Arturia Updates Spark Drum Machine Software To Version 2.0
Arturia has updated Spark 2 for Mac and Windows, providing a redesigned look, enhanced feel, and a whole host of new features. While Spark has always been built on a fully-modular VA (Virtual Analogue) sound engine, originally only developers had access to this wonderful-sounding rhythmical power source. Not now. With the all-new Modular screen, Spark 2 users are now free to add and subtract modules (including Oscillator, multimode Filter and Karplus-Strong Filter, Envelope, LFO, MiniMixer, RingMod, and Bode Frequency Shifter); create their own patch routings; and assign up to six macro controls for immediate control.
With Spark 2, Arturia has taken the opportunity to update the look and feel of Spark to allow for faster workflow. New tabbed pages provide a cleaner look, more screen space, and faster access to the most needed features, such as the all-new Mixer window (with level, pan, and insert effects and sends — to 14 effects), expanded Pattern edit screen, and enhanced Library page for better data management.
Spark 2 also adds 50 new kits, including approximately 800 new instruments, that span many more musical genres than ever before, including trap, hip-hop, tech house, nu disco, modern rock, funk, R n B, pop, vintage rock, latin percussion and more. Vintage drum machine enthusiasts are also well catered for with ear-opening emulations of the likes of Roland’s TR-808, TR-909, TR-707, TR-606, and CR-78; LinnDrum, Linn 9000; Oberheim DMX; E-mu Drumulator; Sequential Circuits Drumtraks; Yamaha RX5; and Simmons SDS-V — analogue and digital classics all. And all kits come complete with 32 patterns that can be used by themselves or form the basis of user-programmed beats.
Spark 2 sees Song mode updated, too. Song segments can now be configured and then replayed at the touch of a button. Users can create song sections that will play from one pattern to another and then recall these sections via the step buttons on the Spark Creative Drum Machine and SparkLE Creative Drum Machine controllers.
Indeed, integration with the outside world works on multiple levels: as a 32- and 64-bit compatible virtual instrument for Mac and Windows, Spark 2 can be run standalone or used as a plug-in with popular host DAWs (supporting 16 audio outputs that can be routed and assigned within the host); AIFF, WAV, REX2, and MIDI files can all be imported with drag and drop export of WAV format patterns and MIDI sequence formats into DAWs; and all parameters on SPARK 2’s MAIN screen are MIDI-assignable for control via any external MIDI device.
Arturia’s Spark 2 can be purchased online from Arturia for an introductory promotional price of $129 / €129 between May 1 and June 30, (rising to $189 / €169.