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
Triton
June 8, 2013 @ 9:09 am
Great machine! Will be a classic no doubt.... has tons of control that my prophets and oberheims dream about , my favorite feature is the arp tap tempo it turns the minibrute into a true live instrument capable to stay in time with any kind of music
wizardmix
May 26, 2013 @ 4:17 am
Mine is in the mail and I couldn't be more excited. This is the synth I've been waiting over a decade to find. Completely analog loyal while still offering very useful modern features, compact, very original, massive headroom, smartly designed, well built, affordable and it's not over 30yrs old!? From all the research alone, I feel this is going to become one of the more iconic analog synths out there. It reminds me of the unique sound and massive headroom you can achieve with a Sherman Filter2. I can't wait to see where Arturia goes next? Expanded versions? Polysynth?
Paul
May 2, 2013 @ 1:27 pm
My Arturia Minibrute accidently slid off the top third tier of my rack system onto a hardwood floor 2 days after I opened the new box. I freaked, then tweaked to my hearts content. Thank god nothing got dented, broke, chipped or malfunctioned. This synth is built pretty strong and sounds great. Note: I simply take pictures of my settings once I find a good sound.
EtniCrow
April 29, 2013 @ 10:20 am
I have owned this synth for 24 hours now, played and tweaked it alot! For this price range it really is an amazing synth! Sounds great for sound designer :-)
Formerly Fred
April 28, 2013 @ 7:00 pm
This is a querky synth. But for an analog synth in this price range that is not a bad thing. I have this setting beside my Mopho and my Voyager Old School and all three of them have their own personalities. The filter is not the classic Moog sound but you can get alot out of it with some tweeking. I remember doing gigs with the ARP Axxe back in the day, and this is a way fatter sounding one oscillator synth. With the ultra-sawtooth wave form, the metalizer triangle wave and the suboscillator you can get a nice fat sound out of one oscillator.
 
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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
  • Resources & Credits
  • Original images from Arturia.

    Review by GuyaGuy.

    Reviewed January 2013.

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