Sylphyo and GeoShred app
There are now six new world class Swam instruments as inapp purchases on the iOS GeoShred app, 16.99 euros each, including the Swam sax (the Swam sax for a computer costs 250$!) There is a midi setup in the app specifically for the Sylphyo. Anyone tried this yet?
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@reff Let us know if you try it we are curious about this!
Do the sounds work well with Sylphyo ?
@Support_AODYO I'm waiting to hear from someone else before I buy them ;-)
I bit the bullet and bought the GeoSWAM Flute.
The short answer is no (or not yet - see below). :-(
The long answer:
Before buying the GeoFlute I read the warning that it requires a MPE so I first tried experimenting with the GeoShred Pro using its MPE Midi input setting. By setting the Sylphyo to channel 2 and setting breath to CC7 I was able to play the GeoShred.
So far so good.
I also read that MPE uses Channel Pressure as Aftertouch. Sylphyo has Aftertouch but no Channel Pressure. However, I noticed that Respiro has a MPE-Aftertouch option for breath control. When I set Respiro to this and tried with Sylphyo set to Aftertouch for breath control it worked!
So was the Respiro MPE option mislabelled or was MPE using Aftertouch after all?
The only way to check was to buy GeoFlute and try. Which I did and you know the answer already. it doesn't. :-(
Some good news, if I use Sylphyo Inertial mode on Midi channel 2, the GeoFlute plays. This is because the MPE spec has global CC commands on channel 1 and note and expression commands on channels 2-16.
Hence I have the hope that if the fine folk at Aodyo were to add Channel Pressure to the list of breath control options, then it will be possible to play the GeoFlute with Sylphyo using channel 2. How about it @Support_AODYO ?
Please disregard my previous post, GeoFlute with Sylphyo does work! :-)
If you want to know how and are not interested in my continuing ramble, please go to the end.
I was determined to get GeoFlute working.
So since I already have Audiobus on my iPhone, I bought a MIDI converter, mfxConvert, with the aim of converting Aftertouch to Channel Pressure.
Activating the converter in learning mode, I discovered that the Aftertouch of the Sylphyo is really sending MPE Channel Pressure all along!
So what gives?
In the end the problem was really simple. GeoFlute only starts from C4 and covers 3 octaves. So simple that it initially didn't occur to me. I had been spoiled by the 5+ octaves of the Sylphyo. :-)
Once I started playing above C4, the result was spectacular. It is the closest sound I have gotten with my Sylphyo to my real flute up to now. I am amazed that a iPhone 6S can generate such a realistic sound. I still have to learn how to control the sound better but I am very optimistic.
I am not sure if some of the other CCs from the Sylpho will need to be remapped from channel 2 to channel 1 to conform to the MPE spec but I have mfxConvert if I need to.
Maybe @Support_AODYO can add a MPE output option in the future and save all this hassle?
So, in short, to start playing GeoFlute with Sylphyo, set Sylphyo breath control to Aftertouch, Sylphyo MIDI channel to 2, Sylphyo base note at C4 and the GeoShred MIDI to SWAM. I also recommend that the Echo and Reverb of the GeoFlute be turned off, at least at first.
Thank you for this clear message, very interesting and which gives the solution to the use of the Swam app. I am a flutist and looking for a good realistic flute sound but not at the price of Swam for PC or Mac that I can't stand (for original presets I'm a die-hard Respiro fan).
I have an iphone 6s plus but have so far never used it for music judging my studio to be better than an iphone which otherwise does wonderful service.
You make me want to test the GeoFlute app with the sylphyo but how do you use the output sound of the iphone: only with headphones or do you use the mini jack output on a professional mixer? and if so what is the quality?
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@reidid789 I connect the mini jack output to a Roland Mobile Cube and I am very happy with the quality of the sound.
The Roland has a surprisingly good sound when you consider its size. I like the iPhone/Roland combination since it allows me to be as mobile as possible.
Thank you, Fred for this feedback