Review: Arturia MicroBrute Brings Analog Punch in a Portable Package

We could simply tell you Arturia's MicroBrute is a monophonic hardware synth with analog audio signal path, CV In/Out & impressive sonic ability. But that doesn't come close to describing its beauty.  

Arturia has built their reputation on fantastic digital emulations of classic analog synthesizers. As their controller and other hardware output grew in recent times, it came as no surprise when they eventually stepped into the burgeoning analog synth market with the MiniBrute. Employing the talents of famed French analog circuit-maker Yves Usson, they designed an affordable yet high-quality analog synth with a wealth of hands-on controls. Building on the MiniBrute's resounding success, they opted to package a similarly-focused yet tactile monophonic analog synth in a smaller portable size for traveling live acts and producers'"while at the same time opening it up with CV inputs and outputs for seamless integration with modular analog systems. The result is the MicroBrute.


Under the Microscope

Officially, Arturia recommends a 5-10 minute warm-up period for the three analog oscillators to get in tune, but that didn't stop me from tweaking it right away. There's no preset banks in this bad boy, so dialing in your sounds is a physical process'"same as it would be on any classic synth from the era that inspired it. As such, it's a great synthesizer for someone learning basic synthesis, and while it'll be easy to use for any experienced synth practitioner, that isn't to say it isn't full of options to keep even the most savvy gearhead engaged.

"It's full of options to keep even the most savvy gearhead engaged."

Four Waves

At the MicroBrute's heart, we have four core oscillators to build our sounds. The first is a fat sawtooth oscillator, accompanied by an 'Ultrawave'

Noah Pred is a Canadian record producer, sound designer, technologist, DJ, and Ableton Certified Trainer living in Berlin, Germany. Releasing dozens of records and touring extensively since the '90s, he currently teaches a wide variety of techniques for stage and studio at the BIMM Institute. For more information, please visit: http://... Read More


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