100% Analog Power

MiniBrute is a revolutionary analog synthesizer, combining the renowned savoir-faire of Arturia for designing professional musical instruments, and the expertise of synth guru Yves Usson in crafting the finest analog modules.

MiniBrute was built with a simple goal in mind:
offer great analog sound and a very easy-to-use interface, without ever compromising on quality.

The result of fine R&D and skilled craftsmanship: a 100% Analog audio signal path, delivering huge bass lines, screaming leads, outstanding arpeggios and wild effects.

Analog synthesizers of yesteryear are highly sought-after on the “used” market for their warmth, fatness, slight instability, and their unmistakable sonic character. Digital synths sometimes offer more possibilities, but can sound a bit sterile at times and lose musicians in endless menus and boring sound design concepts.

And now MiniBrute makes a bold entrance, standing proudly among legendary analog machines like the MiniMg, Pro-One, SH-101, MS-20, and Odyssey. MiniBrute offers the classic analog sounds of the most iconic recordings, while making a mark of its own with unique features and some serious attitude.

Sounds with an Attitude

So what does MiniBrute sound like?

MiniBrute was designed with one thought in mind: produce amazing analog sounds. And it hits the target dead-center, serving up powerful basses, hypnotic drones, screaming leads, acid sequences, ethereal monopads, 80’s arpeggios, mind-blowing effects and fascinating sonic experiments.

If you’re looking for deep funky basses, mellow leads, clavinets or woodwind-like sounds, MiniBrute can produce those too. But the beast that lurks within is always waiting for you to twist that knob…

Demos

This house track showcases the metalizer effect on the triangle wave which nicely brings an edge to the mix.

This track shows a wide variety of modern bass sounds you can get with MiniBrute, namely using the LFO and Brute Factor.

This tracks features raw bass sound with various modulation from the lfo and an aerial lead.

In this example, a drum loop is processed through MiniBrute’s Filter and VCA circuit using the audio input while playing a classic acid-style bass.

Sound Examples

This is an example of a deep funky and groovy bass.

This sound is an example of pizzicato and arpeggio strings on Bach style.

Here you can hear a deep bass with the powerful MiniBrute metalizer.

The MiniBrute can also make kind of retro lead, video games inspired.

Your Sounds, Your Attitude

MiniBrute doesn’t have presets. You yourself will build every sound you hear. That may seem strange, but take it from us: it’s fun, it’s creative and it’s an organic approach to making music. Plus it’s easier than browsing sub-menus!

But you can still play sounds made by other programmers. And you can store your own sounds. How does that work?

Because we provide preset sheets that fit over the MiniBrute controls. Dial in the values on those sheets and you’ll recreate a sound in one minute. And your sounds can be preserved the same way: make a few marks on a blank sheet and you’re done.

Steiner-Parker Filter

MiniBrute incorporates the legendary Steiner-Parker multimode filter.

Introduced for the first time in the Synthacon synthesizer back in the 70’s, this marvelous filter not only has a Low pass mode like other designs, but also Band pass, High pass and Notch positions, making it a highly-versatile and acclaimed boutique filter.

The MiniBrute filter is based on the core of this legendary filter, and it has been enhanced to deliver an even wider range of cutoff and resonance. Nyle Steiner himself has verified and approved these enhancements.

Teamed with the MiniBrute’s multi-wave oscillator and its wide modulation capabilities, the Steiner-Parker filter adds an extremely versatile and aggressive edge that will make your sound stand out.

Steiner Parker filter examples:

Oscillator On Steroids

VCO

No, there’s no DCO… there’s nothing digital at all in MiniBrute, only a pure VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) for absolute authenticity. MiniBrute’s VCO is classic in its sound and modern in its design, providing 4 simultaneous waveshapes that can be individually mixed with white noise and the external audio input. There’s also a sub-oscillator and several analog signal enhancers such as Metalizer and Ultrasaw, all of which makes for custom waveshapes that no other analog hardware synthesizer can match.

Sub Osc

MiniBrute’s sub-oscillator will generate a sine or square wave as much as two octaves down. It's ready to rattle the house at your command.

Ultrasaw

Ultrasaw provides shimmering sawtooth waveforms that will considerably enrich the sound.

It basically makes two phase-shifted copies of the raw sawtooth waveform. The copies have ever-evolving phase shifts of their own, and when mixed with the original sawtooth they complement one another.

This results in a lively, rich, bright ensemble effect that can be further enhanced by the modulation rates of the phase-shifted copies. This is the first time a feature like this has been offered in an analog keyboard.

Metalizer

The Metalizer takes the basic triangle waveform, “warping” and “folding” it to create complex, jagged waveforms that are rich in high harmonics. This results in pitched, “metallic” sounds that are ideal for harpsichord- and clavinet-type tones. Dynamic modulation of the warp/fold parameters by an LFO or envelope opens up a realm of “clangorous” sounds that will cut through your mix nicely.

Brute Factor™

Brute Factor™ was inspired by a patch made on a famous vintage synthesizer by connecting its headphone output to the external audio input. The result was a type of feedback loop that’s ideal for raspy and grungy sounds. This technique has been adapted and implemented internally in the MiniBrute.

At low Brute Factor™ settings the distortion is smooth and gentle, but it becomes harsher as you turn up the knob. When the level exceeds 75% of maximum the MiniBrute can go berserk and produce barely controllable, crazy feedback sounds.

Brute Factor :


Note: the Brute Factor™ seriously alters the filter characteristics, so expect highly unpredictable results at extreme settings. You’ve been warned!

Modulations Galore

Modulations are the key to widening a synthesizer’s sound palette. While many synths offer too few options and, in the end, a limited range of sounds, MiniBrute opens the door to a world of combinations that will allow you to create a unique and original sonic signature.

The LFO1 waveforms include sine, triangle, sawtooth, square, random square and random sine waves. The modulation amounts are bipolar and can be routed to 4 destinations: PWM & Metalizer, Pitch, Filter, and Amplifier. So you can really get creative and start modulating the Filter with a negative slope, for example, while increasing the Pitch.


The LFO range is very wide (0.1 Hz to 100 Hz), allowing modulations that cover the gamut from subtle evolutions to wild FM effects.

LFO1 Modulation Example

LFO2 Vibrato Example

LFO2 controls vibrato, with adjustable rate and 3 different modes: trill up, trill down and oscillating sine modulations.

Mod Wheel Example

The expressiveness of the MiniBrute is enhanced by additional Mod wheel and Aftertouch controls. Each can be routed to the Cutoff or the Vibrato, and the Mod wheel can also control the general LFO amount.

Fast Envelope Example: Techno Bass

Slow Envelope Example: Soundscape

Two full ADSR (Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release) envelopes are available on MiniBrute, one for controlling the Filter and the other controlling Volume (Amplifier). The Filter envelope can also modulate the Pulse Width of the Square wave and the Metalizer amount. Use the Fast/Slow switch to select ultrafast, 1 millisecond responses for snappy electro basses and leads, or responses that can exceed 10 seconds for slow, evolving soundscapes.

Connect to the world

Thanks to its full MIDI/CV/USB connectivity, MiniBrute is designed to fit seamlessly in any modern or vintage studio.

MIDI In/Out:

Use MiniBrute as a master keyboard or a MIDI sound source for your DAW or any other MIDI gear you have. Synchronize MiniBrute's Arpeggiator with an incoming MIDI clock and play in perfect sync with external drum machines, computers, or other MIDI equipment. LFO1 can also lock to the Arpeggiator, allowing for rhythmic Filter, Pitch and Amp modulations that are always in sync.

USB In/Out:

Sequence MiniBrute directly from your computer’s DAW without the need for a separate MIDI interface. MiniBrute can also serve as a USB MIDI controller and as a USB MIDI-to-CV converter: it will translate incoming USB and MIDI data into CV Pitch Out and Gate Out signals, making it a great way to control vintage synths from your computer or MIDI interface.

CV In/Out :

Chain MiniBrute to your vintage or modular synthesizer to get a beefier sound. Control and sequence MiniBrute from your vintage equipment, or use MiniBrute to control your vintage synths (it conforms to the classic 1 Volt per Octave scaling system). You can also use MiniBrute as a MIDI-to-CV converter.

Audio In:

Process any external sound through MiniBrute’s filter, VCA and Brute Factor™ circuit. MiniBrute can be used as an analog powerhouse for adding warmth, grit and filter effects to drums, guitars, vocals, and more. It will alternatively generate automatic bass lines from percussive sounds by switching the Gate source selector to audio.

MiniBrute can also be used as a MIDI-to-CV/Gate converter, establishing a link between your computer-based studio and your vintage gear.

Total Control

MiniBrute features a full set of 29 high-precision knobs, 14 metal sliders and 8 metal switches that offer direct control over your sound.

Don't worry; MiniBrute has a much faster learning curve than any of your digital equipment. You’ll find that every control on MiniBrute is laid out in a very intuitive manner.

You want to make it brighter? Grab the Cutoff knob and turn it up. You want to make it fatter? Grab the Sub Osc slider and move it up. You want your sound to grow fangs and snarl like a beast? Grab the Brute Factor knob and crank it. MiniBrute establishes a fast connection between your ideas and your sound... get ready to explore some adventurous sonic territories.

Keyboard Tailored to Your Needs

MiniBrute features a quality keyboard including velocity, aftertouch and 25 semi-weighted keys for a fast and accurate performance.

Aftertouch can be routed to the Cutoff or Vibrato amounts for maximum expression.

To add spur-of-the-moment expression to your leads and basses, use the Pitch and Modulation wheels. The Modulation wheel can be set to control the Cutoff, Vibrato or LFO amounts.

Continuing Analog History

The MiniBrute has roots stretching back to the 1970's, but it is definitely a child of the 21st century. It proudly stands among the MS-20s, Odysseys, Pro-Ones and MiniMgs while bringing its own personality and powerful sonic imprint to the table.

Too many modern musicians lack the opportunity to own an original analog synth, due in part to skyrocketing secondhand prices and the minefield of ongoing maintenance. MiniBrute is intended to provide them the gratifying and fun experience of true analog synthesis with an instrument that does not compromise on quality.

Crafted by the company that brought forth numerous innovations like the Origin modular synthesizer and many top-rated software synthesizers, MiniBrute offers state-of-the-art functionality that was missing on the first analog instruments: MIDI/CV control, improved stability, a sophisticated arpeggiator, USB connectivity and so on. MiniBrute integrates many technologies that fit today's musical needs.

Creative experience

Freeform Sound Creation

MiniBrute invites you to take a journey into analog synthesis, where you’ll experience the original pleasure of hands-on sound creation. No hidden sub-menus, and no presets. You take immediate control over your sound by moving each individual knob and slider, leading you to spontaneous and creative results.

MiniBrute is laid out in a very ergonomic way, to simplify the workflow of the experienced synthesist and to provide an easy-to-use interface for the newcomer.

When saving a preset, simply use one of the transparent preset sheets provided with MiniBrute and, literally, put your marks on it. MiniBrute also comes with a set of 10 preset sheets to give you inspiration for making your own basses, leads, arpeggios and sound effects.

A Unique Format

MiniBrute is portable enough for even the most nomadic (and space-conscious) of musicians. Its slim size and light weight (less than 4 kg / 8.8 lbs) make it a hands-on analog powerhouse that you can easily carry from your studio to a rehearsal, to the gig, and back home.

Built into a rock-solid aluminum housing, MiniBrute is certainly an instrument at home on the stage. Its tuning stability compared to vintage synthesizers (and even to some contemporary analog synthesizers) makes it a reliable solution when you need to nail a live performance.

Innovations

Signal Enhancer

Our R&D teamed up with synth guru Yves Usson to design the best modules for the MiniBrute.

Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) is a well-known effect for square waves which has a result similar to a chorus, or slightly detuned oscillators played together. MiniBrute has PWM capability but also brings unique new options for the Triangle and Saw waves:

Ultrasaw produces a lively and bright ensemble effect on the sawtooth waveform, and Metalizer adds complex harmonics to the triangle waveform.

Last but not least, the Brute Factor™ can add anything from a subtle drive effect to full blown intermodulation havoc when pushed.

A Conceptor Dream

Besides our skillful in-house engineers, Arturia teamed up with three talented people who share the same passion for analog synthesis:

Yves Usson is the man behind the "Yusynth" project. He created some of the world's finest analog modules and he is the designer of the original analog circuits in MiniBrute.

Nyle Steiner, the engineer who designed the original Steiner-Parker filter and several other innovative instruments for his own brand and for Crumar and Akai, was consulted to approve the adaptations of his filter in MiniBrute. He also contributed some very important tweaks that broaden the cutoff and resonance response even further.

Axel Hartmann designed the MiniBrute’s body and layout, paying tribute to classic designs of the late 70's and early 80's, while bringing a modern edge that firmly asserts the fact this is a 21st-century synthesizer.

A Sound that Stands Out

MiniBrute is a one-of-a kind synthesizer with a huge personality that it will easily find a place in your tracks, whether you play electronic, hip hop, new wave, electro rock or any other modern musical genre.

Its distinctive warm, full-bodied and sometimes aggressive character draws its energy from a signal path that is totally unique.

When you’re at the MiniBrute controls you will be greatly surprised by how much sonic power it has, and you will also discover that it can be tamed into producing the milder, classic analog tones.

Quality everywhere

Heavy-duty Hardware

MiniBrute comes in a heavy-duty aluminum housing that will stand up to years of intensive use in the studio or onstage. Mechanical components have also been carefully selected: from quality metal sliders, to ALPS switches, to an industry-standard green PCB, each ensuring long-lasting performance. By applying the quality standards of modern manufacturing to a classic design, MiniBrute will provide a pure analog sound while being extremely reliable over time, even more so than its vintage ancestors.

Comprehensive Manual

MiniBrute's manual was edited by Craig Anderton and written by Yves Usson and Antoine Back. It is available in English, Japanese and French.

The manual will give you relevant information to start making sounds quickly, while also including a comprehensive and useful introduction to subtractive synthesis.

To round out the instructional aspect of the manual, MiniBrute also ships with a set of 10 preset sheets, giving you starting points from which you will be able to forge your own signature sounds.

Quality Tested

MiniBrute's printed circuit boards are thoroughly tested with over 200 checkpoints, ensuring top quality at the end of the production line. Checked units are then submitted for individual hand calibration.

Before being shipped, units are then tested again. All functions are checked so we make sure your unit will work the way it should.

In the Box

  • MiniBrute synthesizer.
  • User manual.
  • Preset sheets.
  • Power supply.

Size & weight

  • Instrument size : 325x390x70mm (12.79 x 15.35 x 2.76 inch).
  • Instrument weight : 4 Kg (8.8 lbs).

Main Features

  • Monophonic synthesizer
  • 100% Analog Audio Signal Path
  • Steiner-Parker 2 pole Multimode Filter (Low Pass, Band Pass, High Pass and Notch)
  • Voltage Controlled Oscillator with Sub-Osc (Square, Sine, -1 & -2 oct)
  • Oscillator Mixer (Sub, Sawtooth, Square, Triangle, White Noise, Audio In)
  • Signal Enhancers :
    • Pulse Width Modulation
    • Ultrasaw generating shimmering sawtooth waveforms
    • Metalizer bringing extreme triangle harmonics
  • Brute Factor™ delivering saturation and rich harmonics
  • LFO1 with 6 waveforms (Sine, Triangle, Sawtooth, Square, Random Square, Random Sine) and bi-polar modulation destinations (to PWM & Metalize, Pitch, Filter, Amplifier)
  • LFO1 clock syncable to Arpeggiator (Arpeg, or free).
  • LFO2 with selectable rate and 3 vibrato modes (trill up, trill down, sine)
  • Two ADSR Envelope Generators with selectable slow/fast speed (from 1 millisecond to more than 10 seconds)
  • Keyboard Tracking on the VCF Cutoff
  • 25 note semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch (assignable to Cutoff or Vibrato amount)
  • Mod Wheel (assignable to Cutoff, Vibrato, or LFO amount)
  • Pitch Wheel (with selectable bend range)
  • Octave selector from -2 to +2 octaves
  • External Analog Audio Input
  • CV In/Out :
    • CV Inputs: Pitch, Filter, Amp
    • CV Output: Pitch (tracks the keyboard and pitch wheel)
    • Gate In/Out
    • Gate source selector (Audio/Hold/Keyboard)
  • MIDI In/Out with 5 pin DIN connectors
  • USB MIDI In/Out
  • 1/4” Audio Output and 1/4” Headphone Output
  • Full Function Arpeggiator:
    • 4 modes of arpeggiation
    • 4 octave range control
    • 6 step divisions
    • 6 Swing positions
    • Hold function
  • Tempo knob
  • Tap tempo
  • MIDI Sync
  • Rugged Aluminium enclosure
  • 12V DC 1A power

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