“iSPARK is very cool — a superb way of planning patterns and jamming whilst travelling.”
- Dave Clarke (techno DJ, producer, and radio presenter, 2016)
GRENOBLE, FRANCE: music software and hardware developer Arturia is proud to announce availability of iSPARK — its ultimate mobile beat-making solution for iPad — as of February 18...
By transporting its innovative SPARK 2 drum production desktop software solution — taking the best elements from analogue drum machines, sample-based beat boxes, and cutting-edge physical modelling, then rolling them into an easy-to-use, elegant package as arguably the most powerful and creative drum solution available today — to the iPad as iSPARK, Arturia is ushering in a new era of inspirational mobile beat-making like no other. From the most straightforward four-on-the-floor rhythms to the craziest trap beats, iSPARK is, indeed, the ultimate mobile beat-making solution!
So, on the face of it, the SPARK 2 software and iSPARK app are truly beat-making brethren, sharing much of their content — projects, kits, and instruments. iSPARK is also compatible with Arturia’s award-winning SparkLE ultra-compact controller — just like SPARK 2 before it! So why not connect a SparkLE to an iPad running iSPARK to take full advantage of the comfort offered by a high-quality hardware controller? In keeping with this integration, iSPARK’s user interface is strongly reminiscent of the popular SparkLE’s layout, but optimised for iPad.
iSPARK includes a wide variety of drum kits and individual instruments based on classic drum machines, electronic kits, and acoustic kits, each making much use of several sound engines — namely, Arturia’s core TAE® (True Analog Emulation) technology, physical modelling, and multi-layered samples provided by top-tier development partners, with top-notch professional sound design throughout.
iSPARK’s intuitiveness impressively allows the user to get on with beat-making, making the most of an almost endless supply of creative inspiration without worrying about the cutting-edge technology that lies beneath. For starters, 40 factory kits lead the way to a variety of musical styles and soundscapes. Create kits by selecting from no fewer than 640 individual instruments, importing samples, and tweaking from a long list of parameters, thanks to the MIXER and STUDIO screens.
Speaking of which, iSPARK’s MAIN screen is all about performance, allowing users to conceive patterns on the fly using its flexible 64-step sequencer or by realtime recording with the highly-responsive virtual pads. Jump between patterns in an instant or chain them together using an advanced SONG mode to create complete and complex performances. Indeed, iSPARK is designed to make the most of its host as an amazingly able iPad app by bringing a broad range of performance possibilities to the table (or tablet). Polyvalent XY touch pads make modifying the filter cutoff and resonance a breeze while also allowing the Roller/Looper to be dynamically activated. iSPARK integrates an awesome automation tool that can be used to bring realtime movement to dozens of parameters simultaneously!
Specification-wise, iSPARK leaves little to be desired: Shuffle and Shift modes to humanise grooves; choke groups to mute instruments naturally; performance master effects (Repeat, TapeDrop, Reverse, Strobe, Pan, Mix, Bit Crusher, eight-mode Filter, and Roller); 16-track mixer with high-quality effects (Multiband Compressor, Bit Crusher, Multiband EQ, Chorus, Delay, Reverb, Distortion, Phaser, Plate Reverb, Destroyer, Flanger, Space Pan, Limiter, Sub Generator); Ableton Link integration; AudioBus and Inter-App Audio compatibility to offer smooth integration with iPad-based setups. So there you have it... in summary.
iSPARK integrates all the features expected by today’s demanding mobile beat-makers — from flawless ergonomics to creative power with the sound and distinctive musicality of the greatest drum machines ever made, it’s literally all at anyone’s fingertips. Tap into inspiration today with iSPARK!
iPad Air (or higher) owners can purchase and directly download iSPARK from the App Store for a three-week introductory price of €9.99 EURO/$9.99 USD here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/arturia-ispark/id1045383182?mt=8 (Thereafter, its regular price will be €19.99 EURO/$19.99 USD.)
In-app Expansion Packs featuring a myriad of additional drum kits for iSPARK can be purchased for €3.99 EURO/$3.99 USD each.
For more in-depth information, please visit the iSPARK product webpage here: http://www.arturia.com/products/ipad-synths/ispark/overview
About Arturia (www.arturia.com)
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). Having already broadened its appeal further still by successfully entering the iOS soft synth market and building upon its analogue synth and hybrid hardware/software successes, 2016 sees Arturia making a grand entrance into the audio interface market with its next-generation AudioFuse.