Any external sound possible without the Link box?
Hi I bought the sylphyo recently but it didnt come with a link box. Is there any way of getting external sound from it without the link box? It seems a lot to pay for it with no external sound
Peter Ostry last edited by
USB to Computer.
The Link Box has the same synth as the Sylphyo. You need the Link only if you want to go wireless and/or for direct MIDI I/O via DIN jacks.
Clint last edited by Clint
Here's an image with some options ...
You can go Direct to Headphones to hear the Sylphyo on-board sounds.
You can also route the Sylphyo on-board sounds Direct to a Mixer.
Software Rendering is a more advanced setup. You route MIDI over a USB wire to a Host that runs some rendering software such as a Sampler (Kontakt, for example) or a Soft Synth, typically running in a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). The digital audio output is typically routed to an audio interface and the resulting analog output is set to an output system - headphones, speakers, or an output mixer.
(The audio interface is technically optional: you could take the regular audio output from the laptop / host. However, you will likely not be happy with the latency - the lag in generated sound. Dedicated audio interfaces like the example Focusrite 2i2 are designed to reduce latency in a live sound setting.)
A fourth main option is not shown: Hardware Rendering. Routing the MIDI output to a hardware unit ("synth") that renders sound. Example hardware synths are a CraftSynth, a Yamaha VL70-m (a Patchman Turbo chip is recommended), or a DynaSample XpressO.
A hardware synth will typically take MIDI input over a DIN5 (serial) MIDI cable or a USB cable. If it takes input over a DIN5 cable, you will need an additional box to convert the USB to serial DIN5.
@peter-ostry thanks Peter
@clint thanks Clint
@Clint "...The digital audio output is typically routed to an audio interface..."
Is it because you use usb-host input of audio interface that the PC detect Focurite as an audio output ?
Clint last edited by
@fanch35 Yes, typically when I plug in an audio interface on a USB port to my laptop or desktop and install the drivers, then the available audio channels - input and output - of the audio interface will shop up alongside the pre-configured audio channels in Windows. (I think that is what you are asking).
Full disclosure: I do not use a Focusrite interface. It is a popular unit that I found a nice picture for the diagram ... I typically use RME interfaces - Babyface and UCX, specifically.
@clint Thanks !