Anyone know of a bottle brush or other cleaning product that works well for the Sylphyo?
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RE: Qui utilise un bouchon / Who uses a stopper ?
The 00 size (https://www.widgetco.com/00-cork-stoppers-cork-plugs) does fit well. About 10% of the plug goes in the Sylphyo and the other 90% extends out of it. At least from an hour of use, it's secure. It was easy to cut a small triangular slice from the cork.
The perfect size would be just slightly smaller, but this size works fine. I tried the smaller size (000) as well and it's too small - it goes almost all of the way in the Sylphyo.
RE: Qui utilise un bouchon / Who uses a stopper ?
Although this is an old thread, thank you for posting these photos. Anyone else have a photo or description of what they're using as an air hole stopper? I think I'll try the cork approach.
The hole diameter appears to be about 6.5 mm (1/4") at the outside. I wonder whether a standard-size cork plug like https://www.widgetco.com/00-cork-stoppers-cork-plugs or https://www.mcmaster.com/9566k13 would work. They would be tough to drill consistently without a drill press, but one might be able to cut a triangular section out like @fcred did.
These are industry-standard sizes: size 00 is 7/32" - 5/16", size 000 is 5/32" - 1/4". It seems like the 00 size may work, so I just ordered a few to try. After they arrive, I'll post an update with whether they fit snugly and how hard they are to cut.
Tiny error in recorder fingering diagram (G#/Ab)
In the user guide recorder fingering diagram, I think there's a small error in the second fingering for G#/Ab. The diagram shows the 4th finger of the left hand open. Since this is G plus the pinky to add a semitone, it seems (and sounds ;-) like all 5 fingers of the left hand should be pressed.
The LCD/firmware is correct, only the diagram is wrong.
Hope this helps,
RE: Bb bis key please?
It just wouldn’t have been that difficult to add the Bb bis key and I’m confused as to why it was omitted. I could make other suggestions but that the bis key is a huge omission.
I think one part of the answer to why it was omitted, if not the entire answer, might be this: although it's a big deal (okay, huge deal!) to you, Sylphyo is trying to serve two fairly varied markets: people who currently play wind instruments, and people who play or compose with electronic instruments. The first category includes sax, clarinet, flute, and all the rest, and the second includes software instruments, hardware synths, and DAWs. While there are some shared needs (fingering! breath!), almost everything else varies. Someone using the Sylphyo exclusively to play SWAM saxophones will have different wishes than someone using it to play a dozen Eurorack modules.
So, it's a huge deal to a fraction (people who love the Bis key) of a fraction (sax players) of a fraction (wind players) of Sylphyo's target market :-) Everyone is going to have a "pet feature" they'd change. For me, it's the slider. It's physically impossible for me to reach the bottom 1/3 of the slider without lifting at least one other finger on my right hand and almost impossible without lifting two. If it implemented everyone's pet features, instead of being a good or great fit for almost all playing needs and players, it would be a poor fit for some. In this case, any additional button would complicate fingering for other styles and make a fairly crowded/dense device even more crowded.
With the Sylphyo, I think its giant advantage is that it has so many ways to finger, and to express/control, that one can come up with great ways to accomplish anything. They may not be exactly what one would do with a different device, though.
As a product designer myself, I think the most compelling suggestions/changes to the Sylphyo would probably (a) apply to almost all situations and players (including people who have never touched a sax and have no idea what a Bis key is, and people who have never touched a synth and have no idea how MIDI works), and (b) not make it materially worse (steeper learning curve, less expressive, harder to manufacture, etc.) for any of the use cases I listed above. That's a high bar.
I'm probably at most 50% correct here, so please consider this food for thought :-)
RE: Key bend MIDI message - Pitch Bend and/or CC 78?
@frank Great, thank you! That helps a lot, and I'm glad to meet you as well :-) Even as a brand new player, I agree about the versatility and I'm having a blast exploring.
Happy new year,
Key bend MIDI message - Pitch Bend and/or CC 78?
Hi Aodyo team,
Could you clarify which MIDI message(s) is generated by a key bend (by default in 1.4.3)? In case there are multiple, I'm referring to moving one's finger slightly off a key hole.
When I move my finger slightly off a hole, I only see Pitch Bend messages in MIDI Monitor on macOS. Pitch Bend messages seem like logical behavior. However, the manual says CC 78 is generated.
Also, in the firmware config, key-bend seems to appear in both MIDI Mapping (as "Key-bend ctrl.," default value CC 78) and in Keys (as "Key-bend (BETA)", default value "PB+"). I'm wondering whether they do different things or maybe the CC 78 mentions are leftover from an older firmware version.
I'm new to Sylphyo, so it's entirely possible that I'm missing or don't understand something. Please forgive me if that's the case.
RE: A few notes from unboxing
My pleasure for the comments, and thank you for a wonderful product. I'm enjoying it :)
Regarding your reply "For the charging indicator, you are able to see the Sylphyo charging if you turn it on while it is charging," that makes sense but the instructions say not to turn it on until it's charged. From "First Steps" (https://www.aodyo.com/user-manual-page-en-21.html#section-sylphyo-at-a-glance.first-steps):
When you unbox your Sylphyo, its battery might not be fully charged. Before turning it on for the first time, make sure you charge it for up to 8 hours. This ensures that the battery is not in deep discharge mode, which could prevent the instrument from functioning correctly.
A few notes from unboxing
Hi Maxence and Aodyo team,
I just received my Sylphyo and have had a great first 2 days. The product is superbly designed and a pleasure to play.
In case it helps Aodyo, I took a few notes as I was unboxing it. Overall it was easy to setup and the user manual is fantastic, so these are just tiny notes/ideas. Obviously I'm new, so they may not make sense :)
First few minutes:
- The printed quick start, manual, and quick start video all say to charge for "up to" 8 hours the first time, before ever turning it on. However, when it's off, there's no battery status or charge status indicators. Given that, a new owner needs to charge it for 8 hours no matter what (since we can't tell how charged the battery is without turning it on). That's what I did. Consider changing the docs to say to charge it for 8 hours instead of "up to" 8 hours and explain that for the first charge, there's no way to tell whether it's charging or how full the battery is - basically just plug it in and wait.
- I wish there was a subtle indicator when the unit begins receiving mains power (like the screen coming on for a few seconds, which would also let is show the battery status). I wouldn't want the screen on all the time that it's charging, but displaying for ~5 seconds after plugging in would be handy. That would eliminate the item above.
- The first few quick start videos are basically videos of words saying what to do (example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZnmMfIc1EI). Instead of a video of words, I'd rather see someone actually doing the things described. I don't really need the jazz backing track, but I'd value seeing someone do these things (and the text on the screen alongside them). Also, the scenes cut away so quickly that it doesn't really feel very explanatory. I think my ideal quick start video would probably be a single scene, no cuts, with someone doing the things that the words currently say to do.
- This might not be practical, but… if the user manual existed as a GitHub repo, I'd gladly submit changes (pull requests) for Aodyo to accept, reject, or edit.
- Tiny nit: the on/off button is a little bit hard to use with headphones and USB plugged in.
Thank you again for such an innovative instrument. I'm even more excited than I was before I ordered it :-)