Arturia MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer

Arturia MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer

Arturia MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer

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Product Highlights

  • 100% Analog Monophonic Synthesizer
  • 25-Note Mini Keyboard
  • Mixable Multi-Wave Oscillator
  • Steiner-Parker Multimode Filter
  • LFO with 3 Waveforms
  • ADSR Envelope Controls
  • USB MIDI In/Out
  • Modulation Matrix
  • CV/Gate Input and Output
  • Step Sequencer
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Arturia MicroBrute overview

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The MicroBrute is a monophonic synthesizer keyboard from Arturia that features a 25-note mini keyboard and an all analog signal path. It also features a compact design and a multi-wave analog oscillator with mixable waveforms.

The MicroBrute's single analog oscillator, is capable of generating sawtooth, square and triangle wave shapes simultaneously and allows you to blend them together to create complex waveforms. It also allows you to add a -1 octave sub square wave into your sound, plus it features an "overtone" control for adding harmonics.

The synth also features a low-frequency oscillator (LFO) with switchable square, saw and sine waveforms and an adjustable rate. Its destination is set to modulate the pitch of the oscillator by default and it has a depth control for adjusting the amount of modulation.

The MicroBrute also has a built-in 64-step sequencer that allows you to input notes one at a time to create rhythmic patterns. It has an internal memory capable of storing up to different 8 patterns and the sequences can be backed up to your computer using the included editor software.

Oscillator features signal enhancing controls including Ultrasaw for generating thick sawtooth waveforms, Metalizer bringing harmonics and pulse width modulation
Steiner-Parker designed filter section with low pass, band pass and high pass modes, as well as "Brute Factor" control for adding saturation and enhancing low end
Attack, decay, sustain and release (ADSR) for shaping the envelope of the sound
Mod matrix allows you to reroute default destinations of the LFO and ADSR controls using the two included mini-jack patch cords
CV/GATE connections for using the MiniBrute with modular synth components
USB MIDI I/O and standard MIDI input for interfacing with your computer and other MIDI gear
Audio input for using the MicroBrute as an audio processor
Standard pitch and mod wheels
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Arturia MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer
  • Power Supply
  • 2 x Mini-Jack Patch Cords
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Arturia MicroBrute specs

    Keyboard 25-note minikey
    Synthesizer Type Analog monophonic synthesizer
    Polyphony Monophonic
    Filter Steiner-Parker 2-pole multi-mode filter (low pass, band pass, high pass)
    Brute factor control
    Oscillator Type Analog voltage controlled oscillator
    Oscillator Mixer Overtone sub/5th generator, sawtooth, square, triangle, audio in (on rear panel)
    Oscillation Mode Pulse width modulation, Ultrasaw, Metalizer
    LFO LFO with 3 waveforms (sine, sawtooth, square), clock syncable to arpeggiator (arpeg, or free)
    Envelope Control ADSR envelope generator
    Keyboard Tracking Yes, on VCF cutoff
    Mod Wheel Yes, assignable to cutoff, or LFO amount
    Pitch Wheel Yes, with selectable bend range via software
    Octave Selector Yes, from -2 to +2 octaves
    Analog Audio Input 1/4" analog audio input
    Analog Audio Output 1/4" audio output
    1/8" headphone output
    CV In/Out Controls CV in jacks: pitch, filter, sub-harmonics, pulse width, metalizer, saw animator
    CV out jacks: pitch, envelope, LFO
    MIDI MIDI in with 5-pin DIN connector
    USB MIDI in/out
    Sequencer 8 memories
    Up to 64 steps per memory
    Tap tempo
    Rate control
    Step divisions (via software)
    Trigger modes (via software)
    MIDI Sync Yes
    Construction Steel bottom panel
    Power 12V DC 1A power supply
    Dimensions 12.8 x 8.7 x 2.4" (325 x 221 x 60 mm)
    Weight 3.86 (1.75 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.5 x 10.1 x 3.2"

    Arturia MicroBrute reviews

    MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 14.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Analog Synth For Anyone I am relatively new to analog synths. My budget does not allow my for me to go crazy, so I have been experimenting with the new items from Korg, and most recently the MicroBrute. I was made to understand that this was a great synth to learn the basics, and was that ever correct. That said this is one powerful little unit that any professional can do amazing things with. The on board sequencer is fantastic, and its flexibility with inputs/outputs only make it better. The build quality is top notch, everything feels secure, and sturdy. Get the Arturia connection software to really expand this unit. I am thrilled that I made the decision to go for the MicroBrute.
    Date published: 2014-04-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mini size, mind melting posibilites Haven't had this miniature beast for too long, but as soon as I took it out the box and fired it up I knew it truly was a remarkable piece of hardware. Software synths are fun and powerful, but there is nothing good quite like playing around with actual knobs and sliders while getting genuine analog ocilation such as offered by the microbrute. On a side note, I am now aware of the epic duophonic possibilities that can be achieved by pairing the microbrute with the minibrute, which makes me love Arturia even more for making such fantastic gear. BH offered fantastic pricing as well as free 3 day select shipping. Could not be happier to have this as my first analog synth!
    Date published: 2017-03-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing analog! This is a great synth to get into understanding synthesis. It has all all the basis and more. And it so fun to tweak real-time. The only downside is the key size. It takes a bot to get used to the smaller size. I will also add the B&H prices are competitive and they threw in a USB, MIDI and audio cable with order. I will be buying again from B&H.
    Date published: 2014-11-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fear not! Fear not!...Arturia has been developing sort of a bad reputation. After becoming interesteed in their Analogue gear, I almost got scared away by things people were saying. But then I talked with a few folks I know who had purchased MicroBrutes & they assured me it was safe to invest in one. They were right! All of the Pots are solid & tight. The Modulation & Pitch Wheels feel sturdy & smooth, snappy springback on the Pitch Wheel. The ADSR Sliders as well feel reliable & quality made. In fact the only part of the front pannel which I'm not super impressed with... is the Switches, such as the HP/BP/LP Filter Mode Selector & the Waveshape Selector for the LFO. But even these switches are fine, just not quite as nice as the rest of the controls. The Oscillators sound great! The modulation options provided for each Wave are AWESOME! It's like having Pulse Width even for Triangle & Sawtooth Waves!!! The Overtone Generator has been indispensible. Having the ability to add a 5th up or Sub down an Octave, completely makes me forget I'm limited to a single Oscillator! The Filter is Smooth & can be Overdriven nicely. The Brute Factor is MADNESS! Hahaha! You can get it almost Glitching like it's a Sampler! This Filter also self Oscillates, giving you the option of bassically having a faux Sine Wave. The Mod Matrix is an amazing idea & I use it extensively. I only wish Arturia would sell the new Stackable CV Cables they are shipping with the MicroBrute SE. ( Hey B & H, nudge nudge... ) The Sequencer is suprisingly easy to program & the presence of Tap Tempo was a great idea Truly the only part of the Synthesizer I DON'T like is the Keyboard. But even that feels better than others I've played ( such as the MicroKorg I used to own ) ...& hey, connect it to your MIDI controller. I heard a lot of complaints going around that Arturia Keyboards were cheap & even breaking. I don't see that happening here. It feels sturdy. The only complaint I have about the guts, the functionality of this Synth ...is the limited MIDI control. But in all fairness, it's Analogue. This sort of limits how much MIDI CAN control ( without becoming prohibitively costly ). It does interface with my DAW ( Reason ) without any set up or tedium. But outside of the Filter Cutoff, Gate & Note CV... I haven't found anything the computer can control. I haven't tried yet, but I think the Sequencer can be controlled via MIDI. Basically don't think of it like a Soft Synth, think of it like a Guitar. You're not going to controll it with your DAW, you're going to record it. I couldn't register it online & haven't received any reply from Arturia. It's been 17 days. They are said to be bad with support. Maybe keep this in mind. But overall, I'm quite pleased with this Synth... & the pricepoint is insane! In fact, I'm so happy with the Arturia MicroBrute... that I just ordered a White SE addition! There's some great YouTube Demos. Have I look. I would reccommend buying this machine. Or even two
    Date published: 2014-10-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Modern Retro Classic I snagged a B&H demo unit at a ludicrous price, and I didn't even need it. Or so I thought. I wrong: I needed it.Yes it is diminutive. Yes it is Spartan: A single oscillator, monophonic and possibly MIDI anemic. The on-board sequencer is simple in the extreme. And the keys (velocity-insensitive, internally) are a bit like squishy pillows.But you won't notice any of this, only the massive vicious sounds you can create. The single oscillator is mutable in ways you've never seen on a single osc synth before, such as the overtone which acts almost as its own second oscillator. The LFO self-oscillates (so there's another) and so will a highly resonate filter (what's that, four oscillations?).And then you get to the mod matrix patch bay, a hacker's dream: Route the LFO to the overtone, or square wave pulse width, or both (gasp!). CV out to your other gear or in from signal or envelope generators - without even opening the case.I'm no synth expert but have owned a DX7, CS-1x and JP-8000, and I the Microbrute could beat any of them in a fair fight of pure synthesis capability.Destined to become a modern classic.
    Date published: 2015-08-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from First Analog Synth This is my first analog synth and I couldn't be happier. I compose and produce a variety of music ranging from Rock to EDM and a mix of both. The microbrute can produce a great range of sounds. The sequencer is intuitive and the sound quality is phenomenal. It doubles as Midi controller (keyboard, pitch, and mod wheels) and gives me 3 more octaves when used in conjunction with my Akai MPK Mini.
    Date published: 2014-11-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Its... Pretty good I gotta say that for its size and cost the microbrute is an amazing synth with many, many possibilities. If you're looking into getting in the analog synth game its a great entry piece. How the waveforms work with each other and how you manipulate them is somewhat unconventional however this only means you have to think outside the box to get the same kind of sounds you would get on another synth. All in all I don't really regret buying it (despite me not really having a need for it)
    Date published: 2014-09-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Raw analog powerhouse This monophonic monster is certainly a force to be reckoned with. The ability to blend waveforms with each other urges you to experiment with this synthesizer's sonic capabulities. You can even play the filter like an oscillator! The keys are insanely responsive although rather small. The built in sequencer is a great outlet for melodic arpeggios, & integrates perfectly for a MIDI setup, with it's MIDI in port. With the resonance on the filter at a high level, pairing any sound with the brute factor makes some incredible distorted tones. I often rig this through my multi FX pedal as the added reverb & delay really bring this massive synthesizer's sound to life. I would recommend this instrument to any who want to learn the basics of subtractive synthesis, but also want an intense & varied array of sonic tonality at their disposal. Incredible purchase!
    Date published: 2016-02-21
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