26th July 2013
Arturia has updated Spark to version 1.7, a major update to the powerful software engine that drives its Spark Creative Drum Machine and SparkLE Creative Drum Machine hybrid hardware/software instruments.
Spark 1.7 features a redesigned browser with projects, kits, instruments, and samples all accessible within one easy to use window. Here users can conveniently filter the results list according to the elements being browsed, auto-preview instruments/ samples while browsing, and hear how samples will sound as part of the currently selected patch using the In patch preview function or by playing the selected pad.
Several new hardware shortcuts similarly speed up workflow, such as clicking the jog wheel to open the browser, then turning it to scroll through the results list in either direction, and clicking it again to select whichever result is highlighted.
Automation tool improvements include Global automation (allowing users to globally apply incremental/decremental automation to an entire pattern), Smart automation (via various key combinations, such as right click to erase, alt+click to draw a line, shift+click to draw a global automation, and cmd+click to draw smaller resolution values), and Step automation (by pressing and holding a sequencer button and turning a knob, which results in the knob's value being written as automation when the step button is released).
Six new stompbox-type modelled effects taken from Arturia's Wurlitzer V electric piano software emulation are also now included. Choose from 10-Band EQ, Analog Chorus, Analog Delay, Leslie, Pitch Shift Chorus, and Vocal Filter for a vintage sound.
Existing SPARK Creative Drum Machine and SparkLE Creative Drum Machine users can download the SPARK 1.7 update for free from here: www.arturia.com/downloads/updates
SPARK Creative Drum Machine and SparkLE Creative Drum Machine can be purchased from
the Arturia online store or any authorised dealer for €399.00 / $399.00 or €249.00 / $299.00, respectively.