This page contains detailed information about how to use, update, and troubleshoot your Aodyo products. We try to keep it as accurate as possible, and we hope it will serve you well.

Below you can find the Sylphyo user guide in printable form, a FAQ that may be helpful for troubleshooting, and all updates for our products.

If despite these resources you can still find no solution to your problems, you may want to explore our community forum, where all Sylphyo users meet and discuss, or even directly contact us at sup_remove_port@ao_remove_dyo.co_remove_m.

Last software update

Sylphyo 1.3.1 (20 December 2018)

One new sound

To install the update, click on the link below corresponding to your operating system, then follow the instructions:

Click here for more details and former versions.

User guide

Last updated: 20 December 2018.

Frequently asked questions

General questions

The Sylphyo is wireless – but is it Bluetooth compatible?

No: Bluetooth is not good enough for instrumental performance. The Sylphyo uses a proprietary wireless system (hence the receiver device) that is very reliable, with a negligible response time (less than a millisecond).

Is there a fingering for my instrument?

If you already play the recorder, the whistle, the saxophone, the clarinet, the oboe, the flute, or the hulusi, you will find a fingering close to your instrument.

Otherwise, if you have a less common instrument and you think it is possible to adapt its fingering to the Sylphyo, contact us and we'll design something together.

The Sylphyo only has eight note keys. Can I still play any note?

Of course, you can play the twelve notes of the equal temperament system used in most Western music.

In addition, as the Sylphyo allows techniques such as key-bending, you can perform some other notes as well (for instance, you can bend some of these notes upwards by moving your fingers a bit outside note keys).

How does the mouthpiece work? Is there a reed system?

The mouthpiece of the Sylphyo is quite simple: you just blow into it like a recorder. Thus, there is no actual or simulated reed.

This means that, for the moment, you will not be able to finely adjust pitch, perform vibratos, or squeak (however, you can already perform fluttertongues and other articulation-related effects).

Note that the mouthpiece is removable: in the future, you will be able to replace it with an active mouthpiece equipped with sensors that will make these effects (and more) possible. This active mouthpice is currently being developed, but once it is available, you will be able to simply buy it and install it onto your Sylphyo.

Installation issues

I unboxed the Sylphyo and turned it on, but when I try to play I hear no sound

Even though it features a headphone output, the Sylpho isn't yet able to synthesize its own sounds. For now, it only works as a MIDI controller; that is, it allows you to control the sound of a synthesizer or of a computer to which it is connected, via the receiver device. Please refer to chapter Getting Started in the user guide to install your Sylphyo.

Note, though, that Aodyo is working on a synthesizer expansion board that will turn the Sylphyo into a totally standalone instrument.

My synthesizer or computer doesn’t receive any MIDI signal from the Sylphyo

If you suspect the problem comes from the Sylphyo or from its receiver device, try to turn them off and on again. In addition, check that these items are paired. If not, please follow the pairing procedure described in chapter Getting Started in the user guide.

I’d like to use my Sylphyo under Linux or Android

We do not provide any official support for using the Sylphyo under Linux or Android, and we did not test it under these platforms. However, we’d be thrilled if you could tell us about your experiences with the Sylphyo under these platforms. Contact us!

Use and performance issues

I can’t hear the sound of my synthesizer or of my virtual instrument, yet I can receive MIDI messages from the Sylphyo

First, check the configuration of your synthesizer or your virtual instrument. It is sometimes very easy to accidentally set their volume to zero.

If everything seems correct, maybe your synth or virtual instrument understands MIDI CC7 Volume messages, which can be sent form the Sylphyo when you change the volume quick setting. Therefore, please also check that the volume on the Sylphyo has been set high enough.

It looks like the Sylphyo doesn’t properly respond to my breath or to my fingerings

Try turning your Sylphyo off and on again, but do not to blow into the mouthpiece or press any key before the main screen is displayed.

Always think of doing so before turning the Sylphyo on, because it undergoes a short calibration phase during which breath and capacitive sensors are automatically tuned in order to ensure an optimal response. Therefore, it is important not to disturb this mechanism.

How can I setup the Sylphyo to be more reactive?

The default settings are designed so that most users can learn to use the Sylphyo easily and in any kind of situation. However, these settings are not optimal regarding reactivity, and some people prefer having as short a delay as possible between their gestures and the audio output.

Set breath frequency (Breath section of the Settings menu) to the highest value possible, set key reaction time to 0ms and disable the More sensitive option (Keys section), then check on your computer or synthesizer that it uses as few audio inputs as possible, as well as the smallest buffer size (or latency) possible.

Reactivity is also affected by some settings in the virtual instrument or synthesizer. You might want to decrease attack time on amplification envelopes, as well as portamento or glide if this is not a desired effect.

I turned my Sylphyo on but the display never turns on

The Sylphyo might take up to 5 seconds before the display turns on. However, if you have waited for longer than 5 seconds and the display still doesn’t turn on, please charge your Sylphyo by connecting it to the mains via the 5W charger.

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Sylphyo 1.3.1 (20 December 2018)

One new sound

New sound:

  • Chalumeau: A physical model inspired by an ancestor of the clarinet.

Don't forget to apply this update on both your Sylphyo and your Link.

Thanks to our testers and early adopters. Contact us ( if you'd like to participate in our beta test program, if you've spotted a nasty bug, or if you have any kind of trouble with your instrument. Have fun playing!

To install the update, click on the link below corresponding to your operating system, then follow the instructions:

Sylphyo Bench

To get you started quickly, we designed Sylphyo Bench, a small application with 5 sounds that harness most of the expressive controls of your Sylphyo.

To download it, click on the link below corresponding to your operating system:

Former versions

The former versions of the Sylphyo are only update files and do not include the Aodyo Update utility, which must be downloaded separately by downloading the last Sylphyo version. From the utility, click "Open another update…" and select the update file for the former version you also downloaded (with extension .aodyoupdate).

Version 1.3.0 (04 October 2018)Initial version for the new Sylphyo with sounds

This is the version found initially in the new Sylphyo with internal sounds. It introduces direct USB-MIDI connection, breath filtering, and several modifications regarding the Saxophone fingering.


  • Changed the Saxophone fingering, which is now much closer to the saxophone. The former version of the fingering can be found a bit further down the list, as Saxophone (old).
  • Improved battery life estimation and display.≈
  • Program changes and volume are now remembered after a power cycle.
  • The pairing icon is now always displayed when the Sylphyo is connected to the wireless receiver. It is hidden when wireless has been disabled (for Sylphyo with sounds only).
  • Changed the granularity of some value selectors (e.g., volume quick setting, or breath Range) to facilitate operation.
  • Corrected a bug that would result in an ongoing note not being silenced when presented with the "low battery" screen.
  • Handling of the new wireless system and of the internal synth (for Sylphyo with sounds only).

New features:

  • Your Sylphyo can now be used without the wireless receiver device. When directly connecting the Sylphyo to a USB host (computer, etc.), it is now recognized as a class-compliant USB-MIDI device.
  • Added a fingering variant called Saxophone (alt), with the right pinky finger key being a low Eb key instead of a low C key.
  • Breath filtering (enabled by default after reset) smooths the breath control data sent by your Sylphyo without compromising reactivity and breathing techniques. If you severely restrict the air flow of your Sylphyo, you need it much less and might want to disable it. The Filtering setting can be found in the Breath section of the settings menu.
  • Handling of the new wireless system and of the internal synth (for Sylphyo with sounds only).
Version 1.2.0 (09 March 2018)Two more octaves, improved fingerings, and rotations

This version brings two more octaves, improved fingerings, and more inertial controls.


  • Improved the Recorder fingering: we corrected several issues that were reported, and we included most Baroque and German fingering and trills up to C at the third octave, as well as some flute-compatible fingerings.
  • Improved the Flute fingering: we corrected several issues that were reported, and we included most of the usual fingerings, extended up to A at the second octave. However, the high A now needs to be performed without the thumb key.
  • Improved the Oboe fingering: we corrected several issues, and we included most of the fingerings for the first octave.
  • Corrected several reported issues on the Saxophone fingering.
  • All fingerings are now on the same octave.
  • Improved the handling of MIDI note messages with polyphonic synthesizers (there shouldn't be any more stuck notes when performing flutter-tongues and other similar techniques).
  • The Thumb size setting in the Slider section of the settings menu is now called Edge size and is now in millimeters. We also changed its default value to 8mm (was 2mm) to avoid accidental pitch-bends.
  • Also, note that we renamed the EVI (trumpet) fingering to Trumpet (EVI), for discoverability.

New features:

  • We added three fingerings:
  • Oriental clarinet: a variant of the Clarinet fingering for world music.
  • Trumpet lefty: like the Trumpet (EVI) fingering, but with hands inverted so that valves are on the left hand (it might change in the future, send us your remarks!).
  • EWI: if you come from another wind controller, then you might find this one useful.
  • From 5 to 7 octaves!
    • Your Sylphyo now has a span of 7 octaves on all fingerings with the exception of Recorder, Clarinet, Flute, and Celtic, where pressing or leaving the octave key can have significant effects.
    • For all the other fingerings, we added an additional upper and lower octave. To use the upper octave, slide your thumb from the top-most octave key to the screw above it. To use the lower octave, slide your thumb from the bottom-most settings key to the empty space just above the thumbrest.
  • More control on your Inertial controls:
    • We added compass control, which allows you to use the direction you are pointing to (when the Sylphyo is almost horizontal) as a supplementary channel for musical expression. Be advised that the direction can suddenly change due to recalibrations of the internal compass. As a beta feature, it may change a bit in future updates.
    • All inertial controls (elevation, roll, compass control, as well as shake vibrato) can now be active even when you don't touch your Sylphyo (Always on option in the Movement section of the settings menu).
    • You can now customize elevation, roll, and compass control with the following parameters:
      • Bidirectional: when active, the value is bidirectional; i.e., it is different if you lean left vs. right, or up vs. down. In this case, the base CC value is always 64.
      • Absolute: when active, the value is directly derived from raw sensor values, instead of being relative to the horizontal position (for elevation) or to the orientation you had when beginning to play a note (for roll and compass).
      • Range: the relative angle that will yield the maximum value. This only makes sense when Absolute is inactive.
  • Your Sylphyo can now send Bank Select messages along with Program Changes. To activate this and select the bank, go to Program change in the MIDI Mappings section of the settings menu.

Thanks to our testers and early adopters. Contact us ( if you'd like to participate in our beta test program, if you've spotted a nasty bug, or if you have any kind of trouble with your instrument. Have fun playing !

Version 1.1.0 (17 July 2017)Vibrato, multiple breath CCs, reactivity, dynamic velocity, and fingerings

This version introduces shake vibrato, a very easy and powerful way to perform vibratos. It also allows you to send several breath CCs at the same time. Dynamic velocity has been reimplemented and works wonderfully, your Sylphyo is more reactive than ever, and several fingerings have been improved.

Issues resolved:

  • Dynamic velocity works correctly now.
  • Removed the Pitch-bend range setting it was read-only and confused some users. We will introduce it again, in future updates, when it will be changeable.
  • Visually changed disabled settings, and slightly changed the menu structure to be clearer.
  • Changed the order of some menu items.
  • Better default values that make novel Sylphyo features more discoverable:
    • the middle slider control is now latching,
    • the top slider part is set to Bend-,
    • the bottom slider part is set to Control,
    • shake vibrato, elevation and roll control are enabled,
    • and Velocity is set to dynamic.
  • Improved the EVI, Flute, and Celtic fingerings.
  • Fixed the battery percentage icon.

New features:

  • Shake vibrato
    • You can now perform vibratos by slightly shaking your Sylphyo away from your mouth.
    • Note that in move mode, vibratos are performed by shaking the Sylphyo sideways.
    • There are three settings to fine-tune the shake vibrato behavior:
      • Range: The maximum amount of pitch-bend you can reach using the vibrato
      • Sensitivity: How much sensitive the vibrato is to your movements
      • Threshold: A higher threshold makes it difficult to accidentally trigger the vibrato
  • Multiple breath CCs
    • In addition to the CC (or aftertouch) for breath intensity, you can send up to two other CCs (set them in the MIDI Mappings section of the settings menu).
    • They are all dispatched in time so as to respect the Breath rate settings, and the Sylphyo will normally wait until the last one has been sent before sending note on/off messages. But if you feel that the delay is too long, or that techniques like fluttertongue suffer too much, disable the Delay notes if needed option to send note on/off messages as early as possible.
  • Improved reactivity
    • Your Sylphyo is now always sampling your breath at 1KHz, but it still sends breath MIDI messages according to the Breath rate setting.
    • Now, even with the lowest settings, note beginnings will always be processed as early as possible.
    • Consequently, we moved breath Frequency setting to the MIDI Mappings section of the settings menu, and renamed it Breath rate.
    • You can set the breath rate:
      • per CC: all breath CCs are sent as a bunch, at the selected rate,
      • or globally: each breath CC is sent in order, one at a time, at the selected rate.
  • Dynamic velocity
    • You can now change dynamic velocity's Capture delay (the time the Sylphyo takes to determine the velocity of a note beginning from your breath) and Max. Velocity.
    • Of course, the Velocity setting needs to be set to Dynamic (in the MIDI Mappings section) for these options to be available.
  • Three new fingering options: (in the Keys section of the settings menu)
    • Invert octaves: The direction of octave keys is turned upside down
    • Left pinky: -1st: The left little finger key acts as a flat key instead of a sharp key (in fingerings where this makes sense)
    • Right pinky: -1st: The right little finger key acts as a sharp key instead of a flat key (in fingerings where this makes sense)
  • Three new slider functions:
    • Breath: play notes using the slider instead of your breath,
    • Pitch-bend +: bend notes only upwards,
    • Pitch-bend -: bend notes only downwards.
  • Invert colors
    • The screen can now be black-on-white instead of white-on-black.

Thanks to our testers and early adopters. Contact us ( if you'd like to participate in our beta test program, if you've spotted a nasty bug, or if you have any kind of trouble with your instrument. Have fun playing!

Version 1.0.2 (24 April 2017)Minor corrections (keys and key-bend)

This version brings minor corrections.

Issues resolved:

  • Made Inertial mode more easily visible.
  • More reliable key detection for some people.
  • Key-bend response slightly adjusted.

Thanks to our testers and early adopters. Contact us ( if you'd like to participate in our beta test program, if you've spotted a nasty bug, or if you have any kind of trouble with your instrument. Have fun playing!

Version 1.0.1 (06 January 2017)New fingerings and better defaults

The Aodyo team wishes you a happy new year! This version brings small improvements, as well as two new fingerings.

Issues resolved:

  • Corrected Saxophone, Clarinet, Hulusi, Whistle, and EVI fingerings.
  • Fixed a rare display bug in the Settings menu.
  • Better default values: more sensitive keys by default, 40ms key reaction time.
  • More latitude for some options: thumb size can be decreased to 1, and breath range can be increased up to 3000.
  • Pitch-bend is now transmitted even without an ongoing note.

New features:

  • New fingerings: Celtic (inspired from bagpipes), and Ionian (the former version of Whistle).

Thanks to our testers and early adopters. Contact us ( if you'd like to participate in our beta test program, if you've spotted a nasty bug, or if you have any kind of trouble with your instrument. Have fun playing!

Version 1.0.0 (14 December 2016)Tons of new features that will breathe new life into your sounds

With this new version of the internal software, you might as well say you've got a new Sylphyo. With brand new methods of expression control and easy settings menus, you'll be able to breathe new life into your sounds.

This version also offers some bug fixes and tons of new features. Thus, you might want to skim the user manual and keep it handy.

(If you tested this version as a beta, please reset your Sylphyo before installing this one.)

Bug fixes:

  • Done with stuck keys or finger recognition issues
  • Much more precise slider that only starts below the thumb
  • Reduced breath control and key latency
  • Less unwanted notes during legatos
  • Less redundant MIDI messages (only what's needed)
  • Faster startup and display
  • MIDI note messages are now better scheduled so as to allow some synths to recognize legato

New features:

  • Brand new interface
    • New performance screen
    • Easy to use, scrolling menus
    • You can now go to the settings menu by holding the Aodyo key while sliding your thumb on the slider from the very bottom to the thumbrest
    • The slider can be used in menus to quickly navigate, select items, and change values
    • Use the Aodyo key to quickly get out of a menu
    • Quick settings work almost like before, but you must use the lower octave key to access the MIDI channel
    • You can now monitor and control the pairing state with the wireless receiver device
  • Customizable MIDI mappings
    • More gestures can be used to send MIDI CCs, and you can select which CC for each of them
    • Easy MIDI Learn in the Mappings menu (select a CC, then blow into the Sylphyo to send only this CC)
  • Improved breath control
    • More reactive, more sensitive breath control
    • Customizable breath control frequency, up to 1000Hz (allows you to perform voice-related techniques)
    • Easy breath sensor configuration: minimum, range, and response curve
  • Improved performance keys
    • More reactive, more sensitive keys
    • Customizable reaction time (to optimize legato performance)
    • Updated fingerings, there are now 42 of them
    • Key-bend mode (beta feature), allowing to pitch-bend by sliding the finger on a key (see manual)
    • Replay same note option: allows to replay a note that is performed using two different consecutive fingerings
    • Key noise option (beta feature): allows to head key noise even when not breathing (with Samplemodeling/SWAM virtual instruments)
  • A better slider
    • More reactive, more sensitive slider
    • Choose between several main functions for the slider: control (like before), but also latch (the value remains even after contact ends), and pitch-bend (like a pitch-bend wheel)
    • Choose another slider function, depending on whether contact has started on the top or on the bottom edge
  • Movement control, redux
    • To activate the move mode (inertial mode), no need to go into a menu, just shake the Sylphyo downwards while your right thumb touches the slider
    • To get out of inertial mode, no need to go into a menu, just blow into the mouthpiece (makes sense, ain't it?)
    • You can also use two orientation angles of the Sylphyo (elevation and roll) to control two different CCs
  • Is that it?
    • No, please also check our brand new test app, Sylphyo Bench! Its five sounds are designed to harness the new capabilities of your Sylphyo, and to identify potential issues

Huge thanks to our testers and early adopters. Contact us ( if you'd like to participate in our beta test program, if you've spotted a nasty bug, or if you have any kind of trouble with your instrument. Have fun playing!

Version 0.1.1 (05 September 2016)Bug fixes and increased stability

This update fixes several issues from the initial release, and increases general stability.

Issues resolved:

  • Part of the MIDI Program Change list was shifted.
  • The battery charge level indicator could display a near-empty level while the Sylphyo was fully charged.
  • Some parameters weren’t saved correctly.

New features:

  • Added a security on Program Change or MIDI channel change (which formerly required only pressing +/-), so that they cannot be triggered inadvertently anymore. Now, holding the Aodyo key is necessary in order to activate these functions.
  • The diagnostic screen now displays the state of the note keys.

Many thanks to our testers and early adopters. Contact us ( if you’d like to participate in our beta test program.

Version 0.1.0 (02 February 2016)Initial version for Early Adopters / Musicora

This software was bundled with the first Sylphyo units sent to our Early Adopters. It was introduced during the Musicora show.