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Arturia MiniBrute SE Analog Synthesizer

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    Description
    MiniBrute is a revolutionary analog synthesizer from Arturia that redefined the price/performance/sound ratio of modern synths. Updated with a new Step sequencer and stylish good looks, the MiniBrute SE is designed to perform.

    Its 100% analog audio signal path features a VCO wave mixer, the classic Steiner-Parker multimode filter, and numerous analog innovations such as the Metalizer, Ultrasaw, and the Brute Factor™. Boasting complete MIDI, CV and USB connectivity, MiniBrute is right at home with your computer or your vintage synths, making it the ideal companion to deliver a pure analog blast anywhere you go.

    Press A Key & It Plays A Little Melody

    The new step sequencer takes a great synth and makes it incredible
    The sequencer can do more than just play back your sequences, though. You can create new musical phrases out of your existing ones by flipping the playback modes, gate timing and swing settings in real time from the front panel. The new sequencing functions are a creative force multiplier for inspiring new musical ideas and creating exciting live performances.

    Bring the Fun

    In a world dominated by hardware with too few controls and endless navigation in tiny LCD screens, MiniBrute brings back the fun with a true hands-on approach to synthesis. You want it louder? Grab the volume knob and crank it up. You want it brighter? Grab the filter cutoff knob and crank it up. You want your sound to grow fangs and snarl like a beast? Grab the Brute Factor™ knob and CRANK. IT. UP. It’s that easy! No factory presets, no buried menus to deal with. MiniBrute is just honest and true analog synthesis.

    Brutal Analog

    The MiniBrute SE features the same great pure analog design as the original MiniBrute. Its analog VCOs provide a pure warm analog sound that can be soft and subtle or hard and brutal. MiniBrute SE offers our complex and versatile oscillator design that can sound as classic or as wild as you can imagine. Add to this monster tone generator an amazing Steiner-Parker filter, and that gives the MiniBrute SE its unique character.

    With the added Brute Factor™ in the filter section, you have a lethal combination that will put your speakers through their paces. Add the 2 wide-range LFOs, 2 envelopes, pitch bend, mod wheels, aftertouch and the new step sequencer - and you have a synth with a lifetime of sound design inside it.

    Hands-On Heaven

    Forget about tiny LCD screens, being lost in menus and sub-menus, and trying to remember double functions and complex procedures. MiniBrute brings back the fun and the immediate hands-on experience of synthesis.

    When you want things to shake, grab the Sub Osc slider and bring it on. When you want it to sizzle, grab the filter knob and open it up. And when it’s time to unleash the beast, grab the Brute Factor™ knob and turn it loose! It’s that easy.

    MiniBrute SE 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 SE can produce those too. But the beast that lurks within is always waiting for you to twist that knob.

    MiniBrute SE 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 SE 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 SE 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 SE 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 SE’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.

    Oscillator On Steroids

    VCO

    No, there’s no DCO… there’s nothing digital at all in MiniBrute SE, only a pure VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) for absolute authenticity. MiniBrute SE’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 SE’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.

    A Full, Hands-On Sequencer

    Compared to the original MiniBrute, the MiniBrute SE adds a powerful Step Sequencer that allows you quick and easy musical phrase creation. With 6 sequences that can contain up to 64 steps each, you can create a number of musical passages. This is not all however. The sequence goes well beyond a typical step sequencer in that it allow multiple play modes, real-time controls for swing and gate time and sequence playback modes. The performance possibilities are endless.

    The new sequencing functions are a force multiplier for inspiring new musical ideas and creating exciting live performances.

    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 SE.

    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 SE can go berserk and produce barely controllable, crazy feedback sounds. 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 SE 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.

    Two full ADSR (Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release) envelopes are available on MiniBrute SE, 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.

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

    MIDI In/Out:

    Use MiniBrute SE as a master keyboard or a MIDI sound source for your DAW or any other MIDI gear you have. Synchronize MiniBrute SE'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 SE directly from your computer’s DAW without the need for a separate MIDI interface. MiniBrute SE 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 SE to your vintage or modular synthesizer to get a beefier sound. Control and sequence MiniBrute SE from your vintage equipment, or use MiniBrute SE to control your vintage synths (it conforms to the classic 1 Volt per Octave scaling system). You can also use MiniBrute SE as a MIDI-to-CV converter.

    Audio In:

    Process any external sound through MiniBrute SE’s filter, VCA and Brute Factor™ circuit. MiniBrute SE 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 SE 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 SE 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 SE has a much faster learning curve than any of your digital equipment. You’ll find that every control on MiniBrute SE 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 SE establishes a fast connection between your ideas and your sound... get ready to explore some adventurous sonic territories.

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    Architecture
    Type: Analog
    Synthesis: Subtractive
    Oscillators: 1
    Waveforms: Saw Down, Saw Up, Sine, Square, Sub Oscillator, Triangle, White Noise
    Osc Modulation: After Touch, Envelope, Fader, Glide / Portamento, Input, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Oscillator, Pedal, Pitch Wheel, Ring Modulation, Sequencer
    Envelopes: 2
    Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
    Filters: 1
    Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), Band Pass, High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
    Filter Modulation: After Touch, Envelope, Input, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Oscillator, Pedal, Pitch Wheel, Portamento, Sequencer
    LFO: 2
    LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle, Clocked, Key Sync
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 1
    Timbrality: 1
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Mono
    Patches
    Patches RAM: 1
    Editing: CV, MIDI, USB
    Sequencer
    6 sequences that can contain up to 64 steps each
    Case
    Case: Keyboard
    Keyboard: 25 keys, Non-weighted, Plastic
    Controls: Aftertouch, Knobs, Switches, Mod - Wheel, Pitch -Wheel, Modulation - Audio Input, Pedal - Sustain, Tempo Knob, Sequencer
    Connections
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, 1/8" Phone Jack, Mono Out, Stereo Headphone
    Audio Output Count: 3
    Inputs: 1/4"
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, USB
    CV Ports: CV IN, CV OUT
    Power: 12V DC 1A
    Production
    Year Released: 2014
    Manuals & Documents

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    Company Product Sites:
    [+] www.arturia.com
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    MSRP List Price: $599 - convert
    Retail Street Price: $399 - convert
    Used Price: $250-$375 - convert
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