NAMM 2016: Zoom ARQ Aero Rhythmtrack

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.