Arturia MiniBrute Analogue Monophonic Synthesizer
The Arturia MiniBrute is a revolutionary new analogue synthesizer from Arturia. Featuring a pure analogue signal path and a host of unique features, it sets a new standard for what a hardware synthesizer should be. It features a VCO wave mixer, the classic Steiner-Parker multimode filter, as well as numerous analogue innovations such as the Metalizer, Ultrasaw, and the Brute Factor™. It also offers complete MIDI, CV and USB connectivity, making it right at home with any setup.
- Monophonic synthesizer with a 100% analogue audio signal path
- Steiner-Parker Multimode Filter (LP, BP, HP and Notch)
- 25 note keyboard with aftertouch
- External analogue audio input
- Great connectivity with multiple CV I/O, gate, MIDI I/O and USB
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Combining the renowned savoir-faire of ARTURIA in designing professional musical instruments, and the expertise of synth guru Yves USSON in crafting the finest analogue modules, MiniBrute is a revolutionary analogue synthesizer
MiniBrute was built with a simple goal in mind: offer great analogue sound, through a very easy to use interface and with no compromises on quality.
The result of fine R&D and skilled craftsmanship: a 100% Analog Audio signal path, delivering huge basslines, screaming leads, outstanding arpeggios and FX's. Analog synthesizers of yesteryear are highly sought-after on the second hand market for their warmth, fatness, slight instability and their unmistakable sonic character. Digital synths, on their part, offer more possibilities but tend to sound sometimes sterile and loose musicians in endless menus.
Today, MiniBrute comes as a bold statement, standing proudly among legendary analogue machines like the Minimoog, Pro-One, SH-101, MS-20, and Odyssey. MiniBrute, brings the finest analogue sounds as heard on iconic electronic records, whilst imprinting its own unique features and strong attitude.
Forget about tiny LCD screens, forget about menus and sub-menus, forget about double functions and complex control. Minibrute brings back the fun and the immediate hands-on experience of synthesis.
You want to make it stronger? Grab the sub-osc slider and move it up. You want it brighter? Grab the filter cutoff knob and turn it up. You want your sound to grow fangs and snarl like a beast? Grab the Brute Factor knob and turn it up! It's that easy.
Connect to the world
Thanks to its full MIDI/CV/USB connectivity, MiniBrute is designed to fit seamlessly in any modern or vintage studio.
• MIDI In/Out : Sequence MiniBrute from your computer's MIDI interface and DAW, or any MIDI gear. Alternatively use MiniBrute as a master MIDI keyboard.
• CV Gate In/Out : Chain MiniBrute to your vintage synthesizer to get a beefier sound. Remotely sequence MiniBrute from your vintage sequencer. Use MiniBrute to control your vintage synths (CV/Volt).
• USB In/Out: Sequence MiniBrute directly from your computer's DAW without needing a MIDI interface. Use MiniBrute as a USB-MIDI controller.
• Audio In : Process any external sound through MiniBrute's filter, VCA and Brute Factor™ circuit. MiniBrute can be used as an analogue powerhouse for adding warmth, grit and filter effects to drums, guitars, vocals and more. It will alternatively generate automatic basslines from percussive sounds by switching the Gate source selector to audio.
MiniBrute can also be used as a MIDI to CV Gate interface, ensuring the link between your computer-based studio and your vintage gear.
Sounds with an attitude
MiniBrute is certainly not capable of producing all types of sounds, but it does very well what it is designed for : classic analogue sounds, including powerful basses, hypnotic drones, screaming leads, acid sequences, ethereal monopads, 80's arpeggios, mind blowing FX's and fascinating sonic experiments.
Your sounds, your attitude
MiniBrute comes with no electronic presets. YOU build every sound you hear. Believe us, this is fun, this is creative and this helps make better music (and honestly, this is easier than browsing sub-menus). Worried about the lack of presets? No need. Arturia delivers preset sheets that fit on the surface of the MiniBrute. Following instructions set on the preset sheets, you get a preset sound in a minute. And if you want to store your sound, just take one of the blank sheets and write your marks.
Oscillator on steroid
No DCO (Digital Controlled Oscilator) is used in MiniBrute, only pure VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) ensuring that classic analogue sound. MiniBrute's VCO is classic in its sound and modern in its shape, allowing you to individually mix 4 different waves, as well as white noise and audio in. Add to that a sub-oscillator and several analogue signal enhancers such as the Metalizer and the Ultrasaw, you get custom shapes that currently no other analogue hardware synthesizer can match.
Minibrute's Sub Oscillator generates sine and square wave. It will allow you to rattle the house by descending as low as two octaves down.
The Ultrasaw brings shimmering sawtooth waveforms that will considerably enrich your tone. It basically builds two phase-shifted copies of the basic sawtooth signal. These copies have independent and ever-evolving phase shifts with respect to each other and are eventually mixed with the sawtooth signal.
This results in a lively, rich, and bright ensemble effect whose character depends on the modulation rates of the phase-shifted copies. This is the first time such a feature is offered in analogue format.
The Metalizer takes the basic triangular waveform and 'warps/folds' it to create very complex jagged waveforms that are rich in high harmonics. This results in 'metallic' pitched sounds that are ideal for harpsichord- and clavinet-type tones. Dynamic modulation (LFO or envelope) of the warp/folding parameters opens up a realm of 'klangorous' sounds that will cut through any mix.
Modulation is the key to widen a synthesizer's sound palette. But too many synths offer limited possibilities and in the end very few different sounds. MiniBrute opens the door to a world of combinations that will allow you to create your unique and original sonic signature.
LFO1 waveforms include a collection of sine, triangle, sawtooth, square, random square and random sine and can control multiple sources. LFO2 with adjustable rate can be set to 3 Vibrato modes with trill up, down and sine modulations.
2 ADSR ENVELOPES are available on MiniBrute. The Filter Envelope and the Amp Envelope. The Filter Envelope can be routed to modulate the Pulse Width of the Square wave and the Metalizer Amount. The Envelope fast/slow switch allows you to command ultrafast 1 millisecond responses for snappy electro basses and leads, to more than 10 seconds responses for slow evolving soundscapes.
To extend the modulation routings further and link them to your expression of playing, MiniBrute benefits from Mod wheel and Aftertouch controls. Each one of them can be set to modulate either the Cutoff or the Vibrato. Mod wheel can also be set to control the general LFO amount.
MiniBrute embeds the legendary Steiner-Parker multimode filter.
Introduced for the first time in the Synthacon synthesizer, back in the 70's, this marvellous filter not only brings a Low pass mode like competitive designs, but also Band pass, High pass and Notch positions, making it a highly versatile and praised boutique filter.
The MiniBrute filter is based on the core of the legendary Steiner-Parker multimode filter and has been improved to deliver an even wider range of cutoff and resonance. Nyle Steiner himself has validated and approved these improvements .
Teamed up with the Minibrute multiwave oscillator, and the wide modulation capabilities, the Steiner-Parker filter brings an extreme versatile and agressive edge that will make your sound stand out.
The Brute Factor™ was inspired by a patch made on a famous vintage synthesizer connecting the headphone output to the external audio input. The result is a kind of feedback loop that is ideal for raspy and grungy sounds. This patch has been adapted and implemented internally in the MiniBrute.
For low Brute Factor™ settings, the distortion is smooth and gentle but becomes harsher as you turn up the knob. When turned up above about 75% of the way, the MiniBrute can go berserk and produce barely controllable, crazy feedback sounds.
Note: the Brute Factor feature alters the filter characteristics, so expect highly unpredictable results at extreme settings. You have been warned!
A real arpeggiator
MiniBrute comes with a 25 note keyboard fitting the modern musician's need of mobility. On the other hand, it offers a very nice arpeggiator that will allow you to create complex melodic patterns without needing to be a skilled keyboardist.
Minibrute's arpeggiator boasts a full set of features, from octave range, to play mode, tap tempo, step size, not to forget the swing control to change your groove on the fly. In addition, the arpeggiator is fully synchronisable with the MIDI input and with the LFO1 (using the clock switch), enabling perfect timing during your performance.
When playing live, you can also get in sync with your drummer using the handy 'tap tempo' button.
A keyboard tailored to your needs
MiniBrute features a quality keyboard including velocity, aftertouch and 25 lightweight keys for a fast and accurate performance. Aftertouch can be routed to the Cutoff or Vibrato amounts for maximum expression.