Et Tu, Brute?
Fans of the original MiniBrute will instantly fall in love with the familiar controls and signal flow, but this synth has an exciting new sound that it can’t wait for the world to discover.
A powerful standalone synth, MiniBrute 2S gives you hands-on control, letting you create unique sounds that will set you apart from the crowd. There’s nothing quite like thrill of hearing your sound come to life in your hands; singing as you tweak your VCO waveforms; growling as you ride your LFO; and screaming as you push the Steiner-Parker filter. Through organic programming with near-infinite possibilities, MiniBrute 2S opens up an exciting universe of sound for you to explore.
Giving you ultimate control over a vast array of new and exciting synth options, internal routing, and Eurorack compatibility, this is a synthesizer for musical pioneers.
Bringing the power of Eurorack modular to a new generation of musicians, MiniBrute 2S is truly a synth for the modular age.
More than the sum of its parts, MiniBrute 2S takes everything you know about synths and turns it upside-down, letting you rewrite the rules. Featuring a comprehensive modulation matrix with dozens of sources and destinations at your disposal, you can start rewiring its signal paths to conjure up truly exciting sounds that have never been heard before.
Although the MiniBrute 2S is an amazingly powerful standalone synthesizer, it urges you to dig deeper. As soon as you start hooking up the included cables to the patchbay, bringing in signals from your modular gear to twist and warp its sound, or sending signals out to add modular layers, you’ll be falling down the rabbit hole of joyous synth invention.
MiniBrute 2S unites the experimental nature of modular gear with the expressive, vital sound of a contemporary analog synth to create a truly awe-inspiring hybrid.
A Labor of love
MiniBrute 2S isn’t merely a ‘product’, it’s an obsession, a journey, and a commitment to give you one of the most rewarding synth experiences possible.
Straight from the minds of Arturia synth master Seb Rochard and industry legend Yves Usson, MiniBrute 2S unites their love of intuitive sequencing with their desire for raw synth power and studio connectivity. Through their effort, Arturia has democratized the world of Eurorack modular and introduced it to a whole new generation of musicians. Are you ready to take the journey with us?
Once MiniBrute 2S is laid out before you, everything starts to fall into place.
Let’s take a closer look at what MiniBrute has to offer...
1. VCO 1
Sawtooth, Pulse and Triangle waves with unique modifiers and direct FM control. Ultra Saw makes for huge sounds, Metalizer adds complex harmonics to the triangle wave. FM generates rich tones.
2. VCO 2
Selectable waveform between sine, saw and square. Multiple tuning modes for fine, coarse or LFO operation.
3. Oscillator Mixer
Allows for mixing the levels of the individual waveforms of the oscillator 1 and 2, the noise generator and the external inputs.
4. Steiner-Parker Multimode Filter
Beefy filter with Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, and Notch modes. Resonance can be pushed into self oscillation.
5. 4 Stage Envelope
ADSR Type Envelope generator.
6. Brute Factor™
The Brute Factor™ can add subtle drive effects to full blown intermodulation havoc.
7. AD Envelope
This modulator can generate AD, AHR or loopable envelopes. Its Attack and Decay times are CV-controllable, too.
48 CV inputs and outputs to control many elements of the synthesizer and sequencer. Some utility modules provide extended possibilities.
9. Two LFOs
Both LFO supply 6 waveforms and can run in sync to the Sequencer. Very fast rates can be obtained.
10. 3-track, 64-step sequencer
The sequencer controls Pitch, Gate, Velocity and Pressure. Use Seq 2 or Seq 3 to generate other types of signals : Gates, CV, Pitch, LFOs, Envelopes. Real-time and step editing are available.
11. Pads and Encoders
16 Pressure and Velocity sensitive pads can be used as a keyboard or to enter steps in the sequence. Encoders are used to edit the values for each step.
12. 64 patterns
64 pattern memories are available, organized in four banks. Create a chain of patterns to build longer patterns or even full songs.
Synchronize to external MIDI, USB or analog clock.
Generate arpeggios on the keys or loop a portion of the sequence. Everything stays in sync when you exit the loop, perfect for performance.
15. Audio In/Out
Line and headphones outputs.
16. MIDI In/Out
Connect and sync MiniBrute to any DAW or hardware MIDI equipment.
17. USB In/Out
Control MiniBrute from your DAW or use it as a master keyboard
Amazing how flexible this box is both in sound and obviously its sequencer capabilities. I especially love that I’m not tied to just 16 steps, which makes the MiniBrute2S also very useful outside of usual 4/4 signatures, which is important for film/tv/media. Being able to combine this with my eurorack modular via its patchbay is just the icing on the cake and I love the “Brute Factor” knobs’ sound and impact.Jörg Hüttner
( Composer )
Real analog gratification, with an organic yet gnarly tone. Very quickly creates inspiration and a joy to tweak and play with.Euan Dickinson
( Massive Attack collaborator )
I’ve always been a fan of step sequencing for the sheer random nature of it as much as anything, but the MiniBrute 2S takes it to a new level. It’s so much more than just a machine to get the odd cool bassline or riff from. I’ve been using it on film scores to create some really weird, dark patches and it satisfies almost every time I get creative with the patchbay. The sound quality, flexibility and power of this thing cannot be understated and it’s already become one of the few ‘go to’ weapons in my set up.Ade Fenton
( Producer / Gary Numan )
A New Way To Play
MiniBrute 2S introduces a new way to play, and fresh sequencing possibilities that are guaranteed to fuel your creativity.
By replacing the traditional keyboard interface of the MiniBrute 2S, Arturia’s designers were able to incorporate a powerful, intuitive sequencer section into the synth. Featuring up to 64 steps, 3 layers of depth, and fast, simple, effective sequence generation, MiniBrute 2S gives you synth-sequencing control like no other.
Record up to 64 steps of melody with the main sequencer, and add 2 extra layers of synth parameter control with multiple modes, all editable in real-time as you perform. Involve your whole Eurorack setup by connecting the modular ins and outs, and find new ways to experiment and discover. Save your favorite patterns, and chain them together to create whole tracks. MiniBrute 2S also features an arpeggiator with multiple modes for when you want to experiment creating fluid chord progressions, and tap tempo, a metronome, and rock-solid sync so you always stay in the groove.
Whatever your creative setup, and whether you’re tracking blistering synth arpeggios into your DAW or sync’ing up to a drum machine in your live rig, MiniBrute 2S will keep your inspiration fired up and give you new creative opportunities.
All you hear comes from one instance of MiniBrute 2s. VCO 1 is used both as a bassline and kick drum sound, while VCO 2 pitch is fixed. The sequence is then transposed in real time to generate melodic movement. External effects used : Filter Delay from Ableton.
Quick jam with one heavily patched instance of MiniBrute 2s, showing the more experimental side of the instrument's sound palette. Filter audio rate FM, envelope time modulation, brute factor... The added drum loop comes from Ableton.
This melodic electro piece was created using 15 Tracks of MiniBrute 2s. No external samples nor instrument were used. External effects used : Reverb, EQ and Filter Delay from Ableton.
The Creative EcoSystem
Bringing your whole creative world together, MiniBrute 2S has been designed to connect with the unique Arturia RackBrute system, putting your whole modular synth world at your fingertips.
Create a customizable, portable Eurorack ecosystem to house and power your modular equipment. Designed to be the creative hub of your modular world, you can sequence your modules from this next-gen MiniBrute, and use its unique design to work in different configurations. Whether you’re a standing tweaker or a sit-down sound scientist, the MiniBrute 2S and RackBrute EcoSystem will work for you.
If you want to take your setup on the road and start performing, you can keep everything safe with the optional bag, and carry it using the sturdy handle.
With MiniBrute 2S, a RackBrute, and your favorite modules, you can create the ultimate creative ecosystem that will fill you with inspiration, encourage you to experiment, and spark your imagination.
- MiniBrute 2S unit
- Power cord
- 8 patch cables
- a “Cook Book” jam-packed full of superb sonic recipes for you to try out, put together by some of the most illustrious synth-chefs around.
Size & weight
- Instrument size : 19 x 11 x 2.2 inches (484 x 277 x 56mm)
- Instrument weight : 7.7 lbs. (3.5 Kg)
- Analog Synthesizer
- 2 Analog VCO’s:
- VCO1 : Saw + UltraSaw, Square +Pulse width, Triangle + Metalizer. (Waveform mixing)
- VCO2 : Sine, Saw, Square waveforms (three tuning ranges).
- VCO 2>1 Hard Sync, VCO1 linear and exponential FM
- White Noise Generator
- External Audio In
- Steiner Parker filter (12dB per octave); Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, Notch modes.
- 2 LFO’s with Sync: Sine, Tri, Saw, Square, Random, Slew Random
- 1 AD envelope
- Trig, Gate modes
- One shot or Loop
- Attack and Decay times CV controllable
- 1 ADSR envelope
- 48-point CV and Gate patchbay:
- Inputs and Outputs for the voice and sequencer
- Utility modules (inverter, attenuators, VCA)
- 16 velocity and pressure sensitive pads
- 16 encoders
- 64 sequence memories
- Sequence Pitch, Gate, Velocity and Pressure on up to 64 steps
- Alternatively, sequence modulations such as Gates, LFOs, AD Envelopes, ...
- Real-time or step recording modes
- Save and recall sequence patterns on the fly
- MIDI and USB I/O