When was the last time your heart started racing at the thought of making music? How long has it been since you heard sounds that were entirely new? When did you last find an instrument that truly inspired you? Reset the counter: MatrixBrute has arrived. It’s an outstanding 49-key analog synthesizer: with three Brute oscillators, a Steiner-Parker filter and a ladder filter, three extra-fast envelopes, analog effects, and its incredible modulation matrix, MatrixBrute is a massive sonic beast.
The new Arturia MatrixBrute is a truly inspirational and quite astonishing programmable monophonic/duophonic analogue synthesizer. Sure, we knew Arturia were capable of making great analogue synths, as the popular MiniBrute and MicroBrute prove. But the MatrixBrute is... something else entirely - This is analogue avant-garde!
Where to start? Try this: the MatrixBrute is a truly innovative Analog Synthesizer that's set to reset the benchmark for analogue synths, by going down in history as arguably the most powerful analogue synthesizer ever created!
When was the last time your heart started racing at the thought of making music? How long has it been since you heard sounds that were entirely new? When did you last find an instrument that truly inspired you? Arturia actively posed such challenging questions to itself when readily rising to the challenge of designing the MatrixBrute Analog Synthesizer.
With 3 "Brute' Oscillators, Modulation Matrix & More!
As a massive-sounding and highly-specified beast of analogue avant-garde-era synth technology, it is fit for reaching the outer limits of truly 21st Century sonic exploration, thanks to the trademark sound of its three ‘Brute’ oscillators, superb-sounding Steiner-Parker and ladder filters, three ultra-fast envelope generators, amazing analogue effects, and — the pièce de résistance — its incredible modulation matrix.
Modular… without the painful patching practice of going modular, in other words! What makes the massive-sounding MatrixBrute Analog Synthesizer so state-of-the-art, then? Matrix by name, matrix by nature, that namesake modulation matrix is at the heart of MatrixBrute, making the most of each ‘module’ through a matrix that offers thousands of potential modulation routings.
Assign any of 16 modulation sources to any of 16 modulation destinations (in MOD mode) and set the amounts of each modulation routing using the dedicated data encoder; four such destinations are user programmable and can clearly be seen in the eye-catching E Ink (Electronic Ink) display. Don’t be afraid to invent a sound palette of your own and make your musical mark!
Power of Modular Synth + Ability To Save Every Patch
That multifaceted matrix also allows presets to be recalled quite literally at the touch of a (dedicated) button (in PRESET mode). Go grab one of the 256 pioneering, pre-programmed professional presets or recall one of your own original sound creations… instantly! Indeed, MatrixBrute packs the power of a modular synth system with an all-important ability to save each patch.
No need to worry about recording a sound straight away for fear of losing it forever! Furthermore, the matrix can also be pressed into action as an awesome 64-step sequencer with separate STEP, ACCENT, SLIDE, and MODULATION options (in SEQ mode). Make musical moves directly on your analogue synthesizer. Sounds can evolve in melody and texture… exactly the way you want them to!
To help maintain a 100% analogue signal path, MatrixBrute also adds true ANALOG EFFECTS to its stereo output — choose from chorus, delay, and flanger with five operational modes… and, yes, any ANALOG EFFECTS controls can be set as modulation destinations in the matrix!
When was the last time you worked with analogue effects and a great arpeggiator?
Ask no more. MatrixBrute has got you well and truly covered. Multiple modes of both the Arpeggiator and Sequencer allow almost unlimited musical ideas to quickly and easily flow forth for instant inspiration!
It’s a given that any analogue synthesizer only sounds as good as its VCFs (Voltage-Controlled Filters) and VCOs (Voltage-Controlled Oscillators). The MatrixBrute Analog Synthesizer sounds superb, markedly making the most of its four-mode STEINER FILTER (upgraded to support both 12dB/oct and 24dB/ oct slopes alongside a dedicated Drive control for creating thicker sounds) and three-mode LADDER FILTER (known for creating punchy bass and fat lead sounds with 12dB/oct and 24dB/oct slopes alongside another dedicated Drive control).
Forget connectivity issues. Forget imitations. This is you in control. This is you inventing sounds.
The three VCOs are each equipped with a sub-oscillator as well as Saw, Pulse, and Triangle waveforms with the unique wave-shapers that are the trademark of the beloved ‘Brute’ sound of the MatrixBrute Analog Synthesizer’s smaller siblings, the award-winning and amazingly compact and bijou MiniBrute and MicroBrute monosynths (both boasting MIDI, USB, and CV connectivity together with a host of unique features).
But by pairing a 49-note (full-size) keyboard (featuring both velocity-sensitivity and aftertouch for a musical feel with plenty of expression) with a beautifully-designed, solid chassis (featuring a helpfully-hinged, hands-on capacious control panel), the road-ready MatrixBrute Analog Synthesizer is both bigger and better, boasting more connections than an airport… well, almost!
As such, you can comfortably work with any setup — cue control voltage interfacing in abundance (12 CV inputs and 12 CV outputs to interface with any standard 1V/oct modular gear); AUDIO IN (line and instrument levels allow for adding an external oscillator from a favourite modular synth or processing a guitar or other instrument through the filters, VCA, and analogue effects); GATE In and Out (to trigger external gear or trigger the internal envelopes remotely); SYNC In and Out (to synchronise the internal sequencer and arpeggiator with external devices); standard MIDI In, Out, and Thru (to connect to both modern and vintage gear alike); USB I/O (to interface to a computer-based DAW directly and also use the free editor/librarian software); and PEDALS (Expression 1, Expression 2, and Sustain inputs to provide realtime control) — not forgetting, of course, MASTER OUT (stereo master outputs on 1/4-inch jacks). As a phenomenal source of inspiration and a truly empowering instrument, MatrixBrute is easy to understand. Forget drop-down menus and dualfunction controls.
Power beyond the matrix
MatrixBrute makes the most of each module through a matrix that offers thousands of potential modulation routings. You can invent a sound palette of your own and make your mark on any song!
The matrix can also recall presets. So grab one of the 256 groundbreaking factory presets or recall one of your own sounds instantly! MatrixBrute packs the power of a modular synthesizer with the indispensable ability to save each patch. And get this: the matrix is also used to create and play sequences. Now you can jam directly on your analog synthesizer. Sounds can evolve in melody and texture, exactly the way you want.
Sound beyond the power
Arturia also included true analog effects to maintain a 100% analog signal path. When was the last time you worked with an analog delay, chorus, or reverb? We’re talking fat, fat, fat sound here.
And it also has a great arpeggiator! MatrixBrute is easy to understand, a phenomenal source of inspiration and a truly empowering instrument. It offers tons of connections so you can work in any setup. It sports a quality keybed and a solid chassis so you can take it with you anywhere! Forget drop-down menus and double functions. Forget connectivity issues. Forget limitations. This is you in control. This is you inventing sounds. This is analog avant-garde.
- Two exponential analog oscillators
- Combination VCO/LFO oscillator
- Noise generator
- Audio Mod
- Performance controls
- Voice modes
- Two LFOs
- Steiner-Parker filter
- Ladder filter
- Filter routing
- Three envelope generators
- 256 memory locations
- The Matrix
- True analog effects
- Advanced sequencer and arpeggiator
- 49-key keyboard
- Master audio outputs
- Control Voltage interfacing
- Audio input
- Gate input and output
- Sync in and out
- Pedal inputs
- MIDI interfacing
- Mono/duophonic analog synthesizer
- 256 presets (factory & user combined)
- 2 analog exponential VCOs: Saw + UltraSaw, Square + Pulse width, Triangle + Metalizer, Sub
- 1 Analog Linear VCO/LFO: Saw, Square, Triangle, Sine waveforms; LFO time divisions; Key track
- VCO 2>1 Hard Sync
- Audio Mod: VCO1>2 ; VCO1 < VCO3 > VCO2 ; VCF 1 < VCO3 > VCF 2 ; VCF1 < Noise > VCF2
- Noise Generator: • White ; Pink ; Red ; Blue noise types
- 5-input audio mixer with filter routing
- Steiner-Parker filter with 12+24 dB per octave modes; Drive; Brute factor; Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, Notch
- Ladder filter with 12+24 dB per octave modes; Drive; Brute factor; Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass
- 2 LFO’s: • Sine, Tri, Square, Ramp, Saw, Random, S&H
- 3 envelope generators: 2 Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release, 1 Delay, Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
- External Audio In
- 16x16 Matrix modulation panel
- 64-step sequencer: STEP enable, Slide, Accent, Modulation; Save and recall sequence patterns on the fly
- Analog Effects: Stereo delay, Delay, Flanger, Chorus, Analog Reverberator
- 12 CV / Gate inputs/outputs
- Audio Input, Line or Instrument level
- Stereo audio output
- MIDI and USB i/o
- Pedal inputs for expression and sustain