Producer’s Guide: Arturia MiniBrute 2/2S
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.