Arturia’s Excellent New iOS Drum Machine iSpark


Arturia bring their Spark drum machine software to iPads with their new iSpark app.

There’s no shortage of drum machines available on the Apple App Store. What there is a shortage of is drum machines that provide a good quality, optimised experience that is both well designed and capable of variety. That’s why Arturia‘s iSpark for iPad is a welcome addition to any music creators arsenal.

With iSpark you can play drum patterns in real time from a choice of over 600 instruments and 40 kits based on drum machines, electronic kits and acoustic kits. Tweak your sound on the fly with a variety of effects and master effects on each of the 16 available tracks.

Here’s a list of all the main features:

  • Pristine quality sound engines including: TAE® analog synthesis, physical modeling, and multi-layered samples provided by our top-tier development partners
  • 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.

Don’t just take it’s impressive features’ word though, DJ and Producer Tom Demac praised it saying: “Having a lot of fun with iSpark jamming out ideas away from the studio. Very easy to get started with but you can go in deep with automation, love that you can hook the iPad up to the actual SparkLE hardware until Recommended.”

The iSpark app is ‘Inter-App Audio’ compatible meaning you can use it in your iOS DAWs with easy integration. There are also packs featuring five projects, 80 instruments and 160 patterns available for in-app purchase for $3.99/£2.99 each.

iSpark is available from the Apple App Store right now at a 50% off launch price of $9.99/$7.99. After 3 weeks the price will rise to $19.99/£15.99.

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