OrBit - Turn Your Motion into Musical Expression

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About

OrBit is a motion-sensing device for musicians and performers. It bridges the gap between acoustic and digital music by connecting you to your favourite digital effects and sounds. Reverb, delay, pitch harmonisers, vocoders, all controlled with your movements.

THE DEVICE

OrBit is battery-powered and attaches to your instrument or body. It connects wirelessly to your digital audio workstation (DAW) via Bluetooth LE. Its rotary interface allows you to select and toggle effects, as well as adjust parameters of your choice.  

The suction cup attachment allows you to secure OrBit to a surface. The clip attachment can also be used with a removable strap.  

THE SOFTWARE

OrBit connects to the DAW of your choice through our software plugin. To set it up you simply drag and drop it in your workspace. 

Our software plugin is compatible with all major DAWs
Our software plugin is compatible with all major DAWs

The plugin allows you to assign the effect slots on OrBit to any digital effect or sound available in your DAW. You can map an effect slot to a single effect such as reverb, or to more complex effect racks that control multiple parameters at a time.   

Map slots directly to your favourite DAW effects
Map slots directly to your favourite DAW effects

You can also set the limits of your control motion, depending on what instrument you play and where you fix OrBit. The device offers control across a maximum of three axes, which you can map as you wish. You may only want to control distortion or experiment with complex effect chains; anything is possible.  

ARTIST TESTIMONIALS 

"I would really use something like this. I am involved in electronic music and mix it with classical. I'm always trying to figure out other interesting ways to perform on stage." 

— Chiara, Singer-songwriter

"OrBit turned the music I was making at the moment into a completely one-off show. I value original performance and love that each show could become a whole different atmosphere depending on my movements!"

— Natalie, Jazz singer


See how other artists have used an early prototype of OrBit in the video below. 

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THE PRODUCT IN 20 SECS

  • OrBit is a motion controller for music software that connects wirelessly to your DAW
  • Can be secured to your instrument or body through modular attachments 
  • Allows you to select, toggle and control 12 effects manually
  • Allows you to set the limits of your control motion 
  •  Integrates into your DAW through a software plugin
  • Maps your control motion to any digital effect or sound in your DAW
  • Senses your motion across up to three axes 

THE APP

Too good to be true? Well, it's about to get even better. To give you a taste of how OrBit works, we've made a FREE app that allows you to try the product. It uses your smartphone's motion sensors, in order to show you how awesome OrBit is going to be. The app includes:

  • The real user interface
  • Compatibility with our software plugin and your DAWs
  • Single and double axis control

We created the app so you can find out if OrBit is for you. Right now.  It's available on the Apple Store and Android Playstore.  

PRODUCT FEATURES

Modular Attachments

OrBit comes with three types of modular attachments: 

  •  The strap attachment allows you to wear OrBit like a watch or secure it to your instrument. Great for microphones.
  • If you prefer to attach OrBit on a smooth surface, use the suction cup attachment. Works brilliantly with guitars, violins, and other stringed instruments.
  • The clip-on attachment allows you to secure OrBit to other places. Examples include guitar straps, clothing, and other parts of your instrument.

The Interface

You can select the effect of your choice by rotating the outer ring. The selected effect is represented by a magenta light.  

Select the digital effect of your choice by rotating the ring
Select the digital effect of your choice by rotating the ring

The effect is toggled by pressing the center button. Cyan dots will indicate how much effect is applied to your music.

Control the effect through your motion
Control the effect through your motion

WHAT'S IN THE BOX

With your pledge, you will receive the full OrBit kit including:

  • The OrBit device
  • The OrBit software + motion presets
  • A USB-C cable
  • Both attachments at no added cost (Kickstarter Exclusive)

In addition to that, we hope that you will download our app (have we mentioned that we have an app yet?). We are going to use it to keep in touch with you, give you sneak-peaks of new features, and receive feedback from you!

TEAM & STORY

We are a group of four design engineers from London with a passion for music of all kinds. This passion has united us in the mission to break down the barriers between physical and digital music. Please meet... 

Paolo - CEO and guitarist

Paolo has previously worked on motion sensing technologies in the field of soft robotics, as well as delivered products for design consultancies. His skills include project management and hard-, and software engineering.


Alex - CTO and techno producer

Alex has experience programming musical interfaces within industry and developing smartphone applications. He has been producing music using software for 5+ years.


Fan - UX / UI specialist and pianist

Fan has undertaken a user-centred field study in San Francisco and has experience in PCB design and manufacturer liaising.  


Ian - Head of Design and cellist

Ian has experience designing with manufacturing considerations in mind and liaising with factories whilst working for a startup design consultancy.

Risks and challenges

BitLabs is a tech start-up and, in our growth process, we will encounter various challenges. Most importantly, we are planning to outsource some of our planned work packages, including manufacturing, and are therefore reliant on other stakeholders. We will do our utmost to deliver OrBit on time, leveraging the key risks and challenges outlined below:

1) In order to bring OrBit to market, BitLabs must also secure private investment in addition to a successful crowdfunding campaign. If unsuccessful, backers from the campaign will be reimbursed.

2) Whilst BitLabs has already carried out iterations of prototyping, the product will need to be developed further in order to be ready for manufacturing. As a result, it is possible there will be changes made to the final product that will be shipped out to you.

3) BitLabs will be working very closely with manufacturing partners to keep the delivery time as promised. However, unexpected delays in production are still be a possibility which may push back the estimated delivery date. Backers will be updated on progress on at least a monthly basis.

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    Early Bird – OrBit Kit

    40% OFF FUTURE RETAIL PRICE

    Includes:
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    • BOTH Attachments (Clip / Wristband + Suction Cup)
    • USB-C cable
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    OrBit Kit

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