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A creative beat-production center with advanced MIDI control and vast drum software package.
Combining the power of analog synthesis, physical modeling 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.
With a complete library including vintage drum machines, electronic analog kits, acoustic & physical drums, Spark is your weapon of choice to create unique grooves whether you are producing in the studio or performing on stage.
Thanks to its very intuitive controller, Spark will introduce you to a unique playing experience. Forget about your computer mouse, get inspired, dive into the creative workflow, and produce stunning beats in no time.
Based on Arturia TAE technology, Spark includes more than 100 analog instruments easily customizable thanks to in-depth control over all parameters.
Spark comes with a complete library of pristine quality samples selected in partnership with leading third party companies. On top of this, Spark also allows you to easily import your audio files with features such as multi-layering triggered by velocity response and envelope gate.
Embedding the latest physical modelling sounds, Spark lets you fine tune and distort the sound of your snare drums, bass drums, toms and access a world of unheard experimental percussion.
Spark allows you to easily build your own signature drums by choosing from a wide variety of drumkits:
Vintage Drum Machines
Spark gives you access to analog recreations of the TR-808, TR-909, Simmons SDS-V, as well as Eprom based LinnDrum, Drumtraks, DMX, and more.*
Other original analog instruments are also available, including basses and leads created by our international team of award-winning sound designers.
Spark embeds a broad library of electronic kits covering all modern music styles: House, Dub, Techno, Hip Hop, RnB… as well as experimental fields thanks to the Physical Modelling instruments.
Acoustic Drum Kits
Acoustic drum kits are included covering the main drumming styles from rock, to jazz, funk, pop, etc.
Samples are recorded and produced by the best third party companies for the highest audio realism, and multi-layered for accurate velocity response.
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Comments about Arturia Spark:
This product is a cool as a stand alone application, but it is terrible as a plug-in. I run Pro Tools 10. When I attempt to load the plug-in, it will not connect to the controller. I have spent hours trying to trouble shoot the problem and read forums about it. I have found forums about the general problem I'm having (something about disabling "Private In and Out ports"), but none of the answers reflect the exact problem that I'm having. There is also an option to write Arturia Support with your personal problem. They promise to get back to you "in 48 hours at most), I have been waiting for over five days, and I've gotten nothing back.
Furthermore, in Pro Tools, it will not record any automation that you do with the FX pad or with the knobs. To me this almost completely ifies any creative possibilities with those functions. Without that feature, I see no advantage here over using Addictive Drums or Superior Drummer. Maybe if I was using a DAW other than Pro Tools, the results might be better.
As it stands, I deeply regret purchasing this item. I would save your money and look at Addictive Drums with an Axiom Controller.
Comments about Arturia Spark:
Arturia is a company known for its emulations of legendary synthesizers and I own several of their plugin synths. I think Arturia has a definite place in electronic music production, but this is not up to par with their other offerings. While the superior sound design is apparent in the Spark, the navigation of its features and design make this a product only usable in a sterile studio situation. While it's adverts claim it will spark your creativity, I found myself attached to the mouse almost the entire time which becomes quite cumbersome when wanting to just jam out on a drum machine.
The xy controller for effects works very well, the pads are responsive, and the drum sounds are very good (despite the fact that you don't get very many of them, even with the new 1.4 update, its library still pales in comparison to the onboard sounds of Native Instruments' Maschine or the Akai Renaissance), but given the technology of today's hybrid drum machines such as the Maschine or the new MPCs, Arturia falls short in execution because of how dependent it is upon the computer, even for simple navigation of the instrument. In other words, say goodbye to the controller and hello again to your mouse.
The controller seems fairly sturdy and the pads seem to be high quality, but what I can only see as an oversight, there is a major flaw in the design. The legs on the side of the unit which keep the controller elevated to allow proper ventilation are made of thin plastic. I could see them easily breaking, especially while gigging. Using the unit without elevation could lead to serious consequences. I'm not sure why they would use flimsy plastic for support when it's a brushed aluminum enclosure.
Considering the price of the competition (Native Instruments' Maschine comes to mind), this is not a great value. Even buying a Pad controller and Ableton Live 8 would be comparable in price and the amount of features you would gain over the Spark make this offering from Arturia not worth its hefty price tag for what it lacks in features and sheer number of sounds.
Comments about Arturia Spark:
I actually received one before its actual release date, and was amazed on how quick you can learn all of its features. I have owned and and still own many drum machine groove boxes and vst drum machines such as Native Instruments Battery and Maschine, Motu Bpm, Akai MPC and XR20, Roland 8000. I have also had many of the midi contollers such as the Akai MPD 16, the M-audio Trigger Finger and the Akai Mpk49. The Spark is controller is now one of my favorite all around controllers and drum machine. Plus you will have a lot of fun using the effets pad, looper and knobs. Arturia is raisng the states with there hardware and analog software. I just added the Laboratory 49 key midi keyboard with 3500 instrument presets, which go hand in hand with the spark.
The Arturia Spark is a durable aluminum and hard platic hybrid analog drum machine and controller. The pads are large and feel very well balanced all over. The knobs are 360 rotary and is a beast as a controller for virtual instruments, djing or controlling effects in your favorite daw. It has 3 screens so that you can really dig into the mixer, library and sequencer. It has ver nice effects to give your drums that sound you are looking for.
The quality of the hardware is really worth ecery penny. I feel it is built to last, and will definetly please most users if not all. The knobs are a hard smooth plastic with unlimited (360) turning ability. There is a large jog wheel button that allows you to browse through the library for drum sounds or kits. You can do everything from the unit itself, so you are not commited to using your mouse. The sound of the kits are very nice analog sounding, without that digital sampled sound. Even though you can add sampled sounds, the factory kits are made to be tweaked to build your own sounds with the filters, tuning and effects.
Like I said before this is worth every penny and then some. I feel it would be worth the money just as a controller, because of how well it is built.