Arturia SparkLE - Hardware Controller and Software Drum Machine

Arturia SparkLE - Hardware Controller and Software Drum Machine

Arturia SparkLE - Hardware Controller and Software Drum Machine

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Product Highlights

  • 8-Pad Mini Controller
  • Spark Software
  • 3 Sound Engines
  • Vintage Drum Machines
  • Acoustic and Electronic Kits
  • Standalone, Audio Units, RTAS, VST
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7/8
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  • 1Description

SparkLE is a hybrid instrument from Arturia that combines the sounds, work flow and creative tools of the Spark Engine software with a hardware controller. It takes the best elements from a wide variety of vintage analog drum machines, sample based beat boxes and physical modeling, and delivers a modern beat station with synthesis and expressive control.

The package integrates classic "TR"-style step sequencing with real-time beat making. Sixteen sequencer buttons allow for quick sequencing while acting as a visual reference. Patterns can have up to sixty-four steps. Or rhythms can be recorded in real-time using the two banks of eight velocity and pressure sensitive backlit pads, either quantized or free form.

The touch-sensitive XY Pad offers real-time performance effects for transforming beats. A global filter allows for processing an entire mix through an 8-mode filter. The Slicer provides beat slicing, reverse playback, deep Tape drop effects, Strobe, beat sync pans, bit crushers, and more. An advanced Looper acts on the pattern position itself, and allows repeating sections of a pattern at the press of a button.

Three assignable encoders work with the currently selected sound, controlling functions like pitch, instrument filter cutoff and resonance, insert effect parameters, as well as the other synthesis parameters in each engine. The divide and move functions allow for setting the size and position of the loop within a pattern, and shifting these in real-time helps create new and interesting beats.

The software mixer provides a familiar interface for controlling the level, pan, insert effects and sends of instruments. Each of these parameters can be automated in the software or controlled via the assignable encoders on the controller. Each track of the step sequencer has fifteen parameters per instrument that can be automated plus full automation of all the insert effects parameters for that instrument. Fourteen digital effects provide further sonic manipulation.

It is a simple matter to organize all the newly created patterns into a song. The song mode allows for chaining patterns in any order. Simply enter song mode, and drag and drop the patterns required, one by one. For further editing, the usual copy, paste, insert, and delete functions allow more detailed sculpting.

Hardware Controller
  • Two banks of eight pads, backlit and velocity and pressure sensitive
  • Real-time programming from the pads
  • User assignable encoders
  • Touch-sensitive FX pad
  • Mode selector - Bank, Pattern, Seq, Tune
  • Looper Divide/Move function
  • Classic "TR style" programming
  • MIDI mode for use as a controller with any software
  • Small, portable, solid construction
  • USB input
  • Bus powered, class compliant
  • Kensington Lock
  • Protective travel sleeve
Spark Software
  • Full-featured Spark software
  • Three synthesis engines - virtual analog, physical modeling, sample playback
  • Library of over 1,500 instruments and over 100 kits expandable with Arturia add-ons
  • FX Pad with 8-mode filter, tape, reverse, strobe, bit crusher, pan, mix, roller and latch mode
  • Advanced Loop mode with divide and move functions
  • Sixteen-track mixer
  • Fourteen effects including multi-band compressor, reverb, sub generator, destroyer, bit crusher, multi-band EQ, chorus, delay, distortion, phaser, plate reverb, flanger, space pan and limiter
  • Import REX and Standard MIDI files
  • Export of patterns via drag and drop
  • Export Standard MIDI files or render audio as WAV files of individual patterns
  • Export full project files to share with other SparkLE users
  • MIDI Control Center software for remapping all buttons, knobs and pads
  • Templates for using SparkLE as a controller for Ableton Live and Reason
  • Sixteen assignable outputs within the host software
  • Functions standalone or as an Audio Units, RTAS or VST plug-in
Modeled Electronic Drum Machines
  • Roland TR-808
  • Roland TR-909
  • Roland TR-707
  • Roland TR-606
  • EMU Drumulator
  • LinnDrum
  • Oberheim DMX
  • Korg KPR 77
  • Sequential Circuits Drumtraks
  • Simmons SDS-V
  • Roland CR78/Acetone Rhythm Ace
  • Korg DDM-110
  • Korg DDM-220
  • Yamaha RX5
  • Casio RZ1
  • Linn 9000
In the Box
Arturia SparkLE - Hardware Controller and Software Drum Machine
  • USB Cable
  • Spark Software
  • Neoprene Slipcase
  • One (1) Year Warranty on Hardware
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    • 1Description
    System Requirements Mac
    2 GHz Intel CPU (multi-core required)
    OS X 10.5 or higher
    2 GB RAM
    2 GB available hard drive space
    Internet connection required for product authorization

    PC
    2 GHz CPU (multi-core required)
    Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    2 GB RAM
    2 GB available hard drive space
    Internet connection required for product authorization
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 11.2 x 6.7 x 0.7" (284 x 171 x 17 mm)
    Weight 2.2 lb (1 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.5 x 8.9 x 2.5"
    SparkLE - Hardware Controller and Software Drum Machine is rated 2.6 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from brilliant interface and software... if you're not into NI's Maschine and i'm one this is a brilliant interface and piece of software. it's intuitive and feels more legit to me. i wish the sound library was largerthe only reason that i gave it 4 instead of 5 stars.
    Date published: 2013-04-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from This will have you composing music fast! This is a great production tool. You can create a sweet drum track in minutes. I would recommend this to any Composer beginner or professional.
    Date published: 2014-08-19
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great Potential, Not Fully Developed This is a fun controller to use, but I wouldn't ever recommend it to anyone in a live setting. So far, I haven't had an experience where I played with the controller for more than 20 minutes without running into a random error or bug in their software. I've had it load random bass drums to my current kit without me touching the controller, I've had the controller itself crash and stop responding/sending input, the buttons will occasionally do whatever they want, and can't be fixed without restarting the software, and I've had the software just full on crash and restart itself. The USB port feels too shallow to securely hold a cable, but besides that the quality of the build is really nice. If you like what they're advertising, I'd recommend checking back in a year or two to see if they've finished debugging their software first. As this stands, I'm giving Arturia Support a chance to fix it before I try to return it to save up for an Ableton Push.
    Date published: 2013-11-26
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Be afraid, be very afraid B and H was kind enough to exchange an Akai MPX8 for this unit. By the way, none of this is B and H's fault. They're terrific. The Akai was not capable of doing what I needed. In theory, the SparkLE should be everything I need to create great sounding drums in Sonar X3. I opened the box, installed the software...it worked great...for 30 minutes, while I ran thru the sounds. Then I tried to make it work with Sonar. I ran Sonar, it saw the unit...I figured I'm good. I closed Sonar to go back to checking out the sounds, grooves, etc. I get an error message saying Connection Failed. I reboot, restart, unplug, re-plug...all the things one does when these things happen. I even read the manual. It now sits on my desk as a nicely designed paperweight. Nothing I can do seems to allow the unit to connect to the software. But the worst part is that Arturia has, it seems, the lousiest tech-support in the business. There is no phone number, there is only email, and when you start checking, you find many other people that are having the same connection issue since 2013. One would think they would fix it by now. There are many complaints about response times (slow or none) and I can find no one that thinks their support is any good. The forums seem to be the place to look for information, but there are others who complain about being frozen out of them. Caveat Emptor...
    Date published: 2014-06-27
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Expensive paperweight. I have three Arturia hardware, Beatstep, Keylab49 and SparkLE. I have had problems with two of them. The SparkLE is useless inside of Abelton Live 9 suite and Reason 4, 5 and 6. The VST for SparkLE works as a standalone, but absolutely wont find the Hardware unit. Effectively making the Hardware useless as a controller. You can run the Hardware and the software as a stand alone and it works fine. In stand alone mode, you can drag the Wav files and the Midi files into Abelton, however, this only works directly for Midi files. For Wav files, you need to drag them to a separate folder first, for some strange reason, Abelton wont accept them dragged directly from the SparkLE software? I have asked Arturia support why it does not work, Basically, they replied with something like It should work. Coincidently, I have had no problems with the Keylab49. Works perfectly.
    Date published: 2016-05-28
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