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Spark Users Community / Re: I'm not using spark purely out of workflow issues
« Last post by stuart on April 28, 2015, 05:13:33 pm »
I would mirror your frustration with Spark. In my opinion Arturia spend too much time on the software, adding things and tweaking, removing things etc. This makes a bigger gap between the usability of the Hardware/Software.

In my opinion a certain aspect of the CDM has become a series of shortcut keys to get to tabs on the software rather than a proven usable bit of kit that is solid and gig worthy.

Thanks, Stuart
Spark Users Community / Re: Pattern Change from the DAW
« Last post by stuart on April 28, 2015, 05:00:09 pm »
I really wish they would remove the words "yes" and "no" from next to each check box.  It only adds confusion about what the action of clicking the checkbox will do.  This has always made me have to think twice when changing the values. Having only the checkbox is better UI design.


Good idea. A small thing but a simple box with a tick should be enough.

Thanks, Stuart 
Spark Users Community / Re: What is the future of Spark?
« Last post by stuart on April 28, 2015, 04:55:31 pm »

Hopefully we will see something soon. It's come a long way from 1.7.3 but I agree that there could be some nice additions making it a very usable but of SW

Thanks, Stuart 
Spark Users Community / Re: Where are Spark 2 updates?
« Last post by stuart on April 28, 2015, 04:52:46 pm »
Hi Ben, Kevin

Hope you are both well and enjoying Spring!

How are we getting on with Spark 2?

I've found a few things that would really help workflow. Apart from my mantra of more LCD feedback. Could we see some basic copy and paste action in the sequencer window in order to copy automation from one lane to another. If extending an 8 step beat to a 64 step beat, the ability to copy automation from all parameters. Or possibly a 'follow automation' so that you could have the cut off or resonance follow the pitch for example. This could be done by either flow or copy and paste.

Do you remember when I found the issue with the Pro Tools plug in, I have to install a previous version of the plug in otherwise I get a bank Spark 2 plug in window in Pro Tools. Do you have an update on this?

I have also found that certain parameters do not open when saving a Pro Tools session. For example, some drums do not play when you open a session with a saved Spark inside, you have to re open your saved Spark kit in order to 'refresh' the kit. Sometimes it even opens different sounds, It seems to happen randomly, there is no pattern (forgive the pun :) )

When editing in the Sequencer window the first drum pad is always selected when you open the sequencer, so you have to deselect it before editing and parameters. If you don't deselect nothing is editable. (A Small bug)

The file browser in the studio view seems to not work very seamlessly. (When you select a new instrument for each pad)
Sometimes nothing happens and sometimes you see multiple things selected even if you only have one layer in the sample. Meaning you can't tell which sound is being heard as you have multiple ticks on sounds. Perhaps a preference could be added to only show drums that relate to the sound being edited. For example if you are on a pad with a snare, only show snare sounds. Of course this could be turned on and off so you could add any drum on any pad if you wish. But when auditioning sounds it get a bit cluttered as there's not much space.

I still can't see a viable way of choosing individual sounds from the CDM hardware, It doesn't give you a lot of time to audition sounds before choosing the sound you are on. The slightest touch of the jog wheel seems to open the sound or kit.

Could the LCD show which view you are on in the library view, either kit, Projects etc. Also a preference to choose between endless scroll and A to Z and a way of going through each tab as we talked about over email.

One last thing. Scalable GUI. As with all other Arturia synths, the ability to make it bigger keeping the scale would be amazing. It's something that's been requested a fair bit over the forum.

Thanks, for listening

Spark Users Community / Re: Where are Spark's samples of Micro Pops kit?
« Last post by stuart on April 28, 2015, 04:18:49 pm »
Hi Fred

Mac or PC?

This is the location of samples on a mac, probably PC would be something like  C\Program files\arturia

/Library/Arturia/Spark/Spark Library/Factory/

Some of the kits don't have samples

Thanks, Stuart 
Spark Users Community / Re: Newb here, with some very newb questions.
« Last post by stuart on April 28, 2015, 04:08:43 pm »
Hi Sleepykitty

There are a few ways to do this, you can indeed drag the midi file in then simply bounce down the audio once mixed.

What i tend to do when putting tracks together is this:

1. Create the beat I'm happy with in Spark then save it.
2. Create a multiple out version of the same beat. (So I can easily swap between each without loads of faf)
3. In PT i create 1 stereo instrument track and 16 mono audio tracks
4. in the bus menu of each audio track you created you can assign a spark track to each audio track.
5. Record enable each audio track and hit record, you will record what's coming through Spark on separate tracks.

This gives you far more flexibility when mixing, you can then copy and paste beats without going back into spark and editing the beat.

Any problems let me know

Hope that helps

Thanks, Stuart


Free Speech / Re: Petition to make ALL the soft synths with "scalable" interfaces.
« Last post by stuart on April 28, 2015, 03:56:16 pm »
I am in love with all your software!

But, please  for the love of god (says the atheist) make all your soft synths with "scalable" interfaces. I use a 30 inch monitor and the controls are just to small to see and map in an efficient manner.

Help me petition Arturia to make this a feature.

Yes + 100

Adrien, Kevin, Ben and the boys(and girls) at Arturia I'm sure are looking at this.
Spark Users Community / Re: Logic Pro 9
« Last post by terrym on April 28, 2015, 01:32:10 pm »
Hi jack , have you the latest update? And have you followed the manual?  did you check on the arturia site for help in support
this video may help


MicroBrute / Re: Lfo retrig
« Last post by on April 28, 2015, 11:27:02 am »
..and if you configure so that the LFO cycle is triggered from a keyboard press, you can change over to 'not triggered' by simply switching the LFO to the seq setting. Best of both worlds, eh!
KeyLab Technical Issues / Re: Assigning KeyLab 88 SNAP Buttons
« Last post by podzoid on April 28, 2015, 10:53:57 am »
Hello again,
Thanks for in the last post for putting into words much better than i did about what the problem is. I was starting to think Hey Arturia do i have a defective unit here, but now that someone else has the exact same problem, I am thinking there must be an answer? Maybe an issue a firmware update could address? I'm running firmware 1.0.17 - I also tried the Transport buttons too for a memory change and it is just the same and as better decribed above. So there is an issue here that perhaps needs Arturia's attention. I understand the KeyLab 88 is the newest addition to the KeyLab series which has been around a bit longer. So is this something particular to the KeyLab 88 and not the rest of the series? If not a firmware update maybe the problem is with the Midi Control Center software not working correctly with the 88? Perhaps this does require Arturia's atttention? Has anybody else had this problem while trying to use and assign SNAP buttons? Please somehow lets fix this...
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