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Arturia Minibrute SE Limited Edition Synthesizer Keyboard, New

Arturia's hit analog monosynth gets the limited-edition treatment with a 64-step sequencer and a wood enclosure. Grab the knobs and start making new sounds! (3) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Arturia Minibrute SE Sythesizer Keyboard

Combining the renowned savoir-faire of ARTURIA for designing professional musical instruments, and the expertise of synth "guru" Yves Usson in crafting the finest analog modules, MiniBrute is a revolutionary analog synthesizer. 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 FX.

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 sterile and loose musicians in endless menus and boring sound digest concepts. Today, MiniBrute comes as a bold statement, standing proudly among legendary analog machines like the Minimoog, Pro-One, SH-101, MS-20, and Odyssey. MiniBrute brings the finest analog sounds as heard on iconic electronic records, whilst imprinting its own unique features and strong attitude.

Hands-On Heaven

Forget about tiny LCD screens, forget about menus and submenus, 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 1 Volt 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 - So what does MiniBrute sound like?

MiniBrute is certainly not capable of producing all the types of sounds, but it does very well what it is designed for : classic analog sounds, including powerful basses, hypnotic drones, screaming leads, acid sequences, ethereal monopads, 80's arpeggios, mind blowing FX 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.

Features:

- Monophonic synthesizer
- 100% Analog Audio Signal Path
- Steiner-Parker Multimode Filter (LP, BP, HP and Notch)
- Voltage Controlled Oscillator with Sub-Osc
- Oscillator Mixer (Sub, Sawtooth, Square, Triangle, White Noise, Audio In)
- LFO1 with 6 waveforms and bi-polar modulation destinations
- LFO2 with 3 vibrato modes
- Brute Factor delivering saturation and rich harmonics
- Ultra Saw generating shimmering sawtooth waveforms
- Metalizer bringing extreme triangle harmonics
- Two ADSR Envelope Generators
- 25 note Keyboard with Aftertouch
- Brushed Aluminium Enclosure
- Wood side panels
- External Analog Audio Input
- CV In/Out controls: Pitch, Gate, Filter, Amp
- MIDI In/Out with 5-Pin DIN connectors
- USB MIDI In/Out
- 1/4" Audio Output and 1/4" Headphone Output
- Gate Source Selection: Audio Input, Hold, Keyboard
- Sequencer : 6 Sequences with 64 steps each, 4 Swing settings, 4 Gate settings, 6 play modes

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- Box contents: MiniBrute SE synthesizer, User manual, Preset sheets, Power supply
- Dimensions: 325 x 390 x70 mm (12.79 x 15.35 x 2.76 inch)
- Weight: 4 kg (8.8 lbs)
- Synthesizer: Monophonic - 100% Analog Audio Signal Path
- Full Function Step Sequencer:
- 6 sequences with up to 64 steps each
- 4 swing setting
- 6 Playback modes
- 4 Gate timings
- Keyboard: 25 note semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch (assignable to Cutoff or Vibrato amount)
- Octave selector: from -2 to +2 octaves
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 12 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 19 x 15 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 530201
Blemished
Shipping Weight: 11 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 18 x 15 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 530201
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Pure Analog Sound, Stupid Low Price"
Overall: This keyboard is an incredible value. It sounds amazing, and you get far more than what you pay for. You can create amazing leads, and an insane amount of deep bass sounds. From punchy low end tones, to clean and amazing sounding deep saw waves, to grimey, dirty, bass that you can feel in your loins. I actually purchased one of the newer Korg Electribes first, having been an unabashed fanboy of the earlier Korg EMX-1 Electribe. Sad to say, it let me down a bit compared to it's predecessor. I had been reading lots of reviews and watching videos about the Minibrute, so I pulled the trigger. I've only had it a week or so, and I'm very happy I made the switch. Such a great keyboard that I'm now considering buying a Microbrute to pair it up with. For those looking at the regular Minibrute vs the SE, I don't feel as if I missed anything by purchasing the SE. The sequencer on the SE is SO easy to use, and you can make your own Arps with ease. I didn't even need to crack the manual to start making all sorts of Arps and sequences. Just flipped a few switches and played. I use a scosh of software for my synths, but nothing beats having knobs and slibers to touch and move with your hands. That's why I love this synth. It's super intuitive, fun, easy to use, and sounds amazing. If you like analog and don't wanna break the bank, this keyboard is a no brainer. Lastly, it's HEAVY. Definitely built to last...You can feel it the second you pick it up. I will have this keyboard forever, and would gig and tour with it without giving it a second thought.
Style of Music: Electronic, Ambient, Drone, Shoegaze, Post Rock, Dream Pop, Synth Pop, Etc...Anything with that "wall of sound".
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Overall: Definitely analogue all the way. Got it wired to a 10" tube guitar amplifier to finish it off. The hookups threw me for a loop for a long time until I understood it's a musical instrument. It patches to a computer like an electric guitar, the MIDI cables don't operate as expected and it uses USB cord to run the SE connection software, which is simply a tool to work the sequencer in a more elaborate way and save settings and files. The SE firmware was already updated to the latest. Arturia gave the SE and extra -3 octave. When it's on the 3rd lowest the 2 left most light are on. The Arturia user guide is the best I've ever read. They start out with most basic sound demonstration and keep going back to the initial setup even in the end of the guide. Show you a few controls to try out. The middle part is illustrated functionality of the SE. Once that's done you get 10 preset templates plus 5 blanks. Using the preset sheets is crucial to see the parameters of the SE and what it can do, which is surprising, plus they are great to experiment with and learn from. I would like to have some videos that show how to use the SE musically, learn the techniques. The quality of materials is top of the line, nothing cheap here. I got this for the important reason that it can be used as a MIDI controller with other applications on computer, such as Omnisphere. Must have had 8 midi controllers, all too cheap to keep. The SE stays permanently. Have to add that the SE is intuitive, real easy to operate for someone who never used a synth before.
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