Arturia MiniBrute Red Special Edition Full-Blast Analog Synthesizer

Arturia MiniBrute Red Special Edition Full-Blast Analog Synthesizer

Arturia MiniBrute Red Special Edition Full-Blast Analog Synthesizer

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Arturia MiniBrute Red Special Edition Full-Blast Analog Synthesizer

Arturia MiniBrute Red Special Edition Full-Blast Analog Synthesizer

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Product Highlights

  • 100% Analog Monophonic Signal Path
  • Voltage-Controlled Oscillator Synthesis
  • 25 Semi-Weighted Velocity-Sensitive Keys
  • Pulse, Sawtooth & Triangular Waveforms
  • Ultrasaw Synthesis for Hefty Sounds
  • Dynamic LFO and Envelope Modulation
  • Steiner-Parker Multimode Filter
  • Two ADSR Envelopes
  • Full MIDI, CV, and USB Connectivity
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  • 1Description

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. 

MIDI Synchronization
Synchronizes LFO and step sequencer to an incoming MIDI beat clock
Synthesis Mixer
Enables mixing of triangle waves, square waves, sawtooth waves, white noise, and external audio signals
Pulse-Width Modulation
Modulates the square, triangle, and saw waveforms to provide a sound effect similar to a chorus
Ultrasaw
Builds two phase-shifted copies of the basic sawtooth signal that can be combined with the original to dynamically add edginess and enrich the tone of the waveform
Metalizer
Warps the triangular waveform to create jagged waveforms that are rich in high harmonics, adding shine to the sound
LFO 1
Features sine, triangle, sawtooth, square, random square and random sine waveforms with bipolar modulation toward four destinations: PWM & metalizer, pitch, filter, and amplifier
LFO 2
Controls vibrato with adjustable rate and three different modes: trill up, trill down, and oscillating sine modulations
Two Full ADSR Envelopes
Provides control over attack, decay, sustain, and release with switchable 1-millisecond or 10-second response times
Keyboard
Features 25 semi-weighted velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch
Brute Factor Knob
Adds analog distortion by routing the headphone-output circuit back through
Sub-Osc
Generates sine and square waves with the option of descending as low as two octaves down
MIDI I/O
Enables connection to MIDI-capable hardware such as a drum machine
USB I/O
Enables connection of the synthesizer to a computer so it can be controlled over USB MIDI
Control Voltage (CV) I/O
Enables connection and control over vintage hardware that accepts control-voltage signals
In the Box
Arturia MiniBrute Red Special Edition Full-Blast Analog Synthesizer
  • Power Supply
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Synthesizer Type Monophonic
    Multimode Filter Steiner-Parker 2-Pole Low-Pass
    Steiner-Parker 2-Pole Band Pass
    Steiner-Parker 2-Pole High Pass
    Steiner-Parker 2-Pole Notch
    Oscillator Type 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
    Metalizer
    Brute Factor
    LFO1 Waveforms: Sine, Triangle, Sawtooth, Square, Random Square, Random Sine
    Bi-Polar Modulation Destinations (PWM, Metalize, Pitch, Filter, Amplifier)
    LFO2 Selectable Rate
    Trill Up Vibrato
    Trill Down Vibrato
    Sine Vibrato
    Envelope Generators 2x ADSR Envelope Generators (selectable slow/fast speed from 1 ms to 10 s)
    Keyboard Tracking Yes (on VCF Cutoff)
    Keyboard Type 25-note semi-weighted keyboard
    Aftertouch Yes (assignable to Cutoff/Vibrato amount)
    Mod Wheel Yes (assignable to Cutoff/Vibrato/LFO Amount)
    Pitch Wheel Yes (with selectable bend range)
    Octave Selector Yes (-2 to +2 octaves)
    Steps Six sequences with up to 64 steps per sequence
    External Analog Audio Input Yes
    CV In/Out Controls Pitch
    Filter
    Amp
    MIDI Input 5-pin DIN connector
    MIDI Output 5-pin DIN connector
    USB MIDI Input Yes
    USB MIDI Output Yes
    CV Gate Source Selector Audio
    Hold
    Keyboard
    Audio Output 1x 1/4" (6.35mm) audio jack
    Headphone Output 1x 1/4" (6.35mm) headphone jack
    Tempo Knob Yes
    Tap Tempo Yes
    MIDI Sync Yes
    Enclosure Aluminum
    Power Supply 12 VDC at 1 A
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 15.35 x 12.79 x 2.76" (39.0 x 32.5 x 7.0 cm)
    Weight 8.8 lb (4.0 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 11.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 18.5 x 15.1 x 4.4"

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