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Hi, right now February is my best guess. It could take longer but I hope not.

OK, let me see about making a debugging version that will help. Please stay tuned.

With Aalto 1.1, you can copy and paste patches as text. this makes it really easy to share your creations via email, or any forums you like.

So, I made a thread in the software forum for sharing patches. Hopefully it will fill up with weird and wonderful sounds. I'll try to do my part.

To start off I added this dizi patch. The dizi is a Chinese flute with a membrane that gives a characteristic soulful buzzing sound.

(It's not possible yet to embed Soundcloud objects in the forum itself, but I'll work on that soon.)

Yup, it uses an instrument-appropriate Chinese scale. Would love to hear this patch with a wind controller...

Aalto has a different approach to avoiding aliasing than most softsynths. Oversampling is only one piece of the puzzle. I could make a kind of "draft mode" that did not do oversampling, but it would not sound as good. On the other hand there's lots of work I can do still to make it run faster with the sounds the way they are. So while there's room to improve there I'll focus on that.

So it's only the vertical sliders in the sequencer that are acting weird?

Hi downeyst,

First: be nice! This is not a place for namecalling, whether directed at me or anyone else.

Second, you have no idea what you are talking about. Think about it for a minute. Of course, if I could wave my magic wand and make the Windows version be done today, so I could ship it and make some money, I would do it. Unfortunately, it takes hard work. If you really want to know anything about the development process, ask me.

Sorry to hear about your trouble. I just checked out automation in Logic 9 and touch mode seems to be working.

I have my older laptop running 10.5. When I get a chance I will try the 10.5 / Logic 8 combination.

Hi active,

Thanks for sharing. Some description of what's in the packages might help people decide if they want to download or not.

I'm still working on it, but sorry, no news. Have a happy holiday anyway!

Hi Dennis,

Thanks for writing and sharing some of your history! I am very happy that some Buchla users have responded well to Aalto, and find it can complement a hardware setup.

Aalto does use CPU when it's not playing notes. The free-running oscillators are always going so that you can just turn up the gate level, for example, to make a drone. I will be doing some optimizations to get the CPU use down while keeping the benefits of this setup.

Hi lapsi, Can you get it to it happen often? If so, I would love to send you a debugging version so I can find out where audio is stopping.

Hi, what do you mean by user presets library? Like the SoundsDivine ones we have, but more people for example?

I will add to the presets again for the next release. In the meantime keep a look out for patches to copy and paste in the patch forum right here!


Evolving tense waltz time sequence from Aalto. The two envelopes are triggered using the sequencer's regular and delayed outputs to give a variety of note shapes.

Aalto: Valse mechanique by Randy AKA Caro

<Aalto pluginVersion="65829" presetName="valse mechanique" scaleName="12-equal" scaleDir="" key_glide="0" seq_trig="1" seq_rate="0.0958554745" seq_rate_p="1.30999982" seq_steps="12" seq_range="48" seq_quantize="1" seq_pw="18" seq_value_delay="2.5" seq_pulse_delay="1.5" seq_value="0.00892853737" seq_value:1="0.991071463" seq_value:2="0.6875" seq_value:3="0.00892853737" seq_value:4="0.508928597" seq_value:5="0.00892853737" seq_value:6="0.00892853737" seq_value:7="0.991071463" seq_value:8="0.776785731" seq_value:9="0.00892853737" seq_value:10="0.508928597" seq_value:11="0.00892853737" seq_value:12="0.00892853737" seq_value:13="0.00892853737" seq_value:14="0.00892853737" seq_value:15="0.00892853737" seq_pulse="1" seq_pulse:3="1" seq_pulse:6="1" seq_pulse:9="1" seq_pulse:10="1" seq_pulse:13="1" lfo_freq="0.049999997" lfo_level="1" lfo_freq_p="4" env1_attack="0.0510000028" env1_decay="0.639999986" env1_sustain="0" env1_release="2.04999995" env1_level="0.179999992" env1_trig_select="2" env1_attack_p="0.199999973" env1_decay_p="0.579999983" env1_release_p="0.199999973" env2_repeat="0" env2_attack="0.00100000005" env2_xvel="1" env2_trig_select="2" osc_ratio="2.1420002" osc_offset="2.98023224e-06" osc_pitch="110" osc_waveshape="-0.899999976" osc_ratio_p="1.12999988" osc_offset_p="200" osc_index_p="10" osc_timbre_p="-2.23517418e-08" osc_pitch_lin_p="216" osc_mod_out="0.5" gate_mode="1" gate_decay="2" gate_level_p="0.99999994" delay_input="1" delay_drive="1" delay_feedback="0.289999992" delay_freq="3.02937484" delay_output_wet="0.109999999" output_reverb="0.229999989" output_reverb_p="0.329999983" patcher_input_8="000000000010100000000000000" patcher_input_9="000000000000010000000000000" patcher_input_10="000000001000000000000000000" patcher_input_11="000000000010000100000000000" patcher_input_12="000000000000000100000000000"/>

cool, thanks for sharing!

It pains me for you to have to go back to 1.0... one thing I might try before that is copying the channel strip containing Aalto from your working project.

I'm pretty sure none of the audio matters, so you can just send the non-working project with an Aalto instance loaded and that's all. When you have time.

Nice bullet points.

So, am I right in understanding you have one other project in which Aalto is working?

Can you email me the project that doesn't work? Maybe then I can reproduce.

I'm taking a quick break from programming to get the word out and make some videos. Here's a quick demo of the host sync and clipboard features in Aalto 1.1. Stay tuned for more!

I am actually on 10.5.8 / Logic 9 here too. So basically the only difference in my setup is the audio interface. But I can't reproduce your problem here.

I did have lots of similar glitches with Aalto 1.0, so I would love to track down what's going on.

What happens when you set the default preset, and change the number of voices? Changing the voices should restart the whole Aalto audio path.

I am deleting old Aalto components in ~/Library/... with a script. I thought the installer was deleting copies in /Library... but apparently it's not. It is safe to get rid of them yourself, then run the installer. In any case only the most recent component in /Library... should be loaded.

Thanks for posting the follow up. The installer is supposed to get rid of old copies. I'm not sure what failed in your case so it's good to have this info here.

Hold onto your hats! The Aalto 1.1 demo is now on the product page. Updates will go out to all registered 1.0 customers later today.

Much faster: Aalto now runs 25 to 50% faster than version 1.0.

Installer: Easy install using Apple's Installer puts Aalto's bits where they belong.

New preset management UI: Load and save presets from the Aalto window.

Copy and paste presets: From the preset menu to and from the clipboard, for easy sharing, editing, and backup.

Host sync: Aalto's sequencer now has rock-solid synchronization with your DAW's clock.

Tuning tables: Load tunings from the Scala .scl file format. Over 100 different tunings categorized by musical tradition are included.

Sequencer modes: Key trigger and loop mode allow new uses of the sequencer.

Presets: Aalto now comes with 30 new presets from programming guru Simon Ball of SoundsDivine, and 10 fun sound machine constructions from synth innovator Alessandro Cortini.

Many minor bug fixes have also been implemented. See the bug tracker for a complete list.

Emails just went out with the download links!

update: Internet is very slow tonight-- will send out the rest tomorrow.

I'm going to do some some quick screencast videos next week.



I'm really happy you want an Aalto so much. I would really like to have a Windows version done for you by Christmas time. I can't promise it will be done, but I will be working on it. Best thing to do is stay in touch, like you're doing. The same goes for beta testing Windows---I'm not sure exactly how I'll be handing that but you'll find out here.


Hi Bob,

I have not had time to try out the the audiounit~ object unfortunately. It's one of the things I want to do as soon as I kick out this 1.1 update. When I get around to that I'll try to make it work if it doesn't.

Getting the sequencer data out of Aalto is an idea I hadn't thought of. I guess because the plugin is a set of possibilities restricted in a way that's hopefully useful. Internal to Aalto, all the data are signals, so while a control signal output could be useful in MSP, the more commonly used hosts don't seem to have mechanisms for doing anything with one.

Hi Jamie,

Aalto is more fully modular than a lot of synths-- it doesn't make MIDI notes without the right patches connected. You can connect the patches by loading a preset. If you read the first part of the Quickstart guide it will tell you how to install the preset files where Logic can find them.

Sorry the install is a bit of a pain-- I'm working on a simple installer to send out with 1.1.