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September 17, 2013

Review – Arturia’s SparkLE and Spark version 1.7

So, I’ll be the first person to tell you I’m a hardware guy. I don’t “do” purism, and you’ll get my computer out of my studio ONLY if you are handing me a newer/bigger/better one. However, when it comes to sound, my computer mainly amounts to being the editing and summing facility. In that arrangement, my computer is where effects are applied and things are locked in. I do it for a few reasons, among them being that I love not even worrying about my CPU load once during the course of very dense productions. That said, as much as I can appreciate a good software instrument, I typically would rather have the hardware equivalent any day. That’s why I was deeply troubled this past January when I was watching Arturia’s Mike Hoska bang out some of the best sounding beats I’d heard from hardware or software from a little …

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UniqueSquared
February 21, 2013

Arturia MiniBrute Tricks And Tips

If we are all given the same white sheet of paper and pencil and told to draw, imagine the things we might come up with.  It is safe to say that no two people would come up with the same picture – and some people might even have something that is quite different from anything we could conceive as a picture.  This is one of the fundamental ideas of music making: we are all given technique and theory, but style is something that can only be developed and built upon by the individual.  If the same people were given an Arturia MiniBrute, what would they come up with?

We would each have the same set of keys and knobs in front of us, but with the vast amount of functions that one can control what are the odds that we would come up with the same sounds?  Some may …

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Paul
January 11, 2013

Arturia MiniBrute Overview

If you read much about the Arturia MiniBrute in synth forums, you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone outside of the most absurdly elitist of synth snobs saying anything bad about it. While it is their first foray into proper analog hardware, Arturia have brought into the world a tough little synth with features not often aligned with the price point of the MiniBrute. They have been hard to get ahold of, but I finally picked up one during the brief second we had them in stock.

One of the nicer features that I don’t really touch on during this brief overview video is the aftertouch. While I mention it in passing, I don’t go on and on about just how rad aftertouch on an affordable analog synth is. So let me do it here: OMG YOU GUYS!!!! AFTERTOUCH!!!!

That said, it really is quite a nice option to have …

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UniqueSquared
September 13, 2012

Arturia MiniBrute Now Shipping In Europe

The long awaited shipments of the Arturia MiniBrute have finally been shipped out to dealers in the United States, Japan, and Europe.  While supply for these units is limited, Arturia has made good on their promises and bumped up production in order to satisfy the worldwide need for these synthesizers.

The MiniBrute is a new analog synthesizer that hopes to step up to the plate with the big boys.  It features a smaller form factor that seems to remind us of the MicroKorg, although the dimensions make it less of a rectangle, and more of a square shape.  Faders and knobs on the front of the unit are in stark contrast to Korg’s philosophy, however.…

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January 19, 2012

Arturia MiniBrute- First Look at NAMM

Is it professional to start a post telling you about my erect nipples?

No? Ok, well, I won’t talk about them. However, I think I am caught in an affordable analog synth love triangle. While the other player is to be named later, the Arturia MiniBrute is definitely pretty close to talking me into marriage. Arturia have effectively surprised me with their current star of the floor: The MiniBrute.

Unlike Arturia’s typical offering, this is a 100% self contained analog synth. That’s right, not just a super realistic, tightly integrated machine thing; but a full fledged analog synth. I’m not talking “mostly analog” here, I’m talking cv outputs, voltage controlled oscillators (with sub oscillators) and amazing sounds. We got to spend a few minutes with Romain from Arturia and he showed us the ins and outs of this thing. Between USB, 5 pin DIN MIDI and the CV outs, this …