French company Aodyo’s innovative Sylphyo wind controller was first noted in SOS in early 2015, and we covered improvements to the system a year ago (see https://sosm.ag/Sylphyo2018). Now it’s more easily available in the UK via Gear4Music, and in North America via Canadian store Long & McQuade.
To recap, Sylphyo differs from other wind controllers, which simply sense blown air pressure. Here, air passes all the way through the instrument, making for a more natural feel for existing wind players without compromising those learning Sylphyo from scratch. The French controller also contains inertial sensors, allowing players to alter the sound they’re triggering by shaking, tilting or tipping Sylphyo while playing, and a further expression slider on the side of the body outputs up to three MIDI controllers.
In the UKNorth America, a Sylphyo on its own now costs £669 from Gear4Music1099 Canadian dollars from Long & McQuade, while a system with the Link wireless receiver (above) is £899CA$1614. A complete kit containing Sylphyo, the Link unit, a carry case and two spare mouthpieces costs £979CA$1754.