The Artiphon INSTRUMENT was named in TIME Magazine's "25 Best Inventions of the Year." in 2015.
INSTRUMENT 1 and Orba, our first two smart instruments, launched with record-setting success on Kickstarter thanks to thousands of people in over 70 countries. Both raised $1M+ in pre-orders, and the INSTRUMENT 1 was named a TIME Best Invention of the Year and a NAMM Best in Show. We are inspired by our incredible community of creators, relying on their insights and feedback as we evolve our products and create new ones.
Dr. Mike Butera founded Artiphon in Nashville, Tennessee in 2011. He holds a Ph.D. in Sound Studies from Virginia Tech, has toured the country as a multi-instrumentalist, taught as a professor of sociology, and consulted globally on consumer electronics. Mike’s doctoral research in the phenomenology of listening laid the groundwork for Artiphon’s design philosophy and patents, and he frequently speaks on topics of music technology and augmented creativity.
The Artiphon team is composed of designers, musicians, and engineers from groundbreaking companies including Space X, Blue Origin, Line 6, and Yamaha. Investors include Warner Music Group, Steve Case, TechNexus in partnership with Shure, and other industry leaders.