Arturia has introduced SparkLE – a new ‘hybrid instrument’ that combines software and a MIDI drum machine controller.
The SparkLE hardware controller is designed to give you a classic ‘TR’ style workflow, inputting your patterns from the step sequencer buttons or letting you lay down beats in real time, using the 8 velocity and pressure sensitive backlit pads.
The Spark Engine features sample playback and layering, paired with a Virtual Analog engine.
Full featured Spark Software
3 synthesis engines: Virtual analog, Physical Modeling, Sample playback
Works Standalone & as a plug-in (VST, VST3, AU, RTAS)
Backlit velocity and pressure sensitive Pads
Touch sensitive FX pad
Mode selector – Bank, Pattern, Seq, Tune
Bus powered, class compliant USB input
User assignable encoders
Advanced Looper Divide/Move function
Classic ‘TR style’ programming
Real-time programming from the pads
Protective travel sleeve
Small, Portable, Solid construction
MIDI mode for use as a controller with any software
Arturia SparkLE is priced at US $299 / EURO 249. See the Arturia site for details.