By Bastus Trump
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orphinio for iPhone is a musical instrument with a unique sound between glockenspiel and jaw harp. Like on its bigger brother Orphion for iPad you can play expressive, wonderful sounds and easy or virtuosic melodies on it just by moving fingers on virtual pads.
This video shows you how: https://vimeo.com/82138127
What can I do with it?
◦ Express the sounds you feel
◦ Play polyphonic music very expressively
◦ Crazy drumming and shaking
◦ Dream and relax
◦ Create soundscapes and melodies without musical knowledge
◦ Visually explore music and music theory
◦ Use orphinio’s innovative interface to play other synth apps via MIDI
◦ Different articulations from soft to plucked to hardly slapped
◦ Natural interaction
◦ Shaker mode
◦ Individual voices for each finger
◦ Extend your ways of expression as a percussionist, guitarist, pianist or other musician
◦ 9 transposable pad layouts with different tonalities from easy to complex
◦ Record and share what you play via EMail, SoundCloud or AudioCopy
◦ Audiobus support: Now you can stream live audio directly to other Audiobus-compatible apps! See http://audiob.us for more information.
Follow orphinio & Orphion on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/orphion
or Twitter: https://twitter.com/OrphionApp
What's New in Version 1.1
Great instrument and MIDI controller, but needs note/pad editor
I bought Orphion for the iPad and liked it, but didn't even realize there was an iPhone version. Upon discovering it was only 99 cents, it was an easy decision to try it out. The iPhone version sounds great, and even the smaller screen wasn't a huge problem because it was nice to hold the device and use both thumbs to reach the whole screen.
As a MIDI controller, the app is excellent. I don't think it does velocity control (or I didn't figure it out), which is too bad. But the feeling of controlling a powerful synth library with the clean, neat interface of this app is pretty great.
Really the only problem I have with the app is the once cited multiple times by other reviewers, which is that this iPhone version does not allow you to set up your own pad arrangements. There are probably about 10 of them available, and you can transpose them up or down with the sharp/flat buttons. But that leaves a pretty limited set of options. In the iPad version, there is a 99 cent in-app purchase to edit your own pad arrangements. Perhaps the developer thought the iPhone screen was too small for that, but some type of solution is needed, or the app is just a bit too limited in its usefulness.
That problem aside, I really enjoy the interface and the sound of the instrument, which is sort of like a percussive plucked string. Certainly worth 99 cents, but could be better with more control options.
Needs more preset scales
This is an incredible instrument but it is limited compared to it's big brother Orphion. I really wish there was an option to edit the notes/scales, at least give us more than 9 presets. It just seems like a demo version of Orphion. Here's and idea, why not just make Orphion for the iPhone? Or just give iPhone users the option to purchase the editor, like in Orphion. Why give iPhone users a lesser version? It's just a missed opportunity for the developer to make more money and have the app reach a wider audience. As it stands now, it seems like a demo/toy and I can't really use it they way I'd like. Such a shame for what could be one of the best midi controllers on the iTunes Store.
More Than Fun!
The iPad app Orphion triggered my re-interest in electronic/digital music. It's fantastic to finally have an even more portable instrument to play with. My 10 month old granddaughter loves it too!