If you’ve seen our demos for the Buchla Thunder Overlay - online or in person - then you’ve probably seen us show how easy it is to get incredible sounds from Madrona Labs’ Aalto plugin. Inspired by Don Buchla’s West Coast Synthesis paradigm, Aalto is a versatile and easy-to-use plugin which works particularly well with an expressive, MPE-ready controller like the Morph with Buchla Thunder Overlay.
Aalto uses a patching paradigm to map velocity, pressure, and slide gestures to different sound parameters. As the GIF shows (4th image in the carousel), it's easy to assign how your fingers control the sound.
Save 20%! Aalto retails for $99, but with our exclusive partnership we're bringing it to you for only $79 when purchased with the Morph.
All Bundles include:
- Sensel Morph
- Overlay(s) that you choose
License to Aalto, with over 30 custom patches created by Randy Jones, founder of Madrona Labs. These patches have a wide range of sounds and demonstrate how to use Aalto with the Morph via MPE
- Arturia's Analog Lab Lite synthesizer software
- Bitwig's Studio 8-Track MPE music-creation software
- 120 free lessons for Melodics™ - 40 each for piano, drums, and pads/finger drumming. A great way to build your skills & confidence .
Please note: We can't accept returns on the software portion of this bundle. If you're not sure, try the demo before purchase.
The Sensel Morph uses Sensel’s patented PressureGrid™ technology: a high-resolution, multi-touch, pressure sensing touch technology with a sensitivity range of 5g to 5kg and a tracking accuracy of ~0.1mm.
- Compatibility: Windows, OS X, iOS, Android, Linux, Arduino (see final product image for more details on compatibility)
- Dimensions: 240 mm x 169.5 mm
- Active Area: 230 mm x 130 mm
- Thickness: 6.75 mm
- Weight: 0.4 kg
- Latency: 2 ms - 8 ms (mode dependent)
- Resolution: 6,502 DPI
- Connectivity: USB, Bluetooth LE, and Serial
- Power: USB, Rechargeable Battery
- MIDI: USB Class-compliant, MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE), Bluetooth MIDI
Want more info? Check out our comprehensive guide for more specs, setups, and API documentation.
The Morph is compatible with any music software that listens to MIDI controls. Our user guide includes instructions for:
- Ableton Live
- Apple GarageBand
- Apple Logic
- Bitwig Studio
- Cycling '74 Max
- Image-Line FL Studio
- Presonus Studio One 2
- Propellerhead Reason
We've also tested these iOS Apps:
Steinberg Cubase, Avid ProTools, MOTU Digital Performer, Cakewalk SONAR, Cockos Reaper, Renoise, Traktion, etc. will also listen to The Morph, along with any music software that listens to MIDI controls.
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About Madrona Labs Aalto
Mac versions require OS 10.7 or higher. Windows versions require Windows 7 or higher. Windows XP and Vista may work but are not officially supported. All versions require a 1.6GHz Intel Core Duo processor or better.
You can install Aalto on as many computers as you like. If you want to run the plugin on more than one computer at a time, we require that you buy a license for each computer.
Read the friendly manual
Aalto’s manual has over 50 pages full of Aalto lore, tips and tricks, and a complete introduction to patching synthesis! Click to download: AaltoManual.pdf
Here's a detailed tutorial from Peter on using MPE in Aalto
Artists are digging the Morph + Aalto combo
"A little improvisation on a rainy Saturday morning, as grey skies hang heavily over the mood of the day. I love such simple set ups as this, using the Sensel Morph - a tablet-sized pressure sensor - with Madrona Labs Aalto software.
The Morph offers such a playful and sensitive way of approaching performance, where every little twist and turn of your fingers can affect the sound, very much like a traditional instrument like a piano. Here I'm using one of their overlays which emulates the design and functionality of the Buchla Thunder controller, and at a fraction of the price!
Aalto is one of my favourite pieces of software, a semi-modular software synthesizer with an innovative, patchable U, and here I'm using a patch that Randy, the developer himself, created. So this took all of 30 seconds to set up and play. Happy listening" - source