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New Orba Players Welcome!

Hi there and welcome to the new Orba forum!


Please introduce yourself, and let us know what you think. We’re eager to hear your thoughts. 


If you come upon an issue, the fastest way to find a solution is by contacting support@artiphon.com. Though we do our best to always respond, your post in this forum could get lost in the more high-volume threads.


You can also feel free to start a new forum thread if you have an interesting discussion point. It could be about anything – the sounds, the industrial design, the app as it continues to be developed, or anything else!

 

Rock and roll,

Adam from Artiphon


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Aron Ben Elal
said 7 days ago

 

I still keep getting notifications on this forum after repeatedly contacting Artiphon, asking them to delete my account.


To unsubscribe from corporate Artiphon email, click on the "Unsubscribe" link at the bottom of the email or the Unsubscribe link at the top if your email client provides one.


To unsubscribe from a single topic in the fora ("forums"), click on the "Turn off" reply notification link at the bottom of the email. You need to do this for EACH TOPIC that you are following. By default, you follow any topic that you started or reply to in a forum.


To disable reply notifications IN A FORUM, click on the "Following" button at the top of the topic inside the forum. That will prevent you from receiving reply notifications.


If you won't want to have to do this in a bunch of places, you can usually block emails either from Artiphon or the Forums inside your email client. In Gmail, you do this in the "three dot" "More" menu.


P.S. I'm not an Artiphon employee. Just a happy customer.

Aron Ben Elal
said 6 days ago

I still keep getting notifications on this forum after repeatedly contacting Artiphon, asking them to delete my account. 


P.S. I'm not an employee of Artiphon, just a satisfied customer. And you can unsubscribe to a topic on the support site by clicking the "Following" button at the top of the topic.


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It will turn into a "Follow" which shows that your are no longer following the topic, so you won't be notified.

 

Scarlett
said 6 days ago

 

It seems that Artiphon is deleting threads criticizing their conduct with the Orba 2 release. As as Orba 1 purchaser, I'm frankly disgusted with this conduct and will never be purchasing from this company again - I bought Orba because of the promises to make it a functional instrument (quantization etc) and that promise was dropped as soon as it was possible to grab more money. Goodbye, Artiphon.


That's odd because Artiphon has to approve all comments made to the fora, and even in response to this topic, there are several comments, including this one, that are critical of Artiphon. 


If you search the fora, you'll see that the reason that the Orba "1" cannot simply be software upgraded into an Orba "2" is because some of the new features, such as sampling, require a lot more memory. The issues with quantizing have also been addressed. It is something that has to be done right, or else it will make things worse. They have been actively working on getting quantizing to work on the "One." I have been in the beta testing for that. It works...sort of. It's a bit clunky. It turns out that it takes lots more memory and processing power to do quantizing right, that why the Orba 2 can do it right out of the box. If they don't do it right, the same people that have been complaining about it missing will start asking why it can't properly handle 13 measure loops of 16th note triplets in 7/8 time.


There are MANY "functional instruments" that don't do quantizing or even looping. Even without those features, the things that the "One" does are a lot of fun.

Personally, I'm surprised that they could add so much functionality to the Orba 2 and sell it for only $50 more. I took my Orba 1 to Guitar Center. They gave me $30 for it and 10% off the Orba 2 because of the trade-in and free shipping to my house. Good deal as far as I'm concerned.

@Rick Antonoff "My Orba 2 arrived (finally) yesterday, I spent hours today going through the tutorials multiple times.  It just doesn’t do what the ads, videos, and tutorials say it’s supposed to do.  I’m very disappointed." 

Clearly it does all of those things that they did in the ads and the videos. What exactly is it that you are trying to do that you can't get it to do?

Welcome to the Artiphon Experience™. Prepare yourself for a lot more of that feeling.

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My Orba 2 arrived (finally) yesterday, I spent hours today going through the tutorials multiple times.  It just doesn’t do what the ads, videos, and tutorials say it’s supposed to do.  I’m very disappointed.  


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I still keep getting notifications on this forum after repeatedly contacting Artiphon, asking them to delete my account. And still.. I'm an Orba1 sucker. I bought the Koolaid on Kickstarter. Whatever they promise, don't take it to the bank.. Since they seem to have difficulty deleting my account and unsubscribing me me from Forum updates, I decided I'd chime in my disappointment in this poor excuse for a company every time I get an E-mail. Here's to hoping they delete my acccount. Orba1 is a 100 dollar paper weight..


Peace out,


iamoneabe  


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It seems that Artiphon is deleting threads criticizing their conduct with the Orba 2 release. As as Orba 1 purchaser, I'm frankly disgusted with this conduct and will never be purchasing from this company again - I bought Orba because of the promises to make it a functional instrument (quantization etc) and that promise was dropped as soon as it was possible to grab more money. Goodbye, Artiphon.

I just unboxed my Orba in the last hour.  Messing around with it now.  Hope to share thoughts and suggestions on the forum in the future.  Let's all share experiences and learn from one another.


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Hi all!

I'm a new user from Rome, Italy. I received Orba as a Xmas present and I like very much playing around with it, I really like the concept and the feeling it provides.

I also like that there's stuff to explore, like its usage as a controller for Logic Pro and creating new presets for the internal synth.

Here are some minor negative notes instead, I suppose it can always be useful to know the first impressions from newcomers:

  • Like reported by others, the definition of "song" in the app is confusing, it makes you expect that when you load a "song" from the app you also get a demo sequence which showcases the loaded sounds. Justs a wrong naming IMHO, then you read the manual and understand that a song only loads sound presets for all 4 modes and some global settings. Then maybe they should have been named "global presets" or "globals" or similarly. But it's ok once you understand it.
  • I was also confused by how the "change-octave-by-sliding" feature works: I expected that when holding A, pressing pad 8 and then sliding one pad up, I was moving one octave up with respect to the current setting, e.g. like pressing the usual "octave up" button on a standard controller. Instead pad 8 always represents the base octave; so if you already are playing two octaves up from the base setting, and you want to move one octave further up, you have to press pad 8 and then slide up THREE pads, which is not always an easy gesture. Anyway, as in the previous note, this is also ok when you understand how it works; though I still think the other way around would have been more user-friendly.
  • The pitch change when I use the vibrato gesture is hardly noticeable, and it seems to me it's not enabled for many preset sounds.
That's all for the time being. Looking forward to exploit all of Orba's features!
Bye,
Marco.


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Great explanation! Thanks!


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The harmonizaiton of the major scale is major, minor, minor, major, major, minor, diminished. So, for the key of C it's:


C D E F G A B C -> C, Dm, Em, F, G, Am, Bdim, C


For G it's:


G A B C D E F# G - > G, Am, Bm, C, D, Em, F#dim, G


For F it's:


F G A Bb C D E F -> F, Gm, Am, Bb, C, Dm, Edim, F


And so on. This DOES correspond to the Nashville numbering system. The traditional chord numbering system uses roman numerals to indicate the root of the chord and upper/lower case to indicate major vs. minor like this: I, ii, iii, IV, V, vi, vii. The Nashville numbering system uses Arabic numbers and ASSUMES that you know that the 1, 4, and 5 chords are major and that the 2,,3, and 6 chords are minor.


The numbers on the Orba also correspond to the Nashville numbering system. If you're in C Major chord mode, the 1 pad will always play a C major. The 2 pad will play a D minor, and so on. In Major mode there is only one "tricky" thing. Normally the vii (7) chord is diminished, but the diminished chord much less useful than the others. It's basically V7 (5-7th) chord with the root missing. So, for example in the key of C, the vii (7) chord is a Bdim. Bdim is the same as a G7 without the G. A much more useful chord that almost always works when you're trying to use the vii (7) chord is the V7 or maybe even better the V with it's 3rd on the bass. That's why the 7 pad on the Orba doesn't play a diminished chord. Instead it plays the V with the 3rd on the bass. In the key of C, this is a G/B (G with a B on the bass). For technical reasons this isn't exactly true. The lowest note is a G, not a B, but the B is the one that's doubled up. To summarize, the primary difference between the Orba pad numbers and traditional numbering systems is that they replace the 7dim with the 5 chord with it's 3rd on the bass. I the key of C, the 7 pad plays a G/B instead of a Bdim. In the key of G, the 7 pad plays a D/F# instead of an F#dim. In the key of F, the 7 pad plays a C/E instead of an Edim, and so on.


Harmonizing the natural minor scale is similar. For C natural minor, the chords are Cm, Ddim, Eb, Fm, Gm, Ab, Bb. Those chords can be a bit awkward to use, especially the Ddim. Once again the folks at Artiphon made a good musical choice for the chords, and once again I think they do something different with the Ddim - maybe Bb/D? I haven't had time to analyze the the major chords yet. Artiphon publishes the notes for the major chords, but not the minor chords. In theory, they should be the same, just shifted over.


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"What are the chords in the major and minor scales? Do the major scale chords correspond tothe Nashville numbering system: 10-G, 2-Am, 3Bm, 4-C, 5-D, 6-Em, 7-F#m, 8-G (in the scaleof G major), for example?

Hi there, 


Just received my Orba and its great. 


Are there plans to provide Bluetooth support for the Windows app?


Windows 10 supports MIDI-LE via the MIDIberry app https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/midiberry/9n39720h2m05?activetab=pivot:overviewtab


Best regards,


Peter

Zack: "My only bigger issue is that the A button doesn't seem to hit well, hopefully improvable with software."


@Zach: Yes, the A button does seem a bit dicey at first. I've figured out that it's not really activated by a "tap." Rather, it's activated by a short "press." This is better because it allow you to "glide" over it without activating it so that you can do very quick "trills" between notes that are across from each other not just right next to each other.

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