Nick Batt from Sonic State did a nicely balanced review of the odd Artiphon Orba. This includes a detailed look at the companion app for iOS and Android.
The Artiphon Orba is a very weird instrument. This weirdness extends out into Artiphon's distribution. The device is available now for just $100, but it is back ordered and can only be pre-ordered from odd retailers like Guitar Center. A company called Woodwind & Brasswind also claim to be getting a shipment of Orbas in March, but Google believe they are selling it for $200, with the additional $100 tacked on as a shipping charge.
Orba by Artiphon is what they describe as “a musical instrument designed for your hands” and I would say that's a pretty accurate description. It certainly struck a chord (sorry!) on Kickstarter as it raised almost $1.5 mill at launch.
Orba is a small, dense plastic semi-sphere with 9 touch pads (8 segments and a central button), it has a built in speaker, on board sound engine with a 9 sound drum part and three melodic (bass, chords, lead)
There’s an on board looper and a number of gesture controls - pressure, radiate, spin move, tilt, shake slide, vibrato and bump.
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