In this Audient Producer Profile from [Audient's Official Blog](http://blog.audient.com/post/96087135159/audient-producer-profile-shook), Shook is asked: "Q: What’s your synth setup? A: I really love old synthesizers and new ones. For my album, I used a lot of [Prophet 08](http://equipboard.com/items/dave-smith-instruments-prophet-08-synthesizer), [Juno 60](http://equipboard.com/items/roland-juno-60-synthesizer), [DX7](http://equipboard.com/items/yamaha-dx7-synthesizer), Arturia Minibrute and some old string synthesizers like the Korg PE-1000."more
Honestly, I really dont like the build on this synth. I dont use it that much however I bring it to my friends a lot who jams guitar and Ill lay down some abstract bass lines haha.
While build quality can sometimes be hit and miss, my early issue MiniBrute has been going on strong and is great for complex basslines and leads. Occassionally I think about selling it, but after playing with the aftertouch, the enhanced ultrasaw and additional noise generator, I am reminded why I kept it. Only downside is the size - it's a bit large!
Very interesting little beast. Love to use it along with the Analog Rytm for a minimal techno jam. I think if you combined this along with the new Korg SQ-1 you could take that kind of jam into the club.
The owner of the Arturia Mini Brute is one of my bandmembers, but from time to time I'm allowed to use it in my set-up. I sai "allowed" on purpose, because we both enjoy it soo much to play with the Minibrute. In very short time you have created a very specific sound and you don't need to know much about oscillators and synthesizers in order to do so. Very great instrument!
My second analog synth. And it really is analog; so if you want to work with automation, forget it. Inspiring and solid piece of gear. Brings you an analog synth for a decent price. I just have to use it more often ;)
It is a monosynth, which has built-in tricks to make it sound like a fat multi-oscillator modular. The name "brute" comes from an option which returns the audio signal back to the synth, making it sound very rough and metallic, however if you do not set the waveforms higher than 50%, it can sound soft and beautiful. The variety of sounds is great. Minibrute is affordable yet not easy to use after all. It is very understimated, because many artists do not really understand the mechanics and push the knobs and sliders to the max most of the time. Moreover it can be officialy "hacked" and with one short line of hex you can switch from arpeggiator to sequencer, making the Minibrute a very powerfull tool.
As a beginner in synthesis, I found it very inviting, begging to be experimented with, played, and enjoyed. The frame, knobs, and switches of the keyboard feel solid, durable. The keybed and sliders, not so much. But as long as you're not thrashing, I imagine it all working forever!