Arturia’s Spark drum machine platform has languished while they focused on their hardware synths and classic emulations. But fans of the software/hardware drum machine hybrid have been remembered and rewarded with a 2.4 update.
The main thrust of this update is to fix a few bugs and ensure that it runs smoothly on the latest systems. The original Spark was introduced in 2011, version 2 followed in 2014. Quite a lot has happened since then in terms of operating systems and technology so it must be comforting for users to know that their investment is still ongoing.
Spark 2 can run completely stand alone as a surprisingly deep and interesting drum machine. Or you can pair it with the Spark LE hardware to get a very tactile hybrid experience.
Behind the pattern based sequencing, song making and filter pad there’s a whole world of studio and modular stuff going on. Using Arturia’s TAE and Phi technologies for modelling sounds, and a shed load of samples you have a huge sound source. A modular synthesis editor page lets you create and generate all sorts of sounds from component parts. The Studio section gives you effects and mixing options over every channel of sound.
It’s a remarkable piece of software and I welcome this update and hopefully some renewed interest in the software and the Spark LE hardware. It’s neat, fun to play with and completely immersive.
Version 2.4 is a free update to all registered users.
- Arturia Spark webpage.