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All user reviews of 4/5 for the Arturia Spark

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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 17 reviews )
 8 reviews47 %
 5 reviews29 %
 1 user review6 %
Value For Money : Excellent
yoTrakkz10/06/2011

yoTrakkz's review"classic "

Arturia Spark
The spark is a great forward thinking idea put forth by Arturia. I wasn't sure what to expect considering this was Arturia's first walk in the park with a drum type machine and it was to be my first drum machine, but I have been very happy with the results. At this price point, I am very pleased with my purchase. The spark boasts some big time features as well as emulations of the famed 808, 909, and more. I wasn't expecting much from the content that came with the machine, since I already have so many sample drum packs, but I was floored by the quality of the included samples.


The manual was very clear and sufficient. I really didnt even need it!

The quality of the samples caught me off guard. The interface looks a bit tricky and confusing at first, but within minutes I was jamming. The way everything integrates is very easy to understand which was a concern of mine. Spark is a unique instrument and approach to building drums but it is also a very straight forward and easy to understand instrument. Basically, you can create up to 16 tracks, each with up to 64 steps. These tracks are numbered 1-16 and placed in a circle.

Overall, I can sit and play with Spark for hours and have so much fun. Bringing back the tactile feel of a drum machine that’s been missing from my arsenal for so long, but adding features that are very cleverly thought out and making them easy to get to.
Spark ships with a great array of sounds and as I mentioned, it’s easy to change banks or individual sounds within a bank and add your own sounds.
Probably the most amazing thing about Spark is the price. I had to look a couple of times to realize that at $599 retail, the hardware controller comes with Spark. How Arturia does this with such a great piece of hardware is nothing short of incredible.
James...09/08/2011

James...'s review"One of my favorite drum machines"

Arturia Spark
Totally independant unit. Tons of drum sounds. This unit is very much its own thing. I'm not sure I can compare it to any other drum machine. The capability is well on par with the price point. The stock content is actually very good. 808 drums. 30 kits. I could talk about this thing all day but I won't get too deep into the features yet.

The interface is a bit tricky at first. I would describe it as slightly futuristic. But after you get the swing of things and maybe read the manual it becomes quite easy to use. It runs like a mixing board almost. You can run 16 tracks with 64 steps. You select the tracks via the circular dial. It's quite a unique system. Each track has a preset loaded from your bank. You have a number of onboard effects to pick from and they are surprisingly really good, just like the samples. Using it like this it's not too complicated but be warned that's just the surface. You can get very deep with the Spark. Personally I never get too crazy with it as I basically stick to some classic sounds. I use the effects sparingly but not because they are bad at all.

The sounds are kind of a vintage meets modern style. The 808's are of course more in line with newer stuff, while the linndrum sounds do the 80's thing. Honestly there's just a lot of great classic sounds here and no matter what your style of music you can probably find your kit. I use them all at one time or the other. It definitely does lean more toward the vintage sounds though. It's not quite a hip hop sounding unit at its core. The effects are good, although you need to have experience dialing them in.

I really like the unique interface. It's what originally drew me to the unit. This was actually my first drum machine so at the time I didn't realize how weird this thing was. My initial concern was the kits quality but admittedly these are some of the best kits out there even in the computer realm. Especially the linndrum and the 808 stuff. I think the value is amazing considering the quality you get here. Highly recommended unit especially if you do vintage stuff.
jonathan4409/14/2013

jonathan44's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" favorite on the spark"

Arturia Spark
I am using my spark with an average hp pavilion dv7 laptop, it runs very well even if I want to change the pc for more fluidity and thus push the software to its connection maximum.niveau c moi.le is perfect for a single default my taste is the lack of a current even though many efforts have been made to the side, thank you simon carter (Crystal Distortion) a very good idea to ask for underground artists.

worthy configuration good old Korg much more opportunity, I would simple ergonomique.l edition of the sounds is in my super easy way, regarding the effects I prefer designe of sparkle or you can assign a single effect on a single pad facilement.sinon a clear manual.

sounds suited to my style of music, especially on the last update: dub step, drum and bass, techno and dub.meme if compared to a native maschine in it makes little sounds I find good quality in all . sounds are realistic in all because I bluff musician friends all jours.sa lacks a bit of string instruments, guitar, bass etc. A small flat on the aftertouch response and sounds to the keys.

I used the last more than 2 years before I had several Korg EMX1 esxi, the roland 909 505, the yam rm1x etc. .. what I like about this machine is its c sequencer and effects as well as one, easy and affordable software has in the belly if you want to push a technology anymore loin.un its value for money no doubt! again this choice?? the course because I love my spark.
justbecause05/19/2012

justbecause's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" c_est the ball but ...."

Arturia Spark
Everything is good on the spark .... except 2 things:

Ridiculous Screen
only 16 sounds per kit available! 1 to 8 and 9 to 16! Why so few?
at least 4 times as would have been better!
if 48 Pattern in the hands, that 'the ball!

Daily! The manual is not necessary so the machine makes sense!

C # is the Ball

C # is the ball but I repeat myself!
only 16 sounds per kit available! 1 to 8 and 9 to 16! Why so few?
at least 4 times as would have been better!
Damn ca is the big default !!!!
12/03/2011

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Really excellent"

Arturia Spark
Excellent product, very easy to use.
Connections MIDI: Yes No audio.

Manuel really well done is rare. And especially one that will sav rponds.

To me the sounds are standard, while doing what I expected.
I use it to accompany the dancers. However, two small default.
For now no record MIDI, but the update quickly Pipelines Limited.
And impossible to use without a computer unlike spark my tr 707.

For 2 weeks.
Yes I have almost everything essay.J 'have a very dailleurs 707
Report quality price, although a careful maschine plac.Mais good example.
Yes I would do this choice.