Arturia MicroBrute Review – “Is Love Too Strong A Word?”

One of the hottest recent electronic music gear stories has been the Arturia MicroBrute. It hasn’t even officially been announced yet, and it’s been generating hundreds of reader comments.

Sonic State’s Nick Batt has the new analog synth in his lab and he has the first review of the Arturia MicroBrute. And he’s impressed.

“Is love too strong a word to use for an inanimate object?” asks Batt. “Perhaps. But I really clicked with the MicroBrute.”

It looks like Arturia may have another hit in the new MicroBrute. Check out the video review and let us know what you think!

Arturia MicroBrute Features:

  • Monophonic synthesizer
  • 100% Analog Audio Signal Path
  • Steiner-Parker Multimode Filter (LP, BP, HP)
  • Voltage Controlled Oscillator with new Overtone Sub-Osc
  • Oscillator Mixer (Sub, Sawtooth, Square, Triangle)
  • LFO with 3 waveforms and destination attenuator
  • Brute Factor™ delivering saturation and rich harmonics
  • Ultrasaw generating shimmering sawtooth waveforms
  • Metalizer bringing extreme triangle harmonics
  • Fast Envelope Generator
  • 25 note mini Keyboard
  • External Analog Audio Input (level pot on rear)
  • CV Inputs: Pitch, Filter, Sub-mod, Pulse, Saw animator, metalizer, gate in.
  • CV outputs: Pitch, Gate, Env, LFO
  • MIDI Inwith 5-Pin DIN connector
  • USB MIDI In/Out
  • 1/4” Audio Output and 1/8” Headphone Output
  • Free Editor Software
  • Step Sequencer :
    • 8 sequences stored on power down
    • Rate control
    • Sync to MIDI clock
    • Multiple modes (via software editor)
  • Tap tempo/rest insert

The MicroBrute is priced at US $349 / EURO 299. Street price is expected to be £269/$299/299 Euro. Arturia says the MicroBrute will be available in November.

10 thoughts on “Arturia MicroBrute Review – “Is Love Too Strong A Word?”

  1. I’m happy with my minibrute…if it was a poly I’s be jealous…microbrute is basically just a minibrute with less…do you agree? (well…except for the rest in the sequencer)

    1. Less in some ways, more in others.

      The analog connectivity on this makes it a no brainer buy for modular owners, because it’s a sequencer, a sound module, a cv controller, an EG, an lfo – the patching will make it a really flexible piece of gear.

  2. Nick does great reviews, but he should have dropped it on the table a couple of times so we could hear whether it goes THUNK or clatters and spits out a knob. Just curious.

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