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A Fun New Way to Create Electronic Music ARQ AR‑48 All-In-One Production and Live Performance Instrument

Making music should be fun, easy, and freeing. With the Zoom ARQ AR-48, it can be that and so much more.

The AR-48 lets you craft music you can be proud of. 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.

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. 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!



Craft new music with all hands on deck.

It's All About The Base


The Base Station is the control center of the AR-48. Let's explore how it works:

Sound ( 1 )
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.

Sequence ( 2 )
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.

Effect ( 3 )
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.

Rec/Play ( 4 )
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.


Put an all-new spin on your music.


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.

3-Axis Accelerometer
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.

Easy Controls
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 AR-48 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 ¼” 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.

With the AR-48, you’ve got everything you need to create music that’s fun, original, and freeing.


Features At A Glance

  • 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)


Here's what comes included with the ARQ AR-48:

  • Base Station (AR-48)
  • Ring Controller (AR-48c)
  • AC adapter (AD-14)
  • Operation Manual

Optional Accessories:



Introducing the All-New Zoom ARQ AR-48

See how you can craft music with the new ARQ AR-48. 

Mosimann on tour w/ Zoom ARQ
The Zoom ARQ AR-48: Building a Sequence

Learn how to build a sound sequence with the AR-48.

The Zoom ARQ AR-48: Song & MIDI Mode

See all the different ways you can play and perform with the AR-48's Song and MIDI modes.

The Zoom ARQ AR-48: Audio Capture

Use the audio capture function to use different sound samples such as your favorite music.

The Zoom ARQ AR-48: Accelerometer

Use the AR-48's accelerometer to express yourself during performances.

Zoom ARQ AR-48: Product Overview

The Zoom ARQ AR-48 is an all-in-one production and live performance instrument that offers you a fun new way to create electronic music. Learn all about the AR-48 in this video.

Zoom ARQ AR-48: Product Demo


Base Station

Audio Input
   Connector type Stereo mini jack (unbalanced)
   Input gain  +10 to −65 dB
   Input impedance 10 kΩ


Output L/R
   Connector type Standard mono phone jacks (unbalanced)
   Output impedance 100 Ω

   Connector type Stereo mini jack (20mW x into 32Ω load)
   Output impedance 10 Ω

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:

16MB–2GB SD cards, 4GB–32GB SDHC cards, 64GB–512GB SDXC cards


MIDI OUT (5-pin DIN jack) and USB MIDI


5V 1A AC adapter (AD-14)

Power Consumption:

Base Station: 2 W maximum
When powering Ring Controller: 3 W maximum

External Dimensions:

259.0 mm (D) x 257.6 mm (W) x 63.0 mm (H)

Weight (main unit only):

1123 g


128x32 dot-matrix LCD x 2


Type B 
USB 2.0 MIDI class/mass storage class operation

Supported operating systems:
Windows 7 (SP1 or later), Windows 8 (including 8.1) or later, Windows 10, Mac OS X 10.8 or later

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

Type A
USB 2.0 MIDI class operation
For Ring Controller connection

Ring Controller

PAD pressure sensors, 3-axis accelerometer


USB bus power


2 AA alkaline or rechargeable
nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries

Battery operation time:

About 8 hours (when BTA-1 installed)

Power consumption :

1W maximum

External dimensions :

280.2 mm (D) x 278.8 mm (W) x 29.7 mm (H)

Weight (main unit only) :

416 g

Trigger pads:

Number of pads: 16
Velocity curves: 4 types


Type B
USB 2.0 MIDI class/ mass storage class operation

Supported operating systems:
Windows 7 (SP1 or later), Windows 8 (including 8.1) or later, Windows 10, Mac OS X 10.8 or later

Type A
USB 2.0 MIDI class operation
For Ring Controller connection