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  1. Hi folks Thought I'd post my review here, No pics sorry. The battery was dead on my phone at the time of arrival and I was too interested in playing that waiting for a charge or shooting. The instrument came in two boxes. Once for shipping and another which can be used as a case. It's a hard plastic / paper firmer than cardboard and also thinner with a handle. Inside the box two usb cables (one mini to mini the other mini to standard) And a wallwart power supply. The charger has connector caps for different countries like Line 6. The battery is internal and can run up to 6 hours for standard traditional midi playing. It also has an 8th inch (mini headphone stereo out. The instrument has no internal sounds. It does have speakers and can be used as an external sound card to play out everything capable in your device (ios, android, mac, pc) It's not especially loud but loud enough for living room, bedroom practicing. Software is available for ios, mac and pc to define the patches/presets as it can operate in many modes. That being said you don't need the preset editor if you just want to play. Simply connect via usb to your device and it automatically installs and is recognized by your hosts. After having numerous midi usb devices which were always a pain to set up the drivers this was a godsend. Plugged it in, my computer installed the drivers seamlessly and off I went. All of my hosts instantly recognized it as a midi in and audio out source. Getting back to the Instrument One App Editor for a minute. It's extremely easy to use even without instructions. https://artiphon.com/use-the-app/ While tilt synth works for mac it doesn't for pc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abvYuJ0Rk08 Artiphon also supplies "staff picks" sounds that maximize the MPE features for both Mac and PC. For PC you'll need the Kontakt Player (Yes the free one works just fine) On with instrument one on pc's you use channels 2~7 to set up the mpe. The kontakt player loads these staff picks accordingly. About playing the instrument one. If only they would include a strap rather than having to order it separately. I just placed my order but they are on back order. It does not have conventional strap buttons like on a guitar. (that's my only caveat) The instrument one is not intended to replace just a guitar. It has a solid but not too heavy weight. It can be played like a viola, a cello or upright bass a lap steel or flat on a surface like a grid/linnstrument instrument. The neck which has only 12 frets but a "capo" feature which can be used to transpose by half step or octave just beyond the 12 fret with up/down markers. The feel of the neck has a fairly thick depth and flat back is thicker than my classical guitar but I'd wager about the same size feel as a full size classical guitar. The fretboard radius is about 10.5. You'll prolly need to bone up on your classical approach to fully appreciate it as a guitar.. Wrist parallel to the fretboard with your thumb centered in the middle of the back. (not wrapped around. The scale length is quite long. Comparing it to my 25.5 tele from the nut the 12th fret on the instrument one lands on the 15th fret of the tele. You're not going to be doing Paul Gilbert wide stretches on this nor are you likely to be doing stretch Johnny Smith or Ted Greene type chords. The fret spacing is not logarithmic they are equal much like a "button" ztar but wider apart. That being said me having smaller hands (5'6") had no problems with conventional barre chords and though it was a little bit of a reach out of my comfort zone I as able to stretch to five fret scaling. The "strings" are equal in lhickness and are a rubberized material. Much like a baby z (yep that's me) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxMHMUGEqdk&feature However remember the neck is considerably wider and thicker. The strings are slightly wider and higher than a YouRock. Which makes them more comfortable for hammerons pull offs, barring chords. Between the string spacing, scale length neck width this can be a godsend for those with larger hands having to deal with open chords or barring/scaling above the 7th fret. Regardless of your hand size you will need to be prepared to make adaptions to technique. It takes considerably less time then on other non-guitar midi guitar designed instruments. Also remember it's not intended to be solely for guitar player and guitar technique. About the "Bridge" string triggers. They are hard plastic not rubberized between the string spacing and the hardness of the downward push it's not ideal for my Knock and roll technique on a babyz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oqs2SlmCAhk Trust me I was hurting trying to pull that off on the instrument one. They are also not ideal for classical finger style technique as they are not wide enough. they do have lateral (side to side) flexibility. Which does allow for a wider variety of techniques and expression (like alternate picking) this up/down as it were flexible tension makes it ideal for flat picking (though requires some time for adaption. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSD9UlvCl4M With regards to desktop performance. If you are totally into grid feel you will not like the nurbs that are the strings. That being said if you've ever played a dobro, pedal steel or simply laid a guitar flat and tried to tap on it this is the one. For years and years I've tried to play both of my ztars (babyz and z6) in a laid down position either on my lap or on a desk. No matter what it was impossible to balance properly. That was my great hope with the linnstrument. Something that I could lay flat and play. The instrument one due to it's flat back neck design smaller shape and unique "desktop" "headstock" allow it to sit comfortably in ones lap, on the floor or on a desk/table. I've actually spent very little time with tabletop/lap positioning and am becoming quite accustomed to the approach. No it's not a linnstrument. In some ways on a tabletop it's easier to negotiate. Although I wish there were fret markers visible on the top. All in all I'm loving it. Though I have to say... not comming from a mandolin / uke background I'm not enjoying supporting the neck/body with my fretting hand while trying to pick and brace the instrument with my body and hand.
  2. So after much starving and car repairs and biting the bullet selling guitars to pay for teeth and the tax man eating me alive... I happen to have a three paycheck month (getting paid every two weeks) I've long debated about the instrument 1 from artiphon. Mostly thinking...is this just another toy? Along with how will I adjust to only 12 frets. Nonetheless it's on the way and should arrive in about 2 weeks.
  3. Express Yourself as a Musician

    Expression is considered to be at the pinnacle of qualities for any artist let alone a musician. Regardless of the genre, instrument or language, every musician tries to express a certain story, concept or thought process in the music he/she creates. For a guitarist, to be able to carve the right chord backing or improvise a solo befitting a song is very very important. Regardless of how many scales you know or how advanced of a guitar player you are, to be expressive is its own cup of tea. This article gives you insight as to how you can become a more expressive guitar player, though the idea applies to any instrument. http://www.songstuff.com/guitar/article/express_yourself/ Be sure to share and like the article if you find it useful. If you have any questions, feel free to discuss it on the Songstuff Community Forums.
  4. What Is It.

    Hello everyone, I found this instrument in my grandfathers storage room and none of us knew what it was. Does someone recognise it, know how to play it or something like that, all info is welcome but the best is a name. Thanks a lot. Hidde Wesseler, The Netherlands
  5. Elton John - Your Song Piano & Vocal Cover

    This is me covering "Your Song" by Elton John. Tell me what you think and subscribe to my channel if you like it.
  6. Virtual Vocalists; Vocaloids

    Have you guys heard of it? I youtubed it and I got this: It's apparently a software that lets users make voices sing whatever they want... I think that's kinda cool ahaha. What do you guys think?