Arturia Spark 2

Drum Production Plug-in with 16-track Drum Machine, Pattern-based Sequencing, and Real-time Performance Loopers and Effects - Mac/PC Standalone, VST, RTAS, AU
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Compatible with:

Mac
Windows
Standalone
AAX
RTAS
VST
AU

Software Compatibility

Most software is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers, but check to make sure.

If you're using Pro Tools, AAX plug-ins (or RTAS for older versions) are what you need. Most other Mac DAWs support AU plug-ins. VST is compatible with a number of Mac and Windows programs. Be sure you choose plug-ins that work with your DAW!

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Arturia Spark 2
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Spark Your Beat-making Creativity

Many of the electronic musicians at Sweetwater rely on Arturia Spark for their beat-making needs. Now Arturia raises the bar with Spark2, packed with improvements and workflow enhancements. Your all-in-one drum production solution, Spark2 gives you a cutting-edge sound library, multiple synthesis engines, and powerful sequencing to juice your creativity. Spark2 software functions standalone or as a plug-in within your favorite DAW, and of course it works brilliantly with Arturia's superb Spark hardware controller. Spark2's real-time effects and performance tools let you effortlessly explore new sonic territories, live or in the studio.

Arturia Spark2 Drum Production Plug-in Features at a Glance:
  • Spark Main Features:
  • 16-track drum machine
  • TAE virtual analog, sampling and physical modeling sound engines
  • Powerful pattern-based sequencing: Real-time sequencer and classic TR-style step sequencer
  • Full-featured mixer with studio effects
  • Modular synth engine for in-depth sound editing
  • Real-time performance loopers and effects
  • Impressive library:
    • Created by professional sound designers
    • Covers all musical genres
    • More than 2800 instruments, including drums, one-shots, synths, and effects
    • Multiple banks of patterns for each drum kit
  • New in Spark 2.0:
  • All new graphics:
    • Tabbed pages
    • Expanded Pattern edit screen
    • New mixer
    • Enhanced Library page for better data management
  • Extended REX support:
    • REX file playback per pad
    • Manipulation of REX File slices
  • Modular Drum synth editor:
    • Create your own patches
    • Edit existing patches
  • Create custom instrument macro controls modules, including:
    • Oscillators
    • Multimode filters and Karplus-Strong filter
    • ADR envelopes
    • LFOs
    • Mixers
    • RingModulator
    • Bode Frequency Shifter
    • Spring mass
    • CV processor
  • Song mode:
    • New 16 song segments
    • Song segment triggering from hardware
Push the envelope of beat production, with Arturia Spark2!

Additional Media

Virtual Instrument Buying Guide
iSPARK and SPARKle for iPad

Tech Specs

Software Type Drum
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Format Standalone, AAX, RTAS, VST, AU
Hardware Requirements - Mac 4 GB RAM minimum, 2 GHz CPU or higher
Hardware Requirements - PC 4 GB RAM minimum, 2 GHz CPU or higher
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.7 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Manufacturer Part Number 210315_Download

Customer Reviews

3.5/5
Based on 2 reviews
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4/5

Fast, Quality , Production Rhythm and Sounds

Demo'd the software and was impressed with the vast amount of controls for each sound and pattern. If I needed a quick sequence or drum sounds to get the creative ideas flowing this is it.
Music background: Studio
3/5

OK Depending on Your Genre

I come from the MPC side of the world but the original Spark caught my attention by the form of the VDM software. Then I purchased the hardware and later updated to the latest Spark 2. I don't have great quality samples of vintage drum machines for my MPC, which I use a lot in my music so I really appreciate the sound quality and the tweaks you can do in Spark. My main issues are these; huge CPU hog and I'm running 64 bit with a 3 GHZ 4th Gen Intel i5 and 16 GB of DDR3 RAM. I'm pretty savvy and my PC is built solely and optimized for music. The next huge problem for me is that there is no reverb available for individual channels, only a master. You can assign different outputs for each of your channels which I do, then use your software or hardware reverb on it. The other issue I have and this is more due to my style of programming and or maybe I haven't figured it out yet but I can't create fills with flams. The Groove is also not quite right compared to my MPC. Sometimes I'll recreate a whole drum track on the Spark and A B it with the original MPC drum track. The sound quality is better on the Spark but again the combination of no flams, having to route the output to use reverb on certain channels which also affects the already high CPU and also the weird feel of the groove, I always end up deleting the Spark.
Music background: Hobbyist
See also: Drum Software, Arturia, Arturia Virtual Instruments: Drum & Rhythm, Arturia DJ Software