Orba (1) by Artiphon 4+

Artiphon, Inc.

Designed for iPad

    • 3.3 • 35 Ratings
    • Free



This is the companion app for Orba by Artiphon that lets you:

• Connect wirelessly using MIDI over Bluetooth
• Load Presets with new sounds, keys, and tempos
• Record loops with Drum, Bass, Chord, and Lead parts

What is Orba:
Orba is a handheld synth, looper, and MIDI controller that lets anyone make music immediately. Play notes and beats on its touch-sensitive surface, add effects with movement, and layer your ideas into songs with the built-in looper. Connect to the Orba App to customize your instrument and explore new sounds. It’s never been easier to make music, anywhere you go.

Who is Artiphon:
Artiphon is dedicated to making smart, playful instruments we can all enjoy. The INSTRUMENT 1 was our first step, and Orba is our second big experiment in rethinking the musical interface.

What’s New

Version 0.15.36

There’s a new Orba app in town with three new song templates (that’s four new presets each!)

“Lifelike” is inspired by real-world instruments. For instance, you’ll find an electric guitar-like Lead preset. There’s a tuba too. It’s “tu” much fun.

“Back, Forth” includes a Drum preset with automatically rgepeating sounds. You’ll find that the snare, hats, and toms all have this experimental effect — something to keep you on your toes.

Finally, craft something bouncy and bright with “Pieces.” It’s an energetic set of presets that sounds unlike anything else we’ve released. Don’t forget; you can mix and match these presets to make a song that is uniquely your own!

Aside from these additional sounds, a new notification will pop up if you accidentally connect an Orba 2 to the Orba 1 app. For now, Orba 2 and Orba 1 use different apps, which should help people get to where they need to go.

Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

dcfritz ,

Unique innovation/great potential for disability access

Wish upgrades could install via ios app.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your review. For now, you will need to update your firmware via USB cable and computer. But we're constantly working on improving the updating process. We appreciate your feedback.

SadOrbaUser ,

Bluetooth Connectivity is Awful

Love the Orba but the App is useless until they figure out the Bluetooth connectivity issues. On an iPhone12 with latest OS15.3 and it’ll say it is connected under the app bluetooth menu, but then on the main app screen says no device connected. I can’t change the sounds or anything else without it.

Update: Had to update the firmware on the Orba itself by plugging it into a computer and downloading. Would’ve been nice if it had come updated, but it works great now that it has been updated!

Developer Response ,

Hey there, thanks for your review. We're constantly working on improving the firmware updating process and appreciate your feedback on this. If you run into any more trouble please reach out to us at support@artiphon.com and we'll be happy to help.

Michelle Trachtenberg ,


The Orba won’t connect to anything until I download the app on a desktop computer and runs firmware update. Okay, did that. 3 seconds in to the update download the app says it can’t find any such update and then greys out (removes from accessibility) the update option. I still can’t connect my Orba to anything and I am not given an update option that it keeps telling me I need. This means I cannot save songs. So what’s the point? This thing is an expensive paper weight. Do not buy this device

Developer Response ,

Hey Michelle, I'm so sorry Orba is giving you trouble. Can you drop us an email at support@artiphon.com? We'll make sure everything is working smoothly so you can save your songs. Our support team is standing by and ready to help.

App Privacy

The developer, Artiphon, Inc., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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