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The Aalto Synthesizer and


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The past few weeks, in my spare time, I've been playing with a software synthesizer called the Aalto, from Madrona Labs.  It's modeled after a Buchla synthesizer, which is probably out of the price range for most of us.  The Aalto is $100 USD, which is reasonable for the rich and textured sound this software creates.  It's modeled after a modular synth, but it's not fully modular - it's hardwired at certain points, but you still have the patching and tweaking of a modular.

Flyaway Tigers - Album



For the first time ever, you can now pay real internet bucks to download the Flyaway Tigers self titled album.  $2.99 gets you 10 tracks in your choice of formats, lyrics and album artwork.  Rumors abound of a new album in the works to be released sometime this year.  We hope you enjoy!

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GarageBand and SooperLooper



I've been doing a bit of research for some looping videos on - trying to push the limits of what you would think GarageBand can do.  Unfortunately the limits have been adjusted downwards lately in the name of usability.  Maybe I shouldn't have given up so easily, but I think I'm done.  One problem is that GarageBand automatically adjusts latency, where you used to be able to pick your latency, that is no longer an option.  Good for the average user I suppose.  This would lead to problems with using Jack to pipe audio around - al

Recorded this on my iPad using GarageBand



I used the onboard microphone on the iPad to record this little snippet.  Had to put it all the way across the room to do the drums - there's still not input gain on the thing.  I wonder if that's a hardware limitation....

Totally mixed on the ipad using the onboard compression effect on the external mic/ small room setting.  Doesn't really sound horrible, does it?

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