Introduction to Third-party Apps

The INSTRUMENT 1 can be used to play almost any sound generator or music-making software like GarageBand, Logic, Cubase, Live, Bitwig, and many others. 


The INSTRUMENT 1 is a Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) controller, meaning it can work with any sound generator. This allows you to change your sound at any time or to record MIDI in the digital audio workstation of your choice.

To change your playing techniques while using sounds from a third-party sound generator, use the the iOS Artiphon app or Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1 Editor. They enable preset creation and customization while using sounds from a third-party app.

We’ve made it easy to disable the app’s built-in sounds while playing other sound generators. Simply select “No Sound” in the app to allow sounds from your third party app to pass through the Artiphon app.

No Sound

MIDI Channel Mode and Range

The INSTRUMENT 1 can be played expressively by using the fingerboard and bridge in different ways. In order to allow these techniques to work with third-party sound generators, the INSTRUMENT 1 sends polyphonic expression data on multiple MIDI channels. You can adjust the settings in your software depending on how you want MIDI data to be received.

Setting your software to receive six channels should ensure that strum and bow modes work properly. When the INSTRUMENT 1 is set to Multi-channel MIDI mode the channels 2-7 are used for the played notes while channel one is reserved as MIDI base channel.

The Mac, PC, iOS apps allow to set the INSTRUMENT 1 to multi-channel MIDI mode.



When the third-party sound generator is set to a multi-channel MIDI mode, ensure that MIDI channels 2-7 are set. This setting might be labeled multi-channel, MIDI-mono mode, MPE, or similar.

Note that some sound generators do not support a multi-channel MIDI mode. In this case, the INSTRUMENT 1 can be switched to Single Channel MIDI mode so that expressive data (such as pitch bend when sliding) is still used only for the last note that was played. In single channel MIDI mode, the INSTRUMENT 1 sends MIDI on channel 1.

If fretless modes and pressure are not used, third-party generator can be set to omni, where all MIDI channels are received. In this case, using pitch bend and expression for more than one note at a time can cause problems.

Getting Fretless Mode to Work Properly (Setting the Pitch Bend Range)

In order to have fretless mode work properly, the third-party sound generator’s pitch bend range should be set to 24 in order to give you one chromatic half-step per fret marker. Of course, feel free to adjust the pitch bend range to achieve whatever result you desire. 

Here are some examples of third-party sound generator settings:

Moog Model 15
MIDI channel: MPE
Pitch bend range: 24

Moog Model 15

Apple Alchemy (and other Logic or MainStage plug-ins)
MIDI Mono Mode: On (with base channel 1)
Mono Mode Pitch Range: 24

Apple Alchemy


For additional set up information, refer to the INSTRUMENT 1 MIDI Mapping page. If you’re having trouble finding the answer to your question here, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at

Recommended Apps

The INSTRUMENT 1 works with hundreds of desktop and mobile apps. Here is a list of suggested apps:

iOS Apps
Please see our page for recommended iOS music-making apps

OS X Apps
Bitwig Studio
Ableton Live

PC Apps
Bitwig Studio
Native Instruments Kontakt Player
Ableton Live