The MatrixBrute is a truly amazing and exceptional synthesizer, equipped with three analog oscillators, paired with a Steiner-Parker filter and a Ladder filter, three LFOs, three envelopes, a 64-step sequencer and arpeggiator, and the best part, although it is a semi-modular synth, is that you can save up to 256 sound patches! This thing is a BEAST, a Gozilla, a HUGE machine that produces thumping thick sounds as well as soft lush analog sounds that will send you in a world of dreams in 30 seconds or less. The MatrixBrute is littered with knobs, sliders, and an incredible mod matrix that is inviting you to twist, tweak, press, and play. It is also three voice polyphonic (or if you prefer to use the term paraphonic). It has audio input that allows you to patch in an external audio source, like another synth or MP3 player. This thing is just incredible to play, to hear, and to feel! If you like monosynths and don't mind the polyphonic limitation then this is one of the best analog synths out there, even compared with vintage and modern Moogs and Korgs.
Playing the Matrixbrute is an experience out of this world, with all the knobs, buttons, and sliders you can create some really amazing sequences and sweeps, and play incredible leads on its responsive keyboard. The hardware interface is so inviting and inspiring you will be playing music and making special effect sounds for hours on end, when all of a sudden it is 5:00AM. The interface is intuitive and color coded on the matrix, press the Preset button, the matrix lights turn pink and the matrix buttons become your presets, press the Seq button, the matrix light turns red and buttons become your step sequences, press the Mod button, the lights turn blue and you are in the modulation matrix mode. Simple, efficient, genius. All buttons and knobs are very well organized, VCOs are in one section, Mixer in another, Filters, Envelopes, all well placed on the interface, a bit reminiscent of the Roland Juno 106 in its simplicity and and sound design flow, just absolutely brilliant, the synth design alone deserves a reward. Well done Arturia!
SYNTHREV RATING: VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AND INEXPENSIVE CONSIDERING ITS VAST FEATURES
- Great sounding analog oscillators
- Awesome filters (Ladder and Steiner-Parker)
- Huge mod matrix
- Very intuitive and well organized interface
- Two part multi-timbral
- Can save patches
- Excellent build quality
- Well priced considering all its features and its potential competition (or the lack of)
- Limited to three voice polyphony