Madrona Labs updates Kaivo synth to v1.1

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Madrona Labs has released version 1.1 of Kaivo, a semi-modular physical modeling synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.

Madrona Labs Kaivo

Hi there! For the past three months, I’ve been working on an update to Kaivo, and it’s finally time to roll it out. I’ve tuned up the audio engine, improved the graphics and spent many hours finding and fixing a whole host of minor UI issues that made people including me go “grrrr” sometimes.

Thanks as always for your support, and all the feedback you have sent my way about the 1.0 version. This 1.1 release is feeling buttery smooth here, and I hope it gives you many happy hours diving into sound.

Changes in Kaivo v1.1

  • Over 50 new factory patches.
  • Optimized DSP code (10-20% improvement).
  • Made demo reminder noise quieter.
  • Added a new audio import dialog.
  • Trimmed and optimized source samples.
  • Fixed a compatibility problem with Soundplane.
  • Improved model sonics in high frequencies.
  • Improved resonator tuning.
  • Increased range of resonator damping parameter.
  • Improved legibility of scope dials.
  • Fixed a problem saving the window location.
  • Fixed glitches in xy scope display.
  • Improved typography.
  • Improved granulator view speed.
  • Fixed annoying disappearing menu issue.
  • Fixed keyboard stealing issue in 64-bit VST.
  • Added case-insensitive sort for patch menu.
  • Fixed audio issues with body nonlinearity.

Kaivo for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available for purchase for $129 USD.

More information: Madrona Labs / Kaivo

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Voltage Disciple releases AaLTO 2 soundset

Voltage Disciple

Voltage Disciple has announced the release of AaLTO2, a new soundset for the Aalto synthesizer instrument from Madrona Labs.

Grey stormy seas, barren lunar landscapes, shortwave radio bursts from across the sound spectrum, futuristic percussion and solid analogue sounds await you inside our 2nd bank of sounds for Madrona Labs amazing synth Aalto.

This pack contains 82 new preset sounds in 3 banks for Aalto. With its modular background steeped in Buchla like roots, Aalto can swing, grind, flutter and burst into constantly different soundscapes but at the same time it can be nailed down to produce solid analogue basses, kick drums and exotic fixed percussion sounds. All of this reveals itself inside this new pack.

The soundset is available to purchase for $15 AUD.

More information: Voltage Disciple / AaLTO2

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Madrona Labs releases Kaivo synthesizer plugin

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Madrona Labs has announced the release of Kaivo, a new software synthesizer that combines granular synthesis and physical modeling, with a patchable interface designed for ease of use.

Madrona Labs Kaivo
The Kaivo semi-modular synthesizer by Madrona Labs.

Physical modeling is a way of making sounds using equations that model vibrating objects in real time. Like a picture is sometimes worth 1000 words, a physical model is worth 1000 samples. Every time a model is triggered, it makes a slightly different sound due to the initial conditions when the sound starts. This subtle variety can quickly give a very lifelike quality to sounds that would be tedious to recreate with sampling. Kaivo’s models include metal, nylon and gut strings, different sizes of chimes and springs, wooden instrument bodies, membranes and metal plates.

Kaivo brings some of the latest academic research in physical modeling to a patchable package for the first time. Mathematically speaking, its finite difference time domain (FDTD) models let the player reach inside the instrument and affect the internal vibrations at any point. This allows for a fine degree of realistic detail, like the bridge rattles on a “gut string” model, for example. And while Kaivo is capable of making very realistic sounds, it is also designed to apply this subtlety to abstract creations.

Expansive spatial sounds are possible in Kaivo, with independent panning available on grains, resonators, and body. Kaivo’s granulator feeds all of its models from a 2D map of sound with up to four channels. The body is a true 2D vibrating model of a physical object, with left and right pickups that create a spatialized mix of all the frequencies flowing through it.

Users of Madrona Labs’ Aalto synthesizer will find Kaivo’s design very familiar, with its fully resizable, vector-based user interface. Every control is on a single page. The patcher in the middle makes it possible to create complex patches quickly and easily, with connections that can never obscure other controls.

“Kaivo” is Finnish for “well,” as in, a deep well of sounds. Kaivo combines the natural qualities of vibrating objects with a huge potential for experimentation.

Kaivo for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $129 USD.

More information: Madrona Labs / Kaivo

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Madrona Labs updates Aalto synth plugin to v1.5

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Madrona Labs Aalto

Madrona Labs has updated its Aalto synthesizer for Windows and Mac to version 1.5.

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

Changes in Aalto v1.5

  • 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.

Aalto for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $99 USD.

More information: Madrona Labs / Aalto

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Xenos Soundworks releases Alien Technology for Aalto

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Xenos Soundworks has launched Alien Technology, a soundset for the Aalto software synthesizer from Madrona Labs.

The Alien Technology soundset contains 132 presets, comprised mostly of exotic machines, unnerving atmospheres, foleys, special effects and abstract sequences; with a small serving of intrument sounds to round out the collection.

These patches are paritularly well-suited to film and game scorers as well as producers of IDM/Braindance, Ambient, Avant-Garde, Glitch, Minimal Techno and Future Garage.

The soundset is available to purchase for $10.95 USD.

More information: Xenos Soundworks / Alien Technology

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