Some things I would Like to see...
1 - Total recall when Spark is used with a DAW -
That means Patterns, Mixer settings, Out Routing, etc.. . all is saved with the DAW project ...
I know this is now tied to Spark's own software but most people will expect a project to play exactly as the way they left it when last saved and exited the DAW.
Maybe a setting in Sparks preference for
"Loading New Kit does not Change Mixer"
"Loading New Project does not Change Mixer"
And another one
"Loading New Kit does not Change Patterns/ Songs"
"Loading New Project does not Change Patterns/ Songs"
... I guess it makes sense that These settings would be OFF by DEFAULT.
Someone Also mentioned this, but in a more extensive way.
In the MPC days a lot of us would just sketch a track on a single sequence with multiple tracks (one for each PAD/ Sound), and then just copy to the next where We'd mute and Un-mute Tracks in order to break it up into different variations (different sequences). So This means Saving Mute State with patterns
From my part I can say that loads of ideas come up just by swapping sounds/ Kits, so it is really crucial to be able to quickly preview sounds, a bit like most samplers were you'd be playing a sequence (or Ableton's Hot Swap) and just try out different sounds (synth/ samples/ PM).. someone mentioned this here with a suggestion on how to do it, I just wanna stress that I really find this extremely important.
Changing a sound is simple by selecting a Pad and using the Big knob with instrum. selected BUT it does have an annoying prob ...
If you so happen to use the mouse to navigate sounds, then when you move the big knob it just jumps to the beginning of the list so you definitely have to memorize the number of the sound/ instrument, so that you don't get lost while navigating the sound list... this will be more tricky with SparkLE cause you don't have the small Display to tell you where and which number you are...
Maybe a preview mode where you don't have to press de Big Knob, only when you are sure you like the sound and you want to load it!
I miss a sidechain in the comp. which is a must have in today's EDM.
Minor One: Transport should control DAW's Transport ... This would mean configuring it as a DAW remote .. Not major but still very useful and Practical
When Mute is engaged it would be awesome, and very useful, to be able to use the seq. step keys for muting PADs, this is so much more efficient for Live performing, as having to page thru 1-8 ; 9-16 is just not very practical. This way we'd have instant access to all Pads in one go a beeing able to visualize which are on and of 1 thru 16!
The same applies to Solo.
Cheers for all the great products.