Wallpaper* wants… high-tech innovation from low-key brands
3. Orba 2 by Artiphon
Orba 2 by Artiphon
Orba 2 by Artiphon (image courtesy of Artiphon)
Artiphon’s Orba 2 is an update of the 2020 Orba, a ‘music tech gadget’ that walks the fine line between toy and useful studio tool. The original Orba contained banks of on-board sounds that were triggered by the user to create an endlessly flowing sequence of loops. Orba 2 updates the device by allowing users to record their own samples, along with an enhanced sound engine, quantizing to keep beats and notes in time, and longer song lengths. The palm-sized, bowl-shaped object has an intuitively arranged interface that combines buttons and a touch-sensitive surface, it’s a quirky addition to any desktop for an instant distraction.