INSTRUMENT 1 STEP-BY-STEP COURSE

4. MEET THE PRESETS

Time to play some music! The first four factory presets on the INSTRUMENT 1 are designed to emulate more traditional instruments. Let's run through the mechanics of each of these presets.




LESSON NOTES

  • OVERVIEW
  • RESOURCES
  • TRANSCRIPT

TOPICS COVERED

Guitar
Strum the bridge triggers to activate notes.
Tuned to a guitar.

Violin
Apply sustained pressure on the bridge triggers to activate notes.
Tuned to a violin.

Piano
Tap the fingerboard pads to trigger notes.
Tuned to a C Major scale.

Drums
Tap the fingerboard pads to play your kit!

Sounds vs. Techniques
Sounds are triggered by the INSTRUMENT 1 using a variety of techniques.

Preset and Volume Knob
Simply press in on the knob to switch presets, and rotate to adjust volume.

VIDEOS

A Dozen Ways to Play Guitar
Get a sense of the breadth of styles you can play using the Guitar preset.

Bach's Partita No. 2 on Violin
See the Violin preset in action performing the music of Bach.

(00:00)
It's important to know that we're using the Artiphon iOS App sounds for this video. If you're using a Mac with GarageBand or Pro Tools or Ableton with a PC, it's essentially the same thing. The techniques that we're showing you won't change much. So, although we'll be using our Guitar, Violin, Piano, and Drum sounds, just know that these techniques can easily translate to your software synths, your plugins, whatever it is that you like to play.

(00:28)
Most MIDI controllers are designed to be played one way. What's unique about the INSTRUMENT 1 is that with the press of a button, I'm actually changing the technique in which I play. Later, we'll learn how to customize a preset and save it. For now, I'm going to show you the first four presets: Guitar, Violin, Piano, and Drums.

(00:49)
The instrument defaults to Guitar. I choose my chord down here and I strum the notes on the bridge. Unless you press very hard, simply tapping the fretboard won't do much. We'll show you how to do a tap technique in a later video.

(01:06)
So, how do we switch between presets? It's simple. You press on the Volume and Preset knob. In case you missed it, the knob also controls the volume on the instrument.

(01:25)
So now I'm in the Violin preset. Cello and upright bass players may find it comfortable to hold it like this. It's not so important the way that you hold it, more so the technique. The way you actuate the notes. Unlike the strumming motion you'll use to play Guitar, Violin uses sustained pressure like the bow on a stringed instrument. The tuning is different now, too. It's tuned in fifths like a violin or a cello. Think of it as exactly that, a combination of a violin and a cello.

(02:10)
I press again and my INSTRUMENT 1 is now a Piano. This preset is a simple C-major scale. I can do triads by pressing every other note, and even the bridge triggers give me a handful of extra notes that I can use to play melodies. In the Piano preset, each Pad is one note. Every string will do the same thing. Now, there is a way to get all 78 notes to be different, and we'll show you how to do that in a later video when we start customizing these things. For now, Piano keeps things nice and simple. Similar to Drums.

(02:56)
Drum is another Pad Mode, meaning each string will do the same thing. The first fret is my kick drum. The third fret is my snare. The fifth fret is my Hi-Hat, and we put the crash symbol on 11. We put the toms on the bridge so you could easily roll down and for fills.

(03:35)
So those are the first four factory presets. In the next video, we're going to show you the dotted presets. These are customizable banks which open up a whole new world of possibilities.