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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > May 17 > ARTURIA MatrixBrute

ARTURIA MatrixBrute

The much-anticipated MatrixBrute analogue synth from Arturia has finally arrived. Dave Gale dials one up to discover if it’s a utopian ideal, or a futuristic dream…
The new Arturia MatrixBrute – plenty of hands-on functionality


Manufacturer Arturia

Price £1,659 (street price)

Contact Source Distribution 0208 962 5080


Key Features

Full-size 49-note analogue synth

Monophonic, dual and paraphonic capability

Three oscillators

Three full ADSR envelopes

Two different filters available simultaneously

Huge matrix for modulation routings and sequencing

It feels like an age ago now that Arturia announced its intentions for the MatrixBrute, with some of us being tantalised by the odd glimpse of one at music fairs. Now the wait is over, as production gets underway – and although they are in very short supply, we are lucky enough to get hold of one to put through its paces.

Synth-head shopping list

This synth feels like a substantial piece of work. The pots are pretty solid, and the keyboard feels nice to play, with the exceptionally large 256-button matrix, which you can hardly miss, forming a large part of the front of the panel. It’s bedecked with lights, and glows with an almost iridescent quality, changing according to its mode of operation.

There’s a great feeling that Arturia asked every synth-head they could find what they would want in a mono synth, and the first nod goes to the MiniMoog, as the MatrixBrute front control panel raises to various angles, just like the MiniMoog or Voyager. What’s possibly less hip is the support bracket, which is cream in colour, and emblazoned with the Arturia legend.

Minimoogs were always more understated than this, and there’s also a plastic support strap, which prevents the support bracket from going too far. I’m not sure why this is deemed necessary, but it’s there.

You can hardly miss the 256-button matrix – it’s a large part of the front of the panel

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