MicroBrute is a pure analog sonic powerhouse of a synth. Small in size but loaded with features.
Packed with mixable waveforms, a new sub-oscillator design, the famous Steiner-Parker multimode filter, a super-fast envelope, a syncable LFO, our ...
In this video, Anthony Gonzalez from M83 can be seen jamming with the MicroBrute/MiniBrute in his Hollywood studio. From Arturia's website, Anthony Gonzalez says: > "It is actually the best thing on earth for travelers. I spend a lot of time on the road and being able to record anytime with a beautiful sounding analogue synth is just priceless"more
MicroBrute is a pure analog sonic powerhouse of a synth. Small in size but loaded with features.
Packed with mixable waveforms, a new sub-oscillator design, the famous Steiner-Parker multimode filter, a super-fast envelope, a syncable LFO, our new step sequencer and a patchable mod matrix, the MicroBrute is a landmark new synth at an incredible price.
The MicroBrute was designed to be small but still retain an amazing sound quality. With a 100% pure analog voice path and advanced interconnectability via MIDI, USB, CV/ GATE, this machine is a true powerhouse synthesizer that takes your sound to a new level.
If you’re new to synths, you’re looking at one of the easiest to use and most unique-sounding synthesizers we think money can buy. And if you’re a synth veteran, we think it won’t have escaped your attention that MicroBrute is also a seriously capable semi-modular sequence-able beast. Wait till you hear how it sounds.
No presets, no menus, nothing to get between you and the ability to sculpt your sound live. Not only does MicroBrute give you the means to create, perform and be completely original every time you power up, it does it with astounding sound quality.
Process audio. Sequence analog gear. Give your modular a new LFO and Envelope Generator. Hook up to your DAW and make whole tracks. Hook up to your Drumtracks, open your door, and play a whole gig.
Tiny in size, tiny in price, huge in sound, and vast in potential. We’ve had so much fun with MicroBrute: Now it’s your turn.
However, playing a synthesizer is more than just playing some notes on a keyboard and recalling someone else’s presets. If that was the goal you could be looking at accordions or going to a department store to buy your keyboard (along with socks, milk and toilet paper)…but you aren’t, because you’re more creative than that.
It is not the pinnacle of the good built quality. Crappy keys, plastic housing... It's not built to last in my opinion. Having said that, the sound and features are awesome! Interesting oscillator concept, where you can mix different shapes, makes a feeling like you had multiple oscillators. Very nice filter and pretty cool little modulation patch matrix. For this price it is a MUST BUY!
To start off I just want to address the build quality of this little guy. I see a lot of reviews on Arturia products (Not as much the MicroBrute... more so on their controllers) that complain about the build quality. People rant over missing or broken keys, bum knobs and faders, etc. When I got the MicroBrute, this thing was in pristine condition as one would expect a brand new synth to be out of the box. This is the only Arturia product I own, but if you are concerned about the build quality of this thing... Don't be. It is really sturdy and solid.
Now on to the good stuff! It only has one oscillator, but Arturia gave you a sub-oscillator which can be tuned to either a fifth above or an octave below (You can actually mix between these two to get both of them!). With this feature, I have been able to get some really gnarly fat bass patches. The whole interface of the synth is really simple too. Because of that, it could be a great choice if you are an "analog virgin." It also works great even if you are an analog wizard! The whole "Mod Matrix" thing is so sick too! It adds so much versatility to the synth and gives it an almost modular feel... If you want to feel really cool and play with patch cables a ton like you would on a modular or Korg MS-20 type synth, then this is definitely the synth for you. And speaking of modulars... The MicroBrute also has some CV jacks to connect it to your modular gear! MORE VERSATILITY!!!
The MicroBrute also includes a MIDI In jack in case you just want to lay out some flaming lead lines. It also has a 1/4" input. Through this you could send another synth, a guitar, bass, or anything with a 1/4" cable i guess... haha! This allows you to affect that signal with the filter on the MicroBrute (Which is really nice by the way... HP, LP, and BP filters... they all sound sick).
This thing is super sick. Don't let the size fool you. Arturia has this sort of modo for this little guy... it is "Looks tiny... Sounds massive." I think that describes it perfectly!
Sturdy, intuitive, massively aggressive, this MicroBrute is a perfect companion to the MicroKorg.
Being two very different animals, the Microbrute's sequencer and MicroKorg arpeggiator blend for an explosion of sounds that will make people think you spent $3,0000 instead of just $700 on your primary synth gear.
This Microbrute can grind out some heavy tones and analog thunderings, especially when you configure the Mod Matrix patch board, crank up the metalizer, mess with cutoff and resonance, mix in some brute force, and let them oscillators and filters roar.
Don't be fooled by the diminutive size! This kid brother to the MiniBrute packs an awful lot into a small space and like its older brother does basses and leads justice. The little patch bay that the Minibrute doesn't have makes this great for playing with other modular gear and the 32 step sequencer is a welcome feature too.
It sounds a lot better than the Microbrute. That nasal, metallic harshness of its big brother is gone, and I do find that I genuinely like the sonic character of the Microbrute. That being said, there are still a few aspects that I find inexcusable. For one, I really cannot stand the feel of the minikeys in this one. Korg does it a bit better with the "slim keys" of the Minilogue and Monologue, because they're at least as long as keys should be, only a bit thinner than usual. These here on the Microbrute are so tiny that I can barely lay a finger on one without bumping another without meaning to. That is a recipe for failure in my book, and coupled with the LFO's weird rate-jumping (sounds like some digital tempo syncing to my ears, but it's not always wanted), and that kind of not-quite-right resonance in the Steiner Parker filter made me want to sell this and keep shopping.
3.8/5 nice synth, but it feels a bit punchy and warm. sometimes you need the cold ambient things, and the fuzzy knobs don't help. pros cons neutrals: - sequencer is great and can go at very fast hasticities - patch matrix - good waveforms and they use knobs which is nice - small detail, but the filter has an env mod knob, which reserves space for 3 potential sends (vol, filt, misc) - feels great, steel cold and everything but the keys is fuzzy and inviting (strange wording). |- brute factor is an alright dist but it won't do in ruby my dear hardcore style acid /- MUSH KEYS /- fuzzy knobs too oblique hard for me to get just the right electrics out of it. but plucky sounds are fun
This thing is a little screamer. You can get really good sounds if you run the waveform volumes below 50%. If you run them higher you get nice and dirty sounds. I actually have this as a desktop module.
I could still say I know nothing about Keys- compared to most. However, now- the MICROBRUTE is an integral part of my music, performances, recordings and LIFE.
Bought this as my first piece of outboard gear. Following my slight change in sound I wanted to experiment with analogue sounds, and for bass and lead sounds this is a great little synth. Very generously priced too.
This is a great little product from the masters, Arturia. It's size and weight don't do justice to some of the sonic possibilities this tool can bring as part of your production setup. Although there aren't too many elements to this machine, it does have some nice effects through the use of hard-wiring it's LFO through an analog patching section, providing some delightful ways to add energy to your production.
Tiny, versatile analog semi modular monosynth with some interesting wave shaping options, interfaces well with Eurorack modular, and I love the sub-oscillator. Steiner-Parker filter sounds great. I also like the instrument input.
It’s kind of limited, but great for what it is.
Haven't used it much in actual songs, yet, but I just love the hands-on experience you have. I use to play around with those knobs and discover knew sounds for hours if I have the time to do so
It's small, costs relatively little, and offers great fun twisting knobs and making sounds.
Obviously it comes with some limitations: no noise generator (but audio in can be used for that), so percussive sounds are a little tricky to make; and no preset memory. Some people will not like the small keys, but personally I have no problem with them.
The sounds are great, and the CV mod matrix possibilities can be a tempting intro into modular synths...
I got this one birthday as a gift from my in laws since i'm sure they had heard me ragging on about needing a new synth. Because of this keyboard and the Drumbrute I now swear by Arturia and their outputs.
It's small and durable enough to ride in a backpack. It sounds great and one ups the Minibrute on the inclusion of the modular section and step sequencer. I have both the Micro and Mini, but will reach for the Micro first, 4 out of 5 times.
This cat is awesome for sound design and bass tones creating. Has a powerful and easy-to-use sequencer and a gorgeous filter (including a Brute feature which actually feedbacks the filter section output, adding more VIOLENCE to your sound). additive synthesis is a bit unpredictible, but this makes the gear even more fun. I love how this guy sounds with a good stereo reverb, becomes instanly alive and even more masssive. Perfect for instant sound geeking!