Arturia MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer (Discontinued)
The Arturia MicroBrute is a smaller version of the Minibrute with updated features including a new sub-oscillator, Mod Matrix and step sequencer.
It features a redesigned sub-oscillator (Overtone), which provides additional harmonics that gives a classic sounding lead and a fatter bass. Its Mod Matrix allows you to reroute/patch from three modulation sources- ENV, LFO and Keyboard CV (on the rear panel)- to six modulation destinations on the panel itself.
Similar to its predecessor, it has a single voltage-control oscillator with three-waveforms, and other modifiers (ultrasaw, pulse width, metalizer) for a customizable sound. It also incorporates a Steiner-Parker filter that was used on a Synthacon synthesizer back in the 1970’s.
- Polyphony: Monophonic
- Keys: 25-note mini-key keyboard
- Oscillator: 1 x Analog Voltage Controlled Oscillator
- Filter: Steiner-Parker Multimode filter
- Envelope: ADSR Envelope
- LFO: LFO with 3 waveforms (sine, sawtooth, square)
- Effects: Brute Factor™
- Additional Controllers: Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
- Step Sequencer: 8 sequences, 64-steps
- Audio Input: 1 x 1/4" Line in
- Audio Ouput: 1 x 1/4” line out, 1 x 1/8” headphone out
- Other Connectivity: USB MIDI In/Out, MIDI In with 5 pin DIN, CV Gate I/O,
- Power: 12V DC 1A power supply
- Dimensions: 12.8" x 8.7" x 2.36"
- Weight: 3.86 lbs.
At an affordable price, this small unit is quite easy to figure out with its straightforward layout and controls. Users gave positive remarks for its well-built sliders, knobs and overall construction. Many of them, who were new to synthesizers, were able to effortlessly create beat patterns with its sequencer. Its BruteFactor effect gave that warmth and grit sound found in vintage analog synthesizers. The Mod Matrix impressed experienced users when it comes to patching the modulation sources within the synthesizer and to other equipment, which creates a number of different sound molding possibilities.
One limitation that has been mentioned is its inability to save patches.
This is highly recommended as an entry-level analog synthesizer.
Unfortunately this is no longer available new in stores so if you're looking for alternatives then see our recommendations in the guide to The Best Synthesizer Keyboards .