Pheeew! Got my MiniBrute at last!
I've been playing all evening now and it's lovely. As I have expected, the misnamed 'Ultrasaw' parameter, is less about phat unison sawttoh sounds, but more about a dual oscillator sound. Very controllable with the amount and rate knobs. It does feel like listening to 2 detuned oscillators. Add some triangle to beef it up and the end result is very good. This gives very lush lead patches.
The envelope speed switch is really useful too. The envelopes can be very tight and snappy or very slow and flowing with anything in between.
'Brute Factor' adds some weight at moderate settings - very welcomed.
The LF0(s) is extremely well specified. Sine there are two LFOs, it's possible to have vibrato via aftertouch and filter LFO mod via the mod wheel simultaneously at different rates! Brilliant for funk solos!
The two octave range sub oscillator is great. That extra octave does make a difference and it's possible to set up very vintage-style dual oscillator patches, where each oscillator is separated by two octaves. Old school! LOL
I don't care much for the triangle 'Metalizer' effect, but it can add subtle fattening to the triangle wave or extreme digital 'solidity'.
The Pitch and Mod wheels feel solid and responsive despite being smaller than usual. However, the knobs are inconsistent in quality, unfortunately. Some are too wobbly. I fear about the longevity of some of them....
I love the octave buttons which feel very firm and responsive.
The black keys are a bit too narrow for my liking and are a bit too slippery for me.
The side panels feel very sexy with very smooth, 'liquid' but solid plastic. The machine itself is nicely weighted with metal panel and lower case.
The filter is very interesting and definitely adds a new flavour to my synth collection. Combined with the Brute Effect, it can scream like mad. High res tends to be very growly or distorted, depends how one looks at it. There is a lot of dirt (in a good sense) to be found at high res values. Good stuff.
I've been stuck with the arpeggiator pretty much all of the time, tweaking the filter+waves+envelopes pretending I'm a one man Tangerine Dream cover band.
The MiniBrute if full of cool little touches everywhere and it's a doddle to use.