PATCHMAN MUSIC Presents...
Nyle Steiner Performs with Melissa Manchester
In January 1998, we attended the radio play titled, "I
Sent A Letter To My Love" at the DoubleTree Hotel in Santa
Monica, California. This LA Theatre Works production starred
singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester who also composed the music
as well. The show, a musical about romance and longing in small
town America, was recorded live for broadcast and was aired on
KCRW radio on April 19th, 1998.
The "pit orchestra" was comprised of just a pianist
and Nyle Steiner on EVI. Nyle played all of the wind and string
solo parts on EVI. As expected, his performance was flawless
and the acoustic instrument emulation performances were dead
After the show we had the opportunity to speak with Nyle and
snap a few photos. We hope you find these rare photos interesting.
Nyle at his rig during a post-show rehearsal.
A rare close up photo of Nyle Steiner's own rig. Notice the custom
interface circuitry in the lid (!) of the Anvil case. This appears
to be where the EVI ribbon cable connects and may also be an analog
synth. Below, in the main area of the case we find an additional
custom rack unit which appears to control various aspects including
chord output. Below this we find the MIDI modules including a
Korg 05R/W (left) next to a Roland SC-55 Sound Canvas (right).
Below them we see a Boss SE-50 Stereo Effects Processor (left)
next to a Lexicon LXP-1 (right). Below this is a Roland JV-1080
The truly impressive thing to note is that these
sound modules are not generally regarded as exceptionally responsive
wind controller slaves in the class of a Yamaha VL physical modelling
synth for instance. Nevertheless, Nyle is able to coax world-class,
totally believable acoustic emulations out of them. I can assure
you that the sounds I heard Nyle playing were absolutely realistic
even to these discerning ears!
Notice the foot switch strip directly in front of the chair.
And you thought YOUR rig was complicated!
Nyle Steiner with his EVI after the show.
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