Orba palm-sized music sequencer can now help you create music videos


Artiphon announced a new companion app for its Orba instrument that allows anyone to create music videos directly from a smartphone. Orbacam, available today for iOS, syncs a series of visual effects to the beat of the music you play on the Orba, a palm-sized music sequencer.

The idea is that you could have a heartbeat effect, for example, that highlights different elements in a video and changes intensity with the beat you play on the Orba. The video below shows what it could look like.

Simplicity – The Orba, if you don’t know, is a $ 99 piece of hardware that acts like a pocket synth, looper, and MIDI controller and lets you make music on the fly, without the need for software. more sophisticated desktop or real audio. mix of experience elsewhere.

The puck-shaped device features a series of buttons with different modes – bass, battery, etc. – that users can switch between and play along with sounds like kick, snare, etc. The Orba offers more sophisticated features for those who want to take it a step further, but it’s basically a fool-proof way to experiment with music creation. Our review describes the simple process of recording a track with the device:

To drop a track, all you have to do is switch it on, and press the A key then 6 / Record. You will hear a metronome, while the LEDs around the edge of the device will light up one after the other to the beat. Tap a rhythm or melody and press the A button to finish, and whatever you’ve recorded will loop. You can then layer as many additional parts as you want, erase the ones you don’t want, or just let the loop play while you experiment with different sounds before recording them.

No post-production – You can imagine with the Orbacam app that you could add emotional impact to any kind of video you want to share on social media. Maker Artiphon says the app “lets you create a musical selfie on the go, add a meditative tone to your morning coffee, or compose the orchestral score for the sunset in real time.”

Songs don’t need to be pre-recorded, so you can spontaneously have fun shooting a video and hitting a beat. But you can also import videos or photos from camera roll and create audio afterwards. When you are done creating your music video, the sounds and visual effects are integrated into the export.

Orbacam is available on iOS today. No word on an Android version.

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