The INSTRUMENT 1 works with most music-making iOS apps. Here, we’ll recommend our favorites, describe their key features, and explain any necessary steps for configuring them with the INSTRUMENT 1.
When playing the INSTRUMENT 1 with a third-party app, you can still have the Artiphon app running in the background so you can quickly customize your INSTRUMENT 1 presets. Simply set the sound to No Sound, then switch back to the other app.
If you have the Artiphon app open and do not set it to No Sound, you will hear both the sounds of the Artiphon app and other app.
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We recommend ThumbJam because it’s easy to use, compatible with all the many different INSTRUMENT 1 features, and has a great sounds. Over 40 high-quality instruments are included with more available to download. The sounds are a variety of both real instruments and synthesized sounds.
ThumbJam’s interface is a set of columns or rows representing notes in a scale, you can press and drag to play the scale. Pressing the Sound button in the top left, then Change Instrument, will allow you to choose from ThumbJam’s library of sounds. Pressing Download Samples is how you can download the free additional sound packs.
Some additional features include a loop function, and the ability to create an instrument by recording samples. These features are compatible with the INSTRUMENT 1, but will require some additional setup. ThumbJam also has a volume boost which gives you added flexibility for volume control: this is very helpful if you’re playing along with a song.
Setting up ThumbJam with the INSTRUMENT 1:
The INSTRUMENT 1 can plug and play with ThumbJam. More so than many other iOS apps, ThumbJam works especially well with Bow method, giving you independent expressive control with the bridge triggers. There are some steps necessary to use fretless mode and Fingerboard Pressure.
- Open the Prefs in the lower right, then choose MIDI Controls.
- Set the Pitchbend Range to 24
- Scroll down to the input options where you can Use Chan Pressure to control the Volume, Filter, or Bend.
GarageBand for iOS
GarageBand for iOS has some great features and sounds while also being very intuitive and easy to use. If you are interested in recording multi-track songs with an iOS device, GarageBand is an excellent starting point.
The layout is intuitive for exploring sounds and building songs. There are a variety of instrument sounds that can be played, including Keyboard, Drums, Strings, Bass, Guitar, and World instruments. The most expansive set of instruments are the keyboards, which include eight traditional keyboards and a large selection of synths.
You can record audio into GarageBand with the INSTRUMENT 1’s microphone input. Audio can also be recorded with Inter-App Audio, which allows you to record sounds from other apps like ThumbJam or the Artiphon app.
Setting up GarageBand with the INSTRUMENT 1:
GarageBands works well with the INSTRUMENT 1 without any setup at all. Simply plug and play.
However, fretless mode and bow method are not compatible with GarageBand, as the pitch bend range is not adjustable. In addition, the bow method requires multi-channel expression, which GarageBand does not currently support. See ThumbJam and of course the Artiphon app for apps that work very well with these playing techniques.
The Seaboard 5D app is made by ROLI to be used with their keyboards and the sounds are designed to showcase the ROLI keyboard’s highly expressive interface. The INSTRUMENT 1 shares many of the same expressive features, so we recommend this app particularly for using fingerboard pressure sensitivity. The sounds in this app are mainly electronic synthesized sounds, and other sounds are available for download.
When you trigger a note on the INSTRUMENT 1 it will also appear on the screen. You’ll see the notes move left and right as you slide fretlessly on the INSTRUMENT 1 and see the effects of pitch bend and fingerboard pressure.
Setting up Seaboard 5D with the INSTRUMENT 1:
- To connect the INSTRUMENT 1 to Seaboard 5D, press the circle in the top right.
- Press MIDI Set-up, press MIDI Input, and choose INSTRUMENT 1.
- Set the Channel Mode to Multi Channel and the Bend Range to 24.
For a guitarist looking to play an authentic lead guitar sound with the INSTRUMENT 1, GeoShred is a great app.
GeoShred’s playing interface (which is easy-to-use without the INSTRUMENT 1 as well) shows a grid of notes and strings with a scale highlighted. You can tap and slide around the screen while also using faders and an XY pad to control the sound. The scale is customizable, so you can set it to any key and scale. This can be a fun way to learn and experiment with the modes and scales on the guitar.
With many built-in sounds, the ability to edit your signal chain and pedals and amp, and even change the type of guitar string being simulated, GeoShred offers a world of possibilities for the INSTRUMENT 1 with your iPhone or iPad. The technology is based on the physical modeling research of a professor at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics.
Setting up GeoShred with the INSTRUMENT 1:
Artiphon has worked with GeoShred to include an INSTRUMENT 1 preset in their app to make the setup process seamless.
- Press the three vertical dots in the top right corner, then choose MIDI.
- Scroll down the list and select the Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1.
Now GeoShred is automatically ready to play with Fretless mode, Bow method, and use fingerboard pressure.
Moog Model 15
The Moog Model 15 app is a modular synthesizer and synthesis education tool made by Moog. This app is a meticulously recreated version of the Model 15, one of their most popular synthesizers.
The interface of the app represents a modular synthesizer covered in knobs, switches, and in/out jacks. When you load a preset, cables will appear connecting the modules. You can swipe around to see the modules, virtually manipulate the settings, and connect the modules with cables. There is also an on-screen keyboard with midi controls. You can tap the patch name in the top left to open the library of presets.
Modular synthesis can seem intimidating and complex, but one of the most rewarding parts of the Moog Model 15 app is the tutorials which will teach you how these machines work. The education aspect of this app is fun, intuitive, and a good overview at this interesting piece of technology. For this reason, we recommend this app for anyone interested in the theory and practice of modular synthesis even if they have no prior experience.
Setting up Moog Model 15 with the INSTRUMENT 1:
The Model 15 app is compatible with all the features of the INSTRUMENT 1 and setup is fairly simple.
- Open the settings in the top right, then choose MIDI.
- Set the input to INSTRUMENT 1
- Set the Channel to MPE
- Set the Pitch Bend Range to 24
- Turn on all the Send options
You can also choose the Map CCs button to view all the possible targets of CC controls. Simply tap one, and trigger the control and it will automatically map to that effect. Pressure messages from bowing multiple bridge triggers will not work correctly. However, bowing one bridge trigger at a time will work.
These iOS Music Making apps are our favorites to recommend, but there are many more. If there are other great apps that you love to play with your INSTRUMENT 1, you can send your recommendations to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!