Using the Artiphon App

Techniques and Sounds

With the INSTRUMENT 1 you can combine sounds, techniques, and tunings to design your own custom instruments. The Artiphon companion app for iOS is the quickest way to adjust settings on existing instrument presets, and to design new ones.

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What’s a Preset?

When using the Artiphon iOS app, a preset is a combination of technique, tuning, and sound. You can change and adjust existing presets or create new ones, and save them in your collections folders within the app.

Make a Custom Preset

You can start out with any of the presets found in the app. There are four main built-in presets (Guitar, Violin, Piano, and Drums) and a selection of custom ones that we designed (and continue to update and add to).




Naming Your Preset

Pressing the arrow next to the preset name at the top of the screen gives the options to overwrite the current preset, save it as a new preset, or rename the current preset.


Save As..


Save As.. Name

Choosing Your Sound

In the Artiphon app any sound can be used with any technique. Choose your sound by pressing the arrow next to the sound icon. On the Sounds page you can browse between different instrument sounds that we designed specifically for the INSTRUMENT 1


Sound editor chevron




Choosing Your Tuning

Enter the Technique Editor by pressing the arrow on the right:

Technique Editor Chevron


Pressing the arrow in the tuning bar at the bottom of the Technique screen opens a list of tunings to choose from. All the tunings you see can also be customized with the tuning editor.





There are many common tunings to select from, including Standard Violin, Open G, Drop D, and more. If you’d like to edit or modify a tuning, select Edit and change the value for each individual string, note, or region.    

Edit tuning chevron


three tuning editors


Select Your Mode

Enter the Technique Editor by pressing the arrow on the right:


Technique Editor Chevron


Swipe to browse between the four modes: Fretted, Fretless, Grid, and Pad. Each mode will determine how the fingerboard and bridge on your INSTRUMENT 1 respond to your playing.



Fretted Mode: similar to a guitar, electric bass, ukulele, or other stringed instrument with frets.

Fretless Mode: similar to a member of the violin family, allowing you to slide continuously between notes, and rock your finger for vibrato.

Grid Mode: divides the fingerboard into a grid of 72 note locations.

Pad Mode: divides the fingerboard into 12 pads arranged side-by-side.

Choosing Your Method

Choose from the Method buttons at the bottom of the screen to select your method.

Note: Not every method will be available for every mode (for instance, you can’t Tap a Fretted Mode).

Strum Method (works with Fretted and Fretless modes): lets you strum or pluck the bridge triggers to play the corresponding strings of the fingerboard.

Bow Method (works with Fretted and Fretless modes): lets you press on the bridge triggers and slide continuously between notes on the fingerboard.

Slide Method (works with Fretless Mode): lets you press a note on the fingerboard and slide continuously up or down the neck.

Tap Method (works with Grid and Pad modes): lets you tap or press a location on the fingerboard or bridge to play a sound.

iBow Method: lets you play notes using your iPhone or iPod as a virtual bow.
Choose from the Method buttons at the bottom of the screen to select your method.

Save Your Preset to the INSTRUMENT 1 User Presets

While you can save as many custom presets as you like in the app, you can also save your presets to the four locations accessible on the face of the INSTRUMENT 1.

Preset Knob and User LED's selected

To store a preset to the INSTRUMENT 1 user presets, press and hold the preset icon and drag it to the INSTRUMENT 1 the left side of the screen.

Save to hardware


A dialog will ask you which of the user preset locations you want save to.



The More Menu

There are a number of additional features in the More menu that you can apply to your presets. You can enable the arpeggiator and set its tempo, turn on pressure-sensitivity (allowing for vibrato other modulations), set the capo to transpose in half-steps or octaves, and adjust the sensitivity of hammer-ons.






home screen call outs



technique screen call outs


tuning screen call outs



more screen call outs



  1. Fingerboard Pressure-Enable: Makes the fingerboard pressure-sensitive. (This feature will also work if your INSTRUMENT 1 is connected to a sound generator that is set up to receive MIDI channel pressure.)

  2. Hammer-On Threshold: Adjust how sensitive the fingerboard is to hammer-ons when in Fretted Mode.

  3. Capo Step Size: The capo can be set to transpose the fingerboard in increments of half-steps or octaves.

  4. String Flip Mode: Set the INSTRUMENT 1 for left-handed or right-handed playing. Or select I1 Flip and the INSTRUMENT 1 will automatically retune based on whether it is being held in left or right-handed playing position.

  5. Arpeggiator Enable: With the arpeggiator turned on you can press notes on the fingerboard and bridge (depending on the mode you choose) and notes will cycle automatically at the selected tempo.

  6. Tap Tempo: To set the tempo of the arpeggiator, tap on the BPM button at the desired tempo. You can also press and hold the button to type your tempo.


Settings screen


  1. This is a link to the video tutorial on this online support site.
  2. Play the introduction tutorial animation.
  3. Press here to perform firmware updates.
  4. Export and share presets. Presets can be shared via email. Press here to open the “Share Presets” dialog. Select the desired presets and press “Share” in the right upper corner. In the Sharing dialog select the email icon and the presets will be sent via email to share presets with someone or to create a backup for yourself. To import the presets onto another iOS device just press on the preset bundle file icon and select “Copy to Artiphon”. Your presets will then be available on this iOS device.Export presets
  5. Master Volume- adjust the overall volume of the Artiphon app’s sounds.
  6. Background Audio- switch on background audio when using the Artiphon app alongside other audio apps like GarageBand.
  7. Midi Mode- select Multi channel for most applications. Some apps like GarageBand do not work with the Multi- Channel mode for pitch bend so that sliding in fretless modes does not work. In these cases please use Single- Channel midi mode. In Single- Channel midi mode fretless techniques become monophonic as a workaround for the restrictions of these apps.
  8. Connect to Midi Network- If you have set up a midi network with an Apple Mac computer press here to connect.
  9. All Notes Off- sends an “All Notes Off” midi command to stop stuck notes that can potentially occur in some sound generators when too much midi data is coming in.
  10. Firmware, Software and Device information.