In order to make as realistic a sound as possible, we've had to sacrifice a bit of expressivity in Flute Phi. This means that certain playing techniques such as staccato are restricted on that sound because of the difficulty of adapting the algorithms. We prioritised the realism over the expressivity.
In order to get a sound that will work better for these playing techniques, you can try out sound number 8 Chalumeau or maybe number 2 Daphnis Flute? Let me know how you get on with those!
We will of course do our best to improve this in the future and will let you know how this progresses.
@clint Thanks for all the technical details. For your concerns, I don't think you need to be worried unless you are being particularly harsh with your headphones and the Sylphyo! People have been using the Sylphyo for almost 6 years and we have had very very few complaints about the 1/8" connector or the USB port.
Thanks Maxence ... yes, I've got that ... but the "3" in "C3" could mean (as I've found out recently) many different things depending on the octave numbering you use. The Sylphyo (from my examining the MIDI stream it puts out) puts out MIDI hex 3C = decimal 60 for "C3" which is Middle C. That's the same standard that Kontakt, Apple Logic, Cubase, Steinberg, and Yamaha keyboards use.
However, the ISO standard that is used by Korg, Roland, and most of the piano tuning and composing world (and also the Native flute world) use "C4" for Middle C. That's why I was always off by an octave before I understood these issues.
Cakewalk Sonar actually uses C5 for Middle C, which is really confusing!
Yes! For my current use - Sylphyo => Link/MIDI => Cantabile => Kontakt 6 - the facilities for drawing response curves has been the complete solution for handling this issue. This was suggested and discussed in detail in this thread on the Native Instruments forum:
... and I have found that the flexible envelopes (drawn, rather than the table option) are a straightforward and complete solution. I have recently been using envelopes for other purposes - controlling parameters on modular synths using elevation and roll (have not tried compass yet) and that is a fantastic alternative to expression pedals.
For other scenarios that do not have the flexibility provided by Kontakt, I am not sure the solution. MIDI filters do not seem to be the answer, since they are translating MIDI to MIDI, not extending the bit depth of the MIDI stream itself.
There might also be an issues for sound libraries that are encrypted (locked) by the vendor, rendering the curve inaccessible - but I'm not sure about that.
... and Thank You@join for the amazing amount of detailed information!
You are not doing anything wrong.
The up/down buttons are only providing this next/previous feature when NOT paired with the Sylphyo. When you are using the Sylphyo this is achieved by the Sylphyo keys instead.
C'est une idée intéressante et ça serait en effet bien pratique. En gros, il faudrait que si le pouce arrive sur une zone ignorée, on puisse contrôler le bord haut quand le pouce se déplace dessus, sans avoir à lever le pouce, c'est ça ?
En tous cas, c'est noté et ça pourrait faire l'objet d'une amélioration dans une de nos futures mises à jour.
En attendant, peut-être qu'une façon de contourner le problème pourrait être de mettre une "Taille du pouce" plus grande pour donner plus d'espace aux zones "haut" et "bas" du slider ?
@fluterer Hello, no you are correct the Flute Phi does not (yet!) respond to pitch bend as that had some unforeseen side effects on the sound. We are still working on that and it is part of the growing process for our new Physical Modelling sound engine.