Orphion App Review

A virtuosic instrument with MIDI
Based on use with iPad 2 and the New iPad
The technology of iOS devices has brought about some of the most interesting, and innovative developments in how music can be made, and played. From virtual studios, synthesizers, to instrument emulations, to original touch interface inspired musical instruments. So many to choose from.
Recently I was alerted to Orphion, a Musical instrument with a sound between string and percussion for the iPad.
I was trying to think of a way to explain Orphion. I couldn’t out do the creators description so the following is a quote from It’s creator Bastus Trump.
The concept of the Orphion results from my master thesis at UdK Berlin supervised by Robert Henke (aka monolake). The topic was to develop an interface for multitouchscreens which allows a maximum of expression.
The basic idea behind is a strong link between interface and sound like on every acoustic instrument – when you buy a violin it will always sound like one although you can create thousands of different sounds with it if course. Nevertheless I added MIDI-Out to allow you to play your favorite synth and own sound with it
~Bastus Trump. Visit his website here to learn more about this great app.

Thank you Mr.Trump, I really couldn’t have put it any better myself

You can choose between different layouts of tonally tuned pads, which sound differently depending on the finger position when played and can by modulated by further movements.
The sound and the way of interaction is a mixture of string and percussion instruments and reaches from soft to plucked to a hard slap.

After a couple hours playing with Orphion, linked to and playing sounds from Sunrizer Synth running in the background of my iPad 2, I was feeling very good about this instrument. It really does play and feel just as described.

It is simple in design and connects effortlessly to other synth apps with virtual MIDI out, making its sonic options nearly limitless. The sound I was making was entirely influenced and controlled by my fingers just like any instrument should perform.
Playing the pads on screen with differing gestures manipulated the sounds, not unlike how one might do when playing a guitar, or violin. It felt…..natural.
Orphion is a musical instrument.

There is no record or audio copy paste at this time, but both are planned for a future update. Other improvements and features are under consideration as well, such as an editor for your own pad layouts.

I definitely enjoy Orphion and look forward to what’s to come. It’s a fine example of how iOS devices can be transformed into any musical instrument one might desire. This is an excellent example of the future of musical instruments bridging the gap between the virtual and real world instruments.

Buy Orphion here from the iTunes App Store

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