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Heya Randy!

I've found a thread here from 2010 about the possibility of a Linux version. I have abandoned windows for good and using ubuntu studio distro now. I would love to be able to run my copy of aalto here.

Is it possible for you to make like a beta version, I don't mind if it will be unstable nor I will complain or keep nagging about it, the maximum I can do is report some bugs, if they happen.


I still want to do a Linux version, but it will still be a while. Please keep in touch for news about madronalib, which will enable this change.

It's nice to see developers trying to support Linux these days. I'm here to help test and debug when the time comes too. Thanks for taking it into consideration, Randy. Aalto is lovely.

Thanks for writing. I have a new hp laptop for Windows 10 and as soon as I get this next release out, I'm going to see about dual-booting it with Ubuntu.

Personally I'd rather have more time devoted to the main platforms. *nix daw users comprise an extremely small group. I could understand iOS or android as touchscreen capabilities would bring a new dimension to Kaivo, Aalto, and Virta. Plus every support request seems to be more involved as it consists of additional layers of abstraction that you don't deal with in Windows or Mac, like having to talk people through basic terminal syntax for installing.

I also would like to see linux support for your plugins.

Additionally to that i'm willing to pay extra for it. (Already bought Aalto and Kaivo)

And no, you dont need to talk us people through basic terminal support. The few users that linux has, are 99% of the time nerds and technicians that dont really need this kind of support. They are able to help themselfs as part of a community process. That's what manufacturers currently dont really get.

Additionally: Installing a vst plugin on linux box is as simple as copying a file into a folder or starting a script.

As an example for a working vst environment that was fully ported to linux you can have a look at this:

Randy, just talk to abique on the kvr forums. He might be willing to help you with the porting process.

Best Regards,

A user.

Would be great to have the Aalto linux port.
I miss my favorite synthesizer.

I want to do it!

perhaps an interesting market for rPI3 :) (so ARM)
particularly, if you make it standalone... Im increasingly using rPI headless.

recently did a port of monome norns to rPI + Push2, feels like a complete instrument

something along these lines with Aalto, and soundplane support, would be tremendous.

ok, Push2 is not going to entice many, but we could be creative in this area... my Orac 1.1 for example is going to support remote display, so use your iPhone/iPad , or anything that you can create a UI in that uses OSC.

so this is a direction im heading anyway...

but still, Id probably even buy a Norns, if you basically used if as a hardware platform for your Synths and Soundplane support :)

Oh man, I hope this comes to pass. I'm using Linux more and more. With REAPER, Bitwig, and u-he plugins coming to Linux, and with everything Steam has been doing to make Linux more generally accessible, I'm starting to envision a future where I don't have to keep up an extra laptop just for audio production.

Thanks for the awesome plugins Randy!

A warm hello in the round, i use LinVST to run Aalto on Linux with Ubuntu 18 with BItwig 2.4.*. And it runs. But from time to time Aalto hangs .. i hope there comes a "real" Linux Version in the future. I change more and more from Win to Linux. Aalto is so nice !!! Good Work !!!

My only wish for 2020 is Aalto for Linux.
Let's go Randy !!

Two months ago I left Windows 7 and went 100% Linux to Ubuntu Studio. It's the best decision that I have made with a computer! After 10 years of putting it off and saying it's too hard, the horrific slave master that is Windows 10 drove me elsewhere. I could not imagine using Windows 10. That is the worst OS that I have ever seen; I have seen better Linux OS's made by one guy in his garage.

I have kept all of my music software even though most of it doesn't work on Linux. Only Reaper and renoise work on Linux. I have Kaivo. It's sad that I couldn't have used it more. I'd be happy to be a beta tester on Linux for Kaivo if Madrona Labs ever wanted that. Not that I expect it; I agree that as Linux users we are a small minority.

Madrona Labs makes awesome software. That hasn't changed. I just wish that the brain dead idiots who run Microsoft had not made Windows 10. I cannot believe that Microsoft would have the chutzpah to expect me to use such trash. It's like a car that goes where it wants to go and ignores you. Every day is a battle. You want one thing. Microsoft wants the opposite. I could not longer be bothered; my finite lifespan has better things to do than being enslaved by stupid updates, tiles and ad IDs that look like a toilet, and Microsoft wanting to limit my software to things that make them money in their joke Windows store.

Then there's the big picture. The endgame for Microsoft is to make your desktop into a 1970's dumb terminal that only exists in the cloud. That's not for me. Unless of course I were a sheeple who follows Ed the Bott, the Guardian Muppet or numerous other media Windows shills who want me to be a blue pilled, spoon fed Microsoftie. Well, that ain't me. I'm red pilled. Terrible is terrible. No cognitive dissonance or Stockholm syndrome. To hell with Microsoft's trash. I'm now in Linux for good.

Aalto and Kaivo run perfectly on a linux computer with the help of e.g. Carla Plugin VST host. Running it on a quite performative laptop atm, no crashes, sound is perfect, midi mapping with external gear works properly.

Good to hear!

I've started using Bitwig on Linux (laptop), so add another person interested in a Linux port of madrona labs plugins.

oh, and and if someone can get Sean of ValhallaDSPs attention, id love those as well... ML/Vahalla are pretty much my 'go to' when in the DAW on the laptop.


Just to note 'Carla Plugin VST host' use Wine emulation to run windows plugins.

With my last new computer I got a dual boot setup going (with Bitwig on Windows and Linux) and one of the biggest things I miss on Linux are the Madrona plugins (I bought all of them). Had a great time with VCV-Rack and Jack tho.

I know any commercial software on Linux is sort of a hen & egg scenario ("there are not enough users so we won't port" and "because they won't port I am not using Linux") – I myself have been on Windows for years just for the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. And have been periodically looking for alternatives for nearly a decade now and made the dual-boot step because I have been working more in IT/Server stuff lately and just wanted to give it a try (and I am really not looking back too much).

I know porting elaborate software with many dependencies can be quite a pain indeed, so one can only hope that the stars will align at one point, the mood is high, the gods smile at us etc. I'd probably even go as far as buying all the plugins again just to have them on Linux.

Thanks for the support. Sumu won't come out for Linux initially as I just have to ship it ASAP. But I would love to add Linux support along with Aalto v.2. Possibly Aaltoverb might make a nice first step into Linux even earlier, since it's simpler.

I am going to try some experiments with non native things, Carla, Wine and others.
But now the installer is an exe.
Its possible to get the windows dll without the installer ?

Aalto v.2 with linux support ?? OMG !!!!
at least something good in the 2020.
Thanks Randy.

Hi Randy,
Linux ports!!? Thanks a lot for this great news.... I m so happy.

interesting to hear which HP you're thinking of getting as i'm planning to switch from mac to a machine where I can dual boot Windows 10 and Linux

I've had good luck running Aalto with

Might be worth a look for those who haven't tried it and want to use Aalto on Linux before an official release is available. :)

Oh, a Linux port would be wonderful! I took the plunge into Linux audio production a while ago and am not looking back.

For now, I've gotten Kaivo and Aalto to run very stable in Reaper with wine and LinVst ( But native ports would be so much better :)

Any notice about a native Aalto linux port?
Please Randy !!

Here's a new tutorial on how to get your Windows VST plugins like Aalto running on Arch Manjaro Linux:

Thanks to Carl Testa for sharing this!

No news on a native port for now. I'd love to work on it but I have other things to finish first!

Beating a dead horse, here, but I just want to say that when I made the switch from Mac to Linux last year, I left behind dozens and dozens of plugins (I was already a REAPER user, so no problems there). No more Arturia, no more Omnisphere, no more NI, no more Softube , no more FabFilter (that hurt) . . . I left behind a lot of stuff.

But it's amazing how little I miss most of it (the fact that all the u-He stuff works perfectly in Linux was probably decisive). But I do miss a few things. And Aalto/Kaivo are absolutely at the top of that list. That was a hard, hard thing to leave behind.

So yeah, Randy. I get it. We're a small market. I can imagine it being a pain, if only because targeting "Linux" can mean targeting a 1000 idiosyncratic setups. But man, that would be a happy day for Linux users.

They already work well in Linux. I have all of the madrona plugins working flawlessly with yabridge in reaper. Native would be appreciated but is unlikely.