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.

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Inside The Moog Werkstatt Analog Synthesizer

At Moogfest 2014, Moog Music introduced the Werkstatt analog synthesizer as a special DIY project that attendees could build in a two-day course at the Moog Factory.

The Werkstatt is a DIY project, with dozens of solder points, and is designed to be open to hacking, with jumpers, expansion points and even a ‘breadboard area’ where you can wire in mods. Though it’s a fairly straightforward design, it’s built like a tank, is patchable and, as designer Steve Dunnington told us, “It’s got Moog DNA.”

In this video, Moog Music’s Steve Dunnington and Trent Thompson give a behind-the-scenes look at the Werkstatt and what it can do. Continue reading

Korg MS-20 Kit Review & Filter Mod

This video captures Nick Batt’s take on the new Korg MS-20 Kit.

The MS-20 Kit is a true-analog, 1:1 scale reissue of the MS-20, with both filters built in (the more aggressive early production filter and more mellow late production one). Every details has been replicated, right down to the packaging, which includes a letter from the original MS-20 engineers and the President of Korg, Inc.

Batt notes that the new MS-20 has the same electronics as the MS-20 mini, but offers “much higher build quality”. It also offers two filter options, to match two generations of filters in vintage MS-20s. See Batt’s post at Sonic State for more of his thoughts on the new MS-20 Kit.

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Korg MS-20 Mini Analog Synthesizer Video Demo

In this video, YouTube user AnalogAudio1 takes a break from the usual exploration of vintage analog gear to explore the sounds of the new Korg MS-20 Mini analog synthesizer.

The video doesn’t discuss the features of the Mini, instead focusing on the range of sounds that are possible with the new analog synth.  Continue reading