Synth Design With Arturia

Ever wonder where your synths come from, what inspired them and what decisions shaped their features?

The latest episode of the Synth Design Podcast features Sébastien Rochard, Senior Product Manager at Arturia. discussing the origin of some of their most popular designs. Host Roey Tsemah talks with Rochard about the origin and development of gear like the Keystep, the MiniBrute 2 and the MicroFreak.

Episode Summary:

“Designing an open-ended instrument is a complex challenge. Open ended means flexible, and the more flexible an instrument is, the more complex it can become. It’s a designer’s role to strike the perfect balance. To deliver an inspiring instrument that allows creative expression, and at the same time make it easy enough to learn and memorize.

In this deep dive conversation Sébastien Rochard, senior product manager at Arturia, shares his design process. Analyzing various sketches and prototypes of the Microfreak and Minibrute II, and even revealing a cardboard prototype…”

4 thoughts on “Synth Design With Arturia

  1. I have had an Original Microfreak for some time now, since it was available. It’s open ended ability to have new oscillator types makes the whole system worth purchasing. I think Arturia is one of those synth manufacturers that provides products that continue to grow and are supported. Oh yes, I’ve been buying their products since they came out with their virtual laboratory….and the controller. Awesome gear that continues to give!! Hats off to Arturia! Oh, and every-time I need support, they give it and always follow up by asking if there is anything else I need. That’s support!

    1. Hey Enkerli. I’m not sure what constitutes a “pod” cast vs a video podcast vs a YT vid. It’s all merging together. I use a “clipgrab” type process to download media (sans commercials), convert it to mp3 and play it on any device without an internet connection.

      1. ‘Podcast’ used to mean that you can subscribe to a show ‘feed’ with your software and it would automatically download to your device. The ‘pod’ comes from the idea that you could automatically download and sync shows to your iPod, so your device would always have current content on it.

        The term has sort of been made obsolete by the fact that streaming is so ubiquitous.

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