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Arturia has announced the upcoming release of a creative drum machine: Spark, which is described as a complete drum solution made of a software application and a dedicated hardware controller.

Spark
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. Spark will "save you time when looking for the right drum kit, will get you hooked by its amazing simplicity and will surprise you by its sonic possibilities".

"For many years, Arturia has been mainly dedicated to creating synthesizers," says Frédéric Brun, President of Arturia. "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, an expected delivery from Arturia, as well as innovative drum sets and high quality sampled-based acoustic kits. We added many real time effects and a great controller to offer hands-on workflow. To me, Spark is a great alternative to all the MPC-style, Gigs-of-samples-based, complex solutions available today."

Main Features:

  • 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, R'n'B... as well as experimental fields thanks to the physical modelling engine.
    • Acoustic drum kits subtly mixing physical modelling and samples for high audio realism.
  • Pristine 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 enclosure.
  • Works as a universal MIDI controller towards any third-party software.

The MSRP will be $599 / €499.

More information will be announced on February 15th, 2011.

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