MiniBrute is a revolutionary new analog synthesizer from Arturia. Featuring a pure analog signal path and a host of unique features, it sets a new standard for what a hardware synthesizer should be.
Its 100% analog audio signal path features a VCO wave mixer, the classic Steiner-Parker multimode filter, and numerous analog innovations such as the Metalizer, Ultrasaw, and the Brute Factor. Boasting complete MIDI, CV and USB connectivity, MiniBrute is right at home with your computer or your vintage synths, making it the ideal companion to deliver a pure analog blast anywhere you go.
Artists speak about MiniBrute
"Minibrute is very nice to play with. The knobs are exactly where they should be. I could sit with my minibrute for hours.", -
Adrian Utley ( Portishead )
"I used the Mini Brute a lot on my latest remixes. It is a great synthesizer, with a quite rough sound, which is a great complement for other synths that I have with a more rounded tones. The well proportioned Metalizer can get beautiful harmonics and create a unique sonic palette.", -
Yan Wagner ( DJ/ Producer )
"The MiniBrute will really stand out for making interesting electronic sounds. It has all the ingredients you need. You're gonna hear a couple of basslines on the new Dope DOD album which are made with the MiniBrute.", -
Peter Songolo( Dope D.O.D. )
"The word that best sums up Arturia's MiniBrute is "logical" As VSTs replace the hardware analog synthesizers of yesterday, Arturia's dedication to early analog synthesizers now translates beautifully from our screens to this extraordinarily useful piece they have created. The MiniBrute's bite and beauty makes it versatile, while its interface is stunningly simple and quick. But most importantly, with Arturia's leap into the analog world, it's exciting to imagine that the generations who have missed out on true analog synthesis may now have an affordable and inspiring synthesizer that is not only fun-- it's as accessible as it is inspiring.", -
Passion Pit( Producer - Composer )
"The MiniBrute is a truly amazing synth, maybe small in size, but impressive in its possibilities. All its features make it a unique synth, combining power and originality, a must!", -
The Hacker( DJ/ Producer )
"Thanks arturia for making this one brutally analogue - no presets but loads of fun on stage with this serious instrument.", -
Stimming( DJ/ Producer )
"I'm impressed by how different this synth sounds from anything else I have heard. It's fun to play with and doesn't need much processing to stand out in a busy mix.This is definitely a new Classic. Bravo Arturia !", -
Stefano Ritteri( DJ/ Producer )
"The analog sound is definitely more real, powerful and warmer. This machine emulates classic sounds but with a modern perspective. It's bringing all that warmth and strength to the studio and the live performance. The most interesting thing about the MiniBrute is that it has no presets, so every time you start constructing a sound, you start from zero. The sound you make today is not similar to the one you made yesterday. You're then very active in the construction of each sound.", -
Simón Mejía( BombaEstereo )
"I got the MiniBrute on a Friday about 2.30 - at 4.30 backing track written - I sent it to the rapper S.T.S and in 24 hours we had a complete track. Music does not come that quick - but with the MiniBrute it really does - it's such an amazing synth to play - and makes you want to keep playing it. When you get one just leave the tape running.", -
Pablo Clements( Unkle )
"Arturia did a great job of implementing my classic filter design into the MiniBrute. It's nice to see my design being brought back to life in a quality product.", -
Nyle Steiner( Sound Engineer )
"Arturia has created a keyboard which will re-introduce the world to analog sound on steroids... Definately what the new generation needs.", -
No ID( Producer - Composer )
"The MiniBrute is a wonderful analog synth that gives you all the controls you need. You can make great sounds from very dirty to very smooth.", -
Junkie XL ( DJ/ Producer )
"I'm using my Minibrute really often in my studio. The sound is great and I love the arpeggiator", -
Jennifer Cardini( DJ/Producer )
"MiniBrute condenses outstanding analog sounds in a compact and solid format that is great for touring. I was impressed by its raw, sometimes dark, and incredibly edgy sounds. As the owner of many classic synths, MiniBrute not only stands the comparison but it brings something new and inspiring to my sonic palette.", -
Jean-Benoit Dunckel( Air )
"I've tested the MiniBrute and I find it really good, it is simple in usage as well as in the sounds provided that are basic and effective. MiniBrute allows for specific sounds quickly without going through a complex modulation.", -
Gesaffelstein ( DJ/ Producer )
"For me Arturia is the strongest brand. The Minibrute doesn't feel cheap, but very well made. It's a brute, an animal. You can do anything, there is no limit. Arturia is absolutely on the forefront and I'm so happy I've found them.", -
"MiniBrute, My new best friend. 100% inspiring analog sound and unlimited creative possibilities.", -
Citizen Kain( DJ/ Producer )
"When I received my minibrute, what caught my attention was it's really solid built quality. It's a nomadic synth, which has absolutely nothing to envy from its analog ancestors. It's an amazing analog creation tool.", -
Capri( DJ/ Producer )
"Arturia makes the best synth emulations in my opinion. They are very faithful to the original machines. I think people will soon notice the minibrute signature sounds in electronic music, because it has a true personality.", -
Arnaud Rebotini( Black Strobe )
"I love the innovative approach on analog synthesis, which makes the MiniBrute a unique instrument with all it´s tone-shaping possibilities..and still it´s a raw, little, great sounding beast!", -
Albin Janoska( SOHN )
"It’s a decidedly ‘old school’ instrument, however, with every function having its own control",-
Sound On Sound
"Are we crazy for giving a monosynth an Editors’ Choice Award in the 21st century? We’d be crazy not to, because the MiniBrute is packed with features, built like a tank and, most importantly, sounds fantastic.", -
"This real analog monosynth looks and plays like the love child of an ARP Axxe and an Octave Cat. The filter from the rare Steiner-Parker Synthacon has an aggressive sound you won't find elsewhere and the arpeggiator is wicked decent. Be warned: if you use the MiniBrute just for Dubstep, we will find you.", -
"Innovative new parameters make this analog synthesizer outstanding. The 100% analog routing, the Steiner-Parker filter, the Brute factor,... all aspects of the MiniBrute are extremely powerful. I used this synth for some time while reviewing it. I turned each knob and never felt the need for additional effect. In the end, I did not want to return the demo unit.", -
"More fun that a SH-101, equipped with a filter that surpasses more expensive vintage models, available at a very reasonable price, the MiniBrute should meet with success that will be very well deserved.", -
"With MiniBrute, you can enjoy designing sounds. And if it is your first synth, you will learn true synthesis.This unit looks simple and small, but it is heavy and built with high quality.", -
Sound Designer (Japan)
"I used the MiniBrute live with Denki Groove. The big, fat, powerful sound coming from this real analog beast filled the Yokohama arena extremely well. The chassis is solid and makes the MiniBrute ideal on stage.", -
Sound Recording (Japan)
"MiniBrute offers you a good value quality - price on its options", -
Bring the Noise
Designed for the analog purist, MiniBrute packs an extraordinary potential for warm and powerful sounds into a very portable design. Loaded with the legendary Steiner-Parker multimode filter, a multi-wave Oscillator and Sub Oscillator, MiniBrute excels at delivering fat bass lines, screaming leads and fascinating sonic experiments.
You can process any external sound through its audio input, making this a powerhouse for adding warmth, grit and filter effects to drums, guitars, and more.
Bring the Fun
In a world dominated by hardware with too few controls and endless navigation in tiny LCD screens, MiniBrute brings back the fun with a true hands-on approach to synthesis.
You want it louder? Grab the volume knob and crank it up. You want it brighter? Grab the filter cutoff knob and crank it up. You want your sound to grow fangs and snarl like a beast? Grab the Brute Factor knob and CRANK. IT. UP. It’s that easy! No factory presets, no buried menus to deal with. MiniBrute is just honest and true analog synthesis.
Authenticity & Innovation
Developed in partnership with synth guru Yves Usson, MiniBrute comes with brilliant innovations such as the Brute Factor, Metalizer, Ultrasaw, and full USB, MIDI and CV connectivity for easy integration into any modern or vintage setup.
MiniBrute met its match in the classic Steiner-Parker filter, specially revised by Nyle Steiner himself. It’s arguably the best multimode filter design around, delivering analog warmth with a uniquely raw and aggressive edge.
MiniBrute sets a new standard for excellence with its truly unique sound.
Small yet powerful, affordable but built like a tank, 100% analog from a company known for its digital instruments...everything about MiniBrute seems impossible. But when this synth meets your music, anything is possible.
Forget about tiny LCD screens, being lost in menus and sub-menus, and trying to remember double functions and complex procedures. MiniBrute brings back the fun and the immediate hands-on experience of synthesis.
When you want things to shake, grab the Sub Osc slider and bring it on. When you want it to sizzle, grab the filter knob and open it up. And when it’s time to unleash the beast, grab the Brute Factor knob and turn it loose! It’s that easy.
|1. Oscillator/Sub||Sawtooth, Pulse, Triangle waves with unique modifiers. Ultra Saw makes for huge sounds, Metalizer adds complex harmonics to the triangle wave. Sub Osc will rattle the house|
|2. Steiner-Parker Multimode Filter||Beefy filter with Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, and Notch modes. Resonance can be pushed into self oscillation|
|3. Brute Factor™||The Brute Factor™ can add subtle drive effects to full blown intermodulation havoc|
|4. Two 4 Stage Envelopes||ADSR Type Envelope generators with a fast/slow mode allow for the sharpest attacks or for extra long release times.|
|5. Arpeggiator||Flexible arpeggiator allows for instant melodic phrases. Syncs to MIDI clock over USB and MIDI In to play in sync with your favorite DAW|
|6.Two LFOs||The main modulation LFO supplies 6 waveforms and can run in sync to the Arpeggiator. Bipolar modulation destinations allow for an amazing variety of sonic possibilites. The Vibrato LFO allows for trills and standard vibrato|
|7. Performance Controls||Mod Wheel & Aftertouch destinations, Glide and Pitch Bend amounts can all be set.|
|8. Keyboard with Aftertouch||25-note keyboard with velocity and aftertouch. Octave buttons allow a range of 6 octaves.|
|9. Oscillator Mixer||Allows for mixing the levels of the suboscillator, the individual waveforms of the main oscillator, the noise generator and the external inputs|
|10. CV Gate In/Out||Connect MiniBrute with your vintage analog gear|
|11. Audio In/Out||Process audio through MiniBrute; connect it to your favorite audio devices|
|12. MIDI In/Out||Connect and sync MiniBrute to any DAW or hardware MIDI equipment|
|13. USB In/Out||Control MiniBrute from your DAW or use it as a master keyboard|
100% Analog Power
MiniBrute is a revolutionary analog synthesizer, 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 was built with a simple goal in mind: offer great analog sound and a very easy-to-use interface, without ever compromising on quality. The result of fine R&D and skilled craftsmanship: a 100% Analog audio signal path, delivering huge bass lines, screaming leads, outstanding arpeggios and wild effects.
Analog synthesizers of yesteryear are highly sought-after on the “used” market for their warmth, fatness, slight instability, and their unmistakable sonic character. Digital synths sometimes offer more possibilities, but can sound a bit sterile at times and lose musicians in endless menus and boring sound design concepts.
And now MiniBrute makes a bold entrance, standing proudly among legendary analog machines like the MiniMg, Pro-One, SH-101, MS-20, and Odyssey. MiniBrute offers the classic analog sounds of the most iconic recordings, while making a mark of its own with unique features and some serious attitude.
Sounds with an Attitude
So what does MiniBrute sound like?
MiniBrute was designed with one thought in mind: produce amazing analog sounds. And it hits the target dead-center, serving up powerful basses, hypnotic drones, screaming leads, acid sequences, ethereal monopads, 80’s arpeggios, mind-blowing effects and fascinating sonic experiments.
If you’re looking for deep funky basses, mellow leads, clavinets or woodwind-like sounds, MiniBrute can produce those too. But the beast that lurks within is always waiting for you to twist that knob…
Your Sounds, Your Attitude
MiniBrute doesn’t have presets. You yourself will build every sound you hear. That may seem strange, but take it from us: it’s fun, it’s creative and it’s an organic approach to making music. Plus it’s easier than browsing sub-menus!
But you can still play sounds made by other programmers. And you can store your own sounds. How does that work?
Because we provide preset sheets that fit over the MiniBrute controls. Dial in the values on those sheets and you’ll recreate a sound in one minute. And your sounds can be preserved the same way: make a few marks on a blank sheet and you’re done.
- 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 :
- CV Inputs: Pitch, Filter, Amp
- CV Output: Pitch (tracks the keyboard and pitch wheel)
- Gate In/Out
- Gate source selector (Audio/Hold/Keyboard)
- MIDI In/Out with 5 pin DIN connectors
- USB MIDI In/Out
- 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