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Arturia Microbrute Analog Synthesizer

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OVERVIEW

Analog monster in miniature.

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
USB MIDI
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
 
5.0

(based on 9 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (9)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Responsive / good action (4)
  • Good audio (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Electronic music (7)
  • Learning (6)
  • Accompaniment (4)
  • MIDI (4)
  • Travel (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Art Brut

By DreamPopPunk

from Seattle, WA

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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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Intro to Analog Synths

By Anton

from Birmingham, AL

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Electronic Music
    • Learning

    Comments about Arturia Microbrute Analog Synthesizer:

    I am primarily a guitar player who is trying to learn about synths. I have several Arturia soft synths but I wasn't really learning how to make sounds from scratch or modify the presets beyond a certain point. There's something about having a physical instrument that -- for me -- is helpful in the learning process. Also, the manual is extremely well-written for beginners. Lastly, according to my research, this is one of the least expensive analog synths on the market. Build quality seems to be extremely good and above what you would expect at this price point.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Big power, small package!

    By ctpuckett

    from Somerset, KY

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    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 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great product

    By dubstepper

    from new jersey

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    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

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Rad.

      By evan

      from undisclosed

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      Pros

      • Build Quality Is Great
      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action
      • Touch Sensitive Keys

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Electronic Music
        • Learning
        • Travel

        Comments about Arturia Microbrute Analog Synthesizer:

        Excellent physical construction and fat sound, especially for a single-oscillator monosynth.

         
        5.0

        Awesome little analog synth!

        By Dudeman

        from Ca

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        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Arturia Microbrute Analog Synthesizer:

            Don't let the size fool you, this thing is a beast! If you are looking to get an entry level analog synth then get this one. The layout is simple to learn. After a little practice you can make patches that range from warm fat bass tones to erratic distorted leads and sounds. It's a blast to play with. It has no onboard effects so pairing it with delay and reverb really opens things up. For a beginner looking to learn analog synths this is the perfect choice. The sounds will amaze you.

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Lots of fun !

            By D.G.

            from England

            About Me Professional Musician

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            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.

             
            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.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Small but Mighty !

              By RedBongo

              from New Orleans

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Portable
              • Responsive / Good Action

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Chamber Music
                • Concerts
                • Electronic Music
                • Learning
                • MIDI
                • School Bands
                • Travel

                Comments about Arturia Microbrute Analog Synthesizer:

                Big bang for the buck !

                For 1 oscillator sure is Fat !

                Musicians Friend is Tops as always !

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