Experimental Hybrid Synth

A synthesizer like no other, MicroFreak is a peculiar, exceptional instrument that rewards the curious musician. It blends wavetable and digital oscillators with analog filters. It features a unique poly-aftertouch flat keyboard. It adds controlled randomness to sequences. This isn’t a revolution, it’s a mutiny.

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Whether you’re looking for your first, affordable hardware synth or are a collector looking for original sounds and unique interface, MicroFreak is the synth you need.

This out-there little music machine features a versatile digital oscillator so you can create rare and interesting sounds with ease. Modes like Wavetable, KarplusStrong, Harmonic OSC, and 3 granular engines give adventurous musicians the chance to explore totally new, unheard possibilities.

Like having dozens of synths in just one instrument, both wild-eyed newcomers and seasoned professionals will fall in love with MicroFreak’s flexible, powerful synth engine.

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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 modeling, wavetable synthesis, virtual analog, sample playback; there’s 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. Stimulate your creativity and reward your curiosity with a large, diverse sound palette. MicroFreak features 17 awesome oscillator modes, including 7 bespoke Arturia engines, 7 modes from Mutable Instruments, and 3 oscillator modes designed with Noise Engineering.

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.

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 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...


Ambient 90

Jean-Michel Blanchet

A bright an ethereal trip into space using FW 2.0 bank presets. Arturia external FX and processing were used for this track.

At Last

Sebastien Rochard

Sit back and enjoy this chillout deep bass track with floating melodic elements and texture. Arturia external FX and processing were used for this track.

Tales From The Table


An epic melodic techno track using the FW 4.0 features. Arturia external FX and processing were used for this track.

Slow Tempo Demo

Romain Magnan

MicroFreak is at ease in creating leads and FX sounds in this psybient track.

Playing Games In The 80s


Energetic synthwave track showing capabilities of the MicroFreak in the analog domain.


Blush Response

Dark industrial techno featuring a heavily distorted MicroFreak.

Chill Street


Laid back smooth techno track done entierly with the MicroFreak.

Ambient Forest

Tom Leclerc

Melodic ambient track, with a stong nostalgic feeling.



Bring back the 90s rave sound with this uplifting trance track.



  • Mac Pro Video

    On MicroFreak

    “Excellent synth with a digital brain and analog filter. Many oscillator modes”

  • Sonic State

    On MicroFreak

    “A different flavor of sound, it's not like many other things I can think of.”

  • T3

    On MicroFreak

    “Indeed, the Arturia MicroFreak is a very distinct experimental synth for the adventurous, for those who seek sounds outside the norm, creating hooks and leads bordering on the otherworldly, boasting a four-voice paraphonic synth and one that could easily be used in a live set.”

  • Audio Technology

    On MicroFreak

    “MicroFreak will win the hearts of electronic musicians seeking an all-in-one inspiration machine that dares to be different.”

  • Juno

    On MicroFreak

    “It’s all surprisingly clear and simple to get to grips with considering the fact that there’s so much to play with.”

  • DJTech Tools

    On MicroFreak

    “One of the biggest advantages to owning a digital hardware synth like the MicroFreak is the versatility – you’re able to create a wide range of sounds just from a single unit. Basses or leads, creepy sounds or smooth vibes – it’s in here.”

  • KRHome Studio

    On MicroFreak

    “Endearing and powerful instrument. If the editorial team calls for me to return it, tell them that I went for a trek in Tibet.”

  • MusicTech

    On MicroFreak

    “This is an exceptionally brave new design from Arturia, which has the potential for lots of sonic brilliance.”

  • Interface

    On MicroFreak

    “This is just a synth that should be in every studio. (...) With the Microfreak you can enjoy yourself for a long time. What a genius thing!”

  • Reverb

    On MicroFreak

    “It's a little package with a lot built in, I really enjoyed playing with it.”

  • Electronic Musician

    On MicroFreak

    “With so many synthesis features packed into such a small box, it’s hard not to fall in love with Arturia’s latest hardware offering. (...) MicroFreak should be top of your ‘must-try’ list.”

  • Future Music

    On MicroFreak

    “A modern classic at the time of its presentation, Arturia MicroFreak is a very difficult contender to beat in its price range. If you take into account its sound versatility and its ability to create breakthrough sequences, and all for a price less than € 300, you have to rub your eyes to believe what you're seeing - and listening... Its variety of sound generators and the flexibility of modulation are incredible for a synth of this price. -Arturia wanted to raise very high what a low-priced instrument has to offer The Arturia MicroFreak digital synthesizer represents the intention of those of Grenoble to capture the imagination and the desire of the beginner users of synthesizers, but also of those more demanding and creatively advanced.”

  • Strong Mocha

    On MicroFreak

    “MicroFreak is an amazing little synth monster which can produce magic, weightiness, elegance, strength, and endless variation.”

  • Allfordj

    On MicroFreak

    “The new MicroFreak synthesizer from Arturia is a very unusual instrument which is able to conquer the heart of any musician eager for experiments. It combines the virtually limitless possibilities of digital oscillators and tabular wave synthesis with the warm, charming character of analog filters.”

  • Amazona

    On MicroFreak

    “This little synthesizer nails - in some ways cruelly - all currently existing multi-engine synthesizers to the wall. No other synthesizer currently on the market offers so many different synthesis engines in one instrument. In short: The MicroFreak is an absolute killer synthesizer, convincing on so many levels while allowing you to live out the pure fun of playing.”

  • Gearspace

    On MicroFreak

    “The Microfreak is certainly in the no-brainer category for all synth enthusiasts and electronic music producers, and not only because it packs a lot but most importantly because it brings interesting and refreshing elements to the table. The digital oscillator is fabulous, pressure keyboard and along with the modulation matrix it makes for an exciting synth with lots to offer. This is arguably Arturia’s best — real or virtual — synthesizer to date.”

  • Sonic State

    On MicroFreak

    “If you are looking to expand your tonal palette a little bit, it's definitely something well worth checking out.”

  • Music Radar

    On MicroFreak

    “Packing tons of power and innovative features into an affordable box, Arturia’s new offering is weird, wonderful and downright fun. (...) MicroFreak should be top of your ‘must try’ list.”

  • Electronicbeats

    On MicroFreak

    “The modulation matrix is so powerful in itself, this is like a cherry on the cake but the cake itself is so incredibly well designed, actually, I would go that far and say it's the best synth arturia ever made.”


What's in the box

Box content

  • MicroFreak Unit
  • Universal PSU
  • Registration card
  • 2x MIDI port adapters

Instrument dimensions

  • size : 12.2 x 9.2 x 2.2 inches (311 x 233 x 55mm)
  • weight : 2.3 lbs. (1.02 Kg)

Main Features

Synthesizer with 512 preset slots and 320 factory presets

21 digital oscillator modes, from wavetable to sample playback & granular processing, plus engines from Mutable Instruments and Noise Engineering as well as the Vocoder mode

Analog State Variable Filter, 12dB/octave, resonant, Low Pass, Band Pass, High Pass

ADSR envelope

Cycling Envelope offering two modes

  • Envelope
  • LFO

LFO with Sync: Sine, Tri, Saw, Square, Random, Slew Random

Modulation matrix with 5 sources and 7 destinations (3 custom destinations)

Monophonic, Paraphonic or Unison 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 / Pressure outputs

USB, Clock and MIDI in and out

6.35mm master and 3.5mm headphone output