Making music should be fun, easy, and freeing. With the Zoom ARQ AR-48, it can be that and so much more.
The AR-48 lets you craft music you can be proud of. Use its 460 built-in sounds or use your own samples to create innovative beats and sequences. And its unique design gives you the freedom to perform in brand new ways.
You can load your own samples into ARQor choose from its 460 drum, instrument,and vocal sounds. Explore a variety ofgenres—from hip hop and house to technoand dubstep—to craft the music you want.
Capture what you’re playing in real-time by hitting record. Or use the dedicated step-input buttons to quickly program a beat. Start with a kIck and snare, then add hi-hats and toms. With the AR-48’s unique design, it’s easy to see your sequence as a true loop.
The ARQ offers a variety of fun and exciting ways to produce and perform your music. You can play and remix your music live. You can also play over your patterns in real-time using the Ring Controller or use the MIDI out to control external instruments.
With the AR-48’s audio capture function, you can sample your favorite tracks and create beats around them to your liking.
To create more expressive performances, remove the Ring from the Base Station and trigger delay, reverb, and filters effects with the accelerometer. You’ve never performed quite like this!
The Base Station is the control center of the AR-48. Let's explore how it works:Sound ( 1 )The Sound section features 460 customizable instrument sounds and a synthesizer with three sub-oscillators. Sound parameters can be changed instantly and are easily visible on the section’s dedicated LCD screen.
Sequence ( 2 )In the Sequence section, you can access and edit Songs or Pattern sequences, as well as save up to 384 patterns and 99 songs. Using the backlit LED buttons on the built-in 32-step loop sequencer, you can create musical patterns in real-time or add Swing or Tempo to any sequence of your choice.
Effect ( 3 )The Effects section offers 16 Master Effects, including reverb, high- and low-pass filters, delay, bit crush, and more. Use them during song and pattern playback, in the studio, or during live performances.
Rec/Play ( 4 )Record and save your music in seconds in the Rec/Play section. You can also use audio capture mode, record motion sequences, and save your work automatically.
The AR-48’s Ring Controller lets your personality shine through. Have a look at its features:
16 Programmable PadsThe ARQ features 16 pressure-sensitive pads with programmable LEDs that allow you to play instrument sounds, trigger samples, and record sequences.
3-Axis AccelerometerWith the 3-axis accelerometer, you can use movement to trigger effects like delay and reverb. Each axis can be assigned to adjust any of your chosen effects parameters.
Easy ControlsDedicated buttons let you play/pause tracks, solo and mute sections, as well as split, arpeggiate, and change effects. You can also switch between PAD and SCALE layout using the Ring’s dedicated buttons. The Grip Mode button prevents you from accidentally triggering pads when you pick up the Ring.
Optional Bluetooth AdapterAn optional BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter lets you use the Ring Controller wirelessly during live performances.
Audio Input Connector type Stereo mini jack (unbalanced) Input gain +10 to −65 dB Input impedance 10 kΩ
Output L/R Connector type Standard mono phone jacks (unbalanced) Output impedance 100 Ω
Phones Connector type Stereo mini jack (20mW x into 32Ω load) Output impedance 10 Ω
ANALOG IN (AD): 92 dB typ (IHF-A)PHONE OUT (DA): 102 dB typ (IHF-A)MAIN OUT (DA): 106 dB typ (IHF-A)
16MB–2GB SD cards, 4GB–32GB SDHC cards, 64GB–512GB SDXC cards
MIDI OUT (5-pin DIN jack) and USB MIDI
5V 1A AC adapter (AD-14)
Base Station: 2 W maximumWhen powering Ring Controller: 3 W maximum
259.0 mm (D) x 257.6 mm (W) x 63.0 mm (H)
128x32 dot-matrix LCD x 2
Type B USB 2.0 MIDI class/mass storage class operationSupported operating systems:Windows 7 (SP1 or later), Windows 8 (including 8.1) or later, Windows 10, Mac OS X 10.8 or later
Minimum Specifications:Chipset that includes USB 2.0 as standard, Intel Core i3 or faster CPU
Type AUSB 2.0 MIDI class operationFor Ring Controller connection
PAD pressure sensors, 3-axis accelerometer
USB bus power
2 AA alkaline or rechargeablenickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries
About 8 hours (when BTA-1 installed)
280.2 mm (D) x 278.8 mm (W) x 29.7 mm (H)
Number of pads: 16Velocity curves: 4 types
Type BUSB 2.0 MIDI class/ mass storage class operationSupported operating systems:Windows 7 (SP1 or later), Windows 8 (including 8.1) or later, Windows 10, Mac OS X 10.8 or later
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