Arturia MiniBrute

Arturia MiniBrute is a stand-alone compact 25-key keyboard analog synthesizer featuring pure analog signal on its VCO wave mixer and classic Steiner-Parker filter, while delivering unique features such as Metalizer, Ultrasaw, and Brute Factor. It has MIDI In/Out, USB MIDI In/Out, and 1/4" audio and headphone outputs.

Product Information

Arturia

 

FULL-BLAST ANALOG SYNTHESIZER

MiniBrute is a revolutionary new analog synthesizer from Arturia. Featuring a pure analog signal path and a host of unique features, it sets a new standard for what a hardware synthesizer should be.

Its 100% analog audio signal path features a VCO wave mixer, the classic Steiner-Parker multimode filter, as well as numerous analog innovations such as the Metalizer, Ultrasaw, and the Brute Factor™. Boasting a complete MIDI, CV and USB connectivity, MiniBrute is right at home with your computer or your vintage synths, making it the ideal companion to deliver a pure analog blast anywhere you go.

Features

  • Monophonic synthesizer
  • 100% Analog Audio Signal Path
  • Steiner-Parker Multimode Filter (LP, BP, HP and Notch)
  • Voltage Controlled Oscillator with Sub-Osc
  • Oscillator Mixer (Sub, Sawtooth, Square, Triangle, White Noise, Audio In)
  • LFO1 with 6 waveforms and bi-polar modulation destinations
  • LFO2 with 3 vibrato modes
  • Brute Factor™ delivering saturation and rich harmonics
  • Ultrasaw generating shimmering sawtooth waveforms
  • Metalizer bringing extreme triangle harmonics
  • Two ADSR Envelope Generators
  • 25 note Keyboard with Aftertouch
  • Rugged Aluminium Enclosure
  • External Analog Audio Input
  • CV In/Out controls: Pitch, Gate, Filter, Amp
  • MIDI In/Out with 5-Pin DIN connectors
  • USB MIDI In/Out
  • 1/4” Audio Output and 1/4” Headphone Output
  • Gate Source Selection: Audio Input, Hold, Keyboard
  • Arpeggiator:
    • 4 Modes of Arpeggiation
    • 4 Octave Range Control
    • 6 Time Divisions
    • Swing Control

A Full, Hands-On Arpeggiator

MiniBrute comes with a 25 note keyboard fitting the modern musician’s need of mobility. On the other hand, it offers a very nice arpeggiator that will allow you to create complex melodic patterns without needing to be a skilled keyboardist.

Minibrute’s arpeggiator boasts a full set of features, from octave range, to play mode, tap tempo, step size, not to forget the swing control to change your groove on the fly. In addition, the arpeggiator is fully synchronizable with the MIDI input and with the LFO1 (using the clock switch), enabling perfect timing during your performance.

  • 4 modes of arpeggiation
  • 4 octave range control
  • 6 step divisions
  • 6 Swing positions
  • Hold function

MiniBrute SE

FULL-BLAST ANALOG SYNTHESIZER

MiniBrute is a revolutionary analog synthesizer from Arturia that redefined the price/performance/sound ratio of modern synths. Updated with a new Step sequencer and stylish good looks, the MiniBrute SE is designed to perform.

Its 100% analog audio signal path features a VCO wave mixer, the classic Steiner-Parker multimode filter, as well as numerous analog innovations such as the Metalizer, Ultrasaw, and the Brute Factor™. Boasting a complete MIDI, CV and USB connectivity, MiniBrute is right at home with your computer or your vintage synths, making it the ideal companion to deliver a pure analog blast anywhere you go.

MAIN FEATURES:

  • Monophonic synthesizer
  • 100% Analog Audio Signal Path
  • Steiner-Parker Multimode Filter (LP, BP, HP and Notch)
  • Voltage Controlled Oscillator with Sub-Osc
  • Oscillator Mixer (Sub, Sawtooth, Square, Triangle, White Noise, Audio In)
  • LFO1 with 6 waveforms and bi-polar modulation destinations
  • LFO2 with 3 vibrato modes
  • Brute Factor™ delivering saturation and rich harmonics
  • Ultrasaw generating shimmering sawtooth waveforms
  • Metalizer bringing extreme triangle harmonics
  • Two ADSR Envelope Generators
  • 25 note Keyboard with Aftertouch
  • Brushed Aluminium Enclosure
  • Wood side panels
  • External Analog Audio Input
  • CV In/Out controls: Pitch, Gate, Filter, Amp
  • MIDI In/Out with 5-Pin DIN connectors
  • USB MIDI In/Out
  • 1/4” Audio Output and 1/4” Headphone Output
  • Gate Source Selection: Audio Input, Hold, Keyboard
  • Sequencer :
    • 6 Sequences with 64 steps each
    • 4 Swing settings
    • 4 Gate settings
    • 6 play modes

A Full, Hands-On Sequencer

The MiniBrute SE adds a powerful Step Sequencer that allows you quick and easy musical phrase creation. With 6 sequences that can contain up to 64 steps each, you can create a number of musical passages. This is not all however. The sequence goes well beyond a typical step sequencer in that it allow multiple play modes, real-time controls for swing and gate time and sequence playback modes.

The performance possibilities are endless.

  • 6 sequences with up to 64 steps each
  • 4 swing setting
  • 6 Playback modes
  • 4 Gate timings

100% Analog Power

Combining the renowned savoir-faire of ARTURIA for designing professional musical instruments, and the expertise of synth “guru” Yves Usson in crafting the finest analog modules, MiniBrute is a revolutionary analog synthesizer.

MiniBrute was built with a simple goal in mind: offer great analog sound, through a very easy to use interface, and without ever compromising on quality.

The result of fine R&D and skilled craftsmanship: a 100% Analog Audio signal path, delivering huge basslines, screaming leads, outstanding arpeggios and FX’s. Analog synthesizers of yesteryear are highly sought-after on the second hand market for their warmth, fatness, slight instability, and their unmistakable sonic character. Digital synths, for their part, offer more possibilities but tend to sound sometimes sterile and loose musicians in endless menus and boring sound digest concepts.

Today, MiniBrute comes as a bold statement, standing proudly among legendary analog machines like the Minimoog, Pro-One, SH-101, MS-20, and Odyssey. MiniBrute brings the finest analog sounds as heard on iconic electronic records, whilst imprinting its own unique features and strong attitude.

 

Hands-on Heaven

Forget about tiny LCD screens, forget about menus and sub-menus, forget about double functions and complex control. Minibrute brings back the fun and the immediate hands-on experience of synthesis.

You want to make it stronger? Grab the sub-osc slider and move it up. You want it brighter? Grab the filter cutoff knob and turn it up. You want your sound to grow fangs and snarl like a beast? Grab the Brute Factor™ knob and turn it up! It’s that easy.

 

Connect to the World

Thanks to its full MIDI/CV/USB connectivity, MiniBrute is designed to fit seamlessly in any modern or vintage studio.

  • MIDI In/Out : Sequence MiniBrute from your computer’s MIDI interface and DAW, or any other MIDI-Out enabled gear you have. Alternatively use MiniBrute as a master keyboard for your DAW or other MIDI-enabled equipment.
  • CV In/Out : Chain MiniBrute to your vintage synthesizer, or modular, to get a beefier sound. Expand, control and sequence MiniBrute from your vintage equipment. Use MiniBrute to control your vintage synths (It conforms to the classic 1 Volt per Octave scaling system). Use MiniBrute as a MIDI to CV converter.
  • USB In/Out: Sequence MiniBrute directly from your computer’s DAW without needing a MIDI interface. Use MiniBrute as a USB-MIDI controller, use MiniBrute as a USB MIDI to CV converter.
  • Audio In: Process any external sound through MiniBrute’s filter, VCA and Brute Factor™ circuit. MiniBrute can be used as an analog powerhouse for adding warmth, grit and filter effects to drums, guitars, vocals, and more. It will alternatively generate automatic basslines from percussive sounds by switching the Gate source selector to audio.

 

Your Sounds, Your Attitude

MiniBrute comes with no electronic presets. You build yourself every sound you hear. Believe us, this is fun, this is creative and this helps make better music (and honestly, this is not harder than browsing sub-menus).

Now of course you can still play sounds made by other programmers. And you can store your sounds. How is that ?

Arturia delivers preset sheets that fit on the surface of the MiniBrute. Following instructions set on the preset sheets, you get a preset sound in a minute. And if you want to store your sound, just take one of the blank sheets and write your marks.

 

Oscillator on Steroid

VCO

No DCO (Digitally Controlled Oscillator) is used in MiniBrute, only a pure VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) for absolute authenticity. MiniBrute’s VCO is classic in its sound and modern in its shape, allowing you to mix individually 4 different waveshapes, as well as white noise and external audio input. Add to that a sub-oscillator and several analog signal enhancers such as the Metalizer and the Ultrasaw, and you get custom shapes that currently no other analog hardware synthesizer can match.

Sub-Osc

Minibrute’s Sub Oscillator generates sine and square waves. It will allow you to rattle the house by descending as low as two octaves down.

Ultrasaw

The Ultrasaw brings shimmering sawtooth waveforms that will considerably enrich your tone. It basically builds two phase-shifted copies of the basic sawtooth signal. These copies have independent and ever-evolving phase shifts with respect to each other, and are eventually mixed with the sawtooth signal. This results in a lively, rich, and bright ensemble effect whose character depends on the modulation rates of the phase-shifted copies. This is the first time such a feature is offered in an analog keyboard format.

Metalizer

The Metalizer takes the basic triangular waveform and “warps/folds” it to create very complex jagged waveforms that are rich in high harmonics. This results in “metallic” pitched sounds that are ideal for harpsichord- and clavinet-type tones. Dynamic modulation (LFO or envelope) of the warp/folding parameters opens up a realm of “klangorous” sounds that will nicely cut through your mix.

 

Modulations Galore

Modulations are key to widen a synthesizer’s sound palette. Whereas too many synths offer limited possibilities and in the end very few different sounds, MiniBrute opens the door to a world of combinations that will allow you to create your unique and original sonic signature.

LFO1 waveforms include a collection of sine, triangle, sawtooth, square, random square and random sine. The moulation amounts are bipolar towards 4 destinations : PWM & Metalizer, Pitch, Filter, and Amplifier. This means you can really get creative and start, for example, modulating the Filter with a negative slope, while increasing the Pitch.

LFO range stretches from 0,1 Hz to 100 Hz allowing you to go anywhere from progressive evolutions to wild frequency modulation effects.

 

Steiner-Parker Filter

MiniBrute embeds the legendary Steiner-Parker multimode filter.

Introduced for the first time in the Synthacon synthesizer, back in the 70’s, this marvellous filter not only brings a Low pass mode like competitive designs, but also Band pass, High pass and Notch positions, making it a highly versatile and praised boutique filter.

The MiniBrute filter is based on the core of the legendary Steiner-Parker multimode filter and has been improved to deliver an even wider range of cutoff and resonance. Nyle Steiner himself has validated and approved these improvements.

Teamed up with the Minibrute multiwave oscillator, and the wide modulation capabilities, the Steiner-Parker filter brings an extreme versatile and agressive edge that will make your sound stand out.

 

Brute Factor

The Brute Factor™ was inspired by a patch made on a famous vintage synthesizer connecting the headphone output to the external audio input. The result is a kind of feedback loop that is ideal for raspy and grungy sounds. This patch has been adapted and implemented internally in the MiniBrute.

For low Brute Factor™ settings, the distortion is smooth and gentle but becomes harsher as you turn up the knob. When turned up above about 75% of the way, the MiniBrute can go berserk and produce barely controllable, crazy feedback sounds.

 

A Keyboard Tailored to Your Needs

MiniBrute features a quality keyboard including velocity, aftertouch and 25 semi-weighted keys for a fast and accurate performance. Aftertouch can be routed to the Cutoff or Vibrato amounts for maximum expression.

Specifications

  • Monophonic synthesizer
  • 100% Analog Audio Signal Path
  • Steiner-Parker 2 pole Multimode Filter (Low Pass, Band Pass, High Pass and Notch)
  • Voltage Controlled Oscillator with Sub-Osc (Square, Sine, -1 & -2 oct)
  • Oscillator Mixer (Sub, Sawtooth, Square, Triangle, White Noise, Audio In)
  • Signal Enhancers :
    • Pulse Width Modulation
    • Ultrasaw generating shimmering sawtooth waveforms
    • Metalizer bringing extreme triangle harmonics
  • Brute Factor™ delivering saturation and rich harmonics
  • LFO1 with 6 waveforms (Sine, Triangle, Sawtooth, Square, Random Square, Random Sine) and bi-polar modulation destinations (to PWM & Metalize, Pitch, Filter, Amplifier)
  • LFO1 clock syncable to Arpeggiator (Arpeg, or free).
  • LFO2 with selectable rate and 3 vibrato modes (trill up, trill down, sine)
  • Two ADSR Envelope Generators with selectable slow/fast speed (from 1 millisecond to more than 10 seconds)
  • Keyboard Tracking on the VCF Cutoff
  • 25 note semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch (assignable to Cutoff or Vibrato amount)
  • Mod Wheel (assignable to Cutoff, Vibrato, or LFO amount)
  • Pitch Wheel (with selectable bend range)
  • Octave selector from -2 to +2 octaves
  • External Analog Audio Input
  • CV In/Out controls: Pitch, Filter, Amp
  • MIDI In/Out with 5 pin DIN connectors
  • USB MIDI In/Out
  • CV Gate source selector (Audio/Hold/Keyboard)
  • 1/4” Audio Output and 1/4” Headphone Output
  • Tempo knob
  • Tap tempo
  • MIDI Sync
  • Rugged Aluminium enclosure
  • 12V DC 1A power

In the box

  • MiniBrute synthesizer
  • User manual
  • Preset sheets
  • Power supply

Size & Weight

  • Instrument size : 325 x 390 x70 mm (12.79 x 15.35 x 2.76 inch)
  • Instrument weight : 4 kg (8.8 lbs)

 

Arturia MiniBrute  $549 $399

Arturia MiniBrute  SE  $599 $449

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