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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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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've just discovered an anomaly. When using Orba as a midi controller with Reason, buttons 4,7,and 8
don't trigger anything on the Redrum Drum Computer, it's a bit of a pain as there are 10 drum/cymbal soundsand I can only use 5 of them
 Can anyone tell me how to assign the buttons to different sounds?

I still couldn't get it to work, so I started researching more. I watched this video,,...

And that solved my problem! How Gregor (I think is his name), added the devices in. So I tried it
his way and BOOM sound was coming out of Studio One 5! I also realized, what everyone was talking about, when I turned off the Orba sounds in the app, then the notes would not hold for more than a couple seconds. So I turned the Orba down, and that worked until the patch comes out.

Thanks to those who supplied things to try. I just happened to watch the right video.


@Ben (OP), I'm also experiencing the NoteOff MIDI messages after about two seconds when Orba sounds are Off.  I'm using the workaround to have Orba sounds on with the volume on the Orba turned low.  @Arne, is there an ETA to ship a fix for this bug?  I'm on firmware 0.13.19, current as of Oct 21, 2020.

The fix will be in the next release. We can not commit to any timeline but this will be very soon.

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Will not connect to Bluetooth will not connect to laptop using USB orbe just acts as a speaker tride it on 3 devices phone laptop tablet only bought it today think I have wasted my money will it work on android or Windows 10 not happy app is rubbish

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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