Arturia MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer
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.
- Massive Oscillator : Sawtooth, Pulse and Triangle waves with unique modifiers. Ultra Saw makes for huge sounds; Metalizer adds complex harmonics to the triangle wave. Sub Osc will rattle the house.
- Steiner-Parker Filter : Beefy filter with Low Pass, High Pass and Band Pass modes. Resonance can be pushed into self-oscillation.
- Modulation Matrix : Modulate the sound of the MicroBrute SE by connecting modulation sources and destinations. You can also use it to connect with external gear. With the MicroBrute SE's stackable patch cables, you get even more modulation possibilities!
- Sequencer : You get 8 sequences with up to 64 steps each to create multiple musical phrases.
- Superfast Envelope : ADSR envelope generator allows the sharpest attacks or extra-long release times.
- Syncable LFO : The LFO supplies three waveforms and can run in sync with the Sequencer.
- Fine Tuning : The MicroBrute SE uses 100% analog VCO's. Although ours are very stable, you may sometimes need to tune your instrument.
- CV/Gate in/out : Connect your MicroBrute SE with your vintage analog gear.
- Audio in/out : Process audio through MicroBrute SE; connect it to your favorite devices thanks to its audio input and output as well as MIDI input.
- USB Connection : Control MicroBrute SE from your DAW or use it as a master keyboard.
- Same oscillator design as MiniBrute
- Ultrasaw, Pulse width, Metalizer wave-shapers
- Steiner-Parker multimode filter: High Pass, Low Pass, Band Pass modes
- Brute factor
- Sync to external MIDI clock
- LFO with 3 waveforms: Saw, Tri, Square
- Step sequencer with 8 memory locations
- ADSR Envelope
- Audio input for external signal processing
- 25 minikey keyboard
- CV/Gate I/O
- MIDI input
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Based on 30 Reviews and 163 Ratings
a less metal synth
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.
A must have synth.
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!
Looks tiny... Sounds massive (Just like Arturia says!)
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!
Out of the box powerhouse of shimmering creative productivity.
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.
Chip off the old block
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.