That’s interesting. Arturia is a little reminiscent of Moog. That American company used to build a Minimoog (a loooong, loooong time ago). Since then – since 1970 – they’ve based most of their synthesizers on that Minimoog. Arturia’s veteran of today is the MiniBrute. For the last few years, everything has been BRUTE, it seems.
With one little difference. Arturia has a lot more spirit than its American competitor. The concept of the veteran (MiniBrute) has been – step by step – radically changed. The MatrixBrute, for example, doesn’t have that much in common with the MiniBrute. And the DrumBrute has been based on a completely new concept.
Here it is – the NEW Brute synthesizer. Matrix by name, matrix by nature. That namesake modulation matrix is at the heart of MatrixBrute, making the most of each ‘module’ through a matrix that offers thousands of potential modulation routings. Assign any of 16 modulation sources to any of 16 modulation destinations (in MOD mode) and set the amounts of each modulation routing using the dedicated data encoder.
Maybe it’s not good manners to so blatantly advertise a specific electronic music instrument, but in this case we have no other choice.
Arturia has reduced the cost of the MiniBrute by 150 Euros. That brutal little analog is now to be had officially for 399 Euros – whereby this offer will only last from May 4th to June 30th.
Last year, Arturia has succeeded in producing a complete, excellently sounding analog synth with step-sequencer and CV-panel – the MicroBrute! Now, there’s the limited MicroBrute SE Edition. For each style, its MicroBrute SE color! Discover the new re-editions: pure white, electric blue or pastel orange.
Chameleon-like in its many control options, BeatStep is designed to work with DAWs, loop triggering software, VST-instruments or effects, MIDI hardware, or even CV/Gate-equipped analogue instruments (like Arturia’s MiniBrute or MicroBrute synthesizer). Try triggering audio clips within powerful, flexible software environments such as Ableton Live or playing drum parts …
Picking up where we left off with the “Buchla” theme (Report Part 1), lets stay in the good old USA and dedicate a few moments to MOOG. The booth of the German distributor EMC is like a beehive and especially the new SUB 37 attracts people like magic. But all the other Phattys are there, too, and the Voyager and – you guessed it – the powerful Voyager XL.
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.
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.
Continuing Report Part 1 – now to Doepfer. The A-100 monster modular system was stuck in a back corner of the Alex4 stand. Just looking at a system like this is food for the eyes, of course. And discovering even most of its musical potential would take a life time.
iMini is a recreation of the classic 1971 Minimoog synthesizer, one of the most iconic synthesizers of all time. In turns the iPad into an ‘old skool’ analog bass monster, as Stefan Bodzin (DJ/producer, remixer) says.
- Realistic recreation of the classic Minimoog sound.
- Hundreds of sounds created by the top sound designers in the world.
- Preset compatibility with Arturia Mini V software.
- Core MIDI support
- Including MIDI controller mapping
- WIST sync with other iPAD/Iphone devices
- High quality sound based on our TAE analog modeling technology.
- Tabletop Ready iOS application for a complete electronic music studio.iMini requires at least an iPAD 2 and OS 6.0 or later.
Further information: http://www.arturia.com/evolution/en/products/iMini/intro.html