Arturia releases SPARK 2 drum machine
“There are a lot of software drum sequencers on the market, and most of them, I’ve found, just fall short in sound quality. With SPARK,
Arturia has been able to capture the warmth and fidelity of original
analogue drum machines and reimagine the sounds into a high-quality,
intuitive drum sequencer.”
- Chris Keating (Yeasayer)
GRENOBLE, FRANCE: music software and hardware company Arturia is proud to announce SPARK 2 — a new look, new feel version of the powerful software engine that drives its drum machine-redefining SPARK Creative Drum Machine and SparkLE Creative Drum Machine hybrid hardware/software instruments — at the 2014 NAMM Show, January 23-26 in Anaheim, California.
With the timely introduction of SPARK 2, Arturia has
given its beat creation software a new look, new feel, and a whole host
of new features fit to make it the premier sound-sculpting and live
performance drum machine on the market when perfectly paired with the SPARK Creative Drum Machine and SparkLE Creative Drum Machine controllers. It’s a match made in hybrid heaven that’s more flexible than ever before!
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 SPARK 2,
users are free to add and subtract modules (including oscillators,
multimode filters and Karplus-Strong filter, ADR envelopes, LFOs,
mixers, ring modulator, Bode Frequency Shifter, spring
mass, and CV processor); create their own patch routings; and assign up
to six macro controls for immediate control. Clearly, it’s this truly
modular, fully-accessible sound engine that makes SPARK 2 truly shine as the ultimate drum synthesizer!
With SPARK 2, Arturia has taken the opportunity to update the look and feel of SPARK to
allow for faster workflow, while creating a layout that allows it to
grow well into the future and secure its longevity — no easy feat in
today’s here today, gone tomorrow’s world of rapidly disposable
developments. New tabbed pages provide a cleaner look, more screen
space, and faster access to the most needed features — features like an
all-new Mixer window, expanded Pattern edit screen, and enhanced Library page for better data management. It’s a knockout!
SPARK 2 also
adds 50 new kits — including no fewer than 800 new instruments — that
span many more musical genres than ever before, including trap, hip-hop,
tech house, and nu disco, to name but a few. Fortunately, these kits
come complete with 32 patterns that can be used by themselves or form
the basis of user-programmed beats.
Bringing up the rear, 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.
So why not get behind the wheel of a truly creative drum machine and let SPARK 2 help you create truly driving rhythms with minimum fuss and maximum musical output. No driving lessons required!