Arturia Spark 2 Drum Machine Now Available

Arturia_Spark2_MainArturia 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.  Continue reading

Arturia BeatStep Now Available

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Arturia has announced that the Beatstep controller & step sequencer is now available.

BeatStep is capable of triggering clips in such applications as Ableton Live, and it also allows you to play drums in conjunction with such applications as BFD or EZDrummer.

BeatStep is also a 16-step analog sequencer for creating all kinds of musical phrases to be sent to analog synthesizers, MIDI drum machines, MIDI keyboard devices, or computer programs. Its connectivity options let you interface BeatStep with a computer or iPAD using USB, a drum module using MIDI or an analog synthesizer equipped with CV/GATE. Continue reading

Arturia Intros Vox Continental-V Virtual Organ

vox-continentalMusikmesse 2014: Arturia today introduced VOX Continental-V, a new virtual instrument for Mac & Windows that recreates the sound of the classic Vox Continental 300.

The Vox Continental 300 transistor-based organ was used on some of the most famous songs of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and beyond. It was prominently featured on many hit records of the time, including The Animals’ House Of The Rising Sun in 1964 and, a little later, Light My Fire by The Doors. It also featured prominently in The Beatle’s 1965 performance at New York’s Shea Stadium. Continue reading

Arturia Debuts KeyLab 88 Controller Keyboard at Musikmesse

Arturia_KeyLab_88Musikmesse 2014: French gear-maker Arturia today announced the latest (and largest) in its KeyLab series, KeyLab 88, its 88-note MIDI keyboard controller and hybrid synthesizer solution.

KeyLab 88 is a MIDI keyboard controller with a hammer-action Fatar keybed, which comes with Arturia’s Analog Lab software synth (for Mac and PC), which has over 5,000 TAE (True Analog Emulation) presets. Continue reading

Arturia Intros MiniBrute SE Analog Synthesizer

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At Musikmesse 2014, Arturia today introduced a ‘special edition’ of their MiniBrute synthesizer, the MiniBrute SE.

The MiniBrute SE shares the same physical footprint as the original MiniBrute, but adds:

  • The SE edition features brushed aluminium casing with wooden sides
  • An all-new step Sequencer expands playing options with the MiniBrute SE, with six Pattern sequences with up to 64 steps Users can create new musical phrases from existing ones by changing the playback Mode, Gate Len (timing), and Swing settings in real-time.

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The Best Of The 2014 NAMM Show

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The 2014 NAMM Show was another great year for the event – the weather was fantastic, there were tons of new synths and interesting gear introduced and we got to see a lot of people passionate about synths and electronic music.

Here’s our pick of the best new gear that was either introduced at the show this year or that made its NAMM debut this year: Continue reading