Arturia MiniBrute Full-Blast Analog Monophonic Synthesizer

Arturia MiniBrute Full-Blast Analog Monophonic Synthesizer

Arturia MiniBrute Full-Blast Analog Monophonic Synthesizer

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Product Highlights

  • Voltage Controlled Oscillator Wave Mixer
  • Features 100% Analog Audio Signal Path
  • Classic Steiner-Parker Multimode Filter
  • Brute Factor, Metalizer & Ultrasaw Tools
  • MIDI, CV & USB Input/Output Connectivity
  • LFO1 with Six Waveforms
  • LFO2 with Three Vibrato Modes
  • Full Arpeggiator & Octave Selector
  • Dual ADSR Envelope Generators
  • Semi-Weighted 25-Note Keyboard
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Arturia MiniBrute overview

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The affordable Arturia MiniBrute Full-Blast Analog Synthesizer is a monophonic synthesizer designed to take you back to the basics of analog synthesis. Its classic 100% analog audio signal path features a voltage controlled oscillator wave mixer. The compact keyboard supports Aftertouch and boasts 25 semi-weighted keys. The MiniBrute is outfitted with several tone-shaping tools including a Steiner-Parker multimode filter, six waveforms and bi-polar modulation destinations, two ADSR envelope generators and a full function arpeggiator. For added durability, it's housed in a rugged aluminum enclosure with vintage synthesizer appeal.

With its user-friendly control interface, classic aesthetic and potential for endless exploration and tonal tinkering, the MiniBrute definitely encourages creativity. In minutes, you'll be generating your very own tones and sounds. Plus, for added flexibility, the synthesizer is equipped with complete MIDI, CV and USB In/Out connectivity. There's even a 1/4" headphone jack for privacy and a 1/4" audio output for sending the signal to an amplifier or PA system.

To generate such unique sounds, the MiniBrute uses more than just standard oscillators and envelopes. It supports multiple modes of arpeggiation, octave range control, time divisions, swing and tempo. Plus, Arturia outfitted the MiniBrute with a few truly unique and exclusive components. Brute Factor saturates the signal with rich harmonics and Ultrasaw generates shimmering sawtooth waveforms. Plus, Metalizer creates extreme triangle harmonics.

Although innovative on the inside, the MiniBrute still evokes that old-school, hands-on synthesizer experience. It still features a 100% analog audio signal path, durable controller knobs, classic faders, a pitch wheel, a modulation wheel and a compact keyboard. The MiniBrute feels like a vintage synthesizer, but its components shape tones and sound in original, innovative ways. This amalgamation of tonal flexibility, vintage appeal, innovative components and simple operation is what makes the MiniBrute suited for both computer MIDI work and classic analog synthesizer use.

Monophonic synthesizer
100% analog audio signal path
Steiner-Parker multimode filter with LP, BP, HP and Notch
Voltage controlled oscillator with Sub-Osc
Oscillator mixer with Sub, Sawtooth, Square, Triangle, White Noise and Audio In
LFO1 with six waveforms and bi-polar modulation destinations
LFO2 with three vibrato modes
Brute Factor delivers saturation and rich harmonics
Ultrasaw generates shimmering sawtooth waveforms
Metalizer brings extreme triangle harmonics
Dual ADSR envelope generators
25-note semi-weighted keyboard with Aftertouch
Rugged aluminum enclosure
External analog audio input
Control Voltage (CV) In/Out controls include Pitch, Gate, Filter and Amp
MIDI In/Out with 5-Pin DIN connectors
USB MIDI In/Out connector
1/4" audio output jack and 1/4" headphone output jack
Gate Source Selection includes audio input, hold and keyboard
Arpeggiator features four modes of arpeggiation, four octave range controls, six time divisions and swing control
In the Box
Arturia MiniBrute Full-Blast Analog Monophonic Synthesizer
  • Preset Sheets
  • Power Supply
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Arturia MiniBrute specs

    Synthesizer Type Monophonic
    Analog Audio Signal Path 100%
    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 Yes (Sub, Sawtooth, Square, Triangle, White Noise, Audio In)
    Signal Enhancers Pulse Width Modulation
    Ultrasaw (generating shimmering sawtooth waveforms)
    Metalizer (bringing extreme triangle harmonics)
    Brute Factor (delivering saturation and rich harmonics)
    LFO1 Waveforms: Sine, Triangle, Sawtooth, Square, Random Square, Random Sine
    Bi-Polar Modulation Destinations (PWM, Metalize, Pitch, Filter, Amplifier)
    Clock syncable to arpeggiator (arpeggiator or free)
    LFO2 Selectable Rate
    Trill Up Vibrato
    Trill Down Vibrato
    Sine Vibrato
    Envelope Generators ADSR Envelope Generators x 2 (selectable slow/fast speed from 1ms to 10sec or more)
    Keyboard Tracking Yes (on the 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)
    External Analog Audio Input Yes
    CV In/Out Controls Pitch
    MIDI Input Yes (5-pin DIN connector)
    MIDI Output Yes (5-pin DIN connector)
    USB MIDI Input Yes
    USB MIDI Output Yes
    CV Gate Source Selector Audio
    Audio Output 1/4" (6.35mm) audio jack x 1
    Headphone Output 1/4" (6.35mm) headphone jack x 1
    Full Function Arpeggiator Arpeggiation Modes x 4
    Octave Range Controls x 4
    Step Divisions x 6
    Swing Positions x 6
    Hold Function x 1
    Tempo Knob Yes
    Tap Tempo Yes
    MIDI Sync Yes
    Enclosure Rugged Aluminum Enclosure
    Power Supply 12V DC / 1A (power)
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 15.35 x 2.76 x 12.79" (39.0 x 7.0 x 32.5cm)
    Weight 8.8 lb (4.0 kg)
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    Package Weight 11.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 18.3 x 15.3 x 4.5"

    Arturia MiniBrute reviews

    MiniBrute Full-Blast Analog Monophonic Synthesizer is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A total ripper for the casual or the hardcore I am very impressed by the MiniBrute and its capabilities, especially at this price-point. I find the controls to be very responsive with a wide variety of sounds both subtle and dramatic to be discovered. Best of all it's a lot of fun to play with even before integrating other hardware. Currently, I've been running it through guitar effects pedals and then back into the audio input to create crazy feedback sounds. On the first day I received the MiniBrute (which arrived in perfect condition, btw) I had it lock up on me without warning. After I upgraded the firmware, I have yet to encounter this or any other problems during several long sessions (over an hour at a time). My impression is that the problems Arturia had with the initial release of this synth have been corrected, as I could not be happier with mine.
    Date published: 2016-06-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Synth The Arturia Minibrute is an excellent synthesizer for anyone looking to get into analog synthesis. It's lack of digital interface allows for a massive amount of hands on toggling and for the price it's a no-brainer. If you're reading this it's not too late to grab one.
    Date published: 2016-01-19
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