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Zoom Announces New ARQ Aero RhythmTrak

Published: Thu January 21, 2016  News Feed

It's not every day when you see a brand new instrument that looks unique and makes you go "wow!", but the new ARQ Aero RhythmTrak by Zoom might just be one of those! Announced today at NAMM Show 2016 in Anaheim California, it could become a surprise hit this year...

Zoom ARQ


ARQ is a drum machine, sequencer, synthesizer, looper, and MIDI controller with a built-in accelerometer. Even more, ARQ is freedom. With its wireless Bluetooth Ring Controller, you can escape the booth, move the music, and get in front of the crowd. In other words - it was truly designed for performance, and looks quite striking, too! It's basically a powerful, almost tambourine-sized synthesizer!

Zoom ARQ in use


Not only does ARQ allow you to create incredible drum parts and patterns, you can also use the Ring Controller as a live instrument. Play it while mounted to the Base Station, or remove it to take your performance to the front of the stage. ARQ comes with a multitude of editable PCM drum and instrument sounds organized into 50 genre-specific kits, and you can also develop 50 kits of your own, complete with effects. Once you perform with ARQ, ZOOM promises you'll never use another drum machine again. Could it be that good? Well, there's only one way to find out, and that's checking it out for yourself! Zoom's teaser videos sound very promising...



Circular Sequencer—No Computer Necessary

Traditional devices take a linear approach to sequencing, but ARQ is anything but traditional. For the first time, you can visualize your music as a true loop, up to 5 parts at a time.

Individual patterns or complete songs can be constructed one step at a time or by recording a real-time performance, with an onboard mixer for setting volumes, muting, and soloing. Instruments can be assigned to single or multiple pads and up to 3 parts can be created at a time. Up to 33 parts can be played back simultaneously, and the timbre or note of each part can be changed with the touch of a button. 400 patterns can be combined in any order to form a complete song, then flattened into an audio loop that can be played back from a single pad—all without the use of a computer.

Comprehensive Synthesizer

ARQ's powerful sound engine offers 70 preset "one-shot" sounds—sampled waveforms that can be pitch-shifted as they are played over multiple pads—as well as an onboard synthesizer that allows you to build completely original timbres. Choose from 531 different oscillator types for sonic variety, then add digital effects such as filtering, delay, and reverb, along with sound-shaping controls like envelope generators and stepped or smooth modulation.

Loop(er)

ARQ allows you to create completely original loops from onboard sounds or patterns, or by capturing external audio. Set start and end points, change the pitch if desired, choose between forward or reverse playback, then assign each loop to a different controller pad. Up to 32 loops can be played simultaneously and synchronized to the same tempo. ARQ makes creating loops a lot more fun.

Wireless MIDI Controller

Use the Ring for wireless control of all your MIDI instruments and devices connected to your computer—samplers, synths, and drum machines, as well as MIDI-enabled effects processors. Its 96 pads are velocity-sensitive and can also send aftertouch (MIDI messages generated based on the pressure applied to the pads once they are being held down).

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Zoom will be shipping this in April 2016. If you are interested, please contact our sales team on 0151 448 2080 to order or check availability!

 
 
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