So, I bought a Sylphyo a few days ago, just because it seemed like an interesting thing, and I'm really happy with it.
I was curious whether it can be played like a whistle (I wanted to be able to practice the whistle silently with it) and I have a few thoughts and questions which I will share because sharing is good:
Half-holing: I was hoping to use the key-bend feature to do half-holing like on a whistle. It's a great feature and lots of fun; it's the kind of thing that separates the Sylphyo from earlier generations of controller. You can't actually use it to half-hole, though, because as far as I can see it can only bend an existing note, not start a new note -- so you can't play C natural by putting your finger down half onto the pad, but you can play B and then bend it up to C natural. Is this a limitation of MIDI? Or am I using it wrongly?
Fingerings: Neither 'whistle' nor 'celtic' seems quite right and I can't tell if I'm doing something wrong!
-- On 'whistle' I can't take my thumb off the octave key to go to the upper octave; I have to actually slide it up. This is a strange and (more importantly) slow motion, so 'celtic' is much much better. I also don't quite see why 'whistle' starts from C when D whistles are the default and six fingers down is generally thought of as a D (or perhaps 'generally' just means me...). For some strange reason I also can't perform a 'cut' on A (so I have L1 and L2 down, and I quickly lift L1 to make a 'cut'). It just doesn't react to that particular movement. Agh!
-- Celtic is better because you have very cleverly made the upper 'D' gingering do the right thing no matter where my thumb is! That's excellent, so I can move over the octave break easily without squeaks. But on 'celtic' I can't play a two-finger C natural (L2 and L3 down)! It plays a G instead! Bah! Curses! Also for some reason on 'celtic' both the pinkie pads flatten rather than sharpen.
Here is where a bit of configurability would make so much difference. At the moment I'm using 'celtic' for my whistle playing.
Thanks for listening!
I really like the Sylphyo; I love the single-piece design and I find it amazingly like an actual instrument to play, compared with the clicky buttons on an AE-10, for instance. If you make any cool add-ons I promise to buy them all right away.