Looks Tiny, Sounds Massive

MicroBrute is a pure analog sonic powerhouse of a synth. Small in size but loaded with features.

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The MicroBrute is new but carries the award-winning heritage of its big brother, the MiniBrute.

The MicroBrute was designed to be small but still retain an amazing sound quality. With a 100% pure analog voice path and advanced interconnectability via MIDI, USB, CV/ GATE, this machine is a true powerhouse synthesizer that takes your sound to a new level.


If you’re new to synths, you’re looking at one of the easiest to use and most unique-sounding synthesizers we think money can buy.

And if you’re a synth veteran, we think it won’t have escaped your attention that MicroBrute is also a seriously capable semi-modular sequence-able beast. Wait till you hear how it sounds.

No presets, no menus, nothing to get between you and the ability to sculpt your sound live. Not only does MicroBrute give you the means to create, perform and be completely original every time you power up, it does it with astounding sound quality.


Process audio. Sequence analog gear.

Give your modular a new LFO and Envelope Generator. Hook up to your DAW and make whole tracks. Hook up to your Drumtracks, open your door, and play a whole gig

Tiny in size, tiny in price, huge in sound, and vast in potential. We’ve had so much fun with MicroBrute: Now it’s your turn.

The Brute
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A synthesizer is a musical instrument that is meant to be played.

However, playing a synthesizer is more than just playing some notes on a keyboard and recalling someone else’s presets. If that was the goal you could be looking at accordions or going to a department store to buy your keyboard (along with socks, milk and toilet paper)…but you aren’t, because you’re more creative than that.


UrsaMicro Noodles

Glen Darcey

Glen Darcey's Microbrute demo track

Slow Beat

Pierce Warnecke

An electro/hiphop track that explores Microbrute's possibilities as a Lead synth (using 2 voice lead part and modulation on both the PWM and Metalizer via the MOD Matrix). All sounds except for the kick/snare/clap/hat were made using Microbrute.

Space House

Pierce Warnecke

This slow house/disco inspired track uses exclusively Microbrute sounds (except for the drums). From deep basses to bubbling pops, sequenced acid-like synth lines to distorted effects, this is an overview of the range of sounds one can get out of this power.

Here Comes the Sun


The melody is a saw-tooth wave with alot of ultrasaw modulation and bandpass-filtering. The filter sweeping was recoreded live and effected later. The first melody was later on recorded twice with further sub-overtones.



  • Ask Audio

    On MicroBrute

    “the MicroBrute is designed to provide all the essential elements of an analog classic synth in a convenient and fun to use package.”

  • Sound On Sound

    On MicroBrute

    “The MicroBrute is a pure analogue synth, and it sounds like one. The MicroBrute will become a significant success in its own right.”

  • Future Music

    On MicroBrute

    “A modern analogue single oscillator, multi-waveform monosynth that avoids just being a retro clone.”

  • Tape Op

    On MicroBrute

    “With the MicroBrute, Arturia has a winner, and along with a few other gear manufacturers, they seem to have tacitly acknowledged that we have come back to "days of future past" in search of the visceral thrill of "real" control over a wild and untamed sonic palette.”

  • MusicTech

    On MicroBrute

    “A great little synth that you can have a lot of fun with and use as the hub of a bigger network of gear. Superb value, too.”

  • Audio Technology

    On MicroBrute

    “Would I own one? Yes sir-ee. The MicroBrute punches well above its weight in terms of sonic performance- so very retro. A brutal darling indeed.”

  • Future Music

    On MicroBrute

    “I have to admit to falling for the MicroBrute almost immediately. It is compact, powerful, flexible and fun”

  • Audio Fanzine

    On MicroBrute

    “Genetically gifted! We have here a full-fledged synth that ought to bring down the last barriers and seduce die-hard opponents of real electronic instruments.It has earned a well-deserved 2013 Best Value for Money Award! It's unbelievable! This modest investment allows you to have an analog sound with a strong character.”

  • Sonic State

    On MicroBrute

    “Is love too strong a word to use for an inanimate object ? Perhaps. But I really clicked with the MicroBrute. It has real character, plenty of sonic scope , even as only a single Osc mono with its limitations, and the patching and interfacing is really brilliant”

  • Rekkerd.org

    On MicroBrute

    “the MicroBrute is a landmark new synth at an incredible price”

  • Future Music

    On MicroBrute

    “The Micro – by virtue of its own distinctive sounds – is one of our favourites.”

  • MusicTech

    On MicroBrute

    “MicroBrute should be the first synth students use to learn the basics of analogue synthesis. Thi synth can probably go to more places than any other single-oscillator machine out there”

  • Music Radar

    On MicroBrute

    “you get plenty of synth for not a great deal of money”

  • Keyboard Magazine

    On MicroBrute

    “The sound is anything but “pretty” compared to other contemporary analog synths, but that aggressive character is what makes it essential to my sounds. This synth is meaty and macho like nothing else. If you don’t already own a ’Brute, it’s clear that you will. At this price, practically everyone will.”

  • Keyboard Magazine

    On MicroBrute

    “If you’re an analog head, the Arturia MicroBrute is definitely the way to go.”

  • Estrada Studio

    On MicroBrute

    “The MicroBrute - with its own characteristic sound - is one of our favorites.”

  • Electronic Musician

    On MicroBrute

    “An inexpensive monophonic instrument with flexible modulation routing and a Steiner-Parker multimode filter that provides vintages tones without sounding like an ARP, Mg or Oberheim®”

  • Meet Music Magazine

    On MicroBrute

    “This synthesizer has a whole bunch of new characteristics as interesting as unique”

  • Ask Audio

    On MicroBrute

    “Getting creative with the routing is what makes the Microbrute so much fun—and ensures its usefulness in the studio for years to come. The MicroBrute is an amazing deal that meets all needs with savage style.”


What's in the box

Box content

  • MicroBrute synthesizer
  • User manual
  • Preset sheets
  • Power supply
  • 2 mini-jack patch cords

Instrument dimensions

  • size : 12.8 x 8.7 x 2.36 inches (325 x 221 x 60mm)
  • weight : 3.86 lbs. (1.750 Kg)

Main Features

Monophonic synthesizer

100% Analog audio signal path

Steiner-Parker 2-pole multimode filter (Low Pass, Band Pass, High Pass)

Analog Voltage Controlled Oscillator

Oscillator Mixer (Overtone, Sawtooth, Square, Triangle, audio in [on rear panel])

Overtone sub oscillator/5th generator

Signal enhancers:

  • Pulse Width Modulation
  • Ultrasaw generates fat sawtooth waveforms
  • Metalizer brings in extreme harmonics

Brute Factor™ delivers saturation and rich harmonics

LFO with 3 waveforms (sine, sawtooth, square)

LFO can freerun or sync to arpeggiator

ADSR envelope generator

Keyboard tracking of the VCF cutoff

25-note mini-key keyboard

Mod wheel (assignable to cutoff or LFO amount)

Pitch wheel (bend range selectable via software)

Octave selector from -2 to +2 octaves

External analog audio input

CV In jacks: Pitch, Filter, sub-harmonics, pulse width, Metalizer, saw animator

CV Out jacks: pitch, envelope, LFO

MIDI In with 5 pin DIN connector


1/4” audio output and 1/8” headphone output

Full-functioned step sequencer:

  • 8 memories
  • up to 64 steps per memory
  • tap tempo
  • rate control
  • step divisions (via software)
  • trigger modes (via software)

MIDI sync

Steel bottom panel

12V DC 1A power supply