@cg We release updates with no particular timeframes in mind, just when we feel they are ready! It takes a lot of work for a small team to release new updates. Watch this space and the Aodyo newsletter for news on the updates.
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@origami23 I didn't noticed something that strong but I agree it's slightly unstable in the timing.
Also something that would be great is to be able to have all the values for the pitch. I tried to set up on 5st but it's impossible. It jump from 4.9 to 5.1st. And it the case of complexes harmonics ratios, frequencies are beating in each others a lot... Would it be possible to have every single float values (by steps of 0.1)? I also tried to modify it on the synth and in the Editor and it just seems to jump from odd value to the next odd value (0.1 > 0.3 > 0.5 > 0.7 > 0.9 etc).
The motivation is different in my case. I'd like to do sound design with the Anyma Phi as a standalone device, no keyboard (in whatever location I want, sofa, park), then when I'm done, connect a keyboard.
You can kind of hack round this using the piezo with envelope follower rise and fall as ADSR type controls, but that's not really the same thing.
@andyhornblower Thanks for your suggestion.
The issue with that, is that we designed the physical model to play well in a certain range. And while we could feasibly extend it a few semitones lower, it becomes a slippery slope, as we need to rework the physical model to include lower tones, which then prompts people to ask why we can't go even lower, etc.
I hope this makes sense, we will consider your request as much as we are able but can't promise anything to that end. Let me know if you have any further questions.
My Yamaha Reface CS works too - plugged in with a USB cable to the USB host socket. That's a better choice than the PSS-A50 because it has a pitch bend lever, and 13 sliders/faders that send a continuous CC value, from 0-127... actually 14, if you don't mind using one with detentes (the Poly / Portamento selector isn't just a multi position switch - it can send values in between the positions).
Those can be assigned to control A, B, C & D (in the anyma phi settings menu), which is more convenient than turning the encoders.
The Reface CS can't take power from the anyma phi though - it needs an external DC supply, or a set of batteries.
I have the others in the Reface series, so if anyone wants me to check a particular one, let me know, but I assume they all work the same for USB-MIDI. The other logical choice would be the Reface CP, because it has 8 knobs that send continuous CCs, but no pitch bend, unfortunately.
I was thinking of the way Dave Smith / Sequential do it, which is to have a full set of NRPN parameters, plus a much more limited set of CCs that duplicate some of those, making them useable with just a CC based MIDI controller.
Alternatively, it might be practical to do a general numbered parameter via sysex or NRPN that's just an index into the patch data, like indexing an array. In which case, it wouldn't take so long to program, but it would still be a fairly large task to document it all, for the user manual.
while I generally agree, Sysex and Ableton is still problematic, as in, you can only do sysex via a maxforlive device. Ableton itself has no knowledge whatsoever about sysex (when it comes to external instruments)
I'm the programmer. Once the arpeggiator is done and the current bugs are ironed out, we'll release a v1.0.
But don't get too hung up on version numbers, they're just numbers and don't mean much. What matters more is that you're satisfied with your Anyma as it is.
I'd like to support SysEx-based loading/saving/renaming of patches some day, for the reasons you describe.
We don't plan to end support of old operating systems for now. In fact, I'm fiercely opposed to that due to the waste it generates, and I hope we'll be able to continue supporting old systems (Windows 7+, OS X 10.9+) as long as we realistically can.
Any detailed info about your crashes/restarts are very welcome (descriptions, videos, specific circumstances, any reproducible steps if possible; send to firstname.lastname@example.org and say they're for join). Our personal Anymas don't crash, and they can run for days without freezing in any way. If yours do, this is something we need to fix. As opposed to some other "reliable" bugs, these ones tend to be nasty because they don't appear reliably, every time you do a particular thing, so it's very difficult to observe them and find where they come from. Some aren't even software bugs, but hardware defects, which makes the problem even less trivial. Hence, the more data we get, the better the chance to catch them.
I want to upload @Broken-Gadget 's patches, how do I bulk import them into the editor? Drag and Drop would be great as well!
I made a start on them, then got distracted. I'll get back to it... However, I figure if it's not a problem to have the PC/Mac editor connected at the same time as the instrument or keyboard you want to try them with, it doesn't matter much because you can import one, try it briefly, then import another, and so on.
Again, could you please show the current version with a version number?
I've been thinking it should show the version number on the update download page. Otherwise, the only way to tell for certain if it's a new one is to download it and open the zip.
I've been wondering how we'll know when there's a new release, unless we haunt this forum regularly. I don't see any way to ask for a notification, or to get notified of new threads, for example in the "anyma phi general" sub forum.
4 I seem to have lost my great patch, although it was definitely shown as saved. What happened here? (Windows)
After finding the problem with renaming, and finding the workaround for that, I've been doing the same with each patch edit, to make sure I don't lose it. I don't know if that's needed, but it seems like the best bet:
Use File->Export, so you have a backup in a single patch file
Use File->Import, to import the same patch back again - because that's currently the only way I can be sure it's saved permanently on the synth.
The philosophy seems to be that changes are only saved from the front panel of the synth (with Shift+Right arrow), which personally, I don't think fits well with using a PC/Mac based editor. I'm not sure if there are other exceptions to that, but File->Import always works.
The patch-specific internal arpeggiator (the Arp parameter of the matrix that's currently unused) is the only feature missing before we can release a v1.0 firmware. We have no release date to offer, but it's in the high priority list.
@milododds I only do it as a hobby too. Thanks for your soundcloud link. That's an impressive collection of recordings. I've never recorded myself playing an instrument... maybe one day.
It will be interesting to see how the anyma phi evolves, and what else gets added to it. I like the idea of a brass simulation. The Korg Prophecy had one, apparently, but I don't know how useful it was. It seems to have been to hard to edit, for most people to do more than tweak the factory patches.
I'm very much in favour of one place to find user-contributed patches. Either
One thread (perhaps pinned ?) in the Anyma Phi section of the forum, or perhaps even a sub-forum of Anyma Phi General (similar to Early Adopter Lounge) ... either one of those.
Or get a new section set up on say https://www.presetpatch.com or https://patchstorage.com/
@support_aodyo Oh that would be super cool. Oh don't worry I'm a patient guy, as you get to my age (50+) you tend to just take things in stride. I'm a Kickstarter Super Backer and I love helping projects like this, Aodyo is a huge success. I also just got your Sylphyo + Link and last night was playing some amazing things, totally beats a keyboard when it comes to just playing with your heart and soul. I know I'm getting close to figuring out the Anyma Phi setup. If/when I do I will reply back with what I did.
@bibenu Thanks... It seems to be Click, then turn, to see Diagnostics. I hadn't noticed it on power up. It seems to be shown below the logo, but barely long enough to register on my retinas.
On trying the new editor version, from the 0.8.90 zip download, I was told I needed to update it, so I'm now on the newest firmware version and didn't see what version it was on initially, before I did that.
However, the same thing still happens.
To be clearer, it's on the percussive patches. If I turn it on, then play those without sending CC2, it works fine, but as soon as I send CC2 I get the problem - no note can be played twice in a row on the percussive patches, even if I switch to a different patch and back again. That persists until I turn the anyma off and back on again.
That's going to cause problems if I try to play those patches with a wind controller, and there doesn't seem to be any reason why I couldn't, other than that bug.
On the subject of the captcha system, how would a blind person join this forum?
I've spoken to blind musicians before, and I'm aware that blind people use the internet with screen reader software. How would they solve a visual puzzle, like that one?
I agree that the power cable is far too short. I've extended mine using a guitar pedal daisy chain lead, for now, with short pieces of silicone tubing pushed onto the unused power jacks.
Why not use a USB socket for power instead of the 2.1mm jack socket? Those are typically used for 9V or 12V DC, and even 9V centre negative, for guitar pedals. Would the Anyma Phi survive someone plugging in one of those, by mistake?
If it had a USB socket instead, it would be less of a problem because we almost all have a variety of USB leads, of different lengths.
This is described in the "Settings" chapter (p.48). You just need to go to the Settings (press the display encoder), and to "CC mapping". There you can modify the CCs for Expression and controls A/B/C/D.
@join Thank you for your response! That's a really good solution.
I missed something you had clearly stated in the manual:
"What this means is that you can actually have two
versions of the matrix in a patch, which could lead to two drastically
different sounds, and cross-fade between both using Morph."
The key there is that only the matrix settings are morphed. I have a Gotharman Tiny Little Deformer (sounds great routed through the Anyma Phi) which allows you to morph every single aspect of a patch, including sequencer settings and modulation routings and amounts. I'm not saying that the Anyma Phi should be like that - I'm just reminding all users that even if they are familiar with the idea of morphing from other hardware or software, they need to bear in mind that on the AP, what is morphed is specifically the matrix settings.
And I'll say it again, now that I understand it, the way you implemented that in the editor is very simple and clear. Thanks!
@support_aodyo I think he means adding the 3rd register flute fingerings. eg D3 has only 2 fingers left hand on, (index off, 2nd & 3rd fingers down.) The third register fingerings on the flute are the most difficult. 1st and 2nd are quite similar, but 3rd uses cross fingerings lifting some and pressing others not used in the first 2 octaves. I think you must give up this idea, and simply use the octave keys which simplifies this. See the Sylphyo as its own distinctive instrument, otherwise you will always struggle with this. Otherwise where do you stop wanting more similarities to the flute? For one, the D# key used mostly for venting on flute is not necessary... & there are no trill keys etc....
This is something we could decide to do at some point, but we haven't planned it yet, because there are third party tools that do this well. If there is enough demand, we might consider it.
With macOS, there is MidiKeys, and for other platforms you can use something like VMPK. Just tell the program to output on the Anyma Phi port (to send the MIDI to your Anyma Phi, not the editor) and you should be good.
Update: connecting both Anima Phi and Seaboard to the computer, Anima Phi didn’t freeze anymore. The question arises: does Anima Phi supply enough power to connect the Seaboard straight to the USB host post?
However, I couldn’t use the Seaboards onboard controls or aftertouch with the included presets. Maybe they are not programmed to be used with my Seaboard settings?
@friendly-noise As for the second question: so far in our testing the finish has been resistant but you should avoid scratching with things like sharp metallic objects on the lettering directly if you don't want to damage the finish! Other than that it's quite resistant. Let us know what you use to strike the piezo!
@ipi Agreed, very intuitive interface. The BSP worked 2 separate times for me but now doesn't work. I guess as support said, there will be a patch soon. I have a friend coming to jam this weekend with a keystep pro, an Impulse Command, a DFAM and a Bassline, so I can test it with those and report back.