Arturia releases MicroBrute analog synthesizer
really love the sound of the original MiniBrute, and the MicroBrute’s
got that character and can be even wilder. You can get all kinds of
crazy and musical interactions going on with other analogue gear and
drum machines. Combine the two together and you’re rocking!”
- Adrian Utley, 2013 (Portishead)
GRENOBLE, FRANCE: music software and hardware company Arturia is proud to announce availability of the MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer —
an amazingly compact and bijou, semi-modular analogue monosynth with
inbuilt step sequencer, boasting MIDI, USB, and CV connectivity,
together with a whole host of unique features — as of October 25...
Arturia’s award-winning MiniBrute Analog Synthesizer rapidly
reset the price/performance ratio benchmark when soaring through the
subtractive synthesis sound barrier last year to much critical acclaim
and subsequent success. Today it is joined by its equally as big-
sounding little brother, the MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer.
Putting all the basic building blocks of an analogue synth classic into
an even more compact and bijou package that’s pure hand-ons fun at an
affordable price, the MicroBrute is guaranteed to bring big smiles to go with those big sounds!
But the MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer is actually anything but basic. For starters, just like its big brother, the OSCILLATOR that beats at its musical heart features SAW, TRIANGLE, and SQUARE waveforms
that are all mixable to help shape the resulting sound without the
limitations imposed by comparable contemporary and vintage synths alike.
Additionally, the new Overtone oscillator generates additional harmonic content, ranging from one octave down to a fifth above the base OSCILLATOR pitch, while the Sub > Fifth control can continuously sweep spectrum. Moreover, Metalizer adds complex harmonics to the TRIANGLE waveform for creating harsh, harmonically-rich sounds, while Ultrasaw adds a lively and bright ensemble effect to the SAWTOOTH waveform — perfect for crafting sounds suited to dance anthems. And let’s not forget the all-important Pulse Width control
for creating nasal-thin tones or rich square sounds. Simply speaking,
never before has such a small, single-oscillator synth sounded so big!
Of course, filtering helps shape any analogue synth’s sound — be it big or small, and here the MicroBrute does not disappoint. Indeed, its distinctive-sounding Steiner-Parker FILTER plays a big part in helping give the MicroBrute a
unique sound — again, just like its big brother. This filter design
dates back to the Steiner-Parker Synthacon, an analogue monosynth built
by the namesake Salt Lake City-based synth manufacturer between 1975 and
1979. Its HP (high-pass), BP (bandpass), and LP (lowpass)
modes make for far more filtering flexibility than that found in synths
many times the price! And that’s before factoring Arturia’s acclaimed Brute FactorTM into
the equation, adding anything from subtle overdrive to full-blown
intermodulation havoc — choose your settings, and let the fun begin!
Speaking of modulation, the easily accessible, front-panel mounted MOD MATRIX is a Volt per Octave-standard patchable system of modulation routing with ENV (envelope) out, LFO (low frequency oscillator) out, Ultrasaw modulator in, PWM (pulse width modulation) in, Metal (Metalizer) in, Overtone/Sub modulator in, Filter cutoff in, and Pitch in — meaning more in-depth, inbuilt sound-sculpting possibilities, as well as allowing Arturia’s own MicroBrute to
be easily brought into the interfacing mix, or mixing and matching with
third-party modular synth systems for far-out sonic explorations! Dig
as deep as you need or dare to go with the MicroBrute!
Similarly, the new eight-Pattern step SEQUENCER is
an almost endless source of inspiration and rhythmic creativity — step
input notes and rests to create storable sequences that can be played
back and switched between on the fly at a variable Rate or synchronised to external MIDI clock. Meanwhile, MIDI, USB, and CV GATE connectivity, of course, combine to ensure that the MicroBrute is
ready and willing to talk to the outside electronic musical instrument
world wherever it may find itself. It’s even blessed with an external
audio Input with Input Level control, so why not use it to process whatever you feel like sticking into its 1/4-inch socket — within reason, of course!
With a space-saving 25-note mini-keyboard and weighing in at only 1.75kg, the MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer is
truly compact and bijou, but punches well above its weight with a
rip-roaring analogue sound spanning woofer-flapping bass, screaming
leads, ear-opening effects, wave-folded growls, punchy drum sounds
galore, and much in-between and beyond. Pick one up from an authorised Arturia dealer today!