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 Spark by Arturia is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for Windows and Mac OS X. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and an RTAS Plugin.
Spark Spark
Product Spark
Developer Arturia
Price (MSRP) $599 / €499
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
This is a Hardware product
InterfacesUSB 2
PowerPSU (External)
Operating System Availability
Download Released  - Released  - Released
Supported Sample Formats (loads or saves) include
Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionOnline Activation (Challenge / Response)

Spark is a creative drum machine combining the intuitive hands on control of hardware with the power and integration of software.

By using analog synthesis and physical modelling as well as samples, Spark's sound engine opens a new realm of possibilities in drum design. Subtle fine tuning or dramatic transformations are available instantly at your fingertips, making Spark a flexible and intuitive instrument.

Spark not only integrates seamlessly into any studio configuration, it is also perfect for live performance, thanks to uniquely designed controls such as the FX Pad with filtering and slicing modes, or the advanced Looper.

Spark is loaded with thirty different kits offering emulation of famous drum machines, virtual acoustic drum sets and innovative sounding beatboxes.

Main Features:

  • 480 Instruments / 80 Kits:
    • Vintage drum machines: Analog emulations of the TR-808, TR-909, Simmons SDS-V, and Eprom based LinnDrum, Drumtraks, DMX, TR-606, Linn 9000, KPR-77, Drumulator, and more*.
    • Electronic kits covering the most popular modern music styles: Dub, House, Techno, Hip Hop, RnB... 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 14 high quality effects: compressor, reverb, bit crusher, multiband EQ, chorus, delay, distortion, phaser, plate reverb, Destroyer, Flanger, Limiter, Space Pan and Sub Generator.
  • 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.
Discussion: Active


22 February 2012 at 1:21ambullrunner

So what is the opinion on the Spark? Anyone using this machine hybrid? Looks like bugs are being addressed by Arturia with recent updates. Seems easy to use. Any issues to getting Spark now?

thanks b

7 May 2012 at 3:25amnonobvious

Basically it runs on samples - but they're actually really high quality. The main downside is It's a huge CPU killer, and it froze Reaper both times I tried it. Kind of an awkward 3 panel interface, too. Probably only worth it, if you own the machine that goes with it. Kind of a lot of money for that kind of trouble imo.

1 April 2014 at 11:25amT-CM11

"Basically it runs on samples"

... AND a huge modular synth engine (full editing unlocked in v2).

18 August 2012 at 10:17pmStyrofoam

incredible software/hardware. i highly recommend it

the only problem is eats CPU (for me anyway)

1 April 2014 at 11:23amT-CM11

It's 64-bit.

27 July 2014 at 9:09pmlovtscho

I like the intro videos! If it is stable under Cubase I would give it a try.

16 August 2015 at 11:55pmmasterhiggins

Okay, quick tip. If there are CONS in your list, the rating is NOT 10 out of 10.

8 September 2015 at 12:13amtommyzai

You are correct! A few cons would normally mean it's less than perfect, but here is my rationale for the 10 rating. ..

Giving this plugin a 9 rating would be too low. If there was a 9.5 option, I would have chose it!
When I was in school the highest score you could get was a 4.0. Now, my nephew graduated with a 4.3. What the? I guess what I saying is this. .. . Spark offers many bonus/extra credit features that go beyond 10, minus some points for the cons. .. .

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Average user rating of 10.00 from 1 review

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