The Orba by Artiphon Kickstarter Ends On A High Note

The Orba by Artiphon Kickstarter Ends On A High Note

Post date:

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 12:17

Author:

Naomi Bolton

Artiphon took to Kickstarter late last year to try and garner funds for their Orba, a musical instrument that is designed for your hands. The Orba is basically a portable synth, looper, and MIDI controller that is supposed to allow you to create songs in a matter of seconds.

Artiphon set a goal of $50,000 for Orba, but by the time that the Kickstarter wrapped up on January 13, 2020, it had a whopping pledge of $1,442,181 from more than 12,000 backers. This is a record-breaking number for a musical instrument and far exceeds the initial goal. This is not the first time that Artiphon found success on Kickstarter as they also used it to launch their first-ever product, INSTRUMENT 1.

The draw of Orba is that it lets you play every part of the song on a single instrument and you can easily switch between drum, bass, chord, and lead parts. In Drum mode, you can tap out your beat, then slide around the pads to add a bass line, play a whole chord with the touch of a finger, and use the Lead mode to create a melody that's always in tune. Finally, gestures such as waving, spinning, and tilting will allow you to add effects to your creation. Check out the video below to see Johnny B Good showing off what is possible with Orba.

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Check out the official website at for more information about this interesting instrument. Let us know on the forum or in the comments below if you backed the Kickstarter and what your thoughts are on Orba.