One click away from the Mixer, the Library contains the import and export options and provides drag-and-drop utilities for compiling kits from existing projects. The tweakable parameters vary according to the drum selected. You can even easily learn about new products, download demos versions and purchase the full products. Leave them at 0% and 100% if you want to adjust them over their full range or set a defined range. You can mark and recall your own favorites, enter comments, and set up playlists. We see endless hours of fun stretching out before us; we thoroughly recommend you join us.
The Spark software's Studio mode, where individual samples can be edited. This is a new controller line from Arturia featuring a nice bundle of software. Conclusion The is a fantastic looking midi keyboard but it does have its share of flaws which cannot be overlooked. In this light, the Spark hardware looks quite impressive! Just click that combination of tags to get a short list from the across the entire library—or limited to just the virtual instruments you select. Might sound like a nitpick here but I will try to explain myself.
Each of the three Keylab keyboards have the same bundle and the pricing is set to lure you into buying a 49 version. Although more expensive, it's had a long head start and as a result feels far more evolved. Plugin Boutique do not have nor do they claim any association with or endorsement by these brands. This large and imposing chunk of aluminium approximately 36 x 27cm has buttons and drum pads that glow brighter than Hollywood dental work! The Mini-Filter has the simplest sequencing option with an eight-step sequencer. Each one sounds unbelievably close to the original hardware unit.
Here you have the addition of a noise generator and a soft clip function that allows for an injection of extra warmth right through to full-on distortion. There are also three knobs Volume, Category, Preset and three clickable buttons Sound, Multi and Edit. Select any drum and you can view and modify its active steps. Arturia know a thing or two about bundling software and hardware together — remember the Analog Experience and Origin synths? We found ourselves using them in series, pushing some warmth into a sound with the V76 and then adding presence with the TridA, or fattening up drums with a touch of overload and the second transformer on the Neve. Watch the intro video from Arturia below.
Think early Bowie and Queen. That would be my suggestion also. It is the digital version of an old Moog synth. You can then manually adjust each one with the mouse. The Spark acts more like a traditional drum machine, its improved interface, sample library and modelling appealing in their own right. However, when you begin drawing sequences of values — such as the pitches of a synth — the Spark really ignites. Running it mostly under Logic 9.
We particularly loved it on electric guitar. It seems almost indecent to whizz past them at this speed, but suffice to say they are consistent with the Spark's high sonic standards. Soft clipping adds even more punch and presence. Which brings us to the rubber buttons. Brute Drums is a freely downloadable sample pack which contains 24 original electronic drum kits crafted using the DrumBrute analog drum machine by Arturia.
The parameters aren't yet documented in the manual, but that's no reason not to experiment with them! Assuming the button issue of the early models is resolved, the Spark Controller is solid and handles smoothly. Finally I was up and running. The buttons are way too loud. Similarly, to replace an entire kit, press and hold the encoder until it shifts to kit selection, then pick a new one. Repeatedly pushing these buttons steps through the available options. I queried this behaviour with Arturia and they confirmed that a problem had been reported with some units in the first batch. Any goodwill attached to those brands rest with the brand owner.
These are: Repeat, Tape, Reverse, Strobe, Pan, Repeat Mixed and Bit Crusher, and each add their own particular transformations. Where better to start than with the Spark Controller? Its purpose seems harmless enough: to temporarily shorten a pattern. Finally, the transformation into a programmable control surface could mean this Spark is never allowed to go out — except to party! AnalogLab showcase the Arturia products and really shines in that regard. The only issue one might find is that both modwheel and pitchbend are relatively close together so if you have big hands you can find yourself moving both at a time. In the back of the you will find your standard Midi ins and outs, pedal, expression and breath inputs. Accented steps play at the maximum velocity of 127, others at the default 64. If a product is made in Ableton Live 9, it will be compatible with Live 10 as well.
And then you take it out the box and nearly drop it… That would pretty much sum up my initial thoughts of my first encounter with. It resulted in an intuitive interface, a beautifully organized category based browsing experience, and natural mapping of the sonic parameters, creating a self-contained sonic encyclopedia of legendary sounds. Surprisingly, there are no global quantise options, let alone refinements such as groove quantise. Definitely a collection you can work with, especially since you can build new kits from any of the available components! A couple even needed coaxing back up manually after being pressed. If you record without quantisation, the software's automation view shows clearly which notes occur before or after the beat. Regardless of the method of sound generation, there's a multi-mode resonant filter to provide final sculpting for each drum.