Artiphon Feature Update: Introducing Smart Strum

We are so pleased to announce a major update for the Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1, our iOS app, and INSTRUMENT 1 Editor (for Mac and Windows). Get the free update here and dive in! Smart Strum is an entirely new way to play your INSTRUMENT 1. Just touch a fret with one finger and strum a full chord. Whether you’re a beginner strumming a new song, or an experienced songwriter getting new ideas brewing, chords have never been easier or more intuitive.

Also in this update: new factory presets, improved MIDI MPE compatibility, and we've made pitch bend range adjustable (making it easier to play with GarageBand and other iOS apps).

Here's artist Kari Spieler of band Swear and Shake effortlessly covering an Elvis classic.

Smart Strum Explained To learn more about Smart Strum and how to use this new technique, watch our Smart Strum Explained video:

Also in this update:

MPE Compatibility

Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (say that three times fast!) allows MIDI controllers like the Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1 to automatically play nicely with apps like GarageBand, even when using fretless techniques and pressure sensitivity. Trust us, this is the future.

New and Improved Presets

The INSTRUMENT 1 now plays even better right out of the box. This update brings a few changes to the standard presets. Violin is now fretted, Piano is a “just the white keys” pad tuning, and drums are mapped by region (kick| snares | hats | cymbals | toms). In addition, we’ve refined all of the factory presets for better playability and versatility.

Other Tweaks and Fixes

New Pitch Bend slider lets you switch between 12, 24, and 48-note bends for better compatibility with your older synths. It’s set to 48 by default. Also...

  • Tap is now an available method in Fretted Mode. (Previously you had to change the Hammer-On Sensitivity to “Tap.”) You can still strum on the bridge using this technique.
  • Channel Pressure is now sent from the bridge in Tapped Grid and Pad presets.
  • String bending is now available for Fretted Bow presets (for auto-tuned violin vibrato, of course).
  • Hammer-on sensitivity settings have been refined for more control, fewer unintended notes, and better fingerboard muting capability.
  • Bow method now sends Brightness (CC74) instead of Expression (CC11). Crazy, right?
  • Tutorial animation has been removed from the app. Visit for videos, tutorials, and app recommendations.
  • Tilt and Pressure effects have been removed from many of the app sounds. They will return better than ever in a future release.

Needless to say, we're very excited about what these features will do for your creativity. We invite you to share your explorations with us and the world. Tag @Artiphon and #INSTRUMENT1 on socials, join the Community Forum, or get in touch directly ( Happy strumming, friends!