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By special arrangement with Nyle Steiner, Patchman Music is now handling all new sales and repairs of the STEINER MIDI EVI within the USA. Outside the USA, you will need to contact Nyle Steiner directly.

PLEASE NOTE: We will NOT be maintaining a waiting list for this item. If you want to buy one, please watch the above yellow box for an available unit and call us right away to claim it. Check back often!

Nyle Steiner Patchman MusicMIDI EVI Patchman MusicIn 1998, Nyle Steiner developed and began making available a new brass-style MIDI wind controller called the STEINER MIDI EVI!

The STEINER MIDI EVI is hand made by the Nyle Steiner himself so they are usually in very short supply. If you are interested in obtaining a MIDI EVI, please watch the big yellow box above for an available unit and pricing details. Patchman Music sometimes is able to offer used/refurbished MIDI EVI horns. Click here for details.

Unlike the previous EWI to EVI conversions he was doing, there is NO need to send Nyle an EWI! The STEINER MIDI EVI is built completely from scratch!

Nyle writes, "I used to modify EWIs into EVIs but several years ago I started building, from new construction, MIDI EVIs that run from a 9v battery or wall wart. They are very compact and don't require any boxes between the EVI and the sound module. They have been working out very well."

6/30/04 Be sure to check out the July 2004 issue of Keyboard Magazine. Mark Vail's "Vintage Gear" column on page 100 is all about the EVI!

If you have an EVI or Steiner synth you would like to sell or have repaired contact Matt at Patchman Music. Patchman Music also may have used EVIs for sale as well. Click here or call for details.

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MIDI EVI wind controller Nyle Steiner at Patchman Music trumpet synth Click here to download the newly revised MIDI EVI User Manual in PDF format (400k)!
This new version of the manual also includes an EVI1000 fingering chart as seen here PAGE 1 and PAGE2 which can be applied to the MIDI EVI as well.

The MIDI EVI is a totally self-contained, trumpet-style MIDI wind controller which outputs MIDI directly from the controller thus eliminating the need for an additional interface box and also opening up the option of going wireless! The body of the MIDI EVI looks a lot like the older EWI to EVI conversions that Nyle did several years ago. Note that the MIDI EVI is completely built "from scratch"- there is no need to send Nyle an EWI for conversion. Nyle has developed a custom printed circuit board which makes the production of the MIDI EVI much easier.MIDI EVI TOP Patchman Music

The MIDI EVI actually has a MIDI OUT jack right on the body of the instrument so it connects directly to a MIDI synth. You no longer have to lug around an Akai EWI sound module such as the Akai EWI3020m or EWI3030m for CV to MIDI conversion. Just connect the MIDI EVI to a synth such as the Motif-Rack XS, VL70-m, Fantom XR or SonicCell, VL1-m, XV-2020, etc... load up the synth with Patchman Music wind controller patches, and you're set. You will need to be sure that your synth is programmed to respond to the MIDI EVI. Click here for a list of professional wind controller soundbanks that work great with the MIDI EVI.

The MIDI EVI can be powered by an internal 9 volt battery, an external "wall wart" AC adaptor, or remotely through the MIDI cable. The operating system can be updated by simply swapping a ROM chip.

In response to your breath, the MIDI EVI can transmit any combination of the following MIDI controllers- Breath Control (controller #2), MIDI Volume (controller #7), MIDI Expression (controller #11), and Aftertouch. You can send any combination of these controllers or even all four simultaneously if you wish.

Velocity can be set to transmit a fixed value, a defined fixed value, or it can be variable in response to tonguing. Velocity response and breath response is superb as would be expected since Nyle makes each breath sensor by hand. He also hand calibrates each instrument for optimum performance.

In addition to the BREATH sensor, the mouthpiece also includes a BITE sensor that can send variable Portamento Time (MIDI controller #5).

Also the MIDI EVI has been pre-wired to send a THIRD continuous controller- though Nyle hasn't fully implemented it on the stock model. This touch sensor is wired to the mouthpiece bracket and can send Mod Wheel (MIDI Controller #1) or velocity. Patchman Music has developed a way to utilize this sensor as an EMBOUCHURE SENSOR! Click here on how to add an EMBOUCHURE SENSOR to the MIDI EVI!

Program Changes can be sent directly from the MIDI EVI by the use of special fingering and sensors. You can either increment or decrement through patches or you can directly send any patch number.

MIDI EVI wind controller Nyle Steiner at Patchman Music trumpet synthNyle Steiner with MIDI EVI POLYPHONIC PLAYING IS NOW A REALITY! The MIDI EVI features a powerful Slur Sustain Mode which allows polyphonic playing. Slur Sustain Mode allows you to build on-the-fly chords just like a pianist. There are also various parallel interval modes available whereby parallel intervals and octaves can be played easily. It is also possible to play huge parallel chords.

Transposition, MIDI transmit channel selection, and overall MIDI Volume are available as well. These are all programmable in real time on the MIDI EVI via special fingerings.

Additionally there is an All Notes Off feature plus a special MIDI diagnostic mode that aids in setting up the MIDI EVI.

Available via the right hand pinky finger, there is a Pitchbend x1/2 sensor which reduces the pitchbend response by a factor of 1/2. This sensor is also used in programming the MIDI EVI.

MIDI EVI wind controller Nyle Steiner at Patchman Music trumpet synthWIRELESS MIDI IS NOW REALITY!

Wireless Midi Jet Pro Patchman MusicThe MIDI OUT connector on the MIDI EVI's body means it is now possible to enjoy the wonderful world of wireless! Since the MIDI EVI features a MIDI OUT right on the instrument body and can be powered by a battery, wireless playing is now possible! The Midi Jet Pro is a new wireless MIDI system that has just hit the market and has been fully tested with the MIDI EVI. We are happy to report that it works GREAT! So great, in fact, that Patchman Music has decided to become a user and the North American dealer for the MidiJet Pro Wireless MIDI system

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Patchman Music recently developed a mod to install the wireless Midi Jet Pro transmitter INSIDE the body of the MIDI EVI making it the world's first truly self-contained wireless MIDI wind controller (see photo at right). One single 9 volt battery powers both the MIDI EVI and the wireless MIDI transmitter- all controlled from a single power switch. The MIDI connection is elegantly made INSIDE the body of the EVI so there are no signs of the modification from the outside. Interested? Patchman Music can modify your MIDI EVI as well.

Contact Matt Traum at Patchman Music if you are interested in having this MIDI EVI Internal Wireless MIDI mod done.

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MIDI EVI Embouchure Sensor Patchman MusicMIDI EVI wind controller Nyle Steiner at Patchman Music trumpet synthMIDI EVI Embouchure Sensor Mod

Patchman Music has developed an Embouchure Sensor Mod for the MIDI EVI. If you have a Nyle Steiner MIDI EVI, you may not realize that it has an additional sensor that is currently not utilized as it is shipped from Nyle. The MIDI EVI manual does mention this controller but also states that it is experimental at this time. This controller, referred to in the manual as the "Extra Controller", is a pressure sensitive continuous MIDI controller that can be assigned to send Mod Wheel data (cc#1). Enabling it is simply a matter of holding the 2nd valve in the -2 octave and touching the Programming Button. The problem is how to actually utilize this great feature. Well, after much thought on this very question, Patchman Music has come up with a solution that you can easily make and install or you can have Patchman Music do it for you. Click here for details on how to make this.

Contact Matt Traum at Patchman Music if you are interested in having Patchman Music make the MIDI EVI Embouchure Sensor mod for you.

More info on wind controller mods and repairs

MIDI EVI Stainless Steel Valve Pad Mod at Patchman MusicMIDI EVI wind controller Nyle Steiner at Patchman Music trumpet synthMIDI EVI Stainless Steel Valve Pad Mod

Patchman Music has developed a mod to install stainless steel valve sensor pads on the MIDI EVI. These sensor pads are much more flat on top which creates more surface area for the fingers to contact. The trill keys were also swapped out with stainless steel type nuts. Installing these sensor pads requires some modifications to the inside of the horn.

Contact Matt Traum at Patchman Music if you are interested in having this MIDI EVI Stainless Steel Valve Pad mod done.

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Midi EVI Canister Mod at Patchman MusicMIDI EVI wind controller Nyle Steiner at Patchman Music trumpet synthMIDI EVI Canister Ring Mod

Patchman Music has developed a canister ground sensor mod for the MIDI EVI. This was done because sometimes one can misplace the thumb and miss the small round ground sensor. This mod totally takes care of that. No longer does the player have to look for that small ground sensor before playing.

Contact Matt Traum at Patchman Music if you are interested in having this MIDI EVI Canister Ring mod done.

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Patchman Music has developed a simple but effective set of Trimmer Labels for the MIDI EVI. No longer will you need to search for the MIDI EVI manual at the gig and try to find the right trimmer to adjust in the dark. Patchman Music offers a set of labels that you can easily apply to the bottom of the MIDI EVI that will label all of the trimmers for easy identification.

Contact Matt Traum at Patchman Music if you are interested in buying a set of these MIDI EVI Labels.

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MIDI EVI Octave Roller ModMIDI EVI wind controller Nyle Steiner at Patchman Music trumpet synthMIDI EVI Octave Roller Upgrade Mod

Patchman Music has developed a mod to install higher quality octave rollers on the MIDI EVI. These new octave rollers feel much smoother and professional than the stock ones. They are also quieter in operation. This is a very nice mod that improves the overall feel of the MIDI EVI greatly.

Contact Matt Traum at Patchman Music if you are interested in having this MIDI EVI Octave Roller Upgrade mod done.

More info on wind controller mods and repairs

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I was one of the lucky few to have purchased one of the very first MIDI EVIs from Nyle. I am absolutely amazed that this controller exists. I feel very lucky that Nyle has offered to make these available. The MIDI EVI feels wonderful to play and cannot recommend it enough if you are interested in a brass style wind controller. I now have two!! I built a wonderful live gig rig based around the Nyle Steiner MIDI EVI. Here is a link to my gig rig page. Note that I now have modified my MIDI EVI to be completely wireless using the Midi Jet Pro Wireless MIDI system. Matt Traum's webpage.

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MIDI EVI BOTTOM Patchman MusicEVI master Sam Zambito visited Nyle Steiner in early 1998 and had the opportunity to play a prototype MIDI EVI. He kindly offers this report....

"Just to add a little gas to the MIDI EVI fire, I'd like to give my opinion of the prototype. I spent the evening of Jan. 27, 1998 at Nyle's house. After a terrific dinner prepared by his (lovely) wife we adjourned to the 'shop' where he fired up the 'new unit' and he gave me the inside-out tour. He played on both the VL70-m and the BOSS Dr. Synth. He also had another (very) small BOSS multi-timbral module but I was too taken with everything else to really pay attention. He demonstrated the various combinations of controllers and the slick method of switching from any one controller to any other or adding them together. Changing patches on any given MIDI channel. Also changing MIDI channels, all without taking your hands off the controller. Simply pressing a 'Programming' button and selecting an octave and note fingering would achieve all of the above and more! After some time, he offered me his new creation for a spin. I, of course, declined... AS IF!!! The first patch I played was a velocity sensitive piano. The response was way better than I would have expected. I never expected that playing a wind controller with velocity only could be that good. It was very fast and smooth. Nyle has NAILED the breath/velocity algorithm. Next we moved on to various patches in the VL70-m. We experimented with a wide variety of controller combinations as well as wide variations in performance techniques to see what we could get out of the VL. Likewise we found some pleasant surprises. Had some good experiences using Breath / Volume / Expression / pitchbend. (Some very exciting results on ethnic flutes). All with the pre-programmed patches and random experimentation- great fun! It took a little while to get the hang of switching MIDI channels vs. patch changes vs. controllers but get this... NO DIP SWITCHES. Welcome to the 20th century! We have arrived, now look out!"

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The following is a summary of comments from Steve Anderson on the MIDI EVI...

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Steve Anderson Patchman Music"My overall impressions - this is sure to become my favorite EVI controller! Nyle has done a fantastic job! In addition to being all MIDI, I noticed the following differences in the hardware and software: Nyle's handmade breath sensor is more sensitive and responsive than what I was used to on the commercial units - this will take some time to get used to, but I found it quite playable right from the start - I have not even adjusted breath yet.

He has improved the touch sensitivity and his new EVIs will work with dry hands so there will be no more lotion bottles at the gig. Pitchbend response with the bend plates is now much smoother and fluid as well as much more sensitive - so sensitive that I had to adjust it in relation to my thumb size and playing position. The PB 'flat' spot is much narrower than on the commercial units (which makes the vibrato sound better for some reason) so I set mine while holding the EVI as I normally do so as to get a zero pitchbend in normal holding position.

The EVI comes with Nyle's standard default settings with each and every power-up, but it is so quick and easy to set up to your own preference that this is not an issue for me - I can program my preferences in about 5 seconds or less. This is an entirely new EVI, with different software and hardware. It will take a small bit of getting used to, but this is always to be expected. But either way, I am thrilled to be playing a new breed of controller."


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