Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1 Black | Adaptive Multi-Instrument MIDI Controller Plug n' Play USB Lightning iOS iPhone iPad Mac PC
- Play guitar, bass, synth, violin, drum pads, and more, on a revolutionary MIDI controller
- TIME Magazine "Best Invention of the Year," #1 Instrument on Kickstarter, PCMag Editors' Choice
- The first fretted and fretless digital string instrument; low-latency, pressure-sensitive playing
- Ultra Portable: Lightweight and 6-Hour Battery Life; USB & Lightning Cable iOS and Mac Connectivity
- 2 Stereo Speakers & Headphone Jack for creating on your own, or jamming with friends
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The Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1 is a new kind of digital instrument that adapts to the way you play. It’s the first MIDI instrument that lets you strum, slide, tap, and drum any sound on a single interface.
Ignite your musical creativity
Featuring built-in speakers, accelerometer, all-day battery life, direct iOS connection, and MIDI MPE compatibility, the award-winning INSTRUMENT 1 has opened a new category of production, performance, and play.
Strings that break the rules (and never break)
Guitarists, get ready. Revolutionary digital strings let you easily customize tunings, choose fretted or fretless, and even control effects and bends with pressure sensitivity. Get out from behind the keyboard and take your favorite chords and riffs into the digital realm.
The MIDI Multi-Instrument
Multiple positions and methods allow for a better way to play your guitar, bass, synth, violin, and drum sounds.
INSTRUMENT 1 Features
Use the 1/8" headphone jack for creating on your own, or switch to the onboard stereo speakers to jam along with friends.
On the go? The INSTRUMENT 1 fits into your carry-on. Its features durable & lightweight construction, rechargable battery, and one-cable simplicity make it the perfect travel companion.
Plug and play right out of the box with your favorite DAWs and apps. Use the included USB cable to connect to Mac and Windows computers, or use the Lightning cable to play your favorite iOS apps like GarageBand, Animoog, and more.
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Several of the reviews can be summed up as "disappointed that I can't play it as well as I can play guitar/piano/violin" and/or "I didn't read the specs (and didn't realize this is just a MIDI controller)."
The Artiphon is its own thing. I think the marketing IS geared as "play it like a guitar/piano/violin" and thus has built-in a level of expectation on the part of some consumers. However, the Artiphon probably will require some practice and/or tweaking for one to be able to play it effectively. For example, the hammer-on sensitivity may need adjusting for your playing style, or else you'll get lots of unintended notes. Also, it's worth pointing out that the "pluck" and "bow" trigger effects are completely different: to pluck a string, the trigger activates when you release the pad, whereas for "bow" it activates when you press on the pad.
The form factor is incredible: to get access to so many possible pitches in such a compact size is unusual for a midi controller, and the additional sensors of pressing-down-harder for bending, and the "rotate by an angle" for modulation offer the kinds of things that on other controllers you'd need to reach for a separate knob to control.
It is true that you'll need a computer or iPhone to do the signal processing, but this system works with so many apps & programs automatically that it's an excellent interface. If it's not doing what you want, check the presets for your patch -- I was finding that I couldn't get any "slide" effects when it turned out the virtual instrument I was using in Logic was messed up. Artiphon provides a series of pre-made virtual instruments on their website; check those out.
It will take practice. It is not a guitar or a piano. It's indeed odd for a guitar player (like me) to find that all the frets are the same distance; this will take a little getting used to. As will the "pads" that you use for plucking. As will the hammer-on sensitivity, and pitch-bend sensitivity.
All in all, this is a unique opportunity for users to control a compact, highly versatile and responsive multi-instrument.
A bit of back story: Originally looking for a compact travel ukulele that I could pack in a carry-on bag when I travel, I happened upon Artiphon's product. I had previously owned Traveler Guitar's version, and it was fair, but required a luthier to make it the instrument that it should have been; The Uke-Solid, from German manufacturer, Risa, seemed to be very difficult to find (impossible within the US), and more expensive perhaps than I felt it should be; and the Eleuke Peanut received mixed reviews, with several critics panning its quality.
After watching a couple dozen videos showcasing the Instrument 1, I thought that it seemed incredibly cool, versatile, and would still allow me to noodle on the ukulele while also experimenting with other instruments. I ordered one that night. I later realized that I had ordered the white one, and I really wanted the black model. So, I cancelled the order and placed a second one. Unfortunately, I was informed later in the day that it was too late to cancel my initial order, and that I would be receiving two shipments. This ended up being a bit of a blessing in disguise. I had the opportunity to see and try both units.
The instrument one feels great. It looks great. It offers nearly limitless possibilities, when combined with any number of apps on the iPad or iPhone. But I had issues with both of my units. Sadly, it went beyond my inexperience as a musician, or with the Instrument 1. My white unit immediately appeared to have a couple of "strings" wired incorrectly. That was disappointing, but acceptable, as I wanted the black unit anyway. Unfortunately, after experimenting with the other unit for a handful of hours I noticed inconsistencies in the sensitivity and responsiveness of the strings and bridge.
I really wanted the Instrument 1 to work out. It is a brilliant concept, in an inspiring form factor, and may open the door to other such creations, which would seem to work equally well in the studio or on the stage. At this point though, I will be forced to wait for subsequent iterations that hopefully provide a more consistent manufacturing process and result. I will be keeping my eye out for future Artiphon creations, even if this one is not for me.
I have no doubt that if i used apple products i would probably be amazed by this, but it feels very much like a toy. there is about a 1.2 second sound delay on every program i have tried. There is very little give on the fret board and (strums?) leaving you questioning if you just didn't press hard enough or what. It constantly feel's like it is about to break and I feel uncomfortable with it.
this product is not for novice users. I may end up returning this if i don't find compatible software soon that lets me play it with as much ease as the youtube channel lets on.
I hope the creators of this product branch out a little, instead of essentially billing this as a garage band add-on.
It would be better if it worked equally well on both types of systems (apple or PC) Works best with an Apple Ipads, laptops, or even your I phones.
Apple software drivers are better suited for running interactive Music development Software with the Artiphon Editor.
Its different than just a midi keyboard.
Its a lot of fun and the learning curve is short.
Some one with a studio already and experience with sound development would really find this as a legitimate tool.
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