Syensqo’s Ixef® PARA resin selected to manufacture Artiphon’s intuitive Chorda instrument

The sensing technology of the hand-held musical device requires a perfect tactile experience and aesthetics the product is able to provide

Alpharetta, May 30, 2024 - Syensqo has announced that Nashville-based Artiphon company has chosen Ixef® polyarylamide (PARA) resin for molding the housing and keypad of Chorda, a novel electronic musical instrument. The unique capacitive sensor board of the device required a material capable of matching the tactile nature of the keypad, while also providing the long-term durability and aesthetics expected from a high-quality hand-held instrument.

Chorda features an advanced synth and sample engine, plus an enhanced interface with a 12-key bridge that utilizes capacitive sensing technology for diverse finger interactions.

“Hand-held devices operated by touch and under frequent wear and tear conditions need high strength, rigidity and dimensional stability if they are meant to last for a long life without losing their functionality and appeal,” says Federico Baruffi, Global Marketing Manager, Specialty Polymers, at Syensqo. “Our Ixef® PARA resin gave Artiphon the perfect combination of high surface quality, scratch and warpage resistance along with the right haptic feel to support the intuitive approach of the smart electronic instrument.”

The natural Ixef® grade selected for Chorda exhibits a superior flexural modulus compared to other non-glass filled plastics, preventing the long housing parts from bending when the instrument is played and still allowing the capacitive keypad to respond with immediate sensitivity to the taps, swipes and strums of users. When molded thinly, Ixef® also offers partial translucency, allowing LED indicators to be visible and can easily be colored in dark or bright shades. Its excellent flowability ensures proper mold fill over long flow paths and delivers flawless surfaces as molded.

Adam McHeffey, Chief Marketing Officer at Artiphon, states: “We created Chorda with three core values in mind: approachability, multiplicity, and immediacy. At the same time, the long-lasting design of this sensory music instrument prompted us to look for a cost-efficient plastic material with the right balance of ruggedness and high quality to maximize the pleasure of play for many years. Syensqo’s Ixef® material proved to offer the best property profile for all this to work.”

With housings molded in black, white or blue colored Ixef® PARA, the first Chorda musical instruments were commercialized world-wide in November 2023.

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About Syensqo
Syensqo is a science company developing groundbreaking solutions that enhance the way we live, work, travel and play. Inspired by the scientific councils which Ernest Solvay initiated in 1911, we bring great minds together to push the limits of science and innovation for the benefit of our customers, with a diverse, global team of more than 13,000 associates in 30 countries.

Our solutions contribute to safer, cleaner, and more sustainable products found in homes, food and consumer goods, planes, cars, batteries, smart devices and healthcare applications. Our innovation power enables us to deliver on the ambition of a circular economy and explore breakthrough technologies that advance humanity.

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About Artiphon
Artiphon designs smart instruments for the next billion of musicians by combining hardware, software and interactive media apps that anyone can play. The company’s Chorda, Orba and INSTRUMENT 1 electronics products are award-winning handheld smart devices that let anyone create music wherever they go. Artiphon is based in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A., and was founded in 2011 by Mike Butera, who holds a Ph.D. in Sound Studies. The company’s investors and partners include Warner Music Group, Snap, Shure Microphones and other industry leaders. Visit for further information.

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