Arturia Reveals MiniFreak Hybrid Polyphonic Hardware Synth & VST

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Arturia has introduced the MiniFreak, a new hybrid polyphonic synthesizer that features 6 voices, 2 sound engines, a 37-note slim keyboard, built-in stereo FX, and numerous creative modulation & sequencing features.

Here’s the official intro video:

The MiniFreak also comes with a companion ‘like-for-like’ VST instrument, MiniFreak V, that you can use in your DAW.

Key Features:

  • Hybrid polysynth power – MiniFreak’s twin digital sound engines feature over 20 modes, and can be used individually, stacked, or to process each other’s output for unique compound sonic behavior. Its digital voices then pass through analog filters, balancing digital crispness with a rich analog response, giving you 6-voice polyphony, 12-voice paraphony, monophonic, and unison configurations.
  • Customizable & experimental sound design – MiniFreak’s expanded modulation matrix gives users even more control over shaping, transforming, and evolving their sound, with features like polyphonic ADSR envelopes, customizable multi-segment LFO shapes, FM & Ring Modulation, and the familiar Spice & Dice randomization.
  • Mix-ready stereo sound – With stereo outputs and 3 digital FX slots with 10 FX types to choose from, users will have everything they need to push their sound over the edge while keeping it mix-ready, from stereo-enhancing chorus, to surgical 3-band EQ, to gritty distortion.
  • Expressive PerformancerOptions – The MiniFreak offers a velocity-sensitive 37-note keybed with aftertouch and Seq/Arp functionality, plus randomization features.
  • MiniFreak V – MiniFreak comes with a dedicated VST counterpart, letting users totally integrate its unique hybrid sound and presets into their DAW productions and vice versa. Using identical sound engines, modeled filters, presets, and synchronized controls, users can enjoy an identical experience in hardware or software form.

Features:

  • 6-voice polyphonic hybrid synthesizer
  • 37-note velocity-sensitive Slim-key keybed with aftertouch
  • 2 sound Engines with 22 oscillator modes in total
  • Engine 2 can be used to process Engine 1
  • 1 envelope per voice
  • 1 cycling envelope per voice
  • 2 LFOs per voice
  • Polyphonic analog filters and VCAs
  • 6-voice polyphonic, 12-voice paraphonic, unison, or mono configuration
  • 3 digital FX slots in insert or send mode, with 10 FX to choose from
  • User-customizable LFO curves
  • Mod Matrix with 7 sources and 13 potential destinations
  • OLED display for real-time visual feedback
  • Intuitive 64-step sequencer (4 pages of 16 steps)
  • 4 lanes of automated modulation
  • Performance Arpeggiator controls including Ratchet, Octave Randomize, and more
  • MIDI in/out/thru
  • USB connectivity
  • Sustain, audio in, and clock in/out connectivity
  • Stereo outputs
  • 256 factory presets
  • 256 user preset slots

Sound Engines:

  • Noise
  • Superwave
  • Harmo
  • Karplus Str.
  • BasicWaves
  • Audio In
  • Multi Filter
  • Surgeon Filter
  • Comb Filter
  • Phaser Filter
  • Destroy
  • FM/RM
  • V.Analog
  • Waveshaper
  • Two Op. FM
  • Formant
  • Chords
  • Speech
  • Modal
  • SawX
  • Harm
  • Bass

Effects:

  • Chorus
  • Phaser
  • Flanger
  • Reverb
  • Delay
  • Distortion
  • Bit Crusher
  • 3-Band EQ
  • Peak EQ
  • Multi Comp

Pricing and Availability

MiniFreak will be available for purchase from October 18th, 6PM CET, priced at 599€ / $599.

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