Arturia PolyBrute v2.0 Adds New Effects, Synthesis & Performance Options

Arturia has released PolyBrute v2.0 firmware, a major update that adds new effects, user control of the synth’s accuracy, a Chord Mode and more.

The free update is the first major update to to Arturia’s flagship polyphonic synthesizer.

Here’s what’s new in PolyBrute V2.0:

  • New EQ & Ensemble Effects – Shape the final stage of your patch with one of 7 EQ shapes in a new 4th FX slot, and expand & enrich PolyBrute’s stereo field with a 3-delay Ensemble effect inspired by vintage studio gear.
  • Synth Accuracy – Inject further degrees of imperfection and randomness to parameters beyond pitch; adjust the accuracy of controls like OSC pulse width, filter settings, unquantized LFO rate and more for a humanized feel.
  • Chord Mode – PolyBrute now incorporates our instant-access Chord mode for playing chords with a single note on the keyboard. Simply hold ‘Polyphony’ and play up to 6 notes to set your chord voicing.
  • Duophonic Aftertouch – PolyBrute’s aftertouch expressivity can now be tailored to suit your performance style. Configure Aftertouch to only apply to the last note or group of notes you press, leaving previously held notes unchanged.
  • LFO 3 Curve Enhancements – Set PolyBrute’s third LFO curve to respond differently for further modulation control within your patch. Rise or fall, exponential or logarithmic, the shape of this LFO is entirely yours to mold.
  • Real-time Display Feedback – PolyBrute’s screen now displays parameter names and values in real-time, so you can focus better on your patch and stay on top of every little sonic tweak.

PolyBrute v2.0 is available now as a free download from the Arturia site.

14 thoughts on “Arturia PolyBrute v2.0 Adds New Effects, Synthesis & Performance Options

    1. Someone mentioned the keyboard is of toy-piano grade. Not surprise for me. Some time ago, Arturia’s support asked me to make a “picture of glitchy key” to approve warranty return. French-originating business cannot compete with advanced markets when using conservative european business practices. Never again for Arturia. I would rather buy the Uli’s knock off. At least he accepts returns with no questions asked!

      1. I guess it’s a scale problem. If you’re used to buy things on amazon or behringer, they don’t care about what reason you want to send back the item because they sell so many of them (and it also takes time that they don’t want to invest in it). For smaller companies it’s legitimate to ask for a reason why and a proof to deliver a brand new product or a full refund don’t you think ?

        1. As I commented below, even one-man businesses are not so “distrustful” to what customer is saying. I was so surprised to encounter that from Arturia. That whole attitude was that I was a lier. WTF I would waste my time if everything worked fine? I am sure, people who responded to were dumb as bag of rocks… I eventually returned that crap to guitar center where I got it from.

        1. We have small and micro companies here in USA/Canada and all of them are the same: clearly understand that unhappy customer would worth them 10 others. Never had such problems with local businesses. I asked my European friends about Arturia and they confirmed that it is not about company but about a general way how businesses operate there. Someone even told me that as soon you exited the store you were no longer able to return things ))) Which is not true as a generalization, I am sure. But something to think about.

          1. so a friend told you about europe. well, tell your friend, that return policies here are not as he described. in germany, you can return anything ordered online within 30 days. most retailers match this, even though they would not have to. of course, you can return anything not working properly within 6 months. and this is not brand warranty, this is german law. i had bad experiences with arturia too, years ago. but now, i am very happy with my drumbrute impact. good quality, good sound and good service.

            1. arturia is getting batter in this. they did that on the expense of their first hardware costumers but people have short memory so this “way” worked for them well.
              almost any keylab from the first generation had a problem with the keypad (among other issues) same with the original minibrute keys, the sticky knobs and faders and the first beatstep. the beatstep-pro was the first product who ramp up the reliability and felt better to use.

              they are very good in giving the costumer “what they want”. most of this products are the “dreams” of early 2000 musicians but they do it cheaply and not so good on the small details. aluminum midi keyboards, budget sequencers, synths with matrixes.
              the drive is “good for sells” so if you buy arturia don’t expect “quality”, it’s suppose to be “a good deal”, they will make it black when sells slow down because they know a new product sells the best on it’s early months.
              they seem to copy novation and native instruments business and they do understand it’s good for sales to support the product with new updates.

          2. Actually, you’re right to some extent. I’ve had a UK pro audio shop refuse a return the next day, on an unopened item. I just changed my mind, they said no. It’s within their legal rights, I respected their decision, but I was a bit surprised and disappointed. It was quite a long time ago, but I’ve not been back to that chain since. I would recommend to check the return policy before buying anything in person.

      2. I have a PolyBrute and the keyboard is not toy-piano grade. It’s perfectly fine and not different from other keyboards in the price range.

  1. The only criticism I have of the PolyBrute and the MatrixBrute is that their keybeds don’t feel great. To tell the truth, they feel about as good as a two or three hundred dollar midi controller. The aftertouch – once you select your desired curve – is good, but the keys don’t feel substantial. I encourage them to look at Fatar keybeds like what Sequential are now using in their synths, Moog, Kurzweil, etc. One example of an Arturia synth that felt GREAT was the Origin Keyboard. THAT was good.

    I’d describe their keybeds in general as rather light and flaky. Other examples of good keybeds are ASM, the higher end Novation and the high end NI Kontrol controllers. The Kronos and M3 (unweighted) are great too as are the old Motif ES and back.

    Their synths are SO good that they are worthy of a more substantial feeling keybed.

    1. the orgin was made in france and much higher in price. it was very buggy so i don’t know what is better.
      at least they do the software side of the new hardware better today.

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