Arturia Trots Out Spark Hybrid Drum Machine

Arturia has announced SPARK, a new drum machine consisting of a software application and a dedicated hardware controller.

Arturia Spark

Combining the power of analog synthesis, physical modelling and samples, through the intuitive workflow of a hardware drum machine, Spark is a highly creative beat production center. Arturia claims that Spark will “get you hooked by its amazing simplicity and will surprise you by its sonic possibilities.”

Frédéric Brun, President of Arturia states “three years ago, looking at the solutions available for drums, we thought we could bring to this area a little bit of our expertise in virtual analog synthesis and physical modelling. Since we also wanted to include samples, we turned to reference companies such as Sonic Reality, Ultimate Sound Bank, Ueberschall and Modern Beats. The project has now come to an end and I believe Spark is a creative, simple and fun instrument to use. It offers recreations of many classic drum machines and we added many real time effects and a great controller to offer hands-on workflow.”

» 480 Instruments / 30 Kits:
— Vintage drum machines : Analog recreations in the spirit of the TR-808, TR-909, Simmons SDS-V, and Eprom based LinnDrum, Drumtraks, DMX, and more.
— Electronic kits covering the most popular modern music styles : Dub, House, Techno, Hip Hop, RnB… as well as experimental thanks to the physical modelling engine.
— Acoustic drum kits subtly mixing physical modelling and samples for high audio realism.
» Quality sound engines including: TAE Analog synthesis, Multi layered sampling delivered by reference third-party companies, Physical modelling
» FX Pad with Repeat, Tape, Reverse, Strobe, Pan, Mix, 3 mode Filter and Roller
» Advanced Loop mode with divide and move functions
» Real-time automation on all parameters
» 16 track mixer with 9 high quality effects : compressor, reverb, bit crusher, multiband EQ, chorus, delay, distortion, phaser, plate reverb
» Song Mode with up to 64 patterns by song
» Shuffle and Shift modes to humanize grooves
» 16 key – 64 step sequencer
» 8 velocity sensitive pads
» Touch sensitive FX Pad
» 30 knobs for in-depth and immediate sound control
» Aluminum chassis
» Works as a universal MIDI controller towards any third-party software

Arturia’s Spark will cost $599 / €499; no official release date has been announced. More information on Arturia Spark.

Author: FutureMusic

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