Superbooth 2021 first look video: We’re spinning out over this tangible MIDI sequencer that looks like a vinyl turntable

Superbooth 2021: Playtronica is looking to put a physical spin on the concept of sequencing with Orbita, a new MIDI music-making device that looks like a vinyl turntable.

Instead of a stylus this has four colour sensors that can read the 12 coloured magnets as they whiz by. These come in 12 different shades and can be moved around the platter to trigger different MIDI notes. 

As well as being able to create one track of music, you can also set the Orbita to output on four different MIDI channels (and therefore to trigger four different sounds).

Playtronica Orbita

(Image credit: Playtronica)

Discussing the thinking behind Orbita, Playtronica says: “Sometimes, we feel that technology took physicality away from music-making and has made composing more intimidating. It doesn’t have to be this way. Technology can make music more accessible and tangible if we design interfaces that also activate the senses of sight, and touch. That is why we made Orbita.”

It sounds like a nice idea, and one that has the potential to yield quite a few happy musical accidents (as well, it has to be said, as some not so pleasant ones). 

Orbita will be coming to Kickstarter soon, and you can also sign up for updates on its development on the Playtronica website.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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