Zoom ARQ-96 Review

This video, via Alex S., is a quick review of the Zoom ARQ-96 – a unique drum machine, sequencer, synthesizer, looper, and MIDI controller.

Topics Covered:

00:00 unboxing
00:59 recording audio
02:19 creating a pattern
04:17 adding a VA synthesizer track
08:07 adding vocals and global effects
08:49 controlling external MIDI devices
09:48 finished pattern sequence
11:01 conclusion / pros & cons

If you’ve used the Zoom ARQ, leave a comment and share your thoughts on it!

8 thoughts on “Zoom ARQ-96 Review

    1. The build quality is not up to the original price. It can barely hold up to the current price.
      However, it’s a fun to use piece of gear. I only wished Zoom would have taken the time to think about what they want to do. The lack of connectivity is probably the biggest con.
      It can receive MIDI notes (even if Zoom says it doesn’t) but it doesn’t seem to react to Start/Stop messages nor does it seem to sync as a slave. Works quite well as master though and is also good to sequence other gear.
      Workflow wise, way better than an Electribe 2.

  1. Wow seriously? So much nonsense(videos that show FF of procedures do it for a reason, it’s called a lame interface) and all that work just to create some ultra simplistic mediocre music on a circular glow stick.
    Whatever.

  2. I find it’s a good video, the guy explains very well, the video and the music are well done. This Zoom looks interesting also to do something with.
    Thanks to the producer of the video for your work.

  3. Fast forwarding in workflow videos is usually cause for concern. I understand why the video maker uses them but they’re often masking the sludgy parts of the UI/overall experience. Like when Cenk names things with random letters during Elektron videos. 😉

  4. And when I thought that Roli was bad enough, Zoom asked us to hold its beer. They are the ones to blame for the ARQ not becoming a successful product. Zoom gave birth to it , put a crazy price tag on it and left. They made a couple of videos and decided people would figure out how to use it. There’s a lot to be said about its synth engine, as an exemple, but Zoom was too lazy. There’s not even a product forum at Zoom’s website. The ARQ could compete with other sequencers and groove boxes and would win in many areas. The worst thing is the lack of decent MIDI support. It is unbelievable that Zoom made this decision and shows no intention to make it right.

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