Saturday, April 28, 2012

Arturia drops two new releases: The Wurlitzer 200A Electric Piano and the SPARK Vintage Drum Machines Software Instruments

Here's a couple of new releases from Arturia.  I'm actually really intrigued by the SPARK vintage drum machines because vintage drums are among my favorite sounds, just below vintage analog synths.  If you check the list below of the drums included, some really great sounds are there, like the Oberheim DMX (used on New Order's "Bizarre Love Triangle") and the Sequential Circuits DrumTraks (a Chromeo favorite).  Of course, the Wurlitzer emulation sounds pretty authentic too...

Arturia announces availability of drum machine software

GRENOBLE, FRANCE: music software and hardware company Arturia is proud to announce availability of its newly-developed SPARK Vintage Drum Machines (Standalone, VST 2.4 & 3 — 32-bit and 64-bit, RTAS and US — 32- and 64-bit) software instrument, placing 30 legendary drum machines at discerning musicians’ rhythmic fingertips!

As intuitive as it is powerful, SPARK Vintage Drum Machines represents so much more than typical sample players currently on the market; by mixing high-quality samples and virtual analogue synthesis based on Arturia’s advanced propriety TAE® (True Analog Emulation) technology, this software successfully captures the unique electronic musical soul of the 30 different drum machines it emulates: Roland’s CR-78, TR-808, and TR-606; Korg’s Mini Pops 7 and KPR-77; Ace Tone’s Rhythm Ace FR-2L; Yamaha’s MR10; Maestro’s Rhythm King MRK2; Boss’ DR-55; Casio’s VL- Tone and SK-1; Simmons’ SDS; Phatwerk; and Micromatix all get the TAE® treatment, while E-mu’s Drumulator and SP-12; Roland’s TR-909, TR-606, TR-707, TR-727, TR-626, and R8; Oberheim’s DMX; Sequential Circuits’ DrumTraks; Kawai’s R-100; Casio’s RZ-1; Yamaha’s RX5; the LinnDrum; Linn 9000; Pulsator; and Dirty-909 are all sample-based and/or physical modelling hybrids.

From the classic percussion sounds of the Roland CR-78 — popularised by artists as diverse as Marvin Gaye, Alicia Keys, Gary Numan, and John Foxx — and Korg Mini Pops 7 — probably best known for its use on Jean-Michel Jarre’s groundbreaking Oxygene — to the prominent punch of Roland’s TR-series, all these iconic models from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s are available in a singular easy-to-use interface.

Adding in-depth tweaking possibilities — 14 high-quality effects (Multiband Compressor, Reverb, Bit Crusher, Multiband EQ, Chorus, Delay, Distortion, Phaser, Plate Reverb, Destroyer, Flanger, Space Pan, Limiter, and Sub Generator); lightning-fast workflow — SPARK’s Step Sequencer makes track creation a breeze, while 16 independent audio outputs and MIDI I/O permit perfect DAW integration; plus the live features of Arturia’s hardware SPARK Creative Drum Machine controller’s integrated software — XY Touch Pad, Beat Looper, Slicer, and Realtime automation on all parameters — into this creative mix equals a must-have solution for the most demanding beat-makers! Meanwhile, more than 1300 pre-programmed patterns are available to ignite your rhythmical creativity.

SPARK Vintage Drum Machines is available to purchase from Arturia’s Online shop ( as Mac-compatible (OS X 10.5 or higher — Intel only) and PC-compatible (Windows XP, Vista, and 7 — 32- and 64-bit) boxed software for €119.00 EURO/$129.00 USD or as a software download for €99.00 EURO/$99.00 USD.

Arturia releases Wurlitzer EP 200A electric piano software emulation

“The Wurlitzer V sounds amazing — just like the real deal, but with no annoying 60-cycle hum! The amp choices are a super-cool plus.”
- Jim McGorman, musical director for Avril Lavigne, 2012

GRENOBLE, FRANCE: music software and hardware company Arturia is proud to announce availability of Wurlitzer V, (Standalone, VST 2.4 & 3 — 32-bit and 64- bit, RTAS and AU — 32- and 64-bit) high-end software recreation of the classic Wurlitzer EP 200A electric piano as of April 26, 2012...

Think electric piano, and many musicians still think Wurlitzer or ‘Wurly’ — one of a series of electro- mechanical stringless pianos manufactured and marketed by the US-based Rudolph Wurlitzer Company, coining the trademarked Electronic Piano phrase in the process. The 1972-launched Wurlitzer EP 200A represented Wurlitzer’s top-of-the-range, reed-based piano line throughout its impressive 10-year production lifespan; today Arturia’s Wurlitzer V faithfully resurrects that still-sought-after sound — and more besides!

Unlike traditional sampling libraries, the Wurlitzer V’s embedded physical modelling engine readily reproduces the agreeable acoustic properties of the Wurlitzer EP 200A’s musically distinctive reeds, key action, and amplification combo by ‘constructing’ played notes in real time, creating cost-effective and reliable realism in a computer-based, truly portable package fit for a 21st Century performer; moreover, maximising integral sonic flexibility to skilfully surpass its hardware namesake is also the virtual order of the day here, appealing to studio and stage users alike.

Indeed, Wurlitzer V lets users choose between three output modes: Studio (Wurlitzer and associated effects are ‘connected’ to a virtual DI box with reverb thereafter); Stage (with guitar amp simulator, multiple mic and speaker options, and a satisfying-sounding spring reverb at the output stage); and Rotary (with a rotary speaker simulator to create musical movement).

As most producers are already aware, the beloved bright and overdriven ‘Wurly’ sound so musically ingrained in popular music culture — thanks to artists as diverse as The Beatles, Supertramp, and Marvin Gaye — is actually a clever combination of admirable amplification — Fender Bassman and Twin Reverb guitar tube amps, et al; mic’ing par excellence; and precision processing, with multiple analogue chorus, phasing, and tape echo units often being used to fashion a deeper, luscious tone.
As such, Arturia’s Wurlitzer V effectively places its users in an authentic-sounding Seventies-style virtual recording studio, replete with classic tube amps (Fender Deluxe Reverb Blackface, Fender Twin Reverb Blackface, Fender Bassman, and Marshall Plexi guitar tube amp models; Leslie Speaker rotary simulator model); modelled mics (Shure SM57, Sennheiser MD 421, and Neumann U87); and vintage stompboxes (Wah-wah, Autowah, Overdrive, Flanger, Compressor, Phaser, Chorus, Delay, Pitch Shifter/Chorus, Vocal Filter, and Reverb models) — everything needed to achieve that classic ‘Wurly’ vibe or more adventurous sound design (thanks to advanced in-depth control parameters: 10-band Graphic Equaliser; Vibrator Rate; Pickup Distance; Pickup Axis; Impedance; Damper Position; Dynamics; Octave Stretch; Hammer Hardness; Hammer Noise; Note Off Noise; Sustain Pedal Noise; Velocity Curve).

For anyone looking for an effective electric piano paired with stimulating studio tools (including extensive MIDI mapping of pedals, effects, and sound engine parameters), Wurlitzer V is the answer and you know that for sure!

Wurlitzer V is available to purchase from Arturia’s Online shop ( as Mac-compatible (OS X 10.5 or higher — Intel only) and PC-compatible (Windows XP, Vista, and 7 — 32- and 64-bit) boxed software for €119.00 EURO/$129.00 USDor as a software download for €99.00 EURO/$99.00 USD.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, those new releases from Arturia sound amazing! I'm particularly drawn to the SPARK Vintage Drum Machines software because I absolutely love the sound of vintage drums. The fact that it includes iconic drum machines like the Oberheim DMX and the Sequential Circuits DrumTraks is really exciting. I can already imagine the incredible beats and rhythms I could create with those classic sounds. speaking of things that are classic and timeless, let me share an awesome website called It's a fantastic resource that can help us make our daily routines more environmentally friendly. By using the website, we can easily find and follow our local garbage pickup schedules, ensuring that we dispose of waste properly and efficiently. This helps promote a clean and sustainable environment for us and future generations.