Surprise! After the success of the MiniBrute synthesizer, Arturia has delved further into the microcosmos. We all expected a real “Brute” synthesizer, a full-blown version of the “mini” with 4 octaves, 4-voice polyphony, memory and some extra controls (such as a ribbon controller). But we had it all wrong – Arturia has released the MicroBrute.
What have we got here? A synthesizer? An electro-acoustic instrument? It’s hard to figure out what the IMPOSSIBLE BOX really is. But then, who cares! It sounds really good. The following Youtube video demonstrates the use and sound of the IMPOSSIBLE BOX. Acoustic images of the early days of electronic music (tape music) come to mind …
If a “Mini” model is followed by an even smaller “Micro” model, expectations might be very low. You could easily overlook the new Arturia synthesizer, but … boy, that would be a mistake! This instrument does not only sound fantastic, it also has a very clever concept. More than that, it is – thanks to the new performance opportunities – even more attractive than the original MiniBrute.
You don’t see an ARP Odyssey like this one every day. It’s now white, but in reality it’s a black/gold MKII version, upgraded with Lumina LED fader. Its owner is none other than the famous Tom Carpenter, synth collector and owner of Analogue Solutions.
The instrument not only sports a new colour, it also has (if you look carefully) a huge ARP Logo right across the front panel. Gorgeous.
Ernie Rideout, former editor in chief of Keyboard magazine, got to spend a lot of quality time with many of the greatest synth players, synth designers, and synthesizers of all time. He collected 20 interviews from the Keyboard archives, all summarized in this book.
Keyboard Presents Synth Gods spotlights leading visionaries who changed the course of music history and who have one sure thing in common: they’d hardly ever use a preset sound (as Ernie Rideout notes).
Keyboard Presents Synth Gods
2011, New Bay Media LLC
Order at: www.amazon.com – Synth Gods
or at your local book store via ISBN: 978-0-87930-999-2
The new MicroBrute – little brother of the successful MiniBrute and shown for the first time at the Frankfurt Musikmesse (backstage!) – finally arrived. It costs a mere 299 Euros. A bargain considering what you get: a massive analog sound machine (with Steiner-Parker filter), a small (but useful!) CV-panel, a sequencer (!) plus MIDI and USB.
Munich in July 2013. Gorgeous sunshine, a picture-book sky, a perfect day to be doing things outside. Despite swimming weather, 50 enthusiastic modular freaks have made a pilgrimage to Dieter Doepfer’s A-100 workshop. 3 hours of fascinating insights into the modular world. We asked Dieter Doepfer – not only highly qualified, but also an entertaining speaker – to give us an interview.
Well, this instrument is a Microkorg, we all know that. But Bobby from Ireland – admirer of the legendary Wasp – gave the synth a special design. This “Microwasp” Synthesizer / Vocoder looks very cool … would be great if it would sound like a Wasp, too!
Further remarkable synth designs can be found at
This is in many ways a special sound tool. First of all, it’s from Akai. Not that the company would not have been able to build analog synthesizers. But in 1986 – with the release of the VX-600 – Akai was primarily known for good tape machines, the brand-new S-900 sampler and other, primarily recording studio equipment (but not for synthesizers).