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Arturia MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer

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Arturia MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer

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  • A tiny synth with a monstrous analog sound
  • Powerful output filter and tone-shaping controls
  • Built-in step sequencer
  • Integrate other synths and modules with the mod matrix
  • MIDI, USB and CV/GATE connectivity

  • 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.

    The VCO on the MicroBrute is unique in the synthesizer world. It features the ability to mix waveforms in variable amounts as opposed to simple ON/OFF switches that are found on many synths at four times the price. The sound possibilities don't stop there. Each waveform has wave modifiers that allow even further tonal variations. While many synths need two or three oscillators to get a somewhat big sound, the MicroBrute is able to achieve a much wider tonal range with its one oscillator.

    For the MicroBrute we redesigned our sub-oscillator from the ground up. The new OVERTONE sub allows for the typical -1 octave square wave that thickens up the bottom end but goes beyond this with the Overtone control. The Overtone control allows you to bring in more complex harmonics that when turned all the way up result in the oscillator changing pitch to a 5th above the root. This allows for some classic sounding leads and fatter basses. This control can even be modulated with the ENVELOPE or LFO via the mod matrix which creates some amazing new sounds never heard from a synth oscillator before.

    The Ultrasaw builds two phase-shifted copies of the basic sawtooth signal. This effect, when turned up, gives you a slight thickening of the sound as it duplicates the sound of two saw oscillators close to the same pitch. You can then use the MOD MATRIX to route the LFO to the SAW which will add a third saw sound and allow you to simulate a wider detuning effect. This one saw wave can now sound like a three-oscillator synth by itself.

    The Metalizer takes the basic triangular waveform and "warps/folds" it to create very complex jagged waveforms that are rich in high harmonics. This results in a hard sync sweep type of sound that is perfect for hardcore bass sounds or tearing leads. The ENVELOPE has a default routing to this parameter via the MOD MATRIX. Just turn up the ENVELOPE amount control, adjust your envelope to an interesting setting and you will hear the effect take hold.

    The MicroBrute comes with a full-featured LFO and a standard ADSR type envelope. The routing of these modulation sources are configured in the MOD MATRIX. No other synth in this price range allows for this kind of flexibility.

    The MOD MATRIX allows you to control many aspects of the voice for different internal sources as well as opening the door to controlling them by external synths and modules. The MOD MATRIX has two default routings: ENV > METALIZER and LFO > PITCH. This allows you the typical LFO/MODWHEEL vibrato control as well as having the envelope add modulation to the Metalizer.

    Note that the ENV is always routed to the filter and there is a separate ENV AMOUNT control in the filter itself. This default routing can be overridden by simply inserting one of the patch cords into either the mod output or input jacks. You can then patch in your own routings. The mod wheel allows for manual control of either the filter cutoff or the LFO amount. This allows you to play the modulation in real time, adding character and interest to your musical passage.

    A standard ADSR (Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release) envelope can be used for controlling the filter cutoff and the amplitude directly. You can then patch the output via the mod matrix and use the AMOUNT control to affect the pitch, Metalizer, pulse width or any other control destination in the MOD MATRIX.
    Monophonic synthesizer
    100% Analog audio signal path
    Steiner-Parker 2-pole multimode filter (Low Pass, Band Pass, High Pass)
    Analog Voltage Controlled Oscillator
    Oscillator Mixer (Overtone, Sawtooth, Square, Triangle, audio in [on rear panel])
    'Overtone' sub oscillator/5th generator
    Signal enhancers: Pulse Width Modulation, Ultrasaw generates fat sawtooth waveforms, Metalizer brings in extreme harmonics
    Brute Factor delivers saturation and rich harmonics
    LFO with 3 waveforms (sine, sawtooth, square)
    LFO can freerun or sync to arpeggiator
    ADSR envelope generator
    Keyboard tracking of the VCF cutoff
    25-note mini-key keyboard
    Mod wheel (assignable to cutoff or LFO amount)
    Pitch wheel (bend range selectable via software)
    Octave selector from -2 to +2 octaves
    External analog audio input
    CV In jacks: Pitch, Filter, sub-harmonics, pulse width, Metalizer, saw animator
    CV Out jacks: pitch, envelope, LFO
    MIDI In with 5 pin DIN connector
    USB MIDI In/Out
    1/4" audio output and 1/8" headphone output
    Full-functioned step sequencer: 8 memories, up to 64 steps per memory, tap tempo, rate control, step divisions (via software), and trigger modes (via software)
    MIDI sync
    Steel bottom panel
    12V DC 1A power supply

    Box contents:
    MicroBrute synthesizer
    User manual
    Preset sheets
    Power supply
    2 mini-jack patch cords

    Instrument size : 12.8 x 8.7 x 2.36 inches (325 x 221 x 60mm)
    Instrument weight : 3.86 lbs. (1.750 Kg)