Arturia has announced that it will release a next-generation audio interface in 2015.
Arturia President Frédéric Brun bowled over an audience of invited industry insiders and VIP guests when making the astounding announcement during his captivating keynote speech at the Museum of Grenoble as part of the company’s 15th anniversary celebrations on October 3, 2014. Here he touched upon several problems pertaining to popular portable audio interfaces that modern-day musicians have been forced to live and work with for quite some time. Some related to workflow, some to compatibility, and even audio quality. This has prompted Arturia to take significant steps to solve these issues once and for all!
But why run the risk of entering an arguably already overcrowded market sector with yet another audio interface? Why, indeed, Mr President? Indeed, during the keynote, Frédéric Brun bravely admitted that a distributor had warned him not to go there, stating that there are already “…too many competitors — large companies with history in the field.” His reasoned response? “Yes, that’s true. But at Arturia we are stubborn, and we think we can do something different. We think we can bring something new to market.”
Clearly, creating something that is both genuinely different and new to an already existing and hotly- contended market sector is no easy task. Take the mind-boggling number of audio formats out there. Think microphone, line, phono, and instrument inputs, each with different levels requiring different impedance. How about effortlessly connecting to Mac and PC computers, an Apple iPad or an Android device? Then there are all the digital audio formats (ADAT, S/PDIF, et al) as well as word clock to cater for those wishing to synchronise with the professional audio world.
USB and MIDI might be useful, too! You get the picture. One visionary presidential person present at Arturia’s 15th anniversary celebrations sees the bigger picture perfectly clearly. Asked an incredulous Frédéric Brun: “Do you know how many audio interfaces on the market offer that? Zero!”
Then again, a well-thought-through portable audio interface that stylishly overcomes these perceived problems while bringing other mind-blowing features to the table is clearly closer to market than thought possible previously. Watch this space… seeing (and hearing) is really believing, believe us!
More information: Arturia
Amazing Machines has launched Brute VRS, a virtual recall sheet for the Arturia MiniBrute synthesizer.
BRUTE VRS allows users to digitally store patches made on the Hardware Synth.
Although BRUTE VRS does not generate any sound on it’s own, special attention to detail has been taken to achieve visual feedback that is as close as possible to the hardware instrument, including the LEDs for Octave Selection, Envelopes, LFO and Arpeggiator Tempo.
The Pitch and Mod Wheels respond to incoming MIDI Data from the MiniBrute, while the Envelopes’ LEDs blink, in a similar fashion to the hardware, when notes are played and depending on how the Envelopes are set. The Arpeggiator Tempo can be Synced to a DAW’s Tempo using the Clock Source Switch. This level of detail may sound trivial at first, for a simple Virtual Recall Sheet, but it’s essential to allow the end user to store and load patches fast and easy.
BRUTE VRS features
- 1 Reaktor Ensemble.
- Virtual representation of every single parameter on the hardware instrument.
- Virtual representation of all the blinking LEDs, as close as possible to the hardware response.
- Protects the environment using software instead of paper to store patches.
Brute VRS is available for purchase for $14.99 USD. Requires Native Instruments Reaktor/Reaktor Player version 5.8 or newer.
More information: Amazing Machines / Brute VRS
Synth Anatomy has launched WaveForm Project, a collection of 120 new waveforms for use in synthesizer instruments.
WaveForm Project is the beginning of a collection of waveforms for your favourite software synthesizer like Serum, Synthmaster, Alchemy and many others.
This library contains actually 120 new waveforms but will grow in the next weeks and months. You will find 500 waveforms by the end of this year. Pay once and receive free updates with new waveforms.
The waveforms are created from different sources like modular analog gear, analog gear or voices. Each file is available as .wav file.
The library is available for purchase for £2 GBP. A free 10 waveforms demo Version is available to download.
Synth Anatomy has also released The ART Lead, an instrument library for Kontakt featuring sounds from the Arturia Minibrute synthesizer.
The sounds are directly sampled without effects from the Arturia Minibrute. This collection contains 25 NKI Instruments and all raw .wav files. A GUI for this sample library is included.
All future updates (more sounds, more NKI, more samples) are free. More contributors to this library more new sounds will be available.
The ART Lead is available for purchase for £2.69 GBP. A purchase of this pack comes with a free copy of the WaveForm Project for a limited time.
More information: Synth Anatomy
Arturia has announced the availability of its MicroBrute SE, a limited edition analog synthesizer instrument.
MicroBrute SE synthesizer is a limited edition of a pure analog sonic powerhouse . Small in size but loaded with features.
Packed with mixable waveforms, a new sub oscillator design, the famous Steiner-Parker multimode filter, super fast envelope, syncable LFO and the new step sequencer, not to mention the patchable mod matrix the MicroBrute SE is a landmark new synth at an incredible price.
This special edition is produced in limited quantity, 1500 units for each color, so make sure you don’t miss out!!
MicroBrute SE features
- Monophonic synthesizer.
- 100% Analog Audio Signal Path.
- Steiner-Parker 2 pole Multimode Filter (Low Pass, Band Pass, High Pass).
- Analog Voltage Controlled Oscillator.
- Oscillator Mixer (Overtone, Sawtooth, Square, Triangle, audio in (on rear panel)).
- ‘Overtone’ sub oscillator/5th generator.
- Signal Enhancers: Pulse Width Modulation, Ultrasaw generating fat sawtooth waveforms, Metalizer bringing extreme harmonics.
- Brute Factor™ delivering saturation and rich harmonics.
- LFO with 3 waveforms (Sine, Sawtooth, Square).
- LFO clock syncable to Arpeggiator (Arpeg, or free)..
- ADSR Envelope Generator.
- Keyboard Tracking on the VCF Cutoff.
- 25 note minikey keyboard.
- Mod Wheel (assignable to Cutoff, or LFO amount).
- Pitch Wheel (with selectable bend range via software).
- Octave selector from -2 to +2 octaves.
- External Analog Audio Input.
- CV In jacks: Pitch, Filter, sub-harmonics, pulse width, metalizer, saw animator.
- CV Out jacks: pitch, envelope, LFO.
- MIDI Inwith 5 pin DIN connector.
- USB MIDI In/Out.
- 1/4” Audio Output and 1/8” Headphone Output.
- Full Function step sequencer: 8 memories, up to 64 steps per memory, tap tempo, rate control, step divisions (via software), trigger modes (via software).
- MIDI Sync.
- Steel bottom panel.
- 12V DC 1A power supply.
The MicroBrute SE is available for purchase for 329 EUR / $329 USD.
More information: Arturia / MicroBrute SE
Bitwig has announced The Producer Packs, a new collaboration between Bitwig and Arturia.
The Producer Packs combine Bitwig Studio’s unprecedented workflow possibilities with Arturia’s premium hybrid keyboard conrtollers: the KeyLab 25, 49, and 61. Also included are the legendary Arturia Mini V and Analog Lab virtual synths. The Producer Packs are a complete solution offering maximum control for sound design and production.
Together, Arturia and Bitwig have combined their strengths to raise the bar in keyboard design quality alongside the deep integration of hands-on control and rich virtual content with the workflow of Bitwig Studio. Take control and allow your creative impulses to go along for the ride.
The Producer Packs are available from Arturia while supplies last.
- Producer Pack 25: 349 EUR / $349 USD.
- Producer Pack 49: 399 EUR / $399 USD.
- Producer Pack 61: 499 EUR / $499 USD.
EUR prices include 19% VAT.
In celebration of the collaboration, Bitwig is offering a chance to win 1 of 3 Producer Packs.
More information: Bitwig / The Producer Packs
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