At Artiphon we’re designing new instruments to empower the next billion musicians. Our goal is to enable a world where everyone can be musical, where music is a universal element of our collective creative vocabulary.

INSTRUMENT 1 and Orba, our first two smart instruments, launched with record-setting success on Kickstarter thanks to thousands of people in over 70 countries. Both raised $1M+ in pre-orders, and the INSTRUMENT 1 was named a TIME Best Invention of the Year and a NAMM Best in Show. We are inspired by our incredible community of creators, relying on their insights and feedback as we evolve our products and create new ones.

Dr. Mike Butera founded Artiphon in Nashville, Tennessee in 2011. He holds a Ph.D. in Sound Studies from Virginia Tech, has toured the country as a multi-instrumentalist, taught as a professor of sociology, and consulted globally on consumer electronics. Mike’s doctoral research in the phenomenology of listening laid the groundwork for Artiphon’s design philosophy and patents, and he frequently speaks on topics of music technology and augmented creativity.

The Artiphon team is composed of designers, musicians, and engineers from groundbreaking companies including Space X, Blue Origin, Line 6, and Yamaha. Investors include Warner Music Group, Steve Case, TechNexus in partnership with Shure, and other industry leaders.


We are designing a future where musical expression is ubiquitous and accessible to all. Everyone loves music, and we’re here to create beautiful, intuitive technologies that empower sonic expression, creation, and fascination.  

Our first product, the INSTRUMENT 1, is a radical re-invention of the musical instrument: an adaptive musical experience that can be played with multiple fundamental musical gestures. The INSTRUMENT 1 is a key part of the mobile music revolution where we carry recording studios in our pockets, and instruments adapt to our inspiration.

After four years of research and development, we launched the INSTRUMENT 1 on Kickstarter, where it became the most successful crowdfund for a musical instrument worldwide. Backers from over seventy countries helped bring the INSTRUMENT 1 to life. It has since been named one of TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of the Year and was awarded Best in Show at the NAMM show.

The INSTRUMENT 1 is a creative palette that invites beginners, hobbyists, and pros to explore music in powerful but familiar new ways. We invite you to join us in this exploration.

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