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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. 

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Rock and roll,

Adam from Artiphon

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Hi, my Orba arrived today, I've been having some fun using it for Midi input with Reason software.
 One question I can't seem to find an answer for.
 Is there a limit to the length of the loops when using it as a stand alone music maker?

My Orba arrived today along with the hard shell case.  No T-Shirt or Bag or whatever it was they were promising.

Well built and adorable.


With a product like Orba there isn't just one target user. There are many different buyer personas, age groups, skill levels, use cases and musical interests. Might be good for Artiphon to do a survey of their users: age, musical experience, how you expect to use it, what other apps, DAWs or instruments you use, type of music you like etc.

Personally, I'm most interested in using Orba as an alternative to Logic Pro to experiment with musical ideas. My interests are in classic rock, blues. I've played 3 chord rock guitar and bass for many years and have written and recorded songs using Logic Pro including a free rock opera. I occasionally dabble with synths / midi controller, but not too much. I have a Novation Circuit that's gathering dust as I can't find a good way to integrate it into my regular workflow. But I picked up a cheap Launchpad X and that's more promising. (It also has a "scale mode" for which I'm grateful. 

I'll try the Orba as a controller in Logic Pro also, but that's probably secondary to an "untethered" experience. I'm not looking for the Orba App to become a DAW but if I have to use an App to change sounds and keys, you may as well give me a bit more functionality. 

I am curious if there's anyone else coming at it from a similar experience or interest. Or did I walk into the wrong kind of music venue by mistake ;-)

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Having an incredible hard time connecting my iphone to the orba via bluetooth by itself. The orba will connect to the orba app if I connect the orba to another 3rd party app (garage band), then the orba app will see the connection, but what if I don't want to connect to a 3rd party app first? Can someone assist?

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I'd definitely like a little (lot) more function in the app to modify what Orba is doing. I use a DAW and plan to use Orba with it, but I primarily bought it to have mobile music to play with while traveling, waiting around, etc. I do a lot of that, normally, and my bass guitar is unsuited to this need. The experience so far is pretty Apple-centric, which is disappointing but unsurprising for a Windows/Android user. I would love to have more granular ability to control and modify the synth sets on the mobile app for the times I'm away from my PC for a few weeks.
@ZUrlocker no I think you’re spot on there. It would almost certainly help them to do a survey and see the demographics of their audience. I do agree that Orba becomes really powerful when used to control other fleshed out synths and DAWs, but by having a built-in lopper, speaker and instrument slots, it’s clearly designed to be able to handle the more casual use cases too, like someone just picking it up to play around with and make noise.

@Ricardo: Normally you'd connect in the Orba app via the Orba icon at upper right next to the Artiphon icon, and then the connection will be available to GB. Is there a reason for doing it in a different order? (This is probably a conversation for a different thread if we need to continue it!)

@Nick Lowe   There's no actual reason as to why I would want to connect to GB first other than it's the only way that I've gotten my phone to connect to the Orba.  My Orba won't connect to my phone directly for some reason unless I connect to GB or other app first.  Maybe a bug; I'd be happy to continue on a separate thread

So when you bring up the list of Bluetooth devices in the Orba app and tap on "Artiphon Orba", does it remain greyed-out?

Ben. I can relate. I was hoping I could at least store one preset of my choosing and noodle around on the porch when inspired or plug in earbuds when out somewhere where people might be around.  Thats what Artiphon told me and a big reason why I bought.They said I could load in my own preset sounds..As it turns out my solution for that is Roland Zenbeats. It works perfectly fine on my android phone and 2 touch screen chromebooks...and can bang out a melody on your back porch and continue developing it in your windows machine.  It also has some 'normal' sounds.  Why Orba didnt include at least one normal soundset for drums and lead escapes about a regular drum kit and regular acoustic piano?  As it is, I;ll use works perfectly fine and you can loop and do more with looping than with Orba and it is self contained and you have a larger notes range. It works well w. touchscreens. Fighting Orba to work with android stuff isnt worth the wont work....their android app is useless.  I found a new Roli Lightpad block for 50 bucks and that does all kinds of stuff. It''s first gen however so it doesnt make the best pad to play on.  I hope they are able to improve Orba Gen1 to the point where it wont require us to buy a Orba Gen2 for things to work right.

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FWIW I have the cheaper Roli Blocks Lightpad (not the new $200 “studio edition, just the original) and it completely fell apart after just a few weeks of very light use. Like the top just came detached from the bottom and exposes all the guts. I didn’t drop it or anything, at most I took it in my bag on a plane ride, so I guess I recommend considering a case if you get one. Mine still works, but I hardly even used it, so didn’t inspire a ton of confidence in the build quality. Maybe that’s why they’re now have a $200 version? It also 100% requires being connected to a phone/app to play any sound at all. On the plus side you get a wider range of notes and can play JUST on your phone oddly enough. Pros and cons, to each their own, etc.

Steven I suggest the plane ride was likely the problem.  Incredible the damage baggage handlers can cause. Mine seems heavy and well built.  No way I would pay 200 bucks for something like that, prob not even 100, but was passing this along because for 50 bucks that may be the best 50 bucks you can spend on music. It does so much, I;m sure the new one is better as you have to hit the pads harder on the one I have. For me, this was the good part of waiting for Orba...I got tired of waiting, found this deal and glad I did.  As it turned out Orba and Lightpad turned up here on consecutive days..I;ve had the shootout..and the winner is...................ha

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Sorry, I took it in my carry on, so it wasn’t tossed around by baggage handlers. My point was just that I did basic traveling with it in my backpack and it suddenly fell apart. But again, it still works and IS also a pretty cool device. You might have even inspired me to try and glue it or something haha. And yeah, for $50 it’s probably one of the best value expressive controllers like this you’ll find. Just be careful with it :)

gotcha Steven. no worries. i dont plan on using it to play notes or as a drumpad, but in a DAW it does a lot of things as a controller and the lights are cool :). and for those who are using Roli Studio in a DAW it has several modes that are auto assigned. and i;m sure you can midi assign it to do most anything.

re Orba...anyone else thinks the lettering on Pads 1, 2, and 3 are backwards/upsidedown?  a minour detail that should be fixed..i noticed when i looked at the pic i posted. maybe an Artiphon person will see this or they already are aware

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It's not that the lettering on the pads is the wrong way up, but that the A on the centre button is only one way up when of course it should be all ways up at once…

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