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Arturia Microbrute Analog Synthesizer  

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Overview

  • Same oscillator design as MiniBrute
  • Ultrasaw, Pulse width, Metalizer wave-shapers
  • Steiner-Parker multimode filter: High Pass, Low Pass, Band Pass modes
Description & Specs
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    $349.00
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      Arturia

      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
       

      Microbrute Analog Synthesizer 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 6 reviews)

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      Pros

      • Easy to use (6)
      • Portable (6)
      • Responsive / good action (4)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Electronic music (6)
        • Learning (5)
        • Accompaniment (3)
        • Concerts (3)
        • MIDI (3)
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        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!

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        5.0

        great product

        By dubstepper

        from new jersey

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        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

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          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.

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          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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            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.

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              5.0

              Rad.

              By EC

              from Alabama

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              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.

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