Artiphon Instrument 1

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Artiphon Instrument 1

Post by Lunkhead » Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:11 pm

This seems like a potentially really cool controller:

https://artiphon.com/

Lots of dimensions of control and usable sort of like a fretted or fretless strummed/string instrument, and a keyboard, and drum pads, etc.
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Re: Artiphon Instrument 1

Post by Pigfarmer Jr » Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:50 am

Look cool but it's 400 bucks. I would need better toys in the DAW to justify it, I think.
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Re: Artiphon Instrument 1

Post by fluffy » Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:01 pm

I have one (I bought it in their kickstarter), it's garbage.
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Re: Artiphon Instrument 1

Post by fluffy » Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:12 pm

Okay I should go into more detail than that.

The frets aren't sensitive enough.

The picks are too sensitive.

The arpeggiator is useless.

It has all the dynamic range of a boiled turnip.

It's aimed at beginners who don't know how to use a keyboard, but it's not nearly as easy to use as a $50 MIDI keyboard.

The "bow" mode doesn't work at all.

It doesn't have any built-in audio generation of its own, and just appears as USB speakers to the computer. Which aren't worth using because the sound quality is crap.

Its configuration software is useless.

Nothing about it is worth any of the hype they give it. I tried really, really hard to make it useful for me even remotely. Once a year or so I'll dig it out of my closet, think, "Oh, I probably didn't give it enough of a chance," I try installing the latest version of everything (nothing changes), and then I put it away again.

There is nothing that the Artiphon does that isn't done vastly better by any random MIDI keyboard.

If you want an actual interesting next-generation input device, try the Roli Seaboard. It's less expensive and does way more interesting things for that money.
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Re: Artiphon Instrument 1

Post by Lunkhead » Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:50 pm

Dang, scathing review. So can I buy yours for $50?! :P
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Re: Artiphon Instrument 1

Post by fluffy » Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:48 pm

Nah, I like to keep it around as a remind of why I don't back Kickstarters anymore.
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