MiniFreak

Spontaneous algorithmic synthesizer

MiniFreak is a polyphonic hybrid keyboard that unites dual digital sound engines with analog filters, playful modulation, instinctive sequencing, and rich stereo effects for sounds that are immediately curious, beautiful, and chaotic in equal measure.

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Explore the
unconventional

In the rift where digital meets analog, engine meets engine, hardware meets software, expression meets impulse, and reality meets boundless imagination, dwells MiniFreak.

Discover endless sweet spots between sonic universes and tear up the rulebook with an addictive hybrid synthesizer that invites you to play without consequences.

Double the engines,
double the fun

2 engines, 6 voices, 22 oscillator modes.

From Virtual Analog to FM, Additive to Ring Mod, collide contrasting modes for compound polyphonic timbres, feed Engine 1’s sound into Engine 2 for stacked sonic interplay, and process external audio through its architecture to unleash any sound’s wild side. Whether it’s mix-filling bass, textural percussion, or center-stage synth lead, you can mold MiniFreak’s many voices into whatever shape you desire.

  • Noise
  • Superwave
  • Harmo
  • Karplus Str.
  • BasicWaves
  • Audio In
  • Multi Filter
  • Surgeon Filter
  • Comb Filter
  • Phaser Filter
  • Destroy
  • FM/RM
  • V.Analog
  • Waveshaper
  • Two Op. FM
  • Formant
  • Chords
  • Speech
  • Modal
  • SawX
  • Harm
  • Bass

A simple analog-style pad evolves into a stuttering rhythmic motif, introducing modulation, filter sweeps, and FX.

Effortless
sound experimentation

Immediate modulation means nothing is off-limits.

With twin LFOs, polyphonic cycling envelopes, and customizable LFO shapes, modulate your sound engines, filters, effects - even your modulation sources themselves. Anything goes with this simple-but-powerful modulation matrix, putting any flavor of animated, evolving, or untamed sonic alteration at your disposal in seconds.

A simple sustained chord, progressively modulated with slewed S&H affecting the engines and filters.

Madness
in stereo

Savor vivid stereo textures with built-in effects.

Embellish your dual-engine sounds with beautifully hypnotic chorus, brutal distortion, immersive borderline-3D atmosphere, and beyond. MiniFreak is armed with stereo outputs and 3 FX slots, each with 10 curated FX algorithms to choose from, ensuring that every patch is mix-ready and as wide as you need it to be.

  • Chorus
  • Phaser
  • Flanger
  • Reverb
  • Delay
  • Distortion
  • Bit Crusher
  • 3-Band EQ
  • Peak EQ
  • Multi Comp

Hear a simple sequence turned thick, wide, and resonant by introducing distortion, chorus, and reverb.

A Hands-on
Experience

Explore MiniFreak’s layout, controls, and secret sonic weapons in detail, from the one-knob Modulation Matrix to the multi-functional touch strips.

Like-minded
expression

Playfulness that communicates on your level.

MiniFreak is a monster built for playing. Enjoy polyphony that responds to your every input with a quality Slim-key keybed with aftertouch, make sweeping changes to your sound with dynamic macros, turn your melodies into dense chord stacks with Chord mode, and keep your harmony in-check with Scale mode.

Momentum,
meet chaos

Movement on tap, randomization on command.

Explore sequencing and arpeggiation that goes way beyond tapping notes in. Lock variety into your patterns with 4 modulation lanes, introduce dramatic octave jumps, drop in ratchets, repeats, and mutations on the fly - and of course, the Freaks’ signature Spice & Dice guarantees musical alterations and creative randomizations aplenty.

A sequence that never fully repeats, thanks to MiniFreak's Spice & Dice randomization and one-touch mutations.

MiniFreak V

MiniFreak’s sound and architecture mirrored virtually.

Enjoy the same wild hybrid sound, complete with modeled analog filters, in your DAW of choice with a like-for-like VST counterpart to MiniFreak, free and exclusive for its registered users. You can even use the same presets physically or virtually, and tweak the VST with MiniFreak’s controls for a seamless creative flow.

More Info

Preset

Out of the box, explore a curated selection of over 250 patches to whip up your appetite for Freaky hybrid sound. Created by some of the world’s most experienced and prolific sound designers, this library has a little something for everyone. But don’t take it from us, hear it for yourself…

Bass

Harming Bass

A hard bass. The macro 1 controls the HP Filter cutoff and macro 2 adds an octave up.

Heavy B

Heavy bass sound, as the title suggests.

Leads

90 Ravers

An old school UK rave lead sound with a lot of artifacts like back in the day with limited sample memory and resolution.

DjoTears

Supersaw patch on steroids.

Pads

Cygnus

Dreamy dark polyphonic pad.

Aevus Aeternu

A majestic pad sound where the aftertouch plays a big role in the expressiveness of the sound by increasing the modulation speed.

Keys

Crusty Pluck

A thin and noisy pluck sound. Macro 1 adds dramatic tremolo.

Constellation

Digital organ sound. Mod wheel adds brightness.

FX

Sci Fi Slam

A huge, texture gesture generator.

Plat In Clood

Classic ambient eurorack patch using chord engine sent to a digital delay.

Hear it
in action

Broken Landscapes

(Graphyt)

A MiniFreak exploration of textures and sounds finding between something beautiful and broken, something melodic and distorted.

Funk Freak

(Louison Pugin)

A vibrant funk demo using Minifreak Factory presets.

Hit The Bass

(Lektrique)

A hard hitting banger mixing elements of EDM and trap using Minifreak presets.

Hypersona

(Victor Morello)

A hyperpop track using the Minifreak's Engine capabilities. No external effects were used.

In 20 Years Time

(Dimitris Kordis)

An intimate, expressive cinematic track using the Minifreak. No external effects were used.

Inflared Moonset

(Trail)

A soulful drum & bass beat with some jazz and funky flavours blended. Sounds are balanced between classic synths textures and modern electronic sonic designs.

PressClippings

  • Sound On Sound

    On MiniFreak

    “Bigger, Better, Freakier! The MiniFreak really is a great sounding and uniquely versatile synth. ”

  • Engadget

    On MiniFreak

    “The multi-engine synth core of the MiniFreak is incredibly versatile.”

  • Music Radar

    On MiniFreak

    “This is a versatile-sounding hybrid synth that’s a joy to get hands-on with. For all of its versatility too, Arturia has done an excellent job of creating a UI that feels like it has no wrong answers.”

  • Audio Fanzine

    On MiniFreak

    “It wins the 2022 Quality/Price Award!”

  • MusicTech

    On MiniFreak

    “A bantamweight synth that packs a heavyweight punch.”

  • DJMag

    On MiniFreak

    “It is difficult to remain indifferent to this stroke of genius by Arturia. This MiniFreak may well be a revolution. ”

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Main Features

6-voice polyphonic hybrid synthesizer

37-note velocity-sensitive Slim-key keybed with aftertouch

2 sound Engines with 22 oscillator modes in total

Engine 2 can be used to process Engine 1

1 envelope per voice

1 cycling envelope per voice

2 LFOs per voice

Polyphonic analog filters and VCAs

6-voice polyphonic, 12-voice paraphonic, unison, or mono configuration

3 digital FX slots in insert or send mode, with 10 FX to choose from

User-customizable LFO curves

Mod Matrix with 7 sources and 13 potential destinations

OLED display for real-time visual feedback

Intuitive 64-step sequencer (4 pages of 16 steps)

4 lanes of automated modulation

Performance Arpeggiator controls including Ratchet, Octave Randomize, and more

MIDI in/out/thru

USB connectivity

Sustain, audio in, and clock in/out connectivity

Balanced stereo outputs

256 factory presets

256 user preset slots for MiniFreak hardware

Platform Specifications

Windows

  • Win 10+ (64bit)
  • 2.5 GHz CPU
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 2GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • ARM processors not supported on Windows

Required configuration

  • VST, AAX, Audio Unit

Apple

  • Mac OS 10.13+
  • 2.5 GHz or Apple Silicon CPU
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 2GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Work with ASC

  • An elegant and simple solution to help you install, activate, and update your Arturia software instruments

What's in the box

Box content

  • MiniFreak Unit
  • Universal PSU - 12V 1A
  • USB A to USB 2.0
  • Registration card

Instrument dimensions

  • Size : 22.75 x 9.09 x 1.57 inches (578 x 231 x 55mm)
  • Weight : 6.48 lbs. (2.94 Kg)