Arturia MiniBrute

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Announced in January 2012, the MiniBrute created quite a buzz at Winter NAMM 2012 and in the electronic music world. Not only was it the first new mass-market analog VCO synth in quite a while, it was also from a company known for its soft synths. Highly affordable at a street price of $499 and filled with great features, the (almost) all-analog synth filled the desire for a new hands-on analog synth that could compete in price and sound with the well-loved vintage synths. Smartly designed, the unit can neatly fit into an all-vintage, modern MIDI, or modular setting with its CV, USB and MIDI DIN connections. Built in an aluminum body with rubber end caps, the MiniBrute is rugged, with only the knobs feeling a bit on the wobbly side.

Sonically, the MiniBrute is aggressive. Its tone can be tamed for softer textures, but it seems to gravitate toward the raunchy, with its "Brute Factor" control adding rich distortion. The multimode Steiner-Parker filter provides versatility beyond what most vintage mono synths deliver. Taking things even further, Arturia provide "Ultrasaw" control over the saw waveform and "Metalizer" over the triangle wave, allowing the user to create unique new sounds for a VCO mono synth. To make the sound even larger, the MiniBrute's VCO wave mixer lets you combine the waveforms with dedicated volume sliders per waveform, allowing for sounds similar to a polyphonic synth's unison mode. Many of those who were initially unconvinced by the single VCO were quickly swayed by the sonic flexibility of the waveforms and the sub-oscillator.

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With a multimode arpeggiator, aftertouch, velocity-sensitivity, multimode Steiner-Parker filter and many more features, the MiniBrute has few vintage competitors in terms of functionality. And it also holds its own in comparing its sound with that of beloved mono synths of yesteryear, and it even goes beyond the limits of the architecture of most 1970s subtractive synths, making the MiniBrute both a unique homage to the past as well as a new and creative interpretation of it. No menus, no presets. Just a straightforward, hands-on, "knobby" analog mono synth.

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53 Visitor comments
Melena Santorum
April 7, 2013 @ 7:57 am
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dennis wild

1 part multitimbral? I suppose that does sound a bit awkward. I guess they mean 'monotimbral'. I suppose it's better than 0 part multitimbral. I bought a synth like that and it had zero parts at once - pretty disappointing. I'll buy an Arturia Minibrute though!
dennis wild
April 1, 2013 @ 4:20 am
This one has "multitimbral - 1 part" written in the specifications - anybody knows what that means? can play 1 multiple sound at once? ;)
Mark
March 28, 2013 @ 10:08 am
I got one of these a week ago, and am blown away. It's a completely unique synth with unique sounds and filter - very easy to get into. It's fairly mild mannered initially but then just freaks out when you add in the triangle wave modulation (metal) and brute factor with some resonance. Build quality is top notch, and having a knob for every value means patches are really not that necessary and force you to think about the sound you're creating a lot more. I was torn between this and a mopho - I don't regret the choice one bit.
sbdj
March 16, 2013 @ 12:38 pm
I wanted a nice little synth that I could get some big, warm basslines out of. The MB delivers but it is so much more. The wave mixing, the controls for each waveform and even the "brute factor" make some amazing sounds possible. Love the sub-osc. Having no presets really inspires me. I would usually use them as a starting point but for some reason, starting from scratch on this thing just [beep] s me in for hours. I pair it with my JP-8000 and I've got everything I need. And probably the most sturdy piece of gear I own, buildwise. Quite simply, Arturia hit a grand slam on their first at-bat.
Enter
March 13, 2013 @ 5:26 pm
Is amazing all the things you can do only with 1 oscillator and a multimode filter. This synth is aggressive like a korg ms20 .
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Multitimbral - 1 part
  • Oscillators - 1 VCO, 1 Sub-Oscillator (square, sine, -1 or -2 Octave), White Noise, External Audio In, Pulse Width Modulation
  • Waveforms - Sub, Sawtooth, Square, Triangle, and White Noise
  • LFO - LFO1: Sine, Triangle, Sawtooth, Square, Random Square, Random Sine. LFO2: 3 Vibrato modes (trill up, trill down, sine).
  • Filter - Steiner-Parker 2-pole Multimode (12 dB/octave Low Pass, 6 dB/octave Band Pass, High Pass and Notch) with Keyboard Tracking
  • Envelope - 2 ADSR Envelope Generators
  • Effects - Ultrasaw, Metalizer, Brute Factor
  • Vocoder - None
  • Sequencer - None
  • Arpeggiator - 4 modes, 4 octave range control, 6 step divisions, 6 Swing modes, Hold
  • Keyboard - 25 note semi-weighted, with aftertouch (assignable to Cutoff or Vibrato amount)
  • Memory - None, patch sheets supplied
  • Control - CV In/Out (Pitch, Filter, Amp), MIDI In/Out, USB MIDI In/Out
  • Weight - 4 kg (8.8 lbs)
  • Date Produced - 2012
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  • Original images from Arturia.

    Review by GuyaGuy.

    Reviewed January 2013.

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