Sustain pedal and Sylphyo
Ok here's another one - instead of learning circular breathing, I'm considering using a sustain pedal with my sylphyo, but with the default mapping, breath controls volume, so no breath equals no sound, regardless of sustain pedal.
Any tips for making this work?
It'll depend on the synth you use and the mappings you can make. In many monophonic synths, breath control is often mapped to oscillator amplitude and/or filter frequency, so it's unlikely that a sustain pedal will have any effect… Maybe a polyphonic synth can be useful for this, if different voices are allocated to each note, but I don't really know. It could be fun to investigate the issue with a Max/Puredata patch or a nice synth platform like Falcon.
This isn't a Sylphyo-specific issue by the way, so have you tried looking for how EWI/WX players use a sustain pedal?
Did some research on the EWI series: it seems that the new EWIs have a built-in dedicated "hold" button, which sounds a lot like a sustain - it can even be programmed to different functions. Default it holds just one note, like a drone, and allows you to play on, on top of the drone - which sounds more like a Sustenuto-functionaliy...
I'll see if I can experiment into a working setup.
As an aside I have access to lots of different synths, Omnisphere, Massive, Kontakt, Engine2 (Best Service), Play (EastWest),....so i will have to get experimenting....
Yes it does exist on EWI 4000
An other trick for sustain is to use an audio looper pedal ...not exactly what you are looking for but works pretty well