NAMM 2016: Zoom ARQ Aero Rhythmtrack

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Zoom Arq
Zoom Arq

One of the most innovative products at Namm 2016 was the Zoom ARQ Aero Rythmtrack. Not your average controller, that is the least I can say!

The unit is many things at the same time:

  • Drum machine
  • Sequencer
  • Synthesizer
  • Looper
  • Clip launcher
  • MIDI controller

It’s a two part system:

  • Base Station (where you select the mode, sounds, etc)
  • Bluetooth LE detachable Ring Controller

The Zoom ARQ includes 468 PCM drum sounds, 70 one-shot sounds, and dozens of digital effects. The ring Controller has 96 velocity/pressure-sensitive pads and 160 programmable color LEDsĀ and a 3-axis accelerometer lets you tweak effects parameters and send MIDI control messages. Finally, a programmable synthesizer engine lets you create entirely new sounds.

It’s actually not really easy to explain how it works, so check below a video intro for a quick demo.

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