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Fantastic work, Randy & team. This is exactly what I´ve been looking for for a long time.
Two niggles (so far):
GUI needs more contrast. Looks a bit "washy" now and is harder to read than Aalto.
In Ableton, closing and reopening the GUI resets the size.
Anyways, outstanding synth. Congrats!
I´ve been talking with Randy about proper PT integration as well.
He said that he´s working with the FXPansion guys on proper wrapping. Since i´m not the most patient guy i tried Reaper as Rewire host and it works without a hitch.
Plus there is the bonus of Reapers parameter modulation.
You can modulate any parameter in Aalto with either audio signals or LFOs. Makes for a very powerful modular thingy ITB :)
Since i saw there is going to be an update of Aalto i thought i´d just ask politely if you might have had a look at this problem . I´d also be in game for beta testing and wrote you an email :)
Any news on Aalto in ProTools?
I get a quit crash as well with PT 10., Wrapper 2.1 & Aalto 1.2.6.
First of all, congratulations for this beautiful instrument!
It sounds just marvelous and is tons of fun to tweak.
I encountered some oddities with the Windows 32 version:
Hold pedal is not recognized (via Mbox midi. All my other VSTs do recognize)
Strange behavior of mousewheel control in the mod-matrix (value gets adjusted first. then jumps to full value and has to be clicked to adjust further)
In Reaper: When pinned on top, the preset- and microscale popup is hidden behind the GUI
The sequencers behavior was odd in the demo. After tweaking a while it would stop to put out values. It would work when changing presets. But not when going back to a blank patch and trying to modulate. I had to re-load Aalto, then it worked.
(I will try to reproduce in the full version.)
There are a couple other things i thought would be good to discuss:
Is it possible to lock the option of showing animation&numbers when changing the presets? (Or make them global options..?)
Have you thought about making the GUI scalable? Or give it two different sizes (just like Zebra & ACE) The synth is a "tweaker".
And sometimes just want to lean back and twiddle knobs rather than sitting and leaning to the monitor to see everything.
The GUI itself is beautiful. I must say though that i would prefer a bit more contrast and a slightly different font. Its really kinda hard to read from a bit greater distance.
(Sean Costello wrote interesting stuff on his blog about Valhallas GUI approach. Especially the parts about the font recommended by NASA for readability and the contrast stuff.)
Parameter locks for "all" parameters and/or the patches would make a great addition for a 2.0 version. Just like with the original buchla you could leave the patches in place and try different sounds.
The microscale menu would be even cooler with arrows for selcting next/previous as well. (Just like the presets)
All in all i can say that this is a wonderful project and i´m looking forward to see further development from Madrona Labs. You guys really have something going!