The demos of the MiniBrute
show a pretty versatile and useful instrument.
Hats off to Arturia for taking the foray into analog electronics.
I have no problem with it not having patch memory (and I'm a fan of patch storage),
but I am a little puzzled with the pairing of such a flexible sound engine with
only a two-octave keybed.
Typically, most 70's synths that had two-octave keyboards were used as bass machines.
This seems to do decent bass sounds, but its strongest suit seems to be colorful
leads (at least based on the demos) and given this, it raises a question:
If you've designed a sound engine that cranks out a wide range of raunchy and
characterful leads with what appears to be an appreciable degree of expressive
nuance, why package that engine into a form factor (keyboard range) thats only
optimally useable for bass lines, and very limiting for what it seems to
do best??...lead lines/melodies. This seems incongruent.
Maximum portability as a marketing appeal is understandable, and I suppose
that many would just bring another keyboard and use midi to make it more
playable however, thats the thing: Once a stock keybed is too short to be optimally
playable as a lead instrument and you're forced to bring along another full-sized
controller just to make so, the portability factor is no longer an advantage,
because you're now having to bring additional gear.
Arturia wouldn't need to change the main board layout of the MB to have
a three octave kb variant of this machine. With the pitch and mod
wheels left in the same location, the expanded casing would still be
no longer than a Nord lead
or the Korg Poly 800; still portable,
just more playable.
Hopefully, they will sell well, and Arturia will see the viability in
offering MB in an expanded version.