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Thu, Jan 12, 2017, 02:29

Warm, friendly and hot chocolatey sounds from Aalto!

Hello everyone!

I've been loving delving into Alto and Virta and the Soundplane.

I have a big nasty plastic PC dedicated just to Madrona.

I'd love to chat with anyone about techniques to CALM the storm that is Aalto as i'm struggling to make expressive, warm and subtle sounds (to be performed soley by the Soundplane) and would love any advice and discussion.

Spending half a day looking through our shared sounds, I did notice that they're almost all harsh, noisy, machine-like and random… one was a hilairous trap: a gently named but offensive wall of noise (you know who you are hah! Well played, sir).

Tue, Mar 06, 2018, 01:07

LOL, me… failing to push the "post" button almost a year ago.
People, we need more Soundplane videos up on youtube and on stage… both! Specially technofear… you really sound like you're engaged in making awesome sound.

I think last time I saw one was at an NIN concert!

Definitely looking forward to more discussion on this; for 2017, Aalto's talent at making aggresive sound has mainly been screaming through the SFX in video-post!.

Mon, Aug 07, 2017, 11:25

I am trying out an old school mac! lol.

Is it possible to run SP Client inn 32bit?

Wed, Apr 05, 2017, 11:29

Techbear and Randy. I have no words. Ya'll are amazing!

I need to stay tuned, I have a RasPi tucked away somewhere back when I was attempting to make a touch controller of my own our of two force sensors!

haha super laughable.

Wed, Apr 05, 2017, 04:41

Useful to me too! Thanks! Can't wait to get home and try it.

These technical things always put a big roadblock in the ol' creativity. I'm waiting for Absynth to be able to use the Soundplane.

Wed, Apr 05, 2017, 01:35

Thanks so much! Super useful little list!

Does anyone know how the Parava interfaces with the Soundplane?
I can't imagine Soundplane not needing the Soundplane Client.

My ultimate set up would be Sounplane straight into a synth with no need for a laptop on stage. That would be apocalyptic!

Thu, Jan 12, 2017, 02:17

All good news to my brainium. After decades of Mac i'm looking at buying a Surface Pro, just for live performance with all of the Madrona Things and also for my illustration job.

Has anyone out there had any experience with the entry level Surface Pro and Kavio? Reliable?

Sat, Mar 19, 2016, 01:25

Amazing! Thankyou. I cant wait to go straight to the old moogs with this puppy!
I cant foresee any changes I would make during performance; just a little knob tweakery at the synth and of course peoples perception of ALL THAT IS REAL. Hahaha. No?


Sun, Feb 21, 2016, 13:47

Still excited about Splane to CV!
Any updates on this?

Was wondering if there's any possibility of bypassing running a modular synth or a laptop (eg: could load custom calibration data to the module via an sdhc card!).

We were music-geeking up here tonight and all want to get back to performing without cables and extra processing things. That'd be the dream; To perform with the Soundplane; directly controlling an Analogue module or synth without the need for any laptop action!

Love your work R! The soundplane certainly attracts attention!

Thu, Oct 01, 2015, 03:49

Haha! Thats so good to know that The Master also experiences this! I quite like the challenge of techniquing out the quirks of a new instrument. Its like learning a violacello;). And I have also been attacking he edges with a little more velocity than other notes.

I am loving spending time with the SP (which I have yet to name), and creating SP specific Kyma instruments. An edge-offset could be handy..

But here's a brain fart: A workaround for me, would be to create a larger zone out of the two lower rows givng a two-row Y position and leaving the top three to the default 4ths. That could be epic! Thanks for responding, R.

Wed, Sep 30, 2015, 00:38

So, so good. Randy, I tip my hat to you, sir! There should be an award for elite instrument makers, a few have started to spring up here in London but SP wins (hands down) for beauty and awesomeness and people saying, "what the hell is that?!".. Which we like!

So just a quickie: The extreme sides notes of my plane tend to offset touches inwards, playing ghost notes on the next row or note (row 1 and 5 triggers ghosts on 2 and 4).

I've had a good play every day this month and a hefty fiddle with the lowpass and thresholds. Have you any advice on calibrating this effect out? Should I play around the edges more for a while? Thanks for your hard work in these puppies!

Tue, Sep 29, 2015, 15:21

I have been looking for sinple ways to use SP with my Euro. Expert Sleepers does work but its a pain and I get few actual useable notes from it plus lappie is running far too many clients and cables now.. Specially since apple are trying their best to rid us of useful connections!

Oh man, a simple Euro Module with xyz outputs and a couple of offset knobs would be perfect. CV can be duplicated elsewhere. OSC is wonderful, Midi is a bloat. Loading up to three zone layouts and calibration on an sd card or nvram via the Soundplane client is all I imagine a euro person would really need! Cant wait to see how this turns out. :)!

Sun, May 10, 2015, 05:29

Um . YES! Make mine a double.