Arturia MiniBrute Analog Synthesizer Review

JK Swopes of SoundsAndGear reviews the Arturia MiniBrute, starting with the ‘presets’ and going on to demonstrates the sound range of the analog synth:

Finally checking out the awesome little analog synthesizer from Arturia called the MiniBrute. This is a fully analog synthesizer with a Steiner-Parker filter, CV in/out, MIDI, and USB, all in a nice 25 key aluminum case.


  • 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
  • Rugged Aluminium Enclosure
  • 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
  • Arpeggiator:
    • 4 Modes of Arpeggiation
    • 4 Octave Range Control
    • 6 Time Divisions
    • Swing Control

The Arturia MiniBrute has a street price of about $500.

If you’ve used the MiniBrute, leave a comment and let us know what you think of it!

5 thoughts on “Arturia MiniBrute Analog Synthesizer Review

    1. imho , novation bass II “kinda of kawasaki copy of triumph motorcycle with some new feature ” , moog “harley davidson sound (c) (r) etc ” (some people do like fender/gibson/marshall And moogish sound ok ok ok nostalgy pfff these people live in past !!!) and
      arturia minibrute a balanced miix of a roland SH serie with the french touch a cross over of Tron Motorcycle and a Ducatti n: naff say !!!
      u want 70’s sound classic and oldschool ( u are a grand pa “the buggles” take moog “collector , knew paths zero surprise ” …
      more modern , work with DAW need integration shift button and double functions , “liquid and clear sound” with famous sharp and nasal british mixing touch take novation .
      and if you plays with heart and feeling , on the fly , with an instrument which will be an instant classic with a different fliter than other too often listen buy the minibrute !!!!

  1. I have a Minibrute and I absolutely love it. Well, I did love it. As of yesterday it no longer turns on. Thinking it may be either a PSU or firmware problem. I am on my knees praying I can save it.

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