NAMM 2018: Arturia’s MiniBrute 2S synth loses the keyboard but gains a more flexible sequencer

NAMM 2018: You wait ages for one new version of Arturia’s MiniBrute analogue synth, and then two come along within a day of each other. Following the launch of the MiniBrute 2 yesterday, we now have the MiniBrute 2S to consider.

This ditches the 25-note keyboard in favour of a set of performance pads, and includes a triple-layer sequencer with space to save up to 64 sequences (the standard MiniBrute 2 has a monophonic sequencer). You can also create additional levels of parameter automation.

As with the MiniBrute 2, the S model has a semi-modular architecture; the CV/Gate patchbay enables you to rework the internal signal routing or integrate the synth into a modular setup. Both synths also inherit the best features from the original MiniBrute and support Arturia Link, details of which will be revealed soon.

The MiniBrute 2S costs £599 - the same as the standard MiniBrute. So, if you like the look of this synth you have a choice to make; the standard model benefits from having a keyboard, but the S version has a more flexible sequencer.

Find out more on the Arturia website.

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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.