Arturia MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer Reviews
Trusted musician and artist reviews for Arturia MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer
Based on 29 Reviews and 163 Ratings
A gem in the rough
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.
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.
Small but Mighty
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!
3.8 out of 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.
- 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
Good Place To Start
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.
Great little monster
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.
Great little synth for the price!
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...