Orphion is a bit like an electronic Hang Drum or Zen Tambour. One key difference is that Orphion has many more physical layouts that provide a different interaction with the instrument than could be achieved with a single physical instrument (if you could afford one). This is a very solid, inspiring app. What makes it so compelling is the different gestures that create different types of sounds. There’s also MIDI out capability.
For the sound quality and inspiration, Orphion is a bargain for $4.99.
November 2012 Update – As part of the preparation for my electro-music radio show this month (show #24), I’ve been exploring ways to incorporate my favorite iPad instruments into improv sets using Ableton’s live looping capability. Here’s a brief example.