Aalto

Category Audio Production / Virtual Instruments
Version 1.5
Format AUVST
Compatibility AaltoMacOS X Intel
Licence Commercial Software
Price $99  /  79€
Rating
Updated On Feb 18, 2014
Total Downloads 1,141
Mac Downloads 976
Category Audio Production / Virtual Instruments
Version 1.5
Format VST
Compatibility AaltoWindows
Licence Commercial Software
Price $99  /  79€
Rating
Updated On Feb 18, 2014
Total Downloads 1,141
PC Downloads 165

Semi-modular synthesizer

Aalto is a new semi-modular software synthesizer with an innovative, patchable UI, distinctive sounds, and a charming personality.

Aalto's sound engine lets you create sounds that have been difficult or impossible to make with softsynths before now. The heart of Aalto is a Buchla-inspired complex oscillator, with FM, timbre and waveshape controls that enable a wide range of expressive sounds. These sounds are uniquely malleable and alive, in part because they are made with dynamic calculation, not static wavetables.

Aalto is designed as much for sequencing patterns as for playing individual notes. Each voice has a separate, built-in sequencer with a patchable, independently controllable rate and offset that make it easy to achieve evolving, chaotic textures.

Each voice also includes...
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Aalto is a new semi-modular software synthesizer with an innovative, patchable UI, distinctive sounds, and a charming personality.

Aalto's sound engine lets you create sounds that have been difficult or impossible to make with softsynths before now. The heart of Aalto is a Buchla-inspired complex oscillator, with FM, timbre and waveshape controls that enable a wide range of expressive sounds. These sounds are uniquely malleable and alive, in part because they are made with dynamic calculation, not static wavetables.

Aalto is designed as much for sequencing patterns as for playing individual notes. Each voice has a separate, built-in sequencer with a patchable, independently controllable rate and offset that make it easy to achieve evolving, chaotic textures.

Each voice also includes a lowpass gate module with a vactrol emulation in the control path. The vactrol equation slows down the response to incoming control signals through a complex nonlinear filter. You can turn the vactrol response down to instantaneous, or up to a pronounced ring.

Following the lowpass gate is a patchable waveguide / delay module with a waveshaper and a peaking EQ built into the feedback loop. Because it has such short and controllable delay times, unlike a typical analog delay, it can be used as an additional oscillator or waveguide.

Aalto's filter is a state-variable topology with mixable simultaneous outputs, tuned to have a similar range to an Oberheim SEM filter. (Though I couldn't resist turning up the resonance just a little more.)

Subjectively speaking, Aalto can make a wide range of sounds, from lush to edgy, including some very complicated ones, without sounding too thick in a mix. Aalto's sounds are not hyped or confined, they are wide-range, open and natural. We hope our approach will appeal to experienced sound designers who have their own favorite EQs and limiters. And for those just getting into synthesis, Aalto is an accurate and honest tool for learning. We have tried to make Aalto a deep instrument that will reward lasting engagement.
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Mac OS 10.5 or higher. 1.6GHz Intel Core Duo processor or better.
Windows XP, 7 or 8
Aalto Aalto v 1.5 Feb 18, 2014 MacOS X Intel
Fixed an issue that was slowing down Aalto dramatically on some Windows systems.
Fixed an issue requiring a runtime support pack on some Windows systems.
Improved latency through the patcher when running at large host buffer sizes.
Aalto now draws at full resolution on Macintosh Retina Display, in compatible hosts.
Aalto is now compatible with Soundplane version 1.0 and higher.
Fix mousewheel direction on Mac OS 10.7 and higher.
Accelerated drawing to the screen on Mac OS with OpenGL.
Optimized drawing scheduling to avoid glitches, especially in Logic.
User and factory presets now share the same location.
Improved ergonomics of patcher with larger handles and smoother graphics.
Fixed a drawing problem with bipolar dials.
Improved drag ergonomics for dials.
Madrona Labs Aalto Aalto v 1.4.1 Aug 5, 2013 MacOS X Intel
This fixes the Logic validation problem some people were seeing on Mac OS 10.8.
Madrona Labs Aalto v 1.4 Jul 30, 2013 MacOS X Intel
Over 100 new presets
KEY module now recognizes MIDI sustain messages
fixed LFO self loop problem
SEQ: quantize now snaps to current scale in KEY module
touches over OSC / Soundplane are now quantized on release
fixed problem scanning MIDI programs in MainStage
fixed possible crash with preset menu in MainStage
fixed unison mode for OSC / Soundplane
fixed zipper noise in OSC / Soundplane input
fixed possible OSC-related crash in Ableton Live
fixed a problem with OSC / Soundplane input when UI was not open
fixed a problem loading presets with default tuning
fixed a problem where window could become stuck after maximizing
sounds Aalto v 1.3.2 Jan 25, 2013 MacOS X Intel
Added new patch save features:
  • quick save as version

  • save (over existing)

  • revert to saved

  • added revert to saved via MIDI (program change 128)
    fixed sync problems in sequencer
    fixed signal viewer cold startup in UI
    restored bipolar dials in UI
    delay Aalto v 1.3.0 Nov 16, 2012 MacOS X Intel
  • redesigned, rewritten, vector-based, smoothly resizeable UI

  • DSP optimizations

  • Open Sound Control input for Soundplane / t3d format controllers

  • fixed key stealing in Ableton Live

  • fixed Fxpansion RTAS wrapper compatibility

  • improved dial / mouse wheel ballistics

  • fixed Logic noise burst bug of doom

  • sync by ratios to host sequencer

  • added MIDI program change automation

  • store window location / num / anim prefs with saved data, not patch

  • fix startup / shutdown issues affecting Max/MSP, Reaper

  • KEY: added two MIDI modulation outputs

  • KEY: rearranged knobs for Soundplane/t3d switch

  • SEQ: added random sequence button

  • SEQ: added steps signal input

  • SEQ: allow fine delay time changes in steps of 0.1

  • ENV: increased attack, decay ranges

  • ENV2: added delay, attack signal inputs

  • LFO: add level signal input

  • OSCILLATOR: fix linear pitch input range

  • patcher: fixed sticky signal displays

  • patcher: display bipolar signals as absolute
  • vactrol Aalto v 1.2.6 Jul 26, 2011 MacOS X Intel
    Improved performance!
    optimized patch loading
    fixed Logic dropouts, improved Logic CPU spikes
    fixed Live 7 UI hangs
    fixed Sonar crash
    fixed Maschine scan crash
    fixed multislider parameter behavior
    added debug diagnostics
    smaller executable
    aalto's Aalto v 1.2 Jun 13, 2011 MacOS X Intel
  • Mac and Windows VST versions added

  • 64-bit Mac AU / VST added

  • 64-bit Windows VST added

  • Improved performance (20-50% faster than version 1.1)

  • Brand new patching interface

  • New cross-platform preset format

  • Improved dial ballistics

  • Over 100 new presets from Richard Devine, Rory Dow, Surachai, Edward Ten Eyck and Madrona Labs.
  • Aalto Aalto v 1.5 Feb 18, 2014 Windows
    Fixed an issue that was slowing down Aalto dramatically on some Windows systems.
    Fixed an issue requiring a runtime support pack on some Windows systems.
    Improved latency through the patcher when running at large host buffer sizes.
    Aalto now draws at full resolution on Macintosh Retina Display, in compatible hosts.
    Aalto is now compatible with Soundplane version 1.0 and higher.
    Fix mousewheel direction on Mac OS 10.7 and higher.
    Accelerated drawing to the screen on Mac OS with OpenGL.
    Optimized drawing scheduling to avoid glitches, especially in Logic.
    User and factory presets now share the same location.
    Improved ergonomics of patcher with larger handles and smoother graphics.
    Fixed a drawing problem with bipolar dials.
    Improved drag ergonomics for dials.
    Madrona Labs Aalto Aalto v 1.4 Jul 30, 2013 Windows
    Over 100 new presets
    KEY module now recognizes MIDI sustain messages
    fixed LFO self loop problem
    SEQ: quantize now snaps to current scale in KEY module
    touches over OSC / Soundplane are now quantized on release
    fixed problem scanning MIDI programs in MainStage
    fixed possible crash with preset menu in MainStage
    fixed unison mode for OSC / Soundplane
    fixed zipper noise in OSC / Soundplane input
    fixed possible OSC-related crash in Ableton Live
    fixed a problem with OSC / Soundplane input when UI was not open
    fixed a problem loading presets with default tuning
    fixed a problem where window could become stuck after maximizing
    Madrona Labs Aalto v 1.3.2 Jan 25, 2013 Windows
    Added new patch save features:
  • quick save as version

  • save (over existing)

  • revert to saved

  • added revert to saved via MIDI (program change 128)
    fixed sync problems in sequencer
    fixed signal viewer cold startup in UI
    restored bipolar dials in UI
    sounds Aalto v 1.3.0 Nov 16, 2012 Windows
  • redesigned, rewritten, vector-based, smoothly resizeable UI

  • DSP optimizations

  • Open Sound Control input for Soundplane / t3d format controllers

  • fixed key stealing in Ableton Live

  • fixed Fxpansion RTAS wrapper compatibility

  • improved dial / mouse wheel ballistics

  • fixed Logic noise burst bug of doom

  • sync by ratios to host sequencer

  • added MIDI program change automation

  • store window location / num / anim prefs with saved data, not patch

  • fix startup / shutdown issues affecting Max/MSP, Reaper

  • KEY: added two MIDI modulation outputs

  • KEY: rearranged knobs for Soundplane/t3d switch

  • SEQ: added random sequence button

  • SEQ: added steps signal input

  • SEQ: allow fine delay time changes in steps of 0.1

  • ENV: increased attack, decay ranges

  • ENV2: added delay, attack signal inputs

  • LFO: add level signal input

  • OSCILLATOR: fix linear pitch input range

  • patcher: fixed sticky signal displays

  • patcher: display bipolar signals as absolute
  • delay Aalto v 1.2.6 Jul 26, 2011 Windows
    Improved performance!
    optimized patch loading
    fixed Logic dropouts, improved Logic CPU spikes
    fixed Live 7 UI hangs
    fixed Sonar crash
    fixed Maschine scan crash
    fixed multislider parameter behavior
    added debug diagnostics
    smaller executable
    vactrol Aalto v 1.2 Jun 13, 2011 Windows
  • Mac and Windows VST versions added

  • 64-bit Mac AU / VST added

  • 64-bit Windows VST added

  • Improved performance (20-50% faster than version 1.1)

  • Brand new patching interface

  • New cross-platform preset format

  • Improved dial ballistics

  • Over 100 new presets from Richard Devine, Rory Dow, Surachai, Edward Ten Eyck and Madrona Labs.
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