Arturia has announced a firmware update for its MatrixBrute analog monophonic synthesizer.

Version 2.0 integrates many user-requested features with a revamp of the sequencer, a 4-fold increase in its modulation capabilities, custom LFO creation, a new preset comparison feature, a “system” mode, and many smaller enhancements and bug-fixes.

In January 2016, a low-res image began circulating online of a synthesizer no one had seen before. People were excited, but also skeptical. It looked too good to be true, like someone had drawn up a fantasy monosynth for fun. When NAMM arrived, Arturia’s most audacious, powerful synthesizer was finally revealed.

Years after its release, MatrixBrute still stands strong as one of the greatest synths ever made, and has been upgraded with a comprehensive firmware update.

Changes in MatrixBrute 2.0

  • Extended modulation capability: The original MatrixBrute featured 4 modulation options. The latest update gives you 4 pages of 4 modulations, quadrupling its creative scope.
  • New features for the sequencer: A simple but powerful overhaul of the sequencer lets you easily duplicate and delete sections, rotate the sequence, visualize notes in the step, and more.
  • Preset compare mode: Ever accidentally written over a great preset? Never again! Make sure your sound is better than the one you’re saving over with the preset compare feature. Preview a slot before you save, and don’t lose patches you love.
  • Totally independent control: If you prefer to make system changes without having to connect to a computer, the new update introduces a “system” mode, unlocking all parameters that normally could only be accessed through the MCC software.
  • Create your own LFO: Draw your own waveshapes on the matrix, quantize the steps or smooth them out, to truly customize your sound. You can also sync the LFO with triplets or dotted time divisions.
  • Enhancements and bug fixes: Now real-time recording with legato won’t retrigger envelopes, changing presets doesn’t reset the sync, and many more little improvements.

MatrixBrute v2.0 also includes 64 new presets by resident synth guru and sound designer Victor Morello, Twolegs Toneworks and Anton Anru, that show off the new capabilities and features of the update.

The update is available for free to all MatrixBrute owners, and can easily be installed using the Arturia MIDI Control Center.

More information: Aturia