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Title: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mauronedj on October 17, 2012, 10:07:35 am
In this topic I collect all the users improvements and suggestions about the Spark Software and Hardware!
Everyone can join by reply to this message, I'll add all in the first topic! You can also post an image or a video to show us your idea!


1: Make the grid resizeable whitout change the tempo (here it is a short video to demonstrate this issues):
    Spark Grid Resolution Resize Problem (http://youtu.be/P6_jtMOk2nQ)

2: Add other effect slots per channel and another 2 sends (accessible in the controller whit):
   Shift + Send1===>Send 3
   Shift + Send2===>Send 4

3: Make a controller shotcut to change the filter type, example:
    Shift + Cutoff===>Scroll filter types

4: Add the ability to Preview the sample or the instruments in a quick way!

5: Make the presets change more smooth (for a live performance)

6: CPU Usage Improvements

7: Add the ability to use external VST in the effect slot, or add more effect (some good reverb first)

8: Browser Improvements whit favourite locations!
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Select+14 open the Browser. Then one click on the wheel could browse the sample home location folders.  Click once to enter a folder to browse samples.  Arrow buttons could be used to navigate up and down folders in the file browser, and the big knob could select samples.  Volume (next to panning) could change preview volume and the other knobs on that row (cutoff, resonance, aux 1, aux 2, panning) could affect the preview too.  A click with the kit knob on a sample could load it into the selected slot.

9: Autonomate all the parameters and playback in the sequencer!

10: Control external Synth/Expander whit the sequencer!

11: Step sequencer windows!

12: Per Pattern Mute and Solo Groups.
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Mute and Solo'd Pad Selections and State are saved as part of a Pattern. 'last state' is recalled as pattern is activated.
ie: Pattern A1 has pads A, B and C muted and Mute is active on recall. Pads X,Y and Z are Solo selected and inactive. If a user switches to a new pattern, A1 is left in the state it was last in. Save Project would write the state, Load Project would reset the state. Each Pattern stores completely different Mute/Solo group state including selected instruments. Group settings should be able to be cut/copy/paste between Patterns.

13: Standard Tuning Reference for Pitch Settings.
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Currently the central reference pitch for each instrument is 'unknown' (at least is 'unstated'). Some sort of reference note would be helpful in the form of Midi Note #, Htz, or Midi Note Name.

14: An option to output midi to pitch for specific pads.
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It'd be really nice to see you open it up just a little bit. I'd love to be able to make 'tuned' instruments output to their own MIDI channel in MIDI file Exports and Realtime via plugin and Spark's MIDI Out.

15: A proper Midi Reference Spec Sheet.
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Clearly you're using your own midi communications, and I think that's great, but some documentation beyond 'don't use the private midi ports' would be really great, if only to confirm why strange behavior will result. I've seen some odd behavior while attempting to hook up some other midi equipment, it mostly made sense in the context of 'we made our own mapping, it's different' and in the traditional hardware MIDI world, this should be Documented for users. I'd be great to see some optional documentation for advanced users.

16: Add a "STUDIO MODE" selected by a shortcut:
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- 6 instrument parameters mapped to the Mixer knobs (for selected instrument)
- 3 mixer parameters mapped to the 3 instrument knobs (I think Vol/Cutoff/Res are the best 3 to choose, leaving off Aux1/Aux2/Pan)
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8284/7602441140_443b4f0d76_b.jpg)

17: Post and Pre effect Channel
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Add the ability to change the Audio Channel of all the percussion without bypass the effect, maybe with a switchable option

18: Shift+Shuffle change Accent value

19: Add Sub-category in Project and Kit lists

20: Add Host Shortcut (Select+16) and the ability to save the Host state in the DAW Project

21: Add more syntesis capabilities and new synthesizer

22: Create a Default Mixer template or a few preset (like all outputs on the first channel, all outputs in separate channels, grouped channels etc...)
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I would just like a default user set mixer output set up.  That way regardless of which kit I load the sounds are all outputted to the same outs as they always are.  I'd basically just like pads 1-16 mapped to outs 1-16 by default.

23: Note pitch editing shortcuts for the hardware
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I would like to have some form of editing with the top step sequencer that would allow me to change individual note pitch straight from the hardware.    The way I do it now is just press record and hope that I record it correct.  If I don't I have to delete it and try again.  I'd just like to be able to select the incorrectly played note and change its pitch from the hardware instead of changing the entire pattern's pitch in tune mode.

24: Add parameter modulation like pitch control (Filter, Decay, Release etc) in the sequencer
This idea come's me in mind from this:
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Gate control is basically just a way to adjust the length of individual notes.  Sorta like decay.  However unlike decay you would be able to use this on a note by note basis so some notes could be long and some could drop off fast.  It helps a lot with creating a groove.  Step mode would work great for this cause then you could just click record it would select the first note and you would change the delay value at that point in the sequence and then continue doing that for each note you want to change.

25: Add individuals controls for all the Instrument's Layers

26: assign every parameter to the 3 knobs associated with a sound and record tweaks

27: step by step editing

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it would be nice to have some kind of "p-lock" or "motion-sequence" : select a sound - press and hold a step key - move one of the three encoders to set and record a value for the chosen parameter!
this way you can input for instance velocity ( ghost notes !!! ) without ever touching the mouse!

28: I have a big monitor let me see 64 steps!!

29: Add a Linn LM-1 kit
Javd007 from Gearslutz offers to sample his unit for Arturia.

30: integrate spark and analogue laboratory for the ultimate modular synth/step sequencer!
Now you have per drum note/tuning, why not give V collection owners the ability to trigger the SEN or Mg

31: Velocity, repeat and shift should be assignable to an instrument control on the hardware

32: Record lenght of the note while playing on the pad

33: Personal name for drum Style beyond the current eleven

34: Export midi from pads individually
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: silikonanswer on October 18, 2012, 12:10:14 am
CPU usage!
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mauronedj on October 18, 2012, 10:06:38 am
CPU usage!
The CPU usage is understandable because it's a phisical model machine, but I'll add this to the list!
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mauronedj on October 31, 2012, 12:00:32 pm
Up!
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: rodanmusic on October 31, 2012, 05:24:54 pm
Can't you already change the filter by shift clicking on the filter button?

The number one thing I would like to see (the one thing that keeps me from using spark) is a default set of routing settings for the mixer so that I can always have spark mapped out in my Daw's song template.  Setting it up each time really sucks.

Other thing that would be good would be a better browser with favorite locations.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mauronedj on October 31, 2012, 06:04:12 pm
You can change the Pad Filter type but not the Single Pad cutoff Type!

For your issue, you can simply create a template whit all your routings and open it every time you start a new project (I called it _Default so I see it for first!).

better Browser added!
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: rodanmusic on October 31, 2012, 11:38:58 pm
Hmm I swear I tried that and it reset them when I re-opened it.  I will try it again. Thanks.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mauronedj on November 02, 2012, 11:47:54 am
Also another improvement is the ability to automate all the parameters change in the sequencer and playback all of them during the track!
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: lne on November 08, 2012, 10:08:11 am
Control External Synths using Spark StepSequencer.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mauronedj on November 08, 2012, 11:34:55 am
Control External Synths using Spark StepSequencer.
Added!
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: rodanmusic on November 12, 2012, 05:33:08 am
I really want this control external synths feature.  It would be awesome to be able to jam straight through spark and not need my daw.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mrfugu on November 14, 2012, 09:35:18 pm
Request:
1) Per Pattern Mute and Solo Groups.
Mute and Solo'd Pad Selections and State are saved as part of a Pattern. 'last state' is recalled as pattern is activated.
ie: Pattern A1 has pads A, B and C muted and Mute is active on recall. Pads X,Y and Z are Solo selected and inactive. If a user switches to a new pattern, A1 is left in the state it was last in. Save Project would write the state, Load Project would reset the state. Each Pattern stores completely different Mute/Solo group state including selected instruments. Group settings should be able to be cut/copy/paste between Patterns.

2) Standard Tuning Reference for Pitch Settings.
Currently the central reference pitch for each instrument is 'unknown' (at least is 'unstated'). Some sort of reference note would be helpful in the form of Midi Note #, Htz, or Midi Note Name.

2b) An option to output midi to pitch for specific pads. You've got a great hardware sequencing platform in the Spark. It'd be really nice to see you open it up just a little bit. I'd love to be able to make 'tuned' instruments output to their own MIDI channel in MIDI file Exports and Realtime via plugin and Spark's MIDI Out.


3) A proper Midi Reference Spec Sheet. Clearly you're using your own midi communications, and I think that's great, but some documentation beyond 'don't use the private midi ports' would be really great, if only to confirm why strange behavior will result. I've seen some odd behavior while attempting to hook up some other midi equipment, it mostly made sense in the context of 'we made our own mapping, it's different' and in the traditional hardware MIDI world, this should be Documented for users. It would be great to see some optional documentation for advanced users.



thanks
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mauronedj on November 14, 2012, 10:45:12 pm
Good point mrfugu, I'll add all of those and make them more clear!
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: punkdSICO on November 15, 2012, 08:20:38 pm
I had this in another thread but, I would LOVE the 6 mixer knobs to be able to control the 6 instrument parameters.  The Spark sound engine is HUGELY powerful but, we are left with only 3 knobs at a time to control this whilst at the same time, we have dedicated knobs for less useful mixer functions like Pan etc..

My #1 suggestion is:

This shows Spark in "Studio Mode" with key points being:

- 6 instrument parameters mapped to the Mixer knobs (for selected instrument)
- 3 mixer parameters mapped to the 3 instrument knobs (I think Vol/Cutoff/Res are the best 3 to choose, leaving off Aux1/Aux2/Pan)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8284/7602441140_443b4f0d76_b.jpg)

I have given the shortcut to "Select + 8" but I think this is already assigned so it will need to be 12 or whatever..

Fingers crossed this can get approval/backing and hopefully this is a quickie for Mr Arturia?

ta,

Paul
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mauronedj on November 16, 2012, 06:17:24 pm
Fingers crossed this can get approval/backing and hopefully this is a quickie for Mr Arturia?
Hi Paul, good features!
I'll add in the first post!
I also hope that Arturia's Team release that feature!
Mauro.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Kevin on November 19, 2012, 09:10:03 am
Hi all,
sorry for not getting back to you sooner on this topic.
I discussed it with the team and it has been decided to not answer on what will and what wont be implemented.
However we keep this thread as sticky so all the feature requests will be gathered in the same place.

@mauronedj: Thanks for creating it. Tell me if you want us to manage it or if it's ok for you.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mauronedj on November 19, 2012, 09:31:41 am
@mauronedj: Thanks for creating it. Tell me if you want us to manage it or if it's ok for you.
Thank you Kevin, for me it's not a problem, I'll do it gladly because I love this product!

I hope an update is coming soon, and finally, thanks for your hard work Kevin!
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: anomsel on December 06, 2012, 04:21:10 pm
Most important thing for me: Midi Export of pattern without loosing data for Shuffle, Accent, Automation...

Midi-Export in the DAW doesn´t make any sense for me, if I loose these advantages of Sparks sequenzer.

What I want to do with Spark is to program drums intuitivly with the contoller and the stepsequenzer (incl. Shuffle and Accent). To finish a track its quiet nessesary to me, to transfer complete pattern to a DAW quickly - with all data!

Thanx
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mrfugu on December 07, 2012, 09:43:47 pm
Most important thing for me: Midi Export of pattern without loosing data for Shuffle, Accent, Automation...

Midi-Export in the DAW doesn´t make any sense for me, if I loose these advantages of Sparks sequenzer.

What I want to do with Spark is to program drums intuitivly with the contoller and the stepsequenzer (incl. Shuffle and Accent). To finish a track its quiet nessesary to me, to transfer complete pattern to a DAW quickly - with all data!

Thanx


It would seem logical to simply output midi data in realtime more easily. I like that I can pick and choose patterns and move them around as individual blocks, but realistically, this limits the full value of the control surface, and sequencer efforts in favor of a nice but ultimately limited (more so than MIDI) sound and effects plugin.

Maybe its an artifact of a hybrid solution like this, but I'd prefer the former at the expense of the latter.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: brother303 on December 08, 2012, 11:27:23 am
Hi Mauro,

I´d like to see Shift+Shuffle = Accent level.

Is this suggestion worth to be added to the first post?  ;)

Regards
Greg
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mauronedj on December 09, 2012, 10:52:22 am
Most important thing for me: Midi Export of pattern without loosing data for Shuffle, Accent, Automation...
I don't think that you can export Shuffle, Spark reacts to midi notes, and if the notes come's from a DAW, the DAW must have the Shuffle!

Automation works, but you must enable the parameter you want to automate in the VST plugin! If you work with ableton you can watch my tutorial here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyLZYUH_kCM&feature=plcp

If you don't want to use the sequencer and Record the arrange of your song on the fly, I think you don't need Spark! :D Think spark as an external drum machine, with drag and drop samples feature and DAW integration!
(As MRFUGU already said!)


Hi Mauro,

I´d like to see Shift+Shuffle = Accent level.

Is this suggestion worth to be added to the first post?  ;)

Regards
Greg
Yes Greg, of course, really useful and original request!
Mauro.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: brother303 on December 10, 2012, 12:09:32 pm
Thanks Mauro!

 :D
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: SLiC on December 11, 2012, 05:44:43 pm
Please add 'proper preset browser directory', with all these expantion packs and new sounds there are just too many to have an alphabetical list, it needs to be sorted (sub menu) by type or pack etc....
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mauronedj on December 11, 2012, 06:02:09 pm
Please add 'proper preset browser directory', with all these expantion packs and new sounds there are just too many to have an alphabetical list, it needs to be sorted (sub menu) by type or pack etc....
Interesting feature Slic! :D
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: rodanmusic on December 11, 2012, 06:51:58 pm
A nice improvement would be to set up a default template for the mixer output routing.  It gets annoying to have to change that every time I open a new kit.

Something that spark should have is a way to control other arturia instruments directly from the spark controller.  Better yet vst control like maschine, but I'd settle for being able to use something like arturia sem v straight from the Spark's knobs without ever leaving the controller or looking at the screen.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mauronedj on December 11, 2012, 08:05:32 pm
A nice improvement would be to set up a default template for the mixer output routing.  It gets annoying to have to change that every time I open a new kit.

Something that spark should have is a way to control other arturia instruments directly from the spark controller.  Better yet vst control like maschine, but I'd settle for being able to use something like arturia sem v straight from the Spark's knobs without ever leaving the controller or looking at the screen.
I've made a Default project that include all the routings, call il whenever you start a new project and load a kit, it won't overwrite your Outputs settings!

I think that Arturia should made a Midi Template in all their synths for spark, rather than a spark template!
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: dijidave on December 14, 2012, 07:52:20 pm
Please add 'proper preset browser directory', with all these expantion packs and new sounds there are just too many to have an alphabetical list, it needs to be sorted (sub menu) by type or pack etc....

+1     8)
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: rodanmusic on December 21, 2012, 08:53:27 pm
A nice improvement would be to set up a default template for the mixer output routing.  It gets annoying to have to change that every time I open a new kit.

Something that spark should have is a way to control other arturia instruments directly from the spark controller.  Better yet vst control like maschine, but I'd settle for being able to use something like arturia sem v straight from the Spark's knobs without ever leaving the controller or looking at the screen.
I've made a Default project that include all the routings, call il whenever you start a new project and load a kit, it won't overwrite your Outputs settings!

I think that Arturia should made a Midi Template in all their synths for spark, rather than a spark template!

Yeah that works!  The only annoying thing is that when you change a kit it will reset those to whatever output mappings the kits were originally set up with (main and nothing else).

I also agree on a revamp of the browser. I don't like it as it is now, but dragging from the file system works good enough I guess.  Preferably it would be like Maschine's browser where you could set up a default directory and then be able to browse samples straight from the hardware.  Something like a browse mode...select and step button 14? Then one click on the wheel could browse the sample home location folders.  Click once to enter a folder to browse samples.  Arrow buttons could be used to navigate up and down folders in the file browser, and the big knob could select samples.  Volume (next to panning) could change preview volume and the other knobs on that row (cutoff, resonance, aux 1, aux 2, panning) could affect the preview too.  A click with the kit knob on a sample could load it into the selected slot.  Would be awesome!

This brings me to something else.  Changing kits and instruments with that big knob is not exactly efficient.  It works, but it is slow.

I would really like to see a more full fledged synthesizer integrated with spark or a way to load vst instruments and auto map all the vst knobs to the spark knobs via some form of midi mode that can be activated without taking Spark out of host mode and changing into the current midi control mode.

I really like the Synths included, but often I want to adjust them just a little further than the available parameters allow.  Still I can get some pretty awesome things going as it is now.

I'd also like to see some form of step editing so I could change note values on each note individually.  I may be missing an easy way to do this.  The tune mode is great, and I think this should be expanded on.  I think you should be able to do tune mode using the pads and then change individual pitch for steps by selecting a pad then selecting its value using the pads in tune mode.

I also would like to see some sort of individual note gate control from the hardware like the AN200 sequencer has for more evolved rhythms.

Finally I would like to see the ability to send and receive midi cc and note values from external gear so I can sequence straight from Spark without using a DAW.  I find Spark stand alone mode to be the funnest way to use Spark.

Anyways, this is all wishful thinking, but I hope that Spark eventually gets a v2 with hardware update and I'll pick it up if it has some of these features for sure.  I also own Maschine which has a few of these options but they are implemented poorly imo and I have a lot more fun using Spark than I do using the Maschine.  I may just sell it as I rarely use it.  The only reason I keep it is for the excellent sample editing.  The sequencer is junk.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mauronedj on December 24, 2012, 03:32:48 pm
Hi Rodan, I've added some of your suggestions but I can't really understand the others!

Can you please describe all the things more clearly so I can add them to the OP?

Mauro.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: rodanmusic on December 27, 2012, 12:27:06 am
I can try :)

1.  I would just like a default user set mixer output set up.  That way regardless of which kit I load the sounds are all outputted to the same outs as they always are.  I'd basically just like pads 1-16 mapped to outs 1-16 by default.

2. Maschine allows you to browse your own samples directly from the hardware.  I Would like an easy way to do this on Spark so I wouldn't have to hop into my DAW's browser to locate samples.

3. Basically in Maschine you load a vst into Maschine and it automatically sets up all of the knobs on the Maschine hardware to control knobs on the virtual instrument.  You can remap this if you want, but either way you have instant control over an instrument straight from the hardware.

4. I would like more synthesizer capabilities.  Currently synths only have like 6 or 7 available parameters to change the sound.  I would like more.

5.  I would like to have some form of editing with the top step sequencer that would allow me to change individual note pitch straight from the hardware.    The way I do it now is just press record and hope that I record it correct.  If I don't I have to delete it and try again.  I'd just like to be able to select the incorrectly played note and change its pitch from the hardware instead of changing the entire pattern's pitch in tune mode.

6.  Gate control is basically just a way to adjust the length of individual notes.  Sorta like decay.  However unlike decay you would be able to use this on a note by note basis so some notes could be long and some could drop off fast.  It helps a lot with creating a groove.  Step mode would work great for this cause then you could just click record it would select the first note and you would change the delay value at that point in the sequence and then continue doing that for each note you want to change.

7.   I would like to control external hardware's (and vst hardware) knobs using the spark in stand alone mode so I could alter parameters such as cutoff on my external gear on the fly without switching to midi control mode (which makes it so you can't record the changes).

Hopefully that makes a little more sense heh.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mauronedj on December 27, 2012, 10:39:27 am
Ok Rodanmusic, I modified the first post, take a look at it
7.   I would like to control external hardware's (and vst hardware) knobs using the spark in stand alone mode so I could alter parameters such as cutoff on my external gear on the fly without switching to midi control mode (which makes it so you can't record the changes).
I still don't understand this....sorry!
How can you control external synth if you are controlling the spark software? Do you mean that you like the ability to change only few knob from controlling Spark to send midi CC's or something else?

I'm only a simple user, so dont blame me :D
Mauro.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: rodanmusic on December 27, 2012, 08:05:43 pm
Ok Rodanmusic, I modified the first post, take a look at it
7.   I would like to control external hardware's (and vst hardware) knobs using the spark in stand alone mode so I could alter parameters such as cutoff on my external gear on the fly without switching to midi control mode (which makes it so you can't record the changes).
I still don't understand this....sorry!
How can you control external synth if you are controlling the spark software? Do you mean that you like the ability to change only few knob from controlling Spark to send midi CC's or something else?

I'm only a simple user, so dont blame me :D
Mauro.

Basically I'm just saying that when I turn a knob on my hardware synthesizer I would like that knob turn data to be recorded into spark's sequencer.  Next time I press play it would send that exact knob movement out to my hardware as automation. 

Does that clear it up?
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: rt2034 on January 03, 2013, 11:58:05 pm
It would be very useful if currently selected pattern number could be saved in DAW project files (like Ableton Live live sets).

Currently it works like this:
If I make a live set where I had selected some pattern to play, let's say 7. I did not change the contents of the pattern.
Later when I open the live set, the current pattern is always 1. Not 7 that it was when saved.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: BwoupBwoup on January 20, 2013, 01:20:11 pm
Could you add the capability for spark to record lenght of the note while playing on the pad (The only way to this now is by automatising the decay) it's very important for style of music like
hip-hop, acid jazz, down tempo kind of music.

Sorry english is not my mother language I hope you could see what I'm talking about..
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: CC4 on January 27, 2013, 03:50:45 pm
..would like to be able to name my own categories of drum Style beyond the current eleven (Rock, Pop, House, Electro, Jazz, Hip Hop, Latin, Dub, R' n' B, Creative & FXs, Dubstep).
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: stevism on January 27, 2013, 09:26:31 pm
Not sure if this is possible, but i would love to have the "roller" as a parameter that could be assigned individually to each parameter...

so like, if i wanted the snare to always be a roll of 1/32 notes, it would do that. I would still be able to sequence quarter notes, but those quarter notes would be comprised of 1/32 notes.

hope that makes sense...if it's possible i'd love to know how  :)
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: horstpetersen on January 28, 2013, 04:33:08 pm
Repost of my 2 cents I posted before...

1. The display reacts a bit slow -
I wish you could improve that with a future firmware update.

2. My MPC Quantize Algorithms are sorely missed. ATM I do that in Logic but if I could have that instant J Dilla / Flying Lotus oddness on the fly in Spark would be really cool.
So please add some more quantize modes (MPC 2k, MPC 60, ESP 1200, Korg DDD, etc.)

3. Found a small bug. When I switch from Instrument 1-8 to 9-16 by pressing the button on the hardware the view on the screen sometimes doesn't switch.

4. Editing the sample pads (bottom view): naming the all pad elements by hands is a bit of a hassle. I suggest when you create an empty kit and save under a certain name the kit name should given to all elements so you don't have to rename all the "New project" elements. Otherwise you have dozens of these in your library and don't know what's what.

5. Please make the wave edit window zoomable. ATM it's almost impossible to properly set start and end points when loading and unproperly cut sample.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: horstpetersen on January 31, 2013, 02:49:21 pm
When setting up Spark as a multichannel instruments the setting should be global.
It's a bit annoying that all setting are lost as soon as you change the kit.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: djzemigl on February 09, 2013, 02:42:32 am
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.

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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

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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!

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I miss a sidechain in the comp. which is a must have in today's EDM.

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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



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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.

Z
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: rodanmusic on March 06, 2013, 02:41:50 am
I was playing around with a song in Spark, and I was wishing I had a step mode.  Step Edit mode would be SOOOO cool.

It could work something like this:
1. Select + 13 or 14 turns step edit mode on
2. First sequencer step light turns on but doesn't move.
3. When you find the value you are trying to set(e.g. pitch, cutoff, res, step pitch, ...), you press and continue holding select as you turn the knob to the value you want.
4. Release the select button to set the value.
5. In this mode the forward and backward arrow keys could move up and down steps for step selection, but it'd be cool if there was an option to automatically progress to the next step after setting the value.

It would also be awesome if you could press play to start the sequencer while in step edit mode.

Finally it would be even more cool to be able to use tune mode while in step edit mode.  Every note you clicked on the pads would record a note to a step, and there could be a button to skip a step.

Of course it wouldn't record the steps edits if you didn't have record on. 

It's fun dreaming!
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: rico.toh on March 17, 2013, 07:15:21 am
Hi Spark Community,

This topic is a nice attention for Spark users :)

I will be happy to see some new features in Spark software with the feature in this topic :

- Have a sort of performance mode where when you play in live, in example, you're currently playing pattern A5, you tweak some parameters of PAD 2/5/8, when you switch pattern, maybe A6, you can recover your old parameters without reloading the project.

Maybe you enter in the performance mode, where all changes on sounds are not applied for the global project.
I Hope you understand what I mean.

- In second, more effects or effects with more parameters, like sidechain compressor and more routing possiblities (but routing was evoqued in another post).

Sorry for my English, I'm a Frenchie ;)

Thanks a lot.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: stevism on March 17, 2013, 08:27:42 am
idk if you can do this or not already but i'd love to be able to select multiple instruments at once, to shift say filter cutoff or volume at once. this would be especially applicable for toms

just like holding down select + keep choosing until you let go of select
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: AlexZ on March 18, 2013, 12:59:21 am
Maybe this is possible with the current software version (I'm using 1.5), but here are some things that I find missing:
I have several hardware synthesizers, all of them connected via MIDI.
I use one of them as a master keyboard that sends MIDI preset changed commands when required and generates MIDI clock messages so that all synthesizers run in sync.
I would like to be able to add the Spark to this setup using it as if it were a hardware synthesizer.
To do this I need to be able to have Spark be able to (from most important to least important):
1) receive MIDI preset change commands
2) receive MIDI clock messages and sync to them
3) send MIDI clock commands
4) receive MIDI CC (or NRPN) commands to control different parameters of a preset in real-time
5) setup what CC controls whats part of the preset (in the software on the computer)
Probably some of these things are possible by using the Spark in a DAW (which I will try), but I would like to depend on (and worry about crashing during a live performance of) the least amount of software possible, so I would like to have these features in the standalone program.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: steveswisher on March 20, 2013, 02:47:33 pm
Please give us the Dubstep and EDM skins!
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mixalis on March 23, 2013, 11:25:48 am
When do you think the next update will be available? Does even arturia has spark update plans?
 I would like to see more shorcuts and generally to be able to work completely on spark without even looking at the computer screen..And since spark is trying to cover many many music genres i think some classical music kits would be useful.  oh and one question.. How can i set aux 1 and aux 2 to have different effects?
 Thank you!!
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Kevin on March 23, 2013, 01:23:59 pm
Hi,
an update (1.6.1) will be released very soon.
However, it wont give lots of new features, this is mainly bug fix.

But we are working on another updater 1.7 which should be available later this year (no release date for the moment).

Concerning the aux effetcs, go in the mixer view and change the effect of the Return tracks.
Kevin
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mixalis on March 23, 2013, 03:08:09 pm
Thank you very much for the quick reply Kevin.. I am waiting for them both..
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mpc60champ on April 14, 2013, 05:16:41 pm
Can we have more accurate 909 and 808 EMulation? Synthesis TAE based.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: SLiC on April 14, 2013, 07:37:57 pm
Hi,
an update (1.6.1) will be released very soon.
However, it wont give lots of new features, this is mainly bug fix.

But we are working on another updater 1.7 which should be available later this year (no release date for the moment).

Concerning the aux effetcs, go in the mixer view and change the effect of the Return tracks.
Kevin

You need an update sooner rather than later- releasing packs before you have any sort of kit browser structure is just dumb, surely it would have been simple to have one directory for factory, one for EDM, one for DUB etc....buy a new pack and its all just mixed up, very hard to find the new sounds....ridiculous oversight.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: ListenUpStudio on April 14, 2013, 09:45:41 pm
Great News! I will be waiting for this update bro  8)
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Kevin on April 15, 2013, 08:48:35 am
1.7 is currently under development with a new project/kit/instrument/sample browser
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mpc60champ on April 15, 2013, 08:55:39 pm
1.7 is currently under development with a new project/kit/instrument/sample browser

Thanks. Ready to beta with live 9 and studio 1 v2.5
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: rodanmusic on April 16, 2013, 05:43:24 pm
1.7 is currently under development with a new project/kit/instrument/sample browser

This is very good news!!! Please make sure it's intuitive so that I can incorporate samples and things into my projects easier.  Using the browser now is pointless honestly.  I just drag and drop samples in, but it'd be cool to be able to choose them from the hardware.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: kcearl on April 17, 2013, 02:57:24 pm
1.7 is currently under development with a new project/kit/instrument/sample browser
great news

I also hope it will deal with saving the vst's paremeters within a daw...its irritating to have to set it up each time as it always goes to bank A first pattern..

But any updates very welcome ;)
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: VegaBaby on April 26, 2013, 11:22:22 am
after having extensively worked and explored SparkLe for the past two weeks, two requests showed up back in my head over and over...:

1) a more advanced Distortion. the current one is good, but very basic for an effect that's so important for tone shaping. a good example would be Reason's Scream.

2) more TAE based, not in hardware existing drum machines. sample based stuff is great, but in my opinion the TAE based machines really shine in Spark/Le (as do Arturia's synths). machines like Syndrummer, Phatwerk etc. really give Spark its own character and set it apart from other products...
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: stikygum on April 28, 2013, 05:30:50 am
My ideas are more workflow based, though I welcome more TAE, PM sounds and samples to Spark.

When I'm in the Library dragging and dropping drums from the 'Library Instruments' to the 'Loaded Instruments' and I'm constructing my own custom kit, I find it hindering that you can't hear the drum sound you are loading. It would be so much better for constructing kits if you could hear the drums you are putting together to construct custom kits. I would think when you click on them in the Library you should be able to hear them.

On the hardware controller for Spark LE, I would like an alternative way to press 'Enter' instead of clicking the big knob. It's a neat idea to be able to use knobs as buttons, but I prefer the buttons on the Spark LE much more. I would like an alternative 'Enter' button, in other words, be able to use a single button or a combo of buttons ( like the Loop 'On' and Inst. buttons together) to be used as an 'Enter' button. And also, I think having the Tempo knob double as 'Shuffle' (maybe by using the select button, would be nice. I heard a way to select an 'Accent' button is in the works, so looking forward to that.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mixalis on May 07, 2013, 04:07:08 pm
Hi there..i was wondering..will spark 1.7 update comes with the hollywood essentials expansion pack in it?    thank you!
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Kevin on May 07, 2013, 05:25:37 pm
Hi there..i was wondering..will spark 1.7 update comes with the hollywood essentials expansion pack in it?    thank you!
nope
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: yangtze on May 13, 2013, 06:01:38 pm
Multi-output audio recording with master effects still active (what you hear is what records). With the option to record dry still there, of course.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: kcearl on May 24, 2013, 03:28:17 pm
I know its been mentioned but p-lock automation, al la Elektron MD would make this killer...its the only thing that keeps me using the MD even though I have Spark and Maschine... ;D
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: koochey on May 27, 2013, 03:54:25 pm
working a lot live at the moment and would love the feature if i could switch projects during my performance.
for example "select" and than push bank A-D for 4 different kits & patterns !
cheers
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: HamHat on June 15, 2013, 08:33:18 am
It would be nice if you could quantize the length of samples in the spark software, my reverse hats almost never match up.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mixalis on June 16, 2013, 05:26:50 pm
knobs calibration routine should be added...some of them behavior is strange
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: dancetech on June 19, 2013, 11:21:49 pm
i've got a few


the six parameter pots right in the centre of Spark - the floating channel strip - they dont send out midi controllers! - they should.


pad midi note number settings are NOT saved with a project - they should


pattern export is broken - always exports in 'spark' drum-map format.


make it so pattern-switching from midi notes onlyu needs ONE note to trigger - not a bank AND pattern note - why cant spark simply assign it's possible 64 patterns to 64 notes?


when writing controllers for sparks fx-pad in host sequencer  - if you choose TAPE slicer effect - 8 bars tape-slowdown in spark is only 4 bars in host; 4 bars in spark is 2 bars in host; 2 bars in spark is only 1 bar in host etc.


pad lights dont trigger properly when spark is triggered from patterns on spark plugin track in host-sequencer. pads dont flash on/off quickly/accurately, pads get left ON until next note in patterns turns them off. Also when you hit stop, pads get left lit. (using logic)



the fx pad doesnt write controllers to host sequencer - it writes for 1/2 second then stops writing. (using logic)



roller effect: mp1, mp2, mp3 all move the s/w gui channel-strip pots, but when moved as a pair from the matrix pad they do NOT write controller data.... but they do if moved individually with the mouse. odd.




when attaching a midi master keyboard to sparks midi IN, when you switch instrument-track in the host sequencer, the master keyboard midi IN becomes 'detatched' - so the first note you play doesn't trigger correctly. You must always touch the keys once first before recording to fix this. (using logic) It's not a massive problem but you must remember always to touch one key before recording on the new track. Never seen that happen in Logic before with any midi keyboard or usb midi keyboard.



Make Spark NOT send out midi from pads when switched to TUNE MODE.



and finally:

PLEASE PLEASE  PLEASE add a 'SONG midi-file export' - so you can simply export the 'song' out of spark as one long midi-file containing all the patterns in the song in the right order - then we can quickly dump spark-created songs onto our spark plugin track.


Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: stikygum on June 30, 2013, 08:52:56 pm
For Spark LE, it would be nice to access 'Swing' from the hardware controller. Maybe using the combination of the Select (shift) button and moving the Tempo knob could instead affect the Swing.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: cires78@gmail.com on July 01, 2013, 01:17:04 pm
Hi all,

There are 6 parameters to a sound and 3 assignable knobs. You could split them into a bank "a" & "b" and a shortcut to toggle between so that all parameters can be accessed quickly.

cheers,
Eric
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: sparki on July 06, 2013, 12:32:57 am

- loop recorder for external audio (minibrute!)
- more than 2 effects per instrument
- external plugin support
- abbility to set one (or more) instrument tracks as midi out to sequence external hardware
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: kcearl on July 06, 2013, 05:43:54 pm
not sure if Ive asked for this before but please, please, please, let Spark recall what bank and pattern are saved in a project...its a small thing but it gets on my last nerve ;)
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: sparki on July 07, 2013, 09:20:37 am
its also very frustrating that, if you use all multioutputs, you always have to route them again if you change the kit.
could there be an auto route option from 1-16 or the possibility to save the mixer state as a default template?
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: noCore on July 09, 2013, 01:17:05 am
When using the unit as a plugin - synced to clock of the DAW (ie, Ableton Live) and in HOST mode... the tempo knob doesn't really serve any purpose.

Could it be re-allocated to control the SWING amount, while being used in this way?

Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: noCore on July 09, 2013, 07:06:51 pm
another idea...

while in TUNE mode - the 16 buttons are all just one semi-tone each...

Would it be possible to have scale templates... so rather than just the straight up 16 notes... it offers notes just within the selected scale (major, minor, etc...)

or like the Push says: "Select a scale and the pads light to show you the notes in that scale. Other notes are unlit - or can be hidden altogether for purely diatonic playing."
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mute on July 11, 2013, 10:49:22 pm
Beta's Sample browser:
The new browser is going to be nice for changing samples, but why not also next/previous sample functions via buttons or ctrl+L/R arrow keys while instrument is selected?

Problem being with the browser (while still being an improvement) is that you can't tweak and change the sample simultaneously while hunting for the sound you want, so you have to browse, pick, close, tweak, browse, pick, close, tweak, browse, pick, close, tweak, etc. - When you have hundreds, or thousands of say, kicks, to go through and you have to re-tune or change the cutoff every time you pick one to see if it'll fit, reopening/closing the browser between each try is frustrating. Way better than the old pop-up context menu style of choosing, but still frustrating.

-OR-

Fix a couple things with the browser and it would be just as good as prev/next:
1) spacebar plays current highlighted sample. that way auditioning can be done with arrow keys and spacebar
2) let the gui of the browser be resized SMALLER, not just larger.
3) allow access to the Spark editor while the browser is open.
4) 2+3 = resolves the issue mentioned above about not being able to quickly audition and tweak samples simultaneously.

Main Spark/SparkLE interface:
Make it so shift click (or something) = select + function, so we don't have to press select all the time.

Controller:
How about a faster way to select a instrument for editing on the hardware rather than Select + Pad. I find that totally frustrating/cumbersome and would really like to have a quicker way to switch between instruments. How about making it an option/preference to lock in to simultaneous pad select/play instead of just one or the other? Using select slows things down so much. I (and I believe most people) use Spark's h/w as a x0x type sequencer with editing abilities rather than like a MPC/Finger drumming interface.. so an option for this type of behavior would be great for us.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: stikygum on July 22, 2013, 03:29:46 am
Because Spark can play polyphonic synth sounds, it would be nice if you could use a controller keyboard to record in notes into the sequencer. This would make things much easier instead of using the pads or x0x buttons.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: joepardo on July 22, 2013, 02:07:33 pm
The loop recorder for external audio in standalone mode will be a nice feature...
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: bass on July 23, 2013, 11:08:53 pm
saint joe at sounds and gear has a great idea for the volume .    he said arturia should make it so you hold   select and turn the  master volume to change the volume for the individual sounds
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Seb on July 24, 2013, 09:16:33 am
saint joe at sounds and gear has a great idea for the volume .    he said arturia should make it so you hold   select and turn the  master volume to change the volume for the individual sounds


Press select+"XY vol/pan" button.
Now the instrument knobs P1 and P2 are assigned to volume and panning
Same with filter, or aux.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: gen123456 on August 03, 2013, 07:43:50 pm
please create a count in on the metronome
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mauronedj on August 04, 2013, 02:23:13 pm
2 more things:

Add a shortcut to toggle the HOST button quickly!

Re-enable the sample (or kit/project) name in the Spark Display!
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: horstpetersen on August 21, 2013, 12:25:39 pm
I would like to see a zoom in function inside the sample editing window for more precise sample editing.

A killer plus would be MPC-style sample trimming by knobs.

Also different swing algorithms would be great.... not only TRxxx but also SP1200, MPC60 & 3k, LM-1, etc.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: terrym on August 24, 2013, 09:22:20 am
This a feature request, i would like to see a way to edit banks in spark as at the moment the only way i can save my already projects is to save as and change bank name from default to logical dream  but this makes a renamed banks or copies .



terrym
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: dimitrimax on August 27, 2013, 08:48:42 am
Absolutely love the SPARK LE. I use it in the studio and in live environments. I have two suggestions that I'm sure many probably have thought would be very logical for the LE.

1. SELECT + TEMPO = SHUFFLE

2. SELECT + VOLUME = SELECTED PAD VOLUME CONTROL


Small changes that would greatly improve this amazing unit.

Also thank you for the massive update in 1.7.1 beta. Browsing the library makes sense again! :)
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mattplay on August 29, 2013, 06:34:59 am
Agreed! Latest beta is a nice improvement!

Would like to say +1 on the studio mode, which would set pad volume/pan/etc to all of the instrument knobs above each pad. Would def be nice to work on the whole mix at once without selecting each ins one by one.

Also would like to +1 on the ability to save mixer presets. I use multi out when working as a plugin. When I open that same project in stand-alone, the mixer outs are still set to multiple outputs. It would be nice to be able to reset things. Would like to se a way to quickly reset any parameter. It is a difficult task to bring all inst volumes to 0db. Would be nice to be able to double click or option-click to reset parameters to zero.

Cheers for the hard work Arturia!


Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: jksuperstar on September 12, 2013, 08:36:11 am
I would really like to see an all MIDI mode, where the audio engine and mixer are basically disabled and unloaded from the CPU, leaving just the sequencer going.  I've had great results with the SparkLE driving a MiniMgV, but could use the breathing room on the CPU hit, since the DSP stuff isn't being used.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Lisapower1 on September 18, 2013, 03:26:42 am
Please Please!

The most annoying thins with spark.

Record Loop Divide (Knobs) does not work with DAW (Logic Pro X) etc...
FX Pad does not record & working properly with DAW's (Logic Pro X) etc...
FX Pad can't be used on Single channel.
Full Song Midi Export function missing.

Those features are missing and would be great.

thanks
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mauronedj on September 30, 2013, 02:45:11 pm
Just another idea:
Please intruduce a gain reduction meter on the Compressor, it's going to be a good addiction to use it properly :D
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: kcearl on November 26, 2013, 05:05:21 pm
rewrite the mixer

unlimited fx, host vsts....:)
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Jay Bits on November 27, 2013, 09:00:25 am
at first the loop mode. it's annoying that the start point allways changes when you change the loop length. i think the "move" knob should stay at the same point even if i change the value of the "divide" knob. that would be great.

the next thing i'm missing is some kind of a master-FX send. so you're able to turn some instruments off for the master effects. like the way you can do it with the roller-effect. so you can activate and de-activate instruments for the global filter-effect. in that way you could use the filter for a group of different instruments, while the other instruments stil keep playing without the filter effect.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: jimbobaggins on December 07, 2013, 01:43:45 am
I use spark in a live environment via a different midi controller (the spark controller stays in the studio) and I would really like a way to trigger an instruments layered samples without it affecting volume, being random or having them blend together. Circular and random are well, too random  :) stacked doesn't seem to work and which i presume is used for playing all layers at once? Threshold affects volume and Velocity seems to blend the layers together. What I would like is a control (slide or switch) in the pattern maker to say which layer is playing in each instrument. That way I don't have to use six separate instruments for six different bass drum samples, for example. And instead of just having sixteen instruments I would in effect have 96 different sample instruments.

It would also be good if the length of layered samples and the various controls for them could be set independently for each layer as well

Oh and I would like more patterns too but hey maybe that's too much :)

cheers

baggins
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mattplay on December 21, 2013, 08:26:57 pm
A couple Spark improvements...

[sample layering]

I Would like to be able to layer a sample within a synth inst. Have a simple sampler with HP & LP filter plus volume control. So we could then layer a sample with an inst synth and compress, process, and trigger on the same mixer channel.

If not that, the ability to link instruments. Which would ideally bus the 2 instruments within the mixer and both instruments would trigger in sync.

[mixer clear & templates]

I would like to be able to have a button to complete reset the mixer or load saved mixer templates.

I would also like to be able to double or control+click a parameter to reset the value to unity.

[Mixer Mode]

I would like to be able to toggle Spark CDM to a Mixer Mode of which the inst knobs will control volume, sends, etc.

While in mixer mode, the mute or solo function could be activated to also be able to mute/solo instruments with the pads.

While in Mixer Mode, we could also gain lots of control on the instrument processing. IE use the [<<][>>] buttons to cycle instrument FX slots for the selected instrument mixer channel. We could then use the browse knob to browse and load processors into the selected inst channel slots. The 5 master knobs could then control the processor loaded in the selected FX slot of the selected instrument.

Mixer mode would allow us to sit back and mix our entire kit from the hardware with ease!
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: teceem on December 22, 2013, 04:14:49 pm
Just saw this topic... I'll just add here what I asked in my one:
(Spark CDM/LE)
1) Song recording
- A select+button shortcut to enter Song Mode.
- Recording the pattern changes.
2) Drag n drop audio from a Cubase audio track onto a Spark sampler pad.
3) Add an option to make the Select button latch. (on or off state instead of keeping it pressed)

Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Linn Solaris on December 27, 2013, 04:13:14 pm
Hello,

I've just ordered a spark Le yesterday, was wondering if these suggestions are followed feedbacked by Arturia somehow ?
Just to get a feel how this product will evolve int the future,dsi forum has a nice thread followed by Pym (Tempest) and hope to get the same level of interactivity with developers (it doesn't mean all wished haves to be answered positively),
Cheers !

Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: cybervertigo on January 25, 2014, 08:32:01 am
at first the loop mode. it's annoying that the start point allways changes when you change the loop length. i think the "move" knob should stay at the same point even if i change the value of the "divide" knob. that would be great.

+1
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: tomek on February 23, 2014, 06:28:30 pm
Just saw this topic... I'll just add here what I asked in my one:
(Spark CDM/LE)
1) Song recording
- A select+button shortcut to enter Song Mode.
- Recording the pattern changes.
2) Drag n drop audio from a Cubase audio track onto a Spark sampler pad.
3) Add an option to make the Select button latch. (on or off state instead of keeping it pressed)

Hi All!

I would very much like to see song recording.  That would be the nail in the coffin!

Key would be that it works in "Switch pattern instantaneously" mode.

EDIT - OK scrap this  ^^^.  Dumping midi while the DAW is recording works great. 

Now the next trick would be to record EVERYTHING you do on Spark into the DAW.


Just going to put this here to keep everything in one place.

Separate Audio Output for Monitor (http://www.arturia.com/evolution/smf/index.php?topic=15143.0)


THANKS!!  :)
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Le0 on February 24, 2014, 12:34:43 pm
i would like to se a push and pull-short cut (SELECT + move ) for shifting all sequencer steps, like it is usual in lots of sequencer controlling synth/drums. if it is   already possible please inform me!
leo
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: rodanmusic on March 03, 2014, 01:00:37 am
i would like to se a push and pull-short cut (SELECT + move ) for shifting all sequencer steps, like it is usual in lots of sequencer controlling synth/drums. if it is   already possible please inform me!
leo

YES PLEASE.  This is one of the few things after Spark 2 that I would really appreciate!!!!
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: timrfrench61@yahoo.com on March 04, 2014, 03:37:21 pm
I dont' see this in the list of requested improvements

Sample capture from audio interface with beat slicing, loop stretching, silence trimming, saving etc.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Le0 on March 21, 2014, 05:34:53 pm
I want a reverb in studioview for each track (not just for the auxtracks) also I would like to see a push and pull-knob for the steps.!!! please
leo
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Insect O. on March 25, 2014, 09:54:11 pm
feedback from my live sets with Spark LE:

1. finetuning is really important, especially for rides! So I need finetuning +/3 semitones for a controller knob. Just like the original 909 or in NI Battery

2. switch mute between Audio and MIDI notes. mute MIDI notes needs to play the last note (Sample or Synthengine) for its complete lenght .. it´s better for long sounds like rides.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Kosmology on April 03, 2014, 05:09:18 am
Not sure if these have been mentioned or whether there is any point until v2 is released but I would like to see:


I really love Spark, and I'm seriously looking forward to v2. I also use Geist which I love also, but Spark has a focus and workflow which is really good and the Controller is the business.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Kosmology on April 09, 2014, 07:38:47 pm
I'd also like to add Sequencing the Sample Start Position probably as an offset which would open many possibilities
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: tomek on April 17, 2014, 06:29:13 pm
Sorry not sure if this has been mentioned before but...

Can we please make the factory projects not clip at zero dB by default?

Perhaps -2 dB would be nice.

Thanks, Tomek
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: LPHovercraft on April 17, 2014, 06:30:39 pm
That implies 'tuning' the knee of the output saturation algorithm, which I'm fully in support of...
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: tomek on April 17, 2014, 07:30:28 pm
ya some clip out as high as +15dB.  Not good for your gear and ear I imagine...
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Kosmology on April 17, 2014, 09:45:45 pm
It would have to just be the volume of the presets which can be changed otherwise it would destroy backwards compatibility with all previous projects if the compression behaviour was altered. The preset volume is ok to change because DAWs no longer reference the original saved presets once saved in a DAW project.

Even if there was a global switch added which defaults to off, it would mean changing all of your own personal projects which use compression. But there could be a preset level switch to change the behavior which could be then enabled in all the factory presets.

What i am saying is that once a product is released, it becomes much more complicated to change fundamental behaviour without changing the sound of every previous Project that has been created in Spark, all you can do with anything that affects the sound is add new features/options unfortunately :)
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: LPHovercraft on April 17, 2014, 09:48:53 pm
Sorry - I misread your request. I agree that the volume on these presets is WAY TOO LOUD across the board.

I thought that you were referring to the inflection of the volume *as* is moves toward 0dB.

Anyway - I agree that the overall volume of presets is very uneven.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: ikt on April 28, 2014, 11:32:15 pm
changeable color tempates, or at least some option besides the current squint inducing color scheme. There's a reason that most DAW software uses the colors they do, and Spark should follow suit with a better combo.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Seiishu on May 05, 2014, 01:45:46 am
Arturia, are we getting wav export function on a whole Song level anytime soon? I know we can export patterns, but some effects end abruptly if I export one or two patterns. I'd really like to see "Export Song as WAV" option if possible.

I understand it's possible to do that from some DAW, but some people don't use DAWs and rely on Spark software only. Some people do this for pure love, they are not professionals and they either don't have enough, or don't want to invest money in DAWs.

Can we get "Export Song to WAV/AIFF" option?
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Kosmology on May 05, 2014, 01:59:49 am
Arturia, are we getting wav export function on a whole Song level anytime soon? I know we can export patterns, but some effects end abruptly if I export one or two patterns. I'd really like to see "Export Song as WAV" option if possible.

I understand it's possible to do that from some DAW, but some people don't use DAWs and rely on Spark software only. Some people do this for pure love, they are not professionals and they either don't have enough, or don't want to invest money in DAWs.

Can we get "Export Song to WAV/AIFF" option?

Might have mentioned before but it's very easy to achieve, for example if you get Cantabile Lite (http://www.cantabilesoftware.com/download/), load Spark, and then add an audio recorder vst such as Voxengo recorder (http://www.voxengo.com/product/recorder/) you can easily record your song and it's all free :)

like this:

(http://content.screencast.com/users/Kosmology/folders/Default/media/962e1dc0-2da6-435f-8f2a-e9dee4bf2825/cantabile.jpg)

Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Seiishu on May 05, 2014, 02:03:16 am
Or I can even use RECORD WHAT YOU HEAR function on my sound card and using Adobe Audition, since I own whole CC package.

The thing is, I'd really like to see it integrated into Spark. If they did it with Export Pattern as WAV, I really don't understand why is it such a big deal to create "Export Song as WAV" option. Are there any limitations I am not aware of?
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Kosmology on May 05, 2014, 02:18:30 am
I think the WAV export is more about when working in a DAW to drop WAVs to audio tracks, I imagine that's why it was developed.

TBH you are probably better off using the above than to record 'what you hear' as your soundcard may include analog signals such as your line in/mic inputs, and go through some unnecesary resampling/processing even if they are muted, whereas the above method will be a digital bit for bit recording essentially the same as a Spark export. Depends on your card and how it is configured, but personally I would use something like the above if you don't want to use a DAW export, to ensure you are getting a 1:1 recording.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Id Vicious on May 05, 2014, 10:24:35 pm
Please make it possible to sequence Analog Lab from Spark, I don't want to use a DAW.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: napishu on May 06, 2014, 02:06:46 am
Please make it possible to sequence Analog Lab from Spark, I don't want to use a DAW.  Thanks.

I think it's not profitable to update analog lab for support Spark hardware. Analog lab has its hardware - midi keys.

Buy BeatStep for sequencing anything =)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fatfUiHgsnc
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Mr. Roboto on May 07, 2014, 09:03:10 am
What I need in Spark 2.0 is an additional FX type: a Transient Designer.
It's different from a compresser which "just" makes the sound louder. A transient designer can help to give the sound more punch and Ooomph. It's a perfect tool to sculp individual drumsounds. It really can work wonders. One would be surprised how much difference there will be between using a compressor and a transient designer on drum sounds.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: djwaxxy on May 18, 2014, 02:16:38 am
i think it should load vsts and have full song export..im liking spark 2 and love the way it sounds but theres lots of things missing which other drum hybrids have..the whole song layout is very very dated,,,you cant export your song you can only drag parts which kinda defeats the whole '' do everything in spark adverts'' ..it also hasn't got any kind of count in which is unbelievable that's missing !!..it needs volume control over the metronome because once you start playing the metronome volume drops and you can hear it..it also should have keyboard control as well as spark hardware control ,I have maschine and I can use many other controllers all at the sametime when im using maschine in standalone.

as I said I love the sounds and like the phatness of the drums and like the way you can add modules to make new sounds but the actual sequencer,song mode..etc are very very basic and old fashioned and need modernising to be honest if I knew just how basic spark 2 was I don't think I would have got it but I couldn't demo it no store has it on demo near me I had to go off arturia demo vids which make it out much better than it actualy is..i hope it gets more features in future updates.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: soulstar on May 18, 2014, 08:57:15 am
Please update the manual, I had to find Sparkle features by trial and error e.g. enter song mode by pressing the 4 mode buttons at the same time.
Would be great if we could use
Select + Tempo knob to change swing,
Select + Move knob to shift a selected instruments pattern backwards or forward.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: erik_oostveen on May 24, 2014, 03:58:54 pm
Song Position.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: HubyBlake on June 02, 2014, 05:27:13 am
Has anyone else mentioned they'd like FULL SCREEN MODE?

Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: stuey on June 02, 2014, 08:33:59 pm
Quote
Has anyone else mentioned they'd like FULL SCREEN MODE?

You'd only get about a 1/6th more GUI because of the aspect ratio.

Thanks, Stuart
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: George Ware on June 05, 2014, 08:18:38 pm
1. Can you add KeyLab-61 as a built-in controller template inside Spark 2?
2. Add more than 16 pads?
3. Read and open Native Instruments Battery Kits?

TIA George Ware
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: DongKoo on June 06, 2014, 12:31:56 pm
2 things :
- loops mode for 1 pattern in the song/sequencer
- the name of the instru/sample/etc appears in the "studio" but not in the "sequencer". so in the sequencer we have to remember which one it is...
(http://snkorea.free.fr/sequencer_arturia.jpg)
(http://snkorea.free.fr/studio_arturia.jpg)
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: DongKoo on June 06, 2014, 12:40:32 pm
another thing.
in the song/sequencer, when you add a block before the other, it shift the other blocks but only for the first row and delete the last blocks.
so if i want to had 4 blocks in a row, i lost the last 4 blocks.
it could be could to shift the blocks or to have the ability to add a row...

and as i asked in another post, more blocks and more row or having the possibility to go to song1 to song 2 to song 3 etc...
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: dancetech on June 23, 2014, 12:40:02 pm
Arturia, are we getting wav export function on a whole Song level anytime soon? I know we can export patterns, but some effects end abruptly if I export one or two patterns. I'd really like to see "Export Song as WAV" option if possible.

I understand it's possible to do that from some DAW, but some people don't use DAWs and rely on Spark software only. Some people do this for pure love, they are not professionals and they either don't have enough, or don't want to invest money in DAWs.

Can we get "Export Song to WAV/AIFF" option?

i second that. a song midifile drag/drop export would be a very good feature.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: wheelock2 on June 30, 2014, 09:01:02 am
Two things I would love to see in my Spark LE, one is global transpose, so if I have a patch with many pitch sensitive elements I can transpose them all with one single control,

The last one would be to have the ability to recall or open the plugin window from a shortcut in the hardware, specially in the context of a DAW.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mixalis on July 22, 2014, 12:23:02 pm
I wonder if it would be possible to write the automations on the sequencer with the fx pad!

 Is this possible programwise?
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: davpet on September 24, 2014, 07:45:58 am
Phase reverse button for the sampler please!
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: LukeWright on October 28, 2014, 05:54:16 am
Phase reverse button for the sampler please!

+1
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: elia.alessandro83 on December 13, 2014, 12:04:42 pm
+1 for:    select+volume for swing change  8)
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: valdaisky on December 21, 2014, 12:57:43 am
Hi, perhaps some FR.
After loading it seems Spark load to RAM all his library, what quite critical for 32bit users (one spark instance = ~68% RAM in Studio One new project).
If it possible, make loading sample packs only when needed (or add such mode in the settings as optional).

System: Win7 32bit, 4gb ram
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: stuey on December 21, 2014, 01:04:53 pm
Why are we asking for minor features and changes when the fundamental hardware functionality is not yet fully implemented?

I understand that not everyone requires the hardware, but given that the hardware exists and is sold such with ' complete compatibility' as it's USP, I would expect that hardware functionality to be a priority when sending out updates.

http://forum.arturia.com/index.php?topic=82353.120

However, with SparkLE hardware released after Spark CDM I feel that the single version of software (V2) has been retrospectively placed between the two hardware devices and each devices will have it's issue. Having spent almost double on the CDM than users of the SparkLE have, i also feel CDM users are getting a bit of a RAW deal.

I want to use my CDM like a retro old drum machine (It's original USP) but due to the fact I have to keep one eye on my laptop or computer screen, (labelling and reporting in the hardware is not up to scratch) this is no longer possible.

With that in mind, what's to stop just buying the software and buying a generic mid controller and mapping functions yourself and thus saving yourself money. If owning a CDM has legitimate workflow and functionality benefits over the above solution then that should be realised.

Thanks, Stuart




         
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: kcearl on December 23, 2014, 04:56:31 pm
Since v2 dropped Ive stopped using Spark...I used to recommend it to quite a lot of people but dont anymore


the fact Ive been unable to get replacement knob shafts has kinda ticked me off too despite having emails from Ben and support...but Im going to drop back to v1.7.2


to happier days


smell the roses


make some music


aaaahhhhhh :)
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: kickwizard on December 23, 2014, 06:22:48 pm
Not sure what your issue is with V2

Regards the hardware, it was an accident, get someone to solder in some replacement encoders or ditch it and buy a new one


BLAZE was a good temp replacent for IM but bruce bounced back

Same goes for 1.72


UP THE IRONS \!!/
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: kcearl on December 23, 2014, 06:47:17 pm
Not sure what your issue is with V2

Regards the hardware, it was an accident, get someone to solder in some replacement encoders or ditch it and buy a new one


BLAZE was a good temp replacent for IM but bruce bounced back

Same goes for 1.72


UP THE IRONS \!!/

I should ditch it because of a broken knob shaft? Lol.

They dont make spark controllers anymore ftr, besides they afford to help, I didnt beg, its a 2c plastic shaft..

Anyway spark isnt my only option for drums, and at the moment it isnt even an option...ferchristsake the step sequencer doesnt even follow the hardware...for how long? I bought if for the step sequencer, it worked then. So Ill roll back a version.

Heres a thing I blew one of my two year old auratone mixcubes. My query on repairs was answered in two days, it was repaired and delivered for free within a week....thats called customer support.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: kickwizard on December 23, 2014, 07:13:20 pm
I might not understand but if the shaft has snapped you need a new encoder

Take it apart see if you can see a part number on it and try cross matching it

And solder one in

EE charge about 45 pound an hour to fix things so if you got 3 broken encoders could be a £90 repair bill

Your right about the SS though, it is improving though it trys to follow a DAW now
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: daksha on December 23, 2014, 07:29:09 pm
Ok, my URGENT improvement requests:

1- A PROJECT IMPORT/ EXPORT FEATURE (not only bank-preset)
2- A quick way to delete a slot from the Studio view
3- Option to delete previous Sample Player tweaks when loading a sample from disk browser.
4- Smoother transition between projects (maybe this is not easy to achieve).

I think these 4 features alone, would make Spark a looooot more serious product.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: kcearl on December 23, 2014, 10:07:36 pm
I might not understand but if the shaft has snapped you need a new encoder

Take it apart see if you can see a part number on it and try cross matching it

And solder one in

EE charge about 45 pound an hour to fix things so if you got 3 broken encoders could be a £90 repair bill

Your right about the SS though, it is improving though it trys to follow a DAW now

No worries mate...Im just a bit ticked off as it was my goto. I think 1.7.2 will make me feel like that again, after all It worked fine for me and I dont need a synth drum or the other features anyway.

Ive gorilla glued the knob shaft, its a bit squint but I think thats character ;)
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: stuey on December 23, 2014, 10:49:39 pm
1.7.2 was alright actually, but I think this is the point I'm making. The CDM functionality has been forgotten about really because the introduction of SparkLE. The software has to straddle the two hardwares and essentially falling short for the CDM.

There's stuff that others will find more important but thread after thread users assume you're just talking about the software. There should be a board dedicated to each piece of hardware.

I did spent hours of time emailing arturia talking about the workflow for v2, the scroll wheel on the unit didn't do anything and it was decided that the shift number combination were to be the main way to get into menus, replacing the hardware know which was the original workflow.

There's next to no reporting on the unit, and where there is reporting there is no continuity.

But I'm getting a bit bored of constant lobbying

Anyway, hopefully we can move forward with this

Thanks, Stuart
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: cybervertigo on December 28, 2014, 01:49:28 am
1) 16 pads on the hardware is just like the software has. That would enable users to play more sounds in real time.

2) Able to use more than 16 sounds per project. A simple solution would be a dedicated button. It can be called Group, Sounds, Kits etc... When that dedicated button is selected the 16 step buttons each become Groups of 16 sounds. The user would easily be able to jump from 16 sounds to another 16 sounds, and would enable the user to have more sounds available per project. At 16x16, that can be up to 256 sounds per project (if needed). Please see pic for more details.

3) In the Loop section, by adding that new button would help create another feature... Rather than just have the option to dial through loop parts, also have a way to jump to specific parts of the loop. That would be great for both live performances and recording. A simple solution can be to add a dedicated Select button to activate this feature. The 6 Mode buttons can then become selections for the Divide (1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64). The Copy button can be Steps 1-16, Erase can be Steps 17-32, Seq. Positions can be 33-48 and 49-64. The 16 Step buttons can be a specific step from 1-64 depending on the Step Groups selection. Basically the user can have up to 4 Step Groups, depending on which Divide selection is being used. For a Divide of 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 the 16 Step buttons can light up lightly, and the selected step light up brighter. A Divide of 1/32 would only need 2 Step Group buttons. 1/64 would need 4 Step Group buttons. Please see pic for more details.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: stuey on December 28, 2014, 05:47:40 pm
1) 16 pads on the hardware is just like the software has. That would enable users to play more sounds in real time.


Do you have more than 8 fingers?  ;)

Thanks, Stuart
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: cybervertigo on December 28, 2014, 10:23:07 pm
1) 16 pads on the hardware is just like the software has. That would enable users to play more sounds in real time.


Do you have more than 8 fingers?  ;)

Thanks, Stuart

Absolutely, lets not forget the thumbs! 8 fingers give 2 thumbs up to 16 pads. ;)

Thanks,
Jeff
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Szlartibartfaszt on January 04, 2015, 02:04:57 pm
Hi everybody!

What I'm writing is not really about improvement but rather fixing serious flaws. Unfortunately there is no sticky in the technical issues section ( Hmm, I wonder why :D ).

I've spent most of last week on the modular page of Spark, and have found some real fun killers.
The randomly "jumpy" modules are the least annoying of them.
A bit more problematic but at least constant phenomenon is that when I insert a cable in the FM input of an oscillator, the pitch of the modulated oscillator jumps 2 octaves up.
The CV Modulator can't multiply the signal as you state in the manual because the highest gain value is 0 dB. Well, it would be good if it could.
The bipolar/unipolar switching of modulations doesn't work. Setting it to unipolar still sounds like bipolar when turned anti clockwise. It's just a bit softer.
Halfway synthesizing a gong sound I got this message: "Unable to add module. You have reached the maximum number of modules." - Seriously? In a software? In 2015? ( Okay it was released in 2014 )
And limiting the number of individual module types too? Okay, the number of oscillators filters, LFOs will probably be enough, but I'd like to use more Springmasses to create more complex sounds with different and differently evolving parts.
And with evolving we have arrived to what I really can't comprehend.
Who's authorized these envelopes? I mean, sit back, relax and imagine you've just got a real hardware modular synth. You unbox it and see that most of the controls are behind little doors which you have to open every time you want to modify the settings, and there are insert points that aren't even connected to anything. I give you 1 hour and the whole stuff lands in the bin.
Envelopes are really basic and frequently used sound shaping tools. You have to be able to see and control ALL of the parameters directly. It's even more important when we get a "multi stage envelope" as in the manual ( with not a single word about what it does and how the signal changes from A to R ) instead of a standard and easy to understand ADSR envelope. I'm using more envelopes to control different parts of a sound, so this assigning-to-macro thing simply doesn't work. I can't assign 30+ parameters to six knobs. Six macros can be enough for live performance but not for sound design. Every envelope has to have all their controls available on the modules.
And just for curiosity's sake, what should we do with a Sustain modulation input when we can't set the Sustain? ( And probably don't even have. )
Come on Arturia! You can do better! I've spent the past half year working with your synths, and I've learnt a lot about synthesis itself thanks to you. Now I'd really like to use Spark as well. It's Modular part is way better and more versatile than Maschines drum synths. But these shortcomings are beating all the fun out of it.

Best Regards,
Balázs Várszegi
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: oopsi on March 07, 2015, 02:17:35 am
The mod environment is powerful but in its current state it doesn't make me want to jump in a use it

Modular improvements:

GUI resizing:

While I like the ability to zoom in and out working in such a small space is frsutrating and time consuming.  If the overall spark gui cannot be resized then a seperate window for the modular is needed. Large High res monitor and I'm still squinting to see!

Modules snap to grid:

Modules just randomly laying over each other in the small screen realestate is no fun.

More patch stability:

Happened a few times now when I program a large mod patch it can end up crashing the plugin when I try to save it. The plugin becomes unresponsive and the gui is frozen with the green load bar and the only thing left to do is remove the plugin and start again but you guessed it the patch was not saved.

Attaching and detaching cables is too easy and often mistakes can be made (due to size issues mentioned above) that I accidently remove a connection. For a cable to be connected/disconnected I think there should be a click and hold source drag wire to destination and drop onto dest pad. Right now I might just remove a connection just trying to reposition a mass of modules lying on top of each other.   
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: oopsi on March 07, 2015, 02:19:18 am
x/y midi assign.

I have a controller with an x/y pad why can I not midi learn this to spark software?
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: stuey on March 07, 2015, 10:14:09 am
x/y midi assign.

I have a controller with an x/y pad why can I not midi learn this to spark software?

That will never happen. Think about it, Arturia make 2 pieces of hardware, now 3 that work with the x-y pad. To open it up to other manufacturers would be brand suicide.

Thanks, Stuart 
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: oopsi on March 08, 2015, 05:55:38 pm
x/y midi assign.

I have a controller with an x/y pad why can I not midi learn this to spark software?

That will never happen. Think about it, Arturia make 2 pieces of hardware, now 3 that work with the x-y pad. To open it up to other manufacturers would be brand suicide.

Thanks, Stuart

Thank you for your reply but I disagree, this is an oversight and it has nothing to do with marketing or economics. Spark software does not need a spark controller, they already allow external midi control of spark ;read section 6.7 through to 6.7.12 manual they have just not included x/y coordinate mapping which is just two control change values. I have a padkontrol and I have assigned the 16 pads so I do not have to switch to access pads 9-16 which is better for performance and programming.   
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: stuey on March 08, 2015, 06:04:36 pm
General Midi control is possible as you say. The X-Y has multiple usage and although it's a X-Y for some parameters, it's an 8 way switch for some others. I imagine this is partly the reason why it's proprietary to their controllers.

Thanks, Stuart   
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: stuey on March 08, 2015, 06:06:03 pm

GUI resizing:


+ 1

Thanks, Stuart
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: oopsi on March 09, 2015, 01:37:45 pm
Button combination to allow undo from hardware controllers or via midi would be great because sometimes you press erase when what you really wanted was copy, or you have not selected the pad properly and when you move to another pad you lose your edits and so on.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: oopsi on March 09, 2015, 01:47:23 pm
General Midi control is possible as you say. The X-Y has multiple usage and although it's a X-Y for some parameters, it's an 8 way switch for some others. I imagine this is partly the reason why it's proprietary to their controllers.

Thanks, Stuart   

It's more likely the software does the heavy lifting and not the controller. All that needs to be done is to split the x and y midi range into 4 or 8 equal parts. so 128/4 = 32 so 0-31 will give you one selection, 32-63 the next and repeat for the other coordinate etc the xy pad itself is just sending standard cc's. 
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: oopsi on March 12, 2015, 12:04:59 am
Ability to load modular patches from/to the modular shell/environment.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: oopsi on March 12, 2015, 12:47:33 am
Save option for individual drum presets!
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: HubyBlake on April 16, 2015, 02:12:23 am
Ok, my URGENT improvement requests:

1- A PROJECT IMPORT/ EXPORT FEATURE (not only bank-preset)

Yeah an "export song" (as wav) option would be awesome.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: artao on April 19, 2015, 11:49:29 pm
- !!! CPU USAGE !!!
- shift patterns (full pattern and single/multi-instrument level) by step, note, or bar
- copy paste individual instruments between patterns (single and multi-selected)
- copy pattern from one instrument to another, within the same pattern
- delete individual instrument patterns within sequencer page (single and multi-selected)
- create random pattern (all instruments or selected-only)
- randomize automation parameters
- basic pattern fill-ins -- such as every 1st beat, every 1/8th beat, triplets every 1/2 bar, etc
- audition entire kits without loading them (click in the image on each instrument perhaps?)
- improve project management
- export song PLEASE!!

I am LOVING Spark so far, but it can indeed use some improvements

EDIT: thought of a couple other things
- A way to rate/favorite both kits and instruments
- Better project management on the LIbrary page. add/remove classifications, folders, etc.
- A way to add notes/info to projects
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: stuey on April 27, 2015, 02:44:31 pm
Basic Copy and Paste features within the sequencer page.

Applying to all lane and parameter information.

For example, I want to make an 8 step pattern into a 32 step pattern keeping all info from the 8 but extending into a 32 step pattern. An easy way to copy and paste all information, including pitch, velocity, cut off, resonance etc etc.

Or I want to follow a cut off frequency with the pitch though out the pattern. Either a copy and paste option from 1 lane to another or a 'follow' option that when applied will follow automation from a currently selected value.

Thanks,

Stuart
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: jsmirk on April 28, 2015, 09:00:30 pm
adding this from another thread
http://forum.arturia.com/index.php?topic=83333.msg118802#msg118802

In Preferences, 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.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: ofpi on May 05, 2015, 06:29:38 pm
Basic drag and drop samples into the main view (to the drum pads). Please keep working on this Arturia, so much potential here and your users are loyal.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: jsmirk on May 05, 2015, 06:52:30 pm
Basic drag and drop samples into the main view (to the drum pads). Please keep working on this Arturia, so much potential here and your users are loyal.

This is already possible, at least for me on Mac.  I drag and drop samples from a Finder window all the time.

However, drag and drop should also be implemented for the Sampler module in the Studio view.  Imagine, drag and drop samples to load up each layer... yum.  Currently, to use drag and drop in this manner, you have to select a layer, switch to Main, drop sample, back to Studio, and on and on.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: ofpi on May 05, 2015, 06:55:43 pm
Yep, this is what I mean, too many steps to do something that should be so simple.

 It would be cool to have 2 or more small boxes that show up in the individual pads that you can choose as layer destinations for a sample, that way you can quickly drag and drop to layers and test different combinations! That would be crazy good.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: jsmirk on May 05, 2015, 07:09:59 pm
Yep, this is what I mean, too many steps to do something that should be so simple.

 It would be cool to have 2 or more small boxes that show up in the individual pads that you can choose as layer destinations for a sample, that way you can quickly drag and drop to layers and test different combinations! That would be crazy good.

I've put forth the idea that the Main view should stay focused on performance/groove-building (keep features for kit setup limited), and make focus the use of Studio and Mixer for setting up your kit.  I also strongly believe that the Mixer and Studio views should be combined because there is way too much overlap in functionality, and what doesn't overlap could be unified. See: http://forum.arturia.com/index.php?topic=84144.msg119717#msg119717

Kit setup: Studio/mixer
Pattern editing: Sequencer
Performance: Main
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: daksha on May 26, 2015, 03:52:54 pm
I would REALLY & simply like the ability to choose mono or stereo channels.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: stuey on May 26, 2015, 04:14:40 pm
There's a real danger that features requests just get out of hand. I think we should not loose sight of what Spark is, in essence a drum machine. The fact it has a mixer and a sequencer etc is all very nice but lets not loose sight of the fact that it's a drum machine, initially released to work as an old skool drum machine, MPC style with some nice emulsions of old kits.

Cheers, Stuart
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: stuey on May 26, 2015, 04:15:24 pm
I would REALLY & simply like the ability to choose mono or stereo channels.

If you'er using this in a DAW, just use a mono midi/inst track.


Cheers, Stuart
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: jsmirk on May 26, 2015, 05:49:33 pm
There's a real danger that features requests just get out of hand. I think we should not loose sight of what Spark is, in essence a drum machine. The fact it has a mixer and a sequencer etc is all very nice but lets not loose sight of the fact that it's a drum machine, initially released to work as an old skool drum machine, MPC style with some nice emulsions of old kits.

Cheers, Stuart

I agree with this, Stuart.  I was recently reading a review of that discussed how the Maschine software is incredibly bloated in its current form - it's now a DAW of its own. I, personally, would hate to see Spark go in that direction. I think there are already parts that are completely unnecessary(as a drum machine) such as the modular - it would make more business sense to sell a modular plugin separate from Spark. I would prefer to see Spark slimmed down to be strictly a drum machine/sequencer and have the focus placed on creating a smart workflow for that one purpose. Fix the bugs, give me a good library browser, provide better sample editing, let me do more from fewer screens. I would gladly pay for a Spark 3 upgrade than to see the software continue to collect dust on the shelves of the Arturia product team except for a yearly update. 

I know i've bitched a lot on these boards, but I still use Spark as my primary drum machine. Mainly because it has a nice tactile controller that is useful while building grooves due to mute, solo, and visual feedback - i get the most out of it once I can stop interacting with the gui, but even then it's buggy in Logic.  I have evaluated Nerve and Geist, but they don't have a tight controller integration. I don't live in a place where I can go try or buy a TR-8 or some other hardware drum machine, but I wouldn't even be considering these other options if Spark was a joy to use.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: stuey on May 26, 2015, 06:43:49 pm

I think there are already parts that are completely unnecessary(as a drum machine) such as the modular - it would make more business sense to sell a modular plugin separate from Spark. I would prefer to see Spark slimmed down to be strictly a drum machine/sequencer and have the focus placed on creating a smart workflow for that one purpose. Fix the bugs

+1 Absolutely.


Mainly because it has a nice tactile controller that is useful while building grooves due to mute, solo, and visual feedback - i get the most out of it once I can stop interacting with the guy



Indeed. I've harped on at Kevin and the guys at Arturia to give me LCD feedback based on my laps knob movement as well as an easy way to navigate the kits and projects without having to look at the GUI.

In a live or a perforce scenario you have two hands on the controller and both eyes. You can't keep one eye on the GUI and one hand on a mouse.

I'm fine with the software being the software and for those who use it without the hardware, but I think that the workflow should be biased towards controller integration. The software has taken on a life of it's own and left the hardware integration behind. The two need to be pulled back together.

I would be happy with the main drum controller screen, song tab, a library of sounds and a sequencer window, that's all you need.

I like the idea of the module but spark isn't the DSI Tempest and it feels somewhat out of place, especially on sampled sounds.
The mixer window is too much info, it's not a DAW. Multiple outs are needed for greater control in post but this can surely be dealt with another way.
The prefs tab should be a operating system or background menu item, and is not needed in the final GUI whatsoever.
I don't personally use the song tab but it's on the original hardware and should be retained, I can see it's uses for live use and even in a DAW workflow
The Library should be combined with studio, retaining it's Library name. All sound changes could be done here quite easily.

That's how I see it. Strip it back to it's original idea, remove the faff and concentrate on sold reliability for the user.

In it's price bracket, Spark cannot be beaten and it's a really nice tactile surface. If the DSI Tempest was £400 then I would have got that, but it's nearly 3x the cost and using the Spark everyday as I do I never tire from using the controller, i just feel that cartain things have been lost.

I don't think we should even be talking about Spark 3, Spark 2.5 maybe but this should just be a re-visit to desperately needed workflow and bug fixes.

Cheers, Stuart
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mixalis on May 27, 2015, 09:56:06 pm
I agree on the lcd feedback based on what you move..Because at the moment when you are working on the sequencer for example and tweek any of the instrument parameters you dont know what you are doing!

But i disagree on everything else..Spark 2 is very organised and doesnt need any corner cuts....
Everything is very well done at my opinion and based on workflow... It only needs some details here and there and ofcourse bug fixes and its ready!

Back on spark improvements i think it would help to be able to copy the effects from one slot to another with ctrl and then drag and drop!
Also the ability to  drag samples straight to the sampler would help! ( then you can work inside the daw much faster)

About tune mode! What exacly am i tuning here? i mean what note is it? we only get info about how low or high it is from the original sample..

Cheers!
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: stuey on May 27, 2015, 10:24:31 pm
I agree on the lcd feedback based on what you move..Because at the moment when you are working on the sequencer for example and tweek any of the instrument parameters you dont know what you are doing!

Exactly - I would forego everything for the ability to have this. Not knowing what is going on seems totally ridiculous in my opinion. 

But i disagree on everything else..Spark 2 is very organised and doesnt need any corner cuts....
Everything is very well done at my opinion and based on workflow... It only needs some details here and there and ofcourse bug fixes and its ready!

Corners being cut is exactly why we are in this situation in the first place. Lots of things have been touched but no one thing has truly been worked on and perfected. The early Spark was far less cluttered than Spark 2, with all these new features being added, we just have a bloated under performing version of something that used to work really well   

Back on spark improvements i think it would help to be able to copy the effects from one slot to another with ctrl and then drag and drop!
Also the ability to  drag samples straight to the sampler would help! ( then you can work inside the daw much faster)

These are all fine ideas and will be useful to somebody, I feel almost like issuing an embargo on asking for new features :) so we can define exactly what spark is, and work on that before adding more things that will probably cause you more pain.

About tune mode! What exacly am i tuning here? i mean what note is it? we only get info about how low or high it is from the original sample..

Agreed, although the starting note/sample will always be different. How could you define the start point to therefore give a note value when tuning?

Cheers, Stuart
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mixalis on May 27, 2015, 10:54:55 pm
well i dont know about the tuning...But maybe it could work better if for example pressing 1 gave you the note C ...  pressing 2 the note  D etc.....         



Also... where has the delete function from the hardware gone?
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: stuey on May 27, 2015, 11:02:20 pm
Also... where has the delete function from the hardware gone?


There are a few things that have been removed from the hardware, but in software they continue to work

Cheers, Stuart
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mixalis on May 28, 2015, 01:26:01 pm
 Obviously it is usefull to delete mistakes from hardware... It used to work well......
( you can do it from the sequencer obviously but i think it was a nice alternative)

But anyway!... Not so important i guess....       
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mixalis on May 30, 2015, 01:23:14 pm
Better instrument organization is needed...

 A lot of them are at random places and it is difficult to find the right sound..
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: stuey on May 30, 2015, 03:13:07 pm
Better instrument organization is needed...

 A lot of them are at random places and it is difficult to find the right sound..

In what way?

I agree that if you search via 'all' is becomes impossible to find a sound, this is more to do with that there is so many sounds and drums in Spark. But all sounds can be found via their family. i.e., you can search via Bass Drum, or Snare meaning that you will only find bass drums or snares.

In the library, reserving you'er fave kits in one bank means you can switch off all the other filters

Cheers, Stuart
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mixalis on May 30, 2015, 05:47:38 pm
Ofcourse i know that! 

 But when i filter out for snare drums for example, or low toms.. there are sounds that shouldnt be there!..


Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: stuey on May 30, 2015, 09:58:20 pm
But when i filter out for snare drums for example, or low toms.. there are sounds that shouldnt be there!..


For example?

I don't get that at all, when I filter by snares i get snares. I filter by low toms, I get low toms etc etc. I don't have any sounds that shouldn't be there.
I don't see how it could be better organised 

Thanks, Stuart   
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mixalis on May 30, 2015, 11:53:21 pm
Well...There are plenty of examples i can give you...

There are fx sounds all over the place...filter claps and you will find female breathing from (the asylum) project.  Evil presence from the ( dracula )      fighter vocals from (fight night) even quica sound from ( latina hollywood)

Filter percussion and you will find some synth sounds from the (expandable) project

I dont want to search for all the wrong categorized sound now...But i tell you there are many of them..

The problem is mostly on the hollywood expansion pack..but there are many other random sounds as well except from that...
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: oopsi on May 31, 2015, 01:05:44 am
Allow ability to pattern chain on SparkLe. All it needs is a shift function and use of sequencer buttons. Please please please chaining from hardware would improve the workflow tremendously!

Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: stuey on May 31, 2015, 12:05:21 pm
Well...There are plenty of examples i can give you...

There are fx sounds all over the place...filter claps and you will find female breathing from (the asylum) project.  Evil presence from the ( dracula )      fighter vocals from (fight night) even quica sound from ( latina hollywood)

Filter percussion and you will find some synth sounds from the (expandable) project

I dont want to search for all the wrong categorized sound now...But i tell you there are many of them..

The problem is mostly on the hollywood expansion pack..but there are many other random sounds as well except from that...


As i say, I don't get that.

Cheers, Stuart
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: oopsi on May 31, 2015, 12:41:55 pm
Well...There are plenty of examples i can give you...

There are fx sounds all over the place...filter claps and you will find female breathing from (the asylum) project.  Evil presence from the ( dracula )      fighter vocals from (fight night) even quica sound from ( latina hollywood)

Filter percussion and you will find some synth sounds from the (expandable) project

I dont want to search for all the wrong categorized sound now...But i tell you there are many of them..

The problem is mostly on the hollywood expansion pack..but there are many other random sounds as well except from that...


As i say, I don't get that.

Cheers, Stuart


Yes was searching for closed hats today and was getting lots of fx type sounds from expansion packs.

Also the auto preview which I think has been mentioned already is so temperamental.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mixalis on June 02, 2015, 05:15:30 pm
Well...There are plenty of examples i can give you...

There are fx sounds all over the place...filter claps and you will find female breathing from (the asylum) project.  Evil presence from the ( dracula )      fighter vocals from (fight night) even quica sound from ( latina hollywood)

Filter percussion and you will find some synth sounds from the (expandable) project

I dont want to search for all the wrong categorized sound now...But i tell you there are many of them..

The problem is mostly on the hollywood expansion pack..but there are many other random sounds as well except from that...


As i say, I don't get that.

Cheers, Stuart

If you dont have any of the expantions i understand why you dont get it....
the problem is very limited compare to when you have them... ;)

Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: stuey on June 02, 2015, 05:36:03 pm

If you dont have any of the expantions i understand why you dont get it....



I do have expansions, yes. 2 or 3 of them. It might be a Mac Vs Windows thing. Are you on a Mac?

Cheers, Stuart
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mixalis on June 02, 2015, 05:43:54 pm
I use windows 7.....

        One more thing about instruments organization its the synth category...I never try to look something in there..its a total chaos...It has to be divided in subcategories for example bass leads vocals pads and i dont know what more...

The more organized things are the better for us! +  its an easy update to do ....

Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: stuey on June 02, 2015, 10:19:07 pm
I use windows 7.....

Perhaps Mac users don't have issues with the categories being mixed up? As  say, I don't see this issue.   

One more thing about instruments organization its the synth category

True, but potentially you might have a sub categories with only 1 sound in, making it a bit pointless to dive down into multiple sub menus.
But in principle, this would be more helpful

Cheers, Stuart   
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mixalis on June 10, 2015, 11:16:44 am
Well i hope i am not being to annoying here.. but i think it would be better when changing a project -kit - instrument, to automatically
 send you to the first page ..as it is now you have to press select and one after changing something...

No reason for that one i think :)
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: stuey on June 10, 2015, 11:58:46 am
Well i hope i am not being to annoying here.. but i think it would be better when changing a project -kit - instrument, to automatically
 send you to the first page ..as it is now you have to press select and one after changing something...

No reason for that one i think :)

Yep, it's been asked for many times. No reason to stay on the same page once you have made the required selections

Cheers, Stuart
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: LaserDolphin on August 10, 2015, 09:57:38 am
Hi there have a improvement list too. I will post here and check later what points are in TOPIC...hope u like

Quote
SPARK-LE Hardware
Spark 2 on OSX 10.9.5
Standalone Mode
__________

I like the SPARK LE.  :D

What i found, think an maybe can be better in LE, tell me mistakes or understanding problems:

„ - „  Points
„ # „ Questions/Issues/Explains



Hardware:

- Mini-USB Deconnection Protect, A Rubberband will work too ^^,
- TAP Tempo Option (Select+Play), for Liveperformance


AT ALL:

- Vectorgrafic alle the way (maybe)
- Window detaching or
- Window scaling, its better in all Tabs, more Room for a near complete DAW-potential SPARK-LE-Software
- GUI Part moving by drag to a place, for individual compact view, good for Liveperformance (maybe)
- Faster Sample/ Project Loading
- Project/Kit change by Playing (A/B Mode)
- Change Projects IN-TEMPO!!! Maybe with short Silence (but playing begins in Tempo) or with A/B Mode, means preloading Projects/ Kits
- Undo/Redo in the Window itselef not in Desktop-Bar
- MP3, FLAC Support (maybe)

Sequencer:

- Other Background to see steps better
- Automatic add Automations in Automatic-Editor (and Reset Automations on Param-Knobs in the Studio-Tab)
- chomatic pitch in Automation (like steps to the next chord note) ---< i know now to play notes...
- vertical keyboard in Automation (pitch per note)---< i know now to play notes...maybe ignore this

Mixer:

- Number of Pads 1-16
- Name of the Sound (if scale-abled more Room) like Laz, Bas, Pad, Inst…
- The Word „Master“ in the Bottom of Faders are useless, for me. There are Routing-options if i use other Audiodriver like ASIO or external Soundcards?

Studio

- Number of Pads 1-16 or Name
- Layer Sample choose from Library, not primary anywhere on the PC
- Reverb FX in Dropdown „Select Effect“
- Choke 1-16
- Layer Mode basic on „Stacked“, its better to hear added sounds when hit Pad
- VOL and PAN for each Sound added by the Knobs for P1,P2,P3, for easy tweaking the Sound and prelistening in the Sound-Editing Workflow, not in Main-Tab
- De-click Sounds or Zerocrossing Envelope, i hear clicks too much, Samples always should de-clicked, or its bad Sound Quality
- Empty Plate over the 2 Effect Sections? Why? Pls add a FX Section more or similar Parts for Edit
- Editing Parameters for each Layer in the Sampler
# Sometimes the Arrows to change a Instrument will not work, after editing the Instrument with Layers, add a Layer instrument, tweaking and then change the Basic Sound with the Arrow-Buttons (upper left rigt for first Instrument, not in the Sampler), the Sound don´t change, after open the menue to choose a Sound will work and change the Sound
# Why some Instruments have the Sampler in this Place and some have not? Its Confusing to Categorizing Sound this Way…If i want to Layering some Sounds, i dont have a Sampler, and can´t add one, because Sounds can always layered
# Save a Sound/Instrument easy or Copy Sound if tweaked, or is it done with rename the name?


- Sampler, better zoom handling, scrolling to zoom, click&hold
- Sampler-Wavform-Window need Grafik ADSR/AD/ADR or the Knobs
- Sampler-Waveform-Window need a Slicer Tools, like REX-Player
- Sampler-Waveform-Window should show the full waveforms without scrolling, actually full out-zoomed waveforms can scroll up/down and left/right a bit…not fit to the limit windows
# Sampler somtimes shows not a loaded samples when layered


- REX-Player needs better optical feedback, see when play a Slice, wavform reversed
- REX-Player, Layering REX-Files and Audiofiles
- REX-Player, editing every Slice with pan, vol, cutoff, vol, rev, dec, att…with optical feedback
- Finding REX-Files without change to the Library Tab


Modular:

- better readable Font and smooth or/and individual Colour
- UNDO/ REDO for Erase Modules, Knob tweaks, Connections (100 Steps)
- ADD routing to P1,P2,P3
- All Sounds are named in „Instrument 1-16“, this is confusing, when the Sound have a name like „Pop Drums_MT“ in Studio.
- A Save Button near the blinking ICON to save fast a New Sound for the Instrument. And loading only Modular Sounds


Library:

- Easier Bank Renaming, like Double-Click or RightClick Option
- Drag and Drop around the Instruments, Kits and Projects
- Preview listening in KIT-Tab by Click on ICON in the „KIT-Details“
- Categorized Projects by TEMPO too or make own Categories
- Category „Modular“

# Instruments are also ALL Sounds, i think Sound made with modular, should be found under Modular
# What are the Basic Instrument Categories? Instrument and Samples schould be separat. Most Samples are made with Instruments.
# Analog under Engine have same Modular Options like a/some Soundfile, but when i select „Analog“ and „Ride“…the Ride Sound is not listed but i can tweak it in Modular Section, so its for me Modular maked and found under Modular. Explain: choose Library, INSTR., Choose „Ride“, find „Grime Step_Ride“, load, tweaking in Modular-Section. Go Back choose now Analog or/and physical model, „Grime Step_Ride“ not available.
# Easy Way to change a own created Sound in some Projects. Explain: If i build a Kick or FX in Modular, and i want this Sounds in 3 Projects, i want easy Drag and Drop the Sound/Instrument on a Empty Place in any Kit or Project i want, after easy saving (a Point in „Studio“ above)


Prefs:

- Some Spark LE Skins
- Skin who make alle very clear, no Screws, Shadows, Textures
- FILE: Save a copy of audio always when a Sound is tweaked, if only Sequenced this is not needed
- FILE: add Filepath for own Soundfolders and list it in Library -> INSTR.


Best wishes and nice Update to SPARK 3!!!

Edit: Some Points i found like Scaleable the Window and CPU usage, okay...
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mixalis on August 10, 2015, 02:15:04 pm
xaxaxax! nice ideas there....       
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: LaserDolphin on August 10, 2015, 06:43:50 pm
xaxaxax! nice ideas there....       

Ay, Thanks man...i hope this will realy improve SPARK next Gen...User Feedback is the real and necessary Feedback. Arturia need us too not only for buying Stuff... ;D

Greetz from Germany
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: LaserDolphin on August 12, 2015, 07:33:14 am
Hardware or Sequencer:

The Tune-Button should have a chromatic musical scale (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chromatic_scale). Or play a chromatic Chord per Button/per Push, if possible. That means one Button (maybe A/1 in Seq. Section) play one of these Chords -> (http://www.tomanja.de/images/music/Akkorde.gif)
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: dustmoses on August 22, 2015, 02:34:21 am
I'd love it if the drag and drop midi contained pitch and pan information; it's close to being useless for trap music without these or pattern change automation instead.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: LaserDolphin on August 23, 2015, 11:02:36 am
I would like some feedback from the arturia-bosses and programmer...
pro/ contra or a
Quote
"YES, we will do that in the next update, comming up around mid September"

Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Sillen on August 24, 2015, 10:06:16 am
On sparkLE HW using SELECT & TEMPO to control Shuffle.  ;)
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: dustmoses on August 25, 2015, 12:45:03 am
On sparkLE HW using SELECT & TEMPO to control Shuffle.  ;)

That would be a great addition.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mixalis on August 27, 2015, 10:46:41 am
I would like some feedback from the arturia-bosses and programmer...
pro/ contra or a
Quote
"YES, we will do that in the next update, comming up around mid September"


what was the question again?? what did they confirm doing in the next update?
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: LaserDolphin on August 30, 2015, 11:16:48 pm
I would like some feedback from the arturia-bosses and programmer...
pro/ contra or a
Quote
"YES, we will do that in the next update, comming up around mid September"

what was the question again?? what did they confirm doing in the next update?

They confirm nothing, i think nobody read my post, so i don´t know. Had i good Ideas, bad Ideas? Nobody out there...  ???
The last update was 5/2014, one year ago and Spark is not by a long shot a well-engineered and flexibel Tool.
But there ist potential. Maybe alle the focus is on BeatStepPro.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mixalis on September 15, 2015, 04:02:28 pm
Ideas for Spark 2.2

Visualization of the instrument parameters when being edited in every page! not just the first!
Apply fx per sequence! like the Roland mx1 mixer.....
It would be nice to have the option to make all of the automations with the fx pad! not just pan/level filter and sends
Automatic return to the first page when a project kit or instrument is selected!
Bring back the touch and roll function...now its always on when selected..


Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: matjones on September 17, 2015, 06:01:54 pm
Hi all!

First post here but not a novice with Arturia products or DAWs.....

Firstly i LOVE the V collection and the update to V4 is superb!!!! fantastic value and a massive nostalgia trip for someone of my age :D

I didn't specifically buy it for Spark but i've been playing around with it for a while now and there are a couple of things which are causing it NOT to be my first choice for drum machine duties....

The main issue is the lack of song position pointer... i know this has been brought up before as i have searched the forum and the beta forum... this is a real showstopper for those of us who work in a more 'traditional song' way and quite possibly for others too! even my old Alesis mmt8/SR16 setup i had 20 odd years ago could cope with this... i use BFD2 for acoustic drums and it is simply superb!!

The lack of MONO outputs is annoying too, ok i can route each channel to a mono group but it's a ball ache :(

Personally i think Spark has HUGE potential in a very crowded market.... sonically it's wonderful for sure but those two things in particular stop me from using it.... PLEASE at least add song position pointer!!!

Sorry for the moan on my first post........ having a whale of a time with Arturia stuff apart from that :D
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mixalis on September 19, 2015, 07:29:55 pm
Spark should have the option to copy only one instrument line to other patterns!
For example i want to copy only the snare drum from pattern 1 to pattern 2....

Its a must do for a drum machine..
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Montfrooij on November 02, 2015, 03:32:16 pm
For now (1 week user) I have some missing features (or things I don't know and cannot find anywere)

- Pre count when recording (now I have to wait for the pattern to finish and start recording)

- TAP tempo button (SparkLE only),
Missing this is somewhat annoying when starting with a new beat that you have 'in mind'. I now have to grab my metronome.

- Rename a project / kit (now I have to save it as another name and delete the old one.

- Rename tracks in Mixer & Sequencer (when you have a couple of instruments that are the same 'type' you first have to play some to find the right one)

- Rename pattern codes (A1,A2 etc.) per kit in main window  like 'verse1, chorus1 or some personal abbreviation.
Useful when you are switching patterns live and you want to jump back to the first verse pattern or something like that.
Now I have to make notes on my leadsheat where I have to start after the chorus etc.

- Be able to start a pattern at it's first position, even when the loop is not there.
Two reasons for this: when performing with the band (live) sometimes 'they' start too early and I need to start the Chrous 'now' instead of wait for the current pattern to complete.
Secondly, we also sometimes have an extra bar after a verse / chorus and now I have to wait for the pattern length to complete before being able to start with the next.

- Export multiple patterns as a wav file (song)
Useful when collaborating with other musicians that use your 'drum' sequence to play along.

- Give a 'save' notice when closing the software when there are unsaved changes.
(I know, stupid users....)

- Make the swing depending on the time signature.
When using a 6/8 pattern, the swing is still in 4/4 mode, slowing down at the wrong pace.

Maybe there will be more in the future, but for now these are my 'little' wishes ;) that would make the Spark(LE) even better.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: BuleriaChk on December 10, 2015, 03:00:17 am
Is there any way of saving a kit I have created independently of a project? So I can use such a kit with another project?
If not, I would certainly like to see this implemented...
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Montfrooij on December 10, 2015, 07:47:12 am
You mean: everything except the sequencer data?
(like the studio tab and the mixer tab)
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: BuleriaChk on December 31, 2015, 12:38:26 am
I would like the ability to set the time signature of a project globally (for all patterns), both for a new project and for a saved 4/4 (e.g, such a setting would cut off the last beat for each measure In each pattern).
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Montfrooij on February 14, 2016, 10:02:14 pm
I would love to have the reverb effects also be able to apply to an instrument track, rather than 'just' aux and master.
That way I would be able to add a reverb to the instrument and give that sound a delay effect.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: SparkInduction on February 15, 2016, 08:16:42 am
Hello there, Arturia!

Choose "Default Start Mode" to include not only audio out assignment, connect to Host DAW, etc., but also "Legacy" screen mode, or "Studio" mode (break-out panels view, for choice of which of 2 or 3 floating/dockable/resizable? screen views are up simultaneously -- with multi and ultra-wide monitor support, to again accommodate up to "64-step" SEQUENCER (and DAW) display for optimized workflow. Remember some endusers have Retina displays! ;-)

Revisit the virtual "silkscreened" Help "?" labeling on the virtual Spark GUI, updating any obsolete ones (seen across top row on SPARK hardware, if I'm not mistaken); Also, provide clearer more detailed visual guide for the various SHIFT/Press+Twist Jog Dial actions and their respective operational modes.  Much too easy zz forget how to navigate between functions with that strange INSTRUMENTS/ KIT marking on the hardware. It tells us nothing, in the way of which "action" to take, for each of those two, really.

Provide within the Spark GUI, and on the hardware, for each of the 8 channels, virtual/real pad channels, "LED acknowledgement" feedback, when any of the selected channels' encoders are swept back into its "default" position, relative to a project's "saved" state (as others asked for default information being valuable for live performance.

Writing up clearer, more detailed guidance perhaps should be written on the download/installation instructional slip-sheet included in the product box (and in the MY Products area online -- updating or deleting any obsolete instructions that are still online):

Explain what the default file hierarchy is, via a chart (online?) for major components in the Arturia Spark "standard" installation option (especially revising the chart if necessary, after software updates) and when naming presets, follow a more rigid consistent approach for neater file ordering in our folders.
for instance,
Jupiter-8V
Matrix-12 V and
Arp2600 V
...is not a consistent use of dashes and spacing (and the inconsistency gets worse in files' names, within presets subfolders) Who knows if an ongoing culture for more disciplined, neat, consistent approach to even file-naming throughout the range of products might help to minimize software coding errors too.

But that's a relatively trivial matter compared to the need for this:
Routine the enduser can run, to fix a bad software installation.

It's unclear where to store presets and expansion packs. At least provide suggestions in product installation guide.

Keep up the great work!
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: LaserDolphin on March 08, 2016, 02:37:59 am
I am frustrated...since my huge list 08/2015 and other good ideas, nobody gives any feedback, i think Spark is condemnded to death.
i think i re-sell it and giv other user a chance to make music with Spark-LE.
Nobody seems interessted in our feedback.
Customer Service !!!
--- Hello is anybody outthere? ---

Pls give us a hint. You are interessted to improve SparkLE and Spark 2 or only play with users?
Waste of Time.

I finish my thinking about Spark and Arturia.
I use Spark until i hate it and then good bye.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: LaserDolphin on March 08, 2016, 03:50:33 am
On sparkLE HW using SELECT & TEMPO to control Shuffle.  ;)

That would be a great addition.

V 2.1.1
New Features
•Step Shift and Repeat Shortcuts for SparkLE : Hold a Step and turn Divide knob to set Repeat or turn Move knob to set Shift.
•SparkLE shortcut: set Shuffle amount with Select + Tempo

Acutal Version is 2.2.0.76, means the Feature is available
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: matjones on March 13, 2016, 12:07:20 pm
Something missing from Spark, apart from song position pointer, is the ability to emulate the clock of vintage drum machines....
A bit part of what made these machines so successful was their clocks instabilities... the linn series in particular, so much so that very often back in the day either a drummer would play just the hihats and cymbals over them or play the whole drum kit along with them.... as 'I feel for you' by Chaka Khan (steve ferrone and a linn LM1) or 'Ain't nobody' (steve ferrone again i think and an Obe DMX)... Arturia has done a fantastic job on the sonic side of things but it's incredibly tricky recreating the groove and feel of them... it would be AWESOME if Arty could add this feature, along with song position pointer, to the sequencer!
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: fmq75 on March 17, 2016, 12:20:08 am
i have not read the whole thread (but the first post) but was this mentioned before?

For the Spark LE controller:

using "select+volume" changes only the volume for the selected instrument!

It's a pita using the touchpad for volume and very imprecise...
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: stuey on April 07, 2016, 01:44:22 am
Hello there, Arturia!

Provide within the Spark GUI, and on the hardware, for each of the 8 channels, virtual/real pad channels, "LED acknowledgement" feedback, when any of the selected channels' encoders are swept back into its "default" position, relative to a project's "saved" state (as others asked for default information being valuable for live performance.

I've been asking for proper LCD feedback for years, I think this is the best we are going to get. Things like the software buttons do more things that the hardware buttons they represent on screen. It's lots of little silly things that make it a pain to use creatively. I think their focus is on just the software and the hardware is an upsale item.     

Writing up clearer, more detailed guidance perhaps should be written on the download/installation instructional slip-sheet included in the product box (and in the MY Products area online -- updating or deleting any obsolete instructions that are still online):

+1

Having had Arturia software installed since about 2000 I've seen the movement of preferences, presets and all other things. This makes upgrades a total pain. New GUI on the newer products which makes sense, but there seems to be no brand attention to these menus.

I use it as if playing live, I have a few legacy (Spark )plug ins in pro tools sessions but gradually taking them out as coupled with Pro Tools virtual instrument woes, they are sometimes woeful.

It's a great sounding unit if you can be bothered to mess around with it. They do like pushing sounds way past 0dB! Some of the kits I swear were mixed by someone with hard of hearing :)

Thanks, Stuart 
Title: Assign global pattern length to project
Post by: BuleriaChk on April 21, 2016, 09:30:03 pm
One should be able to assign pattern length to a complete project (e.g. 12 steps for 3/4) U=It is a real PITA to have to change them one by one, especially since I use factory patterns for inspiration as well as performance for 3/4 (and other) meter.

Please FIX IT 
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: mixalis on June 23, 2016, 12:37:35 pm
It would be fantastic if we could use the fx pad to send midi control messages.....  8) 

Example of how it could be useful....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwTH0LnvW_M
                                                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VaGdRrhX6o     ( at 8.15)

Does anyone else uses these programs??
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: artao on June 23, 2016, 10:47:23 pm
It would be fantastic if we could use the fx pad to send midi control messages.....  8) 

Example of how it could be useful....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwTH0LnvW_M
                                                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VaGdRrhX6o     ( at 8.15)

Does anyone else uses these programs??

I can only speak to using the Spark CDM controller in Reaper, but I can use the XY pad as a MIDI controller. Are you sure you have it enabled in your DAW as a MIDI controller? Generally, to use Spark software itself, it's best to disable general MIDI control and only let your controller talk to the software in their own way, so general MIDI control is off by default.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: joy20mst on June 27, 2016, 05:03:00 pm
ADD MORE POWERFUL  GROOVE AND SHUFFLE OPTIONS WITH THE SWING KNOB
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: ArturiaPlanet on December 08, 2016, 03:04:43 pm
...Some of the kits I swear were mixed by someone with hard of hearing...

I totally agree. :)) Herzig DNB for example.

Dear Arturia,
for this Christmas I wish that SparkLE could...
- export instrument automation together with MIDI clips
- export MIDI clips respecting given SHUFFLE settings (I ended up quanitizing to swing in DAW)
- allow recording pitch automation with MIDI keyboard (e.g. when pressing key onbe octave lower than the sound, it would save pitch -12 for given step and create note with given velocity)
- allow bypassing all effects on instruments, aux busses and master bus at once
- allow using external effect (I understand this could be a problem with cross-machine compatibiltiy of exported libraries; this is just nice to have thing).

Why?
My workflow with SparkLE is following: I ended up sketching beat patterns in Spark and then exporting them to DAW. Then on some occasions, e.g. changing patterns, I like to  add little drum changes here and there.

I like some kits really well, especially vintage drum machines. However, is it just my feeling, or the sounds with internal effects are a bit thin?
It does not bother that much, because one can map kits into DAW and use additional effects (I especially like vintage compressors and Valhalla reverb which can thicken sound and add depth to it). Then it sounds to me great.


Arturia, please try looking at all positive feedback in this thread and make SparkLE better. I am sure that it would attract more people to it.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: ArturiaPlanet on December 08, 2016, 10:22:21 pm
Also, using Volume knob to set up Shuffle would be nice! I never use Volume knob.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: terrym on December 08, 2016, 10:56:40 pm
Hi , You can use select and tempo to change shuffle .

I like some of your other suggestions too.



Terrym
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: ArturiaPlanet on December 09, 2016, 01:31:08 pm
...You can use select and tempo to change shuffle...

Thank you, terrym! :)
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: MuddySuzuki on January 11, 2017, 09:35:59 pm
As a relatively new user of the SparkLE, I really like it and can get used to pretty much all of it's current features.

All I think it really needs is TAP TEMPO!
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Kiuas on May 29, 2017, 01:10:33 pm
Would be great to be able to reassign (sparkLe) controller knobs.

I.e. I rarely use master volume/swing or BPM functions during jamming, so it would be nice if these knobs could be utilized as per channel filter:cutoff/resonance, volume/pan, Attack/decay etc. This is partly since the touch-pad is not precise enough to make adjustments, also constantly changing the assignable knobs requires visual connection to screen.

Jog dial could also function as nice cutoff/resonance knob in main window...

Touch pad´s precision could be also affected if it could be set to operate like laptop track pad which sensitivity/resolution can be altered. I.e. Making 0-127 value change can mean 2-3 strokes across the touch pad. Although touch-pad issues might be hardware issues of my unit...

Also this question may fall in this category https://forum.arturia.com/index.php?topic=90730.0 If "spark mode" button/pad/knob behavior can be affected as "midi mode" is there is lot be explored in workflow vise.



Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Lovesound on November 17, 2017, 10:32:05 am
A feature I desperately miss is: Saving & loading 'Midi Assignments' !! And be able to use different Settings for two instances (Plug-In).
Hopefully someone from Arturia is reading this.

ps - I am pretty sure you can do it with other Arturia Plug-Ins, so it should'nt be that difficult ;-)

Best for now,
Sebastian
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: bouz on December 24, 2017, 07:38:13 pm
What i miss is a groove type of thing. Like in reason. Or a humanise function as in the Roland R8.
Not only shuffle.
And a transient shaper and pitch shifter (with lfo) in the studio effects.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: boombaxx on January 20, 2018, 11:08:28 am
They have been saying they were going to update this for 5 years. Every plugin has had an update apart from this one  ???
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: terrym on January 22, 2018, 05:28:52 pm
They have been saying they were going to update this for 5 years. Every plugin has had an update apart from this one  ???

Hi , from what i have been told it will have a bug fix update which i think there working on ATM. but there will be no further features added or further updates after this.

Terrym
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: vaikl on January 23, 2018, 05:19:21 pm
there will be no further features added or further updates after this.

Terrym

Oh :o. That - and the "glorious" price policy for the V6 upgrade - is enough for me to say "goodbye" to Arturia's products now. I was a loyal customer for several years but Arturia isn't loyal and honest to me any more >:(

Thanks for your ongoing, very good support, Terrym, i appreciate it.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: artao on January 25, 2018, 03:47:55 pm
Please look and this thread, and post any problems you've been having. That way they'll know what to fix. :)
https://forum.arturia.com/index.php?topic=90964.0
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: dorianC on August 16, 2018, 02:59:03 pm
PLEASE, PLEASE: Add Multichannel Out routing support in Standalone Mode!

It must be already in your code, as the plugin version already has this, but the standalone version somehow is missing it. I'd even pay your developers/development department directly to implement this missing feature … do you think this is possible? Couldn't take too long. How much would it cost? Maybe we can speak openly about the costs/required time and see if also a few other people would be willing to fund you adding this feature?
Hope you'll reply/take this request serious. Thanks.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: terrym on August 16, 2018, 06:58:07 pm
I'm Afraid it looks like theres no more development going to happen to spark. but i think something new may come but its a guess.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: dorianC on August 17, 2018, 10:06:26 am
Thank you for your quick reply, t.

@I'm Afraid it looks like theres no more development:
Spark just has been updated to v2.4 recently, on Jun 8, 2018 (that was ~2 months ago). So can we consider it being still in development then?

@i think something new may come:
There will be always something new. But this is not what this is all about. I am suggesting to improve something already existing.

Adding MULTICHANNEL OUTPUT to the standalone version (which already exists in the plugin format!?) would fulfill what Spark was intended to be -- a real-life applicable software drum machine (-emulator), which can be used like the real thang, in standalone operation, while summing it through a hardware mixer etc,

Would be a bummer if they'd miss the opportunity to add this important feature to this product, especially when it's such a minor fix/correction. Anyways. So I am just interested to see this getting added to the standalone version (as it already exists in the plugin version!) … and, as said, if it takes Arturia's developer(s) ~ 5-10 hours of work or so I would be able to directly fund the extra work. That's how important this is for me to have.

 ::) I have the utmost confidence Arturia won't let me down with this issue/request. Hope my voice will be heard.
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: orez on November 06, 2018, 09:55:12 am
Add tap tempo shortcut in Sparkle hardware because it just doesn't work so well with a mouse in the GUI

thanks,
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: Shadowhenge on January 28, 2019, 04:34:23 pm
Would like to see a 17th and 18th stereo out so the FX can be routed separately to the DAW.

Also, would like to see a way to change the preset kits without chanign anything on the step sequencer, or even loading in a blank sequencer. (if there's a way I haven't found it)
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: krish130 on February 07, 2019, 05:39:30 am
Hi all..
I am new to SPARK EDM (software only user). A great app ! I would like to know whether there's any way to change the 'Master pitch' or 'Main pitch' of a playing pattern in EDM ? instead of changing one by one method ? If anybody has the idea kindly let me know. Thanks in advance.  ;)
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: pasare.nicu on April 26, 2019, 02:55:10 pm
I would surely buy a spark black edition :))) can you make one for us? Maybe some visual improvements in the software and paabaaam. All that we need. But pleaase im not so happy with my micro usb port on the beatstep pro. Maybe a black edition spark with usb b ?
Title: Re: Spark Improvements!
Post by: 019297 on May 12, 2019, 10:41:20 pm
I echo the USB B port request. I love that you guys did that with the new micro freak, even though it's still really thin, you guys gave it a full size usb port. I have a used CDM right now and that has the full size port, it really locks in and helps. The port on the LE was awful. The micro and mini stuff doesn't cut it for pro gear, in my experience. I have seen 2 LE units fail personally because of this