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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Summer Updates From Madrona Labs

via Madrona Labs

"Summer updates: all the things

Hello from the Labs! A few months of quiet work on the foundations of things is wrapping up, and I'm feeling certain enough about it to give you a preview. I'm updating the core library behind Aalto, Kaivo and the new Virta for compatibility and stability.

Text handling has gotten an overhaul to allow for use of Unicode in patch names and registrations. If your name is Фёдор, or 郎, or you want to name your patch, say, デトロイトテクノ, we've got you covered.

Compatibility with Gatekeeper on Mac is getting added via a new licensing system that should be very easy to use. Because of the need to change the website for this, all the plugins are switching over to the new license code at once within a few weeks. It's a big change that should make deploying new versions easier for me, and should also make life easier for all users of the software.

Timing problems affecting Reaper and a Virta problem I introduced with version 1.0.2 are also getting fixed. Stay tuned for news about this big release.

Summer sale: all plugins 30% off

All plugins are now on sale through September 1. Visit the website, and use the code BEACONHILL on the product pages for a 30% discount on Aalto, Kaivo or the new, never-before-on-sale Virta.

Summer music in Seattle

I hope summer is treating you well, and that you're taking some time to enjoy the company of friends and good music. Here in Seattle, our season kicked off with a rare treat, a memorable, performance from experimental composer and long-time Aalto player Bob Ostertag. We did a last-minute renegade in the park, and the scene was like some cosmic garden party. Here’s a little video.


Bob plays the Aalto from Madrona Labs on Vimeo.

Bob Ostertag renegade show in Seattle, June 7, 2016


The Seattle Music Machines Salon is a monthly electronic music discussion group, sponsored by Madrona Labs. We meet the first Friday of every month, and generally someone presents on an aspect of electronic music. Last month we just had an open “patching circle” and modular show-and-tell. Lots of modular, monomes and some vintage digital beasties were brought out. Here’s a clip of the fun."


SMMS patching circle, August 2016 from Madrona Labs on Vimeo.

New faces and old friends, antique digital and modern analog.

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