Orba (1) by Artiphon

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About this app

This is the companion app for Orba by Artiphon that lets you:

• Connect using USB or MIDI over Bluetooth
• Load Presets with new sounds
• Change keys and tempos

What is Orba:

Orba is a handheld synth, looper, and MIDI controller that lets anyone make music immediately. Play notes and beats on its touch-sensitive surface, add effects with movement, and layer your ideas into songs with the built-in looper. Connect to the Orba App to customize your instrument and explore new sounds. It’s never been easier to make music, anywhere you go.

Who is Artiphon:

Artiphon is dedicated to making smart, playful instruments we can all enjoy. The INSTRUMENT 1 was our first step, and Orba is our second big experiment in rethinking the musical interface.

We’re always improving the Orba experience, and are working on a few known issues with song saving & loading.
Updated on
Feb 2, 2023

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Data is encrypted in transit
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157 reviews
Rory Martin
September 13, 2022
Garbage app, garbage product. On paper, the orba is a great idea but it crashes often and there are too many limitations. It has Bluetooth, but that's just for connecting to the app, you can't connect to a Bluetooth speaker. Make sure you save often, Orba likes to crash a lot. Can't change the sensitivity of the pads. They've already abandoned Orba 1 for the new Orba 2. They can't fix the issues with the orba 1, it doesn't have enough memory installed. Not buying from Artiphon again.
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Artiphon, Inc.
September 29, 2022
Hey Rory, I apologize your experience with the Orba app hasn't been great. We're committed to supporting Orba 1 and 2 with improvements through firmware and app updates. The reason Orba can't send audio over Bluetooth is because the delay would be too great to play Orba live. Please let us know if we can help resolve any issues you're experiencing.
John Laird
February 11, 2022
Lot of fun! (PSA) if you can't connect, turn on your location. For some reason it needs it. I just turn everything on and it connects right up now! I'm hoping they add more features. An idea is to maybe have more instruments available by double tapping your selection, or triple tapping... Perhaps the artiphon button plus the minus or plus keys. Anyway, tons of fun!
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Artiphon, Inc.
March 30, 2022
Hey John, these are some great ideas! We take customer feedback very seriously. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
Rob Prator
January 18, 2022
I love the ability to open up the Pandora's box (or orb) on my player. Changing keys and tempo is easy, and mixing instruments is nice. I feel like adding a mixer into the app would put it over the top, as I wouldn't need to export the sounds to another program to make a song.
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Artiphon, Inc.
March 30, 2022
Thanks for the review, Rob! This is great feedback.

What's new

There’s a new Orba app in town with three new song templates (four new presets each!)
“Lifelike” is inspired by real-world instruments, like electric guitars and tubas. It’s “tu” much fun.
“To & Fro” includes a Drum preset with automatically repeating sounds. You’ll find that the snare, hats, and toms all have this experimental effect.
Finally, craft something bouncy and bright with “Pieces," a set of energetic presets.
A notification will now pop up if you connect an Orba 2 to the Orba 1 app.