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Aero Rhythm Trak Instrument
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The ARQ Aero Rhythm Trak from Zoom 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 468 drum/instrument sounds, 70 types of synthesizer sounds, and dozens of digital effects. Connections include dual line-level 1/4" TRS jacks for sampling phrases into the looper and stereo 1/4” jacks for connecting to any line-level mixer, PA, or studio monitoring system. Also included is a stereo 1/4” 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 wireless Bluetooth. It features 96 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’s unique Grip Detection automatically prevents accidental triggering of the pads under your hands, while dedicated buttons at the top and bottom of the controller provide transport controls (Rec/Play/Stop), as well as multiple effects including filter, delay, reverb, and master FX on/off. The on-board 3-axis accelerometer generates MIDI control messages to alter sounds and effects in real time. The internal Lithium-Ion battery automatically charges when the ring is placed on the Base Station. The ARQ Aero Rhythm Trak ships with the Base Station, Ring Controller, and an AC power adapter.



  • Drum machine, sequencer, synthesizer, looper, clip launcher, and MIDI controller in one device
  • Includes 468 drum/instrument sounds ("one-shot" sampled waveform sounds), 70 types of synthesizer sounds, and dozens of digital effects
  • Ring Controller can be used wirelessly as a handheld aerial instrument and to launch audio clips from DAW software
  • 96 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads and 160 programmable color LEDs
  • Grip Detection to automatically prevent accidental note triggering
  • 3-axis accelerometer for altering effects parameters and sending MIDI control messages
  • Dedicated buttons for sequence REC/PLAY/STOP and for effects on/off
  • Use up to 5 effects simultaneously, applied to overall drum kit or individual drum sounds
  • Split mode allows one instrument to be assigned to multiple pads for ease of input
  • Onboard mixer for setting volumes and muting/soloing parts
  • Flexible pre-count, quantize, swing, and beat settings
  • Audible and/or visual click
  • Dual 1/4" inputs for phrase recording and loop creation
  • Audio capture from patterns and songs, from SD card, or from incoming audio signal
  • Create up to 99 mono or stereo loops, play up to 32 simultaneously
  • Loop-start and end points can be set on the fly or adjusted manually
  • Loop-tempo synchronization, pitch change, and reverse playback functions
  • Programmable synthesizer engine  
  • 531 oscillator types and 16-voice polyphony
  • Sound-shaping controls include effects, envelope generators, and stepped and smooth modulation
  • Play sounds chromatically, or choose from dozens of preset scales in any key
  • Adjustable pad velocity and pressure sensitivity
  • Dedicated tap-tempo button for synchronization
  • Selectable LED light-show animations  
  • Dual 1/4" line outputs and separate 1/4" headphone output with dedicated volume control
  • USB port and SD card slot
  • Bluetooth LE for low power consumption and extended usage times

Technical Specifications

Pads Number of Pads:96
Velocity Sensitive: Yes
Pressure Sensitive: Yes
Sensitivity Curves: 4 types
Velocity (Send): Yes
Aftertouch (Send): Yes
Number of LEDs : 160
LED Color: Multi
Functions Accelerometer: Yes
Number of Parameter Knobs: 4
Base-Station Control Keys: 17
Ring-Controller Control Keys: 11
Interface USB MIDI: Yes
Bluetooth LE: Connect to Mac/iOS via MIDI over Bluetooth LE
Controller MIDI Controller: MIDI-control function and Live Mode
Analog Inputs Line-Level Inputs: 2x 1/4" / 6.35 mm TRS
Impedance: 50 kOhms
Gain: 0 to ∞dB
Dynamic Range: 92 dB typ (IHF-A)
Analog Outputs Line-Level Outputs: 2x 1/4" / 6.35 mm TRS
Impedance: 100 ohms
Dynamic Range: 106 dB typ (IHF-A)
Headphone Output Headphone: 1/4" / 6.35 mm TRS
Impedance: 10 ohms
Dynamic Range:102 dB typ (IHF-A)
Display Full Color TFT Display: 2.0" / 50.8 mm (320 x 240)
Sound System Internal Sound Engine: Yes
Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz 
Bit Rate: 24-bit
Maximum Polyphony: 16
Number of Instruments: 33
Number of Oscillator Types: 538 (468 PCM sounds + 70 synth sounds)
Number of Patterns: 400 (200 preset)
Number of filter Types: 8
Number of Insert FX Types: 11
Number of Delay Types: 1
Number of Reverb Types:4
Number of Master FX Types: 14
Number of Modulation Types: 8
Number of Modulations: 2
Number of Envelope Generators: 2
Sequencer Number of Steps: 32
Motion Sequences: 256 motions
Song Mode: Yes
Tempo: 40.0 to 250.0 bpm
Sampler Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz
Bit rate: 16-bit
Media Media Type: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Internal Memory: 32 MB
Bluetooth Windows: No
Mac OS: 10.10.4 or later
iOS: 8.0 or later
USB MIDI Windows: Windows 7 (SP1 or later), Windows 8 (including 8.1), Windows 10
Mac OS: 10.8 or later
iOS: No
Power Base Station
Type: AC adapter (AD-14)
Input Voltage: 5 V, 1 A
Power Consumption (No Charging): Max: 1.25 W
Power Consumption (Charging): 4.5 W

Ring Controller
Type: Internal battery
Power Consumption (Max): 2 W
Battery Type: Li-ion Polymer
Maximum Voltage: DC 4.2 V 
Nominal Voltage: DC 3.7 V Capacity: 450 mAh 
Battery Life: 5 hours
Recharging Times: 2.5 hours
Dimensions (W x H x D) Base Station: 11.0 x 2.0 x 11.0" / 280.0 x 50.0 x 280.0 mm
Ring Controller: 11.0 x 1.3 x 11.0" / 280.0 x 33.0 x 280.0 mm
Weight Base Station: 2.6 lb / 1.2 kg
Ring Controller: 1.2 lb / 0.5 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight 6.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.4 x 15.2 x 6.2"

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