Arturia DrumBrute – modern 909 with polyrhythms?

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.


To tell the truth: DrumBrute is a small revolution. Pure analog sounds (17 instruments), a luxurious user panel, a vast number of functions, comprehensive connections … all that is really remarkable. You get more performance for your money (less than 500 Euros) than for any Roland TR-808 / 909, which costs 6 to 8 times as much. Well … whether the bassdrum “BUUUM” has the same effect – check it out for your self.

Recording patterns is easy …


… and the drum sounds can, of course, be adjusted on the run.


The rear panel leaves nothing to be desired …


… and enables a flexible interaction with various other settings in your studio.


The freeware MIDI CONTROL CENTRE (MCC) enables you to organize and program the DrumBrute in detail (polyrhythms and other extras possible).


Well-earned laurels in advance: we congratulate Arturia to the DrumBrute concept. It stands for an amazing price/performance ratio (just ignore that “Made in China” label). The DrumBrute should be available in November ’16 and we prophesy that it will find its way into many studios. In addition, it could give the market a jolt, positively influencing the price of those (way too expensive) classic Roland drum machines 808 and 909.


Arturia DrumBrute
Analog Drum Synthesizer

Price: 449 Euros

Website manufacturer:

Filed under 2016, General

“Es genügt, einen Ton schön zu spielen” sagte der Komponist Arvo Pärt im Jahre 2005. Diese Aussage ist ebenso einfach wie ich auch exzellent: Es braucht kein Meer an Tönen, denn entscheidend ist der Klang. Dass so mancher Vintage-Synthesizer der 70er und 80er Jahre teils unerreicht hochwertige Klänge liefert, steht außer Frage. Doch tatsächlich leben wir “heute” in einer nahezu perfekten Zeit. Einerseits hat man – mehr oder weniger – noch Zugriff auf die Vintage Analogen, andererseits wird auch bei Neugeräten die wichtige Komponente des hochwertigen Klanges wieder zunehmend berücksichtigt. Doepfer, Cwejman,, MacBeth, Moog, GRP, Studio Electronics, COTK, John Bowen und andere Hersteller bauen hervorragende Synthesizer, die den “Klassikern” in nichts nachstehen. All diesen (alten wie neuen) “großartigen” Instrumenten ist Great Synthesizers gewidmet. _________________________________________________________ In 2005 composer Arvo Pärt said: “Playing one tone really well is enough”. In other words, it is sufficient to play one tone 'beautifully'. I agree with that. All musical efforts are focused on the sound itself. Although I studied classical music (piano and drums), it’s the electronic sound that inspires me. Synthesizers are the epitome of new sounds and exciting tonal spheres. Today, many companies produce high-quality - excellent! - synthesizers: Doepfer, Cwejman, MacBeth, Moog, GRP,, COTK, Studio Electronics, John Bowen and others. It's their products I'm really interested in ... apart from Vintage Synthesizers, which I have been collecting for 20 years. Subsequent to our former websites Bluesynths and Blogasys, Peter Mahr and I have now created GreatSynthesizers. We hope you like it.