At the 2013 NAMM Show, Numark today introduced a portable wireless MIDI controller, the Orbit.
The Orbit offers 16 backlit pads, 4 bank controllers, a large aluminum control wheel, built-in 2-axis accelerometer, belt clip, and 8 hours of continuous wireless use on a single charge.
The Numark Orbit
Numark’s Orbit is like a wireless game controller for MIDI. Orbit can be used wired via the included USB cable, which also charges it, or wireless using 2.4 GHz connectivity.
The Orbit features 4 selectable banks of 16 backlit pads, 8 on each side. Located in the center of Orbit are 4 bank selection buttons, 4 virtual knobs, and a large aluminum-faced touch- sensitive control wheel, which controls the selected virtual knob for tweaking effects and filters.
The Orbit also offers an embedded 2-axis accelerometer, which can be assigned to 2 different parameters per bank and activated via 2 shoulder buttons.
All of Orbit’s controls are fully mappable, so they can be mapped to effects control, transport control, volume control, or any other MIDI parameter.
The Orbit is priced at $99 and is expected to be available this spring.