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Artiphon Orba

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Orba - A musical instrument designed for your hands. A portable synth, looper, and MIDI controller that lets you create songs in seconds.

Hold out your hands and meet Orba, a new kind of musical instrument. It’s a synth, looper, and MIDI controller that lets anyone make music immediately. Orba’s minimalist design resembles a cross between a gaming controller and a half a grapefruit, and its feather-touch sensitivity translates gestures from your fingers and hands directly into sound. Orba introduces a new and fun way to make music anywhere, even if you’ve never played an instrument before.

Orba lets you play every part of the song on a single instrument. Switch easily between Drum, Bass, Chord, and Lead parts, then layer them to create a song with the built-in looper. It takes just a few seconds to loop a beat, and then you can play along for hours.

Orba adapts to the way you want to play, and there’s no right or wrong way! Orba’s touch and motion sensors combine to capture even your most subtle gestures. Pick it up and hold it, or just reach over and play a few notes while it’s sitting on your desk. Play it with one hand or both, with your fingertips or thumbs, or shake and wave it through the air. You can slide around each pad, or go crazy with some vibrato. Circle your fingers over the top like a singing bowl, or strum an invisible guitar. It’s all you!

Orba builds on Artiphon’s design theory of the multi-instrument: a single instrument that you can play as many. Where the INSTRUMENT 1 reflects traditional instruments like guitars, violins, and keyboards, Orba lets you play with simple gestures we use every day on smartphones, trackpads, and game controllers.

We started by looking for a shape that would suit all hand sizes, was just asking to be picked up, and could break the mold of conventional keyboards and grid controllers. In designing Orba, we were inspired by musical objects like shakers, rattles, kalimbas, hand drums, and bells. We also found ourselves obsessed with circular objects in the kitchen: grapefruits, cupcakes, teacups, beets, and bowls of miso soup.

We baked a lot of fancy tech into such a little package. Orba’s playing surface uses capacitive-sensing technology, like your phone screen or computer trackpad. We made it velocity-sensitive and wonderfully responsive to even the lightest micro-gestures. The onboard accelerometer and gyroscope allow for a range of natural movements like shaking, tilting, and waving. LEDs respond to your notes, and the haptic engine offers vibrating feedback as you play.


+ Eight capacitive-sensing pads for feather-touch control

+ Accelerometer and gyroscope capture a range of gestures

+ Center menu button accesses four presets, the looper, and other functions

+ Onboard synthesizer and built-in speaker offer an immediate playing experience

+ Connect to the cross-platform Orba app for more sounds, songs, and settings

+ Use MIDI over Bluetooth or USB to plug into any of your favorite music apps

+ Use the ⅛” (3.5mm) output to listen on headphones, speakers, and amps

+ Multicolor LEDs respond to the way you play

+ Embedded haptics offer vibration feedback

+ USB Rechargeable battery

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: ROM
Oscillators: 1
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 4
Timbrality: 4
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Polyphonic
Patches RAM: 4
Storage: Internal
Editing: Bluetooth
4 parts
Case: Desktop, Keyboard
Case Details: 8
Keyboard: Touch Plates, Plastic
Controls: Buttons
Display Type: LED
Audio Output Connections: 1/8" Phone Jack, Stereo Main
MIDI Ports: USB, Blutooth
Year Released: 2020

Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] artiphon.com
MSRP List Price: $99 - convert

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