1998 NAMM Show
We met up with Nyle Steiner at the EMU booth at the 1998 Winter NAMM show in Los Angeles California. Nyle had the prototype of his new MIDI EVI connected to an EMU EIV sampler and was doing some amazing things! The response of the unit seemed to be incredibly fast as was clearly demonstrated when we saw and heard him play Flight Of The Bumblebee with a violin sample. Amazing.
He also demonstrated some very impressive techniques utilizing the powerful new "Slur Sustain Mode" on the MIDI EVI. By enabling this feature and playing legato arpeggios, he is able to completely create authentic violin double and triple stops! Needless to say, it was quite impressive hearing polyphonic phrases coming from a wind controller. Nyle's emulation of a solo violin was absolutely 100% believable.
After he ran through these amazing things for a growing crowd that he asked me if I wanted to try. Since my chops are not nearly up to the level just demonstrated, I opted to pass on the opportunity, though I do wish I had experienced the new controller.
The prototype MIDI EVI as seen in these photos is very similar to the "production" instrument that Nyle currently offers for sale. The body shape is identical but the color is now all black. Also, the small trim pots are adjusted from below instrument. In this photo you can see that the holes are in the top of the body for the trim pots.
Photos: Nyle Steiner dazzles a crowd at the EMU booth at the 1998 Winter NAMM show in Los Angeles, CA.
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