Haha, I didn't mind the noise. I thought it was interesting and maybe it was part of the secret of why Aalto sounds so good.
It's still by far my favorite soft synth. There are other synths that sound okay, but thanks to the interface it's the only one I really enjoy using. The more I use it the more I feel I can treat it like a real instrument you actually play. I feel it's more performance oriented than most other soft synths and even a few hardware synths.
I really like having those basic building block presets. I was messing about with the two sequencer examples in the techniques preset folder today and got some nice one finger kraftwerkesque melodies.
Because I do a lot of live patching I've found I have to make presets differently with Aalto. Once I find a sound I feel I can use I make a preset of that, start recording the audio and have fun patching and turning knobs while playing my keyboard. I'm getting pretty good at having one hand playing and one hand using the trackpad. The low polyphony is actually an advantage.
Saving a preset of the end sound doesn't usually make sense because I often stop when I have horrible noise and can't fix it :p.
I wonder if there is a way to record the actual patching in a daw? I've tried making a bunch of small incremental presets as I tweak, but it doesn't really capture the performance. I should see if I could write an apple script that automatically copies the settings and pastes them into a document every X number of minutes. That would let me re-trace my steps somewhat, but unfortunately it stil wouldn't really capture what I was doing. It's an interesting and unique problem to have. With most other synths I've used I'll get a sound I like and maybe tweak a few paramaters as I'm playing, draw a bit of automation afterwards for various settings and that's it. It's a new way of working for me and I'm pretty excited about it!
You know, the waveform oscillator selector would look really good as a full circle and you could fit three more oscillator types too!
Sorry, the only reason I'm greedy for more features is because I enjoy using it so much!
Do you have any plans for more music software using a similar UI paradigm? It's so nice. A multi-effects processor that used the reverb, delay and some other effects(pitch shifter!!) would be pretty neat.
Anyway, I hope Aalto is selling well for you, it's really terrific!