MicroFreak Firmware V4.0
Decimated waveforms, scanned sonic surfaces, and evolving 3D soundscapes - yours for free. Firmware V4.0 takes MicroFreak on a sonic expedition to the edge of wavetable synthesis, with a brand new engine, user wavetable compatibility, new presets, and more.Free Update
New WaveUser Engine
Upload your own custom wavetables - or any Wav or Aiff file ! - into MicroFreak via MIDI Control Center, then tweak your sound using Table, Position, and Bit Depth controls.
Sequencer Unison & Chord Voices
Now, every note that MicroFreak plays will reflect whether it’s in Unison or Chord mode, including sequences, played notes, and notes received externally.
Faster Oscillator Encoder Settings
You can now select a faster scrolling speed for MicroFreak’s Oscillator encoders in Global Settings; holding ‘Shift’ lets you toggle the original slower setting.
64 New Presets
Dozens of deep explorations of MicroFreak’s new WaveUser engine, culminating in an inspiring array of wavetable and bitcrushed timbres.
Limited edition, limitless madness
No ordinary Freak. No ordinary Vocoder. There’s nothing ordinary about it.
MicroFreak just got a new voice - yours
The uniquely unpredictable MicroFreak formula but not as you know it.
Sing alongside glistening digital textures. Add paraphonic harmonies to external sound sources. Scatter spoken word across sprawling modulated sequences. This is your voice and your sound - spiced, diced and warped beyond recognition.
Step up to the mic
A simple, removable mic attachment that lets you sprinkle your voice into the mix.
A gooseneck design means quick position adjustment, with easy connection straight into the headphone socket. The fitting also allows you to connect headphones at the same time.
The utility menu lets you set your preferred mic gain and noise gate settings.
The human voice consists of complex, unique harmonics. A 16-band Vocoder design ensures that these harmonics are detected, filtered and replicated accurately.
Speak your mind and MicroFreak will respond in kind.
The Vocoder engine
We’ve created an entirely new mode to harness the Vocoder’s 16-band power.
The Vocoder engine features 3 waveforms - sawtooth, pulse width and noise - while the Timbre and Shape knobs adjust the 16 frequency bands to twist and transform your voice.
MicroFreak Vocoder Edition goes beyond robot vocals. 16 new presets give you instant access to android translations, crystalline harmonies and vibrant formant sequences galore.
Connect an external sound source like a drum machine or synth via the headphone socket for glitchy sound processing.
A new dress code
First impressions make a difference. MicroFreak has always been out to make a statement, and the Vocoder Edition is no exception.
The control panel has been given a makeover. The center strip boasts a bold new Swan graphic, while a sleek white finish makes this limited edition Freak stand out from the crowd - as if it didn’t already.
The Freak within
Behind the revamped appearance and microphone attachment is the same lovable maniac that set the synth world spinning.
Sparkling digital and wavetable oscillators collide with velvety analog filters. A unique poly-aftertouch PCB keyboard combines with a distinctly freaky arpeggiator & sequencer. Bathe your mix in sonic hysterics with the erratic mod matrix or the unique Spice & Dice randomizers. MicroFreak is out to break the rules. It's an unpredictable instrument for the adventurous. An adrenaline rush for the thrill-seeking musician. A mind-bending tool that dares you to stray from the path and think differently. Freak out.
MicroFreak Vocoder is like nothing I’ve played around with before - it’s so experimental and pushes you to write and play in totally new ways.Tusks
( Songwriter / Producer )
The MicroFreak has actually brought me into the past moreso than the future...The combination of its capability to get super granular with wavetable parameters and call up sounds from palettes of the likes of Silver Apples and Kratwerk, paired with the keyless keyboard and glide function enabled, make me feel like I'm playing some sort of alternate-timeline Ondes Martenot. Its timbres and textures can range from the smoky and crackly very "electric" sound of early-era synths, to lush contemporary colors that are smooth and sublime.Public Memory
( Producer / Musician )
This synth is almost like small robot singing or speaking thanks to the formant synthesis or the vocoder feature.Floex
( Composer/ Producer )
A cover of Imogen Heap's vocoder anthem, with rich chord voicings and emotive dynamics.
Metallic industrial beats inspired by the nuances of Berlin and Detroit techno, littered with glitchy vocal snippets.
An ambient, vibey pop track complemented by subtly-digital vocal textures.
- MicroFreak Vocoder unit
- Electret mic with gooseneck and headphone adapter
- Power supply
Size & weight
- Instrument size : 12.2 x 9.2 x 2.2 inches (311 x 233 x 55mm)
- Instrument weight : 2.3 lbs. (1.02 Kg)
- Synthesizer with 256 preset slots and 224 factory presets
- 18 Digital oscillator with variable mode, including Mutable Instruments Plaits engines and new Vocoder mode
- Analog State Variable Filter, 12dB/octave, resonant, Low Pass, Band Pass, High Pass
- ADSR envelope
- Cycling Envelope offering two modes
- LFO with Sync: Sine, Tri, Saw, Square, Random, Slew Random
- Modulation matrix with 5 sources and 7 destinations (3 custom destinations)
- Monophonic or Paraphonic modes - Up to 4 voices
- Chord mode lets you program a chord shape and play it on any note
- Scale Quantize lets you set a specific scale for the white notes to simplify the creative process
- 25-key capacitive keybed with polyphonic aftertouch
- Capacitive touch strip
- Crisp OLED display for editing and parameter values
- Powerful arpeggiator
- Up, Order, Random, Pattern modes
- Spice & Dice Gate randomizers
- 64-step sequencer
- 2 patterns per preset
- 4 automation tracks per preset
- CV / Gate / Mod outputs
- USB, Clock and MIDI in and out
- 6.35mm master and 3.5mm headphone output