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Artiphon releases Orba - Palm-Sized Touch and Motion-Sensitive Synth, Looper, and MIDI Controller


Artiphon has announced the release of Orba, describing it as the first touch and motion-sensitive synth, looper, and MIDI controller that lets anyone create music in the palm of their hand.

Songs in Seconds: With Orba's integrated looper you can layer Drum, Bass, Chord, and Lead parts to create beats and songs on the fly. Play through the built-in speaker or use the ⅛" jack to connect headphones or amplifiers. Pair wirelessly to the Orba app to customize your instrument and share your creations with friends.

Play with Gestures: Orba's touch and motion sensors combine to capture even the most subtle micro-movements. The playing surface features eight highly touch-sensitive pads, and Orba has ten core gestures: Tap, Press, Spin, Radiate, Tilt, Shake, Slide, Vibrato, Move, and Bump. Each gesture can be used to control the onboard synth engine or your MIDI music software of choice.

Smart Device Technology: Artiphon designed Orba with inspiration from traditional instruments, classic synthesizers, household objects, and modern mobile devices. The capacitive-sensing pads, haptic engine, and LED feedback incorporate the latest in mobile and gaming-controller technology. Orba features a proprietary on-board synth engine which includes sound design by esteemed DJ and engineer Richard Devine.

MIDI Control: Use Orba to control your MIDI-based software and hardware instruments (via USB-C or wirelessly via Bluetooth MIDI). Use Orba with GarageBand, Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, Cubase, FL Studio, as well as any MIDI-compatible mobile app. Orba is fully compliant with the new standard for MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE), making it capable of multiple independent note expressions.

Price: Orba ($99.99), travel case ($14.99), and silicone sleeves ($9.99) can be purchased in the U.S. at Artiphon.com. Also find Orba at Guitar Center, The MoMA Design Store, Perfect Circuit, and other domestic and international retailers.





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