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Arturia SparkLE

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SparkLE is the newest hybrid instrument from Arturia that will take your beat creation to new levels. By combining the amazing sounds, work flow and creative tools of the Spark 2 Engine software, with the high quality SparkLE controller, Arturia has created the ultimate beat creating powerhouse.

Hardware Specifications

Dimensions : 284mm x 171mm x 17 mm - Net weight : 1 Kg - Gross weight : 1,5 Kg
8 velocity and pressure sensitive pads
3 user assignable encoders
Touch sensitive XY pad
User mapable MIDI controller mode.
Kensington Lock
Neoprene slipcase
USB Bus-Powered


Software Specifications

Pristine quality sound engines including : TAE® analog synthesis, physical modelling, and multi-layered samples provided by our top-tier development partners.
1620 instruments / 110 kits:Vintage drum machines : analog emulations of the TR-808, TR-909, TR-606, Simmons SDS-V, and Eprom based Linn Drum, Drumtraks, DMX, Drumulator and more*.
10 new emulations from « Spark Vintage Drum Machines »: CR-78, Mini Pops 7, Ace Tone FR-2L, Yamaha MR 10, Maestro Rhythm King MRK2, Boss DR-55, E-mu-SP-12, Roland DR-727, Roland R-8, Casio VL-Tone and SK-1.
Electronic kits covering the most popular modern music styles : EDM, Dubstep, Hip Hop, RnB, Pop… as well as experimental possibilities thanks to our physical modelling engine.
Acoustic drum kits mixing physical modelling and samples for high audio realism.
16 key – 64 step sequencer.
8 velocity & pressure sensitive pads.
41 switches
Touch sensitive FX pad with repeat, tape, reverse, strobe, pan, mix, bit crusher, 3 mode filter and roller.
Advanced loop mode with divide and move functions.
Real-time automation on all parameters.
16 track mixer with 14 high quality effects : multiband compressor, bit crusher, multiband EQ, chorus, delay, reverb, distortion, phaser, plate reverb, destroyer, flanger, space pan, limiter, sub generator.
16-tuning mode available from pads and steps.
New Oberheim Filter.
Choke groups to naturally mute instruments.
MIDI clock output to synchronize your hardware instruments.
Easy MIDI and automation drag & drop export to your DAW.
Shuffle and shift modes to humanize grooves.
High precision rotary encoders.
Aluminum enclosure.
Works as a universal MIDI controller for any third-party software or MIDI-controllable instrument.


New in Spark 2

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 segments.
Modular Drum synth editor :Create your own patches
Edit existing patches
Create custom instrument macro controls modules including :
Multimode filters and Karplus strong filter
ADR envelopes
Bode Frequency Shifter
Spring mass
CV processor
Song mode :NEW 16 song segments
Song segment triggering from hardware


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Artists speak about SparkLE


I am always on the lookout for new tools as this way I constantly keep my production fresh. I need new gadgets to fiddle with, them and test what I can do with, as this way I get inspiration for producing my own stuff. And I got that with this little monster. I did use SparkLE in studio to create some drum sounds in my recent tracks and I will continue to use it for some time. I like the quality of samples and that it's really user friendly. This is a useful product.






I love the easy and quick ways to get results using SparkLE . The possibility to build up your own kit mixed with your own samples is very cool . My favorites to go for are the vintage drum machines in SparkLE. They have the analogue sound and not one hit are totally the same , that way you don't get the ugly " machine gun " effect! Really usefull!





SparkLE has completely changed the way I approach drum handling in a live situation. The option to jump from pattern to pattern without waiting for the measure to complete its course means total freedom to drop in some unexpected flourishes or change style in the blink of an eye. The synth engine is tight, and its sample layering features let you sculpt your drums to perfection. Onboard controllers let you go really crazy , and the touchpad's multi functions can really throw a crowd off balance. All this, and it's so easy to use! I wasn't reaching for the manual until days later and I already had most of a live set ready to go.


Simon Carter 
( Crystal Distortion )



The drums, samples and fx in SparkLE are so Spot on with whats happening today. And the patterns are Genius. I haven't loved a Drum Machine this much in forever.


Junior Sanchez



The layout of SparkLE is so intuitive and allows for instant creative control. The pads react like playing an acoustic instrument. Your beats will immediatly have a new level of depth the first time you get your hands on SparkLE.


Isaac Carpenter 
( Awolnation )



Small, concise with full control to edit and manipulate any sound as well as have access to literally countless loops which you can also edit so easily. SparkLE is a brilliant inspiration and tool for any producer making any genre of music from hip hop to techno to pop to folk. Arturia - helping you make beautiful music on the road.


DJ Vadim




Press Clippings

"The fun factor involved with using this hybrid drum machine is high, and its compact, tough and portable chassis lends itself to being taken out on the road."
"Working with the SparkLE software and the new LE controller is a rewarding experience - it flows nicely and logically. There’s seldom any head scratching to do, leaving you free to make beats"
Future Music
"there has never been a better time than now to add a little sparkle to your rhythmic creativity with SparkLE Creative Drum Machine"
"Guys, this little drum instrument is way too much fun to play! I seriously have not enjoyed the act of banging out patterns on a drum machine this much since the original MPC. Kudos to Arturia on a well thought out performance interface - one that actually is about PERFORMANCE"
Tape Op
"With SparkLE, Arturia have further refined the Spark hardware. It's a little smaller, lighter, more portable and made of some really nice feeling materials. The body itself is really nice; super rugged, thanks to some sort of super futuristic plastic. It's nice."
"Anyone looking for an affordable drum machine with the sound of the classics and the flexibility and usability of current software and on top of that would like to operate by hand and not with a mouse, I only can recommend this combination. Unconditionally! And it does sound top notch too!"
"The SparkLE is absolutely tiny but runs the same big software as its big brother."
Attack Magazine
"All this functionality is built into a seriously compact (284mm x 171mm x 17 mm) and portable (comes with a travel case) package. SparkLE is a truly versatile tool for a musician on the go!"
"Although I’ve reviewed other portable beat-making devices the Sparkle wins for over all creativity and portability."
Bboy Tech Report
"Everyone who is making music right now should check out what the Spark LE could offer their tracks even if they don’t think they need another drum machine right now, it really is that good"
DJ Mag
"SparkLE manages to do things in its own unique way which gives more choice to musicians and producers"
DJ Mag


Beats The Competition

SparkLE puts the power of the fully-featured Spark 2 Engine software into a new, ultra-compact package. The SparkLE hardware, only 1.6cm deep, gives you direct access to the features that you need when making patterns, writing automation and performing live.

A neoprene bag is included, perfect for taking your beats to the streets. The solid construction won’t let you down and gives SparkLE that real ‘musical instrument feel’ that is lacking in so many other controllers.


Hardware shouldn’t be Hard

SparkLE gives you classic ‘TR’ style workflow via the step sequencer buttons and lets you bang out grooves in real time using the 8 velocity and pressure sensitive backlit pads. Create stunning live performances with the advanced Looper and the beat slicer functions. Quickly load projects, kits and instruments using the jog dial encoder.



A Sensible Machine

Transform your beats with the touch sensitive FX pad that features 8 filter modes (including our Oberheim SEM filter) and 7 different Slicer modes. Write automation and control your sounds in real-time with the 3 assignable encoders and the 3 Instrument modes on the XY pad. The TUNE mode lets you play your sounds chromatically across the 16 buttons or the 8 pads. This allows you to have your kick drum follow the bass root note for deep lows, play a synth bass/lead sound or transform percussion sounds into a pitched instruments.



The SparkLE hardware and the Spark Engine software make up a sophisticated beat creation environment that gives you a hands on, inspiring and unique way to create patterns, sounds and live performances. It is simple to use and create on but without sacrificing the depth of editing and tweeking that you need to polish your tracks to perfection.


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