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Arturia Microbrute Analog Synthesizer  

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The new Arturia MicroBrute is the next generation of the Brute family of synthesizers. The little brother of the award winning, modern classic: MiniBrute. The MicroBrute is smaller in size but retains... Click To Read More About This Product

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The new Arturia MicroBrute is the next generation of the Brute family of synthesizers. The little brother of the award winning, modern classic: MiniBrute. The MicroBrute is smaller in size but retains the pure analog sound, the famed Steiner-Parker filter as well as Arturia's multiple wave oscillator with wave-shapers. No shortcuts were taken in making sure that the MicroBrute sound stands up to any analog synth on the market.

New Features
Step sequencer: Arturia has added a new step sequencer for generating patterns. This easy-to-us step sequencer is reminiscent of sequencers found on the Sequential Circuits Pro One as well as the rare and classic Oberheim DS-2a.

Updated Sub-oscillator: The new sub-oscillator allows for adding an octave down as well as the ability to mix in a 5th up harmonic. This allows this single oscillator synth to sound like a monster with multiple oscillators.

Mod Matrix: The Mod Matrix patchbay allows you to route 3 modulation sources, ENV, LFO and Keyboard CV (on the rear panel) to any of 6 modulation destinations. This semi modular capability allows for many sound-making capabilities.

The MicroBrute is the smallest and most powerful analog synth on the market and it promises to set a new standard for analog synth sound and price.

Features
  • Same oscillator design as MiniBrute
  • Ultrasaw, Pulse width, Metalizer wave-shapers
  • Steiner-Parker multimode filter: High Pass, Low Pass, Band Pass modes
  • Brute factor
  • Sync to external MIDI clock
  • LFO with 3 waveforms: Saw, Tri, Square
  • Step sequencer with 8 memory locations
  • ADSR Envelope
  • Audio input for external signal processing
  • 25 minikey keyboard
  • CV/Gate I/O
  • MIDI input
Specifications
  • HARDWARE SPECIFICATIONS
    25 Minikey keyboard
    Octave up and down buttons allow for a full range of transpose options
    Monophonic Analog synthesizer
    Steiner-Parker multimode filter
    .Low Pass
    .Band Bass
    .High Pass
    .Bi-polar Envelope amount control
    .Keyboard tracking
    Arturia's famed Brute Factor
    Voltage Controlled Oscillator
    Oscillator waveshapers
    .Ultrasaw for creating dance anthem sounds
    .Pulse width for creating thin nasal sounds or rich square tones
    .Metalizer for creating harsh, harmonically rich sounds
    Overtone Generator
    .additional harmonics, from 1 octave down to 5th up
    .Sub>+5th spectrum shaper
    Oscillator Mixer (Overtone, Saw, Triangle, Square)
    Wide range LFO with 3 waveforms
    .Saw, Triangle, Square
    .Freq range from .1Hz to 200Hz
    .Syncable to external sources, sequencer or internal
    ADSR envelope
    VCA with GATE and ENV modes
    Pitch-bend wheel
    Modulation wheel (can control filter cutoff or LFO amount)
    Mod Matrix - standard 1 Volt per octave
    .Envelope Out
    .LFO Out
    .Ultrasaw modulator In
    .Pulse width mod In
    .Metalizer In
    .Overtone/Sub modulator In
    .Cutoff In
    .Pitch In
    External Audio Input with Input level control
    1/8" headphone output and 1/4" audio output
    CV/GATE interface
    .Pitch Out
    .Gate Out
    .Gate In
    MIDI Input
    USB 2.0 Type B jack
    Glide time control
    Step Sequencer
    .Rate control knob
    .Tap Tempo button/Rest input in record mode
    .8 storeable sequences
    .PLAY and RECORD modes
    .Sync to external MIDI clock
    12Volt, 1Amp Center pin + DC connector
    Weight: 3.9 lb.
    Dimensions: 12.8 x 8.7 x 2.4"
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ArturiaMicrobrute Analog Synthesizer
 
4.7

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (9)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Responsive / good action (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Electronic music (8)
  • Learning (6)
  • Accompaniment (5)
  • MIDI (4)
  • Travel (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Art Brut

For its price range, the microbrute has a lot to offer, although it has its limitations. By only using one oscillator, the sound is less layered than most other synths, which have...Read complete review

For its price range, the microbrute has a lot to offer, although it has its limitations. By only using one oscillator, the sound is less layered than most other synths, which have two or more sources, rather the sound folds over itself, and can feel thicker than two notes at once.

It can be tricky to get conventional synth sounds out of it, and the lack of ability to save patches limits the ability for live performance, if you're looking for either of those things, you can probably get a microKorg or something similar for around the same price. The microbrute includes a lot of things that make it a lot of fun to experiment and compose with. It boasts all analog circuitry (about a dozen times in the manual) the distortion (brute factor) produces some interesting sounds, and the sequencer is easy to learn and works well with anything else plugged into the CV or MIDI. Despite being compact, the controls are relatively simple, and I personally enjoy the tactile sensation of the physical patch matrix in the corner.

In general, I found it a lot easier to get my head around how everything worked than with other keyboards or computer emulators, and has a much simpler learning curve, while still having most of the modern touches.

There are a few controls which require a downloaded app on your computer, which is inconvenient, and there is no option to run on batter power, but that's the downside to having the keyboard be so small. The keys themselves are as good as can be expected for being so tiny, but aren't velocity sensitive.

If you can accept its limitations, there is a lot of fun to be had, and if you're looking for something a bit more unconventional (perhaps for some 'art brut')the microbrute is worth a look.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor Quality Control

A lot of people have complained about the build quality regarding the Minibrute, so I hoped that they would have put more thought into the build quality for the Microbrute. Right off the bat...Read complete review

A lot of people have complained about the build quality regarding the Minibrute, so I hoped that they would have put more thought into the build quality for the Microbrute. Right off the bat I notice that the Pitch bend wheel was completely buggy. Bending the pitch up would not have a smooth transition up, instead it would STEP down a whole tone and then STEP up a whole tone relative to the key being pressed. Researching my problem, it was evident that this is a common problem. Rather than hassle for a replacement (which I had no faith in being 100% functional) or dealing with the manufacturer I returned it as soon as possible.

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5.0

Lots of fun !

By Mb7966

from Maine

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Portable
  • Realistic Sound
  • Touch Sensitive Keys

Cons

  • No Speakers

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment

Comments about Arturia Microbrute Analog Synthesizer:

I use it to create some Pink Floyd type music.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent

By REN

from San Jose, CA

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Portable
  • Realistic Sound
  • Responsive / Good Action

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Electronic Music

    Comments about Arturia Microbrute Analog Synthesizer:

    I scored a used MB from GC for about 1/2 price. This is an amazing little synth, even at full price. I have an DSI X4, and use the MB for leads and the X4 for chords and drones. It is easy to dial in the sounds, and then modify them as you play. The small KB is actually quite nice, as the MB is essential a mono module with a small KB. The sequencer is sweet too, you do need to set this up with the free software, which also accesses a few other settings. I have mainly be doing Pink Floyd, Eno and Bowie stuff, and now TD. I would say this is a must have analog synth. I did only get one patch cable. but this is OK because I am going to solder up two cables with 3 outputs each, and get some more crazy patches out of the small patch bay.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The beauty of no presets

    By Sersh

    from Houston, Tx

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Analog
    • Good Quality
    • Great sound
    • Patching

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bass
      • Leads
      • Live
      • Studio
      • Sub-bass

      Comments about Arturia Microbrute Analog Synthesizer:

      I love this synth so much. I've take it on the plane, used it on the studio and used it live. One of the things that I love is that it doesn't store presets. It forces you to be creative and start experimenting with sonds and tweak every single knob. It's so much fun. I sequence a lot and I use this and my Sub Phatty on every single track I do. You can not get the sound that this synth offers you from a VST. It will change the way that your leads cut on a track.

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      5.0

      Cool little synth

      By Greenkyle

      from Louisville, KY

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Electronic Music
        • Learning
        • MIDI
        • Travel

        Comments about Arturia Microbrute Analog Synthesizer:

        Great little unit with the ability to make fat sounds. Simple enough to not get bogged down, yet enough options to really explore. Seems solid and well built.

        Would be great to sculpt sounds for later use. Could even see limited use on stage for special parts requiring true analog power.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great value for a real analog synth with lots of features

        By Andrew Currie

        from Northern Virgina

        Comments about Arturia Microbrute Analog Synthesizer:

        Pros: Real analog sound path Sync in and out, MIDI in ports Single oscillator peoduces multiple waveforms for a variety of sounds Great filter Built-in LFO and sequencer Mini-patch panel Small, lightwright size Cons: Sequencer runs on 8th notes from gate in; must work around to double speed it Requires USB interface with computer and Arturia's free downloadable software to control certain configurations This is a great, rich-sounding machine that gets that great 70s vibe. It is well-made, compact, and lightweight, and will fit into a laptop bag easily. Since taking it out of the box I have been late for work multiple times due to staying up late with it. The only annoying thing I've found is that to unlock all the features, you need to download Arturia's free PC software and connect the machine to your computer via USB cable. This is fine in my living room, but to have to drag a tablet or laptop to a gig or jam session would be an annoyance. There is also the question of what you do in 20 years when the instrument is in fine shape but Arturia no longer supprts it, or USB has become obsolete, etc. In my mind it would've been worth an extra $50-100 to simply add an extra hardware switch panel to the machine to cut the cord from reliance on any external computer. That said, for 300 bucks you cannot beat the value you get with this thing. The sequencer is what really sold me on it, but after getting my hands on it that awesome rich sound keeps me coming back for more. I run it through my bass pedalboard, with delay and phaser pedals, and I feel like it can do almost anything. Even better when syncing it to a drum machine like a Volca Beats, all that amazing analog synth power fits on a small coffee table.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good Bang for Buck

        By Bill Stewart

        from Seattle wash

        Comments about Arturia Microbrute Analog Synthesizer:

        I picked my microbrute,10 days past.And i must say...its a very impressive little machine.Now granted my pitch wheel...is say somewhat off...but not a bother in my case.The rest of the components in this little tyke more than make up for its lackings.in closing,try the microbrute out at your local gc...and in my case 299.00 was a fine,fine bargain

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Big power, small package!

        By ctpuckett

        from Somerset, KY

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Realistic Sound
        • Responsive / Good Action

        Cons

        • No Speakers

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Concerts
        • Electronic Music
        • Learning
        • MIDI
        • Studio
        • Travel

        Comments about Arturia Microbrute Analog Synthesizer:

        What a great product! Arturia certainly knew what they were doing when they made the MicroBrute. I have logged many hours on this synth, and I have only began to unlock its real potential!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great product

        By dubstepper

        from new jersey

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Responsive / Good Action
        • You Can Do Alot With This

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Electronic Music
          • Theres Alot Of Sound Crea

          Comments about Arturia Microbrute Analog Synthesizer:

          this is a great analog synth, so the keys are small it gives you an easy way to run your own patterens with your fingers,fun to play, and pluged into a pa you wont belive your ears , thanks to the customer service, they were very helpfull,musicians friend will always be my music supplier,you couldn"t ask for a better company

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Art Brut

          By DreamPopPunk

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Portable

          Cons

          • Limited Sound Selection

          Best Uses

          • Electronic Music
          • Learning
          • MIDI

          Comments about Arturia Microbrute Analog Synthesizer:

          For its price range, the microbrute has a lot to offer, although it has its limitations. By only using one oscillator, the sound is less layered than most other synths, which have two or more sources, rather the sound folds over itself, and can feel thicker than two notes at once.

          It can be tricky to get conventional synth sounds out of it, and the lack of ability to save patches limits the ability for live performance, if you're looking for either of those things, you can probably get a microKorg or something similar for around the same price. The microbrute includes a lot of things that make it a lot of fun to experiment and compose with. It boasts all analog circuitry (about a dozen times in the manual) the distortion (brute factor) produces some interesting sounds, and the sequencer is easy to learn and works well with anything else plugged into the CV or MIDI. Despite being compact, the controls are relatively simple, and I personally enjoy the tactile sensation of the physical patch matrix in the corner.

          In general, I found it a lot easier to get my head around how everything worked than with other keyboards or computer emulators, and has a much simpler learning curve, while still having most of the modern touches.

          There are a few controls which require a downloaded app on your computer, which is inconvenient, and there is no option to run on batter power, but that's the downside to having the keyboard be so small. The keys themselves are as good as can be expected for being so tiny, but aren't velocity sensitive.

          If you can accept its limitations, there is a lot of fun to be had, and if you're looking for something a bit more unconventional (perhaps for some 'art brut')the microbrute is worth a look.

          (2 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Poor Quality Control

          By Matthew Hoang

          from Falls Church, VA

          Comments about Arturia Microbrute Analog Synthesizer:

          A lot of people have complained about the build quality regarding the Minibrute, so I hoped that they would have put more thought into the build quality for the Microbrute. Right off the bat I notice that the Pitch bend wheel was completely buggy. Bending the pitch up would not have a smooth transition up, instead it would STEP down a whole tone and then STEP up a whole tone relative to the key being pressed. Researching my problem, it was evident that this is a common problem. Rather than hassle for a replacement (which I had no faith in being 100% functional) or dealing with the manufacturer I returned it as soon as possible.

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