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Zoom gets back in the ring with the ARQ AR-48 performance instrument

While Zoom’s ARQ Aero RhythmTrak AR-96 looked pretty revolutionary, when we tested it, we weren’t entirely convinced of its gamechanging potential. Undeterred, the company has now added a second product to the range: the AR-48.

This is cut from similar circular cloth to its sibling, and can serve as a drum machine, sequencer, synth, looper, clip launcher, MIDI controller and live performance instrument. There are 460 built-in sounds, and you can import your own WAV files into the synth’s oscillator. You can play sounds chromatically or select a preset scale in the key of your choosing.

You can get editable master effects, and a 32-loop sequencer that enables you to create patterns and songs. There are 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads with programmable colour LEDs, and a 3-axis accelerometer for triggering arpeggiator sounds and effects.

As with the AR-96, the AR-48 features a detachable ring that can be used for performance purposes.

Find out more on the Zoom website. We’re still waiting on a price and release date.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Group Content Manager for MusicRadar, specialising in all things tech. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 20 of which I’ve also spent writing about music technology. 

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