Intuitive Arturia Spark hybrid drum machine gets updated
Arturia Spark, the flagship hybrid drum machine from Arturia just received an update dealing mainly with stability and compatibility.
Arturia Spark first gained traction because of the unique way it brought together the worlds of sampling, physical modelling and analog-emulation into a user-friendly and compact unit. The Arturia Spark platform is a hybrid software/hardware system, utilizing a function-built MIDI controller. The control interface is designed to imitate the functionality and look-and-feel of some legendary drum machines.
The hardware interface offers control over a step sequencer and trigger pads, alongside a host of parameters that are linked to specific functions within the Arturia Spark software. The up side of the hybrid hardware/software system is the ability to configure settings which may not be possible in the hardware world. It also allows Arturia to update the system without having to release a new piece of hardware with every update. Your gear gets better as technology becomes more advanced!
What developments has the Arturia Spark system seen over the years?
The Arturia Spark 2.0 introduced a new modular synthesis section, allowing you all-new ways to synthesise unique and creative drum sounds. This launched the Arturia Spark out of the realm of the Maschines and MPCs – while they all have their benefits – the Spark enters a new drum synthesis sphere. Arturia’s focus has always leaned towards synthesis as oppose to sampling, so it’s great to see them pay homage to their tradition.
The latest update to the Arturia Spark system improves overall stability and resolves some compatibility issues that some users were facing. The developers believe that the latest update creates the definitive Spark experience that they were aiming for when first launching the project.
“As Spark 2 just celebrated its fourth birthday, we wanted to give it the update it deserved.” said Arturia’s Director of Software Development, and former Spark Lead Developer, Kevin Molcard. “With version 2.4, my team and I refined its code and resolved dozens of intermittent issues to give users the best, most enjoyable Spark experience ever.”
Existing Spark users can download the update using their original Spark unlock code, or new users can try a time-restricted demo before purchasing. Head to the Arturia website for more details.