A discovery I made about 40 years ago is that it works really, really well to use a longer reaction time for any interval that involves a register key. It doesn’t seem to hinder performance significantly — presumably, as woodwind players we learn to anticipate the extra delay.
I think your fingering chart has some really good ideas in it.
Especially Rule 6: Raising the L1 for higher octaves would faciliate the work of the left thumb on the octave keys greatly (lifting/shifting). This should also work for the whistle fingering, or?
Hi Bernard, the XpressO and the Roland as inprinciple the same age: they both use samples. The Vl70 uses mathematical models of the instruments, wwhich means they react the same as the akoustic instrument. Like on the real instrument, when you blow to hard is overblows, generates the same overtones, so sounds more realistic. The learning phase is also a bit more than compared to a sample instrument..
Though rather old, people still come to check wat synth i used for some sounds..
I've also had my share of "what's that thing" and improvised 30-second demos for airport security officers :), but I never had any issue, be it with our without a case. As it contains a battery, you need to take it in cabin.
I also fly with some of our weirdest electronics prototypes without their enclosure and with wires everywhere, but it hasn't raised any concern so far.
I am handy with a 3D printer (see www.BreathFlute.com) and my newly-ordered Sylphyo is working its way though La Poste France (on it's way to the U.S.) ... Alternate thumb rests might be an easy project.
Je viens d'en acheter un d'occasion et j'aimerais savoir par quel moyen revenir aux réglages d'usine.
Je n'ai en effet aucun breath control dessus ! Sur tous les sons, quelques soient les banques, tout est en mode on/off avec la même dynamique..😤
Et le manuel, même trouvé en fr sur un forum dédié, est un peu du chinois pour moi...
Merci pour votre aide !
My GeoShred does not have a Sylphyo input. Maybe you are mixing it up with the SWAM MIDI setting?
Sylphyo is a pure MIDI controller. The GeoSWAM input requires a MPE controller. MPE is a complex superset of MIDI.
If you are interested, the difference (greatly simplified) is as follows: In pure MIDI note and control data are sent on the same channel. In MPE most control commands are sent on channel 1, whereas note data and some control commands (such as Aftertouch) are sent on channels 2 to 16.
Hence, in order to play GeoSWAM using the Sylphyo you will, at a minimum, need to use the settings that I described earlier: "Sylphyo breath control to Aftertouch, Sylphyo MIDI channel to 2, Sylphyo base note at C4 and the GeoShred MIDI to SWAM."
We actually used this! Led a music workshop for Native American flute players a few weeks ago - in person and with N95 masks over the are of the flute (upper middle) where most of the air escapes. Notice the masks over that sound hole area:
I started with 2 Casio horns and I used to love the Flute fingering which has D,E,F, and G above High C just by lifting your first finger and playing the higher note without having to touch the octave key. I read in the manual these fingerings are the same on the Sylphyo. I Love the aerophone 10G for natural sounds and the Solo for the syn sounds and the rollers make the lower octave sounds great. The aerophone was clinky because the side of my hands near the index fingers used to always touch and squeak. I have large piano player hands so people should be aware this can happen if you have smaller hands and that's why they changed it on the next smaller model. I needed the 2 speakers so I used my dremel to cut off the tops of 6 side keys, Top 3 side keys on each side cut off half way and the problems are over and you still have All the keys the EWI Solo does??? Now I can really get around those Classical midi pieces and I don,t plan on selling it. The first three days I got the EWI Solo I felt like sending it back because its so different from the Roland but day after day I began to love it, especially for the lower octaves and the Syn sounds. I'm sure the Sylphyo will take some getting used to but Its gonna be my 3rd and last wind controller?
It's nice to know it is on the roadmap. I understand that it's difficult to predict when it can be implemented and tested, so I'll be waiting patiently, I can understand also that it's not your main priority.
For the drone, I should have thought of that. I am going to try (so, if I understand correctly, I play a note over MIDI, then send the CC1, and that note will be selected? ‑ anyway, I'll try and find out how to make it work). Thanks for the tip! I'll report my findings for the forum (probably will be only in a few days).
I have used similar placeholders : like email adres : write frank =writef , domain name stdio> My nephew copied the habit as well.
If you ant to get rid of badblocks management: switch to ZFS , it is a dream come true. Too bad the team was bought by Oracle, but they all ran away and ZFS is and stays open source.
What is your usage of the Sylphio? I am originally a sax player (Tenor Soprano, two completely different beasts. Needs separate training to play both well. I played load because that was necessary at the times, which meant playing at home was nearly impossible. I had spare time: so i bought a synth (Yamaha SY99) and because you cannot have expression with a keyboard added a windcontroller. Found a had a huge new range of sounds. So WXX and kurzweil were a team for many years.
Exchanged the Kurzwejl for laptop with virtual instruments. Setup times and the continious fight for low latency made me switch to this new wonder :The Hydrasynth. A true very versatile wonder in a compact case.
I changed the fingering on the Syl to non sax : left pinky half tone up, right pinky half tone down. Works very well on legato play, but needs exercise, sometimes my mind changes back to original sax, more scales i than think.
Here is how I've set mine up: For the slide you can turn on the keybend on the Sylphyo (which will act like a pitch bend + and set it in SWAM software to your desired bend effect (I find that + and - 3 works well for what I like, but you might want more or less). You can also set the keybend in Sylphyo to send out a midi CC message which can then be mapped to any parameter you want in SWAM, but for my purposes I've found that leaving it on pitch bend works well.
For the mute, I use the slider to control which mute is engaged and the roll movement to control the position of th mute. This works well and is quite natural (at least when looking at the screen to determine the roll and the mute position).
Let me know if this is helpful for you! I'm working also on a little demo of SWAM with Sylphyo.
If this were a traditional woodwind, I'd say get a high school band book and learn from there because it will teach you the fingerings. You can probably do that for some Sylphyo fingering patterns, but I think there are enough differences you may get frustrated.
There is a series of method books for clarinet called the Lazarus Method. That's one option. Just use the fingering chart of your choice from the Sylphyo manual and work your way through the book. It's full of easy and challenging exercises and classical/opera pieces that, although intened for clarinet, aren't really instrument specific for the most part. Just bear in mind the book is intended for a Bb instrument, so you might want to set the sylphyo to transpose. That said, you probably have never heard any of the pieces in the method, so playing in any key probably doesn't make much difference.
the method is a series of three substantial books, and you probably don't need any but the first, but thre are a lot of fun pieces in books 2 and 3.