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Arturia MiniBrute

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An excellent first analog synth

By lcarre10, 05/10/2014
Only two octave keyboard synth touch, very flexible.
Connectors on the rear panel comprehensive USB for MIDI, midi in and out, switch to select to play with the keyboard or via the hold maintain or via audio, 1 audio input, 1 output mono, 1 headphone, 2 CV 4 CV and gate out in gate.
The utility can be downloaded via the site ARTURIA free and easily and it is relatively basic: choose the midi channel input and output, 3 type of response to the keyboard, the game mode ...
As for controllers on the front panel, I leave it to you to read their descriptions via prior reviews and testing synthwalker.
The MiniBrute a small monophonic analog without memory effect, but with a strong personality ...

UTILIZATION

The general configuration of MiniBrute is the highlight of small analog ARTURIA home. The pitches are very well thought out:
Far left top: the pitch bend wheel and the modulation and below the octave selectors. Then follow the VCO section, the VCF and VCA. All right, 3 knob, the dreaded brutalizer, the knob for the headphone volume and the overall volume. Below you have a knob for the tune. It is recommended to heat the MiniBrute few moments then adjust the tuning as our good old guitars ...
Below this first table, adjusting the modulation wheel, vibrato and aftertouch. Then a LFO part and a basic arpeggiator but can already have fun.
In short ergonomics is the highlight of the MiniBrute. Button = a function and everything is logical. Editing sounds is therefore very fast.
The manual, I have not opened yet ... it said.
The MiniBrute is also sold with sheets to record their favorite sounds but I think once mastered, everything is done in 30 seconds by my watch ...

SOUNDS

Sounds are obviously not realistic and the result of your imagination. The MiniBrute is great for FX, leads, evolving rhythmic patterns. I would say the bass is not as punchy as a moog.
It may be more than one type MS20 synth but again, the punch is not closer.
But beware, I do not go down the MiniBrute which has excellent sound with a very wide range of sounds from his silky tones to more undue via brutalizer or Metalizer. Both knobs are a great addition I find sibilance beautiful is obtained. The Ultrasaw is also beautiful.
honors also to comprehensive LFO that syncs to the arpeggiator. One begins to play the new Klaus Schulze ....

OVERALL OPINION

It's been two days since I possess. I wanted to add more color to my analog kronos.
The MiniBrute puzzled me a lot of time with his two octaves. And here I must say that it is always a downer for me. 3 would have been a minimum. Not easy to test riffs of my favorite songs on this keyboard without using more or less skillfully octave transpose buttons.
As against the MiniBrute opens the way to all the trials and there can applaud with both hands. This is a synth designed for this, we do not waste time with any menus, the result is obtained immediately. Sounds really stand out and have a real life side.
I just spent my afternoon to pass its signal to the internal effects of Kronos, and there is the big delusion.
I am very happy with this purchase. The MiniBrute is in my opinion a first entry into the world of analog with real personality, ease of use evident that allows all possible experiments. It is finally open to the outside synth: steering noon opening to digital or the modular world. The choice is in your court. Congratulations ARTURIA.
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The perfect first analog synthesizer

By doudouglas, 03/06/2014
Everything has been said in the test.

UTILIZATION

You plug it lighter and it works.
Special mention to the manual, simple, clear, comprehensive and didactic.
I never use cards included in the box to record the sound setting. With a little experience we find very quickly that you seek. The absence of memory and is preset to me a quality that requires the user to be creative at all times.

SOUNDS

The sounds they suit your style of music? This is my first MiniBrute analog synthesizer. From the classical guitar, I adapt sounds MiniBrute sounding guitar to create a happy marriage. With no other analog synthesizer, I have no material to compare. However, it is obvious that I will touch more now one VSTi: turn the knobs to find or discover a sound is so enjoyable, and grain of analog definitively buries any digital software.
Are they realistic? Given the nature of the machine, do not expect to get sounds imitating some realistic orchestral instruments. Even if we can roughly play the sound of a clarinet, it will be more the impression that a lot of Game Boy that of the Berlin Philharmonic. But the interest is not, in fact, the sound palette MiniBrute is matched the imagination of the man behind the instrument. It is quite amusing and instructive to try to imitate known sounds: wind, cow, cat, R2D2, a fly on the ground in agony after taking a pschit insecticide in the face ...
The effects are they effective and responsive? There are no embedded in the MiniBrute effect, personally I just glue it a slight reverb and that's enough.
The expression is good? The two knobs and aftertouch allow a beautiful expression, especially as they are configured. The keyboard is nice although there is two octaves.
What are the sounds you prefer, you hate? Very good for bass, leads, beeps, the party blower, the BRRrraaaowOOoaoowwaoWw ... This synthesizer can be a real monster if you push a little fader and knobs, especially the raw torque factor / filter. But it can also be very soft and this is what I enjoy most. Should not place undue reliance on demonstration videos that abound on the Internet; they do not reflect a comprehensive view of the instrument. Too often demonstrators push fader background of abuse and gross factor metalizer modulate excessive, then with a little finesse in the settings, the resulting sound becomes much more interesting and musical. In short, the MiniBrute can make music as noise.

OVERALL OPINION

How long have you use it? For six months. Daily.
What is the particular feature you like best and least?
The positives: the Steiner Parker filter characteristic, the gross factor, the mixer waveforms enhancers wave, the sub oscillator envelopes, many possible modulations, grain, general architecture, fact that there be no preset or memory and finally the price.
Cons: the arpeggiator that I never use (although it is fairly complete); I do not think I will use more of a sequencer (as available on the SE). All this is very personal. Control cutoff by aftertouch is probably improved. That's it for the negative.
Have you tried many other models before buying it? I knew that old school synth emulations performed by Arturia, and no, I never put fingers on a real analog synth.
How would you rate the quality / price? Unbeatable!
I want to note that I am unfortunately stumbled upon a faulty keyboard on my purchase in January 2014. After a few lines, a button off from the entire keyboard while remaining playable. This defect only affected one set of production and the problem is now set for the new units. But it allowed me to have to do the service of the company has been able to show fast and efficient.
With experience, you do again this choice? Yes, without hesitation.
Moreover, like that, by the way, if Arturia team we could lay a maxibrute, SuperBrute, mégabrute or gigabrute with why not: a désaccordable additional tilt, a ring modulator, a keyboard 3 (or 3.5) octaves, a modular part, especially not polyphonic or paraphonie thingy there, no! So, if something like that came out in the future, they could be safe and some to sell at least one.
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The perfect first analog synthesizer

By doudouglas, 03/06/2014
Everything has been said in the test.

USE

You use it, it is turned on and it works.
Special mention to the manual, both simple, clear, comprehensive and didactic.
I never use plugs included in the box to record the sound setting. With a little experience we find very quickly that we seek. The absence of memory and preset is in my opinion a quality that requires the user to be creative all the time.


SOUNDS

The sounds they agree your style of music? This is my first MiniBrute analog synthesizer. From the classical guitar, I adapt MiniBrute of sounds with guitar sounds to create a happy marriage. Having no other analog synthesizer, I have no material to compare. However it is clear that I no longer will touch one VSTi: turn the knobs to search or discover a sound is so enjoyable, and analog grain definitely bury any digital software.
Are they realistic? Given the nature of the machine, do not expect to get out of the sounds imitating certain instruments of the orchestra. Even if one can roughly imitate the sound of a clarinet, it will look more like a clarinet sound out of a Game Boy instead of the Berlin Philharmonic. But the interest is not there, in fact, the sound palette of MiniBrute only matched by the imagination of the man behind the instrument. It is quite fun and instructive to try to imitate sounds known: wind, cow, cat, R2D2, a fly on the floor dying after taking a pschit insecticide in the face ...
Are the effects effective and responsive? There are no built-in effect in the MiniBrute, personally I just sticks it a slight reverb and that's enough.
Expression is it good? The two dials and aftertouch allow nice expressiveness, especially since they are adjustable. The keyboard is nice although there is two octaves.
What are the sounds you prefer, you hate? Very good for bass, lead the beep, the squeaker, the BRRrraaaowOOoaoowwaoWw ... This synthesizer can be a monster if you push a little fader and knobs, especially the raw torque factor / filter. But it can also be very soft and this is what I enjoy most. It should not place undue reliance on demonstration videos that abound on the Internet; they do not reflect a comprehensive view of the instrument. Too often the demonstrators push the fader thoroughly, abusing the gross factor and Metalizer modulates excessive, while with a little finesse in the settings, the resulting sound becomes much more interesting and musical. Anyway, it depends what you trying to do too; In short, the MiniBrute can make music as noise.


NOTICE GLOBAL

How long have you use it? For six months. Daily.
What thing do you like most and least?
Positives: Steiner Parker filter characteristic, the gross factor, the mixer waveform, the enrichment of waves, the sub oscillator, envelopes, many possible modulations, grain, general architecture, fact that there is no preset or memory and finally the price.
The bad: the arpeggiator that I never use (although it is quite complete); I do not think I will use more of a sequencer (as available on SE). The cutoff control the aftertouch is probably improved. That's it for the negative.
Have you tried many other models before buying it? I knew that the old school synth emulations performed by Arturia, and no, I'd never put my finger on a real analog synth.
How would you rate the quality / price? Unbeatable!
I should note that I am unfortunately fell on a defective keyboard when my purchase in January 2014. After a few lines, a touch peeling of the entire keyboard but still playable. This defect only affected one set of production and the problem is now resolved. But it allowed me to have to do the service of the company has been able to show fast and efficient.
With experience, you do again this choice? Yes, without hesitation.
Besides, like this, by the way, if the team could lay Arturia us maxibrute, SuperBrute, mégabrute or gigabrute with why not: an additional tilt désaccordable a ring modulator, a keyboard 3 (or 3.5) octaves, a modular part, especially not polyphony or paraphonie thing here, no! So, if something like that out in the future, they could be sure, and some sell at least one.
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doudouglas's review

By doudouglas, 03/06/2014
Everything has been said in the test.

USE

You use it, it is turned on and it works.
Special mention to the manual, both simple, clear, comprehensive and didactic.
I never use plugs included in the box to record the sound setting. With a little experience we find very quickly that we seek. The absence of memory and preset is in my opinion a quality that requires the user to be creative all the time.


SOUNDS

The sounds they agree your style of music? This is my first MiniBrute analog synthesizer. From the classical guitar, I adapt MiniBrute of sounds with guitar sounds to create a happy marriage. Having no other analog synthesizer, I have no material to compare. However it is clear that I no longer will touch one VSTi: turn the knobs to search or discover a sound is so enjoyable, and analog grain definitely bury any digital software.
Are they realistic? Given the nature of the machine, do not expect to get out of the sounds imitating certain instruments of the orchestra. Even if one can roughly imitate the sound of a clarinet, it will look more like a clarinet sound out of a Game Boy instead of the Berlin Philharmonic. But the interest is not there, in fact, the sound palette of MiniBrute only matched by the imagination of the man behind the instrument. It is quite fun and instructive to try to imitate sounds known: wind, cow, cat, R2D2, a fly on the floor dying after taking a pschit insecticide in the face ...
Are the effects effective and responsive? There are no built-in effect in the MiniBrute, personally I just sticks it a slight reverb and that's enough.
Expression is it good? The two dials and aftertouch allow nice expressiveness, especially since they are adjustable. The keyboard is nice although there is two octaves.
What are the sounds you prefer, you hate? Very good for bass, lead the beep, the squeaker, the BRRrraaaowOOoaoowwaoWw ... This synthesizer can be a monster if you push a little fader and knobs, especially the raw torque factor / filter. But it can also be very soft and this is what I enjoy most. It should not place undue reliance on demonstration videos that abound on the Internet; they do not reflect a comprehensive view of the instrument. Too often the demonstrators push the fader thoroughly, abusing the gross factor and Metalizer modulates excessive, while with a little finesse in the settings, the resulting sound becomes much more interesting and musical. Anyway, it depends what you trying to do too; In short, the MiniBrute can make music as noise.


NOTICE GLOBAL

How long have you use it? For six months. Daily.
What thing do you like most and least?
Positives: Steiner Parker filter characteristic, the gross factor, the mixer waveform, the enrichment of waves, the sub oscillator, envelopes, many possible modulations, grain, general architecture, fact that there is no preset or memory and finally the price.
The bad: the arpeggiator that I never use (although it is quite complete); I do not think I will use more of a sequencer (as available on SE). The cutoff control the aftertouch is probably improved. That's it for the negative.
Have you tried many other models before buying it? I knew that the old school synth emulations performed by Arturia, and no, I'd never put my finger on a real analog synth.
How would you rate the quality / price? Unbeatable!
I should note that I am unfortunately fell on a defective keyboard when my purchase in January 2014. After a few lines, a touch peeling of the entire keyboard but still playable. This defect only affected one set of production and the problem is now resolved. But it allowed me to have to do the service of the company has been able to show fast and efficient.
With experience, you do again this choice? Yes, without hesitation.
Besides, like this, by the way, if the team could lay Arturia us maxibrute, SuperBrute, mégabrute or gigabrute with why not: an additional tilt désaccordable a ring modulator, a keyboard 3 (or 3.5) octaves, a modular part, especially not polyphony or paraphonie thing here, no! So, if something like that out in the future, they could be sure, and some sell at least one.
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Arturia MiniBrute tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Arturia
  • Model:MiniBrute
  • Series:MiniBrute
  • Category:Analog Synths
  • Added in our database on: 01/19/2012

Analog synth released in 2012, refreshed in 2019 with the Ultimate Patches release.

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