The Artiphon Orba Is A Unique MIDI Controller In The Palm Of Your Hand

The Artiphon Orba is a band in your hand that just raised $1.4M on Kickstarter. Here's what it does.  

With more than 13,000 pre-orders and over $1.4 million raised, Orba by Artiphon sets a new global crowdfunding record for the most musical instrument pre-orders. The public can now reserve an Orba from the first production run via www.artiphon.com (est. shipping: Q2 2020).

Orba is a $99 portable synthesizer, looper, and MIDI controller that fits in the palm of your hand. Its minimalist design looks like the hybrid between a gaming controller and a bowl of miso soup, and its feather-touch sensitivity translates gestures from fingers and hand movements directly into music. Eight touchpads respond to even the slightest touch, detecting a variety of gestures like tapping, sliding, and vibrato. Additionally, motion sensors let players wave, tilt, and shake to add more sounds and effects.

Orba’s built-in looper lets players create songs in seconds using multiple sounds and playing modes (Drum, Bass, Chord, and Lead). It can be played standalone with its onboard synth and speaker, and also connects wirelessly to mobile devices and computers via USB and Bluetooth MIDI. Orba works with iOS, Mac, Windows, and Android, and is compatible with all major recording software including GarageBand, Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, and FL Studio.

Orba is the second smart multi-instrument from Artiphon. The company’s debut product, the INSTRUMENT 1, is the first MIDI controller that lets players strum, tap, bow, slide, and drum any sound on a single device. The INSTRUMENT 1 previously set the record for the highest-raising musical instrument crowdfund ($1.3 million), and was named a TIME best invention of the year.

Features

  • Play using intuitive methods such as Tap, Slide, Shake, and Wave, to create loops
  • Build up a song in four parts using Drum, Bass, Chord, and Lead
  • Onboard synthesizer and built-in speaker offer an immediate playing experience
  •  Connect to the Orba app for additional sounds, songs, and settings
  • Use MIDI over Bluetooth or USB to plug into any of your favorite apps

Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More

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