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The First Artificial Intelligence for Composers

Note: If you wish to demo Orb Composer, you can download the PRO version from the Orb Composer Pro page. 

Orb is the name of the most accomplished music composition Artificial Intelligence in the world. It is designed for composers, bands, orchestrators or simply everyone fond of music.


Compose with an Artificial Intelligence

Orb Composer is a creative tool which you can model very precisely to assist you during your music composition work sessions.

What is ORB Composer?

Orb is the name of the first Artificial Intelligence designed for music composers. More than 5 years of research and development were necessary to create this smart tool for composers, bands, orchestrators, to help them experiment with new musical ideas and enhance their creativity.

  • YOU are the artist: Orb Composer doesn’t replace the composer and doesn’t write music automatically. You have to feed Orb with your own choices. Orb creates music mock-ups based on your creativity and only with your musical ideas.
  • Music environment: You can create a complete musical environment according to the ideas you want to experiment. Orb updates in real time according to your new inputs.
  • Chords progression library: Orb Composer embeds a library of chords progression which you can enrich. It Includes many of the chords used in the music industry. Orb Composer provides a complete range of possible harmonic colours.
  • Create new music styles: Create your own music styles and experiment with exotic instruments mixes, chord progressions, time signatures and accurate instruments clip settings.
  • High quality: Thanks to Orb Composer, you can reach the level of high quality required by the TV programs of broadcasting. Focus on the creative part of music before diving into the notes.

Compose music at a higher level

Orb Composer features help you get from musical ideas a complete composition. You can modify this as much as you want, to have the most perfect music composition you were thinking of.

It is always positive to focus on the music structure at a high level before diving straight into the notes.

Before writing a single note, think of music in terms of ideas, intentions and emotions. Orb Composer will turn it into a composition and provide a basis upon which you could then use your creativity and knowledge.

With or without your DAW - you choose!

Orb without a DAW (stand alone)

Orb works directly with your favorite VST/AU instruments.

Each instrument and articulation can be directly connected to your VST/AU instruments, allowing a 100% stand-alone usage of Orb Composer, without any DAW connection. It is useful for drafting, experimenting, and making an “instant music creation” with a light setup.

Orb Composer also provides audio export features and can be connected later to a DAW in the same project. All the instruments are editable directly inside Orb Composer as you would do inside a DAW. A complete mapping tool is provided to sync all instruments and articulations within your DAW if you want to use your DAW.

Orb with a DAW

Orb works with a large number of popular DAW’s.

Orb Composer synchronizes itself with any popular DAW : Logic, Cubase, Pro Tools, Reaper, Live and Studio One. Orb Composer works with all pro versions of them (see FAQ for accurate DAW compatibility). By rooting MIDI notes to your DAW, Orb Composer plays your compositions live. The notes created inside Orb Composer are directly sent to your own virtual instruments or hardware synths loaded inside your DAW. Listen to the tracks in real time through your favorite DAW and adjust all the music parameters live.

Now available with Orb Composer S Series

Experiment new music ideas quickly

Orb Composer helps you transform a musical idea into a fully organized composition segment. You can modify this as much as you want, to have the reach this idea you have in your mind.

It is always positive to focus on the music structure at a high level before diving straight into the notes.

Think music in terms of ideas, intentions and emotions, before writing a single note.

Orchestration ideas

Orb Composer embeds the most powerful AI ever designed for instruments. All the different instruments, with all their different articulations, have been modelled individually, to reach a high level of orchestration knowledge.

New chord progressions

You can experiment new chord progressions and adjust them in real time in Orb Composer. Orb Composer builds the musical context and gives your chords all the density needed to have a realistic preview on how they would sound in a full musical context.

Experiment instruments combinations

Any crazy idea is welcome in Orb Composer. Want to write an Ambient score with an electric guitar playing the music theme? That’s possible! Quickly experiment with exotic instruments combinations and see which one you want to stick to, and develop your ideas inside the final score.

Orb strengthens your creativity

Regardless of how you start your composition, Orb Composer assists you every step of the way. At any time, enter your choices or ask Orb Composer to make suggestions according to your constraints. Export or record in your DAW the notes you have created.

You always have the last word in Orb Composer, which does not impose or restrict any choice.

Save time for deadlines

We have also designed Orb Composer features for composers working at the frontline needing to hit that deadline. For composers who work for TV, films, games and radio.
Turning an idea into a composition will not take weeks of work anymore, only the most pleasant part of the composition will remain. Orb Composer features have a significant benefit in terms of time and energy as it reduces time to experiment with new ideas and speed up the composition process. Create your own music mock-ups in Orb Composer and use them as a very good starting point for your composition.

General Features

Choose Music Template

We propose 4 basic music templates to help you to pre-select a musical environment:

  • Piano
  • Pop-Rock
  • Electro
  • Ambient

The templates provide a list of default instruments and select the AI engine accordingly.

Create your own composition: Blocks

Organize your piece in musical blocks. Drag and drop the music blocks along the timeline of each sequence of your song (introduction, theme, variations, transitions, end, etc.) to create the complete structure of your composition. You can include as many blocks as you want without restriction. Each block can be independent of the others. Orb Composer also provides blocks variations implementation.

This allows to resume a main theme in different possible ways:

  • In a more intense or less intense version
  • With an instrument with a different melody
  • By integrating a variation
  • By simply copying the theme

The complete structure of the song is permanently visible in the top menu. To add a block, just click a + button or drag and drop a block from the Blocks tab. To navigate in this structure, click on the block on which you want to work, the interface of Orb Composer will then refocus on this block.

Create your own composition: Structures

Attach a structure type to each music block with a simple drag and drop. 
Orb composer embeds a list of possible structures, containing sentences such as.

  • S: Standard
  • Q: Question
  • A: Answer
  • A: Answer based on question
  • A: Answer Prime

Create your own composition: Chord Progression

Orb composer also embeds a library of chord progressions that you can enrich. You can create new chord progressions by modifying the existing ones and saving them. Any type of chord progressions can be created. Try and experiment new ones as much as you want. Find quickly the chord progression you need with a simple search tool. Chord progressions can be filtered by specifying a key, a number of chords or both. You can assign the chord progressions to different moods so that they can be filtered by mood.

Create your own composition: Chords

Orb Composer embeds a huge collection of different chord types to provide a full range of music colours. This includes libraries of major and minor chords. A simple search tool allows you to find the chord you are looking for. To include a chord of your choice in a block, drag and drop it in this block. Highlighted keys remind you of notes of the chord you have selected.

Create your own composition: Instruments

In all the composition process, you are always free to choose the instruments, their articulations and roles or to let Orb Composer suggest choices based on intensity curve.

A full list of instruments is available, organized by categories, letting you experiment a lot of new combinations of instruments.  Each direction of the instruments has its own colour and colour palette.

Key Features

Friendly Workspace

Orb Composer has been made to allow you to use it easily, the interface is clear, simple and all main functionalities are reachable from here.
In one window, you can see the clips, yhe options and all the main features without going on fastidious submenus.

What you can do in the block area:

  • Different Bar Items
  • Create own Chords
  • Draw curves
  • Create Chord Progressions
  • Manually create your instrument clips
  • BPM
  • 5 Magic buttons
  • Import Midi Melody
  • Time Signature
  • Tonality/Mode

Main Features: Bar Items

For each music block, pick a bar item, representing the block’s structure with the musical phrases and the bars symmetry. It can be set very easily in order to create complex or simple music structures.

Main Features: Curves

You can draw curves of “momentum” and “intensity”. Intensity is a complex high-level parameter which depends on each instrument/articulation combination, dynamics, register and polyphony.

Main Features: Import Melody

For block items, you can import your own melody (MIDI format).

Main Features: Chord Progressions

Create as many chord progressions as you want or use our chord progressions library, organized in moods.

Main Features: Clips

Each clip represents a little music segment played by a unique combination instrument/articulation. All the fine tuning parameters are available per clip, which gives you an infinite amount of tuning.

Main Features: Other

  • Creation of instrument clips: Create, delete and edit easily your clips. 
  • BPM: Pick the BPM you want. 
  • Tonality/Mode: Set the tonality you want, with full mode control, including music modes. 
  • Sequencer functionalities: An easy-to-use playbar including Play/Play looped, stop. 
  • 5 Magic Buttons 
  • Magic Melody: changes only the block’s melody 
  • Magic Instruments: create instruments clips based on the curves (intensity/momentum) 
  • Magic Chords: creates new block’s chords 
  • Magic Notes: recreates the notes with the exact same clip parameters 
  • Magic All in One: recreates everything above in 1 click

Fine Tuning

Flexible Clip Setting

Every clip can be separately edited, deleted, copied. You can manage clip duration but also a lot of settings like:

  • Articulation
  • Role
  • Dynamics
  • Rhythm
  • Register
  • Polyphony
  • Different chord notes

Clips can be locked for safety and can be moved on other instrument or theme structure.

Set Your Parameters: Articulation

You can select many different articulations for real instruments, for example for Violins: Legato, Long, Marcato, Staccato, Pizz, Bartok Pizz.

The complete structure of the song is permanently visible in the top menu. To add a block, just click a + button or drag and drop a block from the Blocks tab. To navigate in this structure, click on the block on which you want to work, the interface of Orb Composer will then refocus on this block.

Set Your Parameters: Role

In all the composition process you can choose the instruments you need and for each of them, a role.

Notes and rhythms can be doubled by using the menu option.

  • Doubling Notes
  • Doubling Rhythms

For every kind of instrument’s role, a colour is assigned to help you to manage your project.

  • Melodies: Yellow squares
  • Accompaniment: Orange squares
  • Background: Blue squares
  • Bass: Pink squares

Set Your Parameters: Dynamics

Every clip can have his own dynamic, and this is easily settable on the dynamic windows.

Dynamics with 4 dynamics family curves:

  • Straight
  • Crescendo
  • Decrescendo
  • Mountain shape

Set Your Parameters: Rhythm

You can change the rhythm for every clip by using the dedicated windows. Set here rhythm expressions and global rhythm for the clip (momentum, and complexity).

Set Your Parameters: Register

Set the good register for each clip, from very low to very high, to manage individually the intensity for each clip.

Set Your Parameters: Polyphony

For some instrumental roles such as Background, you have control over the polyphony for each instrument clip.

Set Your Parameters: DCN

Fine tune different chord notes from this menu, to make your own custom notes moves

Artist vs. Pro Feature Comparison

New Features in Orb Composer S

  • VST Host (VST + AU) both instruments and effets + Audio Export
  • New Smart Proposition chords 
  • Split Chords (multiple chords per bar)
  • Time Signature possible per bar
  • Auto Save 
  • New Drums algorithms
  • A default structure is selected when dragging and dropping a block
  • Changed instrument settings 
  • Copy Paste Blocks
  • Search feature implemented 
  • Added a humanization feature
  • Drum Kits now require a single clip
  • 2 Drum kits possible, Acoustic one and electro one
  • Now possible to paste a clip on a specific track
  • Now possible to disable Midi out and CC out 
  • Updated the top breadcrumb for easy navigation
  • Double clicking on a clip parameter validates and closes the popup
  • Added empty template icon
  • Updated many UI graphical components
  • Fixed many crashes and bugs 
  • Removed all Memory Leaks

System Requirements

Operating Systems

  • Mac OS: Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan 64 bits or higher
  • Windows: Windows 7 x64, Windows 8 x64, Windows 8.1 x64, Windows 10 x64

Minimum System Requirements

  • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel or AMD multi-core processor
  • At least Intel i5 or AMD A10 APU recommended
  • RAM: 1 GB, 32 GB RAM recommended (required for your VST instruments loaded in your DAW)
  • Graphics card: Onboard (minimum resolution 1280 x 768)
  • 1920 x 1080 recommended
  • Soundcard: Onboard (ASIO compatible hardware is recommended)
  • Hard drive space: 2 GB (for program installation)
  • Internet: Connection required for downloads and activation

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