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A simple instrument for composing, saving, and performing melodies. The first dedicated arpeggiator & sequencer in one portable device.
A simple instrument for composing, saving, and performing melodies. The first dedicated arpeggiator & sequencer in one portable device.
A simple instrument for composing, saving, and performing melodies. The first dedicated arpeggiator & sequencer in one portable device.
460 backers pledged $94,713 to help bring this project to life.

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Arpeggio: The Portable Arpeggiator, Sequencer, and Synth

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Introducing Arpeggio

Arpeggio  is an instrument focused on letting you easily create, save, and perform melodies. It is inspired in part by the idea of an arpeggiator: a feature found on some synthesizers which instantly creates looping sequences of notes selected from the keyboard in real time. We expanded on this concept and created a completely new musical instrument designed to give you the freedom to create melodies with nuance and distinction.

Improvise, compose, perform.

The notes you select from the one octave keyboard instantly create a looping sequence. Unlike a step sequencer, Arpeggio does not limit you to a set number of notes in your sequence. Add rests into your melody and adjust note lengths, tempo, octave, portamento, and swing.

Save your melodic phrases as they are created into one of 512 memory banks. They can be chained together to create more complex melodies.

Simply inspiring.

There are no screens or menus. All controls are at your fingertips. With an interface so simple, you can let your intuition take over. Arpeggio gives you total control and instant feedback. It’s a blank sketchpad for melodies.

"Arpeggio looks like it could provide a satisfying take on arpeggio- and loop-based composition." -Sound On Sound Magazine
"Arpeggio looks like it could provide a satisfying take on arpeggio- and loop-based composition." -Sound On Sound Magazine

When we raise $95,000 all backers will be able to choose between white, bubblegum, sky, and lemon colors!

When we raise $105,000 all Arpeggios will include an SD card slot for expanded functionality. Save thousands of melodies, Load audio samples, and make Arpeggio sound like anything!

Arpeggio anywhere.

Arpeggio is equally at home on stage, in the studio, or on the couch. With an editable 2-oscillator virtual analog synthesizer, a built-in speaker, and battery power, you can make melodies wherever inspiration strikes.

Plays well with others.

Arpeggio is an amazing instrument all on its own, but its expansive I/O makes it a powerful companion for your other electronic instruments. Add an arpeggiator to any synth. Connect a larger external MIDI keyboard and record a full chord’s worth of notes into arpeggio instantly. Expand your sonic palette by using it as a sequencer to control other synthesizers and sound modules. Sync it up to external clock sources for integration with drum machines, samplers, iOS devices and computers. Use one arpeggio for the bass line and another for the lead. Play one with each hand.

  • Seamless sequence storage during play
  • Classic up, up-down, down, down-up, & random arpeggiator styles
  • Capable of chaining up to 512 user created arpeggio patterns
  • Note division sequencer (1/16th, 1/8th, 1/4th, 1/2, and whole notes)
  • USB, Bluetooth, MIDI in/out, CV/gate out
  • Sync in/out for syncing to analog gear Ability to control external hardware and software synths
  • High quality internal speaker
  • AC or battery powered. Make melodies anywhere!

Pitch

A one octave keyboard from low C to a high B is where you'll play the notes to create your own melodic sequences. Turn the octave knob to shift the pitch of the keyboard up and down to play any note you want.

Arpeggiator

Instantly loop sequences. Choose from up, up-down, down, down-up, sequence, and random modes. The play button starts and stops arpeggio.

Banks

Arpeggio has 512 banks for saving and instantly accessing user created sequences. Sequences can be chained together for seamless experimentation and composition. These 512 sequence banks are organized into 3 tiers (sets, songs, and sequences) with 8 banks each. There are 8 sets at the top level. Each set holds 8 songs and each song holds 8 sequences. Sets, songs, and sequences can also be copied, pasted, and deleted.

Sequencer

Sequences are created and saved on the fly. You can create a sequence and then save it to a bank while it’s playing. Individual steps in a sequence can be of different note lengths instead of just gate length. Like an arpeggiator, the sequence length expands as notes are added. You can link melodic sequences together, add rest notes, and delete notes in real time. Melodies can be up to 128 notes long. Scrub through your sequence to delete any note, add slides and adjust swing to create the exact melody you want.

Transpose

In transpose mode, the currently playing sequence can be shifted up and down by selecting a note from the built in one octave keyboard or by playing a note on an external MIDI controller. It can be transposed by a whole octave by turning the octave knob.

Synthesizer + Overlay

Arpeggio contains a monophonic two oscillator virtual analog synthesizer. Turn the voice knob to cycle through different sounds and adjust shape, attack and portamento. Dive deeper using the synthesizer overlay and completely customize all synth parameters to create and save your own sounds.

 Hardware:

  • Integrated monophonic synthesizer 
  • Integrated class-D audio amplifier for driving instrument/line-level outputs 
  • STM32F401 Processor @84MHz | 256kB FLASH | 64kB RAM
  • Cirrus Logic CS43L22 D/A converter

Companion App

Arpeggio Companion App iPad Mockup
Arpeggio Companion App iPad Mockup
Arpeggio companion app is in the early stages of development and design. Here are some of the main features we plan to implement:

  • Connect to Arpeggio via bluetooth or usb
  • Create backups of Arpeggio data including sequences/songs/sets, advanced sequencer settings, MIDI and I/O settings, synth patches and parameter values.
  • Edit the sequences stored on Arpeggio
  • Edit synth parameters of the patches stored on Arpeggio, create new synth patches and upload individual synth patches to Arpeggio. 
  • Export sequences, songs, and sets as standard MIDI files or other format useful for DAWs
  • Share sequences, songs, sets, and synth patches over bluetooth from one Arpeggio to another.
  • Adjust the advanced sequencer settings, MIDI and I/O settings on Arpeggio
  • Update firmware, on Arpeggio, restore to factory defaults.
  • Cross platform application iOS / Android / OSX / Windows
Arpeggio Companion App iOS Mockup
Arpeggio Companion App iOS Mockup

Mixed Demos

Unmixed Samples 

 Sounds were produced with dev board prototype. Sounds and synth architecture are subject to change.

4" wide
4" wide
#1. 30" x 20" or #2. 20" x 30"
#1. 30" x 20" or #2. 20" x 30"
Please specify your size when ordering.
Please specify your size when ordering.

Electronic music, human design.

Tangible Instruments is creating musical instruments focused on musical elements like harmony, melody, and rhythm. We’re taking a holistic approach to instrument design that combines intelligent software, focused UI, and clean product design all in service of musical exploration. Instruments that focus on doing one thing extremely well give musicians the freedom to express themselves with more nuance and distinction. Instruments that try to do everything end up sacrificing the dexterity to do this and the resulting music is limited in scope. Nothing is worse for a musician than being limited by an instrument. Tangible Instruments give musicians the freedom to explore traditional musical elements in new yet intuitively familiar ways. The first element is melody.

Tangible Instruments was founded in 2014 by musicians, engineers, designers, and artists whose wide ranging experience includes commercial advertising, software development and programming, prototyping, machining, audio engineering, manufacturing, and product design.

Our goal is to create musical instruments that invite creativity and passion for the beginner, the virtuoso, and everyone between. The best musical instruments are the ones that any child can understand and play but a talented musician can take and perform a masterpiece with.

When I was 3 years old I was given a Casio CT-310 keyboard which had an arpeggiator and drum beats built in. I still have it. Ever since I’ve been fascinated with musical instruments. I get frustrated with standard step sequencers because they aren’t capable of executing many of the kinds of melodies I find compelling. Musicians have lots of songs to play; they need to be able to store lots of sequences. I knew that nothing like what I envisioned currently existed so I decided to make it myself.
 
Arpeggio is for beginners and experienced musicians. It’s designed to appear playful like a toy, but there are no presets or shortcuts to creating beautiful melodies with Arpeggio. Arpeggio only plays what you put into it. Because there is no display to visualize the notes, it builds musical ability and listening skills in the user.

A lot of people out there are interested in being musicians and there is no doubt that the future of music is electronic. The rise in popularity of electronic music genres and even games like Guitar Hero have made this clear. A lot of people are on the outside of musicianship looking in and they are intimidated by instruments that try to do everything. That’s why people pick up a guitar instead. The learning curve is perfect and the guitar is a deceptively simple instrument because it only has six strings. I don’t think there is anything like that for electronic instruments that still honors true musicianship. I don’t believe touch screens or laptops are the best devices to act as musical instruments. Musical instruments should be something you hold and play with your hands and your feet and sometimes your mouth.

I believe a musical instrument should be a whole thing unto itself, designed with an intent and a specific purpose, not with an undefined open ended, user assignable purpose like many USB MIDI controllers on the market. Those aren’t whole instruments and in my mind it makes them fundamentally disappointing.

-Charlie Lesoine

 

 2013

Prototype #1 Board, Knob & Switch Covers, Case
Prototype #1 Board, Knob & Switch Covers, Case
Prototype #1 With 3D Printed Case
Prototype #1 With 3D Printed Case

2014

Keypad Mold Prototype
Keypad Mold Prototype
Prototype #1 Board with Keypad
Prototype #1 Board with Keypad
PCB for Prototype #2
PCB for Prototype #2
Populating PCB for Prototype #2
Populating PCB for Prototype #2
Prototype #2
Prototype #2

 2015

Prototype #2 Model
Prototype #2 Model
Prototype #3 Model
Prototype #3 Model

Risks and challenges

As we finalize the design of Arpeggio for our first production run there may be changes to minor details to ensure the best possible product. Thanks to our team’s cumulative product development experience, we have strong manufacturing and supply chain relationships along with a detailed, multi-step production schedule. We are confident in our ability to deliver on time and with extremely high quality. There may be small hiccups as we finalize our manufacturing partners, supply lines, assembly, and quality assurance processes, but we have buffered our projected timeline to account for the unexpected and will keep you updated on all developments.

We are prepared for and dedicated to delivering a product worthy of launching a brand of world class electronic musical instruments. If there is any part of Arpeggio that we feel needs improvement, we’ll fix it and we welcome feedback from all of you, too. We want Arpeggio to be the best instrument it can possibly be and we want you to love it as much as we do!

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