Artiphon released Orba

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Artiphon released Orba, 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 designedOrba with inspiration from traditional instruments, classic synthesizers, household objects, and modern mobiledevices. 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 mobileapp. Orba is fully compliant with the new standard for MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE), making it capable of multiple independent note expressions.

Where to Buy:
Orba ($99.99), travel case ($14.99), and silicone sleeves ($9.99) can be purchased in the U.S. at Also find Orba at Guitar Center, The MoMA Design Store, Perfect Circuit, and other domestic and international retailers. (click here for a full list)INSTRUMENT 1 now $299: In tandem with the Orba launch, the award-winning INSTRUMENT 1 is now priced at $299 USD (from $399).

More info here: Artiphon | Orba

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