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Tue, Mar 13, 2018, 10:17

A lot of code is shared between the plugins. If I fix it for one of them, I'll release fixes for all ASAP. Thanks for the reminder.

Thu, Dec 02, 2010, 09:35

STICKY: Aalto Patch Thread!

I'm going to make this thread sticky. It should be a good place to find and share Aalto patches. I'll try to post one every day or two for a while.

It would be cool if we could embed Soundcloud links here, but setting that up will take some time.

Mon, Mar 12, 2018, 21:39

Oh no! Thanks for the feedback. I'll try to reproduce this on Windows.

I will be sending out Aaltoverb as a freebie when I can find time. Have you tried Virta as an effect? It does delay and chorus type FX pretty well. reverb.... maybe not.

I point everyone to the reverbs from ValhallaDSP for great sound and value.

Thu, Mar 08, 2018, 10:19

I'm working on sumu as well as the CV interface for Soundplane.

Tue, Mar 06, 2018, 07:34


Mon, Mar 05, 2018, 08:47


Tue, Feb 27, 2018, 08:59

One more very different flavor to round out the semi-modular stable before I move on to other things. More soon!

Tue, Dec 20, 2016, 11:11

Winter sale.

Dear music makers,

In appreciation for your support, it's time for the annual winter sale. Use the code MAYTHEREBEPEACE on any of the product pages to get 25% off any Madrona Labs plugin. From now through Jan 5.

Sun, Feb 25, 2018, 13:43

I think the documentation is behind on this, so sorry if it wasn't clear. I'll take a look.

Wed, Jan 24, 2018, 18:51

Soundplane 1.7 beta available

I've done yet more work on the Soundplane code. In addition to fixing an intermittent error that a few people ran into since version 1.5, this 1.7 release adds new Mac system code to get the lowest possible latency.

link: Soundplane 1.7.0 beta 1 dmg


  • allow running app hidden / in background without added latency
  • fix redundant calibrate on startup
  • fix a stuck notes issue
  • add quick recovery after unplug / replug instrument

OSC has been tested here fully, MIDI less well. Please give it a whirl and let me know about any issues.

Full Kyma functionality may or may not be restored with this release. Unfortunately, I can't test that here. I'll try to get some quality time with a recent Kyma in the near future.

Sun, Feb 25, 2018, 13:30

This is the expected new behavior, more or less. One issue is that the present code can result in rare stuck notes due to UDP dropouts. I think it may make sense to fix this in the sender as well as the receiver. So I may send intermittent (but far less frequent) zero z frames if a voice is not active.

Sun, Feb 25, 2018, 13:25

Thanks for the info and comments on Windows 10. I'll update the documentation.

I haven't had a any other requests for a user-defined scales folder, so I'm not sure when this might happen.

The names in the scale files are typically things like "Mubayiwa Bandambira's Mbira DzaVadzimu tuning B1=114 Hz " ... which seems way too long for a menu. Better to save your own scale files you are using with more legible files names if you like.

I can imagine displaying the long descriptive scale names in a hover or help control at some point.

Sun, Feb 25, 2018, 13:19

This is part of the Scala .kbm (keyboard mapping) specification. If you put a .kbm file into the Scales directory with the same name as the .scl before the extension, Aalto (and the others) will load that mapping.

I'm working right now to release a revision to all the plugins that will fix some bugs in the mappings. So, if you think something is wrong, don't waste too much of your own time before deciding it may be my problem! And please post a report of what's going on.

Scala specification, links to .kbm spec

Fri, Feb 23, 2018, 10:25

I'll be there with whatever I can get done by May!

Soundplane to CV module would be great. Sumu is higher priority right now.

Tue, Feb 20, 2018, 07:47

Super, or, if you just tell me what scale you are hearing changes with, I can start there.

Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 09:26

There's no limit to 3. You can put as many as you like in "MIDI Programs."

Currently there's a bug with the sorting order. I'm pretty sure that's what is confusing the issue. I'm sorry about the inconvenience. There is a Kaivo beta out that has the sorting order fixed, if you are on Mac OS: Kaivo1.3.3b1.

Please let me know if that helps.

Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 09:22

OK, this is something I need to look at, it seems likely that High Sierra is changing how permissions affect the installer. I'll add this to my list for this update. Thanks for the info and please do keep me posted.

Mon, May 13, 2013, 13:45

Aalto T-shirts!

Just in time for summer, Aalto T-shirts are now in stock! Oft-requested and long-awaited, these shirts are the first physical artifacts besides the Soundplane to come out of the Labs. They start out soft, will wear in gracefully and are likely to give you super patching powers.

We asked our good friend David Chandler to tidy up his Aalto manual cover for a larger reproduction size, and printed it in a subtle aqua gradient on American Apparel’s Sustainable Edition organic cotton shirts in Galaxy Blue. Nerdy yet surfy!

We are selling these nice shirts for $20. Shipping is by US First Class Mail, for $4 within the USA and $16 internationally. PayPal will add these costs automatically when you enter your shipping adress.

Select a unisex size and click to buy:
SOLD OUT except for size small.

Thu, Feb 15, 2018, 09:13

I've been working to fix some bugs in scale handling. It's possible I fixed something that changed the behavior. It's also possible I broke something. If you can send me a test or explain how to reproduce, I'll have a listen.

Wed, Feb 14, 2018, 07:45

Thanks for the info, I'd not heard of that so I'll check into what they do.

Thu, Mar 06, 2014, 08:17

STICKY: Kaivo patch thread

A place for Kaivo patches! Just select copy to clipboard from the patch menu, and paste here to share.

Tue, Feb 13, 2018, 07:08


Tue, Feb 13, 2018, 07:08

Hey this is exciting news!

Tue, Feb 13, 2018, 07:05

Approximately. They could really be just about any aspect ratio and still work.

Tue, Feb 13, 2018, 07:05

Sadly, this would be kind of complicated and I haven't heard a lot of demand for it.

Mon, Feb 12, 2018, 07:56

The production Soundplane has approx. 1.5cm wide strips with a 1mm gap in between. There is very little crosstalk between the strips because capacitive transfer between plates edge-on is a very small effect. I would advise starting with one 2x2 sensor so you can test these things for yourself.

Mon, Feb 12, 2018, 07:53

I'm hoping some Bitwig user can chime in. I don't know what might have changed from Bitwig v. 1 to v. 2. Can you be more specific about what doesn't work?

Mon, Feb 12, 2018, 07:51


Mon, Feb 12, 2018, 07:51

If you have not updated in some years, the samples / presets location may have moved. Long ago it was all in /Library/Application Support/Madrona Labs... and now everything is in ~/Music/Madrona Labs. This is for Mac. For Windows it's /Appdata/Roaming/Madrona Labs.

You didn't say what OS you are on. Either way, the defaults should be installed to the correct place when you run the installer. If these didn't show up, maybe the installer had an issue with permissions. Please send me the OS info and maybe I can think of something else to try. Did the Madrona Labs folder get created?

Fri, Feb 09, 2018, 07:53

Thanks for the report. I suspect this may differ from computer to computer but I'll check out the release here ASAP. Hopefully I can reproduce the freeze................