Hey what’s good fam!!
Back with another review for ya, finally got my hands on the MiniBrute from Arturia!
If you’re looking to get into analog synthesis, this is definitely something you may want to take a look at.
So what is the MiniBrute?
It’s a fully analog monophonic (one note at a time) synthesizer.
Many were caught off guard when Arturia introduced a fully analog synthesizer, but it’s proven to be the real deal.
It strays away from the herd in terms of filter choice as they implemented the Steiner-Parker filter.
Don’t know what that is? No worries, just know it has it’s own unique character.
This thing also has full MIDI support as well as CV (control voltage) for those using it with vintage or modular synth setups.
And yes, it also plays nice with digital setups via USB connectivity.
- main features: monophonic, 100% analog, Brute factor, Metalizer, Ultrasaw, arp, 2 LFOs, Oscillator mixer, 2 envelopes
- hardware: 25 keys, aluminum chassis, external audio input, CV in/out, MIDI in/out USB MIDI in/out 1/4″ output, headphone out
- price: $549 (499 euro)
- product page: http://www.arturia.com/evolution/en/products/minibrute/intro.html
How does it sound?
If you’re a fan of analog synths, you’ll love the sound. If you’re new to analog synths, you’ll love the sound. If you just like cool sounds….yep, you guessed it, you’ll love the sound!
This thing is analog through and through, nice fat deep bass tones as well as raw leads and fx. And though the hardware controls don’t make sounds themselves, I feel they really aid in the sound creation by being so easy and hands on.
Even if you’ve never used an analog synthesizer before, or even any hardware synth, you’ll be making sounds super quickly.
I really like the fact that you can mix the various waveforms as well as the special features such as the Ultrasaw for the saw wave, I think that’s something really cool for an analog synth that usually shows up in the digital realm.
Metalizer and Brute Factor both give you something really unique in terms of sound manipulation, which gives this synth it’s own character.
I also like how the oscillator mixer works in that when you push the faders way up, you get a nice distorted/saturated sound.
It’s this sound that I think many attribute to the MiniBrute, but I’ve found it can do some nice “calmer” synth sounds as well, it’s all in how you adjust the faders. I love how they put that control in the users hands and it’s up to you to find the sweet spot for your own tastes.
It doesn’t sound like every other analog synth on the market, new or old, and I think that’s cool as it allows the synth to find it’s place in a vintage or modern setup equally well.
So what’s the bottom line?
Interested in analog synthesis? Go pick this up!
Looking to grab your first hardware synthesizer? Again…consider picking this up!
Just looking for a way to add a new sound generation tool to your setup that allows for creativity without being super expensive? Go pick this up!
Seriously, I give the MiniBrute 5 out of 5 subs, I think Arturia really surprised a lot of people with this synth. It sounds great, looks great, feels like quality, and is super fun to play!
The ONLY thing I would like to see improved selfishly, would be for them to make another analog synthesizer that is polyphonic 🙂
Seriously, it’s really hard to find anything wrong with this instrument, and the price they are charging for it really allows everyone a chance at analog synthesis. And I’m super excited with the fact that it comes with a nice keyboard in this price range, which also response to aftertouch!
Look, I’ve gone through my share of hardware synthesizers, both analog and digital, and the MiniBrute holds it’s own rather well in terms of function, sound, and bang for your buck.
Go on and check it out: http://www.arturia.com/evolution/en/products/minibrute/intro.html
Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think!