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Arturia MiniBrute Monophonic Analog Synthesizer  

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Overview
  • Monophonic synthesizer
  • 100% Analog Audio Signal Path
  • Steiner-Parker 2-pole Multimode Filter (Low Pass, Band Pass, High Pass and Notch)
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      Fat analog in a slim-sized monophonic synth.

      Arturia's revolutionary MiniBrute is an analog synthesizer featuring a pure analog signal path and a host of unique features, setting a standard for what a hardware synthesizer should be. Its 100% analog audio signal path features a VCO wave mixer, the classic Steiner-Parker multimode filter, as well as numerous analog innovations like the Metalizer, Ultrasaw, and the Brute Factor. Boasting complete MIDI, CV and USB connectivity, MiniBrute works easily with both your computer or your vintage synths. This makes the MiniBrute an ideal companion to deliver a pure analog blast anywhere you need it.

      100% Analog Power
      Combining the renowned savoir-faire of Arturia for designing professional musical instruments, and the expertise of synth guru Yves Usson in crafting fine analog modules. MiniBrute was built with a simple goal in mind: offer great analog sound, through a very easy-to-use interface, and without ever compromising on quality.

      The result of fine R&D and skilled craftsmanship: a 100% Analog Audio signal path, delivering huge basslines, screaming leads, outstanding arpeggios and effects. Analog synthesizers of yesteryear are highly sought-after on the second-hand market for their warmth, fatness, slight instability, and their unmistakable sonic character. Digital synths, for their part, offer more possibilities but tend to sound sometimes too sterile and loose musicians in endless menus and boring sound digest concepts.

      MiniBrute stands proudly among legendary analog machines like the Minimoog, Pro-One, SH-101, MS-20, and Odyssey. It brings fine analog sounds as heard on the most iconic electronic records, whilst imprinting its own unique features and strong attitude.

      Hands-On Heaven
      Forget about tiny LCD screens. Forget about menus and sub-menus. Forget about double functions and complex control. MiniBrute brings back the fun and the immediate hands-on experience of synthesis.

      You want to make it stronger? Grab the sub-osc slider and move it up. You want it brighter? Grab the filter cutoff knob and turn it up. You want your sound to grow fangs and snarl like a beast? Grab the Brute Factor knob and turn it up. It’s that easy.

      Connect to the World
      Thanks to its full MIDI/CV/USB connectivity, MiniBrute is designed to fit seamlessly in any modern or vintage studio.
      MIDI In/Out: Sequence MiniBrute from your computer’s MIDI interface and DAW, or any other MIDI-Out enabled gear you have. Alternatively use MiniBrute as a master keyboard for your DAW or other MIDI-enabled equipment.
      CV In/Out: Chain MiniBrute to your vintage synthesizer, or modular, to get a beefier sound. Expand, control and sequence MiniBrute from your vintage equipment. Use MiniBrute to control your vintage synths (It conforms to the classic 1V per Octave scaling system). Use MiniBrute as a MIDI to CV converter.
      USB In/Out: Sequence MiniBrute directly from your computer’s DAW without needing a MIDI interface. Use MiniBrute as a USB-MIDI controller, use MiniBrute as a USB MIDI to CV converter.
      Audio In: Process any external sound through MiniBrute’s filter, VCA and Brute Factor circuit. MiniBrute can be used as an analog powerhouse for adding warmth, grit and filter effects to drums, guitars, vocals, and more. It will alternatively generate automatic basslines from percussive sounds by switching the Gate source selector to audio.

      MiniBrute can also be used as a MIDI to CV Gate interface, ensuring the link between your computer-based studio and your vintage gear.

      Sounds with an Attitude
      MiniBrute is certainly not capable of producing every type of sounds, but it does very well with the classic analog sounds it was designed for, including powerful basses, hypnotic drones, screaming leads, acid sequences, ethereal monopads, 80's arpeggios, mind-blowing effects, and fascinating sonic experiments.

      If you are more into deep funky basses, mellow leads, clavinet or woodwind-like sounds, MiniBrute can produce them as well, but the danger zone is always at a twist of a knob.

      Your Sounds, Your Attitude
      MiniBrute comes with no electronic presets. You build every sound you hear yourself. It is not only fun, but it's also creative, and helps make better music. It is no harder than browsing sub-menus on more complicated systems.

      You can still play sounds made by other programmers, and you can also store your sounds. Arturia delivers preset sheets that fit on the surface of the MiniBrute. Following instructions set on the preset sheets, you get a preset sound in a minute. And if you want to store your sound, just take one of the blank sheets and make marks so you know where they were.

      Oscillator On Steroid
      VCO
      No DCO (Digitally Controlled Oscillator) is used in MiniBrute - only a pure VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) for absolute authenticity. MiniBrute’s VCO is classic in its sound and modern in its shape, allowing you to mix individually 4 different waveshapes, as well as white noise and external audio input. Add to that a sub-oscillator and several analog signal enhancers such as the Metalizer and the Ultrasaw, and you get custom shapes like no other.

      Sub-Osc
      Minibrute’s Sub-Oscillator generates sine and square waves. It will allow you to rattle the house by descending as low as two octaves down.

      Ultrasaw
      The Ultrasaw brings shimmering sawtooth waveforms that will considerably enrich your tone. It basically builds two phase-shifted copies of the basic sawtooth signal. These copies have independent and ever-evolving phaseshifts with respect to each other, and are eventually mixed with the sawtooth signal.

      This results in a lively, rich, and bright ensemble effect whose character depends on the modulation rates of the phase-shifted copies. This is the first time such a feature is offered in an analog keyboard format.

      Metalizer
      The Metalizer takes the basic triangular waveform and warps/folds it to create very complex jagged waveforms that are rich in high harmonics. This results in metallic pitched sounds that are ideal for harpsichord- and clavinet-type tones. Dynamic modulation (LFO or envelope) of the warping/folding parameters opens up a realm of "klangorous” sounds that will nicely cut through your mix.

      Modulations Galore
      Modulations are key to widen a synthesizer’s sound palette. Whereas too many synths offer limited possibilities, and, in the end, very few different sounds, MiniBrute opens the door to a world of combinations that will allow you to create your unique and original sonic signature.

      LFO1 waveforms include a collection of sine, triangle, sawtooth, square, random square and random sine. The modulation amounts are bipolar towards 4 destinations: PWM & Metalizer, Pitch, Filter, and Amplifier. This means you can really get creative and start, for example, modulating the Filter with a negative slope, while increasing the Pitch.

      LFO range stretches from 0.1Hz to 100Hz allowing you to go anywhere from progressive evolutions to wild frequency modulation effects.

      LFO2 controls vibrato, with adjustable rate and 3 different modes: trill up, trill down and oscillating sine modulations.

      Two full ADSR (Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release) envelopes are available on MiniBrute - one controlling Filter and the other controlling Volume (Amplifier). The Filter Envelope can also be routed to modulate the Pulse Width of the Square wave, and the Metalizer amount. The Envelope fast/slow switch allows you to command ultra-fast 1 millisecond responses for snappy electro basses and leads, to more than 10 second responses for slow evolving soundscapes.

      To extend the modulation routings further and link them to your expression of playing, MiniBrute benefits from Mod wheel and Aftertouch controls. Each one of them can be set to modulate either the Cutoff or the Vibrato. Mod wheel can also be set to control the general LFO amount.

      Steiner-Parker Filter
      Introduced for the first time in the Synthacon synthesizer, back in the '70s, this marvelous filter not only brings a Low pass mode like competitive designs, but also Band pass, High pass and Notch positions, making it a highly versatile and praised boutique filter.

      The MiniBrute filter is based on the core of the legendary Steiner-Parker multimode filter and has been improved to deliver an even wider range of cutoff and resonance. Nyle Steiner himself has validated and approved these improvements.

      Teamed up with the MiniBrute multiwave oscillator, and the wide modulation capabilities, the Steiner-Parker filter brings an extreme versatile and aggressive edge that will make your sound stand out.

      Brute Factor
      The Brute Factor was inspired by a patch made on a famous vintage synthesizer connecting the headphone output to the external audio input. The result is a kind of feedback loop that is ideal for raspy and grungy sounds. This patch has been adapted and implemented internally in the MiniBrute.

      For low Brute Factor settings, the distortion is smooth and gentle but becomes harsher as you turn up the knob. When turned up above about 75% of the way, the MiniBrute can go berserk and produce barely controllable, crazy feedback sounds.

      Note: the Brute Factor feature alters the filter characteristics, so expect highly unpredictable results at extreme settings. You have been warned!

      A Full, Hands-On Arpeggiator
      MiniBrute comes with a 25-note keyboard fitting the modern musician’s need of mobility. On the other hand, it offers a very nice arpeggiator that will allow you to create complex melodic patterns without needing to be a skilled keyboardist.

      MiniBrute’s arpeggiator boasts a full set of features, from octave range, to play mode, tap tempo, step size, not to forget the swing control to change your groove on the fly. In addition, the arpeggiator is fully synchronizeable with the MIDI input and with the LFO1 (using the clock switch), enabling perfect timing during your performance. When playing live, you can also get in sync with your drummer using the handy Tap Tempo button.

      A Keyboard Taylored to Your Needs
      MiniBrute features a quality keyboard including velocity, aftertouch and 25 semi-weighted keys for a fast-andaccurate performance. Aftertouch can be routed to the Cutoff or Vibrato amounts for maximum expression.

      Features
      • Monophonic synthesizer
      • 100% Analog Audio Signal Path
      • Steiner-Parker 2-pole Multimode Filter (Low Pass, Band Pass, High Pass and Notch)
      • Voltage Controlled Oscillator with Sub-Osc (Square, Sine, -1 & -2 oct)
      • Oscillator Mixer (Sub, Sawtooth, Square, Triangle, White Noise, Audio In)
      Signal Enhancers:
      • Pulse Width Modulation
      • Ultrasaw generates shimmering sawtooth waveforms
      • Metalizer brings extreme triangle harmonics
      • Brute Factor delivering saturation and rich harmonics
      • LFO1 with 6 waveforms (Sine, Triangle, Sawtooth, Square, Random Square, Random Sine) and bipolar modulation destinations (to PWM & Metalizer, Pitch, Filter, Amplifier)
      • LFO1 clock syncable to Arpeggiator (Arpeg, or free)
      • LFO2 with selectable rate and 3 vibrato modes (trill up, trill down, sine)
      • Two ADSR Envelope Generators with selectable slow/fast speed (from 1 millisecond to more than 10 seconds)
      • Keyboard Tracking on the VCF Cutoff
      • 25-note semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch (assignable to Cutoff or Vibrato amount)
      • Mod Wheel (assignable to Cutoff, Vibrato, or LFO amount)
      • Pitch Wheel (with selectable bend range)
      • Octave selector from -2 to +2 octaves
      • External Analog Audio Input
      • CV In/Out controls: Pitch, Filter, Amp
      • MIDI In/Out with 5 pin DIN connectors
      • USB MIDI In/Out
      • CV Gate source selector (Audio/Hold/Keyboard)
      • 1/4" Audio Output and 1/4” Headphone Output
      Full Function Arpeggiator:
      • 4 modes of arpeggiation
      • 4 octave range control
      • 6 step divisions
      • 6 Swing positions
      • Hold function
      • Tempo knob
      • Tap tempo
      • MIDI Sync
      • Rugged Aluminium enclosure

      Don't let the small footprint fool you. This synth'll leave huge imprints on your sound. Order now!

       

      MiniBrute Monophonic Analog Synthesizer Specifications:

      • Dimensions: 325mm x 390mm x 70 mm (12.79" x 15.35" x 2.76")
      • Weight: 4kg (8.8lb.)
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      ArturiaMiniBrute Monophonic Analog Synthesizer
       
      4.4

      (based on 8 reviews)

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      86%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Easy to use (7)
      • Portable (6)
      • Responsive / good action (6)
      • Good audio (4)
      • Touch sensitive keys (3)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Electronic music (6)
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        1.0

        Issues

        By Progguitar

        from Kansas City

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Arturia MiniBrute Monophonic Analog Synthesizer:

            I received 3 of these. Each had a lifted key at the same spot. No ding on MF customer service, they handled the returns and refund flawlessly. It made great sounds but there's a definite lack of quality control.

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            5.0

            threes a charm

            By Dave

            from Rehoboth De

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

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              Cons

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                  Comments about Arturia MiniBrute Monophonic Analog Synthesizer:

                  very well layed out-very good manual

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                  5.0

                  Big Fun!

                  By Slap Happy Pappy

                  from Shelburne VT.

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great sound
                  • Portable
                  • Responsive / Good Action
                  • Well built

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Electronic Music
                  • Home Recordind
                  • Home Recording
                  • Learning

                  Comments about Arturia MiniBrute Monophonic Analog Synthesizer:

                  This is my first synth. I have been running this through a Electro Harmonix Memory Man with Hazari just for fun. (as if it wasn't crazy enough) I love it!

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Pleasantly surprised

                  By noneyobiz

                  from florida

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Arturia MiniBrute Monophonic Analog Synthesizer:

                    If you are in the market for an analog monosynth, the Minibrute is well worth checking out. The price is great. The build quality is pretty impressive. The sound is great. While it's capable of making your typical analog synth sounds, it is also capable of some sounds quite unique to itself. Don't be put off by the fact that it is a single oscillator unit. The fact that you can mix 3 different waveforms at once makes this quite a beast, not to mention the handy sub oscillator. The metalizer function is really useful and versatile. Oh, and it's just super fun to use. This is definitely a no frills (in a good way) instrument that sincerely brings back the joy of vintage synths, but brings its own unique palette to the table.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Not the same old vanilla..

                    By Gulf Coast

                    from In a place of recovery.

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Portable
                    • Responsive / Good Action
                    • Touch Sensitive Keys

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Accompaniment
                      • Electronic Music

                      Comments about Arturia MiniBrute Monophonic Analog Synthesizer:

                      This synth has a quality build. It has nice feeling full size keys with nice action. The many one to one functionalities, on a portable synth this size, makes it quickly inspiring. The manual is straight forward and clearly written. I really like the different filters. Not the end all synth, but what is to most. Playing it alone is great. Running through a smart pitch shift/octave pedal blended in, or with a synth box stacking more voices in the aux slider through the sweet filter has also been impressive. This definitely has it's own character and is worth its price.

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                      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Minibrute and the Analog Revolution

                      By Jarret G.

                      from Philadelphia, PA USA

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Portable
                      • Pure Analog
                      • Realistic Sound
                      • Responsive / Good Action
                      • Touch Sensitive Keys
                      • Vco

                      Cons

                      • None That Stand Out

                      Best Uses

                      • Ambientelectronic
                      • Edm
                      • Electronic Music
                      • Psyambient

                      Comments about Arturia MiniBrute Monophonic Analog Synthesizer:

                      The Minibrute is the first step in an analog revolution many other companies are now on board with. Praise Arturia for taking the risk in building a synth from scratch! This unit is pure analog heaven. Reminds me of my long gone SH-101. A single, but very flexible almost modular oscillator with mixable shapes. A classic filter used in modular boutique synths. Also the oscillators get driven by the filter. Not common at all. Very high quality central components.
                      I am not a fan of menu's and parameter matrixes. Knob per function with no value skipping with the Brute!

                      The envelopes are very diverse and can "thud" like old Moog envelopes. Love the thoughtful fast/slow switch.
                      LFO's are also very interesting. You can modulate pitch, filter and VCA and each have dedicated controls, plus vibrato. Lots of options.
                      The arpeggiator reminds me of the Juno 60's very simple and can trigger when playing more than one key.
                      The build quality is astonishing for a synth at any price point. Very solid feeling pitch/mod wheels. Better than many much more expensive synths.

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                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      amazing machine, back to the old school!

                      By wrongjohn

                      from MN

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Flexible
                      • Modular
                      • Portable
                      • Responsive / Good Action

                      Cons

                      • Monophonic
                      • Warmup To Tune

                      Best Uses

                      • Cv Connectivity
                      • Electronic Music
                      • MIDI
                      • Midi Controller

                      Comments about Arturia MiniBrute Monophonic Analog Synthesizer:

                      definitely has that vintage feel of one-knob, one-function... In use this mainly as a texture creator: ground-zero for building up sounds with other components. The metalizer, brute factor and sub-oct elements make this rip! I love to set the arpeggiator and LFO against each other and then shape the results via the two envelopes.. I just need more fingers!!

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                      (10 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Good value, good synth

                      By Winston O'boogie

                      from southeast usa

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Portable
                      • Touch Sensitive Keys

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Electronic Music

                        Comments about Arturia MiniBrute Monophonic Analog Synthesizer:

                        This synth is a good value when compared to the champs like DSI, Moog, and others. I think that for the dollar it does a good job. IT has pro features that would allow you to trust it in studio and live situations.
                        The sound is a little thin. For example, basses are more on the end of the Roland style. They tend to need that buzzy quality to sound full. It's not going to be your primary monosynth. The brutalizer (and other similar sound shaping features) will allow you to come up with sounds you can't find on an SH-101 or older monosynths. I have not heard the DSI mopho, but I did have a prophet 2000 (same voice). I dont think this is a replacement for a little phatty, or a mopho, but at the price it's fun and musical.
                        If you have played with all the high end stuff, you may be a little disappointed. If you are just starting out, you will think this is the greatest thing out there. I'm realizing I like presets a lot more than I remembered.

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