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      OVERVIEW

      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!

      SPECIFICATIONS

      MiniBrute Monophonic Analog Synthesizer

      • 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
       
      4.0

      (based on 12 reviews)

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      82%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Easy to use (9)
      • Portable (8)
      • Responsive / good action (7)
      • Good audio (5)
      • Touch sensitive keys (4)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Electronic music (8)
        • Accompaniment (3)
        • Learning (3)
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        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Good value, good synth

        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...Read complete review

        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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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Perfect Features - Poor Quality Control

        I bought the Minibrute twice and both times got them home only to discover they were faulty with what seemed to be the same problem - a broken/unresponsive sound engine. I don't know...Read complete review

        I bought the Minibrute twice and both times got them home only to discover they were faulty with what seemed to be the same problem - a broken/unresponsive sound engine. I don't know what part it being all analog played in the issue, but I couldn't control what was coming out of the synth or manipulate the sound that was coming out when I turned it on. I returned one for another with the same issue, returned it and now they're shipping me the newer model, the MiniBrute SE which will hopefully have remedied this issue. I still think it is a great synth however because it's literally the only thing short of a Nord Lead that will let you create custom, tailor-made analog sounds from the ground up. It's fantastic for tactile people such as myself and my only two gripes are that it is monophonic and only has one sound to mess with, even though that sound is the best I've ever heard. If you can get one that you are sure will work, I say snatch it up.

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        3.0

        Perfect Features - Poor Quality Control

        By rocketsummer87

        from Sacramento, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Great sound
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Lack Of Quality Control

        Best Uses

        • Electronic Music

        Comments about Arturia MiniBrute Monophonic Analog Synthesizer:

        I bought the Minibrute twice and both times got them home only to discover they were faulty with what seemed to be the same problem - a broken/unresponsive sound engine. I don't know what part it being all analog played in the issue, but I couldn't control what was coming out of the synth or manipulate the sound that was coming out when I turned it on. I returned one for another with the same issue, returned it and now they're shipping me the newer model, the MiniBrute SE which will hopefully have remedied this issue. I still think it is a great synth however because it's literally the only thing short of a Nord Lead that will let you create custom, tailor-made analog sounds from the ground up. It's fantastic for tactile people such as myself and my only two gripes are that it is monophonic and only has one sound to mess with, even though that sound is the best I've ever heard. If you can get one that you are sure will work, I say snatch it up.

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        4.0

        great true analog synth

        By Brad H.

        from Dallas, TX

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        Pros

        • True Analog

        Cons

        • Limited External Control

        Best Uses

        • Basses
        • Leads

        Comments about Arturia MiniBrute Monophonic Analog Synthesizer:

        Great analog synth

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        5.0

        J'ADORE

        By CRTMUSIK

        from PORTLAND, ME

        About Me Professional Musician

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              Comments about Arturia MiniBrute Monophonic Analog Synthesizer:

              Right out of the box you know that the MINIBRUTE is a powerful beast in a small package. Tons of features, incredible huge sound and very easy to use. Wish it had patch memory but I know this was made by old school analog purists so I guess I can forgive that. It's small and capable enough to shift to sounds quickly.

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              1.0

              Great While it Lasted...

              By Grime

              from Cincinnati, OH

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Horrid Support By Arturia
              • POOR QUALITY

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Electronic Music
              • Learning

              Comments about Arturia MiniBrute Monophonic Analog Synthesizer:

              See other comments for the pro's.. it's a great synth when working

              Mine only lasted 3 weeks before keeling over and dying... first, I started experiencing odd modulations in the sound and volume independent to any knob or parameter being manipulated.. so I'd be playing solely on the keyboard, no changing of parameters, and the volume would start to fade and return with a thunderous boom.. then, vibrato would bleed in despite it not being activated... timing of LFO and arpegg are completely out of synch with no resolution thus far also

              It's been months, no response from arturia, and the minibrute has now completely died.. not a single sound no matter the setting.. arturia support is horrendous, DO NOT PURCHASE FROM THIS COMPANY

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              1.0

              Issues

              By Progguitar

              from Kansas City

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              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

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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

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                        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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                        5.0

                        Pleasantly surprised

                        By noneyobiz

                        from florida

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                        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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