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.
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.
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.
This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.
- New feature: Tap and hold on "Effect" buttons on main screen to change effects
- Expansion Store layout fixes
Ratings and Reviews
Great sound, a little buggy
I originally wrote a worse review but I've spent more time really digging in to learn it. Now I only have 2 complaints. First there's a small bug. When Im using it as an IA in Cubasis, I have MIDI clock receive turned off in iSpark (using it as sound module with MIDI notes from Cubasis, not to sequence patterns within iSpark). This prevents iSpark from starting pattern playback (as intended). But the next time I start up Cubasis, it loads iSpark, and even though MIDI clock receive it turned off, iSpark still starts playing back when I press start in Cubasis. I have to set it to MIDI clock off (even though it says it's already off, it doesn't actually remember that setting). Secondly, I really with this was usable as an au3 plugin. Then there would be plugin delay compensation and better timing of the drums locked to the Cubase grid. But pretty good, raised my rating from 3 to 4 stars.
needs a lot of work
This is a tool with a lot of potential, one thing I notice is that there are sound artifacts when you start to change the parameters, there are awful glitching sounds sometimes when you change parameters, one reason I wanted this is to acquire more drum sounds and potentially make massive songs it does that, but at the same time it’s not recording worthy if there are going to be little glitch pops and sound artifacts that you have to edit out, I can confidently work on the Electribe wave app and know that I will potentially have something to record later on, it’s not a high quality finished product if there are audio pops and sound artifacts all over the place, the beatstep pro is a fantastic machine this app does not exemplify the excellent work Arturia is capable of, please improve this app
I love Arturia apps and of course their hardware.
Let’s just say I have been using iOS apps in addition to hardware and software for many years. I even have beta tested about seventy or so apps on my iPhones and ipads-I am an app addict.
I even devoted an entire iPad for a few live gigs so I could run this app with the Sparkle controller (not as my main drum source as of the last year or so the app is not very stable).
This is one of the best iOS apps for drums imho.
It needs an update though. I know they were cool enough to give it away for free during the pandemic but PLEASE update it.
I know you guys rarely update your apps but don’t abandon these stellar apps.
All and all this is really nice iOS drum machine. Has decent sounds. The sequencer is easy to use. Also you can really tweak the sounds with a lot more effects than you would think. I even can get a few gnarly effects by doubling the phaser effects which impressed me enough to grab a SparkLe (my buddy sold it to me for 15 bucks brand new so I would have grabbed it anyways but it brought the app to use outside the studio which is always fun).
But this app is solid, only have has a few issues, and hopefully there will be an update soon!
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- 415.1 MB
- Requires iPadOS 8.0 or later.
- Age Rating
- © Arturia 2016
- In-App Purchases
- iSpark ALMA Fragment $0.00
- HipHop Fragment $3.99
- EDM Fragment $3.99
- Noise Fragment $3.99
- Techno Fragment $3.99
- Hip Hop Fragment 2 $3.99
- Techno Fragment $3.99
- EDM Fragment 2 $3.99
- Hip Hop Fragment 4 $3.99
- Raw House Fragment 1 $3.99