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Jean Bonbeurre 08/05/2013

Arturia Spark : Jean Bonbeurre's user review

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Hard controller with Software PC / MAC compatible.
MIDI In and Out on the controller.
Touch Pad effects.

1500 + instruments with different complete kits.

All the editable sounds of their respective motor (sample / TAE / Physical modeling)
The sequences can be constructed on the fly, via a type TR sequencer and mouse via the GUI.
Step automation is available since V1.7 (released July 2013)

7/10 because sparkle reviews the control interface even more intuitive (I'm on Spark CDM)

Installation is very simple, no worries or other rights, everything is done correctly.
The manual has been enhanced from the 1.7, but sufficient because the machine is not really complex controller shortcuts are simple and easy to use (Select + *)

The issue is simple, though spark in CDM, the controller is provided with enough knobs that that can easily be mistaken, this is fixed in sparkle (my feelings)

The new browser allows you to enter more than just spark 1.5 to change kits / projects / instruments, loading them is almost instantaneous, saving time, more production.

8/10

I think it sounds good, not too cheap.
The only downside is that on too many kits factory, using the compressor is everywhere, I would say to give a little more personality to the machine, not missing a lot of elements in TAE and also have the opportunity to put on a bus real little synth inspired by existing thing, but the sauce arturia :)

8/10

I used RS700, RM1X, Electribe, and some rhythmic sequencers software (hydrogen), I have unfortunately not been able to compare a maschine or the akai mpc, but the boxes tested, this is by far the machine which I easily create rhythmic and inspiring.

This is a very good product, development continues to progress, from V1, many things have improved summers, access to beta test is open to all and very interesting, because the dev can put your needs for the next version :)

The carrier is arturia reagent.

8/10

Very good product.