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Review: Spark 2 Drum Synthesizer Plugin by Arturia

Review Spark 2 by Arturia
After the big hit with Spark 1, Arturia brings Spark 2, an innovative drum production tool that use multiple synthesis engines and advanced sequencing functions. Spark 2 brings some new features such as a new design, new sampling and physical modeling sound engines, powerful pattern-based sequencing : Real-time sequencer and classic TR-style step sequencer. Also Spark 2 cover many music genres with an impressive library of samples with more than 2800 instruments.

User Interface
At first impression Spark 2 looks very futuristic with a white and grey background and with some nice designed controls that complete this futuristic look. The user-friendly interface will help you to learn fast and easy all controls and features. The top row includes 16 pads related to the 16-step sequencer, also includes the master volume and shuffle controls, exactly like on a classic drum machine.

In the center Spark 2 includes 6 main control knobs and at the bottom you have eight MPC-style pads and thee Bottom panel features the Studio, the Mixer and the Library.

Effects
From the mixer section at the bottom you have for each channel an AUX 1, AUX 2 and Pan Control knob. With this controls you can choose from Bit Crusher, Compressor, Chorus, Delay, Distortion, EQ and Phaser effects.

Performances
Spark 2 includes an extremely powerful audio engine which contains multiple synthesis modes. The included sample engine provides advanced sample playback capabilities in an easy to use package. Spark 2 also includes multiple physical models, which were developed with great care, to deliver the best in acoustic drum sounds.

Conclusion
Spark 2 challenges you to be creative, definitely, there is some room for some improvements, but let’s expect this from a possible version 3 of Spark :). Sound and the end result is outstanding and the sample library will help you to achieve the desired result. Also, do not forget the manual, which is included and is very well detailed and helpful. So if you have any queries, manual will help you learn how to use and squeeze maximum performance from Spark2.

If you want to buy Spark 2, you can do it on PluginBoutique.com for £ 136.79.

Also you can read: 10 Best Drum Machines VST Plugins where Spark 2 is 4th.

After the big hit with Spark 1, Arturia brings Spark 2, an innovative drum production tool that use multiple synthesis engines and advanced sequencing functions. Spark 2 brings some new features such as a new design, new sampling and physical modeling sound engines, powerful pattern-based sequencing : Real-time sequencer and classic TR-style step sequencer. Also Spark 2 cover many music genres with an impressive library of samples with more than 2800 instruments. User Interface At first impression Spark 2 looks very futuristic with a white and grey background and with some nice designed controls that complete this futuristic look. The user-friendly interface…

Review Overview

Score - 9.5

9.5

POWERFUL!

Spark 2 is arguably the most powerful and creative drum solution available today on market. Perfect suitable for real-time performance in the studio and even on stage.

User Rating: 3.1 ( 4 votes)
  • Betmakaker

    Spark is the best sounding if not the best software analog drum software on the market. The sound engine is amazong with a variety of prgramming capabilities. Not even battery or machine from NI come close to the quality nd sound of Spark.

  • WhateverWhenever

    Unless you try making your own kits form your own drum samples. After a year of owning this hardware/software combination, I have yet to figure it out. I did everything you can imagine to create a custom kit….no such luck. It’s a nice package. But, that’s a huge drawback.

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