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Arturia iSpark

By Arturia

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


iSpark is an all-inclusive beat-making solution allowing to create rich tracks from A to Z while experiencing an unequaled workflow. It includes a large variety of drum kits and individual instruments based on the most renowned drum machines and top-notch sound design.
It is the result of a simple recipe, care for rhythm, innovation and uncompromising ergonomics combined with the personality of the greatest drum machines.

What you can do with iSpark:
iSpark allows you to play drum patterns in-real time and to tweak your sound on-the-fly. Its optimized and performance-oriented layout gives you a direct access to an extended range of sonic parameters.
It also integrates a powerful and flexible 64-step sequencer enhancing your creative freedom and effectiveness.

iSpark unites our multi-rewarded TAE® technology coupled with a modular engine and crystal-clear multi-layered samples. Beyond drum and percussive sounds, iSpark blasts the frontiers of beat-making through a range of singular sonic effects, warm analog synth textures and melodic elements.

Main screen
The main screen is all about performance. Its layout, inspired by our SparkLE controller, gives you immediate access to a comprehensive set of fundamental controls and parameters. Its lower part allows you to play and record your drum patterns in real-time, step by step, to jump between your patterns and to set their length.

In the mixer, you can adjust the volume and panorama of your instruments, set two individual effects for each of them, and modify the sending levels to the return effects. The VU meters help you to balance effectively your instruments.

The Studio is the iSpark laboratory of sound. This is where you will customize your kits and all the instruments that compose it. For each instrument, you can choose the samples that are used and adjust a comprehensive list of parameters.

In the sequencer screen, all the steps of your different instruments are right in front of you. You can thus create your sequences in a flash. Besides, the automation tool allows you drawing modulation curves with a simple glide of your fingertip.

The Song mode gives you the possibility to chain your pattern in order to create a whole performance. Organizing your song is as easy as a drag-and-drop. Switch to “Perform” and discover two large XY modulation touchpads that will bring your songs to life.

iSpark offers a total and seamless compatibility with the existing Spark environment. Maintain continuously your creative flow by transferring in a heartbeat your projects, patterns, your kits and individual instruments between Spark 2 and iSpark.
Connect the dedicated SparkLE controller to iSpark and associate the flexibility of an app-based instrument to the effectiveness and comfort of hardware.
The compatibility with AudioBus and Inter-App Audio offers a smooth integration of iSpark in you iPad-based setup.
With iSpark, your mobile setup found its beat-making solution.

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.

What's New in Version 1.0.2

- New feature: Tap and hold on "Effect" buttons on main screen to change effects
- Expansion Store layout fixes

iPad Screenshots

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Customer Reviews

Don't understand the bad reviews

I own a lot of hardware and software drum machines and imo the hardware is limited while the software is all the same, with piano roll style sequencing. This app is the best of both worlds. The included packs cover just about every genre, all sounds are tweakable in so many ways, plus you can add your own. Every instrument has its own mixer with great effects. Plus performance effects that actually sound professional. To have this in hardware you would need a drum machine with individual outs, tons of cables and mixer, effects units and a DAW. True, you can do all of this in a DAW, but the setup would take forever and the MIDI controllers for performance would cost hundreds. Only con, please add MIDI learn! I do use controllers sometimes but they're not really needed honestly.

It's good but..

I can't for the life of me figure out how to start the song or pattern over from the beginning. On most apps and gear I've ever had, the pause button stops the song where it is, and the stop button starts it from the beginning.

On iSpark, both stop and pause seem merely to pause it in an identical manner. How does one start at the beginning? It is very annoying to have to listen to half the song from wherever the playhead last stopped before it can loop back around to the beginning every time. I have tried to search online for a solution, but not even sure what to look for.

I also, do not understand the bad reviews

This drum machine sequencer rocks, period. I’ve tried both DM1 and Elastic Drums. DM1 is a great app with a great sample library, but it is nowhere near as versatile as iSpark. Elastic Drums, I’m not fond of at all. But iSpark was pretty much love at first try. The preset patterns are awesome, and making your own is a synch. The build in sounds are great, the classic sounds are immediately recognizable, and the in-app connectivity has so far given me no problems. This is by far the best iOS drum machine, IMHO.

Arturia iSpark
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  • $19.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.0.2
  • Size: 414 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular.

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