Zoom has announced that the ARQ – a unique drum machine, sequencer, synthesizer, looper, and MIDI controller – is now available.
Here’s a preview of the Zoom ARQ from the 2016 NAMM Show:
The ARQ consists of two components–the Base Station (AR-96) and the detachable Ring Controller (AR-96c):
- The Base Station – The ARQ Base Station houses 468 drum/instrument sounds (“one-shot” sampled waveform sounds), 70 types of synthesizer sounds, and dozens of digital effects. Dual 1/4? line-level audio inputs enable phrase recording and looping. There are also stereo 1/4? line-level outputs, as well as a dedicated 1/4? headphone jack with its own volume control. A USB port allows connection to your computer, and an SD card slot lets you save patterns and loops, import prerecorded audio, and update firmware.
- The Ring Controller – The detachable Ring Controller communicates with the Base Station, as well as DAWs, via wireless Bluetooth. It offers 96 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads for clip launching and playing drum sounds, instrument sounds, and sequences. Phrases and sounds can be played chromatically, or you can choose from dozens of preset scales in any key. Its unique Grip Detection automatically prevents accidental triggering of the pads under your hand. There are dedicated buttons at the top and bottom of the Ring for REC/PLAY/STOP, as well as Filter/Delay/Reverb/MASTER FX on/off. An onboard 3-axis accelerometer generates MIDI control messages to alter sounds and effects in real time. Its internal Lithium-Ion battery automatically charges when the Ring is placed on the Base Station.
Here’s the official intro video:
Pricing and Availability:
If you’ve used the Zoom ARQ, share your thoughts on it in the comments!