MicroFreak firmware update V2.1
Already own MicroFreak?
Update your firmware to V2.1 to unlock the new vocoder mode, presets and TRRS connectivity.
16-band vocoder with detachable microphone
Accurate replication of the human voice via 16 frequency bands, and an easy-to-use gooseneck microphone for comfortable, instant vocoding.
New Vocoder engine with 16 colorful presets
Combine the vocoder mode with MicroFreak’s wild features and manipulate your sound like never before. Sequence vocal melodies, modulate voice parameters with the LFO, and much more.
Connect external sound sources
Process external instruments and sounds through the Vocoder mode for unique formant textures - simply connect to the headphone input via 3.5mm TRRS.
Limited-edition white finish with Swan graphic
A new look for your favorite Freak. The casing, control panel and center strip has been given a makeover to complement its radical new voice.
How to Update
Update and launch the Arturia MIDI Control Center
Connect MicroFreak to your computer via USB
Hit the Firmware button in the top left, and then "Upgrade"
Looking for a different kind of Freak?
Change it up with MicroFreak Vocoder Edition. This highly-limited release comes with a gooseneck microphone, a limited edition white finish with unique graphic, and firmware V2.1 pre-installed.
Small but fierce
MicroFreak packs so much in to such a compact instrument, you'll wonder how we did it. We'd love to say it was magic, but it was pure skill and passion.
Physical modelling, wavetable synthesis, virtual analog, there is nothing as complete and exciting as the MicroFreak oscillator on the market. It's hard to believe from such a small synth, but here it is, ready for you to explore. Excite your creativity and reward your curiosity with a large, diverse sound palette. MicroFreak features 12 awesome oscillator modes, 5 bespoke Arturia engines, and 7 modes from Mutable Instruments.
There's a little freak inside you, and this instrument will bring it out.
The best of both worlds
Even though MicroFreak has a digital oscillator at its heart, “opposites attract” as the saying goes. That’s why we’ve included a lush-sounding analog filter.
Inspired by the trailblazing 12-dB SEM filter, you can make MicroFreak’s filter scream or whisper to taste. The filter is state-variable, and can even auto-oscillate! You can use this is any way you like, from taking the edge of the razor-sharp wavetable sounds, or automating the cutoff by modulating it with keyboard pressure or the in-built sequencer.
Wait. Did we mention that MicroFreak has a sequencer? And a mod matrix? Things are about to get seriously interesting...
Taste the spice, throw the dice
MicroFreak is packed with unique, exciting features that let you create music with a fresh perspective.
Record up to four automations, edit notes per step or use the innovative Spice and Dice sequencer functions to find happy accidents. Add randomization to create evolving, original patterns, and virtually rewire and reconfigure its signal chain and controls with the 5x7 modulation matrix.
This truly is a budget-friendly synth like no other.
The first thing that got me curious about the MicroFreak was its aesthetic. It looks great. When I finally got my hands on it, I knew immediately that it would be my go-to when I start a track or my inspiration when I was out of interesting ideas. Having no actual keys makes it even more creative because just sliding your fingers from note to note can create odd sounds and feels. I love that. It stays plugged in on my desk always ready to go.Tony Hajjar
( At The Drive-In )
MicroFreak allows me to get microscopic if I want to, but also provides a wide sonic palette without the need to obsess over every parameter. It’s just so much fun to interact with. You can’t go wrong!Max Mitchell
( Keyboardist / Producer )
I think it sounds great! It'll be a great, affordable little friend for on the go studio music production, portable performance rig etc. Good stuff.cuckoomusic
With a very unique synthesis and a fast keyboard with many possibilities, this little hybrid has gone straight into my live set up.Annie Hall
( DJ / Producer )
The keyboard is what really sets this synth apart from other synths at any other price point. You just tap on the keys and get this great, beautiful randomness that doesn’t sound disorganized.Aimee Jacobs
( Belladon )
“That’s a funny looking keyboard”
That’s right, it is. It isn’t really even a keyboard. It’s a PCB. Super-flat, with no moving parts. Will it track lightning-fast synth solos? You bet. Better than a traditional keyboard, actually.
Will it let you be expressive? Of course, it’s not only pressure sensitive, but also offers poly-aftertouch. This means each key can control parameters in a different way depending on how much you touch.
You can also use its USB, MIDI, and CV outputs to control instruments in your DAW and modular synths. This also means that you can also use MicroFreak as a controller to experience polyphonic aftertouch with cutting edge software instruments.
“There’s no way a budget synth can do all that!”
MicroFreak is here to break the rules
- MicroFreak unit
- 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 160 factory presets
- 13 Digital oscillator with variable mode, including Mutable Instruments Plaits engines
- 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