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Orba app 0.14.21 is available

Orba app version 0.14.21 is now available. 

For iOS: The Apple App Store will have the latest version for download or updating. 

For Android: The Orba Android app is still in a public beta test phase due to connection issues. The beta test can be joined here:

For Mac and Windows: If you have the app already installed you will see a prompt to update from within the app. If you have not installed the app, it is available here:

What's new:

  • Enjoy new tunings! The Orba Diatonic tuning can be found in the Lead presets folder. Orba Open and Orba 7th can be found in the Chord presets folder. 

  • Orba will now put itself to bed. Leave Orba running for ten minutes and it will automatically power down. Feel free to disable this feature in the settings menu.

  • The app will now automatically detect if your Orba is in "DFU mode” and prompt a firmware update. In the unlikely event that your Orba becomes unresponsive or "bricked," this will make it easy to resurrect. 

  • We’re temporarily removing the Song Browser and song saving buttons. Song saving was causing unexpected behavior in other areas. This is a temporary fix and we look forward to bringing songs back, better than before. 

  • This update also includes major stability improvement across multiple devices. 

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What happens with the songs I’ve saved in the app? Got a couple, and would hate to loose them.

The songs will still be there once we put the song library back in. We have temporarily removed it until the major bugs are fixed.

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I do not see an update in the iOS store for my iPhone app. Still says 0.14.16. .

Hi there!

Some questions:

1. I'm wondering, why do you call crippling the software a temporary fix?
2. Is there any risc in not updating (or removing the 'update' and reinstalling the previous version)? Does it hurt my Orba in any way? (wouldn't want that)

3. What is your planning for next updates?

4. Do you plan to publish the format for presets, songs, loops, etc? Or even an app for textbased editing?  

Kind regards,

Gert Jan 

Douglas, the iOS app is still going through the release and review process at the app store. It should be live very soon.


1. The song saving could produce some corrupted files that could cause seemingly unrelated issues in different areas. that is why we decided to temporarily remove the song saving so that users don't run into these issues until it is fixed and back in.

2. There is no risk in doing that but on iOS the app store does not allow to go back. You will of course not have the new features and presets.

3. We can not talk about future updates with a specific timeline but we have a long backlog of features, most of them are the ones that are publicly discussed and proposed by customers

4. As part of our backlog we are planning to give more customization for tunings, gestures, and sounds. The interaction and architecture of our gestures, sounds, tunings, and modifiers is pretty complex and just editing the XML files will very likely lead to corrupt files that cause unexpected behaviors. That is why we want to offer more access in a direct way.

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Thank you for your swift answers.

1. With Apple-users in mind I understand that protective approach. I'm an Android/Windows-user so i'm used to somewhat rougher, hands-on DIY solutions.

2. I reinstalled the app in Windows and the 3 new presets were not deleted (I saved them to copy them back, but that was not necessary). I didn't see any new features, so I do not miss them yet.

3. Very wise. It is better to surprise than to break promises.

4. I can not wait :-)

Kind regards,

Gert Jan 

I have now updated to the latest version of the Orba app on my iPhone. Every time I try to connect to my Orba via Bluetooth in the app, the app crashes. At one point I was able to connect briefly but the Bluetooth connection was immediately lost. I checked in my settings and yes, Bluetooth is enabled in the app. Any help would be appreciated.

I've updated the Desktop Mac App but it doesn't show the firmware update as being active. It is greyed out.

I'm using App Version 0.14.21 and the current firmware version is 0.13.19

The app on iOS shows the update available.

Anyone else having this problem?

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Yes Cris, I'm having the same problem. 

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Chris, this is a bug with the iOS app. Firmware 0.13.19 is the latest version.

Douglas - I noticed issues with Bluetooth LE disconnection on iOS 14.2 beta last week and have been emailing with Britt at Artiphon.  I opened a bug ticket with Apple as well.  Seems that iOS 14.2 has now been fully released with the same issue still happening.  What version are you running on?  Everything still going fine on my iPhone with iOS 14.1

Connect using GarageBand or another app to check it out, not the Orba app.  Unless it’s just me, Orba will disconnect after a few notes are played.

Arne, regarding Chris's post, this is happening to me on my Mackbook. Any suggestions??

Brian Thanks for your response. I am running iOS 14.2 as well. I also am a beta tester for iOS. My only Bluetooth connection problem is with the Orba app. I have no issues when I connect my Orba to other apps like Garage Band or many of the other synths I have installed. I have an iPhone 8. I'd be grateful to have you update me about what you hear from Britt and/or Apple.
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