A tiny powerhouse! A tremendous value!
By: spacemod from Chicago, IL USA
What is your overall opinion of this product?
The MicroBrute has a lot of flexibility, good sound quality and a solid build quality. This machine interfaces well with Control Voltages and MIDI (DIN & USB) and makes an excellent controller for a Modular Synthesizer rig (like Eurorack or Frac) The Modulation Matrix gives LF0 and Envelope Generator control to the various wave form functions (Metal/Saw/Sub/Pitch/Filter/PWM) or to external devices. Their are many options for sound shaping both within the box and also outside the box. The Steiner filter is a nice touch. It offers a unique filter to compliment other filter styles. The 64-step 8 memory bank sequencer is simple but effective. I hope they upgrade the sequencer with a future software update.
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
The quality is pretty amazing for $300!
This box lends itself quite well for sound fx, techno, dub, dub step, classic electronic, and anywhere a classic monosynth sound is required.
Ease of Use
How user friendly is it? Would it work well for a beginner, intermediate or experienced player?
Plug and play. This synth could work in a lot of situations: First synth, Portable controller (fits in backpack)aynth, controller/modulation sources/filter/oscillator addition for a Eurorack style modular synthesizer. Quite versatile!
Are the features on the product what you were expecting? What are your favorite features?
Rich feature set for a small package. Favorite features: Modulation Matrix, Steiner filter, Oscillator Mixer: Ultrasaw, Metalizer,Pulse Width, Sub>Fifth.
How is the sound quality? How does the sound compare to other products you've use?
The sound is excellent. Total analog signal path w/some digital control. Haven't sorted out how much beyond the sequencer is digital, but I haven't heard any zipper noise yet.
How is the feel of the keys? Are the controls laid out well?
Not a keyboard for a pianistic approach. Good for basslines. If you hate mini-keys you will hate this keyboard. Otherwise, good enough for a mini-key action. Get an external keyboard if necessary - the sound is worth it!
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
I am still astounded that an analog synthesizer this great could be produced for this price. It is not the most comprehensive machine by any means, but because of features like the modulation matrix, the oscillator mixer and the interfacing between USB, MIDI and Control Voltages this little machine is a powerhouse by itself or with other electronic music machines.