Artiphon introduces Chorda Synthesizer, Looper + MIDI Controller

Artiphon – creators of the Instrument 1 and Orba synthesizers and MIDI controllers – has launched a Kickstarter project to fund production of the Chorda, a new synthesizer, looper and MIDI controller that’s designed to be played in a variety of ways.

Chorda features 12 capacitive-sensing pads, an built-in synthesizer and sample engine, a looper, support for MIDI and is also an MPE controller.


What Artiphon say about it:

“Chorda is an incredibly versatile instrument. In fact, it’s like having many instruments in one! You can play Chorda flat like a keyboard or drum machine, or pick it up and strum like a guitar or ukulele.

Chorda lets you play music intuitively, whether you’ve never picked up an instrument or if you’ve played your whole life. With feather-sensitive “capacitive touch” sensors, it picks up even the slightest (or the wildest!) movements so you can express yourself instantly and explore your favorite music in new ways.”


  • 12 capacitive-sensing pads respond to even the lightest velocities and enable per-note expression in multiple dimensions
  • Bridge with six triggers for individual note articulation using familiar gestures like strumming, tapping, and pressing
  • Onboard synthesizer and sample engine, and built-in speaker offer an immediate, standalone playing experience
  • Accelerometer and gyroscope capture a range of multi-dimensional movements
  • Use the built-in looper to easily layer Drum, Bass, Chord, and Lead parts
  • Connect to the cross-platform Artiphon app for more sounds, songs, and settings
  • Connect via MIDI over Bluetooth or USB-C, and use MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) to play your synths and music software in dynamic new ways
  • Use the 1/8″ (3.5mm) output to listen on headphones, speakers, and amps
  • Multicolor LEDs respond to the way you play
  • Embedded haptic engine offers vibration feedback
  • USB rechargeable battery with 4+ hours of battery life

Chorda supports the following MIDI expressive controls:


  • Velocity
  • Vibrato (Pitch)
  • Radiate (CC74)
  • Press (Channel Pressure, Aftertouch)


  • Tilt (CC1)
  • Move (CC113)

The Chorda is available to project backers starting at $199.

*Note: Crowdfunded projects involve risk. Find out details on the project website.

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