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Orba Utilities

This Topic is discuss the Orba Utilities created by myself. New discoveries can be discussed here but should also be posted to the Orba Hacking Knowledge Base


Orba Utilities are located here: https://github.com/subskybox/Orba


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@Subskybox I've only just realised that you can get a 9th note out of Lead mode by tapping the side. It would be cool to be able to tune that one as well. It generally seems to be a low note in the same voice.

Incidentally I'd previously wondered about the "direct communication" with the App when changing key or Maj/Min, but I guess that could simply be an XML snippet being sent behind the scenes when you make a new selection, in the same way as a preset send. (I can't remember if we already know if/how you can change between keys or Major/Minor from the XML.)

It's a great toolbox. Unfortunately I trashed my Orba-2, which turned out not to be so robust for hacking as Orba-1. I've just picked up a 3rd Orba-1 on eBay though;always wondered if I could make some kind of chromatic instrument out of three of them in a case shaped like a pool triangle...!

Thanks for making those extra values available for experimenting. I tried them out but I couldn't find anything; I think we've got the most useful bit.

BJG145
said 5 months ago

@Subskybox I've only just realised that you can get a 9th note out of Lead mode by tapping the side. It would be cool to be able to tune that one as well. It generally seems to be a low note in the same voice.


This doesn't seem to work on the Orba 2 anymore. 

Subskybox
said 5 months ago

The Holy Grail would be to find a way to change Key | Maj/Min from the Orba itself.


Agree. Similar to Octave Up/Down, but KEY Up/Down would make the Orba much more useful for jamming with other people. The less you need the app for the better.

Amazing work Many thanks!

...right, yes...turning octave up/down into semitone up/down would be a huge improvement.

Loading new modal presets into the lead mode seems to result in a monophonic instrument. Is that the idea?

It's been a while since I looked at this. @Subskybox previously noted that: "any Preset dropped in the Bass folder becomes monophonic and adding chords also makes it monophonic"


As far as I recall, the preset you start with, and the folder you load it from, can both make a difference. Maybe make sure that you start with a Lead preset, and load the edited version from the Lead folder...?

I admit I haven't done a lot of testing with the Browse button (I prefer drag & drop). It was working well at one point. Also I haven't tested in Edge w/ Chrome either since my PC died about 5 days ago. The motherboard was 10 years old so I guess I did okay. I'll take a look at the Browse button when I get my new PC built. Thanks for pointing that out.

Just fixed it. I forgot one line of code (or accidentally deleted it)

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