Nothing really happens...
Nothing really happens since the very beginning of the Anyma Phi... The instrument is not even advertized on Aodyo site and the firmware has not been upgraded for ages ! Is there anybody outhere ? Or is it due to the departure of Maxence who seemed to be quite involved in the Anyma Phi project... What should we expect ? And when ?
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TLDR: You're right that we haven't particularly been vocal since we shipped the first batch of Anyma Phis, and I understand that it could be worrisome. But rest assured, we've all been hard at work and some new updates will land shortly!
Maybe I can first shine a little light onto why you haven't seen much progress lately.
Due to the (still ongoing) semiconductor crisis, we suffered a grave shortage of a few chips that are essential to the production of the Anyma.
I'm sure you felt the effects of the crisis if you've bought or preordered something this year, and it has been especially hard for small businesses like ours. Considering the many Kickstarter projects whose production or shipping are still on hold since last year, we can consider ourselves lucky to have been dealt only a major blow.
Laurent has been moving heaven and earth to secure the vast majority of our components, but a few remained impossible or way too expensive to source. Thus, to continue producing the Anyma we had to redirect most of our focus over to redesigning and rebuilding one of the internal cards from scratch.
This meant we had to delay our update release calendar, as well as many other ongoing operations like the inclusion of the Anyma in our official website. It was a bit of an "all hands on deck" situation. As of today, the crisis is averted and we are wrapping up the production of the next batch that is planned to ship in December, so we're gradually more able going back to focusing on other things.
As for Maxence, as he was mostly contributing to user support/feedback and artist/press/public relations, it took us a bit of time to get up to date on his tasks and that also explains why we weren't very chatty in the past month or two. He has never been involved in design or software development though, so no impact on the upcoming updates or our capacity to provide them.
Now, onto the updates.
The initial plan was to iron out the wrinkles of v0.8 and ramp up to a feature-complete v1.0 somewhere in the summer. But with a software dev team of one (hello!), any major roadblock like "we need a whole new firmware for a whole new card" inevitably results in setting aside the update work, both for the Anyma Phi and for the Sylphyo.
In addition, as we designed the new electronics to perform exactly like the old ones, this leaves us with nothing new to show to existing users for a long time, which is arguably not a good way of demonstrating how grateful we are to all the early adopters. But exciting stuff is coming your way.
In the beginning of next week, we'll release an intermediary v0.8.107 that comes with bug fixes and improvements based on the feedback we received. It also includes a few new features, such as MIDI routing/thru options, matrix control via MIDI CCs, whole-patch control via NRPNs, and a delay modulator (which you can use to animate parameters using the same LFO but with different delays, for instance).
The next big update will come a bit later, and will propel the Anyma Phi into v1.0 territory.
It will include other features you requested (a day-long LFO for instance), the arpeggiator, as well as new oscillators, effects, modulators, and other features. In fact, it does almost everything we had ever planned in the Kickstarter, and then some.
It will also make the Anyma Phi even more independent from the PC/Mac editor, so that you can still enjoy your device long after computers join Skynet and rebel against all of us, or whatever other major crazy event that could occur in this century :).
I didn't even mention the biggest news, all of this is still kind of "classified info", but you'll hear from it quite soon.
In fact, for early adopters the wait won't be that long because we're going to share beta versions of that big update so that you can enjoy it before everyone else, with the official release rolling once it’s good to go.
We still need to finish and test a few things, and I also want to integrate some of @bibenu’s recent suggestions for the mapping screen.
After that, we’ll make an announcement on the forum for the beta version, with the release notes and the protocol for feedback (what kind of feedback we’d like, how to report technical difficulties or bugs… maybe we’ll create a forum category to centralize all that).
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@join Awesome ... can’t wait for the beta of 1.0 :)
@join This is super excellent news !!! Day long LFOs... I've been wanting these since my 1st day with this gear... MIDI CC matrix control !!!! So great !
Well... Looking forward to the beta... of 2.0 !!!
Thanks so much !