Despite its minuscule size, Arturia's MicroBrute analog synthesizer packs a surprisingly phat punch that'll please synth wizards and novice knob-tweakers alike. Driven by just one oscillator, the monophonic MicroBrute features a 100 percent analog signal path with a Steiner-Parker multimode filter to give your sound a unique bite, plus a step sequencer, modulation matrix, mini keyboard, and much more for hands-on programming, patching, and playing.
There is so much you can do on the MicroBrute -- create throbbing dubstep bass lines, make your tracks soar with heavily effected melodies, sequence your analog gear, connect it to a DAW for a full-on desktop rig, and more. And for the price, you can't beat what this pint-sized synth can do.
All-Analog Synth Driven By 1 Powerful OSC
A 100 percent analog synthesizer for under $300? You bet. Musician-friendly in more ways than one, the MicroBrute has a completely analog signal path that's sure to please the audiophile in you. Shape your sound with the synth's single voltage-controlled oscillator, which features three mixable waveforms -- saw, triangle, and square -- plus waveshapers like Ultrasaw (for dance anthem sounds), Pulse Width (for thin nasal sounds or rich square tones), and Metalizer (for harsh, harmonically rich sounds) that animate audio signals even further.
If you want new harmonic content, you can use the Overtone Oscillator to generate new sounds ranging from an octave down to a fifth…
above the base Oscillator pitch. What's more, the MicroBrute's Sub-5th control makes it very easy to sweep the spectrum.
Flexible, Hands-On RoutingWant to make even more of your own sounds? Patch in to the synth's little Mod Matrix to create custom sounds or to interface with modular synths in your studio. Sometimes the most satisfying part of playing a synth is plugging and unplugging those cables. Use the MicroBrute's modulation matrix to create totally new sounds or to play through your other favorite studio gear.
Vintage Sound with Modern ConnectivityWhen it comes to incorporating the MicroBrute into your current studio setup, you've got options. If you have awesome vintage gear in reach, feel free to connect it to the MicroBrute, as Arturia's micro beast boasts a standard 1-Volt per octave CV/ Gate for direct interfacing with old-school units. It also has a MIDI In jack and a handy USB/MIDI interface for working with DAWs and plug-ins. Tack on a laptop, MIDI controller or MIDI-equipped keyboard, and a modular system, and you have a powerful yet portable performance rig.
Easy Tone TweakingThe MicroBrute gets its unique sound from the Steiner-Parker filter, whose design was first used on the classic Synthacon synthesizer in the 1970s. The diode ladder filter's Low pass, Band pass, and High pass modes let you easily manipulate your tones with distinctive larger-than-life flair. And don't forget Arturia's famed Brute Factor -- with this onboard, you can dial in aggressive, squelchy, distorted sounds that you just can't get on other synths, unless you've got a MiniBrute.
Capture Song Ideas on the FlyA step sequencer is built right in so you can build solid foundations for tracks, directly on the MicroBrute. You can easily create rhythmic patterns by step-inputting notes and rests, and then play them back in real time as you make your edits. Because the MicroBrute also sports a mini keyboard, you can also transpose sequences up and down by simply hitting a key, and put your focus where it belongs -- on making music. The monosynth's step sequencer and keyboard are just two of the instruments many features that will help you in the composition department.
Features:- Compact monophonic analog synthesizer
- 100 Percent analog signal path for pure analog warmth and tone
- 1 VCO with 3 waveforms: Saw, Triangle, and Square
- Waveshapers such as Ultrasaw, Pulse Width, and Metalizer modify and animate your sounds
- Overtone generator adds harmonics from one octave down to a fifth up
- Steiner-Parker filter with Low pass, Band pass, and High pass modes yield a unique, robust sound
- 25 Mini-key velocity-sensitive keybed
- Step sequencer onboard to capture song ideas, generate rhythms and melodics, and more
- Modulation matrix provides fun modulation possibilities plus flexible routing with other synths
- 1-Volt per octave CV/ Gate for interfacing with external gear
- MIDI In jack and USB/MIDI connectivity for working with software
- Pitch-bend and Mod wheel for expressive playing
"Looks tiny, sounds massive," is how Arturia describes its super-compact MicroBrute monosynth. Yes, indeed!