Arturia has released iSpark for iPad – an iPad version of its Spark virtual drum machine.
iSpark is designed to let you play drum patterns in-real time and to tweak your sound on-the-fly. It also integrates a powerful and flexible 64-step sequencer.
iSpark combines Arturia’s TAE technology with with a modular engine and multi-layered samples – so it can do drum and percussion sounds – but also sonic effects and virtual analog synth sounds.
Here’s the official intro video:
The main screen is focused on performance. Its layout, inspired by Arturia’s SparkLE controller, gives you immediate access to a comprehensive set of controls and parameters. Its lower part allows you to play and record your drum patterns in real-time, step by step, to jump between your patterns and to set their length.
In the mixer, you can adjust the volume and pan of your instruments, set two individual effects for each of them, and modify the sending levels to the return effects. The VU meters help you to balance effectively your instruments.
The Studio is iSpark’s ‘laboratory of sound’. This is where you will customize your kits and all the instruments that compose it. For each instrument, you can choose the samples that are used and adjust a comprehensive list of parameters.
In the sequencer screen, all the steps of your different instruments are right in front of you. You can thus create your sequences in a flash. The automation tool allows you drawing modulation curves with a simple glide of your fingertip.
The Song mode gives you the ability to chain your patterns in order to create a whole performance. Organizing your song is as easy as a drag-and-drop. Switch to “Perform” and there are two large XY modulation touchpads that you can use to perform with.
iSpark offers seamless compatibility with the existing Spark environment. You can transfer projects, patterns, kits and individual instruments between Spark 2 and iSpark.
You can connect the dedicated SparkLE controller to iSpark to combine the flexibility of an app-based instrument with the immediacy of hardware.
iSpark also offers compatibility with AudioBus and Inter-App Audio and the new Ableton Link.
- Sound engines include: TAE analog synthesis, physical modeling, and multi-layered samples
- 640 Instruments / 40 kits
- Classic drum machines
- Electronic kits
- Acoustic kits
- Shuffle and shift modes to humanize grooves
- Choke groups to mute instruments naturally
- Song mode with 16 segments
- Song segment triggering from hardware
- Performance master effects: repeat, tape, reverse, strobe, pan, mix, bit crusher, 8-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
- Real-time automation on all parameters
- Compatible with SparkLE controller
- Ableton Link integration
- Possibility to share projects, kits and instruments between iSpark and the desktop version of Spark 2.
Arturia iSpark for iPad is available for US $9.99 in the App Store.
Update: Here is set of unofficial demo videos, via Synth Anatomy in the comments: