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Tue, Sep 26, 2017, 08:37

I can't think of any reasons why that wouldn't work. Keep me posted!

Tue, Sep 19, 2017, 09:26

I can also look at making the behavior more predictable when changing the number of voices. That is not something I ever thought about using as a kind of performance control, so I didn't test it in that use. But it seems useful, so I'll put it on the list.

The beta that's currently out for Mac should have a fix for the sequencer retrig issue.

Mon, Sep 18, 2017, 11:09

I think I did by email.

Mon, Sep 18, 2017, 11:09

Any modern Mac should work. Personally I buy refurbished ones from Apple's online store usually.

Mon, Sep 18, 2017, 11:08

You could use the "vox" output of the key module to send a different x offset of the granulator position to each voice. This should be more predictable than trying to change the number of voices on the fly.

Mon, Sep 18, 2017, 10:53

I'm working on software currently alongside plugin work. The Soundplane touch detector has to be rewritten in order to work on our embedded boards.

Mon, Sep 11, 2017, 13:47

I searched the forum and found a potential solution: try turning on "Force MPE" in Bitwig.

Mon, Sep 11, 2017, 11:06

I know people are using Aalto in MPE mode with Linnstrument. I'm not sure if this works in Bitwig, but it should. It should work in demo mode also. Did you change the protocol to MIDI MPE in the settings (gear) menu? Aside from that, there is nothing else to do in Aalto.

Possibly, check your DAW channel settings in Bitwig.

Mon, Sep 11, 2017, 11:04

I'm finishing up this bugfix release currently. Please stay tuned!

Wed, Aug 30, 2017, 10:27

You bring up an area where Virta can really be improved. I appreciate the feedback. With the current system you "can do anything" by choosing or making the right Scala files... but it's not easy to just pick, say, G dorian as you say.

I'm currently working on the code that reads Scala files to fix some bugs and make it more flexible. Then building on that foundation I can add some built-in mappings that will make it easier to select a given scale or mode without making a new file.

Wed, Aug 30, 2017, 10:20

the bend dial in the KEY module controls how much MIDI pitch bend will affect the pitch. Then, you can see the changing pitch signal in any dials you have it routed to, probably the complex oscillator pitch, for example.

Thanks for the nice feedback!

Mon, Aug 28, 2017, 08:44

Thanks for the add'l info. I still have it on my list to check out Virta at 96k more deeply.

Mon, Aug 28, 2017, 08:43

Hi Richard, Aalto will play at A=440Hz by default. There's no master tune setting either (for now), so it's safe to say the issue is not within Aalto. I'd look to your DAW settings or MIDI controller or... ?

Tue, Aug 22, 2017, 11:20

No technical reasons, I just have a long list of things to do. I'll probably add this to the Aalto 2 release and update the other plugins thereafter.

Thu, Aug 10, 2017, 13:09

Summer sale 2017

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Sun, Aug 20, 2017, 10:28

Much more likely to happen in Virta! I want Aalto's reverb to be a super-simple, one-knob device in the spirit of the Arp 2600.

Sun, Aug 20, 2017, 10:24

Whoops, I meant to expire it tomorrow—fixed!

Fri, Aug 18, 2017, 12:22

from Pancycle Music:
http://www.pancyclemusic.com/aalto-my-latest-software-synth-addiction/

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Thu, Aug 17, 2017, 10:05

I just looked that up, interesting module. The closest thing I have made to a spectral freeze function is actually in Virta. Although it doesn't have a freeze feature now, I could add one pretty easily.

Kaivo would be a bit harder because there is nothing like a spectral processor in it. The resonators and body are all physics-based and it's hard to imagine how to freeze them in a useful way.

Thu, Aug 17, 2017, 09:59

Thanks for the feedback. This spring I sent out a Kaivo update that added about a 25% performance improvement. There will be more to come.

Thu, Aug 17, 2017, 09:55

These ROLI docs are great, I had not seen them. Thanks for sharing.

Thu, Aug 17, 2017, 09:54

Thanks for the info.

Thu, Aug 17, 2017, 09:53

No worries!

Tue, Aug 15, 2017, 11:51

Thanks for the suggestion. Aalto 2 won't be very different from the current version. The patches will be compatible and I'll figure out how to add any new features without shaking things up too much. Don's designs will remain a constant source of inspiration, so you might see some things you recognize as "Easel-like" in upcoming plugins.

Mon, Aug 14, 2017, 08:42

Yes, there will be a paid upgrade to version 2.

Sun, Aug 13, 2017, 16:48

It is limited to 1.0 currently. I believe I was not doing this before. It seemed to make sense to limit it to the [0. - 1.] range. But if this is not enough practically for some desirable patches--- are you saying you have the attenuverter turned to maximum modulation?---then I could take away the limiting or make it an option.

Sun, Aug 13, 2017, 16:41

according to all this...is Aalto (1) now abandonware? ;)

Aalto 2 would be the first major version update of the same software instrument. This is the opposite of abandoning it. Don't worry.

Thu, Aug 10, 2017, 09:14

Reading with great interest. There's definitely a place for well-designed, single-purpose instruments, as well as modulars. Aalto 2 would really be just a major version, and not in any way a new instrument. I'll try not to mess it up. :wink:

Wed, Mar 30, 2016, 12:54

Using Virta in Bitwig Studio

Thanks to Thomas Helzle for this very detailed blog post on how to use Virta in Bitwig Studio. It's not difficult to begin with, and this explanation with nice illustrations and clear directions makes it that much simpler.

Fri, Dec 09, 2016, 19:10

Beta all the things!

After much wailing and gnashing of teeth, all the Madrona Labs plugins have been updated. Almost immediately after announcing all this work I unexpectedly had to go into panic mode finding a new location for the Labs. Now the new digs are found, the move is complete and we are in great shape, but it sure slowed things down a lot. So if you have been waiting on one of these fixes this Fall, let me thank you sincerely for your patience and support.

I'm putting up these beta installers for both Mac and Windows now, for any adventurers who want to try them. They incorporate the new licensing system, which is more like what you're probably used to from other plugin makers: the demo and release are the same exact plugin, and you turn the one into the other by entering a key. I will update the website to send out keys early next week. So until then, these betas are demo-mode only, with the lack of saving and the whooshing noise we al know and love.

The biggest improvements to all the plugins are :

  • new registration system
  • new software PLL host sync
  • UTF-8 compatibility for patch and registration names
  • fixed an issue where the protocol type (MIDI, MPE, OSC) was not loading if the plugin editor did not exist
  • fixed an issue where folder or patch names starting in numbers might not appear
  • code signed Mac OS installer for Gatekeeper compatibility
  • code signed Windows installer for security and good feels
  • fixed a drawing problem with multiple plugin windows
  • fixed a problem where the sequencer would restart when its parameters were changed
  • fixed a problem where sequencer voices would stop after a program change

Virta has some additional fixes.

Please give these puppies a try, if you have time, and if you were having issues before let me know if things improve.

Windows installers:
http://madronalabs.com/media/aalto/AaltoInstaller1.8.0b4.exe.zip
http://madronalabs.com/media/kaivo/KaivoInstaller1.3.0b4.exe.zip
http://madronalabs.com/media/virta/VirtaInstaller1.3.0b4.exe.zip

Mac installers:
http://madronalabs.com/media/aalto/Aalto1.8.0b4.pkg
http://madronalabs.com/media/kaivo/Kaivo1.3.0b4.pkg
http://madronalabs.com/media/virta/Virta1.3.0b4.pkg