Arturia Analog Experience

More Musikmesse!

So, today is the final day of Musikmesse, and it’s open to the public – are you down there? I’m safely home now, and sorting through the mountains of information and footage I have; things will start getting uploaded over the next few days. My Day One Highlights post has some of the things that really caught my eye, but it’s by no means everything!

I was very lucky to be able to run my hands over Native Instruments’ Komplete Audio 6

It was great to be able to get my hands on Apogee’s Duet 2 interface, I was very lucky to be able to run my hands over Native Instruments’ Komplete Audio 6, I got a nice preview of Arturia’s Spark and Analog Experience Laboratory ahead of my reviews,

I got a nice preview of Arturia’s Spark and Analog Experience Laboratory ahead of my reviews

a new monitor range from ESI featuring ribbon tweeters, Presonus’s 16 channel StudioLive, and Tascam’s new 8 track digital recorder. It’s all in the works, so keep checking back, subscribe to RSS, Like the Oh Drat Facebook page and Follow Oh Drat on Twitter!

Arturia Spark

Arturia Spark Hybrid Drum Machine Announced

Integrated solutions are becoming popular with a number of manufacturers – Arturia’s announcement of Spark, a software drum machine with a dedicated hardware controller, immediately forces comparisons with Native Instruments’ Maschine.

Spark is focused on analogue emulation, physical modelling, and replicating the step sequencing feel of classic machines

Spark looks to be somewhat more dedicated to drums, though, and rather than phrase based sample slicing it is focused on analogue emulation, physical modelling, and replicating the step sequencing feel of classic machines. A few neat features such as an X/Y control, dedicated step editor, and an aluminium chassis give the Spark a potential edge, and with 480 instruments, 30 kits, and 9 onboard effects, it definitely has promise.

I look forward to getting my hands on one to see whether the 1:1 tactile control can genuinely create the illusion of using a standalone drum machine, but with the boundless quality of a high powered computer behind the sounds. And, of course, whether it lives up to its USD599/499Eur price tag. Until then you can take a look at Arturia’s Spark homepage for more…

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