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## Featured by Apple as "Band in your Hand" and 'Explore your creativity' ##

Orphion is a musical instrument with a unique sound between string instrument and percussion. Everyone can play expressive, wonderful sounds and easy or virtuosic melodies on it just by moving fingers on virtual pads.

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What can I do with it?

• Express the sounds you feel
• Play polyphonic music very expressively
• Crazy drumming
• Dream and relax
• Create soundscapes and melodies without musical knowledge
• Visually explore music and music theory


• Different articulations from soft to plucked to hardly slapped
• Natural interaction
• Extend your ways of expression as a percussionist, guitarist, pianist or other musician
• 15 transposable pad layouts with different tonalities from easy to complex
• 8 individual voices for 8 fingers
• MIDI support: Play your favorite synth with the revolutionary Orphion interface
• Audiobus support: Stream live audio from Orphion directly to other Audiobus-compatible apps
• Orphion Editor (availible as upgrade): Create and share your own custom pad layouts. Download new pad layouts from Orphion Universe

What others say about Orphion:

"We love this instrument! So cool. Great for Deep House, IDM, Ambient, and whatever!" - iPadloops
"A simple but profoundly beautiful and expressive music app" -
"Orphion is very customizable and flexible — truly functioning as a full-fledged electronic instrument" - Harrison Weber, The next web

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What's New in Version 1.7.2

Now supports Audiobus remote triggers
Fixes crashing on iPad Air, Air 2 and mini 2

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Customer Reviews

Good idea, but in-app purchase just to customize your own layout?

I uninstalled this app awhile back for some reason. I ran across it again while doing a synthesizer search, I re-installed it (because of the custom layout feature) but now going to UN INSTALL it.

So I understand that developers rightfully deserve $$$ for their hard work and for nothing more than trying to keep up with all of the Apple guidelines and apples updates.

So when a developer gives an app for free it is very cool. (That is why I give this app the 5 stars)

But why charge for the thing that is in fact the key to this app being deferent and instead charge for maybe an expansion pack of sounds?
I mean you could really do some cool stuff with the design and sound packs would sell rather well.

*Guitars (a pack that includes) nylon string, steal string, then move into Acoustic, Electric, leads, rhythms ect.

*Strings (a pack that includes) Cellos, Violins, Basses, Violas, (With having the variation ability already built in the app, this will allow for ...stabs, long and short vibratos ect.

Percussions/Drums (a pack that includes) Jazz, Rock, Ethnic drums: Snare, Kick, Toms, Hi-Hat, Cymbal crashes ect (again the variation of finger tap pressure) will allow a HUGE expanse of flavors to each drum. The snare could have a roll, as you slide your finger as you would for vibrato. A rim shot if you tap hard and normal snare hit as a normal finger press.

Nothing Like It

I returned to Orphion again after not having played it in a while, because being able to put the pads exactly where I want them, triggering the exact notes I want, with whatever synth voice I choose (through virtual MIDI) is just sweet.

I kept seeing this in the App Store but passed it by, because I didn't think it was the kind of app I would like. I was completely wrong. While almost every musical app out there provides a tiny keyboard or set of pads, Orphion provides pad layouts that are natural and ergonomic. The creator of Orphion noticed something the others seem to have missed – with a touchscreen, we're not limited to a single input layout.

Sounds awesome

Unique sounds intuitive to your fingers in such a cool way. The vibrato features are tight.

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  • $2.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.7.2
  • Size: 19.2 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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