minibrutehack

Arturia’s quirky, compact, unmistakable-sounding MiniBrute – and the patchable MicroBrute – are among some of the nicer desktop instruments to hit recently. But you can make them do more with hacking. And that’s especially relevant as the original MiniBrute goes on sale.

The MiniBrute is already a nice synth. Sure, it’s not as compact as the more recent MicroBrute and lacks that synth’s cute little modulation patching section, but you also get full-sized keys, and it’s still a lovely instrument. The trick is, you can hack it to add an SH-101-inspired step sequencer as found on the MicroBrute and the SE edition of the MiniBrute. Couple that with an offer than through the end of June prices the limited supply of MiniBrutes at just €399 / US$399 / £299 – that’s the sort of “oh, okay, maybe I will get one after all” price.

You can add a step sequencer with a free SysEx hack:
Converting a vanilla MiniBrute to a MiniBrute SE and vice versa…

Yves Usson’s Hack a brute site has a lot more, too, in both English and French. There are schematics and blueprints for the MicroBrute, and hacks for both the MicroBrute and MiniBrute. (There’s just one for the Micro, but it’s cool: “Add a CV input for controlling the VCA.”) There are even instructions for adding wooden endcaps to the MiniBrute, if you’re into that sort of thing:

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Here’s what happens when the MiniBrute meets up with the soon-to-ship Arturia BeatStep Pro:

More on the hack site:
Hack a Brute

Thanks to Source Distribution in the UK for the heads-up.

Also, since I can’t keep the MiniBrute and MicroBrute straight (corrections above), here are both at once.

(Next time, Arturia, choose something like “NanoBrute,” please, to make this easier? 😉 )

  • David Schroeter

    Fun stuff, but I count at least 3 switchings of Mini- and Micro-. The Microbrute is patchable, the Minibrute has the SE edition, and the video shows a Minibrute.

    • Yes, that’s right. But just to be sure I just read my references again — I got each reference correct. Not my fault Arturia has three similar models. 😉

      • David Schroeter

        You have now truly baffled me.

        • No, it’s not baffling – I’m just wrong. 🙂

          Fixed.

      • squaretooth

        I counted at least 5 instances of mixing up mini and micro:

        1. “MiniBrute – and the patchable MiniBrute”

        2. “MicroBrute and the SE edition of the MicroBrute”

        3. “schematics and blueprints for the MicroBrute”

        4. “instructions for adding wooden endcaps to the MicroBrute”

        5. “MicroBrute meets up with the soon-to-ship Arturia BeatStep Pro”

        Have you been getting enough sleep, Peter? A little too much partying for days on end?

        • Fixed.

          Sleep? No. (actually, interesting story about something happening acoustically between my flat and someone playing TV or radio – literally *all through the night* I suspect to help them sleep – directly below my bed. Moving things around; need new feng shui anyway.)

          • just passing

            🙁 You’re sounding remarkably calm; even when I’m awake, noise issues with neighbours tend to make me vocally homicidal. (For example, singing Voltaire’s “The Man Upstairs” very loudly.) I hope you manage to resolve that.

            “Nanobrute” sounds fun. Presumably that would come with a fully patchable control flow, no envelope generators, and no keyboard at all…

  • David Schroeter

    Fun stuff, but I count 4 switchings of Mini- and Micro-. The MicroBrute is the patchable one and the MiniBrute is the one with the SE version, the wooden cap mod, and the one in the video.

    • Yes, that’s right. But just to be sure I just read my references again — I got each reference correct. Not my fault Arturia has three similar models. 😉

      Correction: by “correct” I mean “mostly wrong.”

      I may be actually blind to the difference between the prefixes “micro-” and “mini-“….

      • David Schroeter

        You have now truly baffled me.

        • No, it’s not baffling – I’m just wrong. 🙂

          Fixed.

      • squaretooth

        I counted at least 5 instances of mixing up mini and micro:

        1. “MiniBrute – and the patchable MiniBrute” (should be patchable MicroBrute)

        2. “MicroBrute and the SE edition of the MicroBrute” (SE edition is for MiniBrute)

        3. “schematics and blueprints for the MicroBrute” (This is for MiniBrute)

        4. “instructions for adding wooden endcaps to the MicroBrute” (Picture shows MiniBrute)

        5. “MicroBrute meets up with the soon-to-ship Arturia BeatStep Pro” (Video shows MiniBrute)

        Have you been getting enough sleep, Peter? A little too much partying for days on end?

        • Fixed.

          Sleep? No. (actually, interesting story about something happening acoustically between my flat and someone playing TV or radio – literally *all through the night* I suspect to help them sleep – directly below my bed. Moving things around; need new feng shui anyway.)

  • David Schroeter

    Fun stuff, but I count 4 switchings of Mini- and Micro-. The MicroBrute is the patchable one and the MiniBrute is the one with the SE version, the wooden cap mod, and the one in the video.

    • Yes, that’s right. But just to be sure I just read my references again — I got each reference correct. Not my fault Arturia has three similar models. 😉

      Correction: by “correct” I mean “mostly wrong.”

      I may be actually blind to the difference between the prefixes “micro-” and “mini-“….

      • David Schroeter

        You have now truly baffled me.

        • No, it’s not baffling – I’m just wrong. 🙂

          Fixed.

      • squaretooth

        I counted at least 5 instances of mixing up mini and micro:

        1. “MiniBrute – and the patchable MiniBrute” (should be patchable MicroBrute)

        2. “MicroBrute and the SE edition of the MicroBrute” (SE edition is for MiniBrute)

        3. “schematics and blueprints for the MicroBrute” (This is for MiniBrute)

        4. “instructions for adding wooden endcaps to the MicroBrute” (Picture shows MiniBrute)

        5. “MicroBrute meets up with the soon-to-ship Arturia BeatStep Pro” (Video shows MiniBrute)

        Have you been getting enough sleep, Peter? A little too much partying for days on end?

        • Fixed.

          Sleep? No. (actually, interesting story about something happening acoustically between my flat and someone playing TV or radio – literally *all through the night* I suspect to help them sleep – directly below my bed. Moving things around; need new feng shui anyway.)

  • Apeirophobe

    Minibrute for $299 through end of June?! Where?

  • Apeirophobe

    Minibrute for $299 through end of June?! Where?

  • Apeirophobe

    Minibrute for $299 through end of June?! Where?

  • Antoine

    I think you switch microbrute and minibrute at least two times in this articles. Interesting read nonetheless.

  • DBM

    I got ahold of the SysEx file a couple months ago and can confirm that it does in fact work ( as long as you’re running the latest firmware ) so now my old blueish grey Minibrute has the sequincer from the SE . I would however call this more of a Easter egg or hidden trick as the hardware and firmware are the same for either version . The command just tells it which to activate . So for the less DIY oriented user … You are not violating your warranty in any way I can conceive of .

    • does it also work the other way round,with a MiniBrute SE?

      • DBM

        Indeed .

  • DBM

    I got ahold of the SysEx file a couple months ago and can confirm that it does in fact work ( as long as you’re running the latest firmware ) so now my old blueish grey Minibrute has the sequincer from the SE . I would however call this more of a Easter egg or hidden trick as the hardware and firmware are the same for either version . The command just tells it which to activate . So for the less DIY oriented user … You are not violating your warranty in any way I can conceive of .

    • does it also work the other way round,with a MiniBrute SE?

      • DBM

        Indeed .

  • DBM

    I got ahold of the SysEx file a couple months ago and can confirm that it does in fact work ( as long as you’re running the latest firmware ) so now my old blueish grey Minibrute has the sequincer from the SE . I would however call this more of a Easter egg or hidden trick as the hardware and firmware are the same for either version . The command just tells it which to activate . So for the less DIY oriented user … You are not violating your warranty in any way I can conceive of .

    • Chris🏳️‍🌈

      does it also work the other way round,with a MiniBrute SE?

      • DBM

        Indeed .

  • Foosnark

    Next time, Arturia, choose something like “NanoBrute,” please, to make this easier?

    It could just be a Microbrute sans keyboard and mod/pitch wheels. I’d snap one of those up in a hurry.

    • wetterberg

      oh wow, I’d buy a minibrute without keyboard, and with patchpoints ala aira sooo quickly.

  • Foosnark

    Next time, Arturia, choose something like “NanoBrute,” please, to make this easier?

    It could just be a Microbrute sans keyboard and mod/pitch wheels. I’d snap one of those up in a hurry.

    • wetterberg

      oh wow, I’d buy a minibrute without keyboard, and with patchpoints ala aira sooo quickly.

  • Foosnark

    Next time, Arturia, choose something like “NanoBrute,” please, to make this easier?

    It could just be a Microbrute sans keyboard and mod/pitch wheels. I’d snap one of those up in a hurry.

    • wetterberg

      oh wow, I’d buy a minibrute without keyboard, and with patchpoints ala aira sooo quickly.

  • Fayek Helmi

    someone tell me how i can hack the microbrute to have an arpeggiator and i will definitely buy it.

    • Nick Heston

      I don’t think you have to hack the microbrute, it has one. The mini doesn’t.
      I could be wrong on both of these statements.

  • Fayek Helmi

    someone tell me how i can hack the microbrute to have an arpeggiator and i will definitely buy it.

  • Fayek Helmi

    someone tell me how i can hack the microbrute to have an arpeggiator and i will definitely buy it.

  • alphamunki

    Minibrute demo = wince inducing
    Cuh
    Koo
    impersonation winner (booby prize) 2015 right there.

  • alphamunki

    Minibrute demo = wince inducing
    Cuh
    Koo
    impersonation winner (booby prize) 2015 right there.

  • alphamunki

    Minibrute demo = wince inducing
    Cuh
    Koo
    impersonation winner (booby prize) 2015 right there.

  • Chivor

    I want to buy minibrute but i’m not sure what would be the best, minibrute or minibrute SE. i know the difference is the sequencer instead of arpeggiator. any ideas?

  • Chivor

    I want to buy minibrute but i’m not sure what would be the best, minibrute or minibrute SE. i know the difference is the sequencer instead of arpeggiator. any ideas?

  • Chivor

    I want to buy minibrute but i’m not sure what would be the best, minibrute or minibrute SE. i know the difference is the sequencer instead of arpeggiator. any ideas?