To get started using a Mac or Windows PC with your INSTRUMENT 1, follow along with our Quickstart Guide below.


Connect the INSTRUMENT 1 to your computer using the included USB to mini-USB cable.




Turn the INSTRUMENT 1 on.

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If the light doesn’t glow green when powered on, connect your instrument to a power source using the included 12V power supply.

How to assemble your power supply:


A fully charged battery will last up to six hours.

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5-20% Charge

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Open any music-making app that supports MIDI and has software instruments.
For example, GarageBand, Logic, Cubase, Ableton Live, and BitWig Studio work right out of the box with the INSTRUMENT 1.


To use the speakers on the INSTRUMENT 1, navigate to “Preferences” in the software of your choice and select INSTRUMENT 1 in your Audio/MIDI preferences.

Here’s an example from Apple’s GarageBand:

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The Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1 Editor is an interface for customizing the settings of your INSTRUMENT 1. Combine techniques, tunings, and features to create and save custom presets. Control how your INSTRUMENT 1 interfaces with MIDI-enabled software (such as Ableton Live, Logic, and Pro Tools) on your Mac or PC.

Download the Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1 Editor here.

Detailed guide on using the INSTRUMENT 1 Editor


Learn the different Ways to Play
Building a Song with Garageband
Learn more about third-party apps