randy's Recent Posts

randy
Thu, Oct 12, 2017, 10:43

If you are interested in helping out with testing, you can use the beta and give me feedback. If you are more interested in getting music made, use a stable version (in this case, 1.3.2). This beta process has been longer than usual and hopefully will be wrapping up soon.

randy
Tue, Feb 23, 2016, 09:04

The Seattle Music Machine Salon is a new monthly discussion group, open to all and free of charge. Each month we’ll have a presentation and a guided discussion on some aspect of making music with computers and electronics. Topics will include the practical and the not so practical: new software and hardware tools, compositional strategies, academic and popular styles of electronic music, its history and future.

Our first event is Friday, March 4 from 7 to 9pm at Ada’s Technical Books in Capitol Hill. Ada’s offers a comfortable, inspirational atmosphere, and great food and coffee. They are at 425 15th Ave East. Please visit their site at http://www.seattletechnicalbooks.com/ for more info and directions.

Everyone is welcome! This includes all ages and skill levels. The aim is to create a diverse group that will expand viewpoints and spark new projects. The only requirements are an interest in the topic and the ability to engage in respectful discussion.

March 4 presentation:
Randy Jones of Madrona Labs will demonstrate his new software instrument Virta, a patchable, sound-controlled synthesizer and effects toolbox.

March 4 discussion topic:
Seattle electronic music resources. What are some important foundations of the local scene for you? What are some less visible resources that should be better known?

randy
Wed, Oct 11, 2017, 12:14

Yes, we do one most months. A couple of times this summer we cancelled because it seemed like everyone would be out of town. There's a website: http://seattlemusicmachines.org/ and a mailing list you can sign up to from the menu on it.

randy
Sat, Sep 30, 2017, 10:59

I've had many requests for this. It will happen.

randy
Thu, Sep 28, 2017, 10:05

Cool, thanks for sharing!

randy
Tue, Sep 26, 2017, 08:37

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

randy
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.

randy
Mon, Sep 18, 2017, 11:09

I think I did by email.

randy
Mon, Sep 18, 2017, 11:09

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

randy
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.

randy
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.

randy
Mon, Sep 11, 2017, 13:47

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

randy
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.

randy
Mon, Sep 11, 2017, 11:04

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

randy
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.

randy
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!

randy
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.

randy
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... ?

randy
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.

randy
Thu, Aug 10, 2017, 13:09

Dear music makers,

In appreciation for your support, we are having a summer sale this year. Use the code MRJACKPOTS on any of the product pages to get 25% off any Madrona Labs plugin. From now through August 20.

photo: @photoboothkt

randy
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.

randy
Sun, Aug 20, 2017, 10:24

Whoops, I meant to expire it tomorrow—fixed!

randy
Fri, Aug 18, 2017, 12:22

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

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randy
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.

randy
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.

randy
Thu, Aug 17, 2017, 09:55

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

randy
Thu, Aug 17, 2017, 09:54

Thanks for the info.

randy
Thu, Aug 17, 2017, 09:53

No worries!

randy
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.

randy
Mon, Aug 14, 2017, 08:42

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