Arturia unleashes ultimate mobile beat-making solution in iSPARK for iPad
PRESS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE • 18/02/2016
So, on the face of it, the SPARK 2 software and iSPARK app are truly beat-making brethren, sharing much of their content — projects, kits, and instruments. iSPARK is also compatible with Arturia’s award-winning SparkLE ultra-compact controller — just like SPARK 2 before it! So why not connect a SparkLE to an iPad running iSPARK to take full advantage of the comfort offered by a high-quality hardware controller? In keeping with this integration, iSPARK’s user interface is strongly reminiscent of the popular SparkLE’s layout, but optimised for iPad.
iSPARK includes a wide variety of drum kits and individual instruments based on classic drum machines, electronic kits, and acoustic kits, each making much use of several sound engines — namely, Arturia’s core TAE® (True Analog Emulation) technology, physical modelling, and multi-layered samples provided by top-tier development partners, with top-notch professional sound design throughout.
iSPARK’s intuitiveness impressively allows the user to get on with beat-making, making the most of an almost endless supply of creative inspiration without worrying about the cutting-edge technology that lies beneath. For starters, 40 factory kits lead the way to a variety of musical styles and soundscapes. Create kits by selecting from no fewer than 640 individual instruments, importing samples, and tweaking from a long list of parameters, thanks to the MIXER and STUDIO screens.
Speaking of which, iSPARK’s MAIN screen is all about performance, allowing users to conceive patterns on the fly using its flexible 64-step sequencer or by realtime recording with the highly-responsive virtual pads. Jump between patterns in an instant or chain them together using an advanced SONG mode to create complete and complex performances.
Indeed, iSPARK is designed to make the most of its host as an amazingly able iPad app by bringing a broad range of performance possibilities to the table (or tablet). Polyvalent XY touch pads make modifying the filter cutoff and resonance a breeze while also allowing the Roller/Looper to be dynamically activated. iSPARK integrates an awesome automation tool that can be used to bring realtime movement to dozens of parameters simultaneously!
Specification-wise, iSPARK leaves little to be desired: Shuffle and Shift modes to humanise grooves; choke groups to mute instruments naturally; performance master effects (Repeat, TapeDrop, Reverse, Strobe, Pan, Mix, Bit Crusher, eight-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); Ableton Link integration; AudioBus and Inter-App Audio compatibility to offer smooth integration with iPad-based setups. So there you have it… in summary.
iSPARK integrates all the features expected by today’s demanding mobile beat-makers — from flawless ergonomics to creative power with the sound and distinctive musicality of the greatest drum machines ever made, it’s literally all at anyone’s fingertips. Tap into inspiration today with iSPARK!
iPad Air (or higher) owners can purchase and directly download iSPARK from the App Store for a three-week introductory price of €9.99 EURO/
$9.99 USD here: https://itunes.apple.com/app/arturia-isem/id673921187?mt=8 (Thereafter, its regular price will be €19.99 EURO/$19.99 USD.)
In-app Expansion Packs featuring a myriad of additional drum kits for iSPARK can be purchased for €3.99 EURO/$3.99 USD each.
For more in-depth information, please visit the iSPARK product webpage here: https://www.arturia.com/products/ipad-synths/isem/overview