10 25 2013
The MicroBrute is Arturia‘s follow up to their recent success with the MiniBrute synth. Granted, the arrival of yet another cheap analog monosynth generates praises and scorns of equal amounts among synth lovers, but I think there’s more in it than meets the eye, thanks to two interesting features: the sequencer and the modulation matrix.
The inclusion of a built-in sequencer in such a compact unit means that you can carry it around and play with new ideas as you travel, without having to depend on a laptop.
The modulation matrix, on the other hand, allows you to send LFO and Control Voltage signal that affect various sound parameters such as pitch, filter and PWM.
Another cool thing is the inclusion of a filter unit bearing the name of the infamous Steiner-Parker. A fresh take especially when considering the fact that other manufacturers usually go for the Moog filter.
The video promo, showing an indie chick in a hip band, does little to assure me of its potential, but after looking a bit more in depth my instinct told me that this could be something worth looking at.