What is the INSTRUMENT 1 Editor?
With the INSTRUMENT 1 you can combine techniques, tunings, sounds, and your choice of playing position. In addition to connecting to your iOS device, the INSTRUMENT 1 also connects to your Mac or PC and can be used with third-party MIDI-enabled music software (such as GarageBand, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic, Mainstage, Cubase, and more).
The INSTRUMENT 1 will work with many MIDI-enabled software programs simply by connecting it via USB (and setting the Input Device to INSTRUMENT 1).
However, the Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1 Editor will allow you to customize and save your own presets, choose from a host of pre-made presets, and control features including the arpeggiator, automatic string flip, fingerboard pressure sensitivity, and more.
In other words, the you don’t need to use the INSTRUMENT 1 Editor when using the INSTRUMENT 1 with desktop music software, but it will expand your options and let you save settings.
What’s a Preset?
When connecting the INSTRUMENT 1 to music software on your computer, a preset is the combination of technique, tuning, and any additional features you may choose. When connecting to a computer, the instrument sound will be determined by your choice of music software.
Making a Custom Preset
You can start with any of the presets that come pre-configured in the INSTRUMENT 1 Editor (found in the Artiphon Presets folder in the preset menu on the left side of the window). Guitar, Violin, Piano, and Drums are locked as they are and cannot be edited. The rest of the presets can be edited as you please, or can be used as the basis for a new preset of your own.
Selecting a Mode and Method
When playing the INSTRUMENT 1, a technique is composed of a mode and a method. The mode represents how the instrument’s interfaces are configured. The four modes are: Fretted, Fretless, Grid, and Pad. The method represents how you wish to play. The four methods are: Strum, Bow, Slide, and Tap. (When using the Artiphon iOS app, iBow is also an available method.)
Note: Not every method will be available for every mode. For instance, you can’t select a Tap method in a Fretted mode.
Selecting a Tuning
In the Tuning section you’ll find a dropdown menu with a selection of available tunings for the mode you’ve selected. If you’d like to customize a tuning further, click on the graphic of the fingerboard or the bridge in the Mode window. Then use the Note and Octave arrows to adjust individual notes. Hit Save in the menu bar if you want to preserve your custom tuning to your current preset.
Any note can be assigned to the strings, grid or pads.
There are several additional features and settings that can be controlled in the INSTRUMENT 1 Editor:
- Hammer-On Sensitivity: Controls how sensitive the fingerboard is to string-like hammer-ons.
- Capo Step Size: Controls whether the capo transposes the key by one half step or one octave at a time.
- String Flip: Controls whether the INSTRUMENT 1 is locked in left-handed or right-handed position, or retunes automatically based on the position in which it is being held.
- Arpeggiator: The arpeggiator can be switched on/off, and the tempo can be set. When the arpeggiator is on, the INSTRUMENT 1 will automatically cycle through the note locations as they are triggered.
- Fingerboard Pressure Enable: Turns on the pressure-sensitivity of the fingerboard, allowing for polyphonic aftertouch and techniques such as vibrato.
Naming Your Preset
Use the File dropdown in the menu bar to create a new preset, create a new folder, or rename an existing preset or folder. To save changes to a preset, select Save or type Command- S (Mac) or Control- S (Windows).
Save Your Preset to the INSTRUMENT 1
Any preset can be stored directly onto the INSTRUMENT 1 hardware for easy access. These are the four user presets indicated by dot icons.
To save a preset to the INSTRUMENT 1 itself, select Presets from the menu bar, then select one of the four user preset locations from the dropdown.