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Will there be an Instrument 2

I actually thinking of buying another Instrument 1. After seeing the Sensel Morph being discontinued, I am a little worry that Instrument 1 will follow its footstep, since it appears that Artiphon is putting more resources into Orba instead of Instrument. However, being I spend the money to do that, I would like to see if there's any chance an Instrument 2 would be released any time soon. If yes, I would rather wait for it!

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I would love to see an instrument 2

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Thanks for reaching out. This is a popular question, but we have nothing new to announce at this time. 

However, if you have any feedback on how we can improve the INSTRUMENT 1 experience, we'd love to hear it 

I would definitely like to register my vote for an updated Instrument 2.  I use my son's Instrument 1 here but would consider purchasing a new version.

My biggest recommendation would be some kind of coating on the strings or other material so that there is no friction when sliding fingers.  Also, I care more about midi controller aspects and MPE than onboard sounds or speakers...that may be a minority view though.  Being mainly a guitarist, I find this to be the most useful midi controller, though I end up playing it in tap and slide mode most of the time.

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I’d be interested in an Instrument 2 as well. I do enjoy portability for fun, ideas and inspiration. However, it’s the inter-connectivity where I do my main work so MPE and MIDI are very important. The ability to connect now just to a DAW or iOS device, but to hardware synthesizers either through Bluetooth MiDI (or such adapters) or WiFI MIDI or even 3.5 adapters is something I use as well. Creating patches specifically for Instrument and modulating and them with the instrument as a MIDI controller has endless possibilities. Looking forward to hopefully seeing an Instrument 2 in the future.

A couple things that I would like to see in Instrument 2:

  1. A SDK to allow app development
  2. I understand that Instrument 1 is a device inspired by guitar, but being a digital instrument means that it doesn't have to be constrained by how a guitar works. Chords can be played with much easier finger combo than a real guitar. I mean, hundreds of chords, not just 12 chords.
  3. More ways to control expression. For example, strumming up can be programmed to send out from a different channel than strumming down.
  4. Many guitar VSTs can play different articulation when a special key is pressed. It would help if Instrument 2 can find some intuitive ways to send out those keys (programmable, of course).
  5. Wireless MIDI
  6. I love the bridge, but the material ... I am not even a professional player, and mine is already so worn out. There are a lot of scratched black powder falling out every time I play.
  7. Don't get me wrong, I love the fact that it has a battery. But we all know that battery will die one day, and a soldered battery means it cannot be replaced by the user. It would be great if the battery can be replaced.
  8. Size. While I like the size a lot, the size of the Instrument 1 makes it a bit inconvenient during travel. It cannot be fit into a carry on. And, since it has a built-in battery, it can be checked. May be if the neck can be separated, it could be made to fit inside a carry on bag.

I'd like to add that since I wrote the above review, I have purchased a used Roli Seaboard Rise 25 and I absolutely love it, even as a guitarist!  However, I'd still be open to purchasing an "Instrument 2" or a "pro" version of the Instrument 1.  The material used on the Roli is so smooth, if something could be done on the new version.  I'm not suggesting silicon underneath like the Seaboard, but something that gives the fretboard less friction and more expressiveness.

This one done recently all with the Seaboard, perhaps not a great composition but shows what this "keyboard" can do.  Also this short simple one.

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1. Velocity range of plucking should be 1-127. Right now it's nowhere near that, and there's no way to fingerpick expressively.

2. Need more frets.. at least like 18. Also it would be really really helpful if the frets were spaced like an actual guitar. Some voicings are really not feasible on the Instrument 1 at the moment, at least for me.

3. Don't add more "modes". Just perfect the feel for fingerpicking and left-hand tapping. 

4. Aftertouch smoothing.

5. Body options. Portability is great but this thing is not easy to play because you can't stabilize the instrument like you can with a guitar, because there's nowhere to put your elbow on. 

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An "instrument" as in an interface for playing thousands of different vst's needs to be simple and excel at the simplicity. Roli's seaboard is a good example. It's a keyboard with MPE. It feels great. There's minimal configuration. No "modes" (other than for compatibility's sake). 

Like, don't give me an arpeggiator mode that I can't even sync with my DAW. Don't give me a "Bow mode" or even a pad mode. Don't present 5 different ways of playing this thing, when not one of them is perfect. Perfect one instrument with one mode that'll work with every vst in the world. Make it feel great. I see a lot of potential in the Instrument 1's build. I would pay $2000 for a perfected version of it. I don't want a toy. I want an instrument.

okay rant over

1. Velocity range of plucking should be 1-127. Right now it's nowhere near that, and there's no way to fingerpick expressively.

I second that. And the velocity range on the frets is even more laughable. Hammer-on, is literally, HAMMER-on.

3. Don't add more "modes". Just perfect the feel for fingerpicking and left-hand tapping. 

Yes. And, providing a SDK will let people who want more flexibility to experiment without affecting the out-of-the-box experience.

Would really like to see an Instrument 2.

  • More expressivity and feel like Roli Seaboard—that is the best playing experience I've ever had.
  • Bluetooth MIDI. The requirement for Instrument 1 to be tethered over USB ruins the experience.
  • USB-C connection. I have found the current connection to be unreliable.
  • If you can partner with Audio Modeling to get some SWAM instruments built-in, that would be a cool bonus. I own all of those plugins, but for quick setup, that could be slick.

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