Arturia has announced the availability of Spark 2, introducing an update UI and new features to its software drum machine for Mac and Windows.
While Spark has always been built on a fully-modular VA (Virtual Analogue) sound engine, originally only developers had access. With the all-new Modular screen, Spark 2 users can now add and subtract modules (including Oscillator, multimode Filter and Karplus-Strong Filter, Envelope, Lfo, MiniMixer, RingMod, and Bode Frequency Shifter); create their own patch routings; and assign up to six macro controls for immediate control.
Here’s a series of videos that introduces Spark 2:
Spark 2 also adds 50 new kits, including no fewer than 800 new instruments, that span more musical genres than ever before, including trap, hip-hop, tech house, and nu disco, as well as acoustic drum kits, spanning modern rock, funk, R ’n’ B, pop, vintage rock, and latin percussion.
Vintage drum machine enthusiasts are also well catered for with emulations of the likes of Roland’s TR-808, TR-909, TR-707, TR-606, and CR-78; LinnDrum, Linn 9000; Oberheim DMX; E-mu Drumulator; Sequential Circuits Drumtraks; Yamaha RX5; and Simmons SDS-V. All kits come with 32 patterns that can be used by themselves or form the basis of user-programmed beats.
In Spark 2, Song mode has been updated, too.
Song segments can now be configured and then replayed at the touch of a button. Users can create song sections that will play from one pattern to another and then recall these sections via the step buttons on the Spark Creative Drum Machine and SparkLE Creative Drum Machine controllers.
Spark 2 can be purchased online from Arturia for an introductory price of €129.00 EUR/$129.00 USD between May 1 and June 30, inclusive (rising to €169.00 EUR/$189.00 USD thereafter). Arturia is also offering a promotional pricing of €199.00 EUR/$199.00 USD on the SparkLE Creative Drum Machine controller (with SPARK 2 included) between those same dates (rising to €249.00 EUR/$299.00 USD thereafter). See the Arturia site for details.