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 0.15.18

Minor bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

battletoad42069 ,

game changer

i love the orba on its own as a device, its everything i expected it to be when i opened it and its a kickass midi with many capabilities at a very reasonable price. the only issue i'm having with it is that the bluetooth capabilities fail and randomly disconnect, even when in range and everything is fully charged. i'm hoping its just a bug with the app and not the bluetooth from the device itself, and maybe is something that could be fixed with an update. otherwise, i highly recommend you purchase one and i always recommend artiphons products to every producer i meet. the instrument one and the orba are both game changers and great pieces to add to your collection. i also love the fact that you can use it right out of the box and as a standalone device, if there ever is an instrument 2 i hope it comes like that as well. if the bluetooth failure on this app is fixed i will happily change my rating to 5 stars!

Developer Response ,

The Bluetooth compatibility issue has been resolved in iOS 14.3. Please update your iOS in Settings>General>Software Update.

artfoundry ,

Kinda clunky and limited, but it works

Now that the Bluetooth issue is fixed, the app is actually usable. It still feels clunky though - for example, sometimes tapping to change the instrument causes the circle icon to move back and forth once before actually changing - like it's unsure if it wants to change lol. Tapping and holding doesn't cause that behavior though. And changing timbres feels like a crap shoot - some of them don't indicate what instrument they change! The drawer should automatically filter which libraries are available based on which instrument is selected. Then there's changing key - it's not at all obvious where to do that (in the song naming panel). And it would be really nice to have the scale independent of the timbre!

The device and app just feel like an expensive toy right now than a musical instrument. The one caveat is that it does seem to work fine as a midi controller, so I'll probably only be using it for that unless the app allows for much better customization.

tgrog82 ,

Everything is there...

Everything you need is there but it would be great to have all the settings available from one page, independent of song settings. Unless I'm missing something, if you want to change the scale settings you have to save/load a song with that scale setting. It'd be great to have just a page of settings for when you want to use it as a midi controller so you can change settings without having to load/save a song. The device itself is great, super responsive and pretty darn intuitive once you learn a few simple gestures. I hope the drum and synth presets keep coming or the synth engine is opened up so we can create our own. As long as we get regular updates this piece of kit is totally worth the price. Great job Artiphon!

Developer Response ,

The Bluetooth compatibility issue has been resolved in iOS 14.3. Please update your iOS in Settings>General>Software Update.

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

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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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