The hand-built device benefits from a pair of built-in quality stereo speakers and 30-watt class-D amplifier and various inputs and outputs (including 0.25-inch stereo instrument jack, MIDI in/out and USB) also allow it to interface with a wide range of professional equipment
There's what looks like a single coil pickup next to the iPhone dock on the front, but it is in fact a patent-pending MIDI strum section that works directly with your fingers
The INSTRUMENT 1 features a sustainable hardwood and bamboo body of ergonomic design that can be held like a guitar, mandolin, violin, lap steel or upright bass, and a force sensitive virtual fretboard (with six virtual frets and strings)
The device has onboard controls for volume, instrument modes and octave-switching, and caters for multitrack recording on the device itself
Artiphon has released the first teaser images of its forthcoming INSTRUMENT 1 pro-level musical device that's said to push the music-making capabilities of an iPhone beyond the limitations of its touchscreen
There is no doubt that smartphone- and tablet-based apps have had a huge impact on music creation. While there seems to be plenty of plastic devices that extend functionality and creativity beyond the touchscreen (from the toy-like Fingerist to the iTar), if you yearn for wood then you're options are a little less abundant. After spending two years in development, the first images of Artiphon's intriguing, hardwood-bodied INSTRUMENT 1 for iPhone have been released ahead of a product launch in early 2013.
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