Arturia SparkLE Creative Drum Machine

Arturia SparkLE Creative Drum Machine

Drum Machine by ArturiaView website

Suggested retail price: $299 VAT (01/24/13) Average price: $249.00

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[NAMM] Arturia redefines drum machine with SparkLE

Arturia announces at NAMM 2013 the SparkLE Creative Drum Machine, its newest hybrid beat production centre combining hardware with software.

SparkLE Creative Drum Machine hardware measures 1.6cm in depth and comes complete with a handy neoprene slipcase. With it comes direct access to all the features needed to create patterns, write automation, and perform live.

SparkLE Creative Drum Machine serves up classic ‘TR-style’ workflow via its backlit step sequencer buttons, eight velocity- and pressure-sensitive backlit pads, advanced Looper and beat-slicing functions, and beats can be transformed on the fly with the touch-sensitive FX pad that features eight filter modes (including the famed Oberheim SEM V filter featured in Arturia Oberheim SEM V) and seven Slicer modes.

Three assignable encoders ease writing automation and realtime sound control. The TUNE mode permits playing sounds chromatically across those 16 step sequencer buttons or eight pads .

Software-wise, SparkLE Creative Drum Machine makes use of the same full-featured Spark Engine software shipping with the original SPARK Creative Drum Machine. It includes an awesome library of over 1,500 instruments and 100 kits, providing top-notch, professional sounds covering a variety of dancefloor-friendly genres and stylings, ever-expandable with Arturia add-ons (like the Hip Hop Essentials and DubStep Essentials Expansion Packs).

Features: Full featured Spark Software

  • 3 synthesis engines: Virtual analog, Physical Modeling, Sample playback
  • Works Standalone & as a plug-in (VST, VST3, AU, RTAS)
  • Backlit velocity and pressure sensitive Pads
  • Touch sensitive FX pad
  • Mode selector - Bank, Pattern, Seq, Tune
  • Bus powered, class compliant USB input
  • User assignable encoders
  • Advanced Looper Divide/Move function
  • Classic ‘TR style’ programming
  • Real-time programming from the pads
  • Protective travel sleeve
  • Small, Portable, Solid construction
  • MIDI mode for use as a controller with any software
  • 2 banks of 8 velocity and pressure sensitive pads
  • 3 user assignable encoders
  • Touch sensitive XY pad
  • Kensington Lock
  • Neoprene slipcase
  • Dimensions : 284mm x 171mm x 17 mm
  • Net weight : 1 Kg

SparkLE Creative Drum Machine will be available to purchase from the Arturia online store or any dealer for €249.00 EURO/$299.00 USD from mid-March 2013. More details on www.arturia.com/evolution/en/products/SparkLE/intro.html.