randy's Recent Posts

(in response to No more software... but Aalto!)

Thu, Nov 10, 2011, 15:15

aww, thanks!

(in response to Aalto introduction - dicount for windows users)

Thu, Nov 10, 2011, 12:25

No, there wasn't any introduction price for Mac users.

(in response to Aalto RFE: enhanced patcher (smth like Multiple module to combine and alter signls))

Thu, Nov 10, 2011, 09:27

yup, understood.

(in response to sequencer host sync time division?)

Wed, Nov 09, 2011, 13:45

Yes, it's going to be someday-- I'll see if I can get it in for 1.3.

(in response to Is Aalto OSX LION ready)

Tue, Nov 08, 2011, 09:47

Thanks Valery for the workaround. I'm going to investigate a built-in solution for 1.3.

Mon, Nov 07, 2011, 08:37

On Saturday I brought the Soundplane prototype over to Robotspeak in San Francisco's Lower Haight, where there was a really great and attentive crowd. We played with the Soundplane and Max/MSP, and the alpha version of Aalto for Soundplane. Here's part of the introduction taped by Jack Hertz:

I also brought some copper foil tape and with my laptop's built-in audio interface, made a simple capacitive distance sensor showing the basic principle the Soundplane is built on. I hope this demo showed some possibilities for exploring DIY sensors. When I get time, I would like to post some more detailed instructions on working with this simple technique.

Thanks all for coming, for asking the good questions, and to Robotspeak for hosting me! It was great to meet some more of my interweb friends in person.

(in response to Aalto OSC Shape modulated by LFO animation bug?)

Mon, Nov 07, 2011, 10:46

Sounds like a bug, I will look into it for version 1.3.

(in response to new to Aalto, one wish)

Mon, Nov 07, 2011, 07:40

Granted! but not until 1.3. Thanks for the nice feedback.

(in response to Aalto Tutorial)

Fri, Nov 04, 2011, 10:41

Good! Enjoy. I need to do a better job of pointing people at it.

Thu, Oct 27, 2011, 15:57

If you live in the Seattle area, I invite you to come check out a Soundplane prototype this Saturday at the PNW Synthfest!

It's in Shoreline, WA, and runs from 10-5 or so. Details are here: mostlymodular.com. Brian is going to bring a Pro-One and we'll hook it up to the Soundplane one way or another. Stay tuned for movies of this analog encounter.

Quick work update: I've been working to finalize the materials we will be using for the surface laminate. I'm also implementing a new dynamic calibration filter in the client software. What I have now works, but I know there's a lot more sensitivity I can get out of the data I'm receiving from the hardware. I really want people to be able to feel that ASAP.

Thu, Nov 03, 2011, 12:30

I promised I'd post a picture or two, so here I am actually doing that. My day started at Brewed Awakening in Berkeley, home of a regular morning meeting of electronic music luminaries and a damn fine Americano. Perrin Meyer, David Wessel and Adrian Freed were in attendance. Don Buchla popped in for a cup of coffee, laid hands on the Soundplane and pronounced it a worthy object. Unfortunately he had to go before I could show him Aalto. Another time, I hope.

The next demo is at Robotspeak in San Francisco, this Saturday at 4. If you're in SF, stop by!

photo: Perrin Meyer

(in response to Aalto Tutorial)

Thu, Nov 03, 2011, 11:52

Did you find the manual?

(in response to Midi Program Change)

Wed, Nov 02, 2011, 20:37

More good ideas. Doing a good UI for the configuration would take a while, but I could do the folder thing pretty quickly, and that seems very useful.

Wed, Nov 02, 2011, 08:48

Of course I'm working hard on getting the Soundplane into production. But meanwhile, people are doing great stuff with Aalto!

Mark Mosher sent this video of Aalto, controlled with the Percussa AudioCubes. It really shows off Aalto's drone capability with a super Forbidden-Planet-style patch.

SoundsDivine just released the Chaos Ripple patch bank for Aalto. More info here: [soundsdivine.com] Some of these patches make timbres come out of my synth that I haven't heard before. And they represent a wide range of sounds. Great job!

Finally, I'd like to point out the ongoing and interesting stuff coming out of the Aalto Soundcloud page. It turned into a really thriving group where there's great new stuff almost daily, from simple sound examples to finished tracks. People are getting their modular funk on. Here's the most recent entry:

are you or are you not somehow related to Android Samba Girl. by jumpy gunderson

(in response to Midi Program Change)

Wed, Nov 02, 2011, 07:19

Thanks for this! I will definitely be adding some automation features with 1.3. I need to gather all the ideas and look at what set of them makes sense to do.

(in response to A small but annoying "bug")

Fri, Oct 28, 2011, 10:18

I forgot to mention, the VST version does not have this problem!

(in response to Midi Program Change)

Wed, Oct 26, 2011, 10:00

Hmmm, I hear you. What if I could map a MIDI command to next patch / previous patch? Would that be enough?

The thing is, I don't have a concept of "banks," so if I tried to allow random access into the entire list of patches, saved automation would get screwed up if you added more patches in between. But with next / previous you could automate a show.

(in response to can only post a new topic)

Tue, Oct 25, 2011, 08:13

Hi, welcome aboard!

(in response to A small but annoying "bug")

Mon, Oct 24, 2011, 09:22

This has been a known bug for too long. Unfortunately it has been very hard to fix. Thanks for your patience.

(in response to 1.2.6 not picking up modwheel data (mac))

Thu, Oct 20, 2011, 09:23

Added checking this out to the 1.3 list -- thanks.

Tue, Oct 18, 2011, 11:12

I just got back from a whirlwind trip to NYC to show the Soundplane at the Expo74 event put on by Cycling '74. I got to meet a few of the first ever Soundplane owners in person (hi guys) and to see lots of old friends from the Max/MSP world.

Soundplane got to meet Monome and Arc for the first time! Awwwww:

photo: Nick Rothwell

Just a little news for current and future Soundplane buyers. 14 Soundplanes have been reserved, so 16 remain out of the first batch of 30. Preorders keep coming in one by one, so I am hopeful that after my trip down the coast, I will have sold out the initial batch. By then, we will also have quotes from our suppliers, so we may be able to go ahead with production in any case if we are within arm's reach of 30.

I'm setting up a payment system that will work for future preorders as well as European customers. Mostly this means waiting for banks and such at the moment. So, EU customers especially, stay tuned.

Sat, Oct 01, 2011, 15:39

Well, this was a big week for Soundplane! Lots of people came by to find out about them and play with one. I'm very happy to share this video of some of the results.

We will be taking preorders very soon. Stay tuned for the official announcement on how to go about getting a Soundplane Monday morning. Sorry for the slight delay on this, but I have some details to work out and I want to enjoy some more of the great music at Decibel this weekend.

(in response to How to do the math to turn Rate into BPM and vice-versa ? )

Tue, Oct 18, 2011, 09:24

You can solve any problem like this with unit cancellation.

you have: (beats / minute)
you want: Hz (beats / second)

(beats / minute) * (1 minute / 60 seconds) = (beats / second)
In other words divide by 60.

(in response to I canĀ“t find the preset locations anymore... (Help))

Sat, Oct 15, 2011, 06:31

There are two default directories. In English these are called (your home directory) / UserData for your presets and C: / AppData / Roaming for factory presets. So, for user presets I would look for some directory like "C:/...(home)/UserData" but in Portuguese.

Or, you could search your disk for some of the user presets like "Alessandro's Machines".

(in response to External Sequencer?)

Thu, Oct 13, 2011, 12:51

Our new system is a controller, so I don't know what you mean.

Tue, Oct 11, 2011, 18:05

Breaking news! I know that while the Soundplane looks fun, and sensitive, it might take touching one in person to know if you want to make music with it. So I'm going to be doing lots of traveling in the next few weeks, to bring a Soundplane prototype within reach of as many people as I can...

The first stop will be Expo '74, hosted by Cycling 74 in Brooklyn, New York this weekend! I will be showing the Soundplane, connected to Max/MSP through a brand new soundplane~ object, at the Expo '74 science fair on Saturday evening. I know this is incredibly last-minute news, but this only came together thanks to last-minute events and the flexibility of my generous hosts.

Registration for the Expo is closed. But don't fear. I wouldn't come all that way and not do a demo that other people can come to. I'm going to find some time during the weekend to set up camp at a local cafe, hacker space or even a private abode. I'm still looking for a good place. If you will be in NYC and do want to come, or want to suggest a place (I'm staying at a friend's in Brooklyn) please get in touch via the forums here. If it's only a handful of people, maybe we can do it at a private studio or residence.

Remember that my Twitter feed is the best place to get truly late-breaking news. I'll be posting there for certain once I know more.

So, on to the less last-minute stuff: the West Coast tour. As announced on Create Digital Music, here are the upcoming dates I'll be demoing Soundplane in the Golden State:

Robotspeak, San Francisco, Saturday Nov 5, 4pm
CNMAT, U C Berkeley, Monday Nov 7, 2pm
UCSB, Media Arts and Technology Seminar, Tue Nov 8, 5:30 pm
CalArts, Thur Nov 10, 6:30pm

All of these events are free and open to the public. Come play with a Soundplane, and ask questions about anything from capacitive sensing to CNC machining to software! I look forward to meeting you.

(in response to [solved] audiomulch metasurface problem)

Mon, Oct 10, 2011, 11:57

Hi Matt,

I wasn't being clear, I meant "between two Aalto patches."

So... this should work. I will have to try it out in Audiomulch to see what's happening. Will do this for the next release. Aalto development is a little slow due to Soundplane work-- I hope you understand.


(in response to Soundplane A available for preorder now.)

Sat, Oct 08, 2011, 13:08


MIDI use with other synthesizers as Brian describes is possible, but the Soundplane and Aalto for Soundplane connect over OSC. Aalto for Soundplane has a new input section based on OSC that sends signals into the patcher for each note.

(in response to iconnect midi)

Fri, Oct 07, 2011, 07:20

The Soundplane itself doesn't use MIDI! You could hook your MIDI interface to the Soundplane client software to output MIDI from your Mac.

(in response to Soundplane Demos at Decibel 2011)

Thu, Oct 06, 2011, 17:37

I simply didn't want to promise anything before I knew I could do it. I'm going to talk to some other manufacturers and figure this out ASAP though.