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Item Reviews for: Arturia MiniBrute 25 Key Analog Synthesizer  -  AUA MINIBRUTE LIST

Aggressive and nasty
By: William H from Berkeley, CA      Submitted: 7/8/2013

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General What is your overall opinion of this product? I was really happy when I found out that Arturia were creating a new, fully analog keyboard at an affordable price. However, there are now plenty of other options out there -- the MS20 mini, Novation Bass Station II, and the Sub Phatty, so look carefully. Quality What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music? The sound quality of the synth and filters is only okay. It sounds a bit like a project synth. But the signal is very clean, with no noise or hiss. The synth tones that the Minibrute excels at are aggressive, nasty, dub steppy tones. You're not going to get nice smooth Moog bass out of this thing. Ease of Use How user friendly is it? Would it work well for a beginner, intermediate or experienced player? While there are some great programming options, particularly on the oscillator waves and the filter options, there are a lot of missing routings that are necessary -- like envelope to oscillator pitch. Features Are the features on the product what you were expecting? What are your favorite features? I expected as much with the price -- I was surprised at the build quality and the aftertouch. However, the aftertouch is really only useful as a controller -- when you use it internally, it's crazy strong. Sound How is the sound quality? How does the sound compare to other products you've use? Cheap and nasty, but loud with no noise or hiss. Feel How is the feel of the keys? Are the controls laid out well? Keys are the best I've seen at this price. Value Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range? I would go for the MS20 mini or the Novation Bass Station II if you want smoother sounds or more programming options. Go for the Minibrute if you want pure, unadulterated nasty.
Arturia Minibrute is amazing.
By: Stone from Charlotte, NC      Submitted: 4/5/2013

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? I have owned several vintage synthesizers so I have a solid frame of reference. This little guy is amazing. I agree with what others have said about it being like a modern Yamaha CS-5 with improvements. The Minibrute is extremely modern sounding with an aggressive and fizzy filter. If you want something for Dubstep and rip your head off sounds this is where it is at. I actually prefer it over several of the Vintage synthesizers that I have owned. However, if you want to make trumpet sounds look elsewhere. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? The notch filter and after touch on this little guy are amazing! Also the keyboard action is better than any of the dedicated midi controllers that you find for under 400 dollars. Ease of Use How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be? Extremely easy to get going. Sound How is the tone? The tone is modern. It is aggressive, quirky and fun. General Your general opinion of this product. An excellent buy! Value Was this item an overall good value? Superb value.
Just Try To Buy A Vintage Analog At This Price
By: Big Joe from Chicago, IL, US      Submitted: 1/13/2013

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Solid metal case and rubberized side panels appear to be solid enough to take on tour. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? It'd probably be tough to gig with this as there's no patch storage as each slider and knob directly controls the sound with no digital control. Of course this also means that programming it is immediate, with no menu diving or computer program needed. If I were still gigging, I'd sample it for stage use instead of trying to take it on the road. Ease of Use How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be? Plug it in; turn it on; make music. If you know a little about subtractive synthesis, you'll learn a lot more quickly. Sound How is the tone? Because of it's unique wave-shaping oscillator, you can get sounds out of this that would be almost impossible out of any other analog or virtual analog without spending a lot more money. General Your general opinion of this product. Screaming leads, deep basses, creamy pads— all with an immediacy of programming that make this a very fun instrument. Value Was this item an overall good value? With the sounds this instrument is capable of making, this is an unbelievable bargain.
Amazing Mono synth
By: That Guy from over there      Submitted: 1/3/2013

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? The unit is of an exceptionally well build quality. There is no flex in the body if you try to twist either end. Knobs, sliders, and switches feel good with good resistance. Wouldn't want to tweak it with "filter face" or start throwing faders like dj superstar. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? One of my favorite things about it is the attack envelop is very fast. Can do 16th note Italio style basslines very well. The amount of control available on this for only being one oscillator is insane! Ease of Use How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be? This is one of the easiest synths I've used that is a modern analog. There is one to one function of every parameter except for, midi send/receive CH, legato, and note priority. Controls are laid out as logical as it gets. Sound How is the tone? The tone is way great! Very easy to program a sound that fills lows, mids, and highs all at once. It does get aggressive fairly easy. If you set the oscillator mixer levels low it can pull out much more mellow sounds though. Some people say it doesn't hit the low end very well. They are wrong or can't program, compared next to my mopho it holds it own very well. Also this synth sounds every bit of a 100% analog synth from 25+ years ago. General Your general opinion of this product. This is a straight up win! Arturia hit the nail right on the head for their first time analog synth and probably best analog of the last 10 years considering price and features. Instant classic. Value Was this item an overall good value? I can't think of a better modern analog keyboard to get that has such great sound and features for so cheap. Excellent value!
Wow, this thing's incredible!
By: Powderfinger from Belmont, Ca USA      Submitted: 12/31/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? It's small but heavy (13lbs). Knobs & Sliders are smooth w/ the resistance you'd expect from a well made piece of equipment. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? IT's ANALOG! The size of this is perfect for a monosynth (you can't play chords). It's got a huge arsenal of old-school synth sound possibilities. Many knobs & sliders to get familiar w/ but that's what's great about it - very hands on & did I mention it's ANALOG?! It also has several jacks for gates, filters, headphones, output & midi. Ease of Use How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be? Unless you're a seasoned synth-wiz, it'll take a little while to learn what everything does, but that's half the fun - just exploring the possibilities of this thing will keep you busy for hours (in a fun way!). The manual is very step-by-step - it's more like a tutorial. It's very in-depth & helpful. Also, it comes w/ a pack of overlay sheets for you to mark the settings of any set-ups you'd like to remember. Sound How is the tone? IT's ANALOG! I've never owned a moog, but this little baby sounds just as authentic as those old synths you used to hear in the 70's & 80's. No cheesy digital imitations, here. The arpeggiator is a ton of fun & the oscillators seem limitless. The bass tones are as fat as can be (w/ a subwoofer, they'll cure anyone's constipation). Plus they've added a few new bells & whistles like the Brutalizer knob which adds a heavy sort of industrial/metal effect. General Your general opinion of this product. I love this thing. It's the funnest toy I've ever owned. Super-authentic analog synth sounds! I can't wait to record w/ it. Moog must be shaking in their boots over the Minibrute. Check out some of the demos on youtube & you'll be convinced. I use it w/ a delay pedal, which really gives it a little more depth & sweetens it up. I imagine a looper would come in handy w/ this as well. Value Was this item an overall good value? Yes, get it.
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