Control Spark with AIRSTEP

Connect To Spark

This function requires fimrware to 1.8 or above and latest AIRSTEP App, please update firmware and the airstep app to the latest.

① Turn on the power switch of the Spark 40 amp, and make sure that the hardware connection with the Spark app has been ejected or forgotten.

  • How to Eject/Forget your Spark from the app(iOS):
    Click the profile in the Spark app, enter “Hardware settings”, then click “Eject”.
  • How to Eject/Forget your Spark from the app(Android):
    Click”“ ,then Click “Forget this device” (Do not forget the Spark 40 Audio, click “Close”.)

② AIRSTEP will automatically pair with the Spark amp nearby after the firmware 1. 8 updates, after the successful connection, the connection indicator will indicate green. (At the same time, the connection indicator also shows the number of connected smart devices, so the status of the indicator may be green/green with blue blinking/blue-green, depending on how many smart devices are connected to AIRSTEP)

③ Load the Spark presets you would like to use in the AIRSTEP app (The APP need to upgrade to V1.5(IOS), V1.2.3(Android)), and save, Footswitch LED will indicate the on/off status of Drive/Mod/Delay/Reverb via solid blue color/off.

Note: Due to the characteristics of Spark’s communication protocol, there may be delays in channel switching. Similarly, due to the protocol of Spark, if AIRSTEP is connected to multiple smart devices when using Spark, the status of Toggle Effects may not be displayed correctly. So when controlling Spark, the fewer smart devices connected, the more stable connection.

About Spark App’s functions: When AIRSTEP connects with Spark, you can still use all the functions in Spark App except preset editing. Please make sure the Spark 40 Audio is connected to your smart device in Bluetooth settings.

If you want to edit the presets in Spark App, please power off the AIRSTEP, and reconnect the Spark amp in Spark app. After editing, repeat the first two steps in this chaptor to use AIRSTEP with Spark amp.

Edit the Spark preset
Message Type: MIDI | MIDI Type: System Common

Parameter Function Byte2 Byte3
Switch to next channel 1 0 0
Switch to previous channel 1 0 1
Channel 1 1 0 2
Channel 2 1 0 3
Channel 3 1 0 4
Channel 4 1 0 5
Toggle DRIVE 1 1 0 = off, 1 = on
Toggle MOD 1 2 0 = off, 1 = on
Toggle DELAY 1 3 0 = off, 1 = on
Toggle REVERB 1 4 0 = off, 1 = on

HOW TO SET LOOPY HD AS SPARK LOOPER

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6rqgBwkX5Q&t=137s
Official Video Tutorial for Setting AIRSTEP/Lite and Loopy HD(iOS) to Control And Looper your Spark Amp.

After setting, you can use AIRSTEP to control and looper the Spark Amp at the same time!
Please note that AIRSTEP Spk Edition CAN NOT use the looper function.

Before setting, you need to prepare:
AIRSTEP/AIRSTEP Lite: https://xsonicaudio.com/pages/airstep
Loopy HD(iOS): https://loopyapp.com/download-hd
Spark Amp’s USB cable, and a Lightning to USB cable for your iOS device.

Key Steps:

  1. Connect your iOS device with Spark Amp via the lightning adaptor and USB cable.
  2. Load the”Spark + Loopy” preset in AIRSTEP App, and save it to AIRSTEP.
  3. Bind keynotes(sending from AIRSTEP) in Loopy HD app’s Bluetooth key bindings.
  4. Enjoy!

HOW TO SET BEATS AND LOOPS AS SPARK LOOPER

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JNtjaCM1D0
Official Video Tutorial for Setting AIRSTEP/AIRSTEP Lite + Beats and Loops(Android/iOS) to Control And Looper your Spark Amp.

After setting, you can use AIRSTEP to control, looper the Spark Amp, and use the drum machine!

Please note that AIRSTEP Spk Edition CAN NOT use the looper function.

Before setting, you need to prepare:
AIRSTEP/AIRSTEP Lite: https://xsonicaudio.com/pages/airstep
Beats and Loops: https://kovaluu.com/beatsandloops-download/
Spark Amp’s USB cable, and an OTG or Lightning camera adaptor for your smart device. Please choose the OTG that fits the interface type of your smart device.

Key Steps:

  1. Connect your smart device with Spark Amp via the OTG/Lightning adaptor and USB cable.
  2. Load the”Spark + Beats’n’Loops” preset in AIRSTEP App, and save it to AIRSTEP.
  3. Assign MIDI messages (sending from AIRSTEP) in Bluetooth MIDI Settings of Beats and Loops.
  4. Enjoy!

Important Note: For the Android device, your loop recording may have latency due to the limitations of the Android system.