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NAMM 2019 VIDEO: We get to grips with the Arturia MicroFreak

NAMM 2019: Arturia's MicroFreak synth is a refreshing antidote to the bevy of straight-up analogue synths that we see on the show floor. As well as a multimode digital oscillator, it also includes an Oberheim SEM-inspired analogue filter.

This is a synth that looks a bit different to the competition, too, but no-one's going to buy it just because it'd make a nice studio conversation piece. We found out how it actually sounds and plays, and if you watch the video above, so can you.

Simon Arblaster

I take care of the reviews on MusicRadar and Future Music magazine, though can sometimes be spotted in front of a camera talking little sense in the presence of real musicians. For the past 30 years, I have been unable to decide on which instrument to master, so haven't bothered. Currently, a lover of all things high-gain in the guitar stakes and never one to resist churning out sub-standard funky breaks, the likes of which you'll never hear.