Showing posts with label Artiphon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Artiphon. Show all posts

Monday, April 17, 2023

NAMM 2023 - Artiphon - Orba 2

video upload by sonicstate

"At this year's NAMM 2023, Sonic State met Adam from Artiphon to discuss their latest product, the Orba 2. The major upgrade from Orbit 1 is the built-in sample engine, which enables users to add real sounds like acoustic guitars, pianos, and audio files from real songs onto the device itself. Artiphon has added a new level of automation with song stems, and full audio patterns so anyone can grab a handful of notes, choose when and how to play, and mix and match different sounds to bring their music to life.

Artiphon has collaborated with New Zealand artist Kimbra taking the stems from her latest single, Replay, and turning them into playable Orba 2 presets. The company has made all of the different sounds, including the work they've done with Kimbera and other artists, available for free in the Orba 2 app.

Orba 2 Price: 149.99 USD"

See the Artiphon label below for more.

Sunday, April 16, 2023

A short Artiphon Orba 2 hacking guide

video upload by

"Artiphone's Orba Synth gadget is more versatile than you might think, but it could be even more so if the accompanying software came with more functions. In this video, I take a short look at Orba's config files, where to find them and how to edit them. WARNING: On the Orba forums, users warned that getting some of the pitch values in the chords template wrong might brick your Orba. I can't confirm this, for me, all that happened was a hard reset. But proceed with caution. Table of contents:

00:00 intro
00:25 hello
00:59 hardware overview
01:17 how to get the synth editor
01:26 editor overview
02:40 file locations, file transfer
03:27 your own chord progressions / keyboard shortcuts
05:36 drum patch setup
06:29 sampled instruments
07:33 conclusion
07:58 important things to consider
08:27 short demo using my own patches
09:30 what's wrong with my orba 2?
10:24 bye-bye

Orbasynth Editor
Orba 2 hacking forum
Orba 1 hacking forum
Orba 1 chord editor:


Friday, April 07, 2023


video upload by Floyd Steinberg

Friday, August 12, 2022

ORBA as modular controller

video upload by Synth Diy Guy

"Using the Artiphon ORBA instrument as an alternative controller for a modular patch.
More here:
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Stay Noisy!

Quincas Moreira

Video shot and edited by Edgar Lopez."

Sunday, June 05, 2022

NAMM 22: Artiphon - Orba 2

video upload by sonicstate

"Orba 2’s comes with synthesized and acoustic sounds like upright pianos, guitars, found sounds, and more, and can work with no wires or screens attached.

Adam demonstrated it responding to bump, tilt and finger position giving control over timbre and velocity, and told us it can send all this control data over USB or bluetooth. There's a built in sampler with 4 gig of memory so you're not limited to the on board sounds, and it can loop up to 128 bars or up to 5 minutes of overdubbable audio. Orba 2 Available to preorder now. Price 149 USD Shipping: Summer 2022"

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

Eight capacitive-sensing pads respond to the lightest velocities

Accelerometer and gyroscope capture a range of multi-dimensional gestures

Use the built-in looper to layer Drum, Bass, Chord, and Lead parts

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

Connect via MIDI over Bluetooth or USB-C, and use MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) to play your sounds in dynamic new ways

Use the 1/8" (3.5mm) output to listen on headphones, speakers, and amps

Multicolor LEDs respond to the way you play

Embedded haptic engine offers vibration feedback

USB rechargeable battery

Saturday, December 04, 2021

DIY WebMIDI sequencer demo: improvising on Motor Synth, Reface DX and Orba

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"Here's a demo of the progress I made on my own #WebMIDI/Javascript sequencer. In this demo:
- LEDs used for showing status (selected track, active step)
- track muting
- swing!
- copying patterns while playing
- transposing tracks while playing.
- switching and queueing tracks while playing

This sequencer will work in Edge and Chrome(ium). You can try it at
Feel free to take a look at the source code. I'll also upload a video explaining how it works later.

Synths used:
#MotorSynth for the arpeggiated chords
#RefaceDX for pads and EP
Orba for drums and bass

Strymon NightSky

Perhaps not the hottest improv under the sun, but I think there are some nice moments in there."

Friday, November 05, 2021

Artiphon Orba Ambient Synth Jam

video upload by Floyd Steinberg


Thursday, November 04, 2021

Artiphon ORBA synth controller

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You can find demos of the ORBA in previous posts here.

What is the Artiphon Orba?

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"The Artiphon 'Orba' is a 4 part multitimbral, 12 voice polyphonic virtual analog / wavetable synth equipped with some smartphone sensors, MIDI support and unique ideas, marred by some software shortcomings and a noisy headphone jack. That doesn't stop it from creating some great sounds and being fun and inspirational. Table of contents:

00:00 intro
00:38 hardware overview
02:37 touch & tilt controls
04:19 example track #1
06:36 the Orba companion app
08:46 MIDI features
09:57 MIDI demo w/ Nord Drum and Novation Peak
12:23 conclusion
14:14 verdict
15:01 bye-bye, please subscribe etc.

The Orba Patch Editor:"

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Artiphon Orba Handheld Music Device - Sonic Lab Review

video by sonicstate

"Orba by Artiphon is what they describe as “a musical instrument designed for your hands” and I would say that's a pretty accurate description. It certainly struck a chord (sorry!) on Kickstarter as it raised almost $1.5 mill at launch.

Orba is a small, dense plastic semi-sphere with 9 touch pads (8 segments and a central button), it has a built in speaker, on board sound engine with a 9 sound drum part and three melodic (bass, chords, lead)

There’s an on board looper and a number of gesture controls - pressure, radiate, spin move, tilt, shake slide, vibrato and bump.

00:00​ Intro
3:44​ App sounds
07:10​ Recording
12:13​ MIDI
16:43​ MPE"

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Aquifex Orba Bluetooth Eurorack modular live demo


"Simple melodic modular demo with an Orba live component.

Orba BT to iPhone -- Midiflow app -- mio MIDI USB interface out via
cam. adapter -- MIDI DIN out to Mutant Brain module input -- MB CV/gate out to Plaits module, etc.

One or 2 visible misfires on the Orba keys, but it worked pretty well - some modular glitches too… hey it’s live. :-)"

See the Artiphon label below for more.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Orba BT MIDI Synth One basic demo

"Just a few demo clips, and MIDI CC notes shown on some clips.
Complete set was played into the Loopy iOS app.
See the Soundcloud link here:"

Friday, September 18, 2020

Aquifex - Orba & MatrixBrute MIDI workflow demo


"Demo and description of the workflow to play the MatrixBrute with an Artiphon Orba via Bluetooth, etc.
Dawless jammin'. :-)"

MIDI control charts for reference:

Monday, September 14, 2020

Aquifex - Artiphon Orba 1st Demo - internal sounds and looper


"Artiphon Orba first demo, internal sounds and looper only, custom set of presets loaded from the Orba iPhone app (several sets come with the app already).

Another video showcasing some MIDI control of iOS apps over Bluetooth coming shortly."

See the Artiphon label below for more.

Update: a couple of screenshots of the iPhone app interface and additional details via SynthAddict:

"Artiphon Orba first demo, internal sounds and looper only, custom set of presets loaded from the Orba iPhone app (several sets come with the app already).

I adjusted the brightness/contrast to show the LEDs better. The red recording LED at around “8 o’clock” on the ring is noticeable but a bit dim in some scenes, and you can see the bright blue LEDs count up as the loop progresses. The center button is like a shift modifier, controlling the device with macros.

Internal looper has control over tempo and octave, but the 4 layer recordings (drum, bass, chord, and lead) aren’t quantized.

The internal gyro and accelerometer allow various changes to modulation or timbre, and a simple bump can trigger another note as well (good for percussion). The 8 velocity pads (keys) in the ring can allow vibrato in one axis and filter cutoff in another. The modulation can be added after the layer is recorded as long as the recorder is still on.

Another video showcasing some MIDI control of iOS apps over Bluetooth coming shortly."

Check out the Artiphon Orba User Group on Facebook for additional info and demos.

Friday, June 08, 2018

Artiphon Sound of the Week – iZotope VocalSynth 2

Published on Jun 8, 2018 Artiphon

"Strum your voice! We’ve been having a ton of fun around the office using iZotope's new VocalSynth 2 plug-in with the INSTRUMENT 1 to enter new dimensions of music-making. Here’s just a sample!"

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Artiphon Sound of the Week – Moog Model D – "Rick's Lead"

Published on May 10, 2018 Artiphon

"The new Moog Model D app sounds perfect. For those looking to spin some knobs on a Minimoog, this gets you pretty close. We’re using a grid tuning to play this fun pad preset called “Rick’s Lead.” Not sure who Rick is, by boy do we like it."

iTunes: Minimoog Model D - Moog Music Inc.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Artiphon + Pittsburgh Modular Analog Synthesizer (Artiphon Plus Series)

Published on Apr 3, 2018 Artiphon

"We recently connected the INSTRUMENT 1 to this Pittsburgh Modular analog synthesizer system, and now you can see how we did it!

Play any sound anywhere on the world's most versatile MIDI controller – the Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1.

Learn more at"

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1 Feature Update – February 2018 – String Muting & Volume Knob Mapping

Published on Feb 16, 2018 Artiphon

"What’s New:
You strummed, we listened. The INSTRUMENT 1 just got a major playability update for muting strings. Now simply strum a chord, and when you lift off the fingerboard the strings will automatically mute. Easier than pie.

Bonus: Strummed notes will ring out for as long as you can hold them with new infinite sustain. Can you hear it?

The volume knob also learned a new trick – it now sends data to your DAW (via CC#9) so you can map your favorite effects, dynamics, and more when using an external sound card or line-out from your iPad. Awesomely optional.

Previously, the bridge on Tap Fretted Strings mode was strummable. Now, it’s tappable. That just makes sense.

Bow method also gained velocity sensitivity, for the orchestrally-inclined. Perfect for Hans Zimmer covers – or John Williams, if you prefer.

How to Get It:
Simply open the Artiphon iOS app or Desktop Editor and follow the prompts to update your firmware."

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1

Published on Dec 20, 2017 Red Means Recording

"Artiphon sent me an INSTRUMENT 1 to demo. Here's that demo.

The INSTRUMENT 1 is a multifaceted, multidimensional MIDI controller that you can use to play software instruments on Mac, PC, and iOS.

You can change its behavior using the INSTRUMENT 1 Editor software. Play modes include things guitar, bowed instruments, pianos, percussion, autoharp and more. A built-in arpeggiator and various scale modes can inspire new ways of interfacing with your software or hardware instruments. It has velocity and aftertouch and you should touch it and think about your life."

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Moogfest 2016 Announces Modular Marketplace Synth Event with Neuronics (ex Dewanatron) Debut

This is a bit of a double post. The press release from Moogfest follows further below. A number of known manufacturers are listed, however there is a new one you might not be familiar with, Neuronics. This will be their debut. I am curious what they will show as one half of Neuronics is Leon Dewan of Dewanatron, makers of the Swarmatron and other eccentric synthesizer creations. P.S. Great Make Noise T-shirt on the left! They are my favorite synth T, aside from mine of course. :)

"See, Hear, and Experience the Future of Music at the Moogfest 2016 Modular Marketplace

Free interactive bazaar gives everyone a chance to discover and test-drive next generation electronic musical instruments

Durham, North Carolina (April 27, 2016) - The Modular Marketplace at Moogfest 2016 reimagines the traditional trade show by creating a fun, interactive, educational space where electronic instrument designers connect directly with musicians, technology innovators, and the general public.

Over 25 companies selected for their cult status or game-changing ambition will demonstrate their instruments and offer a glimpse into the future of electronic music. Many of the entrepreneurs and designers behind these products will be in attendance, and almost all items are available for purchase.

Moogfest programming partner Kickstarter has ever curated a selection of three instruments, supported through its crowdfunding platform, to exhibit at the Modular Marketplace: the Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1, Sensory Perception by Sunhouse and Kilpatrick Audio.

The Modular Marketplace is one of the many highlights of Moogfest 2016, which celebrates the legacy of Bob Moog, the visionary engineer who pioneered the analog synthesizer and other technology tools used by artists like Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, and Kraftwerk. The four-day festival from May 19-22 will feature over 250 innovators in music, art, and technology -- from Gary Numan, GZA, Grimes and Laurie Anderson to virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier and transhumanist visionary Dr. Martine Rothblatt. For the first time, Moogfest takes place in Durham, North Carolina, a fast-growing capital of technology, culture and entrepreneurship.

'The Modular Marketplace is free and open to the public, giving everyone from school kids to technology influencers an opportunity to participate,' said Moogfest Festival Director, Marisa Brickman. 'A new generation of engineers and circuit designers are building on Bob Moog's legacy by creating new tools that are shaping the future of music and sound.'

The Modular Marketplace features product launches, daily demonstrations, sound experiments, exclusive discounts, and other special events. It takes place at the American Tobacco Campus at 318 Blackwell Street from 10am - 6pm from May 19 - 22.

Some highlights of the Modular Marketplace include:

Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1: Developed at The New Museum's NEW INC incubator and funded through a Kickstarter campaign that raised $1.3 million, the Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1 will make its public debut at Moogfest 2016. The groundbreaking instrument allows users of any skill or style to strum a guitar, tap a piano, bow a violin, or loop a drum beat -- all on a single interface. By connecting to iOS devices, Macs and PCs, this portable and durable musical tool can make any sound imaginable.

Audulus: Audulus is a virtual modular synthesizer environment for iOS, Mac, and Windows platforms. Throughout the festival, Audulus will be giving away copies of the deep and beautifully designed software to curious sonic voyagers. Simply come by the booth and get signed up.

Bastl Instruments: Based in the Czech Republic, Bastl Instruments in a community-driven company focused on producing handmade electronic musical instruments. Bastl Instruments will be displaying an eclectic robotic percussion set controlled by their Eurorack format synthesizer modules. Additionally Bastl Instruments will be offering 10% off discounts on their tabletop granular synthesizer - The Micro Granny.
Bleep Labs: Bleep Labs will launch the Thingamagoop 3 at Moogfest 2016, a light controlled synthesizer, effect and noise friend. Simple controls give musicians access to rich and diverse sounds, from simple square and triangle waves to FM laser battles.

Neuronics: Neuronics is an exciting new adventure in synthesis helmed by Leon Dewan and producer Josh Humphrey. Dewan is best known for the unique and visually striking analog synthesizers available with his company Dewanatron, whose flagship device, the Swarmatron creates the effect of a swarming hive of bees. Neuronics makes its debut at the Modular Marketplace.

Electric Objects: Electric Objects is the creator of E01, an Internet-connected screen designed specifically for art, capable of playing more than 10,000 works of digital art including video, animations, GIFs, high definition images, or web-based work. Electric Objects will be featuring works by performing artists and speakers at Moogfest 2016.

Kilpatrick Audio: Using both new and vintage circuits and cutting edge software, Kilpatrick Audio creates unique and interesting musical equipment designed to sound great, be fun to use, and to inspire musical ideas in the exploration of new sounds.

Luisa Perera & The Counterpointer: The Modular Marketplace will feature an auto-composing musical installation by coder and instrument designer Luisa Pereira. The counterpoint method Bach will be expressed through her instrument the Counterpointer and 3 Moog Mother-32 modular synths. This alludes to the work of the composer who made the Moog Modular famous, Wendy Carlos.

Make Noise: Based in Asheville, North Carolina, the home of Moog Music, Make Noise designs and builds Eurorack format modular synthesizers that incorporate "West Coast" design philosophies associated with synth pioneers Don Buchla and Serge Tscherpnin. Make Noise is presenting a demonstration of their new 0-Coast device during daytime programming.

To view the full list of Modular Marketplace exhibitors visit:"

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