Making music with the ARQ AR-48 is fun, easy and freeing. 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.
the AR-48 is comprised of a Base Station
and Ring Controller. Together, these two pieces create
a unique and innovative instrument that allows musicians to create beats and
sequences as well as perform in new and exciting ways.
Zoom ARQ AR48 Music Live Performance Instrument Features
- All-in-one drum machine, sequencer, synthesizer, looper, clip launcher, MIDI controller and live performance instrument
- Includes 460 drum machine, synth, and instruments 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
- 3.5 mm mini stereo input for phrase recording and loop creation
- Audio capture from patterns and songs, from SD card, or from incoming audio signal
- Play sounds chromatically, or choose from dozens of preset scales in any key
- Dual 1/4" line outputs, separate 3.5 mm mini stereo headphone output with dedicated volume control, and MIDI output
- USB port for computer integration and SD card slot
- Optional Bluetooth connection (BTA-1 connector sold separately)
The Base Station, which serves as the AR-48’s main unit, is laid out in four distinct
zones: Sound, Sequence, Rec/Play, and Effect. Here, musicians can access 460
synth, percussion, and vocal sounds, three sub-oscillators, and a synthesizer to
start creating their music. The Base Station also includes an SD card slot where
they can load their own samples.
Musicians can edit sound sequences, resample using audio capture, record motion
sequences, and auto-save their work. The AR-48 is equipped with 16 Master effects
with adjustable parameters that can be used in real-time during live performances or
The ARQ’s loop-shaped Ring Controller features 16 pressure-sensitive with
aftertouch which allow musicians to easily play onto the Ring’s surface and record
sequences in real-time. Additionally, each pad has its own programmable multi-color
LED, allowing musicians to create a visual layout for each instrument they use in a
Create Your Own Music
You can load your own samples into ARQ or choose from its 460 drum, instrument, and vocal sounds. Explore a variety of genres—from hip hop and house to techno and dubstep—to craft the music you want.
Get Ready to Sequence
Capture what you’re playing in real-time by hitting record. Or use the dedicated step-input buttons to quickly program a beat. For example, 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.
A New Way to Produce
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.
Sample Tracks and Play
With the AR-48’s audio capture function, you can sample your favorite tracks and create beats around them to your liking.
Accelerate Your Performance
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!
It’s All About The Base
The Base Station is the control center of the AR-48. Let’s explore how it works:
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.
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.
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 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.
Get Into The Ring
The AR-48’s Ring Controller lets your personality shine through. Have a look at its features:
16 Programmable Pads
The ARQ features 16 pressure-sensitive pads with programmable LEDs that allow you to play instrument sounds, trigger samples , and record sequences.
With 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.
Dedicated 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 Adapter
An optional BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter lets you use the Ring Controller wirelessly during live performances.
Create More with Ableton
Includes Ableton Live 9 Lite
With ARQ and Ableton Live 9 Lite, you have everything a modern music creator needs. Record your tracks quickly and intuitively, enhancing them with studio-quality effects like EQ, compression, reverb, delay, chorus, filter, and more. Plus, Ableton’s performance workflows let you take your music to the stage where you can mix and record live.
Inputs and Outputs
The AR-48 features two 1/4” stereo outputs, a 3.5 mm audio output, a 3.5 mm audio input, and a MIDI out. Additionally there’s an SD card slot, an optional BTA-1 Bluetooth connector, and a USB port. You can assign parameters to the MIDI Out (via the USB-MIDI port) to integrate the AR-48 with a computer for recording with Ableton.
Here's what comes included with the ARQ AR-48:
- Base Station (AR-48)
- Ring Controller (AR-48c)
- AC adapter (AD-14)
- Operation Manual