I bought mine from Gear4music in the UK in December of 2019. It shipped via DHL Express the day after I ordered and it arrived at my place in Seattle 3 calendar days later. There were no other charges/fees, only what Gear4music charged to my credit card. DHL's online tracking displayed shipment status the whole way. Basically, it was indistinguishable from ordering from a US vendor.
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RE: Delivery time to U.S. and customs charges?
Tips for fast, clean octave+note changes?
Anyone have a preferred approach to changing both a note/fingering and an octave at the same time, and getting a clean sound?
I can do it cleanly when playing somewhat staccato, but when playing legato and playing a very quick passage, I hear a short unintentional transition sound. It's much less if I slide my thumb between the octave buttons instead of lifting the thumb up and moving it. If you've found other things that help (or have a video of your fingering), please share them :)
Anyone modified or removed the thumb rest?
Has anyone tried to modify, unscrew/remove, or make a replacement for the thumb rest? I find that the thumb rest is about 1-1.5 cm (1/2 inch) lower than I would prefer it to be. I think that's because when I put my right hand pinky finger (5th/smallest finger) on the pinky hole, my right wrist rotates in towards the Sylphyo a little bit.
I'm wondering if it's possible to 3D print a thumb rest that's offset about 1/2" farther above the thumb rest screw than the current one (or purchase a product from Aodyo, if it's something that y'all might be willing to try).
The left hand feels completely natural to me, especially with the thumb in any of the top 3 octave positions. My left wrist rarely moves when playing. Moving the right hand thumb rest a little bit higher (or removing it entirely) would make the right hand thumb position more like the left hand thumb position.
RE: Favourite Synth/VST with Sylphyo?
Measured by time playing, Logic's synths are what I play the most - particularly ES2, Sculpture, and EXS24.
However, if I was picking one favorite for a brand new user starting from scratch, I'd probably pick Zeeon for iOS. I chose it because:
- the UI is a joy to use. Exactly what it needs to have and nothing more.
- the patches are really expressive and they all sound fantastic. I feel like some synths (like Synth One for iOS) are intended for more complex patches that don't lend themselves to being played. Those patches already have so much happening that the player's expression doesn't stand out.
- it requires almost zero configuration. I usually just map expression/CC11 to filter cutoff, which takes 10 seconds (like this).
- the default patches include a pretty wide range (and third-party patch banks). Probably the weakest category is bowed instruments.
- it's $10 :-)
RE: Sylphyo with different hardware configurations
But if I cannot play the internal sound with the Sylphyo Bench, is there another possibility to play the internal instruments apart from headphones, the amplifier and the "Sylphyo with PC via Audio Out" solution?
Another option is to plug the Sylphyo audio out into powered speakers. Powered speakers are similar to an amplifier in that they contain both an amp and loudspeakers, but they're designed to be used with a computer or other source. Most computer speakers (like Audioengine, Klipsch ProMedia) are powered speakers, so most people already have them.
Look for an "aux in" (3.5mm AKA 1/8") plug on your computer speakers. As an example, on the Presonus Eris E4.5, the aux in plug is 1 of the 2 small plugs on the front: E4.5 photo. You only need the speakers and the Sylphyo, no computer, audio interface, or Link.
Tip: Confirm your output volume is 80% (particularly for Alto Sax Phi sound)
I wanted to pass along a tip for other users. I installed 1.4.5 and started playing the Alto Sax Phi sound, and initially I felt like the dynamic control was lacking. Basically, either I got full volume or almost no sound.
Before I posted here to ask for advice, I considered other causes -- and one that came to mind was my Sylphyo's output volume. I looked for the default volume and apparently it's 80% (here). I found that my volume was set to 60%. It's entirely possible that I changed the volume and then forgot about it, though I'm not sure why I would have done that.
When I changed the volume from 60% back to the 80% default, I had much better dynamic control of the Alto Sax Phi sound. This might be true of other sounds as well - I haven't tried them yet. I usually play external synths and the alto sax sound is the first one where I sort of had a point of comparison (namely, an alto sax) against which to evaluate.
I changed between 60% and 80% a few times to test and I don't think I'm imagining the difference in dynamic control, though obviously I have no way to say for sure. I yield to the Aodyo team if they say I'm crazy :-)
Hope this helps someone else!
PS: Congrats to the Aodyo team on this progress :-)
RE: Letting users create sounds (access to sound transfer app)?
Hi Reidid and team,
Nice to meet you. I've listened to the respiro demos and have been very impressed. I think SWAM Saxophones will be my next purchase but so far I haven't exhausted Logic or free options :)
Maxence answered this well, but yes, I think there are a few good ways around it:
- For everything: Sylphyo sends CC#11 (expression) by default. Most full-featured soft synths react to that CC in some way and nearly all full-featured soft synths can be configured to react to it. Note: although Sylphyo can be configured to send CC#2 (breath) in MIDI Mappings, CC#2 is not the default. If yours sends CC#2 instead of CC#11, check the MIDI Mappings and consider changing it back to CC#11. CC#11 (expression) is much more widely supported than CC#2 (breath).
- For non-modular hardware synths, check the manual and see whether it mentions CC#11, CC#2, or MIDI Learn. If it does, it can probably work pretty well with Sylphyo. As an example, Dave Smith's Mopho has this PDF manual and it lists Expression as a modulation source (PDF page 34).
- For modular/Eurorack, Maxence has much more experience than I do. If you want to get fancy, check out http://www.hexinverter.net/mutant-brain. I haven't used it. This page and this page have other ways to control Eurorack with MIDI.
- As a last resort, a synth could only use note velocity and still get fairly good results if it has other options (such as a way to adjust the baseline attack and decay).
If there are synths which you can't get to work, or can only get to respond to velocity, feel free to post about them in a new thread and I bet someone will have an idea :)
Hope this helps,
RE: Letting users create sounds (access to sound transfer app)?
Thank you for your thoughtful reply. That makes sense. I didn't have specific situation in mind, so I'm happy to wait. Right now, I mostly use Logic (Sculpture, ES2, or Studio Instruments) or VCV Rack, and if I could experiment with a different tool and publish the sounds, I'd consider doing so.
While I'm here, something else I've been working on may help other people. When I was getting started, I found that the documentation for using wind controllers with different software synthesizers either didn't exist or was very distributed. For example, someone might have posted a limited example how to use 1 synth in a niche discussion forum.
I wanted to show prospective wind controller players that they can get good or great results from lots of synthesizers (so they can confidently buy a wind controller), and let them get going - and start experimenting with different apps - in 10 minutes or less.
To do that, I started documenting "quick start" wind controller setups with many software synths here: https://github.com/troy/wind-controller-synth-quick-start. It assumes some familiarity with synths and MIDI, but not with wind controllers or any given synth.
So far, it has enough coverage of EXS24, Sculpture, Studio Horns/Studio Strings, Zebralette, and Sonic Pi. I need to write down ES2 and VCV Rack, but it's already enough for someone with a new wind instrument to get great results (probably even with apps they already have or with free apps). I'd welcome suggestions and additions, either as pull requests, issues, or email.
Letting users create sounds (access to sound transfer app)?
Hi Aodyo team,
Reading https://community.aodyo.com/topic/398/new-sound made me wonder whether Aodyo would consider releasing enough tools to let users create their own sounds (so users could create sounds and eventually, share them), or at least explain the toolchain that Aodyo uses.
For example, what parameters do you encode into a sound? Do you use a custom app for designing sounds, or are the sound parameters tested and tuned with other synths and then exported for use in the firmware?