Arturia today announced the successor to the ever-popular monophonic synth that was their first foray into analog hardware. The MiniBrute 2 follows up on the success of the original with the same basic signal path and Steiner-Parker filter, as well as the signature analog chaos of the "Brute Factor" feedback loop.
One of the first improvements we noticed is that where the first MiniBrute maximized a single VCO by having mixable waveforms, a "metalized" triangle wave, an "ultrasaw" (stacked and detuned sawtooth waves), and a sub-oscillator, the MB2 adds a bona fide second VCO, which can be tuned independently of VCO 1. Two envelopes comprise an ADSR and a simple AD, and you get dual LFOs as well.
Whereas the MB had a servicable but basic complement of CV and gate I/O for integrating with analog synth modules (pitch and gate out; amp, filter, pitch, and gate in), the MB2 has a much more comprehensive, 48-point modular patch bay for altering the MB2's own signal patch or interfacing with modular gear in very precise ways. The patch bay even includes MIDI outputs (for which you'd use 1/8"-to-DIN breakout cables) to carry information from the onboard arpeggiator and sequencer as well as the velociyy- and aftertouch-sensing keys.
About that sequencer. It can store eight 16-step sequences, partake of the same gate and swing functions as the fairly straightforward arpeggiator, and be transposed in real time by striking keys.
There's also the yet-to-be-described Arturia Link feature, which the official press release at this time describes only as a "an exciting innovation that will help unify and democratize your creative environment." We don't yet know how it does so differently from, say, certain mind-altering substances, but we might speculate that it either has something to do with smooth iOS and/or DAW integration, or is a social-driven means of sharing favorite patches.
Here is Arturia's official teaser video:
Below is a quite thorough (if lengthy) overview by YouTuber loopop. (How did he get his hands on one of these things the day it was announced? Inquiring minds want to know ...
Stay tuned for our review and live demos from NAMM!