Arturia MiniBrute Analog Synthesizer

25-key All-analog Monophonic Synthesizer with a 3-waveform Oscillator, a Suboscillator, an External Input, a Noise Generator, 2 ADSR Envelopes, Assignable LFO, Aftertouch, Portamento, Steiner-Parker 2-pole Filter, and Both CV and MIDI I/O (Including MIDI over USB)
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An Analog Purist's Dream Synth!

Arturia's MiniBrute takes you back to the basics of analog synthesis! This 25-key compact powerhouse synth puts you in control of a 100% analog signal path, complete with all of the tone-shaping tools your heart desires. If you're looking for the ultimate hands-on synthesis experience - the MiniBrute is it! In addition to standard oscillators, envelopes, and filters, the MiniBrute also gives you a set of truly unique components, such as its exclusive Brute Factor, Metalizer, and Ultrasaw. At Sweetwater, we've seen a lot of analog synths, but few have ever packed as much flexibility and functionality into such an affordable model as the Arturia MiniBrute.

Arturia MiniBrute Monophonic Analog Synthesizer at a Glance:
  • The perfect analog synth for the control freak in you
  • Exclusive components you won't find anywhere else
  • Classic analog signal path with modern digital conveniences
The perfect analog synth for the control freak in you

The Arturia MiniBrute lets you sculpt your sound with extensive hands-on controls that let you dive deeply into every aspect of its analog signal path. The MiniBrute's massively powerful oscillator section lets you blend and shape all six of its sound sources, including a multi-waveform oscillator, a noise generator, and an external source input. Slider controls give you quick access to the MiniBrute's envelopes, while providing natural visual feedback. And check out the MiniBrute's LFO section - there are individual knobs for assigning modulation to several key parameters. Best of all, the entire layout of the MiniBrute is completely logical and intuitive, so any synth nut will feel right at home.

Exclusive components you won't find anywhere else

Not only did Arturia trick out the MiniBrute with an extra layer of tweakability for its oscillators, envelopes, LFO, and other standard components, they also gave it a few original gadgets as well. Two of its main oscillators are unique beasts indeed: the harmonically rich Ultrasaw and the extra-vibrant Metalizer modulated triangle-wave. But nothing comes close to the sonic mayhem you can create just by cranking up the Brute Factor. And one more thing: the filter section of the MiniBrute is also far from ordinary - it's a genuine Steiner-Parker 2-pole filter, the same ultra-resonant filter found in the legendary Synthacon from the mid '70s!

Classic analog signal path with modern digital conveniences

By now, you're probably getting a good idea of what makes the MiniBrute so special: it's a portable analog synthesizer that's designed to bring back the fun and creativity of sound creation. It's completely devoid of digital controls, screens, or factory presets. But that doesn't mean it won't integrate easily with the rest of your rig. In fact, Arturia gave the MiniBrute both classic CV and MIDI connectivity, including MIDI over USB. So whether you're using it in your studio or as part of your live rig, the MiniBrute is ready to take your music to a whole new level!

Arturia MiniBrute Monophonic Analog Synthesizer Features:
  • Fun and inspiring all-analog monophonic synthesizer that makes sound creation a blast
  • 25-note keyboard with velocity, aftertouch, pitch, and modulation wheels
  • Unique design developed in partnership with synth guru Yves Usson
  • 100% analog signal path - no digital controls or menus
  • Multi-wave oscillator section features three different waveforms, a sub-octave generator, and a white noise generator
  • 2 unique oscillator types, Ultrasaw and Metalizer, give you unexplored sonic territory to play with
  • External input lets you blend in sources such as vocals and guitars
  • Flexible filter section features a genuine Steiner-Parker 2-pole filter - the same kind found on the legendary Steiner-Parker Synthacon
  • Filter and amp envelopes feature ADSR sliders for quick access and instant visual feedback
  • Both envelope responses vary from 1 millisecond to 10 seconds
  • Arturia's original Brute Factor control lets you spice up your sound with the twist of a knob
  • LFO with 5 waveshapes, MIDI sync, and arpeggiator sync, as well as a number of assignment knobs, including Pulse Width, Metalizer, Ultrasaw, Filter, Pitch, and Amp
  • Advanced arpeggiator includes selectors for octaves, modes, steps, and swing
  • Vibrato LFO with 3 modes (sine, trill up, trill down)
  • Assignable aftertouch
  • Portamento gives you smooth gliding sounds
  • Heavy duty aluminum enclosure built to travel
  • Includes USB, MIDI, and CV connectivity
Rediscover the fun of sound creation with the all-analog MiniBrute synthesizer from Arturia!

Additional Media

MiniBrute Analog Synthesizer User Manual

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) Analog
Number of Keys 25
Type of Keys Semi-weighted with velocity, aftertouch
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel, Subtractive Synth Controls
Polyphony Monophonic
Number of Presets Multi-wave Oscillator (Sawtooth, Triangle, Square, Sub, White Noise)
Effects Types Analog Distortion (Brute Factor)
Arpeggiator Yes
Audio Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Audio Outputs 1 x 1/4" (master out), 1 x 1/4" (headphones)
USB 1 x Type B
MIDI I/O In/Out/USB
Other I/O CV Gate In/Out
Power Supply 12V DC power supply included
Height 2.76"
Width 15.35"
Depth 12.79"
Weight 8.8 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 530101

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

Oh boy....

I have had so many synths over the years, so you see, it's not that easy for me to get excited over synths anymore....but this thing...oh man....it left me totally speechless! That aggression...the sweetness....the character....the simplicity....the versatility...that "ballsy" sound....and all that goodness for such a ridiculous price.....c'mon guys, u kidding me?!? stop wasting your time reading this review and go get it! NOW!
Music background: Pro producer and keyboards player
5/5

A Beast of a 'Brute!

If you like the warm tones of early Kraftwerk or the chirping arpeggio of YMO, you'll love the MiniBrute. It's got colossal sound in a small package and, speaking from experience, you don't need to have serious technical knowledge of exactly how analog synthesis works, because the user's manual explains that in detail and shows you (almost) every function and use of the MiniBrute. Absolutely worth every penny.
5/5

A Must-have!

If you are in the market for affordable and versatile analog goodness look no further. Every little bit of this guy has blown me away! The oscillator is unique and endlessly nuanced thanks to the wave shape mixer and the shaping circuits on each. With the sub-osc mixed in there you can get some really low-down tones but it is also capable of some very delicate sounds as well. The filter is very different from anything else out there right now and very usable. The Low Pass is sweet, the Band Pass is funky, the High Pass is incredible, and the Notch is a ton of fun! The LFO is fully fleshed and eminently controllable. The Arp is easy to use and great for jamming. Having ADSR sliders is intuitive and easy to use. The aftertouch is expressive. The outputs and inputs make it easy to integrate into literally any set up. I just can't say enough good stuff about this instrument. Get one now!
Music background: Hobbyist
5/5

this thing rocks!

love this little guy! first thing you'll notice is the build is much more robust than u expect. i was expecting the usual Arturia controller type build.but this has got some weight and all pots and sliders feel tight not cheap. right out of the box this thing was spitting wobbling and growling. love the old school vinyl preset sheets !. a knob for every function like it used to be. this synth gets low has sub osc gets aggressive and the filter is a nice alternative to the moog stuff..the arppegiator has a tap function swing and step.. throw in midi over usb and some key patch points for vco gate ect on back and u have a bad ass powerful little synth!
Music background: pro touring musician,producer
5/5

best $500 I ever spent!

just finished up 2 remixes using this. superb!
Music background: producer, performer, DJ

Sweetwater Advice

Sam Hillman

This small and portable analog synth is capable of massive sounds thanks to its 100% analog signal path. All of the knobs, faders, and switches are a breath of fresh air compared to meticulously tweaking in deep digital menus - I can always get fat basses and searing leads created in no time!

Carson McClain

The Arturia MiniBrute is a true analog synthesizer. All the knobs are actual analog potentiometers - not digital encoders, therefore they do not send any MIDI data. The only MIDI data sent out by MiniBrute is the keyboard data (notes with velocity, channel aftertouch, mod wheel and pitch bend). Its level of control is better than any other analog synth in this price range and the sound is skin-tingling, face-ripping, blood-pumping good!
See also: Arturia, Arturia Synthesizers