Arturia’s MatrixBrute isn’t exactly a bad looking synth - the wooden end cheeks are very much to our taste - but if you like your studio gear to be on the darker side, you can plump for the MatrixBrute Noir.
Quite simply a black edition of the MatrixBrute, this offers the same all-analogue signal path as the original, which is one of the most well-spec’d monosynths on the market. You get three Brute oscillators, a dual Steiner-Parker & ladder filter, and a modulation matrix that gives you masses of sound-shaping potential.
There are also 64 new presets, which Arturia says range from “soft, eerie whispers to full-on earth-shaking bass.” A further two new sound banks - Kinescope and Brute Alchemy - are being released, too.
Whether the MatrixBrute Noir is a limited edition or here to stay we’re not quite sure, but we do know that it’s being listed at $1,999/£1,899. Find out more on the Arturia website.