Music software and hardware company Arturia has announced the NAMM 2013 launch of its SparkLE hybrid drum machine.
The SparkLE Creative Drum Machine is a smaller version of the revolutionary Spark drum machine and comes with all the features needed to create patterns, write automation, and perform live.
SparkLE Creative Drum Machine serves up classic 'TR-style' workflow via its brightly backlit step sequencer buttons, while a musical platter of beats can quite literally be banged out through the unit's eight velocity- and pressure-sensitive backlit pads.
Live performances are controlled with the advanced Looper and beat-slicing functions, while beats can be transformed on the fly with the touch-sensitive FX pad that features eight filter modes (including the famed Oberheim SEM V filter featured in Arturia's Oberheim SEM V soft synth namesake) and seven Slicer modes. Three assignable encoders ease writing automation and realtime sound control. More musical still, TUNE mode permits playing sounds chromatically across those 16 step sequencer buttons or eight pads,
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Software-wise, SparkLE Creative Drum Machine makes use of the same full-featured Spark Engine software shipping with the original SPARK Creative Drum Machine. It includes a library of over 1,500 instruments and 100 kits, providing professional sounds covering a variety of dancefloor-friendly genres and stylings, ever-expandable with Arturia add-ons (like the Hip Hop Essentials and DubStep Essentials Expansion Packs).
The SparkLE will be available from mid-March with an RRP of €249.
If you're visiting the 2013 Winter NAMM show, be sure to swing by the New Bay Media stand in Hall B, booth 5761 to pick up a special NAMM edition of MI Pro.