Arturia Synth Brutes are known for their distinctive, attention-getting sounds. The Brute family of instruments started a new trend in synthesizers and is among the best selling analog synthesizers of the decade. Arturia is proud to present the special edition MicroBrute color that looks like the Brutes sound. RED!The little brother of the award wi... Click To Read More About This Product
Arturia Synth Brutes are known for their distinctive, attention-getting sounds. The Brute family of instruments started a new trend in synthesizers and is among the best selling analog synthesizers of the decade. Arturia is proud to present the special edition MicroBrute color that looks like the Brutes sound. RED!
The little brother of the award winning modern classic MiniBrute, the MicroBrute is smaller in size but retains the pure analog sound and 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.
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.
To conclude, 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.
Same oscillator design as MiniBrute
Ultrasaw, Pulse width, Metalizer wave-shapers
Steiner-Parker multimode filter: High Pass, Low Pass, Band Pass modes
Sync to external MIDI clock
LFO with 3 waveforms: Saw, Tri, Square
Step sequencer with 8 memory locations
Audio input for external signal processing
25 minikey keyboard
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Comments about Arturia MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer RED Edition:
This is a small instrument, about the size of a 13-inch laptop, using the classic substractive synth paradigm: Oscilators > Filter > Envelope. But don't let the apparent simplicity or small size fool you. Its multi-waveform single oscillator gives plenty of variety to the harmonic content even without the use of the filter section, that can go from whistle-like single triangular to gritty, fat composite waves, using the additional settings in every waveform; I spent a great deal of time only playing and getting acquainted only with that section. The multi-mode filter has a very nice sound, and it has a characteristic sound. This synth has a voice of its own; it succeeds in not being a clone of something else.
The little modulation matrix in the upper right corner adds tons of flexibility to this tiny monster, that may be connected to external control signal sources, taking it beyond a closed standalone synth you'd expect in this price range, towards an all-in-one module that can be a worthy member of a greater modular system. In that sense, in my opinion, it beats equivalent machines, such as the Phatty, or the Monologue, putting it a little bit closer to a Mother 32 or a Lifeforms. The only thing I'd like to have is a second EG, but you can do a lot with the one included or even connect an external one.
I find the lack of presets and programming fascinating, because ir brings you closer to the slightly chaotic, more organic analog world.
As an exercise to get to know the whole MicroBrute, I've been trying to replicate –and have stumbled upon– the sounds of synths in classic rock and fusion tunes, and albeit it's possible, I think that this machine is not meant for that, but for exploring and creating. I've haven't tried to use it with any additional external effects, and still the sonic palette you can get seems to be wide.
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