Pro­ducer’s Guide: Ar­turia MiniBrute 2/2S

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Back in 2012, Ar­turia helped kick­start the af­ford­able ana­logue trend with the in­tro­duc­tion of the MiniBrute – an all-ana­logue, CV-equipped monosynth packed into a com­pact frame and boast­ing a sub-£500 price point. Fast for­ward six years and the French brand have now de­liv­ered a fol­low-up: a wor­thy suc­ces­sor that dou­bles down on the orig­i­nal’s ana­logue cre­den­tials with an ad­di­tional os­cil­la­tor, a new en­ve­lope gen­er­a­tor type and a sig­nif­i­cantly-ex­panded patch­bay. It now comes in two va­ri­eties too: the stan­dard MiniBrute 2 keeps the semi-weighted, af­ter­touch-equipped key­board of the orig­i­nal, while the new MiniBrute 2S swaps that out for a built-in se­quencer and arpeg­gia­tor sim­i­lar to Ar­turia’s ex­cel­lent BeatStep con­troller.

Al­though the front panel will look fa­mil­iar to own­ers of the orig­i­nal, the tran­si­tion from CV-equipped mono synth to full semi­mod­u­lar is a ma­jor step up.

To help you get up to speed, over the next few pages we’ll take a look at the MiniBrute 2’s newly ex­panded synth en­gine, along with the two va­ri­eties of con­troller, and ex­plore a few of the new tricks this ’brute has up its sleeves.

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