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Arturia launches new synth and sequencer

Say hello to the MatrixBrute and Keystep

2016 Jan 23     
2 Bit Thugs

MatrixBrute is an all-singing, all-dancing analogue beast while Keystep is aimed at those in search of portable sequencing at an affordable price

Arturia took advantage of the NAMM show in Anaheim, California this week to debut two new products, the MatrixBrute analogue synthesizer and the Keystep keyboard sequencer.

The MatrixBrute (pictured) is a 49-key, semi-modular, mono/duophonic analogue synth that Arturia says "brings back the fun and the immediate hands-on experience of synthesis", which is another way of saying there's a knob for everything - no fiddling around in sub-menus required! There are three analogue oscillators, three LFOs, a combination VCO/LFO oscillator, a white/pink/blue/red noise generator, three envelope generators, Steiner-Parker and Ladder filters and, at its heart, The Matrix itself, a 16x16 grid that's used for modulation routing and step-sequencing. You can store up to 256 of your sounds as presets, while five onboard analogue FX, pitchbend and mod wheels complete the spec-sheet.

Meanwhile, the Keystep is a new keyboard-based sequencer that, like the company's existing Beatstep and Beatstep Pro sequencers, is designed to be used to control other studio hardware. This ultra-portable unit offers MIDI I/O, USB MIDI I/O, Sync I/O and CV/Gate outputs, eight polyphonic step sequences, chord play mode and capacitive-touch pitch-bend and mod wheels.

Prices for the two machines are still TBC, but expect to pay around £200 for the Keystep... and a lot, lot more for the MatrixBrute! Below, you can see Arturia's own video introducing the MatrixBrute.





Tags: Arturia, synth, synthesizer, analogue, analog, MatrixBrute, Keystep, NAMM 2016