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
- 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 LEDs 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.