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Arturia MiniBrute

MiniBrute, Analog Synth from Arturia in the MiniBrute series.

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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 20 reviews )
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Audience: Beginners Value For Money : Excellent
mrjason10/31/2012

mrjason's review"full analog"

Arturia MiniBrute
The MiniBrute is a 25 key analog synthesizer that has a 3 waveform oscillator and a noise generator. The keys are pretty good for it to just be a 25 key synth. They have nice expressiveness and after touch. The MiniBrute does have pitch and modulation wheels plus two oscillator types, Ultrasaw and Metalizer. The Vibrato LFO does have 3 modes, sine, trill down and trill up. The MiniBrute is made for the portable musician. It is well built and has a solid structure, you could probably run a car over it and it would still be intact.

UTILIZATION

Setting it up is simple, but understand it will take some effort. There are a lot of knobs and sliders on it. you will need to read through the manual to understand what these knobs and sliders do. Most of them are labeled but if you don’t have a general knowledge of working with a full analog synth then it could give you a headache trying to figure it out. Take the time to read through the manual and do some research on working with a analog synth before you purchase the MiniBrute.

SOUNDS

The MiniBrute is very affordable and portable. If you are looking for a analog synth to get your feet wet with than the MiniBrute is perfect for you. It has 2 audio outputs and a built in arpeggiator. The thing is, there are no presets on this synth as with most full analog synths.

OVERALL OPINION

So every single sound that it makes you will have to create. That could push some of the beginners away , but if you are a seasoned producer and understand working with analog synths this is a must have for your collection. The distortion on the MiniBrute is pretty good, it is called the Brute Factor. You will not be unhappy if you purchase this, it will remain a part of your gear for a long time.
doudouglas06/03/2014

doudouglas's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The perfect first analog synthesizer"

Arturia MiniBrute
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.
doudouglas06/03/2014

doudouglas's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The perfect first analog synthesizer"

Arturia MiniBrute
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.
doudouglas06/03/2014

doudouglas's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Arturia MiniBrute
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.
Tom9753103/17/2014

Tom97531's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" But good"

Arturia MiniBrute
See the previous reviews and the internet!

The features that I like:
- Noon via USB.
- Audio-in.
- The synced LFO clock pm (via arpégateur).
- Aftertouch

UTILIZATION

It is an analog synth with all its buttons, as is often said, a Function button.
This is partly true, because there are certain parameters that must be configured by software, but this is the kind of parameters that rule once (Velocity curve, midi channel ...). Personally, I used the software once, to see what it was, I did nothing to change the configuration.

SOUNDS

So yes in MiniBrute, he brute there, but not that ...
Let me explain, it's easy to get big sound gross turning all the knobs to 11, but it is capable of much more than that.
Already just do not push the faders of the mixer wave background made much change response of the filter.
I love it for bass and leads. I experimented a bit FX, but as I put very little in the music I make, I can not really judge. As is with monophonic, we forget the pads and strings. But as the beast has an audio input, you can always route a software synthesizer (or hardware) that plays chords and let him enjoy the MiniBrute filter!
About the filter is not moog or the korg is what really gives its particularity. It may look like a SH101 in terms of sound architecture, but the sound is very different. This is simply because the element that will most define the sound of a synth is its filter (for subtractive synthesis course).

OVERALL OPINION

It will now make a little more than 6 months that I have, and really, I'm tired. It has been some time overshadowed by a Volca Bass in my set-up. Inevitably, it is always the last in which to receive more attention :) But in terms of synthesis is totally different, more versatile.
I strongly advice to anyone wishing to learn synthesis, and also to all the world for sonnorité of the beast.
A little trick that I like, and I just started to really use is the audio input. Lately I'm having to send a software synth audio-in and I triturated with its filter and LFO MiniBrute (synchronized with the clock pm), a bit of a gross factor to heat or add fat and sends it! Razor Native Intruments has never been so hot :)
ink09/06/2013

ink's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Brutalize it!"

Arturia MiniBrute
CF other notices / manual.

UTILIZATION

Intutif very pleasant to program, because all the controls are on the front panel to reach. You can play with one hand by changing are aWith the other hand (or modulate both hands if the MIDI synth is controlled)
It's really good to play the MiniBrute.
on the other hand, there is no memory, so it should be noted if the settings have wants to find.
The manual is very clear to anyone who has ever had a synth analogioque hands.

SOUNDS

Great sound (s!) for electro, rock, funk, rap, reggae, dub ... Lets soft sounds and vintage, are the aggressive and modern ...
I use it mostly for reggae dub bass lines so 80's King Jammy's, Doughie Wardrop ... and for FXs and analog percussion. The filter, the noise and the "gross factor" (saturation feedback sound in the filter) are really cool about it.
The 12dB HP / LP / BP / notch filter is "grainy" it has character! (You can also have smooth sounds, you worry!)

OVERALL OPINION

Very good purchase for a first analog if you start (compare his sound and a moog filter, a DSI, MFB Vermona ... or else to be on the sound you want!).
Perfect complement other analog or softwares (incomparable!), I put a 9/10 for build quality, which is a cheap Studio Electronics or a Moog for example.
Good value for money! go!
Xiuhtecuhtli07/25/2013

Xiuhtecuhtli's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" analog quite complete, affordable, tough"

Arturia MiniBrute
type 25 keys keyboard synth so plastic velocity not terrible

Many sounds can be a bit of everything I used for one-shots in ppppssssyy-trance mode, fxs, leads, wicked sounds GGGrrrrRRR! :)

for controls, see the specs it's too boring to write

the many and varied connectors are significant, noon-fiage is great for those who, like me, many digital bossent with a DAW and plugs

only regret monophonic so no pads, only "simple" sounds

+ other: French, supporting the top, accessible and vast sonic palette, no memory (= more creativity, surprises, develops a taste for sound design and an aversion to the systematic use of presets in plugins )

it's my first analog and here gives me honestly want to make me a set of analog compact (korg ms 20 mini moog Minitaur, Arturia and analog polyphonic (hear my prièreee :)


oh yeah and utility software is simple and effective, what more? .... polyphonic arturia not too big


Arturia support! Daily Motion and the way haha

UTILIZATION

simple, perfect

SOUNDS

I like everything, it is very versatile

realistic? uhhh this is a synth which

OVERALL OPINION

used for 1 year

I love everything
pico05/30/2013

pico's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Is not so gross that"

Arturia MiniBrute
Monophonic analog synthesizer with only one oscillator, non-dynamic keyboard (except as midi controller) with aftertouch, 1 LFO, arpeggiator 1, no memory and that's it.

UTILIZATION

Very easy to use for someone who has experience in programming, we can find the sound you want, but he's made has only one oscillator is can not ask the moon either ...
We find various vintage sounds pleasantly with another more modern personality.
Editing sounds is easy, but as there is no memory and the buttons are very sensitive it is difficult even taking a photo to find the exact sound that has been set, it must rely more has ears that view.
So for me its use will be primarily in the studio, I have too much to handle live sound, I do not have time to program patches between songs because I play all the time.

SOUNDS

The sound is round, very colorful, I find it best as lead synth & FX, and a little less good as a bass, but it is a matter of taste, I like the light touch with aftertouch very nice play, too bad there was only two octaves, three would have been perfect for the type of sound produced by the MiniBrute.

There is only one oscillator but MiniBrute covers a wide range of sounds despite knowing that some sounds will never be possible to make this done.

A little flat for me I think the filter envelope does not slap very strongly, although it can be fast, but not suitable for sound type (acid), I would say that sounds MiniBrute + soft and not too gross to made which does not displease me.

Personally I find it very appropriate in relation to the round envelopes to make sounds funky 70 or early 80's new wave.

OVERALL OPINION

I bought a few days ago and I already see these limits as these qualities, the sound is very accurate in the settings, I like a little less than its slightly soft shells and especially the made that there have not backup sounds (in 2013), I thought a quick and easy solution to store my patches for now is i-phone + application to write the name on the photo and then integrate them into a folder in computer, a little long but effective after it is always adjusted to the ear as sound as I said above the knobs have a little run and very accurate, difficult to find the exact sound as the had left but you get raproche strongly anyway.

I lay still an overall score of 9 because the interface is flawless, the sound is in the top of the dish, the quality is very good, the touch keyboard is very nice, the sound palette is very broad and include colors full of vintage keyboards before 2000.

A little extra is the syncro by usb arpeggiator and LFO at the same time! Yum ^ ^
And excellent mixer section of the oscillator and the speed to get the sound that was in my head as long as it is not very complicated and vintage and finally the overall sound of minibrut is how to say music ranging from very soft to very soft and straight forward drive of all integrated perfectly in the mix.
Nyl auster05/22/2013

Nyl auster's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"A synthetic character"

Arturia MiniBrute
The key features of the machine:
- The sound system is completely analog.
- Mono single tilt (but see below how tilt!)
- Each parameter has its own button on the front, except some behaviors such as legato or behavior aftertouch which requires the use of the software to be modified.
- A formidable multimode filter
- No presets

UTILIZATION

The manual is very well done and the synth is well in hand: each parameter can be accessed directly by a knob, which makes it very simple and intuitive, it is a particular joy on stage.

SOUNDS

Sound level, a true delight: the MiniBrute can send very heavy and knows how to be a place of choice in the mix as well as on stage. I often read on forums that the MiniBrute was more "aggressive": it has much more of the image it gives (the name "MiniBrute", the "gross factor", the "Metalize") that of reality: it is also perfectly capable of producing sounds very "old-school", warm and soft to serve wisely provided that the oscillator section (I will return below). And it is also effective for leads that to keep the low frequencies of a song.
edit: I see a notice indicating that it is worse in lower than the old analos. I do not have the chance to make this comparison for the moment, but I can assure that it can clearly hold the bass very convincing concert given the feedback I got. And as I write down, a tad gross factor enriches the low end very musical way.

Note that there are no presets, which does not suit everyone. For me, it's part of the pleasure of handling the machine: it pushes to master the machine to the end and managed to quickly find the sounds to the ear. (For patches too twisted). For more complex patches, you have to take a photo or use the friendly sheets presets provided by Arturia to record and reproduce rapidly settings.

To return to the oscillator section, you should know that you can choose how the volume is sent to the oscilloscope filter: it clearly changes the behavior of the filter. More volume is sent, the more it becomes "aggressive" and more resonant "hook".
To stay in a range of round and warm sound, so keep the volume of the oscilloscope rather low. (One-third of the stroke for example).

Modulations are relatively few but all very thoughtful and ingenious (except maybe the destination VCA LFO whose behavior is somewhat against-intuitive and does not produce a simple classic tremolo)

The machine has only one oscillator oscillator but what! It produces three waveforms that you can mix them and a suboscillateur (sine or square). But even more, it offers to each of these waveforms a "modifier" of his to enrich the sound.
Of particular note, the modifier "metalizer" the triangle that is specific to waveshapper MiniBrute and musical. By combining these modifiers (eg Ultrasaw the sawtooth metalizer +) and activating the sub-tilt, we arrive at a fantastic sound thick.
Note that the "metalizer" can certainly make "metal" sound but also allows for some beautiful wooded sounds, by not pushing the knob fully and playing the LP or BP filter.

The filter itself is a killer, and may enter into self-oscillation both in band-pass low pass. When you push the resonance, the effect is still very musical, either for or rather round sounds very aggressive sounds. I had a little hesitation in buying it on the fact that it is not a 12dB and a 24dB/octave, but after several concerts and pieces with only one thing to say: it sounds fire god!

The gross-factor parameter (many demos on the net abuse alas) is also a real plus: it can provide a very interesting and warm grain in the lower spectrum used sparingly. The more you shoot, the more the behavior of the sound becomes distorted, noisy and innattendu.

Among the extras to live: the arpeggiator has a tap tempo, so we can happily sync with a real drummer if desired.

The connection is very comprehensive and well thought out. A headphone output, audio output-out, USB, CV OUT and IN, Audio IN ... The MiniBrute is very social and talk to a computer as well as to other analog machines.



OVERALL OPINION

If you have arrived at the overall view, you understand that I think the MiniBrute is a great investment, amazing sound quality for price pokey. I chose it also because it is a synthetic character in my opinion, has not hesitated to innovate a little in the field of neo-analogy rather than trying to imitate an ancient legend. And the gamble has paid off: the MiniBrute has a character of its own sturdy and sounds as good live as in the studio in a mix.

I had tried many other monophonic synths before buying, but that's just his personality a little part that has me leaning in his favor, and the fact that there are NO settings hidden in sound: the man-machine communication is optimal.

It's a choice I do it again with your eyes closed, I also purchased a second for my live set ...

Edit: I see in some opinion that the lack of presets is considered too disturbing for some:
1) backup presets would have considerably increased the price
2) sincerely, when the machine is mastered, you are able to redo the patch memory or in the ear, and it takes 10 or 15 seconds between songs for not too complex patches. Nothing so insurmountable but must actually take this and know the machine on the fingertips to be comfortable live.
hébé05/21/2013

hébé's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" the MiniBrute made me reconsider all my studio :)"

Arturia MiniBrute
on this point only, even notes that spilbout - the MiniBrute is not an obscure synth rare ;)

UTILIZATION

The time to take a little hand, then it rolls alone.
The manual is very well done and complete.

1 button = 1 function

A delight!

SOUNDS

It sounds like hell, is very flexible and versatile.
I use both for electro "classic" as frankly more experimental stuff.
Multitrack composition and improvisation in groups.
He's doing very well!

OVERALL OPINION

For seven months.
At first I used it every day for several hours. Now it is a bit spaced, but it remains my favorite synth lineup (and this is far from my first synth!).

I love the most flexibility of use, modulations in all directions, his SON!
The fact that it is USB and MIDI and compatible HP is a definite plus.
I was amused to connect with the SH101 (with which it is compared wrongly) and it was eargasm!

Value / price.

I would do this purchase with your eyes closed!
(And if I was not planning to start my adventure in the modular, I probably would buy a second ...)