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Microbrute

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Call number: Music Tools

Contents

  • Microbrute
  • 12V DC 1A -C+ power supply cord
  • 12V DC 1A -C+ power supply adapter
  • Two 1/8" TS mono patch cables

How To Use

The Microbrute requires use of your own 1/8" headhpones or an amplifier. Make these connections with everything powered off, then power on the Microbrute and the amplifier if you are using one. As with all analog synthesizers it is best to allow the Microbrute to warm up for 5 to 10 minutes before you begin playing.

Overview

The MicroBrute is new but carries the award-winning heritage of its big brother, the MiniBrute.

The MicroBrute was designed to be small but still retain an amazing sound quality. With a 100% pure analog voice path and advanced interconnectablity via MIDI, USB, CV/GATE, this machine is a true powerhouse synthesizer that takes your sound to a new level.

A synthesizer is a musical instrument that is meant to be played. However, playing a synthesizer is more than just playing some notes on a keyboard and recalling someone else’s presets. If that was the goal you could be looking at accordions or going to a department store to buy your keyboard (along with socks, milk and toilet paper)…but you aren’t because you are more creative than that.

No presets, no menus, nothing to get between you and the ability to sculpt your sound live. Not only does MicroBrute give you the means to create, perform and be completely original every time you power up, it does so with astounding sound quality.

  • Monophonic synthesizer
  • 100% Analog Audio Signal Path
  • Steiner-Parker Multimode Filter (LP, BP, HP)
  • Voltage Controlled Oscillator with new Overtone Sub-Osc
  • Oscillator Mixer (Sub, Sawtooth, Square, Triangle)
  • LFO with 3 waveforms and destination attenuator
  • Brute Factor™ delivering saturation and rich harmonics
  • Ultrasaw generating shimmering sawtooth waveforms
  • Metalizer bringing extreme triangle harmonics
  • Fast Envelope Generator
  • 25 note mini Keyboard
  • External Analog Audio Input (level pot on rear)
  • CV Inputs: Pitch, Filter, Sub-mod, Pulse, Saw animator, metalizer, gate in.
  • CV outputs: Pitch, Gate, Env, LFO
  • MIDI Inwith 5-Pin DIN connector
  • USB MIDI In/Out
  • 1/4” Audio Output and 1/8” Headphone Output
  • Free Editor Software
  • Step Sequencer :
    • 8 sequences stored on power down
    • Rate control
    • Sync to MIDI clock
    • Multiple modes (via software editor)
  • Tap tempo/rest insert

Product description from Arturia

Documentation

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Community Reviews

Awesome

I loved playing with this synth. Super easy to get deep fat bass out of. The patching is also really cool as well. I plan on buying this sometime after using it.

This thing is awesome

I stumbled upon this during a random stop at the main library and brought it home. I was always that guy "the browser" at the music/piano/electronics store who would annoy the sales staff by hammering on the synthesizers, not knowing what he was doing but liking the sound. So of course I picked it up. After a few minutes of playing around I initially wasn't that impressed, but I didn't give up. I went on youtube, looked at a few longish reviews and was quickly amazed at the variety of sounds some people were able to squeeze out. After having learned a bit more from the reviews on what all the little knobs and patches did (dangerous knowledge since I have always had a soft spot for electronic sound + I have an addictive streak...) I was able to control the sound generation, get the sounds and presets the way I like and was making unique, delicious, rich, and flat out amazing sounds. The filter seems to be the main key - having a truly analog filter that is allowed to feedback 'naturally' is what makes the notes stand out from the ordinary stuff you can get out of a software synth (that dangerous knowledge I mentioned... leaking into more free time spent on sounds...). Though I didn't get to it, you can also plug this thing into some other sound generator (guitar, piano, microphone, electric oboe....) and use the filter and some of the other goodies to distort/filter how you like! My only regret was that this (initially) a little daunting, educational (learn more than the average initiate should know about generating sound) little beastie and me had to part ways...
In short - If you are somewhat interested in music, or sound synthesis, and want something to immediately dive into sound generation with, this thing is a great path to the rabbit hole.

I highly recommend.

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