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Orba as MIDI controller

A caveat if you are using your Orba as a MIDI controller: when I turned off the Orba onboard sounds in the app, I found that anything I played while using it as a MIDI controller (with PreSonus Studio One) would inexplicably stop after about two seconds--I couldn't play long sustained notes. I looked at the MIDI message traffic and it was sending a NoteOff message (telling Studio One to stop the instrument) after two seconds or so.

While I was submitting a ticket, I experimented a bit and realized that turning the onboard sounds back on in the app would allow it to work as expected, i.e. as long as I hold down the pad, it will keep sending the MIDI note.  You can simply turn the volume on the Orba all the way down and it will work as expected.

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Could you assign Orba as a midi input device?


Here's what my device setting looks like in S1 (v5).


I don't think I changed anything from defaults.  It can be a little tricky to figure out which input device is sending what signals where in S1.  One thing to look for is which instrument the Orba is on (drum, bass, chord, lead) because that may send notes that aren't mapped to anything in the S1 instrument.

That all looks the same as what mine did. But I do see what you're saying about which instrument it is on. Do you have the Orba simply plugged into USB or do you plug it into an audio interface? I might simply have it incorrectly hooked up. Mine is just hooked in to the USB port.

I suggest you enable 'Enable MPE' if you have any mpe enabled instruments installed.  Thats the beauty of Orba to me....mpe... and Studio One v5 now supports mpe.  Hope this helps.

Well, I can add the device, I did check the MPE box," it doesn't indicate it is connected, but if I drag the Orba in as an
instrument, and pre-set the track to record, hit record, it records crazy waveforms, and numbers are
flashing aftertouch, control 113 etc. But hitting playback doesn't play anything.

I literally bought the DAW and other equipment, in hopes of teaching myself how to assign cool sounds to the Orba, like they did in the demos. I will definitely research myself, if someone knows what area I should read up on. I have tons of Studio One 4/5 videos I've watched and ready to watch more, so do you think I have it hooked up, due to the waveforms being recorded, but I have another setting wrong?

for dgrant...Hi..sorry the mpe thing was for Ben. In the demos, they are using the Orba only as a midi controller..they are using virtual instruments.plugins/vst's located in the DAW to produce the sounds..thats what you are going to want to do. This will work for you to some degree if you load in an instrument in Studio One..say Impact XT or a preset, arm the track and play/record away on your Orba. If you have Orba set up as an external device this will work to some degree. Dont be surprised if you get unexpected results.  Hope this helps

Ah, ok thanks Edo.
I'll give your suggestion a try!

I'm sorry to hear you're having issues with the app, Anthony. Would you mind trying these steps? 

1. Are you running Windows 10 at 64bit? 

2. It may be helpful to try a different cable and USB port. If you are using an external USB hub, try bypassing it

3. Disconnect all devices from your computer except your Orba. Make sure your Orba is turned on and restart your computer. 

If those don't work, would you mind opening a support ticket so one of our tech specialists can take this a step further? 

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