randy's Recent Posts

(in response to can only post a new topic)

randy
Mon, Apr 04, 2011, 09:19

I know the forum software is a little bit primitive. I will fix some of these issues soon after Windows beta.

(in response to aalto to hardware)

randy
Sun, Apr 03, 2011, 15:39

I have heard there are some good LPG clones out there.

I'm not sure there's anything close to the oscillator. The Harvestman Hertz Donut does some wicked sounds and has a similar layout, but sounds quite different.

As far as the waveguide, I don't think there's anything like it in a modular-- if there were, it would have to be a DSP.

(in response to Aalto demo crashing in NI Maschine 1.6)

randy
Sun, Apr 03, 2011, 15:34

OK, if the update does not fix this, I will get back to this issue.

(in response to can not post in patch thread)

randy
Sun, Apr 03, 2011, 15:30

really?

(in response to STICKY: Aalto Patch Thread!)

randy
Sun, Apr 03, 2011, 15:30

@piebald80, did you ever get it working?

(in response to "can't wait" for windows version)

randy
Thu, Mar 31, 2011, 10:30

I finished a big step yesterday! Now I'm knocking down Windows bugs and really expect to get to beta soon.

(in response to Aalto demo crashing in NI Maschine 1.6)

randy
Thu, Mar 31, 2011, 10:27

Hi Markus,

Thank you for the report. Having no Maschine unfortunately I can't investigate this. I am hard at work getting the next release out which will include a VST version. Hopefully the VST will be a workaround for this problem.

(in response to "can't wait" for windows version)

randy
Mon, Mar 28, 2011, 09:07

then you're in the right place...

(in response to STICKY: Aalto Patch Thread!)

randy
Thu, Mar 24, 2011, 14:27

It's "paste from clipboard" you want. Should work, even if you grab extra characters...

(in response to "can't wait" for windows version)

randy
Tue, Mar 22, 2011, 08:40

getting closer...

(in response to Just a quick update.)

randy
Wed, Mar 16, 2011, 07:52

Yes.

(in response to Aalto 1.1 knocks out all audio in Logic 9 (core audio?))

randy
Tue, Mar 15, 2011, 15:40

I mean, if you just use the default patch without changing any patch cords, and let it run while you compose notes, or go to a movie or something, can you ever get the audio to cut out? The bug I found would only manifest for more complicated patches.

(in response to Aalto 1.1 knocks out all audio in Logic 9 (core audio?))

randy
Mon, Mar 14, 2011, 17:43

I found an oscillator out-of-range bug that may be causing your problem. Something needs to be patched into the oscillator in order for it to happen.

If you stick to the default patch, can you ever get the audio to quit?

(in response to Just a quick update.)

randy
Mon, Mar 14, 2011, 12:08

We have kicked around a few product ideas for the post-Soundplane world; one of them is definitely some kind of Soundplane->CV converter.

Hear you about the Aalto GUI . Some changes are implemented for the next release that should make your life better.

If you have stability concerns please send me specific issues!

(in response to Just a quick update.)

randy
Wed, Mar 09, 2011, 09:01

I'm working on it. As soon as possible. A very small number of weeks.

(in response to Aalto Automation)

randy
Sun, Mar 06, 2011, 16:35

If I zoom in as much as possible to the filter freq. automation in Logic, I get the first few steps as 20, 108, 187, 275... not exactly high resolution. I think that there is a restriction to 127 steps in place from way back in Emagic Logic days.

"So why is it"? Because nobody currently maintaining Logic cares enough to make something better I guess. If you read some online forums, you'll find that Logic's automation is a deal-breaker for a lot of pro recording people.

(in response to Aalto Automation)

randy
Thu, Mar 03, 2011, 19:27

Hi Seth,

As far as I can tell this is Logic's problem. Log scale parameters work properly with Aalto in Live.

I think you mean 1-110 for the LFO range in Logic, which means the range is working correctly, but the log mapping is not.

This has nothing to do with the fine/coarse adjustment which is a UI improvement coming soon.

(in response to RTAS support?)

randy
Wed, Mar 02, 2011, 10:05

It's definitely something I'd like to do but it's not at the top of the list. The next release will have VST support and I'll try to make sure it works with the VST/RTAS wrapper.

(in response to Just a quick update.)

randy
Tue, Mar 01, 2011, 19:47

@synthi Thanks for your vote of confidence. I will definitely post the beta announcement right here.

(in response to Just a quick update.)

randy
Mon, Feb 28, 2011, 10:09

Aalto is 800 by something. someday i would love to make it (and my whole framework) resolution-independent. Might take a stab at it for version 2.

(in response to Just a quick update.)

randy
Fri, Feb 25, 2011, 10:31

Hi all! There are around 200 Aalto users now (including all the press NFR copies). I guess this is not a "big" userbase, but to me it's a lot of people I want to make and improve tools for. And having the income means that I can spend a day a week on Soundplane again, and not do other consulting, which is huge.

Toksin, if you have any more specific feedback about GUI stuff, now's the time. What I'm doing is finishing all these visible changes so that the manual and demo movies will be useful on both platforms.

(in response to wishlist)

randy
Thu, Feb 17, 2011, 17:51
  • wider range: OK, easy.

  • cc control: I try not to add features that are probably covered elsewhere, and it seems like every host has a way of doing MIDI learn. No?

  • gate / waveguide: again trying to keep it simple, this seemed like the best order for the two. Aalto 2 might have options.

  • finetune: yes, some help is needed here

  • velocity: added to aalto 2 list...

(in response to Changing scaling: where are scale (.scl) files read?)

randy
Sun, Feb 13, 2011, 20:41

Do you see the "factory" scales? The Aalto installer should make a folder /Library/Audio/Presets/Madrona Labs/Scales. This is where the defaults are. You can add your own folders here inside Scales.

randy
Mon, Feb 07, 2011, 13:03

Here's a little something for your Monday morning, three short demos designed to show off the wide range of sounds you can make with Aalto...

The first two were put together by me and my friends tea and cough syrup last week. No compositional brilliance here, just a collection of sounds leaning heavily on the presets. All sounds by Aalto. (really.)


The third one is by noise and synth fiend Surachai, a mix of his presets that come from a different and more aggressive perspective that some people will find extra-musical, and others will find right up their alley. Check out Surachai's new noise/synth/metal work Plague Diagram on glorious vinyl and convenient digital.


All these files are downloadable as WAV audio if you want to check the sound quality out for reals. My demos were mixed in Logic Audio with no effects, compression or EQ. So you won't hear the "punch" you are used to in a finished mix, but you will hear just what Aalto sounds like, which I like to think of as solid and unhyped.


What do I mean by unhyped? Aalto is designed to be approachable, but also to be a solid tool for sound makers at any level of expertise. So it always does what it tells you it's doing, without adding any processing to the result that might make it immediately more appealing but less flexible over time. Experienced producers have their own favorite tricks and machines for glossing up a sound or shaping its dynamics, so Aalto doesn't EQ or compress its output--- that's up to you. Instead, I put the effort in on making the raw waveforms and the audio-rate modulations sound as good as possible.


pads and textures:



beats and percussion:



noise and terror:

(in response to Request: After and Mod Input to assignable cc Input)

randy
Mon, Feb 07, 2011, 11:05

That LFO level control is clearly needed and will appear soon.

randy
Sun, Jan 30, 2011, 16:41

Hi there from Madrona HQ. It's been a while since I posted an update. There's been no shortage of activity here, but it's the kind involved in porting software, a hundred little chores each of which are totally uninteresting to talk about unless we have come to that wonderful time when they are all done. So the train moves forward. Chooooo. In the middle of all this scut work I love to get a note like this out of the blue:

Hey Randy, I don't want to sound too fanboish, but aalto saved my this week. Was working on the first single from our upcoming EP for months now, and that song was a real bugger, because I wasn't satisfied with the direction it took. Bought the aalto thursday evening, played around with it, and voilá, all the pads and squeeks and sequences I was missing came in a rush. Haven't had such an inspirational rush since I bought the MS 20 several years ago. I'm actually planning to use your little beast as our signature sound source on the album.

Just wanted to share that story. Have a listen:

Thanks for bringing up such a good sounding writer's-block-breaker.

Cheers from germany

marco / hearhere

(in response to GarageBand crashes when loading saved Alto preset)

randy
Thu, Jan 27, 2011, 18:05

I just tried saving and reloading my preset from GarageBand and it worked here. I'm hoping your preset file got corrupted somehow. If this keeps happening, let me know and I'll look into it ASAP.

(in response to software interfacing)

randy
Sat, Jan 22, 2011, 16:53

Open protocol and open source config software. I think open source is the best way to guarantee that the controller will be supported for a long time.

I'm thinking along the lines of a fairly simple app that lets you define areas on the Soundplane and set what OSC or MIDI messages they send.

(in response to Soundplane + Arc)

randy
Sat, Jan 22, 2011, 16:48

Yes, wouldn't that be great? I can't wait to use a monome + soundplane setup.

(in response to STICKY: Aalto Patch Thread!)

randy
Sat, Jan 22, 2011, 16:46

nice! I used plastic cups for making this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foZ0k_kJfJI