The Artiphon

Strum a guitar, bow a violin, tap a piano, loop a beat—on a single instrument. An intuitive way to create music and play any sound.


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#1 Musical instrument on Kickstarter
(raised over $1.3M USD from 3,391 backers in 70+ countries)

The Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1 is a single device that can be played as a guitar, piano, drum pad, synthesizer, and many other instruments. By connecting the INSTRUMENT 1 to smartphones, tablets, and computers, people of all skill levels can choose from an always-expanding palette of sounds.

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“This sweet music maker does pretty much everything.”


An Instrument that Adapts to Inspiration

A guitar is designed to be strummed; piano keys are pressed; drum pads are tapped; violins are bowed. But what if a single instrument could be played with any of these techniques?

That’s exactly what we’re creating – one instrument that lets you be the whole band. Our patented technology enables a new type of musical experience focused on exploration and creativity rather than skill sets and signal chains. It’s an entirely new approach to what a musical instrument can do.


Tap Like Keys or Pads


Tap Like Keys or Pads

Lay the INSTRUMENT 1 flat and use the fingerboard as twelve pads for making beats and triggering loops. Or switch to 72 pressure-sensing keys in six stacked octaves for melodies and chords.

Bow Like a Violin


Bow Like a Violin

Play without frets and slide between notes like a violin, upright bass, or slide guitar. Rocking your finger back and forth adds vibrato to your notes.

Strum Like a Guitar


Strum Like a Guitar

For guitar techniques, use the fingerboard and bridge to strum and pick chords, scales, and riffs. Pressure and velocity-sensitivity add nuance and expressiveness.


The Artiphon App

Artiphon’s companion app is the easiest way to start playing your INSTRUMENT 1 right out of the box. Intuitively choose sounds, tunings, and other settings. Design new instruments and save them in your library.

Getting Connected

Because the INSTRUMENT 1 is iOS and MIDI-compatible, it works with hundreds of mobile apps like GarageBand, Animoog, and SampleTank. You can also connect to your Mac or PC via USB to control Ableton Live, ProTools, Logic, Mainstage, and many others.


The Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1


The INSTRUMENT 1 is a digital multi-instrument that connects to iOS devices and computers so you can start creating music in seconds. Its ergonomic body can be played in a variety of positions, and its touch-sensitive interfaces can be played with a range of techniques.

Available in white or black.