Community Roundup – July ’17


The dog days of summer are officially upon us, but we’re beating the heat in July with some of these cool submissions from the Artiphon community! Keep on scrolling for dragons, kings, magic, and magnetism — it’s not just the stuff of fantasy!

Fit For A King (Or Queen): Game of Thrones Theme by Parth Raval & Darshil A Shah

For many of us, this month’s major life event was the kickoff of a new season of GOT, but Parth Raval and Darshil A Shah also recently recorded a legendary take on the show’s iconic opening theme for your fantasy fix. Multi-instruments, drones, flutes, kangaroos — this duo’s latest has it all (including cameos from the INSTRUMENT 1 and the ROLI Seaboard RISE). Be sure to check out Parth’s equally impressive Indian Fusion arrangement as well!

Mile-High Music-Making: Andrew Wong Covers Kings of Leon

INSTRUMENT 1 wiz Andrew Wong is back at it again with a flaming hot rendition of “Sex on Fire” by Nashville natives Kings of Leon. Note the alternate tunings and the fact that he’s recording from 10,000 feet while on an Air France flight! You can find Andrew’s other covers over on his Instagram page @at_onement, including a terrific take on Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” as featured in last month’s Community Roundup.


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Catching Our Attention: Sonny’s Live Rework of a Track by Charlie Puth

Earlier in July, YouTuber Sonny posted this funky take on Charlie Puth’s viral smash hit “Attention,” and we couldn’t get it out of our heads here at the Artiphon office for weeks. Featuring multiple live instrument parts, Sonny expertly employs loops on the INSTRUMENT 1 and Novation hardware before building to a toe-tapping crescendo with that infectious bass line, all in real-time. Subscribe to his channel on YouTube at 2BytesTV for more.

From Rag’n’Bone to Riches: “Human” by Frank Bell

Singer-songwriter Frank Bell recently sat down for this soulful, minimalist cover of Rag’n’Bone Man’s foot-stomping anthem, “Human.” A perfect example of analog and digital coexisting in harmony, the INSTRUMENT 1 here is being used in table position with tap pad drum and grid piano tunings keeping time under acoustic rhythm and lead guitar. See how it compares against the original

Now Streaming: Singularity EP by The Electromagnetics

Readers of past community roundups may recognize The Electromagnetics, and for July, the psych-rock band is back with an acid-infused EP release. Published under their own label, UNSIGNED TAPES, “Singularity EP” is available now for your listening pleasure on iTunes, Spotify, and Bandcamp and even features the INSTRUMENT 1 on a number of tracks.

Best In Show: The Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1 Nabs Award At NAMM

For those who may have missed it, Artiphon was represented earlier this month at the 2017 Summer NAMM show in our hometown of Nashville, and the INSTRUMENT 1 was named Best in Show! We are honored and humbled to have been selected by such talented peers and were incredibly fortunate to have been able to share it with you all on the show-floor. Check out our video recap below.

And as always, be sure to check out the Community Performances playlist on YouTube for more inspiring submissions from the Artiphon extended family, and follow us over on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter to stay in the loop. We can’t wait to see what you will create next month, so be sure to tag @Artiphon and the #INSTRUMENT1 on social media!

Best In Show: The Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1 Nabs Award At NAMM

It was our great honor to have the INSTRUMENT 1 named Best in Show at the 2017 Summer NAMM show right here in our hometown of Nashville! If you’ve never been to the NAMM show, it’s a massive gathering of music gear-makers, as well as artists, innovators, and music-lovers of all kinds. We had an inspiring time sharing the all of the INSTRUMENT 1’s features (and even some forthcoming ones!) with hundreds of new people, connecting with our friends in the industry, and learning about plenty of wonderful new products for musicians.


Community Roundup – June ’17

With summer in full swing, it’s time to check in on all of the awesome happenings that have been going on in the Artiphon community this month. We saw a number of fantastic photos and videos come across our timeline in June, including a “boss” Springsteen cover, backstage jam sessions, and DOZENS of ways to play guitar. Keep scrolling for this month’s roundup, and as always, be sure to use the @Artiphon handle and #INSTRUMENT1 hashtag on social.


A Take On A Springsteen Classic by Jesse Daniel Smith



One of our favorite Canadians, Jesse Daniel Smith, recently sat down for this minimalist rendition of “Thunder Road” by The Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen. Elena Rae also provides stirring accompanying vocals over Smith’s warm acoustic strumming + subtle vibraphone ornamentation via the INSTRUMENT 1 to create a folk arrangement that would bring a tear to any road-hog’s eye. Be sure to listen to Jesse’s original works over on YouTube, as well.

Here’s a little background on the recording from Jesse himself:

“As a guitar player I tend to produce with the guitar in mind. Translating the way I understand chord movement to a traditional MIDI controller has often left me unimpressed as my hands don’t have the muscle memory to execute an organic take. The Instrument 1 has changed that forever – within hours of picking it up for the first time I was able to work out the arpeggiated synth and vibraphone lead line in my recent Springtsteen ‘Thunder Road’ interpretation. I went from believer to die-hard in 1 production and I’m so excited to continue working with such a dynamic instrument.” – Jesse Daniel Smith

22nd-Century Lady Antebellum Cover by Andrew Wong

Artiphon all-star Andrew Wong is back at it again. This time, the multi-instrument savant whipped up a futuristic Lady Antebellum cover suitable for the pickup or the space ship using Korg Gadget on the iPad (watch our recent Artiphon + Korg Gadget video here). And check out Andrew’s awesome Muse cover in last month’s Community Roundup!


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Moves Like Jagger: “Gimme Shelter” by Will Podolak

Our very own Will Podolak, resident INSTRUMENT 1 wizard and active forum member, recently cooked up this robot-rock cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” using Logic Pro X, the INSTRUMENT 1 Editor for Mac, and sounds made with Serum. (Mick Jagger himself would jump like Jack Flash starting at 2:26!) To see more of Will’s work, jet on over to his YouTube channel.

Sittin’ In the Back of the Stage with Wild Adriatic

The wild guys of Wild Adriatic took a few moments before their Bridgeport show a couple of weeks back to strum out this wistful take on Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay.” See how it compares against the original.

A Dozen Ways ft. Anthony da Costa

June brought sunshine, a dozen ways to play guitar with the INSTRUMENT 1, and a brand-spankin’ new video featuring singer-songwriter Anthony da Costa. Long-time visitors to Artiphon may recognize Anthony from the Tap Blues Artiphon Short from a while back, and here he is showin’ out on twelve different tunings, methods, and sounds. Let us know your favorites on our Facebook/Twitter/and Instagram pages.

The Instrument Heard Round The World

All month long, wayward woodwind performer and instructor Wayne Leechford has been uploading some awesome photos of his mobile music-production setup with the INSTRUMENT 1 on his journeys in over 5 countries. Thanks for the love and for putting a little wanderlust in our hearts. Keep up with Wayne’s travels over on Instagram.


As always, keep an eye on the Artiphon Community Performances playlist on YouTube, and follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more. We can’t wait to see what inspiring content you all create next month, so be sure to tag @Artiphon and the #INSTRUMENT1 on social media. As a bonus, the coupon code STARSANDSYNTHS will save you $50 at checkout throughout the summer holiday at See ya in July!

Community Roundup – May ’17

As we spring into summer, it’s once again time to highlight the creativity that people all around the world are “tapping” into with the INSTRUMENT 1. The month of May brought all sorts of inspiring videos and photos from the Artiphon community: from professional studios to the driver’s seat, from street buskers to cartoon super-villains. Check out this month’s roundup below, and when you’re ready to share your own, be sure to use the @Artiphon handle and #INSTRUMENT1 hashtag!

Artiphon Sessions: Stanton Edward

Nashville’s own multitalented guitarist and producer Stanton Edward recently took time away from his day-to-day with The Wallflowers to create some lush, hypnotic loops in the studio using the INSTRUMENT 1 and his newly-launched audio plugin SEA Looper for Ableton Live.

Knights of Synthonia

Instagram user Andrew Wong recently shared this robo-tastic rendition of Muse’s “Starlight” that immediately caught the eyes and ears of all of us here in the Artiphon offices. Awesome integration with KORG Gadget (iOS/Mac) and nice on-the-fly audio mixing chops, too! Be sure to keep up with Andrew on social media at @at_onement.


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Jeff Smith, engaging multi-instrumentalist and staple of the Artiphon community forum, plucked out this stripped-down cover of Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” on the INSTRUMENT 1 in his “rolling studio” earlier this month. Check out his other covers here, including a soulful take on Led Zeppelin’s “Going to California.”


Forgoing world domination for synthwave awesomeness, Cobra Commander himself took some much-needed R&R in May to drop another INSTRUMENT 1 soundbomb. Check out his video below that features some arcade-inspired 80’s synth goodness in Ableton Live. That solo at 2:24 is a face-melter.


Another familiar face around the forum who goes by Brock has been steadily adding to an impressive number of tracks created with the INSTRUMENT 1. Earlier in May, Brock and his band The Electromagnetics released this compilation titled “INTRAVERSE.” Just listen to those dreamy guitar lines and spacey synths on the opening track and try not to daydream about a beach vacation on Mars.

One Man Band

Friends of Artiphon in over 70 countries (and counting!) continue to make some fantastic videos. Here’s talented musician and street performer Matteo Murru improvising over some smooth jazz bars with the Tap Guitar tuning on his INSTRUMENT 1 in Milan, Italy. Follow him on Instagram at @paninoaltonno to see more busking adventures. 


Experimenting with Artiphon pt1. #jazz #onemanband #artiphon #improvisation #INSTRUMENT1

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And as always, the Artiphon Community Performances playlist on YouTube is home to awesome musical content created by passionate players all over the world. We can’t wait to see what you all will create next month, so keep uploading and reaching out on social media. Be sure to tag @Artiphon and the #INSTRUMENT1 in your posts (you may even see yourself in a future Community Roundup!) and follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more.
Also check out friend of Artiphon, Anthony da Costa, starring in the recent Artiphon Short “Tap Blues” here.


A Video Update from Artiphon’s Founder, Mike Butera

I hope your springtime is off to a wonderful start. So much has happened here at Artiphon recently, and our creative community keeps growing and innovating in such amazing ways

I’m excited to share our most recent Artiphon video update with you. It highlights what we’ve been able to achieve so far with the support of our backers, partners, and users, and the road ahead is equally inspiring. We’re opening doors into music education, virtual reality, and revolutionary products that will make music more intuitive, enjoyable, and accessible than ever before. 

If you’d like to learn about opportunities to partner with Artiphon as we grow, please visit our Fundable and CrowdVest pages, or contact us directly at

We look forward to the future as we reinvent the musical instrument for everyone. 

Dr. Mike Butera
Founder & CEO

Community Roundup – April ’17

Happy spring from Artiphon headquarters! We are once again blown away by the talent and creativity the Artiphon community is bringing to life. Here is our recurring roundup of the new and noteworthy videos we just couldn’t get enough of. 

Band on the Run: Wild Adriatic in the Office

New York-based rock-and-soul trio Wild Adriatic came by Artiphon headquarters in Nashville to demo the INSTRUMENT 1 and started hammering out a song right off the bat. 


The Italian duo Laica is fond of creative covers in their own special style. Here we have their interpretation of “Re-arrange” by Biffy Clyro, but also check out their other experiments, including a cover of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You.”

Human Nature

Joe Kye created a multi-camera/instrument version of Michael Jackson’s Human Nature along with one of his favorite guitar collaborators.

TechMundo Video Review

TechMundo, a Brazilian YouTube channel that specializes in product reviews, gave their followers a closeup look of the INSTRUMENT 1. Spoiler alert: hop ahead to 4:30 to see the underwater theme from Super Mario World played entirely on the INSTRUMENT 1. 

Bubbly Cover  

And lastly, our own Will Podolak from the Artiphon engineering team continues to take his INSTRUMENT 1 to new heights. Here is his cover of Colbie Caillat’s “Bubbly.” You can see more of his creative musings on his YouTube channel.

And there’s so much more. In fact, we made a Community Performances YouTube playlist featuring all of the user videos we spotted in the wild so far. Hop in and see what players from around the world are doing with their INSTRUMENT 1’s.


Two New Features: String Bend and Tilt

The INSTRUMENT 1 just learned two new tricks! With the latest updates to our iOS app and Editor for Mac and PC, the instrument is now even more expressive and fun. (You can grab the updates here).

With this new feature, you can now bend notes by applying pressure to the fingerboard. Here’s String Bend with an Indian sitar sound.

Rotating the INSTRUMENT 1 can now shape sounds in new expressive ways. Here it is controlling the cutoff filter of a synth sound.

The INSTRUMENT 1 is always getting more versatile and adaptive so you can find the creative experience that suits you best. We can’t wait to see what the world does with String Bend and Tilt. 

Teaming Up With Sony for the Launch of Their Newest Headphones

We were honored to be invited by Sony to collaborate on the launch of their newest noise-canceling headphones, the MDR 1000X. The video features Artiphon co-founder Jacob Gordon and explores themes around how technology enables music-making and music listening.

We’re particularly intrigued by how these headphones foreshadow the future of augmented listening. The noise canceling technology of the MDR 1000x turns down the world around you, but there are also settings that can selectively let ambient sound in, even filtering for the frequencies of the human voice. To us, this is part of a future that offers more choice in how we hear the world, and how the world hears us.

Special thanks to Confidant and The Bindry for being the creative forces behind this project.

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