I'm actually working on a track that uses strictly minibrute for everything—including drums (which i'm really proud of; they turned out unbelievably!), so i'll post a snippet soon. obviously it's a slow process as i have to track the synth repeatedly for chords, etc., and it has no patch memory.
I think you guys will be pleasantly surprised at how this thing can sound just by itself, albeit with some decent mixing behind it. using some basic FM capabilities from the LFO running at high speed and some use of the metalizer and the feedback circuit (brute factor), i was able to make some pretty ridiculous drums—the snare actually sounds convincingly real, which wasn't my intention, but overall i'm really pleased with what i've been able to get out of a single osc. monosynth! the sound quality is simply unprecedented for this price range.
also, as much as the brute factor gets scorned, it's one of my absolute favorite parts of the synth, other than it's great modulation and arp sections. YES it will sound horrible if you crank it to where the audio starts breaking up. but used subtly, it can add huge amounts of girth, low-frequency boost and dynamic punch to sounds.
nothing really at the moment—but that's sort of my point—i'm not someone that collects synths or audio gear; anything that doesn't get used, gets sold. This is the first modern analog i've ever owned, but i've had and used various other vintage synths, all of which i ended up selling for one reason or other. The only thing i actually miss is my sequential circuits prophet 3000 sampler, but i only sold it because that unit was problematic and i could never get it to function properly, even after spending a lot of money having wine country sequential (supposedly) fix it. All that being said, the minibrute gives me hope in modern analogs. I got to a point where i couldn't stand dealing with the repair and maintenance costs associated with vintage synths (main reason i sold everything), so that's where my interest in new analogs has come from. Actually the few things i do have left, i'm going to sell off to fund the beginnings of a new modular rig.
That's actually another good reason to keep the brute around, is it's a perfect, compact midi-to-cv controller for a future eurorack modular system.
I got mine yesterday and I'm blown away by what I've gotten out of it so far - 'Massive' bass, over-driven electric guitar, a passable piano, Juno bass, 303 sounds and that 'wauw' lead from Daft Punks 'Da Funk'.
I haven't even run it through any effects yet as there are so many sweet spots, adding just a touch of noise even seems to give it a slight reverb quality and I like the 'growl' you can coax out of it.The filter does need taming though, but I understand why they chose it, it's very 'alive'.
Originally Posted by atma
it's a perfect, compact midi-to-cv controller for a future eurorack modular system.
Heh! It's definitely a gateway synth to modular madness and analogue addiction.
yeah—the filter is rad. i was surprised by the 303 type sounds you can get out of it as well. the only thing i don't like about the filter is that its resonance doesn't peak much when you get into the low frequencies. But overall it's a super flexible and amazing sounding filter, in every mode.
The oscillator is unique and interesting as well—the way it combines waveforms is different from any synth i've used. The Sub osc. set to square combined with the saw gives a really awesome timbre for basses.
The situation related to the supply of MiniBrute units is nearly solved!
We have now shipped larger batches of products to the USA, Japan and Australia. Pretty much every dealer has received units by now. Two weeks ago, more units were delivered to European stores. This was limited supply but more products were sent last Friday so more are on the way.
Our move to a new plant was done successfully, and even though it stopped production for a few weeks, we are confident that we will be able to deliver units to the stores on a regular basis.
We want to thank you for your understanding and patience.