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  • RE: Sylphyo 1.5.0

    @Wlodzislaw This update is compatible with all Sylphyos.

    posted in Sylphyo General
  • RE: Sylphyo developpers, look at that and do something!

    We had a chance to try the R1 recently. It is very nice to hold and the lights are neat. It is targeted at beginners and occasional players with very low expectations regarding performance and quality, and the sound set is aimed at the asian market.

    posted in Sylphyo General
  • RE: Sylphyo problem with hanging/sticky MIDI notes

    To me, the NodeBB developers are clearly better at making claims than fulfilling them. I don't believe their moderation tools are unparalleled. Discourse looks like a much better engine overall.

    We already do IP and some email pattern blocking. User moderation is more difficult than it sounds because these bots arrive in huge numbers and have become quite sophisticated. Often they sign up with just a name and an inconspicuous email (typical actual users of this forum also have weird emails, which makes the distinction more difficult), and they stay like this doing nothing for a random period of time, only to "reactivate" one day by sometimes putting a photo, a website, and then posting spam.

    Anyway, yes, there remains a human element where we haven't put enough effort yet. The best thing would be to approve new topics, but it means we should organize to guarantee a maximum response time in order to avoid stifling new discussions.

    posted in Support
  • RE: Sylphyo problem with hanging/sticky MIDI notes

    @peter-ostry It's not that we don't care much about spam, it's that we're hit really hard by it, despite several (including paid) automated protections. We're currently pondering whether to transition to another forum engine to make this less of an issue.

    posted in Support
  • RE: VST version of Anyma Editor

    @zelio This has always been possible under macOS. Most people with this issue are using Windows drivers that present this limitation.

    In a future update we could maybe consider having a separate USB-MIDI device port dedicated to the editor (or if not possible at least let you dedicate an existing port to editor communication, which would prevent the port from being used for MIDI routing).
    In the meantime you can leave the first USB-MIDI device port to the editor, and use the MIDI DIN ports for your DAW, as @frank suggested.

    posted in Anyma Phi General
  • RE: VST version of Anyma Editor

    At this point, we do not plan to release a VST/AU version of the Anyma Phi.

    posted in Anyma Phi General
  • RE: The sound of silence...

    Unless a new Sylphyo appears with 10x the processing power, it's unlikely that it's gonna be able to rival computer-based physical models of winds, so no offense taken :).

    As for directions for the future, I guess it'll focus on the controller part (reliability, ease of switching between different configurations, more options) about as much as the sound part.

    posted in Sylphyo General
  • RE: The sound of silence...

    We do not plan to stop producing, developing and supporting the Sylphyo anytime soon, however new developments will arrive much more slowly than before the pandemics.

    Our intention has always been to provide instruments that can evolve over time and continue to work independently of computer OS evolutions and even of our own existence as a company.
    Since its introduction six years ago, we published 20 free firmware updates for the Sylphyo, much more than most competitors, and we intend to continue as long as possible.

    But you guessed it right, a small team fighting amongst giants is not an easy adventure, even more so when you're doing niche products. And COVID and the semiconductor crisis didn't help.
    We've been facing significant supply chain issues and cost increases, hence why the case disappeared temporarily, for instance. Even just making internal prototypes has become much harder and trickier due to this.
    Delivering the Anyma Phi took us some time, and maintaining production of both the Anyma and the Sylphyo is a very time-consuming activity in itself.
    Recently we've been busy preparing various trade shows (Synthfest, SuperBooth, NAMM) where you will find both the Sylphyo and the Anyma Phi (yes, not just at NAMM).

    Even though we're growing in the face of all cosmopolite microbes and Suez canal obstructors, we're just not enough people yet to have a decent capacity of parallel processing, so we have to deal with things one after the other.
    The result of all this, for the Sylphyo, is that v1.4.9beta is one year in the making despite being a relatively mundane update, and new developments will arrive slowly.
    The best way to significantly speed things up is to get more people to know and buy our products, so we're very grateful for @Clint's work and we encourage anyone to spread the word about us.

    I totally understand that some people find this an uncomfortable position to be in. If you depend on a product to make a living, you need it to be able to evolve at your own pace, and it can't be far behind your needs for too long before the situation becomes untenable.
    I'm in that position myself regarding computers: I support small open-source hardware and software companies and buy their products, but I can't "wait for them to get their sh act together" because I've got work to do, so I do my work on computers from a behemoth company whose ethics I despise and end up using both. The behemoth doesn't care about my use cases, and the little ones care a lot but is slow to support them.
    Either way I'm angry :), but I'm seeing more and more good things trickle down my way.

    Now, what's left for the Sylphyo?

    Major updates take time, and cooperating with others wouldn't make development shorter because it's often not a problem of not knowing how to do or finding solutions, but rather of finding the time to develop them and ensure they won't cause further issues down the line.
    We've been carefully listening to all the feedback we received along the years, and this shapes our roadmap for future major updates. But there are many things that could be introduced much earlier in minor updates, simply because they're easier to do.
    It's impossible to tell from outside if a feature request is trivial or not, only we can tell. For instance, the fingering changes Clint submitted were easy to do, but sometimes a seemingly insignificant fingering request could require major rework in some parts of the fingering system. Sometimes a blockage dissolves, and a bunch of requests change from hard-to-do to trivial, but we're not sure there's still interest in it.
    That's why it's important to us to constantly get as much feedback and ideas as we can, and we encourage you to do so, keeping in mind that only time will tell which of these ideas will end up in an update and when.

    I'll conclude this by giving maybe another perspective on the developments at Aodyo in the past few years. Yes, during this time our major focus was the Anyma Phi, but it would be an error to see the competition in Aodyo resources between the Anyma Phi and the Sylphyo as a zero-sum game. Many developments originating from the Sylphyo's firmware and synth culminated in the Anyma Phi we have today, which is much more than a few Mutable algorithms slapped together. The new knowledge we gained doing and perfecting the Anyma Phi will ultimately come back to benefit the Sylphyo in some form or another.

    …if you live long enough to see it ;).
    (just kidding, back to work)

    posted in Sylphyo General
  • RE: Latency of On-board Sounds

    Yup, that's about right!

    posted in Sylphyo General
  • RE: Fingering sax last update 1.4.8

    Hi Thomas,

    It wasn't practical explaining the whole thing in the release notes, but you can find them in the Fingerings section of the user guide. I've highlighted the changes in the picture below.


    posted in Sylphyo General