Beats and Phrases with the Zoom ARQ


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Are you looking for a new way to make loops, beats and phrases in your music productions?

Zoom has announced the release of the Zoom ARQ RhythmTrak to be in stores in April 2016

The Zoom Arq is a new kind of hardware rhythm machine with 96 velocity and pressure sentive pads. It sends and receives aftertouch and has an accelerometer for performance features.

ARQ is a drum machine, sequencer, synthesizer, looper, and MIDI controller with a built-in accelerometer. Even more, ARQ is freedom. With its wireless Bluetooth Ring Controller, you can escape the booth, move the music, and get in front of the crowd.

The ARQ consists of two powerful components—the
Base Station (AR-96) and the detachable
Ring Controller (AR-96c).

The Base Station

The ARQ Base Station houses 468 drum/instrument
sounds (“one-shot” sampled waveform sounds),
70 types of synthesizer sounds, and dozens of digital
effects. Dual 1/4″ line-level audio inputs enable phrase
recording and looping. There are also stereo 1/4″
line-level outputs, as well as a dedicated 1/4″ headphone
jack with its own volume control. A USB port allows
connection to your computer, and an SD card slot lets you
save patterns and loops, import prerecorded audio, and
update firmware.

The Ring Controller

The detachable Ring Controller communicates with the
Base Station, as well as DAWs, via wireless Bluetooth.
It offers 96 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads for
clip launching and playing drum sounds, instrument
sounds, and sequences. Phrases and sounds can be
played chromatically, or you can choose from dozens
of preset scales in any key. Its unique Grip Detection
automatically prevents accidental triggering of the
pads under your hand. There are dedicated buttons
at the top and bottom of the Ring for REC/PLAY/STOP,
as well as Filter/Delay/Reverb/MASTER FX on/off.
An onboard 3-axis accelerometer generates MIDI
control messages to alter sounds and effects in real
time. Its internal Lithium-Ion battery automatically
charges when the Ring is placed on the Base Station.

ARQ Features

Drum machine, sequencer, synthesizer, looper, clip launcher, and MIDI controller in one device
Includes 468 drum/instrument sounds (“one-shot” sampled waveform sounds), 70 types of synthesizer sounds, and dozens of digital effects
Ring Controller can be used wirelessly as a handheld aerial instrument and to launch audio clips from DAW software
96 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads and 160 programmable color LEDs
Grip Detection to automatically prevent accidental note triggering
3-axis accelerometer for altering effects parameters and sending MIDI control messages
Dedicated buttons for sequence REC/PLAY/STOP and for effects on/off
Use up to 5 effects simultaneously, applied to overall drum kit or individual drum sounds
Split mode allows one instrument to be assigned to multiple pads for ease of input
Onboard mixer for setting volumes and muting/soloing parts
Flexible precount, quantize, swing, and beat settings
Audible and/or visual click
Dual 1/4″ inputs for phrase recording and loop creation
Audio capture from patterns and songs, from SD card, or from incoming audio signal
Create up to 99 mono or stereo loops, play up to 32 simultaneously
Loop start and end points can be set on the fly or adjusted manually
Loop tempo synchronization, pitch change, and reverse playback functions
Programmable synthesizer engine
531 oscillator types and 16-voice polyphony
Sound-shaping controls include effects, envelope generators, and stepped and smooth modulation
Play sounds chromatically, or choose from dozens of preset scales in any key
Adjustable pad velocity and pressure sensitivity
Dedicated tap tempo button for synchronization
Selectable LED light-show animations
Dual 1/4″ line outputs and separate 1/4″ headphone output with dedicated volume control
USB port and SD card slot
Bluetooth LE for low power consumption and extended usage times

More info on the Zoom ARQ athe the Zoom website


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