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Arturia MicroFreak Keyboard Hybrid Synth

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Original sounds and unique interface, the MicroFreak is the synth you need whether you are just beginning or a seasoned pro.

Arturia MicroFreak Keyboard Hybrid Synthesizer Features
  • Synthesizer with 192 preset slots and 128 factory presets
  • 11 Digital oscillators with variable modes, with integrated open source Plaits engine created by Mutable Instruments
  • Analog State Variable Filter, 12dB/octave, resonant, Low Pass, Band Pass, High Pass
  • ADSR envelope
  • Cycling Envelope offering two modes: Envelope, LFO
  • LFO with Sync: Sine, Tri, Saw, Square, Random, Slew Random
  • Modulation matrix with 5 sources and 7 destinations (3 custom destinations)
  • Monophonic or Paraphonic modes - Up to 4 voices
  • 25-key capacitive keybed with polyphonic aftertouch
  • Capacitive touch strip
  • Crisp OLED display for editing and parameter values
  • Powerful arpeggiator: Up, Order, Random, Pattern modes, Spice & Dice Gate randomizers
  • 64-step sequencer: 2 patterns per preset, 4 automation tracks per preset
  • CV / Gate / Mod outputs
  • USB, Clock and MIDI in and out
  • 6.35mm master and 3.5mm headphone output
The MicroFreak is an out-there little music machine features a versatile digital oscillator so you can create rare and interesting sounds with ease. Modes like Texturer, KarplusStrong, Harmonic OSC, and Superwave give adventurous musicians the chance to explore totally new, unheard possibilities. Like having dozens of synths in just one instrument, both wild-eyed newcomers and seasoned professionals will fall in love with MicroFreak’s flexible, powerful synth engine.

Small but fierce
MicroFreak packs so much in to such a compact instrument, you'll wonder how we did it. We'd love to say it was magic, but it was pure skill and passion.

Physical modelling, wavetable synthesis, virtual analog, there is nothing as complete and exciting as the MicroFreak oscillator on the market. It's hard to believe from such a small synth, but here it is, ready for you to explore. Excite your creativity and reward your curiosity with a large, diverse sound palette. MicroFreak features 11 awesome oscillators, 4 bespoke Arturia engines, and 7 modes from our friends at Mutable Instruments.

The best of both worlds
Even though MicroFreak has a digital oscillator at its heart, “opposites attract” as the saying goes. That’s why we’ve included a lush-sounding analog filter.

Inspired by the trailblazing 12-dB Oberheim SEM filter, you can make MicroFreak’s filter scream or whisper to taste. The filter is state-variable, and can even auto-oscillate! You can use this is any way you like, from taking the edge of the razor-sharp wavetable sounds, or automating the cutoff by modulating it with keyboard pressure or the in-built sequencer.

Taste the spice, throw the dice
MicroFreak is packed with unique, exciting features that let you create music with a fresh perspective. Record up to four automations, edit notes per step or use the innovative Spice and Dice sequencer functions to find happy accidents. Add randomization to create evolving, original patterns, and virtually rewire and reconfigure its signal chain and controls with the 5x7 modulation matrix.

You can also use its USB, MIDI, and CV outputs to control instruments in your DAW and modular synths. This also means that you can also use MicroFreak as a controller to experience polyphonic aftertouch with cutting edge software instruments.
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Product Specifications

Arturia MicroFreak Keyboard Hybrid Synthesizer Specifications
  • Box Contents: MicroFreak unit, Power Supply
  • Instrument Size: 12.2 x 9.2 x 2.2 inches / 311 x 233 x 55 mm
  • Instrument Weight: 2.3 lbs / 1.02 Kg

Customer Reviews

Review: John Rush Submitted: 10/6/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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A very, very different synth to add to your arsenal
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This synth is incredibly addictive. Tone manipulation is just a lot of fun. I've had mine for about a week and I've put about 40 hours of play/learn time on this thing. The "matrix" and digital oscillator settings are intricate and involved so there is a learning curve, but the new synth world that this has to offer is both challenging and a blast! Sounds? Lots of metallic, edgy sounds but you CAN get warmth if you're willing to be patient and find it. Keys?: Weird, but you really do get used to them and the finger motion changing envelopes, pitch, etc on the keys is pretty cool. (Although I did tell Arturia that I'd pay twice the price for a 'real' keybed) Bottom line: For the price, a 4 voice synth with a REALLY nice sequencer, arpeggiator, 256 (128 user savable) patches, cycling envelope, etc,etc. this thing is definitely worth it!

Review: WAVERIDER, Stellum@protonmail.com Submitted: 10/2/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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Nothing else compares

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I have been a producer, composer and sound designer for more than 30 years. I like sounds that evolve , modulate, morph and move. For many years In the 90’s and 2000’s my go to synthesis was Ensoniq Hyperwave/ Wavetable syntheses , which ran the digital waves through real analog filters . But they had reliability issues , and I constantly lost my work. Micro Freak is like a Ensoniq on steroids. And I fell in love the moment I heard it . The high frequencies that can sound harsh on most digital synths , but not on the Micro Freak. The analog filter smooths it into ear candy. I’ve never heard such clear metallic like sounds . And this thing can make any sound imaginable . The low end is big and round. The modulation matrix is so easy you will be programming new sounds within 3 minutes out of the box. As for the new keyboard style : many on YouTube have claimed that they don’t like the feel or the way the keys work. I disagree. It takes getting used to. You have to play it differently than a regular keyboard . But, it is very expressive. The first week I had it, I took it to a live jam session at a producer friends house. I was blown away at how I could intuitively and easily shape the perfect sound to what the other musicians were playing . One thing everyone noticed , was that the sounds were so full of movement, that there is no need for effects . There are no effects on board, and honestly I think that says a lot about it’s sonic depth. It’s like surfing through sound waves , and as you go along you find yourself the perfect wave, every time. It sounded so good, my friend went out and bought one that night . Buy it. Even if you hate the keys, it’s so small you can easily mount it above a controller and problem solved . At least the keys won’t break like the cheap plastic keys found on many lower cost synthesizers. The real magic is in the many types of synthesis, it’s mod matrix , sequencer ,envelope and cycling envelope . There is no way you could be disappointed .

Review: Shazam Jamieson Submitted: 8/29/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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This Synth Is A Beast

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For the price,size,weight & portable of the Arturia MicroFreak you wouldn't expect a beast of a machine but that's what Arturia Delivered. This beauty is a Sound Shaping,Sound Creating Megalith.I'm SUPER Impressed By the sound sculpting&routing abilities it's NOICE!!!!!!!!

Review: Daniel J. Barocio DJB Matrix Submitted: 8/28/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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Astonishing Hybrid synth, brings lots of versatility

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Best synth at this price point, an amazing tool when using good reverb and delay to create ambient house sounds and anything you like really. Would make a other worldly fantastic first synth and great to learn synthesis on and a great platform to hear different types of synthesis along with astonishing modulation possibilities when utilizing the automation of the motion sequencer. Best of digital and analog sounds in a micro package.

Review: Jay Submitted: 6/5/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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Powerful synth, easy interface, a lot of fun!

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I got this as a smaller semi-desktop synth for use with my digitakt. It it insane. You can get a lot of satisfying sounds out of this instrument, with little input. I thought I might be a bit put off by the touch keyboard, but I actually enjoy playing with it. The aftertouch options are amazing and add whole new levels. Overall I see this being used a lot.

Review: Will "Thumpasaurus" Duncan Submitted: 4/25/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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I love this tool of destruction!

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Excellent and I haven't even purchased it yet! Right down my alley on experimenting.

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