Arturia Introduces Hardtek Essentials Expansion Pack

Addition to SPARK 2 Suited to High-Energy Production and Live Performance
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GRENOBLE, FRANCE: music software and hardware company Arturia is proud to announce availability of Hardtek Essentials, the latest Expansion Pack for use with its inspirational SPARK Creative Drum Machine and SparkLE controllers combined with SPARK 2 sound-sculpting and performance drum machine software for Mac (OS X 10.7 or higher) and PC (Windows 7 or higher), as of December 23…

Hardtek Essentials is a phenomenally powerful addition to SPARK 2 that is totally suited to high-energy productions and live performances. As an effective EDM (Electronic Dance Music) genre, hardtek — also known as tekno — has evolved in tandem with the teknikal movement of the early-Nineties, named to reflect the fact that so many teknikal organisers and DJs were actively making music themselves. Originally influenced by hardcore, rave, jungle, gabber, and techno, with producers taking the sound in a darker, more organic direction, early emphasis was placed on strategically positioned samples drawn from TV shows, films, and popular culture throughout. Today’s hardtek-style music is turbo-fast — typically between 170 to 200 bpm — and characterised by pounding, repetitive kick drums to dance to or die for. Fortunately for those seeking those sounds, Hardtek Essentials authentically delivers in droves.

Drawing upon the collective hardtek talents of international creative collective SP23, Crystal Distortion (a.k.a. British electronic music producer Simon Carter), Ixindamix, and other former Spiral Tribe sound system members, Hardtek Essentials encompasses everything from heavy techno to pure sonic mayhem. Moreover, it includes 30 kits (spanning techno, hardtek, drum ’n’ bass, and hardcore techno stylings, plus more besides); 480 new instruments (instrumentally expanding the SPARK 2 sound set); and 960 customisable preprogrammed patterns. Packing dance floor-filling killer basses, leads, one-shots, and effects to boot, Hardtek Essentials is ready to rip apart any sound system!

The AAX-, AU-, and VST2.4-compatible Hardtek Essentials Expansion Pack is available to purchase as a

boxed version for €29.00 EUR/$29.00 USD from any authorised Arturia dealer or online as a boxed

version or download directly from Arturia here:

(Note: Expansion Packs are only compatible with SPARK Creative Drum Machine and SparkLE

combined with SPARK 2 or with SPARK 2 alone — with which they will also run in Standalone mode;

they cannot be used with SPARK VDM, SPARK DubStep, and SPARK EDM.)

For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated Expansion Pack product webpage here:

About Arturia (

Founded in Grenoble, France, in 1999, Arturia specialises in the development of music software and hardware for professional and amateur musicians alike. Focusing on innovation, the company strives to integrate the latest advances in computer music research and technology into its products. This involves working closely with partner research institutions, such as IRCAM France, in the development of cutting-edge musical instruments and software, which have gone on to be used in making many hit records and Hollywood soundtracks. One of Arturia’s core technologies is TAE® (True Analog Emulation), an advanced proprietary technology allowing accurate modelling of analogue circuitry behaviour on personal computers. Developed by Arturia’s in-house Signal Processing team, this technology has been employed to successfully recreate the sounds produced by many classic analogue synthesizers. Having successfully launched Origin, its first hardware synthesizer (housing several synth classics and associated components in one powerful, no-holds-barred DSP-based modular system), and the hybrid hardware/software SPARK Creative Drum Machine (cleverly combining analogue synthesis, physical modelling, and samples with the intuitive workflow of a hardware drum machine), 2012 saw Arturia introducing the cost-conscious MiniBrute, an amazingly compact and bijou analogue monosynth (boasting MIDI, USB, and CV connectivity together with a host of unique features). Today Arturia has broadened its appeal further still by successfully entering the iOS soft synth market and building upon its analogue synth and hybrid hardware/software successes.