Unique Orba handheld synthesiser, looper, and MIDI controller hits Kickstarter

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handheld synthesiser

handheld synthesiser

Orba is a handheld synthesiser that allows you to quickly create a wide variety of sounds and music just a few seconds. Watch the demonstration videos below to learn more about the Orba a synth, looper, and MIDI controller that lets anyone make music immediately. Launched via Kickstarter this month the Orba has been created by Artiphon a design company specialising in smart instruments. Earlybird pledges are available from $89 and worldwide shipping is expected to take place during April 2020.

Handheld synthesiser

Handheld synthesiser

“Hold out your hands and meet Orba, a new kind of musical instrument. It’s a synth, looper, and MIDI controller that lets anyone make music immediately. Orba’s minimalist design resembles a cross between a gaming controller and a half a grapefruit, and its feather-touch sensitivity translates gestures from your fingers and hands directly into sound. Orba introduces a new and fun way to make music anywhere, even if you’ve never played an instrument before. “

“Orba builds on Artiphon’s design theory of the multi-instrument: a single instrument that you can play as many. Where the INSTRUMENT 1 reflects traditional instruments like guitars, violins, and keyboards, Orba lets you play with simple gestures we use every day on smartphones, trackpads, and game controllers. “

“We designed an innovative new synthesizer engine for Orba, with a broad range of synth sounds that work seamlessly with various playing gestures. Orba’s embedded looper means you can layer multiple parts without ever looking at a screen. The built-in speaker lets you make sound immediately (and it’s loud enough for a bit of karaoke). Plug in headphones to play alone or an external amp to play it loud.”

Handheld synthesiser

Handheld synthesiser

Features of the Orba include :

– Eight capacitive-sensing pads for feather-touch control
– Accelerometer and gyroscope capture a range of gestures
– Center menu button accesses four presets, the looper, and other functions
– Onboard synthesizer and built-in speaker offer an immediate playing experience
– Connect to the cross-platform Orba app for more sounds, songs, and settings
– Use MIDI over Bluetooth or USB to plug into any of your favorite music apps
– Use the ⅛” (3.5mm) output to listen on headphones, speakers, and amps
– Multicolor LEDs respond to the way you play
– Embedded haptics offer vibration feedback
– USB Rechargeable battery

Source: Kickstarter

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