Smooth Register Breaks
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Any advice on how to achieve smooth transitions between octaves (registers) during legato play?
My register breaks are beset with the usual POPs and BEEPs you might expect from not all fingers arriving on their pads at the same time. Mostly the thumb, of course ... I don't have these issues when planting or removing multiple fingers on the front of the instrument.
I've set Reaction Time to 1ms, primarily because it (seems to) globally affect latency, and I'm a bit (bit??) of a latency minimizing fanatic. But even at 10ms I'm getting POPs and BEEPs.
I thought it might be that I am using a fingering (NAF+) that goes up an octave when you lift the thumb. However, switching to the NAF fingering, which does not respond to lifting the thumb, shows no improvement.
Any suggestions welcome ...
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In addition to a reasonable Reaction time, you'll have to increase Reaction time octaves too.
The pops and beeps you hear are the Sylphyo pick up the slightest action your fingers are doing, because with a short latency, the onus is on you to perfectly synchronize your fingers. And that's pretty hard to do :), because we're not as agile with our thumbs as with our other fingers.
So the two options are training hard, or increasing reaction time.
Now, note that these Reaction time settings only determine the time the Sylphyo takes to take your fingering changes into account, only when you are playing legato (already blowing into the horn, and going from one note to another).
So even a very high reaction time should not increase the time between your breath and the corresponding sound you hear.
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@join Thanks for that!
Been playing with Reaction Time and Reaction Time Octaves and I'm getting the feeling that Reaction Time Octaves only comes in to play when I move from one thumb pad to another. My issue seems to occur mostly when I lift my thumb (and simultaneously change fingering on the front side).
In the fingering I'm using, lifting the thumb goes up an octave ... but this seems to use the Reaction Time delay and not the Reaction Time Octaves delay. Is that correct??
One solution is to introduce a very slight articulation to interrupt the airflow. I've started doing this subconsciously and this reduces artifacts (pops and beeps) substantially.