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 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.”
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.
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.
Buy Orphion here from the iTunes App Store