Music software and hardware developer Arturia has introduced its MatrixBrute Analog Synthesizer at the 2016 NAMM Show.
The MatrixBrute is a programmable monophonic / duophonic analog synthesizer, outfitted with three ‘Brute’ oscillators, Steiner-Parker and ladder filters, three envelope generators, analogue effects and a matrix-style modulation matrix.
The modulation matrix at the heart of MatrixBrute offers thousands of potential modulation routings: assign any of 16 modulation sources to any of 16 modulation destinations (in MOD mode) and set the amounts of each modulation routing using the dedicated data encoder. Four of these destinations are user-programmable and can be seen in MaxiBrute’s E Ink (Electronic Ink) display.
The matrix also allows presets to be recalled at the touch of a (dedicated) button, in PRESET mode. 256 pre-programmed professional presets are available (or recall one of your own original sound creations).
Finally, the matrix can also be used as a 64-step sequencer, with separate STEP, ACCENT, SLIDE, and MODULATION options in SEQ mode.
To help maintain a 100% analogue signal path, MatrixBrute also incorporates true analog effects to its stereo output. You can chose from chorus, delay, and flanger with five operational modes. And you can use any of the analog effects as modulation destinations in the matrix.
The MatrixBrute isn’t just a bigger MiniBrute. It’s been maxed out to deliver better sound and more sonic options.
Some of its features include:
- Four-mode STEINER FILTER (upgraded to support both 12dB/oct and 24dB/ oct slopes.
- Dedicated Drive control for creating thicker sounds).
- Three-mode LADDER FILTER, with 12dB/oct and 24dB/oct slopes, alongside another dedicated Drive control.
- Three VCOs, each equipped with a sub-oscillator, as well as Saw, Pulse, and Triangle waveforms, with the ‘Brute’ sound of the MatrixBrute’s smaller siblings, the MiniBrute and MicroBrute synths.
- 49-note (full-size) keyboard (featuring both velocity-sensitivity and aftertouch).
Around the back, the MatrixBrute is designed with some serious connectivity:
- Control voltage interfacing in abundance (12 CV inputs and 12 CV outputs to interface with any standard 1V/oct modular gear);
- AUDIO IN (line and instrument levels allow for adding an external oscillator from a favourite modular synth or processing a guitar or other instrument through the filters, VCA, and analogue effects);
- GATE In and Out (to trigger external gear or trigger the internal envelopes remotely);
- SYNC In and Out (to synchronise the internal sequencer and arpeggiator with external devices);
- Standard MIDI In, Out, and Thru (to connect to both modern and vintage gear alike);
- USB I/O (to interface to a computer-based DAW directly and also use the free editor/librarian software);
- PEDALS (Expression 1, Expression 2, and Sustain inputs to provide realtime control); and
- MASTER OUT (stereo master outputs on 1/4-inch jacks).
Here’s the official intro video:
Pricing and Availability
The Arturia MatrixBrute Analog Synthesizer is expected to be available for purchase in Spring 2016 directly from Arturia online, or via Arturia’s network of dealers and retailers. Official pricing is TBA. For more detailed information, please visit the MatrixBrute Analog Synthesizer product page on the Arturia website.