Artiphon (USA), a manufacturer of unusual musical digital instruments, first announced itself in 2012 with the introduction of the digital musical instrument Instrument 1, which used the computing power of a connected iPhone to create music. Her latest addition is the Orba portable synthesizer.
Orba combines compactness and sound power. According to a press release from the company, Orba's minimalist design is “a cross between a game controller and half an orange, and its touch sensitivity turns simple finger movements into music. Orba is a new and fun way to make music anywhere, even if you've never played an instrument. "
Orba comes with a selection of samples and has Drum, Bass, Chord and Lead modes. Eight capacitive touch panels can register gestures such as tapping, sliding and vibrato, and motion sensors inside trigger various effects when the player tilts or shakes the device.
The instrument is battery powered and has a built-in speaker, so players can create beats anywhere, and connect to mobile devices and computers via Bluetooth MIDI or USB-C. Orba is compatible with iOS, Mac, Windows and Android operating systems and will work with all major recording software including GarageBand, Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, and FL Studio.
A companion application has also been developed that allows you to tune the instrument / sound, upload recordings to other music applications or share author's music on social networks. Orba can be ordered on Kickstarter for $ 79. If the campaign is successful, deliveries will begin in April 2020.