Zoom ARQ AR-48 Aero RhythmTrak – All-In-One Production and Performance Instrument

  • Base Station & Ring Controller
  • 460 Sounds, 384 Patterns & 99 Songs
  • Drum Machine, Sequencer, Synthesizer
  • Looper, Clip Launcher, MIDI Controller
  • 16 Velocity- and Pressure-Sensitive Pads
  • 3-Axis Accelerometer
  • USB Port and SD Card Slot
  • On-Board Mixer & 32-Step Loop Sequencer
  • Smart Grip-Detection Circuitry
  • Includes AC Power Adapter

$250.00 $350.00

The Zoom ARQ AR-48 Aero RhythmTrak is an all-in-one production and live performance instrument with an integrated drum machine, sequencer, synthesizer, looper, clip launcher, and MIDI controller. The ARQ consists of two powerful components: the Base Station and the detachable Ring Controller. The Base Station houses all the I/O and on-board sounds and effects, including 460 drum/instrument sounds, a synthesizer with three sub-oscillators, as well as 16 master effects including reverb, high- and low-pass filters, delay, bit crush, and more. Connections include a line-level 1/8″ TRS jack for sampling phrases into the looper and two 1/4” jacks for connecting to any line-level mixer, PA, or studio monitoring system. Also included is a stereo 1/8” headphone jack with a dedicated volume control. Additionally, a USB port allows for connections to a computer, while the SD card slot lets you save patterns and loops, import prerecorded audio, and update firmware.

The Ring Controller communicates with the Base Station and DAWs via USB. It features 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads for clip launching and playing drum sounds, instrument sounds, and sequences. Any sound or musical phrase can be played chromatically or by any of the dozens of preset scales in any key. The Ring Controller features a grip-detection circuit, which automatically prevents accidental triggering of the pads under your hands, while dedicated buttons at the top and bottom of the controller allow you to play/pause tracks, solo and mute sections, as well as split, arpeggiate, and change effects. The on-board, 3-axis accelerometer generates MIDI control messages to alter sounds and effects in real time. The Ring Controller is USB bus-powered, but it can also be powered by two AA batteries. The optional BTA-1 Bluetooth LE connector is available separately, which provides wireless control from the Ring Controller. The Zoom ARQ AR-48 Aero Rhythm Trak ships with the Base Station, Ring Controller, an AC power adapter, and a download card for Ableton Live 9 Lite.

  • All-in-one drum machine, sequencer, synthesizer, looper, clip launcher, MIDI controller, and live performance instrument
  • Includes 460 drum machine, synth, and instrument sounds
  • Import WAV files into the internal synth engine’s oscillator
  • 16 adjustable master effects, including reverb, filters, delay, and more
  • Use the Ring Controller as a handheld aerial instrument
  • Onboard 32-step loop sequencer for creating individual patterns or complete songs
  • Programmable synthesizer engine with three sub-oscillators
  • 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads with programmable color LEDs
  • Grip Detection automatically prevents accidental note triggering
  • Built-in, 3-axis accelerometer for triggering arpeggiator sounds and effects
  • Dedicated buttons for record/play/pause, solo, mute, split, arpeggiate, and change effects
  • 1/8″ mini stereo input for phrase recording and loop creation
  • Audio capture from patterns and songs, SD card, or an incoming audio signal
  • Play sounds chromatically, or choose from dozens of preset scales in any key
  • Dual 1/4″ line outputs, separate 1/8″ mini stereo headphone output with dedicated volume control
  • MIDI Output: Standard 5-pin DIN connector
  • USB port for computer integration and SD card slot
  • Includes Ableton Live 9 Lite
  • Optional Bluetooth connection (BTA-1 connector sold separately)
Base Station
Audio Input Connector Type: Stereo mini jack 1/8″ / 3.5 mm (unbalanced)
Input Gain: +10 to −65 dB
Input Impedance: 10 kOhms
Audio Outputs Output L/R
Connector Type: 2 x 1/4″ / 6.35 mm TS (unbalanced)
Output Impedance: 100 Ohms

Connector Type: Stereo mini jack 1/8″ / 3.5 mm TRS (20 mW x into 32 Ohm load)
Output Impedance: 10 Ohms

Dynamic Range Analog In (AD): 92 dB typ (IHF-A)
Phone Out (DA): 102 dB typ (IHF-A)
Main Out (DA): 106 dB typ (IHF-A)
Recording Media SD Cards: 16 MB to 2 GB
SDHC Cards: 4 to 32 GB
SDXC Cards: 64 to 512 GB
Display 2 x 128×32 dot-matrix LCD
MIDI MIDI Out: 5-pin DIN connector
Interface USB: USB Type-B 2.0 MIDI class/mass storage class operation
Ring Controller Connection: USB Type-A 2.0 MIDI class operation
Supported Operating Systems Windows 7 (SP1 or later), 8 (including 8.1) or later, 10
Mac OS X 10.8 or later

Minimum Specifications: Chipset that includes USB 2.0 as standard, Intel Core i3 or faster CPU

Power AC Adapter: 5 V, 1 A (AD-14)
Power Consumption Base Station: 2 W max
With Ring Controller: 3 W max
Ring Controller
Sensors Pad pressure sensors, 3-axis accelerometer
Power USB bus power
Batteries 2 x AA alkaline or rechargeable nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries
Battery Operation Time About 8 hours (with BTA-1 installed)
Power Consumption 1 W max
Trigger Pads Number of Pads:16
Velocity Curves: 4 types
Interface Ring Controller: USB Type A, 2.0 MIDI class operation
Physical Characteristics
Dimension (D x W x H) Base Station: 10.2 x 10.1 x 2.5″ / 259.0 x 257.6 x 63.0 mm
Ring Controller: 11.0 x 11.0 x 1.2″ / 280.2 x 278.8 x 29.7 mm
Weight Base Station: 39.6 oz / 1.1 kg
Ring Controller: 14.7 oz / 0.42 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight 5.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15 x 13.9 x 3.8″

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