Just like its predecessor, the Arturia DrumBrute Impact drum machine delivers big analog drum tone with impressive sequencing and performance capabilities. And with its versatile sync options — MIDI, USB, Clock (four different formats), and internal — DrumBrute Impact is the perfect way to add an analog drum machine to any performance rig. A plethora of hands-on controls offers a ton of creative possibilities for everything from old-school techno and house to psytrance, dub, hip hop, and much more. And to top it off, the Arturia DrumBrute Impact features a built-in distortion circuit on the output to add just the right amount of harmonic bite.
The Arturia DrumBrute packs 10 different drum sounds: kick, two snares, high tom/low tom, cymbal/cowbell, closed hi-hat, open hi-hat, and FM percussion. The toms share the same sequencer lane, and you can select between high and low tom with a button press — same goes for the cymbal and cowbell sounds. When it comes to creating your custom sequences, the DrumBrute holds 64 patterns with up to 64 steps each.
We've used a lot of drum machines at Music Experience over the years, and we know that many don't offer much capability when it comes to polyrhythms. The Arturia DrumBute Impact allows each individual drum track to be any length you like, allowing you to create polyrhythms with any combination of drum sounds.
The DrumBute Impact offers performance effects like Pattern Looper (for beat repeats) and Step Repeat (for looping glitch effects) that make it a great instrument to improvise with. There's also a Roller mode for creating drum rolls and buildups. Song Mode allows you to chain patterns together into a longer composition, further expanding your ability to perform with the DrumBute Impact.
Once you've created an awesome drum pattern on your drum machine and want to get it into your DAW software for processing or mixing, the last thing you want to do is have to record your drum pattern one drum sound at a time onto separate tracks — that gets old real fast. The Arturia DrumBute Impact offers 4 individual audio outputs (plus a master mix output), making it easy to record grooves into your computer as multitrack audio.
Swing and accent are two of the most common ways to add dynamic interest to a drum machine pattern. Accent is available on each track individually, as you'd expect. Swing can be applied to your pattern as a whole, and you can also apply different swing amounts to individual drum tracks if you choose. DrumBute Impact also has a randomness option, perfect for creating a more human feel — you can apply that globally or on a per-track basis too.
Get ready to meet a different kind of Brute. A drum machine with attitude, DrumBrute Impact is an addictively fun, instantly satisfying beat maker with a beefy, unique sound.
Combining bold, hard-hitting analog sounds, a monstrous output distortion, performable controls, superb connectivity, and a powerful sequencer, DrumBrute Impact will fill your music with energy and muscle.
Putting the focus on “Brute”, DrumBrute Impact features 10 high-energy, refined, punchy analog sounds. You can also use the exclusive “Color” sound-shapers to introduce unique, per instrument effect for some variation. Boost the harmonic content, add some drive, snap, or crack at the touch of a button, you can even automate tonal changes by creating a “Color” sequence. If you want your drums to push even harder, use the built-in distortion on the output for some drum-optimized crunch. DrumBrute Impact is a drum machine for musicians and producers who crave raw power and monstrous tone.
Sharing the same prize-fighting sequencing architecture found in the original DrumBrute, you’ll love the simple, fun, and intuitive sequencer in DrumBrute Impact. Whether you want to create complex, phasing polyrhythms or straight, pounding rhythms; record a finger-drumming performance; punch in a step-sequenced masterpiece; DrumBrute Impact beats to your rhythm. Use the touch strip to create some real-time glitchy, beat-repeat breakdowns, spice up a single instrument or your whole pattern with a dedicated ‘Random’ knob, and add some syncopation and groove with the ‘Swing’ feature.
Connect to your other gear, sync up, and make some music the old-school way. Get away from computer screens, say goodbye to sub-menus, and jump into the world of tactile, instant, analog satisfaction. Featuring a huge array of sync and connectivity options, you’ll be able to hook up and jam with practically any other synth, sequencer, or MIDI-enabled instrument. Mix on the fly with dedicated controls for every function, multitrack, record, effect, and mix the sound your way with multiple bus outputs. Save patterns that you love, chain them together, and create full songs and live sets, all without looking at a single screen. DrumBrute Impact is a massive sounding, creativity fueling beast, with effortless workflow and amazing performance controls.
From its hard-wearing pads to its raucous driven sound palette, its compact form to its quick to master sequencer, DrumBrute Impact has been designed from the ground up by passionate musicians for passionate musicians.
DrumBrute Impact’s sounds were designed from the ground up to stand out and get noticed. Each featuring a distinct, unique flavor, with a strong overall “kit” sound that will deliver the punch and power you need. DrumBrute Impact features 10 discrete drum sounds each with their own independent sequencer track. Hands-on analog controls let you adjust and tweak the sounds on the fly, letting you tailor DrumBrute Impact’s sound for tight, choppy performances. Open up the decay to let the sounds breathe; raise the pitch and tone for crisp, snappy parts or lower them for big, booming power. The choice is yours. On top of independent volume controls, every drum aside from the cowbell features a selection of unique parameters that vary its tone, pitch, shape, or synth properties
Introducing “Color”, DrumBrute Impact’s unique sound-shaper that adds another layer of awesome, and gives each sound another performable parameter for you to play with. Color can be activated per instrument to give a new, exciting tonal variation. Whether it’s adding drive to the Kick, altering the tone of the Cymbal, or maxing out the pitch envelope of the FM Drum, activating Color will change the sonic character of your drums in exciting, sometimes unexpected ways. Each instrument channel has its own unique Color implementation, meaning that you can also automate and record changes by using the step sequencer, letting you modulate and experiment with your tone as you progress through your sequences. Check out some examples of how Color can be used to make some subtle and not-so-subtle changes to a drum pattern. The only thing that isn’t affected by Color is the Cowbell. It’s perfect as it is.
Everyone enjoys getting dirty from time to time, and DrumBrute Impact gives you instant access to a simple, yet devastatingly effective output distortion. With just a simple “On” switch and a single knob, DrumBrute Impact’s distortion circuit will add some grit and drive to your drums. Tailored to percussive sounds, the Distortion knob can be cranked to get things a little “hot under the collar” without losing the all-important power and transient detail of each instrument. Thanks to the natural compression effect that goes hand-in-hand with distortion, the distortion can be used at more subtle settings to add that mix “glue” to bring everything together in a cohesive sonic space. The distortion circuit drives every sound going through the main output. If you start connecting the individual kick, snares, hats, or FM outputs, those sounds will come out “clean”, giving you full control over mixing, multi-tracking, and post-processing.
DrumBrute Impact features 8 responsive, hard-wearing finger-drumming pads that can be used to perform drum sounds and input steps on the fly. There are multiple ways the pads can be used. For example, you can simply perform the drum sounds, free of any sequence, by just playing the pads. You can also do this while a sequence is playing, letting you improvise on top of a solid rhythm. If you like what you hear, you can hit the Record button, and whatever you play will be recorded into the current sequence, on the correct channels for the drums you were playing. This performance can be either recorded naturally or quantized.
DrumBrute Impact features one of the most intuitive, advanced step sequencers ever put into hardware. First seen in our award-winning BeatStep Pro, and refined with the original DrumBrute, the 64-step sequencer found in DrumBrute Impact takes things to a whole new level. Packed with features that make editing and performing simple and fun, this powerful sequencer is fresh, exciting, and will take your rhythms to another level.
Not only is DrumBrute Impact a fully-fledged, self-contained rhythm powerhouse, it also features a wealth of analog and digital connections to make it shine in any creative setup. Often overlooked as “standard” or even “boring”, the wealth of connectivity on offer in DrumBrute Impact is anything but. One moment you could be synchronize with a 1972 ARP Odyssey using the Clock out, the next you could be multi-tracking your audio into your MIDI-synced DAW. One moment you could be experimenting with individually routing the bus outputs to an array of different stomp boxes and effects units, the next you could hook DrumBrute Impact up to a simple MIDI-enabled drum pad like the Alesis PercPad to give your acoustic drums an exciting analog counterpart in your live performances. The limit truly is your imagination when you’re using this brutal little powerhouse.
Analog sounds with a digital mind, DrumBrute Impact lets you personalize various behaviours and parameters of its sequencer using the Arturia MIDI Control Center. Adjust “behind the scenes” details that help give you the best drum machine experience ever. Aside from letting you backup, store and recall all patterns, banks and songs, hooking up DrumBrute Impact via USB and using the MCC lets you do a few more complex things. For example, you may wish to switch banks while DrumBrute Impact is playing without selecting a pattern; the MCC lets you do that. You may want to enable ¼ triplets on the metronome; MCC lets you do that, too. If you want the Play button to start your sequence from where it left off, rather than restarting it; MCC can do that too. You get the idea. These “set and forget” changes let you customize and personalize your instrument, making it truly yours, and empowering you to make music you never thought possible.
|Type||Analog Drum Machine|
8 x Performance Pads, 16 x Sequence Buttons
64 patterns, Polyrhythms
64 steps per pattern, Step Repeat, Pattern Looper, Song Mode
1 x 1/4" (mix out), 4 x 1/8" (kick, snare, hi-hat, FM drum)
||1 x 1/8"|
2 x 1/8" (clock in/out)
|USB||1 x Type B|
|Power Supply||12V DC 1A power supply (included)|
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