Arturia MicroBrute – first impression

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.



A quick MicroBrute overview:

+ Meaty, inspiring analog sound
+ VCO – mixable waveforms with extra modulation possibilities
+ VCF – multimode filter LP / BP / HP
+ VCF – filter-frequency-performance via modulation wheel
+ Sequencer: a great tool, easy to use, 8 memories
+ CV/gate panel, MIDI and USB

– Minikey keyboard
– “Hold” is only available via software (no dedicated button)




The Arturia MicroBrute rocks, it jams, it’s alive. An indepth review with comprehensive soundfiles will follow soon …

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