Arturia’s MiniFreak V synth plugin looks and sounds exactly like the hardware, but not everyone will be able to use it

As promised, Arturia has released a plugin version of the MiniFreak synth - the MiniFreak V. This mirrors the hardware’s sound and features, but can be used directly within your DAW.

Like its ‘physical’ sibling, MiniFreak V is a six-voice, twin-engine synth. Each engine can operate in multiple different modes, and you can use the engines individually, stacked, or to process each other’s output for “unique compound sonic behaviour”.

While the hardware MiniFreak has analogue filters, the V version’s are modelled (obviously).

The MiniFreak V’s controls are spread across multiple pages: the front panel keeps things relatively simple with a stripped-back set of parameters (you can tweak the two oscillators, filter and FX), while the Advanced panel adds access to the mod matrix, shaper and more. Finally, there’s a dedicated page for the sequencer and arpeggiator.

As you’d expect, MiniFreak V offers tight integration with the hardware - you can use one to control the other, for example - and offers identical presets. Sounds can be shared between hardware and software, too.

As things stand, MiniFreak V is available exclusively - and freely - to MiniFreak hardware owners, but Arturia hasn’t ruled out the possibility that it might be offered to a wider audience at some point in the future. The MiniFreak costs $599/€599.

Find out more on the Arturia website.

Arturia MiniFreak V

(Image credit: Arturia)
Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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