A special edition stylized in a vivid red color, the Arturia MiniBrute Red is a 100% analog synthesizer designed for studio recording and live-performance applications. This hardware unit features an analog monophonic signal chain and sports a hands-on user interface for controlling synthesis and modulation parameters. It utilizes a voltage-controlled oscillator to build custom waveforms by mixing triangle waves, square waves, sawtooth waves, white noise, and external audio signals.
For signal enhancement, the unit includes a pulse-width modulation knob for creating a chorus effect, as well as an Ultrasaw circuit that creates two phase-shifting copies of the original sawtooth waveform. These effects can be combined and folded into the original signal to enrich your timbre. A Brute Factor modulation control adds distortion to the signal, while a Metalizer circuit can be used to warp/fold the triangular waveform to add upper harmonics, thus engendering metallic tones suitable for harpsichord and clavinet-type sounds. If the bottom end is what you desire, a sub-oscillator section can be used to build deep bass lines for making electronic music, hip hop, and more.
Furthermore, the unit includes two digital LFOs which can be synchronized externally. One LFO is dedicated to creating a vibrato effects and trills. The other LFO offers six waveforms, bi-polar modulation, and can be routed to several destinations on the synthesizer simultaneously. The MiniBrute Red also includes two attack, decay, sustain, and release filters and a Steiner Parker 2-pole multimode filter which can route oscillators—as well as external audio inputs—through low-pass, band-pass, high-pass, and notch filters.
To ensure a pleasant performance experience, this synth utilizes 25 semi-weighted velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch and octave buttons for changing register, as well as 29 knobs, 14 metal sliders, eight metal ALPS switches, and two wheels—one for pitch, and one for modulation. Aftertouch can be routed to either the vibrato or cutoff amounts for increased control of the sound. The modulation wheel can be set to control vibrato, cutoff, or the LFO amounts.
I/O options abound as well, including 5-pin MIDI In/Out connectors, CV In/Out ports for connecting to vintage hardware, and USB MIDI In/Out for sequencing the synthesizer from your Computer's DAW without the need for a separate MIDI interface. The combination of USB and CV I/O also allows the unit to function as a USB MIDI to CV converter for using computers to control analog hardware.