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(in response to Random sequencer shape?)

randy
Mon, Sep 26, 2011, 08:37

I had thought of this exactly as you describe. I was sort of waiting for a more out-there way of using this space to come along. But I agree the simple random button could be cool.

randy
Wed, Sep 21, 2011, 09:03

Hi all,


I'm excited to announce that we'll be demonstrating the Soundplane at Decibel Festival here in Seattle next week, Wednesday September 28 through Friday September 30. I'm attaching the press release with place and times below. If you've been following our odyssey, and you're in the area, by all means come meet us and get your hands on a Soundplane!


The new Soundplane instrument from Madrona Labs, three years in the making, will be demonstrated live at this year's Decibel Festival in Seattle.  The Soundplane gives performers intimate control over computer-made sounds.  The Soundplane detects a wide range of pressure on its hardwood surface, from a light tickle to very firm pressure, and sends that information over a USB connection. It can be configured as either a 150-note keyboard with x, y and pressure sensing on each key, or as one continuous pressure-sensing surface.


The Soundplane goes beyond the capabilities of any MIDI keyboard.  It transmits x, y and pressure data for every key continuously at 12 bits of resolution and about 1000 samples per second, letting players move beyond the ADSR envelope model of synthesis and articulate each note individually, as on an acoustic instrument.


At Decibel 2011, festival goers will be able to spend quality time with a Soundplane prototype in an ongoing, hands-on demo.  The demonstrations will be in the Fred Wildlife Refuge, at 127 E. Boylston, from noon to 5 pm, Wednesday September 28 through Friday September 30.   Pricing and availability for the Soundplane will be announced during the festival.


(in response to Soundplane demo at Decibel!)

randy
Mon, Sep 26, 2011, 08:32

It's all done in software, so, yes.

(in response to Aalto folder and patch install)

randy
Sun, Sep 25, 2011, 14:04

But I am having a problem with the sequencer. On the patch AcAalto 2 for example if I start with host sync it will keep playing after the note ends. There is some residual tone that persists. Ugh!

It's just like a hardware modular-- when you you stop the sequence, the SEQ trigger output might be held HIGH, which makes the GATE open. If you want to get around this, use only the ENVs to trigger sounds.

It also will not bounce to tracks in the DAW correctly. Several other weird things with the sequencer.

I really can't help you with this vague of a complaint. I don't mean to sound snippy but you are not giving me any information to go on here.

(in response to Aalto folder and patch install)

randy
Sun, Sep 25, 2011, 14:05

Also, is there a way to globally turn off animation instead patch by patch?

Not now. I had this this way originally, like global preferences. I think you are right-- I'll change it back in the next version.

(in response to Soundplane demo at Decibel!)

randy
Thu, Sep 22, 2011, 10:20

I'm definitely going to be more forthcoming with pictures and videos now that there's something worth looking at. Even got myself a new camera. :-) I'll shoot lots at the festival.

(in response to Type of Veneer?)

randy
Wed, Sep 21, 2011, 08:41

Oh I don't know.

randy
Wed, Jul 20, 2011, 09:11

Good morning! Apple has just released the next major revision of OS X, Lion, only through the App Store.


Should you upgrade? Not unless you want to experiment on a spare machine or partition that you don't need for audio work for a while. The two main DAWs on OS X, Live and Logic, each have some issues with Lion. There is a good short article about that here.


As the major DAWs come into sync with the new OS, I'll test those releases with Aalto, and keep you posted.

(in response to voices yet again... request)

randy
Sat, Sep 17, 2011, 08:33

The "voice" output from the KEY module has no detuning on it. That's what you're using to run the LFOs and make the envelopes, not the pitch. So you're just hearing little numerical errors over time that are practically unavoidable.

If you set this patch up on an analog modular, you wouldn't expect it to stay in sync at all. Any clocks need to be synched up somehow to run in phase over time. I would suggest using the sequencer, host sync and key trig to get what you are after.

randy
Thu, Sep 15, 2011, 11:33

Hi all,

I am going to take the Madrona site down for an upgrade in a few hours. The downtime should last less than a day. Sorry for any inconvenience.

(in response to About Updates.)

randy
Fri, Sep 16, 2011, 12:37

There will be an upgrade price to go from v.1 to v.2. I don't know what it is yet. v.2 is still months and months away.

(in response to Site update)

randy
Fri, Sep 16, 2011, 09:35

kind of gets you thinking!

(in response to Site update)

randy
Fri, Sep 16, 2011, 08:00

And... with some coffee in me, the Aalto demos are now back up. That about does it for now.

(in response to Site update)

randy
Thu, Sep 15, 2011, 22:06

Forums, purchases and most content are back up on the new server. There's still a problem with the demo links. I am getting tired, and may have to look into it in the morning.

But look, a log!

(in response to STICKY: Aalto Patch Thread!)

randy
Thu, Sep 15, 2011, 11:30

Just copy to your clipboard on Mac or Windows, then choose "Paste from Clipboard" from the preset menu.

Welcome aboard!

(in response to Voices - still don't get it)

randy
Wed, Sep 14, 2011, 09:20

No worries Tom. Glad things are clicking!

(in response to Voices - still don't get it)

randy
Tue, Sep 13, 2011, 16:34

Hi Tom,

The voice signal sends a different signal to each voice, offset by a constant amount. It's like a voice index, represented as a constant signal. Then those values are multiplied by the scale dials at the inputs. You know there's a manual that covers this stuff, right? ;-) Just sayin'.

(in response to Type of Veneer?)

randy
Tue, Sep 13, 2011, 12:11

It's a rotary cut, which accounts for the lines. I don't really remember what species-- that was a while ago. I'm using walnut these days. More Soundplane info next week BTW.

(in response to Voices - still don't get it)

randy
Tue, Sep 13, 2011, 12:07

Any input in the patcher can be controlled by the voices output. The patcher lets you connect any output to any input.

(in response to Voices - still don't get it)

randy
Mon, Sep 12, 2011, 10:33

People helping people... I like to see this! Thanks garf.

I want to add that Aalto is a lot like most any keyboard polysynth, really. There is one front panel with settings that control all the voices. The settings are always the same for each voice, just like your Jupiter 6 or whatever, until the "voice" signal is used in the patcher.

I think it's the patching, or the ability to view each voice in the UI, that makes this seem more complicated than it really is.

(in response to voices... question)

randy
Sat, Sep 10, 2011, 09:33

Glad to hear it!

(in response to voices... question)

randy
Fri, Sep 09, 2011, 11:52

Hi Dave,

Each voice has its own independent sequencer. they can run at completely independent rates. Aalto's front panel shows you outputs from all of them.

Please read the manual section on the sequencer, I think it describes this pretty well. And if you have any questions after that, please let me know.

(in response to voices... question)

randy
Fri, Sep 09, 2011, 09:48

Hi Dave,

The KEY module always sends triggers the voices in a loop, one after the other, unless unison is on. There's more information in the KEY module section in the manual: http://madronalabs.com/downloads/aalto/AaltoManual1.2.pdf

(in response to Is Aalto OSX LION ready)

randy
Thu, Sep 08, 2011, 08:16

A user with Lion and Maschine wrote in to say it's working well.

(in response to Ideas:- Sequencer stopping immediately on a note off. More modulation flexibilty - matrix? )

randy
Mon, Sep 05, 2011, 10:19

Yes, I see the combination of host sync and key trig does not work so well, I'll address this in an update along with the host sync rate multiplier.

(in response to Automating The Sequencer)

randy
Mon, Sep 05, 2011, 10:09

Live 8.2.2, Aalto 1.2.6-- Just click "Configure" and select one of the pulse buttons. I just rechecked that this works in both the VST and AU.

(in response to Is Aalto OSX LION ready)

randy
Fri, Sep 02, 2011, 15:06

I have heard from one Max / MSP user that it's OK. But other than that I don't know. I'll post as soon as I hear something or get a Lion machine and try it myself.

(in response to new Aalto owner )

randy
Thu, Sep 01, 2011, 16:14

trying again- maybe check your spam folder?

(in response to new Aalto owner )

randy
Thu, Sep 01, 2011, 15:54

Check your inbox sir!

(in response to OS X Lion)

randy
Thu, Sep 01, 2011, 15:03

It's a good question. I'm really deep into Soundplane work right now, so I'd appreciate it if anyone running Lion can share their experiences.

I have talked to one person using Max/MSP as a VST host on Lion, who says that is working fine.