100% Analog Power

Combining the renowned savoir-faire of ARTURIA for designing professional musical instruments, and the expertise of synth "guru" Yves Usson in crafting the finest analog modules, MiniBrute is a revolutionary analog synthesizer.

MiniBrute was built with a simple goal in mind: offer great analog sound, through a very easy to use interface, and without ever compromising on quality.

The result of fine R&D and skilled craftsmanship: a 100% Analog Audio signal path, delivering huge basslines, screaming leads, outstanding arpeggios and FX’s.

Analog synthesizers of yesteryear are highly sought-after on the second hand market for their warmth, fatness, slight instability, and their unmistakable sonic character. Digital synths, for their part, offer more possibilities but tend to sound sometimes sterile and loose musicians in endless menus and boring sound digest concepts.

Today, MiniBrute comes as a bold statement, standing proudly among legendary analog machines like the Minimoog, Pro-One, SH-101, MS-20, and Odyssey. MiniBrute brings the finest analog sounds as heard on iconic electronic records, whilst imprinting its own unique features and strong attitude.

Sounds with an Attitude

So what does MiniBrute sound like?

MiniBrute is certainly not capable of producing all the types of sounds, but it does very well what it is designed for : classic analog sounds, including powerful basses, hypnotic drones, screaming leads, acid sequences, ethereal monopads, 80’s arpeggios, mind blowing FX’s and fascinating sonic experiments.

If you are more into deep funky basses, mellow leads, clavinet or woodwind-like sounds, Minibrute can produce them as well, but the danger zone is always at a twist of a knob…

Your Sounds, Your Attitude

MiniBrute comes with no electronic presets. You build yourself every sound you hear. Believe us, this is fun, this is creative and this helps make better music (and honestly, this is not harder than browsing sub-menus).

Now of course you can still play sounds made by other programmers. And you can store your sounds. How is that ?

Arturia delivers preset sheets that fit on the surface of the MiniBrute. Following instructions set on the preset sheets, you get a preset sound in a minute. And if you want to store your sound, just take one of the blank sheets and write your marks.

Oscillator On Steroid

VCO

No DCO (Digitally Controlled Oscillator) is used in MiniBrute, only a pure VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) for absolute authenticity. MiniBrute’s VCO is classic in its sound and modern in its shape, allowing you to mix individually 4 different waveshapes, as well as white noise and external audio input. Add to that a sub-oscillator and several analog signal enhancers such as the Metalizer and the Ultrasaw, and you get custom shapes that currently no other analog hardware synthesizer can match.

Sub-Osc

Minibrute’s Sub Oscillator generates sine and square waves. It will allow you to rattle the house by descending as low as two octaves down.

Ultrasaw

The Ultrasaw brings shimmering sawtooth waveforms that will considerably enrich your tone.

It basically builds two phase-shifted copies of the basic sawtooth signal. These copies have independent and ever-evolving phase shifts with respect to each other, and are eventually mixed with the sawtooth signal.

This results in a lively, rich, and bright ensemble effect whose character depends on the modulation rates of the phase-shifted copies. This is the first time such a feature is offered in an analog keyboard format.

Metalizer

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 “metallic” pitched sounds that are ideal for harpsichord- and clavinet-type tones. Dynamic modulation (LFO or envelope) of the warp/folding parameters opens up a realm of “klangorous” sounds that will nicely cut through your mix.

Steiner-Parker Filter

MiniBrute embeds the legendary Steiner-Parker multimode filter.

Introduced for the first time in the Synthacon synthesizer, back in the 70’s, this marvellous filter not only brings a Low pass mode like competitive designs, but also Band pass, High pass and Notch positions, making it a highly versatile and praised boutique filter.

The MiniBrute filter is based on the core of the legendary Steiner-Parker multimode filter and has been improved to deliver an even wider range of cutoff and resonance. Nyle Steiner himself has validated and approved these improvements.

Teamed up with the Minibrute multiwave oscillator, and the wide modulation capabilities, the Steiner-Parker filter brings an extreme versatile and agressive edge that will make your sound stand out.

Brute Factor

The Brute Factor™ was inspired by a patch made on a famous vintage synthesizer connecting the headphone output to the external audio input. The result is a kind of feedback loop that is ideal for raspy and grungy sounds. This patch has been adapted and implemented internally in the MiniBrute.

For low Brute Factor™ settings, the distortion is smooth and gentle but becomes harsher as you turn up the knob. When turned up above about 75% of the way, the MiniBrute can go berserk and produce barely controllable, crazy feedback sounds.

Modulations Galore

Modulations are key to widen a synthesizer’s sound palette. Whereas too many synths offer limited possibilities and in the end very few different sounds, MiniBrute opens the door to a world of combinations that will allow you to create your unique and original sonic signature.

LFO1 waveforms include a collection of sine, triangle, sawtooth, square, random square and random sine. The moulation amounts are bipolar towards 4 destinations : PWM & Metalizer, Pitch, Filter, and Amplifier. This means you can really get creative and start, for example, modulating the Filter with a negative slope, while increasing the Pitch.


LFO range stretches from 0,1 Hz to 100 Hz allowing you to go anywhere from progressive evolutions to wild frequency modulation effects.

LFO2 controls vibrato, with adjustable rate and 3 different modes: trill up, trill down and oscillating sine modulations.

Mod Wheel Example

To extend the modulation routings further and link them to your expression of playing, MiniBrute benefits from Mod wheel and Aftertouch controls. Each one of them can be set to modulate either the Cutoff or the Vibrato. Mod wheel can also be set to control the general LFO amount.

Two full ADSR (Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release) envelopes are available on MiniBrute, one controlling Filter and the other controlling Volume (Amplifier). The Filter Envelope can also be routed to modulate the Pulse Width of the Square wave, and the Metalizer amount. The Envelope fast/slow switch allows you to command ultrafast 1 millisecond responses for snappy electro basses and leads, to more than 10 seconds responses for slow evolving soundscapes.

Connect to the world

Thanks to its full MIDI/CV/USB connectivity, MiniBrute is designed to fit seamlessly in any modern or vintage studio.

MIDI In-Out:

Sequence MiniBrute from your computer’s MIDI interface and DAW, or any other MIDI-Out enabled gear you have. Alternatively use MiniBrute as a master keyboard for your DAW or other MIDI-enabled equipment. Synchronize MiniBrute's Arpeggiator with an incoming MIDI clock and play in-sync with external drum machines, computers, or other MIDI equipment. Furthermore, the LFO1 can also be synced to the Arpeggiator, allowing for rhythmic Filter, Pitch and Amp modulations that are always in sync.

USB In/Out:

Sequence MiniBrute directly from your computer’s DAW without needing a MIDI interface. you can use MiniBrute as a USB-MIDI controller and as a USB MIDI to CV converter: MiniBrute will transform the USB and MIDI incoming signals into CV Pitch Out and Gate Out, making it a great converter to control vintage synths from your computer or MIDI interface.

CV In/Out :

Chain MiniBrute to your vintage synthesizer, or modular, to get a beefier sound. Expand, control and sequence MiniBrute from your vintage equipment. Use MiniBrute to control your vintage synths (It conforms to the classic 1 Volt per Octave scaling system). Use MiniBrute as a MIDI to CV converter.

Audio In:

Process any external sound through MiniBrute’s filter, VCA and Brute Factor™ circuit. MiniBrute can be used as an analog powerhouse for adding warmth, grit and filter effects to drums, guitars, vocals, and more. It will alternatively generate automatic basslines from percussive sounds by switching the Gate source selector to audio.

MiniBrute can also be used as a MIDI to CV Gate interface, ensuring the link between your computer-based studio and your vintage gear.

Total Control

MiniBrute features a full set of 29 high precision knobs, 14 metal sliders and 8 metal switches that offer direct control over your sound.

Don't be intimidated; you will probably experience a much faster learning curve than on any of your digital equipment. Indeed, everything on MiniBrute is laid out in a very comprehensive manner.

You want to make it brighter? Grab the Cutoff knob and turn it up. You want to make it fatter? Grab the Sub Osc slider and move it up. You want your sound to grow fangs and snarl like a beast ? Grab the Brute Factor knob and crank it. MiniBrute allows for a fast connection between your ideas and your sound... and it will also take you into adventurous sonic territories.

Keyboard Tailored to Your Needs

MiniBrute features a quality keyboard including velocity, aftertouch and 25 semi-weighted keys for a fast and accurate performance.

Aftertouch can be routed to the Cutoff or Vibrato amounts for maximum expression.

To quickly add lively variations to your leads and basses, use the Pitch and Modulation wheels. The Modulation wheel can be set to control the Cutoff, Vibrato and LFO amounts.

100% Analog

Continuing Analog History

The MiniBrute's roots stretch all the way back to the 1970's, but it's most definitely a child of the 21st century. It proudly stands among the MS-20s, Odysseys, Pro-Ones and Minimoogs while bringing its own personality and powerful sonic imprint.

Today, too many musicians miss the opportunity to own an original analog synth due to skyrocketing second hand prices, and the minefield of ongoing maintenance. MiniBrute is aimed at providing them the gratifying and fun experience of true analog synthesis with an instrument that does not compromise on quality.

Crafted by the company that has brought numerous innovations such as the Origin modular synthesizer and many top rated software synthesizers, MiniBrute brings state of the art functionality that was missing on the first analog instruments: MIDI/CV control, improved stability, sophisticated arpeggiator, USB connectivity and so on. MiniBrute contains many innovations that fit today's musical needs.

Creative experience

A Unique Format

MiniBrute is portable enough for even the most nomadic (and space-conscious) of musicians. Its slim size and light weight (less than 4 kg / 8.8 lbs) make it a hands-on analog powerhouse that you can easily carry from your studio, to rehearsal room, to the gig, and back home.

Built in a rock-solid aluminium housing, MiniBrute is certainly an instrument of choice to play on stage. Its tuning stability, compared to vintage synthesizers (and even to some contemporary analog synthesizers), make it a reliable solution when you need to nail a live performance.

Free Sound Creation

MiniBrute invites you to take a journey in analog synthesis, which includes the original pleasure of hands-on sound creation. No hidden sub-menus, and no presets. You take immediate control over your sound by moving each individual knob and slider, leading you to spontaneous and creative results.

MiniBrute is laid out in a very ergonomic way, to simplify the workflow of the experienced synthesist and to provide an easy to use interface for the newcomer in subtractive synthesis.

When saving a preset, simply use one of the transparent preset sheets provided with MiniBrute and, literally, put your marks on it. MiniBrute also comes with a set of 10 preset sheets to give you inspiration for making your own basses, leads, arpeggios and FX.

A Unique Format

MiniBrute is portable enough for even the most nomadic (and space-conscious) of musicians. Its slim size and light weight (less than 4 kg / 8.8 lbs) make it a hands-on analog powerhouse that you can easily carry from your studio, to rehearsal room, to the gig, and back home.

Built in a rock-solid aluminium housing, MiniBrute is certainly an instrument of choice to play on stage. Its tuning stability, compared to vintage synthesizers (and even to some contemporary analog synthesizers), make it a reliable solution when you need to nail a live performance.

Free Sound Creation

MiniBrute invites you to take a journey in analog synthesis, which includes the original pleasure of hands-on sound creation. No hidden sub-menus, and no presets. You take immediate control over your sound by moving each individual knob and slider, leading you to spontaneous and creative results.

MiniBrute is laid out in a very ergonomic way, to simplify the workflow of the experienced synthesist and to provide an easy to use interface for the newcomer in subtractive synthesis.

When saving a preset, simply use one of the transparent preset sheets provided with MiniBrute and, literally, put your marks on it. MiniBrute also comes with a set of 10 preset sheets to give you inspiration for making your own basses, leads, arpeggios and FX.

Innovations

A sound that Stands out

MiniBrute is a one-of-a kind synthesizer with a huge personality that it will easily find a place in your tracks, whether you play electronic, hip hop, new wave, electro rock or any other modern musical genres.

Its distinctive warm, full-bodied and sometimes aggressive character draws its energy from a signal path that is totally unique.

When putting your hands on it, you will be greatly surprised by how much sonic power it has, and you will also be pleased to see that you can also tame it to obtain many classic softer analog tones.

Signal Enhancer

Our R&D teamed up with synth "Guru" Yves Usson to design the best modules for the Minibrute.

Pulse Width Modulation is a well known effect for the square wave which gives a sound effect similar to a chorus - let's say slightly detuned oscillators played together. MiniBrute does this but also brings unique new options for the Triangle and Saw waves:

Ultrasaw produces a lively and bright ensemble effect on the sawtooth waveform, and Metalizer adds complex harmonics to the triangle waveform. Last but not least, the Brute Factor will allow you to add everything from a subtle drive effect to full blown intermodulation havoc when pushed.

A Conceptor Dream

Besides our skilful in house engineers, Arturia teamed up with three talented people who share the same passion for analog synthesis.

Yves Usson is the man behind the "Yusynth" project. He created some of the world's finest analog modules and he is the designer of the original analog circuits in MiniBrute.

Nyle Steiner, the engineer who designed the original Steiner-Parker filter and several other innovative instruments for his own brand and for Crumar and Akai, was consulted to approve the adaptations of his filter in MiniBrute. He also contributed some very important tweaks that broaden the cutoff and resonance response even further.

Axel Hartmann designed the MiniBrutes body and layout, paying tribute to classic designs of the late 70's and early 80's, while bringing a modern edge that nicely echoes the fact this is a 21st Century synthesizer.

A sound that Stands out

MiniBrute is a one-of-a kind synthesizer with a huge personality that it will easily find a place in your tracks, whether you play electronic, hip hop, new wave, electro rock or any other modern musical genres.

Its distinctive warm, full-bodied and sometimes aggressive character draws its energy from a signal path that is totally unique.

When putting your hands on it, you will be greatly surprised by how much sonic power it has, and you will also be pleased to see that you can also tame it to obtain many classic softer analog tones.

Signal Enhancer

Our R&D teamed up with synth "Guru" Yves Usson to design the best modules for the Minibrute.

Pulse Width Modulation is a well known effect for the square wave which gives a sound effect similar to a chorus - let's say slightly detuned oscillators played together. MiniBrute does this but also brings unique new options for the Triangle and Saw waves:

Ultrasaw produces a lively and bright ensemble effect on the sawtooth waveform, and Metalizer adds complex harmonics to the triangle waveform. Last but not least, the Brute Factor will allow you to add everything from a subtle drive effect to full blown intermodulation havoc when pushed.

Quality everywhere

Quality Tested

MiniBrute's printed circuit boards are thoroughly tested with over 200 checkpoints, ensuring top quality at the end of the production line. Checked units are then submitted to individual hand calibration.

Before getting shipped, units are then tested again. All functions are checked so we make sure your unit will work the way it should.

Heavy duty Hardware

MiniBrute comes in a heavy duty aluminium housing that will stand up to years of intensive use in the studio or on stage. Mechanical components have also been carefully selected, from quality metal sliders, to ALPS switches to an industry standard green PCB ensuring long lasting performance. By applying the quality standards of modern manufacturing to a classic design, MiniBrute guarantees to have a pure analog sound while being extremely reliable over time like its vintage ancestors.

Comprehensive Manual

MiniBrute's manual was edited by Craig Anderton, written by Yves Usson and Antoine Back. It is available in English, Japanese and French.

The manual will give you relevant information to quickly start making sounds while bringing a comprehensive and useful introduction to subtractive synthesis.

To complete the didactic side of the manual, MiniBrute also comes with a set of 10 preset sheets, giving you starting points from where you will be able to create your own sound signature.

Quality Tested

MiniBrute's printed circuit boards are thoroughly tested with over 200 checkpoints, ensuring top quality at the end of the production line. Checked units are then submitted to individual hand calibration.

Before getting shipped, units are then tested again. All functions are checked so we make sure your unit will work the way it should.

Heavy duty Hardware

MiniBrute comes in a heavy duty aluminium housing that will stand up to years of intensive use in the studio or on stage. Mechanical components have also been carefully selected, from quality metal sliders, to ALPS switches to an industry standard green PCB ensuring long lasting performance. By applying the quality standards of modern manufacturing to a classic design, MiniBrute guarantees to have a pure analog sound while being extremely reliable over time like its vintage ancestors.

Box2 content

  • MiniBrute synthesizer.
  • User manual.
  • Preset sheets.
  • Power supply.

Size & weight

  • Instrument size : 325x390x70mm (12.79 x 15.35 x 2.76 inch).
  • Instrument weight : 4 Kg (8.8 lbs).

Main Features

  • Monophonic synthesizer
  • 100% Analog Audio Signal Path
  • Steiner-Parker 2 pole Multimode Filter (Low Pass, Band Pass, High Pass and Notch)
  • Voltage Controlled Oscillator with Sub-Osc (Square, Sine, -1 & -2 oct)
  • Oscillator Mixer (Sub, Sawtooth, Square, Triangle, White Noise, Audio In)
  • Signal Enhancers :
    • Pulse Width Modulation
    • Ultrasaw generating shimmering sawtooth waveforms
    • Metalizer bringing extreme triangle harmonics
  • Brute Factor™ delivering saturation and rich harmonics
  • LFO1 with 6 waveforms (Sine, Triangle, Sawtooth, Square, Random Square, Random Sine) and bi-polar modulation destinations (to PWM & Metalize, Pitch, Filter, Amplifier)
  • LFO1 clock syncable to Arpeggiator (Arpeg, or free).
  • LFO2 with selectable rate and 3 vibrato modes (trill up, trill down, sine)
  • Two ADSR Envelope Generators with selectable slow/fast speed (from 1 millisecond to more than 10 seconds)
  • Keyboard Tracking on the VCF Cutoff
  • 25 note semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch (assignable to Cutoff or Vibrato amount)
  • Mod Wheel (assignable to Cutoff, Vibrato, or LFO amount)
  • Pitch Wheel (with selectable bend range)
  • Octave selector from -2 to +2 octaves
  • External Analog Audio Input
  • CV In/Out controls: Pitch, Filter, Amp
  • MIDI In/Out with 5 pin DIN connectors
  • USB MIDI In/Out
  • CV Gate source selector (Audio/Hold/Keyboard)
  • 1/4” Audio Output and 1/4” Headphone Output
  • Full Function Arpeggiator:
    • 4 modes of arpeggiation
    • 4 octave range control
    • 6 step divisions
    • 6 Swing positions
    • Hold function
  • Tempo knob
  • Tap tempo
  • MIDI Sync
  • Rugged Aluminium enclosure
  • 12V DC 1A power

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SKU AR-MINIBRUTE
Brand Arturia

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