Arturia MiniBrute SE Now Available

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The Arturia MiniBrute SE, announced at this year’s Musikmesse, is now available.

We have not seen an official announcement from Arturia on this, but reader Ben (graphtablet) let us know it was available for purchase, and it’s showing up for US $549 now from several online retailers.

The MiniBrute SE shares the same physical footprint as the original MiniBrute, but:

  • The SE edition features brushed aluminium casing with wooden sides
  • A new step Sequencer expands playing options with the MiniBrute SE, with six Pattern sequences with up to 64 steps Users can create new musical phrases from existing ones by changing the playback Mode, Gate Len (timing), and Swing settings in real-time.

Features:

  • Monophonic synthesizer
  • 100% Analog Audio Signal Path
  • Steiner-Parker Multimode Filter (LP, BP, HP and Notch)
  • Voltage Controlled Oscillator with Sub-Osc
  • Oscillator Mixer (Sub, Sawtooth, Square, Triangle, White Noise, Audio In)
  • LFO1 with 6 waveforms and bi-polar modulation destinations
  • LFO2 with 3 vibrato modes
  • Brute Factor delivering saturation and rich harmonics
  • Ultrasaw generating shimmering sawtooth waveforms
  • Metalizer bringing extreme triangle harmonics
  • Two ADSR Envelope Generators
  • 25 note Keyboard with Aftertouch
  • Brushed Aluminium Enclosure
  • Wood side panels
  • External Analog Audio Input
  • CV In/Out controls: Pitch, Gate, Filter, Amp
  • MIDI In/Out with 5-Pin DIN connectors
  • USB MIDI In/Out
  • 1/4? Audio Output and 1/4? Headphone Output
  • Gate Source Selection: Audio Input, Hold, Keyboard
  • Sequencer :
    • 6 Sequences with 64 steps each
    • 4 Swing settings
    • 4 Gate settings
    • 6 play modes

See the Arturia site for more info.

If you’ve used the Arturia MiniBrute SE, let us know what you think of it!

15 thoughts on “Arturia MiniBrute SE Now Available

  1. Here’s hoping that Arturia will recognise the support of the early adopters, who made their foray into analogue a success, by providing a firmware update for sequencer functionality on the the original MiniBrute.

    1. given that its the only difference between the products (besides metal and wood) i don’t think they will. not anytime soon at least. would be nice tho.

  2. The wood is nice, but unnecessary IMO.

    What makes Arturia’s synths analog synths great is how many features they’ve packed in at a low cost!

    The wood does look nice though, would have been way cooler if they substituted some of the synth parameters for an alternative: a different filter, analog waveshaping/distortion, sine wave instead of tri (with wavefolder), chorus, built in ability to modulate the filter, etc.

  3. The wood is retro-cheesy, and aluminum is nice, but regardless, I hope it’s made a lot more solidly than the original. The mini and micro both feel cheap as hell. Like the controls and keys will snap off at any moment.

    1. Guess the downvotes are for the “retro-cheesy” dig, not the comment on build quality, which the MiniBrute is notorious for the lack of…

  4. arp is much more useful than sequencer

    its 2014 even my phone can run powerful midi sequencing

    arp is great for tight abuse of it, almost acts like another lfo

  5. u want arp and wood panel ?
    bah put regular minibrute in a wood case minibrute se …
    iz not necessary to be a genius for do that ..

  6. My SE arrived a few days ago and I’m in love.

    Nice to play on and all the controls are solid. The sequencer works really well and the arp type function on that is nice as is the swing control. Having a few on the controls on a software panel on the computer isn’t the end of the world and really appreciate being able to download and upload the stored sequences to my computer. Hell, can even edit them in a text editor if you like.

    I’ve not really tried everything yet but am already getting some really strong sounds from it. I especially like the various gate in/out ports for my other analogue gear.

    Big, rolling, LFO’ed bass noises with huge release values (via KBD speed switch) make the sound monstrous. Sound in all modes is nice and warm too. I cannot think what the sound reminds me of but it’s a pleasant one.

    Current favourite knob? The glide one, crazy noises are forthcoming.

    Yes, its in an ally box with wood sides for the retro look, but it works well. I like the original Minibrute (and micro) but this is a small set up even if it is the son of both. Also appreciate the fact it came with a power supply (inline brick, not a wall wart).

    Arturia have got this one right in my opinion.

    Right, off to hook up to Volcas, mixer and monitors for the evening.

  7. I’m new to the synth world, and from the research I’ve done I was leaning towards buying the Minibrute as my first synth…but now I’m seeing the Minibrute SE and am trying to figure out the main differences between the two. I can get a Minibrute for $300 or a Minbrute SE for $400. Is the SE worth the extra $100?

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