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Sonic LAB: Arturia Minibrute Review
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SteveFromBerlin    Said...

Great Review!

02-Jul-12 08:13 AM

Koshdukai    Said...

Loved the review. I think it covered everything I wanted to know or confirm.

Thanks Nick! :) all I have to do is, erm... wait -.-'

02-Jul-12 08:39 AM

PaddyFromDublin    Said...

Another great review though I wish he'd start including prices in Euros.

02-Jul-12 11:00 AM

J.J. The JayMan    Said...

Excellent review. The problem for me?

I hate this synthesizer. The word "Brute" is appropriate. The thing sounds bad to me.

02-Jul-12 11:06 AM

Sean Dynan    Said...

Nick. Brilliant review as always. Brilliant little synth too. But why are sonic Lab videos of late all blurry? What's the point of a 720p video if it's full of motion blur or whatever that is?

02-Jul-12 12:55 PM

Robin    Said...

Minibrute.. I hate it. I'm sorry I do. I have not heard any demo that would help my interesst in this synth. This synth is made for noisy bleeps and beeps of what I can hear, somewhere between a Nintendo 8 bit and crap. And it is butt ugly. It's a big suprise though. I would wait for the Waldorf Pulse 2. It looks more interessting, if it keeps the sound quality from the original Pulse.

02-Jul-12 01:11 PM

Gustavo    Said...

I personally find it awfull compared to the DSI Mopho. I own a Mopho module and I think that as a stand alone synth it sounds better and is capable of so much more.

Yet if I was looking for a synth to integrate to my analog rack, I´d definitely get this one.

02-Jul-12 02:02 PM

GTRman    Said...

What is with this keyboard or should I say lack of keyboard?

02-Jul-12 03:01 PM

moss    Said...

Greate review Nick! I feel a gearlust coming up :-)

02-Jul-12 04:22 PM

Blake    Said...

Excellent review! Want!

02-Jul-12 05:26 PM

al_bot    Said...

Thanks Nick for the review!

The synth just doesn't do it for me. It just sounds plain bad. I don't feel the warmth. Not sure what Arturia is doing. I wish Arturia origin was more like Creamware scope modular or something.

02-Jul-12 11:54 PM

Peter K.    Said...

Thanks for the review, Nick!

I've had mine on order for several months. I can't wait for it to arrive.

It is the size that it is, and it sounds the way it sounds. I think it's got a rough, raucous quality to it that makes a nice contrast to the warm, smooth sound of my Moogs and DSI stuff. And it has a multi-mode filter!! Finally!!

Two questions, Nick: 1) How did the keyboard feel to play?

2) Was the pitch bend able to go all the way up to a full octave? I've seen it not quite make it there in a few other videos... Just wondering if they've gotten that calibration sorted yet.

Ok, I lied, one more question: Do we know why there has been such a delay on the Minibrute?

03-Jul-12 02:06 AM

JJ    Said...

i was really excited about this synth when it was announced, almost preordered it, but now after hearing some demos I'm glad I didn't. It's too brutal for me, I was wishing it could also produce mellow and soft tones, but it seems it only does brutal to überbrutal... ;/

great review and a nice concept, I wish arturia would make a sibling that does softer tones.

03-Jul-12 02:24 AM

Jeremy    Said...

JJ: I dunno, it's got the sine wave and the ability for really long envelopes, I bet it could do soft sounds just fine. It's just, sort of more suited to the harder stuff.

03-Jul-12 12:54 PM

CCQ    Said...

Nick- Any chance of doing a tour of the Arp? Thanks, CCQ

03-Jul-12 01:39 PM

Nick B    Said...

Sorry CCQ, unit had to go back, only had limited amount of time with it. What do you want to know?

Perhaps I can answer

04-Jul-12 05:30 AM

Blue Monster 65    Said...

I had some time on the MB at the recent Gear Fest and was more impressed with it than I thought I would be. I'm generalizing here, but I found that turning the Brute Factor and Metalizer off were key to getting "smoother" sounds (obviously) and without those, it was a pretty capable synth, though still an aggressive sounding one. It's not as fat as a Moog, but would layer quite nicely with one (the rep told me about hooking up a Minitaur to his and how massive the two sounded).

The arp was fun, being both programmable and preset, with details on both escaping me at the moment. I did like playing a chord and having the arp add/run the notes as I pressed them, the being able to adjust the amount of swing as it ran. Big fun! Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to sync it to Spark, as others wanted to have a go on it.

I'm in the camp that thinks this thing is going to sell serious amounts (when they get their supply line up and running), but I can't say whether or not I'll have one. I think anyone sitting on the fence (as I am) will have to spend more time with it in the store.

04-Jul-12 07:46 AM

Pro musician 1    Said...

Why do companies continue to design these toy like synths. Useless keyboard , no patch storage, cheap plastic knobs and cases, single voice. Musicians need tools not toys. Give me a real useful Instrument that I can use in the studio and on stage. Thanks for the demo guys, it really shows the limitations of this cheap plastic toy. I will wait for the MaxiBrute.

04-Jul-12 10:20 PM

Juicy Audio    Said...

This hits all the right notes (ahem), as far as im concerned (another stellar review by nick..thank you) as :-

a) it has cv/gate, midi and usb

b) a useable keyboard

c) a VERY rich sounding, unique and hence characterful steiner-parker esque filter

d) some quirky mod routings, which means lots of scope for sounding a bit different

e) a tasty looking arpeggiator, which according to spec is programmable, with swing et al.

couple that with the price point it should (hopefully) be available at, and even with ONE oscillator, i reckon itll sell by the truckload, production volumes meeting order levels notwithstanding.

It looks and feels like a modern day SH-101, but with added guts and steroidal assitance.

05-Jul-12 08:09 PM

CCQ    Said...

Thanks for the reply, Nick and Blue 65. I guess my main question about ARP behavior is ‘what happens when you change the step size or the play order?’ Does it handle the change gracefully or is it a hard reset?

Also, I had hoped for an ‘order played’ setting in addition to up/down/random – no luck I guess.

While I’m at it, I’m predicting a run on the Korg Monotron market as folks hack CV connections into them and add them as a second oscillator. Your demo with the modular was right on point.

07-Jul-12 12:22 AM

Blue Monster 65    Said...

From what I remember (it's been a couple of weeks and I only had a few minutes - less than 15 - with it), it seemed to go right into the next chord or when I added a note to what I was holding down with no problem.

08-Jul-12 08:12 PM

sharp tube    Said...

there are several problems with this toy why i don't want it: a) only 25 keys b) some important parameters like midi, vel, aftertouch,lfo-trigger mode and ... can only be edited via computer. c) the bass is too weak

arthuria would maybe produce someday a better professional version, so it is better to wait.

09-Jul-12 03:42 AM

CCQ    Said...

A guide for those playing at home: "Instrument" == "Features I'm looking for" "Toy" == "Features I'm not looking for"

09-Jul-12 02:07 PM

Derek    Said...

>> The synth just doesn't do it for me. It just sounds plain bad.

It's the MIni*Brute*... Moog Headquarters is _that_ way. :-)

It certainly gets your attention. I'll say it again: this is a complete 180 degree turn from the Arturia Origin--you know, the one Tom from MusicThing labelled "boring". Do we want Arturia making cool hardware or not? Make up your minds ;)

11-Jul-12 11:49 AM

Ben    Said...


I read somewhere you can change the aftertouch via the computer/software. Maybe worth the research?

As always nice review, thanks!

11-Jul-12 02:38 PM

gaz    Said...

thanks for an extraordinarily deep and thorough review. You have a knack of coaxing great sounds out of any equipment you get your hands on. enjoyed watching even though i have no need for an analog monosynth.

11-Jul-12 03:29 PM

CCQ    Said...

Something crazy happened and I got a call this morning to come pick up my new Minibrute. In reading the manual for the USB editor, re my comment above about the play order of the arp, you can indeed set it to play either in the order the keys are pressed or pitch order.

14-Jul-12 12:14 AM

Blue Monster 65    Said...

Glad to know you're diggin' it, CCQ! When you want to take a break from it, though, you could always send it my way for a week or two! :)

14-Jul-12 10:13 PM

@The_JoESilva    Said...

Great review! Hang on...there are Sonicstate t-shirts? :-O

18-Jul-12 12:45 PM

Bjarne D.    Said...

I like your t-shirt, Nick! Is it available somewhere?

23-Jul-12 12:50 PM

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