Arturia MicroBrute Synthesizer First Look

Here’s a video introduction to the new Arturia MicroBrute analog synthesizer.

The official introduction isn’t until tomorrow, but you can check the MicroBrute out here and now.

Here are the highlights of what we know about the Arturia MicroBrute:

  • All-analog audio path
  • Unique ‘Brute’ Oscillators
  • Steiner Parker Filter
  • ADSR envelope
  • Patch matrix
  • Analogue & digital connectivity
  • Built-in sequencer
  • Mini keyboard, pitch and mod wheels

All the synth sounds in the video was made on the Arturia MicroBrute. The band featured in the video is Rike and the RocKandys.

Pricing is rumored to be around $300 street, but official specifications, pricing and availability are still to be announced.

Check out the video and let us know what you think of the MicroBrute!


87 thoughts on “Arturia MicroBrute Synthesizer First Look

  1. I own too many synths, like many around here- Vintage analogs galllore (Juno 60, Pro One, VS), a P12, etc etc etc etc…..

    Despite gear overload and a desire for expensive, fancy boutique monos, I decided it was too good of a value too pass up. It can be be so many things as well as a fat sounding mono at the same time- a MIDI to CV converter, a analog signal path to filter iOS apps with to possibly bring all those cool toys into new sonic territory and get them on recordings finally, a gate and clock source for a vintage, a companion to the Elektron Analog 4 + other modern mono like the Dominion X SED, a gated compressor effect and LFO for analog drum machines with individual outs and a controller that is simultaneously a mono patched into a modular synth- rare indeed.

    Non of that ever touched on the sound, which, without audio running to it, is a VERY interesting mono- more unique than any other (execpt possily that new Ekdahl one..). The LFO oscillates so fast and hits very interesting timbres in the audio range, while the envelope (which can be slowed down with the Microbrute software) is similarly lightning fast. Put them both together, you can crank the LFO speed high into the audio range, drop your cutoff and crank that resonance and fine tune up some fresh bass sounds. Or throw on the HPF and get some 303-esque stuff. The wave mixing is much, much deeper than you could imagine until you play it, while the mod matrix basically gives whatever patch you’re working with unlimited variation as you fine tune your LFO rate and tweak your VCA.

    I sure just wasted a lot of words gushing about the smallest, cheapest synth in my collection, huh? No one who appreciates its full range of capabilites would EVER regret this purcahse. Unlike another new mono I returned to the store this year. Just didn’t grab me the way this little Brute did.

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  2. I agree 100% with MicroBooty… I have had MANY mono synths on my table over the last 6 months.. mopho, volca, rocket… maybe only the rocket is as much fun as the Micro, but the benefit of having keys pushes it ahead in my books. It’s a KILLER synth… I can’;t believe how good it can sound and how nasty…. a real deal. Hell it’s a USB to CV converter for crying out loud.. I had heard the keys feel cheap, I gotta say I was very pleased with how they felt from the first press….. immediacy is what you get with this guy, get one.

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