Active steps show up clearly against a dark background and each row has a small '+' sign that, when clicked, reveals underlying values such as the velocities of each note. I love how it adds an authentic dimension to my beats but all very simply. Actually they're better than that: their velocity and polyphonic aftertouch response encourage performance nuances that leave classic drum boxes in the dust. Its pads are ideal for programming beats or for accompanying existing rhythms, and the many buttons and encoders contribute to a fast, efficient workflow. Via the Select button, you can freeze the position of one pad effect then let your fingers loose on another — one of many tricks you'll learn to adopt when jamming. Finally I was up and running.
Since this is an Arturia product, it only seems fitting that there are synth voices amongst the percussion, and for adding deep, fat bass lines or other synth parts, you can't go far wrong. Tune is a button not found on the larger model and its presence here is in recognition of the value of synth parts amongst a kit's 16 instruments. The sound possibilities feel endless with such a substantial library of classic electronic drum sounds, sample based beatboxes and acoustic drum sets. If you record without quantisation, the software's automation view shows clearly which notes occur before or after the beat. The Spark software's Studio mode, where individual samples can be edited.
By itself the hardware is mute — it gains a voice only via the Spark software on your computer. Last year's and subsequent software point releases and soundbank updates really turned things around, though, so it's with some excitement that we find ourselves squaring up to Spark 2. Having said this I may be at a little bit of an advantage as I am using a 27 inch computer screen which displays all three windows at once, if you are using this on a smaller screen it may be a little more hard work scrolling up and down. . Running it mostly under Logic 9.
Patterns are highly configurable in terms of the number of steps, resolution, and even time signature. I was able to drag patterns from the Library screen directly onto Logic's arrange window, which proved to be a great time-saver. The Divide and Move encoders set the width and the start point of the 'mini loop', all while the pattern continues to play. No interested will be charged on the promo purchase if you pay it off, in full, within the promo period. Next is Sequencer, which has also been enhanced, both visually and functionally, making programming automation of pad and effects parameters much easier than before. I don't mean to imply that this is a chore — it's rather enjoyable — but it would have been slicker if every parameter was instantly available from hardware.
I queried this behaviour with Arturia and they confirmed that a problem had been reported with some units in the first batch. I will use Spark on the next Vitalic tour because it is an awesome and reliable instrument. These are: Repeat, Tape, Reverse, Strobe, Pan, Repeat Mixed and Bit Crusher, and each add their own particular transformations. Here you can see I use the Master effects channel to add reverb to the whole mix. It draws on a combination of sample playback and synthesis to present over 30 classic drum machine emulations and a large number of genre-specific and original kits. Although there are still only eight drum pads to hit, they are solid enough to endure the most frenzied finger-tapping. Similarly, these 'Zulu Beatz' won't worry Michael Caine much, unless he like me has a morbid fear of disco toms and cowbells.
Perhaps it's just a quirk of mine to fill drum machines with sound effects, lengthy speeches and yowling jungle noises, though! Is this because I have the demo version or. These have now been recalled and the factory placed on high alert to ensure it doesn't recur. I don't have time now to explore this further but I will do in the future. Regular account terms apply to non-promo purchases and, after promo ends, to promo balance. I do can export it and save it on my desktop and drag and drop it from there. Once the controller connects to either the standalone or plugin versions of the software, the main screen responds almost immediately to your actions on the controller, and things like the lit pads on the controller respond to your actions in the software.
Thanks to the Tune mode, with its friendly, dedicated button, you can play drum or synth patches chromatically from the velocity-sensitive pads or the 16 step buttons. Trap, Hiphop, Tech House, Nu Disco, etc. But at least as of version 1. The parameters aren't yet documented in the manual, but that's no reason not to experiment with them! You can freely switch between song and pattern playback at any time, to add a little randomness, say, to an otherwise structured song. New Layout We have updated the look and feel of Spark to allow for faster workflow, and created a layout that will allow Spark to grow well into the future. If you're in the market for a software groovebox with tons of tweakability and modulation, it's a competitively priced option that you definitely need to try.
Arturia have been working on the digital emulation of analogue circuit audio characteristics since 2001 to create their own unique synthesizer sounds, so as you can imagine, you would expect something really good and I can confirm that this is the case. You can add and subtract modules, create your own patch routings, and assign up to 6 macro controls for immediate control. Further fixes are scheduled for problems I experienced. This large and imposing chunk of aluminium approximately 36 x 27cm has buttons and drum pads that glow brighter than Hollywood dental work! This is a drum machine, and mostly it behaves like one. There's simply no alternative to trying each one. The remaining competition is largely software-based.