that is quite an accomplishment.
As with anything innovative, a learning curve is to be expected. But, between the documentation and the intuitive nature of the synth, it doesn't take long to get a good grasp on the fundamentals.
Overall, this was a good find for me, and I am sure that I am going to enjoy the journey 'under the hood' of this instrument.
Welcome aboard, and thanks for the feedback!
Yes ! Just spent 6 hours doing presets emm patches, the results are jaw dropping, I love the way everything is modulated in a musical way.
I guess only a hw modular would get you where this thing does. Of course we have reaktor, bidule etc. But Aalto is just so inspiring straight out of the box.
"Of course we have reaktor, bidule etc. But Aalto is just so inspiring straight out of the box."
Neither of which have any great native complex oscillator solutions let alone very smooth ones once you get there, especially Bidule. Lots of times in Max/MSP, Ill just run the complex osc out of Aalto dry as a faux oscillator object.