Arturia MatrixBrute Synthesizer Demo (Knobcon 2016)

At Knobcon 2016, we talked with Arturia’s Mauricio Garcia about their new MatrixBrute synthesizer, which he says they expect to ship later this year.

He gave us a tour of the MatrixBrute and demonstrated some of its sonic potential. 

The Arturia MatrixBrute synthesizer is a programmable monophonic / duophonic analog synthesizer, featuring with three ‘Brute’ oscillators, Steiner-Parker and ladder filters, three envelope generators, analogue effects and a matrix-style modulation matrix.

Pricing and Availability

The Arturia MatrixBrute is priced at $1,999. The release date is still to be announced.

25 thoughts on “Arturia MatrixBrute Synthesizer Demo (Knobcon 2016)

  1. Good video! Although it mentions “we talked to” it really keeps that to a minimum and to the point.

    The synth core is not that special at all, but there are so many extras and additions (programmability, dual filters, 3 envelopes, 3 LFOs, audio modulation, patch matrix, arpeggiator and sequencer, analog effects etc.) that it becomes very interesting indeed.

  2. Well its the same info from past videos but now the demo instrument its 100% functional. Im interested in these new product but I hope someday we get a musical demo showing evolving pads and creative use of the functions, its difficult to enjoy a demo that jumps fast between sounds and nothing musical result of all of that.

  3. At 7:13, he sweeps what appears to be the filter, by turning the “Master Cutoff” knob up, and then down. You can hear a stairstep aliasing when he does that. A synth that can’t do a smooth filter sweep is useless to my playing style.

    I hope that’s just something that’s not final, and was quantized to MIDI. Or is it an artifact of the filter pair running in parallel mode? This is definitely worth a good shakedown by the usual suspects (SoundOnSound, SonicState, etc.).

    1. I think the filter was simply picking out the harmonics. It wasn’t self-oscillating (which is how to test for aliasing).

    2. There’s no “stairstep aliasing” (what’s that even supposed to mean?). You may hear the resonant peak of the filter sweeping through the harmonics – a natural phenomenon for filters. BTW, the knobs have 12 bit resolution – more than most synths. Smooth as butter.

    3. Listen very carefully to the individual notes in the “stairstep alisasing”, and you’ll find that the higher the frequency, the less distance between consecutive notes. This is not the famous Stairstep Alias but the rather unknown Smith & Jones Alias.
      Other than that, read what Trottelheimer tries to tell you. Every regular analogue synth with a Peak/Resonance/Q knob in its filter will do this. It’s physics!

    1. In my experience few analog polys can behave the way a monosynth should. If you need a full fledged monosynth you should get a monosynth.

    2. This has very little in common with a Microbrute regarding its sound design capabilities… I am surprised the differences aren’t clearly obvious…

      1. I own an microbrute and I can tell that at the end, the Matrixbrute sound exactly the same as the microbrute…with more option. For 2000$, I can buy a way better synth.

        And let be honest, the synth look awful.

  4. This looks great and I’m hearing some really good demos now here and there. I’m not sure that I would put this above a Pro-2 in terms of either flexibility or tone, but it’s great to have options. We live in a great time for synthesizers.

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