Arturia has introduced the Arturia MicroFreak Vocoder Edition, an updated version of the MicroFreak that adds a vocoder and new synthesis capabilities.
In addition, they’re releasing a firmware update that brings the new capabilities to all MicroFreak synthesizers.
The MicroFreak Vocoder Edition is essentially the MicroFreak with new styling and a new Gooseneck electret microphone.
The vocoder features 16 frequency bands & 3 waveforms – sawtooth, pulse width and noise. The Timbre and Shape knobs adjust the response of the 16 frequency bands. You can use the removable mic or connect an external sound source via the headphone socket. The mic will be available separately for existing MicroFreak owners.
Here’s an in-depth look, via loopop, at both the MicroFreak Vocoder Edition and using the firmware with existing MicroFreak synths:
Here’s another look, via Oscillator Sink:
Pricing and Availability
The Arturia MicroFreak Vocoder Edition is available now with a street price of about $350 USD.