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By Artiphon, Inc.

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


This is the iOS companion app for the Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1. Connect the INSTRUMENT 1 device to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod using the provided USB-to-Lightning cable, download the Artiphon app, and immediately start exploring and combining an intuitive palette of musical sounds, techniques, and features.

• Use the Artiphon app to play a custom-built collection of sounds that includes: guitar, violin, piano, drums, ukulele, bass, vibes, wind, bells, organ, electric piano, square wave, sine wave, and triangle wave.

• Design your own instruments by combining techniques, sounds, and tunings, and then save those custom presets to your personal library.

• Use this app to choose the modes and methods for playing your INSTRUMENT 1. Modes include Fretted, Fretless, Grid, and Pad. Methods include Strum, Bow, Slide, Tap, and iBow.

• Use the app to configure and store custom presets that you can then access when connecting your INSTRUMENT 1 to your favorite music software like Ableton Live, GarageBand, Logic, MainStage, Cubase, and more.

• Use the Artiphon app’s built-in arpeggiator to automatically cycle through notes and chords in Fretted, Fretless, Grid, and Pad modes.

• Use the app’s iBow feature to play the INSTRUMENT 1 using your iPhone or iPod as a virtual bow.

• The INSTRUMENT 1 can also be played with any iOS, OS X, or PC program that accepts MIDI. Try the INSTRUMENT 1 with other iOS apps including GarageBand, Animoog, ThumbJam, and dozens more.

• To customize your INSTRUMENT 1 when connecting it to a Mac or PC, download the desktop Preset Editor app from

We invite you to report any issues you observe while using the app to: Thanks!

What's New in Version 1.2.0

Quick Summary

• Introducing Smart Strum, our new favorite way to play pretty much anything
• Improved MPE Compatibility for synths in GarageBand, Logic Pro X, and more
• All factory presets have been refined and updated
• Pitch bend range is now 48 (adjustable), and CC11 is now CC74

Smart Strum

Introducing an entirely new way to play your INSTRUMENT 1: simply press anywhere on a fret and strum the whole chord! It’s a supremely fun and simple music-making too–whether you’re a beginner or a virtuoso, songwriting has never been more intuitive. Check out our YouTube page for some video demos.

MPE Compatibility

Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (say that three times fast!) allows MIDI controllers like The Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1 to automatically play nicely with apps like GarageBand, even when using fretless techniques and pressure sensitivity. Trust us, you’re living in the future.

New and Improved Presets

The INSTRUMENT 1 now plays even better right out of the box. This update brings a few changes to the standard presets. Violin is now fretted, Piano is a “just the white keys” pad tuning, and drums are mapped by region (kick| snares | hats | cymbals | toms). In addition, we’ve refined all of the factory presets for better playability and versatility.

Other Tweaks and Fixes

• New Pitch Bend slider lets you switch between 12, 24, and 48-note bends for better compatibility with your older synths. It’s set to 48 by default.
• Tap is now an available method in Fretted Mode. (Previously you had to change the Hammer-On Sensitivity to “Tap.”) You can still strum on the bridge using this technique.
• Channel Pressure is now sent from the bridge in Tapped Grid and Pad presets.
• String bending is now available for Fretted Bow presets (for auto-tuned violin vibrato, of course).
• Hammer-on sensitivity settings have been refined for more control, fewer unintended notes, and better fingerboard muting capability.
• Bow method now sends Brightness (CC74) instead of Expression (CC11). Crazy, right?
• Tutorial animation has been removed from the app. Visit for videos, tutorials, and app recommendations.
• Tilt and Pressure effects have been removed from many of the sounds, they will return better than ever in a future release.


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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Music
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  • Version: 1.2.0
  • Size: 314 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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