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Wed, Jul 29, 2015, 10:11

Aalto 1.7 is out now, bringing MPE support.

Good morning again! With version 1.7 of Aalto, our favorite West Coast softsynth now adds MPE support, and other improvements.

MPE stands for Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression. It's a way of using MIDI to transmit the rich, per-note expressive performances that instruments like the Haken Continuum, Seaboard, Linnstrument and of course our own Soundplane are capable of. Geert Bevin, longtime Eigenharp player and currently a software developer at Moog Music, lead the charge on this effort, and I thank him for moving things forward. You can find Geert's post with the MPE specifications here: [expressiveness.org]

Many smart and experienced people, including all us makers of new and ambitious controllers, looked over a draft of this spec and contributed changes. MPE makes sense, is easy to implement, and should be very useful. With its addition Aalto becomes one of a just a few great sound makers out there for per-note expression. I am hotly anticipating more Linnstrument+Aalto, Seaboard+Aalto sounds.

Soundplane owners have always had a great connection to Aalto over OSC. But the big deal for the Soundplane is that now, while we are still waiting for the OSC-based composition environment of our dreams, we can use ordinary DAWs to record and edit an entire Soundplane performance.

Aalto version 1.7 also brings improved Soundplane compatibility with MIDI patches, optimized animation drawing, and bug fixes. MPE support in Kaivo synthesizer will follow next month with other changes.

1.7 is of course a free update again. The demo is at the usual place, and license holders as usual can click "My downloads" up on the right there to get your update.

Macintosh users, please note:

Aalto 1.7 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

Wed, Jul 29, 2015, 13:19

Hi. I just install the update and does not work me in Logic x or DP9

Wed, Jul 29, 2015, 13:25

Hi. I just install the update and does not work me in Logic x or DP9

In what OS and host versions? 32 or 64 bit?

Wed, Jul 29, 2015, 13:54

mavericks 10.9.5

64 bits

Wed, Jul 29, 2015, 14:02

Just checked now - o very good, incoming midi issue (for Mod CC) fixed now ! Thanks Randy.

BTW why dll began to weigh less? (about 2mb) :D
the same as whole installer (Win), about 5 mb.

Wed, Jul 29, 2015, 14:12

mavericks 10.9.5
64 bits

Hmm, strange, no reason that shouldn't work. I'm guessing you have some AU update problem.

If the plugin is not showing up, you can look to verify that it's in the AU Library folder: /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components. If it is there, you could try removing it using the Finder, then running the installer again. You can also try this voodoo to remove your Audio Units cache: http://support.apple.com/kb/ts1086

Wed, Jul 29, 2015, 14:46

the installation is done correctly but when you read the daw branded him failed

Wed, Jul 29, 2015, 14:46


Wed, Jul 29, 2015, 15:53

Midi Learn in this release?

Thu, Jul 30, 2015, 10:13

BTW why dll began to weigh less? (about 2mb) :D the same as whole installer (Win), about 5 mb.

I'm always working to optimize things where I can. The new Microsoft libraries I use are a little smaller too.

Thu, Jul 30, 2015, 10:13

Midi Learn in this release?


Thu, Jul 30, 2015, 11:59

ah crap. why OSX 10.7? 1.6.1 worked on 10.6.8.

Thu, Jul 30, 2015, 12:16

ah crap. why OSX 10.7?

I know, I hear you, but I had to do this sometime in order to update my development tools. Apple only supports the C++11 language as far back as 10.7. I wish very much they had made it accessible on 10.6.8 because that was indeed a good solid operating system.

Meanwhile, Aalto 1.6.1 is very stable and should keep you going for years on 10.6.8 if you want.

Fri, Jul 31, 2015, 07:38

Always very happy to get an new Aalto version in my hands and ears - even without Midi Learn, but I'm optimistic ;-)

Though I didn't get an email notification for this update but found out about it on Synthopia. Nothing in my spam folder too.

Wed, Aug 05, 2015, 16:03

I'm on 10.6.8 this is a drag!

Wed, Aug 05, 2015, 16:36

I hear you.

Tue, Aug 11, 2015, 14:50

Is this site brokenn right now? The download link above "the usual place" gets the error:

The page you were looking for doesn't exist.

You may have mistyped the address or the page may have moved.

Tue, Aug 11, 2015, 15:16

I mistyped the address. :-)

Sun, Feb 21, 2016, 19:39

The Haken Continuum has the MPE protocol plus many other features to take advantage of the extensions within Aalto and other tools for Sound utilizing MPE.